Musings

I am freshly returned from Greece, where as Scott (who plays Walters) suggested, I did some much-needed beach and sea research for the show!

Actually, I did think a lot about the project over my holiday – looking at and swimming in the ocean – the water represents such a significant force in Leda’s life and is so formative to her emotional well-being in the play.

I am really struggling with the balance between naturalism and stylization in the show and trying to puzzle my way through the fusion of the many disparate elements – music, video, movement, but with text very much in the driver’s seat– to create a cohesive visceral work.  The texture of the project feels different from a lot of my other projects but I am eager to find my way into it.

Dramaturgy and Rewrites

Jenny and I got to do a short post-mortem over dinner right after the August workshop, but are looking forward to further conversations with each other and the design staff about how to strengthen the project.

Shooting coming up on Jones Beach and Lower East Side

Tal, Jenny and I will meet in the next couple of weeks to further conceptualize the video and plan our upcoming shoot with Okwui and Todd at the end of this month. We plan to create some new footage showing the everyday past life of Leda and the Stranger as well as reshoots of a bunch of beach and water stuff.

Other design developments

We plan to interview and hire the lighting and costume designers over the next couple of weeks and have a design meeting at the end of the month. I can’t wait to see the next iteration of the set that David is working on.

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!

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.

A fun, fun  day.

Lots of table work with Okwui, Scott and Rudy and some exciting stumbling around and  discovering stuff on our feet and on the analytical couch.

Talk with Okwui about Leda’s physicality/gestural work  in the songs – we’re thinking it is a journey from a kind of stylized ornate choreography to a simpler, more directly emotional approach.

Long talk with Matt and Kamala about how the sound design works – how much underscoring throughout, how realistic, how much affect/impact Leda has on the sound

Also, how does the last song / the end of the show work – what is the punctuation that ends this? is it video, gestural, sound, all of them  —–

We have just finished casting and are thrilled: Todd D’Amour, Ana Cruz Kayne, Rudy Mungaray, Okwui Okpokwasili, Stephen Reyes, Scott Sowers, and Maureen Sebastien.

Tal Yarden has just joined the team as video designer.

We will be shooting video over the next 10 days then enter a 10 day intensive workshop on August 15, which will culminate in a benefit performance at Joe’s Pub on August 23 at 7pm and an open rehearsal on August 24, time to be announced.