It has reached the point where I write on this blog so infrequently that I wonder if it’s worth the trouble of keeping it at all. For now, I shall endeavor to continue. The lack of posts are my failing, not the blog’s. And the truth is that August was a busy month.
Since last I wrote, I not only began rehearsals on Louis Slotin Sonata, but as of today we’re already in tech. This has to have been one of the fastest rehearsals processes in which I have ever participated, and yet it never for a moment felt rushed, or like we were running out of time. We’re in great shape for tech, and I can wait to see what this whole thing turns in to. I wish there was an image of the show’s poster online, because it is stunning. We’re in previews as of next Friday, and then we open Monday the 13th. I will keep you posted.
Last weekend I also participated in my first ensemble meeting at Lifeline Theatre. As the discussion grew, I found myself look around the room and thinking, I am surrounded by a bunch of really smart people. Seriously. It’s a little intimidating. But I left the meeting with a good-sized list of new books to read, and I am now at the very early stages of a new project for the company. I don’t want to go into detail yet because it is, as I say, in the very early stages. Nothing official yet, but the ball has started rolling. It’s something that has me extremely excited, and perhaps more than a little petrified. We shall see what happens.
A few other things are moving along as well. Next Saturday, Signal Theatre Ensemble holds auditions for Accidental Death of an Anarchist, by Dario Fo. I’m working on the violence for the show, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to stop by and get a look at some of the potential cast.
Then, after Louis Slotin Sonata, opens, I start in on a script development workshop with The Strange Tree Group. Getting a chance to work with this company will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream… or at least it would be if they’d been around my whole life. Actually I first learned about them about three or four years ago, around the time I was directing Rogue 8: Issue #3 with Rogue Theater. Seeing their shows has been some of the most fun I’ve ever had as a theater audience member. I get excited every time I hear they have something new coming up. And now I get to play along a little. I am all kinds of thrilled about this.
This coming Monday is Labor Day. It is the only full day off I’ve had in a month, and the only full day off I will have until late October. You’d think that’s a bad thing, but really, it’s not.