March 20 has arrived. First day of spring. First day of performances for our workshop. First audiences coming to first preview. Students seeing work move from talked-about possibility to actuality. The first video introducing our cast to the community goes on line as they reflect on the play; what it’s about; what it means to them; recorded in the lobby of Studio Theatre where we rehearsed for three blessedly quiet weeks, digging into the play.
How furious will it be tonight? As the 6:00 hour rolls around and people line up for the remaining Pay What You Can tickets?
I will try to document events now on a daily basis, now that we have gotten to this moment. And perhaps I’ll go a little bit backwards too.
This morning, my charge is to remember this point: That each post-show discussion wants to have us look at a particular question — not just the title of that panel discussion — but a focal point for discussing this brand new play in and of itself, keeping our focus on the play; advancing its development as a work of art.
At tonight’s first preview, the talk-back question I’ll ask is one we ask all the time with new work:
“How are we doing as story-tellers?”
Are we engaged? How does the play sustain suspense?
Does the play maintain its hold on you?
Are we clear in defining the characters
Are we complex enough to respect the collision of narratives?
The play as craft — the play as art — the play as family drama and romantic triangle. Let’s begin with that tonight, shall we?
A post-show report to follow….
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These facebook postings might say it all: