There's a tiny flicker of an image when you read a play. That barely imperceptible image, or feeling, is the port to your relationship with the material, and the spark that causes the big bang of creativity that follows. Everything that follows that spark is the stuff of directing. It involves your gut as much as it involves your brain. It involves trial and error as much as it involves preparation. Ultimately, it's about bringing the story and the audience as close together as possible without getting in the way.