Tomorrow is our last day in the rehearsal space before moving onto HERE Arts Center where we tech until we open on February 17.    Our set designer and technical team have been loading in since early Monday morning and we are thrilled to be working in the actual space.  Check out what we’ve been up to til now:

Thursday, January 28

Today we had the full cast in shifts for continuing scene work.  Where video is added each scene responds to the element differently, sometimes in pleasant surprises and sometimes making clear to us that a choice doesn’t work and needs to be changed.

Friday, January 29

Full cast worked thru Acts I and II then ran the acts as far as time allowed.  This play requires actors to be onstage and present for the duration- and we’re beginning to realize just how long those interstitial scenes can feel – especially for the actor 6 feet away from the playing action who’s been given the direction to abstract a movement sequence for four pages!  Today, we keep playing.

Saturday, January 30

Full cast worked thru Act III then ran the show.  Kim Whitener, Producing Director of HERE Arts Center, and Pete McCabe (HERE’s dramaturg) joined us for the run and to share their thoughts afterwards.

Sunday, January 31

No day off here.  Okwui and Michael came in for scene work while Kristin, Okwui and I begin a full one-on-one (on-one?) talk through for Leda’s emotional arc.  Ninety minutes later we were almost through Act I.

Monday, February 1

Load-in begins at HERE while the full cast works Act III moment to moment.  We run the show again.  Our composer, lighting designer, set designer, and Melanie Joseph of The Foundry Theater were among invited guests to share their notes afterwards.  Never having seen the work, Melanie’s notes were a valuable fresh perspective. Going strong into the night, the production team then paper tech-ed lights and sound.  Who needs sleep.

Tuesday, February 2

We continued our one-on-one’s exploring character arcs with Michael, Stephen and Rudy today.  During the day Okwui was a total vocal trooper as we worked all four songs for nearly 5 hours.  The four of us in the room could sing every note by the time we had to strike  video in the rehearsal room today.

Tomorrow we walk the rest of our equipment two blocks north and Rie lights our gorgeous REAL space!!

Ciao-

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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!

JK