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

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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!

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-

So we just completed a 4 day workshop of Leda’s first song/swim and the Stranger’s return. It was wonderful to finally have the whole design team – Tal, Jane, Rie, Liz and Nick – all working together in the room with Okwui. We were joined by Emily Rea, our awesome new SM, Jane her ASM and my AD Jen Kraus.  Lots of smart folks!

The big discovery was that we finally found the visual and auditory language for the representation of the Stranger —played on video by Todd D’amour — how to represent him in the past memories and present infiltrations.

It was also really exciting to hear from other HERE resident artists and audiences what they saw and experienced from the showing.

I can’t wait to start full rehearsals on January 4.

Check out some pics below.