Day Eight

Feb. 28, 2006

My last day of rehearsal, so this was my last chance to have impact before tech. I don't want to get in the way of Tim's vision, but I want to make sure I don't feel like my vision is just on the page. During rehearsal the Sound designer played some of his ideas, and it was difficult: I always pictured the shwo without any sound effects. I figured the more "theatery" the show is, the less impact it may have. On the other hand, I think the Gang is trying to compete with film, and for a film audience - and that means more stimulation. So I told the designer my concerns. He thought maybe I was having a hard time letting go of the show in my head - understandable - and I want to let him know I liked the tension of silence. I have no idea where that's going. Tim really liked the sound. The conversation continues.

We still haven't gotten through the first act!

The second act is a breeze - if watching a Winston get tortured can be called a breeze - but the first act is long. I wish we could have gotten a run-through before I had to leave. The Gang folk keep asking me if I have to go, when am I coming back... It was very hard to leave. Anyway, I feel great about the whole thing so far. The toughest part really is letting go, letting someone else interprete my script. The director in me wants to strangle the writer in me for putting us in this situation, and my actor self wants to know if I have to screw myself to get in the show. But over all, this is the coolest thing possible. Back in two weeks


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