Rehearsals


Here are some more photos taken during tech and rehearsals. Click the link to see a slideshow…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/40007811@N05/sets/72157623427681566/show/

 

Eamon seduces Charlotte

At the beach

 

Hilda comforts Walters

More photos coming your way! Check in with us daily as we report to you directly from the rehearsal room!  

Performance countdown…

We’ve been immersed in technical rehearsals over the last week and a half and have made a last round of cuts to the script. The show is running about 90 minutes which feels like the right length.

The show is really starting to cohering at this point – all the elements have been incorporated: music, setting, sound, lighting, video, costumes. Its been so great (and completely necessary) to have as much time as we had with the designers together in the room.

We were also joined by Qui Nyugen this week to do fight choreography – he did an amazing job on the Walters Leda fight near the end of the show.

The cast continues to do amazing work and are growing in their roles by leaps and bounds – thanks to Jen and Elenna for all their support in this area.

We are now really focused on uncovering the rhythm of the show at this point — each day, we are still doing a mixture of scene work with full tech but getting a full run in everyday from here on out.  When we finish the run each day, we all feast together on the leftover chocolate cake that Charlotte makes – we will share the yummy vegan recipe here soon —

We still have a lot to do, including puzzling out the right ending for this show, but are getting excited about getting this in front of an audience Wednesday!

 

Hilda's Family Tree

We have been exploring the journey of each character in between scenes in rehearsal. Hilda has found a relationship to chalk drawing and tracing in the piece, and has incorporated an emotional arc with it into various moments in the play. Read about this in her own words below:

I’m a kind of truth spy. I am construct a world based on present observation in order to understand and survive past experiences. I trace the contour of things that are real and unspoken: pills & bottles- the symbols of everyone’s coping.  Hilda takes care of Hilda and checks her own abilities by pushing others. Her strength is reflected by her power to highlight the strength in others.

 I don’t want to erase what I trace or draw. I don’t want to hide. I have chalk dust on me in scenes, unapologetically. Other characters can choose to acknowledge it, even still- it’s there, on me. It is me. ” – Hilda (Ana Kayne)

Tomorrow is our last day in the rehearsal space before moving onto HERE Arts Center where we tech until we open on February 17.    Our set designer and technical team have been loading in since early Monday morning and we are thrilled to be working in the actual space.  Check out what we’ve been up to til now:

Thursday, January 28

Today we had the full cast in shifts for continuing scene work.  Where video is added each scene responds to the element differently, sometimes in pleasant surprises and sometimes making clear to us that a choice doesn’t work and needs to be changed.

Friday, January 29

Full cast worked thru Acts I and II then ran the acts as far as time allowed.  This play requires actors to be onstage and present for the duration- and we’re beginning to realize just how long those interstitial scenes can feel – especially for the actor 6 feet away from the playing action who’s been given the direction to abstract a movement sequence for four pages!  Today, we keep playing.

Saturday, January 30

Full cast worked thru Act III then ran the show.  Kim Whitener, Producing Director of HERE Arts Center, and Pete McCabe (HERE’s dramaturg) joined us for the run and to share their thoughts afterwards.

Sunday, January 31

No day off here.  Okwui and Michael came in for scene work while Kristin, Okwui and I begin a full one-on-one (on-one?) talk through for Leda’s emotional arc.  Ninety minutes later we were almost through Act I.

Monday, February 1

Load-in begins at HERE while the full cast works Act III moment to moment.  We run the show again.  Our composer, lighting designer, set designer, and Melanie Joseph of The Foundry Theater were among invited guests to share their notes afterwards.  Never having seen the work, Melanie’s notes were a valuable fresh perspective. Going strong into the night, the production team then paper tech-ed lights and sound.  Who needs sleep.

Tuesday, February 2

We continued our one-on-one’s exploring character arcs with Michael, Stephen and Rudy today.  During the day Okwui was a total vocal trooper as we worked all four songs for nearly 5 hours.  The four of us in the room could sing every note by the time we had to strike  video in the rehearsal room today.

Tomorrow we walk the rest of our equipment two blocks north and Rie lights our gorgeous REAL space!!

Ciao-

Week Three finished up strong and we’re into our last week before loading into the HERE Arts Center Mainstage for tech.  Check it out- Week in Review:

Friday, January 22

Okwui worked through the opening for Act III with Tal and Jane building cues madly through the course of the day.  These sequences are intricately designed in conjunction with script and acting discoveries on a daily basis.  The full cast joined in the afternoon to work through Act III.  Seeing the piece in larger chunks is beneficial and also raises contanst questions.

Saturday, January 23

Today we revisitied Act II, working through the end beat by beat before we ran the show from top to almost bottom!  We’re, um, a bit over time but, no worries… early stages…

Monday, January 25

Rudy and Irene.  Stephen and Ana.  There were sparks all day.

Tuesday, January 26

All I can remember from today was major conversation about the ending.  WHAT HAPPENS TO LEDA? is a question still debated in this rehearsal room; raising it effectively keeps everyone in the room at the emotional stakes we hope our audience will find during the performance.

Wednesday, January 27

Today we began work on our closing sequences for each act which  heavily involve video and sound similar to our opening sequences.  The past rehearsals have emphasized finding parallels, reflections, and echos between scenes and the video is clarifying these attempts throughout.  Oh, and we choreographed cake sex.

More rehearsal photos to come!

JK

And we’re moving along…

Slightly more than half-way through Week 3 of rehearsals and we’re on our way to a full work thru this Saturday!  As the scenes have begun to take shape we’re adding layers of nuance and connectivity among the actors who remain onstage through the whole piece.  Jenny Gibbs, our playwright, has kept our sights on the mythology of the piece and the emotional signposts that guide each act: terror, seduction, and sacrifice.  Elenna will be posting some really cool background on the mythology used in the play so keep your eyes peeled for that.  Here’s the week in review thus far:

Monday, January 18

We worked through Act II today.  Our gals worked out some choreography with a fabric portion of our set that serve as screens for projected video images.  While the track for the fabric was tenuous we discovered some beautiful imagery.  Check it out.

Tuesday, January 19

Today Jane and Tal worked the opening sequence for Act II while Okwui and Kristin played around to find choreography for Leda’s seductive duet.  Rudy came in to work on his monologue and found some amazing physicality while giving the stretched-thin production team a much needed crack-up.

Wednesday, January 20

Well-deserved day off!

Thursday, January 21

Jane and Tal repeated the magic today and created a lovely song sequence for the top of Act III.  Each sequence they create builds from its previous counterpart and the arc of the whole piece is really becoming apparent in the rehearsal room.

We’re working towards run throughs and the final week of rehearsals before we start teching, but for right now we are still discovering new things every day.  The script changes, the actors are making exciting choices, cues are being written, sequences being built and we’re glimpsing the fruits of our labor.  We have a long way to go but those glimpses are promising!

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