Saturday, January 1, 2011
A day off today.
Then a ten out of twelve tomorrow.
(A ten out of twelve, btw, is theatre talk for when you work 12 hours with a two-hour break during technical rehearsals - "tech" - at the theatre. It's usually right before dress rehearsals/previews, when all the design elements - costumes, lights, sound, set and props - are added in, and it's typically very exhausting for everyone, but informative: you really get a sense of what this play world looks and feels like, and how it works. I didn't want to assume that everyone reading this is involved in theatre and knows what I'm talking about...)
Hysteria is going to be an interesting/unusual tech.
I don't want to give too many of the plays' surprises away, but by the end of the piece, the naturalistic setting literally vanishes, and this hallucinatory, surreal, Dali-like world suddenly takes hold.
There's a stage direction in the script that literally reads: "The walls melt."
So we need to figure out how to melt the walls of the set.
Lots of other crazy things occur as well, that go above and beyond a typical "this is your costume/prop/exit light" technical rehearsal.
It's also a farce.
So we need to get the timing down perfectly.
If we get it all right, it's going to be so great!
It's a wonderful team of designers: John Malinowski, Gail Buckley, Janie Howland, Dewey Dellay.
We have our first preview performance this coming Thursday.