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!

posted by Rie

Hello!

We had some amazing energy in the room this week; everyone came into the process ready to work and we’re discovering new things in the raw material every day.  Check out the week in review below:

Tuesday, Jan 12

We kept working in our fantastic rehearsal space as the week started, getting as much light and sound equipment set up as possible.  Kamala Sankaram, our composer, was here today to work songs with Okwui.  Then Okwui and Michael did some deep text work with Kristin and Jenny.  Parts of the script were recrafted on the spot.

Wednesday, Jan 13

Okwui and Rudy got to work today as well as  Rudy and Irene- and sparks flew.  We worked some tricky choreography with a garden hose…

Thursday, Jan 14

Today was all about getting our designers in on the mix.  Rie Ono, our lighting designer, came to help us create a look we could work with in rehearsal while Liz Bourgeois, our costume designer came to observe our actors in motion.

Friday, Jan 15

All hands on deck today as we worked through the first act.  We had our actors finding new physical moments in the scramble while Jane Shaw, our sound designer, joined the mix.  The video is coming along as Tal Yarden and his fabulous assistant, Taili, work through cues for nearly every scene and Jane was right there to complement those moments with her audio.  After a detailed production meeting, we can be sure the week coming up is going to bring even more discoveries as we work through the entire play.  Stay tuned for daily updates as we make our way to tech!

-Posted by Jennifer Kraus

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.

Its been ages since we have posted anything but there are lots of exciting developments.

Upcoming Work-in-Progress Showing

We are going into rehearsal next week to look at the first song swim and the Stranger’s return with Okwui (Leda), Tal (video) and Jane Shaw (our new sound designer).  We will show what we develop on Thursday December 17 at 7pm  at HERE – its free and there will be free wine!

Production Staff

We are thrilled to have some fantastic new collaborators on the project – Nick Vaughan on sets, Rie Ono on lights, Liz Bourgeois on costumes, Jane Shaw on sound, Emily Rea as stage manager, Jennifer Kraus as assistant director.

Script Development

Jenny is working on rewrites. She and I continue to meet frequently for dramaturgical sessions to refine and reshape the script. We’re getting really excited about how things are coming along.