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!

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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!

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

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!

today we were working on Eamon (Rudy) and charlotte  (Irene)- they are both these walled-up people who completely open up to each other  in surprising passionate ways.

we did the photo shoot for Josh’s degradation project – we managed to created six completely different locations in our rehearsal room.

we ended the day drinking wine during a great music rehearsal for the Joe’s Pub gig. Todd and Okwui sound great together – we haven’t heard them sing together in almost a year— Kamala and Drew will play live with them and last night we had a blast playing together.

Today we started to work out  how the group scenes work. We have several times in this show when all six characters are on stage trying to get their needs met. Fun!  Hard!  (especially when working so fast….. we are trying to sketch in the whole play this week so we can get a sense of the rhythm of the whole piece by Monday for the open rehearsal.)

Lots, lots of little line changes . (Jenny!)

We made a dent today on how sound might work in the show. Talk with Kamala and Matt on when the big sound bed shifts occur – and what Leda (Okwui) does to cause those shifts. Matt implementing lots of fun, little q’s throughout the day. Kamala off composing some of the new ideas……

Trying to figure out with Tal and Jenny about if its ok for Josh (Stephen) to be a video artist or if its better if he’s a photographer — what are the repercussions of him shooting video of Leda and projecting that for the audience to see—— what do we gain, what do we lose? thinking overnight and will reconvene in the am …

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.