We thought that it would be fun to share our ugliest photos with you all, since there have been so many great photos taken in  the past few weeks during SOUNDING- Call it a line up, call it silly, or just plain ugly, here we are!

Ms. Gibbs!

Not so secret... Irene and Rudy

Deer in the headlights- Stephen!

The fearless leader- New Haircut face.

This woman isn't so into it. She's like, a famous actress or something...

Ana: Shocked and shot from above

Taili: There ya go. Tongue and all!

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!

Woo hoo. We are two weeks into rehearsal and have made it about 2/3 of the way through the piece -lots to do but getting the spine of the piece into place

what an awesome cast — we have been thrilled to have Michael Pemberton join us as Walters.

Jenny’s been furiously rewriting as we work thru and the script is getting into really great shape.

we’ve begun weaving in some sound by Jane Shaw and lots of video by Tal Yarden with more integration of all these elements to come in the upcoming week –

Made some exciting changes to the 3rd song with Kamala and Okwui to express more of Leda’s emotional state.

we are so grateful to have a rehearsal space two blocks from HERE – donated so generously by our neighbors, Trinity Real Estate. It is about the size of our theatre and enables us to work spatially like we would in the real theatre – this will make the transition into the theatre a lot easier —

look for regular posts on dramaturgy for the piece from Elenna Mosoff and rehearsal tales from Jen Kraus —

This afternoon, we stumbled through this epic show in about 1 hour 50 minutes  (the show needs to be 90 minutes but we will get there) – kudos and thanks to our phenomenal cast and design staff for tackling this piece so gamely in such a condensed period – we are so grateful for your talent and enthusiasm –

Jenny and I had a great dinner talking about what we found and what we were still missing- i foresee edits and changes to the different storylines

I can’t wait to get back into rehearsal on this in December!  Thanks all!


Leda played by Okwui singing at Joe’s Pub on August 23

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After lunch, we tackled the three emotionally challenging and sexually charged scenes between Leda and her husband, Walters  (played by Scott). They both did a lot of brave, funny, risky work.

Tal began to develop some amazing ideas about how to organically go from a realistic lighthouse to emotionally evocative rich visuals — we are beginning to really get it.

We also got to try some new soundscape ideas that Kamala and Matt have been hatching. I really think they are going to work on us in subtle emotionally resonant ways – accumulating gradual weight.

This morning, we reworked all of Leda’s scenes with the Stranger in preparation for Tal to reshoot these scenes sometime in September. We made some great discoveries in coming back to this material after first working on it a year ago. Today, we found new rhythms and uncovered a deeper approach to the material.

We also rehearsed the duet between the Stranger and Leda again with Kamala and Drew for the Joe’s Pub gig – Watching Okwui & Todd sing together, I had a great revelation about how I should restage the song for the actual show using the absence of the Stranger in the actual staging  — I can’t wait to try this.

All of the prep work  and rethinking about the Stranger sparked a discussion between Jenny, Tal and I about how to clarify the role of the Stranger’s different video presences – in the past as a memory and in the present as a haunting – this really got us much clearer and things started clicking in a truly exciting way.