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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!

Week Three finished up strong and we’re into our last week before loading into the HERE Arts Center Mainstage for tech.  Check it out- Week in Review:

Friday, January 22

Okwui worked through the opening for Act III with Tal and Jane building cues madly through the course of the day.  These sequences are intricately designed in conjunction with script and acting discoveries on a daily basis.  The full cast joined in the afternoon to work through Act III.  Seeing the piece in larger chunks is beneficial and also raises contanst questions.

Saturday, January 23

Today we revisitied Act II, working through the end beat by beat before we ran the show from top to almost bottom!  We’re, um, a bit over time but, no worries… early stages…

Monday, January 25

Rudy and Irene.  Stephen and Ana.  There were sparks all day.

Tuesday, January 26

All I can remember from today was major conversation about the ending.  WHAT HAPPENS TO LEDA? is a question still debated in this rehearsal room; raising it effectively keeps everyone in the room at the emotional stakes we hope our audience will find during the performance.

Wednesday, January 27

Today we began work on our closing sequences for each act which  heavily involve video and sound similar to our opening sequences.  The past rehearsals have emphasized finding parallels, reflections, and echos between scenes and the video is clarifying these attempts throughout.  Oh, and we choreographed cake sex.

More rehearsal photos to come!

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And we’re moving along…

Slightly more than half-way through Week 3 of rehearsals and we’re on our way to a full work thru this Saturday!  As the scenes have begun to take shape we’re adding layers of nuance and connectivity among the actors who remain onstage through the whole piece.  Jenny Gibbs, our playwright, has kept our sights on the mythology of the piece and the emotional signposts that guide each act: terror, seduction, and sacrifice.  Elenna will be posting some really cool background on the mythology used in the play so keep your eyes peeled for that.  Here’s the week in review thus far:

Monday, January 18

We worked through Act II today.  Our gals worked out some choreography with a fabric portion of our set that serve as screens for projected video images.  While the track for the fabric was tenuous we discovered some beautiful imagery.  Check it out.

Tuesday, January 19

Today Jane and Tal worked the opening sequence for Act II while Okwui and Kristin played around to find choreography for Leda’s seductive duet.  Rudy came in to work on his monologue and found some amazing physicality while giving the stretched-thin production team a much needed crack-up.

Wednesday, January 20

Well-deserved day off!

Thursday, January 21

Jane and Tal repeated the magic today and created a lovely song sequence for the top of Act III.  Each sequence they create builds from its previous counterpart and the arc of the whole piece is really becoming apparent in the rehearsal room.

We’re working towards run throughs and the final week of rehearsals before we start teching, but for right now we are still discovering new things every day.  The script changes, the actors are making exciting choices, cues are being written, sequences being built and we’re glimpsing the fruits of our labor.  We have a long way to go but those glimpses are promising!

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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

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 —

Tal, Jenny, Okwui and I (and Tal’s 5 3/4 year old son, Ivo) drove to Pennsylvania Friday night to finish shooting – We shot Okwui in a wonderful heated swimming pool and Okwui with the beautiful baby of the house, Othello.

We got fantastic footage and are so so grateful to Jody, Joe and Penny for letting us shoot in their beautiful country home.

Driving back Saturday afternoon was a little touch and go but we made it before the perfect storm really bombarded us.