Saturday, March 16, 2013

37th Humana Festival of New American Plays Days ?-23

Let me just get right down to the nitty gritty. Sh*t has changed.

Yes.

When I first started this adventure I asked some of my fellow cast-mates what their best advice was for working on a new play. They said "Girl, do not get attached."

Yeah . . .  so . . .

We've been very fortunate for the last week or so to have had 2 or 3 test audiences to help the team with some logistics as well as tell how the story may or (may not) take shape for future audiences. It's been unnerving to have an audience come in so soon in the rehearsal process. Normally you can guarantee the work won't be seen until invited dresses or previews, which happen after 4-5 weeks. It's weird to look someone in the eye and see their whole person just staring at you and you're like, "Holy moley, what the F am I saying!"

This play is in flux, seeking what it's meant to be. For now. And now. And now. You get the idea. Mallery Avedon (playwright) has an opportunity to see her vision through and test audiences can tell one a great deal about how the play is going--is the main message getting across? Where is there un-curated confusion? What I am asked to do is roll with the punches and I am for the most part, but damn it's a challenge! Working on the gracefully part.

So now we're entering tech week when things will still be changing as we set lighting, sound and other design elements. Paradoxes abound. Headaches creep in. Hearts will break. We hope.

Here goes . . . .!

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