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Patterns is a wrap

March 13th, 2011 No comments

MFA thesis play is a wrap. I’ll go backwards in the next several days and fill in some blanks in the posts. Many thanks to Cleveland Public Theatre: Raymond Bobgan, Mike Geither, Michael Roesch, Lindsay Carter, Alison Garrigan, James Kosmatka, Claire Robinson May, and WITHOUT a doubt Brian Zoldessy and Jarod Witkowski, who helped keep me sane during the process; and, of course, to the whole cast who worked tirelessly to get the play on its feet.

The NEOMFA Festival, and Patterns, got a mention in the March 2011 American Theatre magazine (News and Info section), so if you get it, check it out. If not, take a look.

Met with the KCACTF representative today after the curtain. Then struck the set.

Good (quick) run. Look forward to what’s next.

Rehearsal Report 5

February 14th, 2011 No comments

Jarod was out, so the wonderful reports and their “normal” formatting is missing. There were many actors who were out due to prior commitments so three actors showed and did scene work. Initially, Keppler showed before all others and ran monologues with Zoldessy.

This is one of the critical times as Keppler is just at the point where she is getting off-book, which is theater parlance for “she’s memorized it and is not using the script anymore.” This moment is when actors really start to take ownership of the character and the words, more expressive possibilities emerge, and both the actor and the director start finding nuances in the words/script that can be used. There are also shifts within the text between ideas (“beats” in theater and playwright parlance) that require changes in momentum, shifts in energy levels, allow for different directions in blocking and movement, and so on. So, the long and short of it is that Zoldessy and Keppler worked for a good hour on the opening monologue.

I listened and watched, and then puttered around playing with the video mixer which I thought would have the capacity to send two different channels to two different outputs (tvs). It did not. The Edirol V-4 that we’re using only sends one signal to all outputs; you can select different signals, but then that is the only signal being pushed out. This has implications for whether or not we can show two different images on the tvs at the same time. We can do that, but it now is going to be more involved.

After discovering that, I began clearing the cameras and tripods and wires and tvs out of the space, as Parson’s Fire Dance is going to be rehearsing in the same space we’ve been using. This adds time to our setup and prep and tear down, but must be done.

The rest of the time I sat and enjoyed watching Regnier and Metrisin and Keppler having it out as Father, Mother, and Daughter. Regnier’s outbursts are quite convincing and intimidating. Michael is quite a fine actor, and I’ve seen him in numerous concon productions including as Dodge in Buried Child and the Oculist in Jenkin’s Dark Ride.

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