Often my characters don't know what the issues of the play are. They think they're doing one thing, but something else is actually orchestrating their lives.
I never found a professional environment that made the production of plays efficient. Teamwork is demanded, but there are very few teams.
Choosing to write a play is some kind of surrender. I don't make an outline. I sit and work, and suddenly the door opens, and out it comes.
My writing was liberated once I abandoned acting.
Sometimes it's learning how the play wants to function rather than imposing something on it. For me, that's the thrill in directing.