Friday, March 8, 2013

37th Humana Festival of New American Plays Days 8-?

As you might have seen, if you are following this blog, I am behind in my chronicling! It is now Friday March 8th, 2013 and we are already deep into the rehearsal process for O Guru Guru thought it's only been two weeks since we began! We had our first run-thru (which our director Lila Neugebauer kindly called a Stumble-thru so as to alleviate any pressure on the cast to PERFORM). "The show is in a good place," Lila said, "We are exactly where we should be and have plenty of time." Watching the show in full gave me a greater sense of how the parts of this Triptych come together, give friction to, illuminate one another.

It's an incredible thing to just breathe. (Now you try :)

On the rehearsal schedule emailed to us daily there is a section labeled "Quote of the day" in which appear, as you might imagine notable quotes from the previous day's rehearsal.  Here are some of my favorites:

"What play are we doing?"--Kristin

"I am writing down 'Daphne dancing, where to put it?'"--Lila

"The show is kinda like Fight Club. We don't talk about it."--Leslie

We've had two shows open since my last post. The Delling Shore by Sam Marks and expertly directed by Associate Artistic Director Meredith McDonough, Opened on March 1 in the Bingham Theater--a beautiful in-the-round space, intimate, super malleable. It was a verbal firing squad kind of play which you could not help but stand in front of and enjoy--my opinion, of course.

Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Gary Griffin, had its Opening Night last night in the Pamela Brown Auditorium to a delighted and energetic audience of locals (die hards) and SETC (South Eastern Theatre Conference) visitors. The play was so good. Challenging stereotypes of Southerness (USA) while embracing the haunting aspects of family and social history. Modern intellectual sparing with hints of Southern melodrama.

At the Opening Night Party for Appropriate, Les Waters made a short but appreciative speech to all involved, closing with "Two down!"--sending a thrill up my spine.
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