I Kicked The Blankets On The Floor, Turned My Pillow Upside Down
Had our first "stumble-through" of the show last night, and - things went pretty okay. There are some blocking adjustments I need to make, and we've still got a long way to go in terms of the cast really nailing the complexities of some of the sub-text (all of this probably sounds like gobbledygook to those of you not familiar with "theatre lingo" I'm sure), but it was good to have the entire thing up on its feet and run it in continuity, rather than the more randomized rehearsals we've had to-date.
Also, Mike and his director/wife/partner-in-crime Jean Michelle were in attendance last night, and they gave me some valuable insights and observations regarding various aspects of the production, both aesthetically, technically, and artistically, which we'll begin to incorporate during the next round of rehearsals.
I admit, I was pretty nervous going in, because Mike has very specific ideas about how the show should work, and given our technical and budgetary limitations, I had some concern as to whether he'd think we'd be able to successfully accomplish some of the more challenging aspects of his vision. Frankly, it's kept me awake for the past few nights, along with mulling over all the other things that have to get done in just a few short weeks, along with the general insomnia that comes with shouldering the responsibility for a project of this size and scope (we've already been picked as a "fall favorite" by a couple of local publications, not to mention getting a shout-out in a national theatre magazine - so, you know, really no pressure or anything.) But, after a very productive post-rehearsal chat with the two of them, I feel a lot more confident that he understands our limitations, and recognizes that we're doing our best to devise creative solutions to the opportunities his script presents - and that - at this point at least - he doesn't think I completely suck at this directing thing.
So, that's another little hurdle surmounted, as we proceed into the next phase of the process
Labels: Annex, The Moon Is A Dead World
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