Sunday, October 21, 2012

An Unexpected Pleasure

A moment of the play today turned into THE MOMENT of the play. Let me share it with you.  All throughout the evening, as the story unfolds, we have seen Lizzy and Mr. Darcy struggle through their romantic journey to it's happy conclusion, not without some tension in between.  In our production we have marked that journey's end with a kiss shared between Lizzy and Darcy.  Tonight as the actors went in for the kiss an audience member, a male I might add, said audibly "Thank God!" to which the whole audience responded with laughter and joined the scene by clapping for the lovers.  It is the end of Lizzy and Darcy's story as we show it in this play but it is not the end of the play.  The play concludes with a last letter by Jane Austen that I perform after the dazzling kiss.  Tonight it proved to be a tricky thing to get the audience's attention, as I had already cued the lights to change into "Jane Austen Land" but as they were still enjoying the kiss moment the light change had no effect to draw their eyes to me.  I waited. And when the time seemed right, somewhere between the lulling down of the clapping and silence, I spoke. Being a romantic first and a technician second, I didn't mind the extra beat at all.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Triumphs in Performance: for today only

We had a great show today.  It was something of a mix of reasons why.  A willing--and by this I mean willing and ready to JUMP IN to the world of the play-- and informed audience always helps. I also think we are all hitting our strides, finding our laughs, solidifying moments, calling cues based on the audience, talking to each other, REALLY.  There's nothing that can replace real talking.  And I don't mean acting like you are talking I mean really talking to the other person across from you.  One might ask, how can you NOT talk to someone? And to you I say think about how you speak on the phone with someone while you are on facebook or looking something up on the computer.  Attention can be as divided when one is on-stage--I catch myself whenever I can, and I know I am getting better at staying right there right then with my castmates, IN THE MOMENT as they say--but reaching out is infinitely more interesting and helps to reinvest.

I think of my family a lot when I do this show, not only because I'd like them to see it yeah that would be nice but because Austen was a highly skilled observer and wrote relationships so expertly--especially the family.  My missing my family prompted me to write this to them:  Hola familia. Just wanted to share some info on how our show is going.  Our performances are getting better and better and our audiences, of mostly older folks but some yougins, come into the theater cranky and leave smiling.  Yeah Jane Austen kicks ass. I think about you all often as she was a master at writing relationships, especially ones within a family.  I miss you all quite often and wish you could see the show, be all in the same room together.  Know you are all my inspiration and that I dedicate many of my shows to you and your good works!