Awake to Dream

An adventure in creating

Another town, another show! August 19, 2012

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Hello my peeps!  Sorry it has been a while.  Catch up (Directors Lab West, finally relaxing in my own home – or repainting, etc) will come soon but for now, I wanted to talk about where I am at the moment and what I am up to these days!

Join me in Ada, Ohio!  Home of Ohio Northern University and my current production of THE LIAR by David Ives.  ONU is a beautiful campus kind of in the middle of no where.

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I am in a lovely house just off campus in my dad’s home state.  Never thought I would get back to Ohio after all these years, but what a great project to bring me back with!  This play is hysterical, my cast is exuberant, my creative team is awesome and the Communications Department folks are so welcoming and supportive.  All this makes for a great playground to explore 17th century France!

We have had a week of “boot camp” before classes start.  Intensive straight sixes until my students’ days are taken over with other distractions.  I like this way of getting started!  Campus has been kind of quiet – the only folks in the dining hall have been the football team, the marching band and us theatre geeks!  We have immersed ourselves in movement and ensemble building exercises; and we got a rough draft of Act One on our feet.  The rest of the student body moved onto campus this weekend and we will shift to night rehearsals on Wednesday.  And I start teaching on Friday!

Road trip to the Walmart tomorrow night courtesy of my awesome stage manager, Brandea.  Very excited – groceries, supplies and maybe some more weather appropriate clothes!  (You would think with all the cross country traveling I have been doing that I would be better at guessing what to pack.  You would be wrong!)

More to come soon.  Now I need to take a deep look at the duel in Act One – a farcical take on the old tradition: think Looney Tunes meets 1940’s boxing meets badly done ballet!

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Home stretch March 26, 2012

After several days of record breaking 80+ degree heat in Bangor, we went into tech as the temps dropped back to freezing.  Some are sad to see the beautiful days go but I gotta tell you, it makes two long tech days easier to get through if you aren’t yearning for the sunshine outside!  (Besides, I already had to go out and buy cooler clothing and now my suitcase is going to be overweight for the return flight.)

And our tech went really well.  You know you have a fantabulous team when you get through the show fast enough to have time for scene work on Saturday night and get in two solid dress/tech runs on Sunday.  It looks and sounds BEAUTIFUL!!!  The story telling continues to grow and strengthen.  Now it should get “stronger, faster, bigger, better”!!

Tomorrow is our first audience and it is a “Pay what you want” so it could get VERY interesting!  Alice joins us tomorrow as well so I am anxious to get her response.

We open this weekend and then I am back to LA.  Actually, on to Laguna Beach to assist Martin Bergman on his and Rita Rudner’s new comedy TICKLED PINK at Laguna Playhouse.  Thanks tons to Annie Wareham for bringing me in on the project.  I can’t wait to work with Martin and spend several weeks at the beach!  Thaw out after Maine, right?

Cheers to all!

 

The beginning in Maine March 5, 2012

So I arrived in Bangor yesterday after an easy flight (thanks Samantha for the ride!) and two buses that provided much people watching opportunity.

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Listening to the voices in New England is fascinating. Let’s see how long it takes before I shift my own speaking rhythms!

I am staying at the Charles Inn just down the street from Penobscot Theatre. Met the lovely people who run it yesterday. Starting to make it my home-for-a-while. It is one of those places I love to stay in because it has its own quirky character – the floor in the room tilts, there is a bar in the front lobby, and the radiator doesn’t have a thermostat so I am always going to be cold or hot but never in between! I slept well and woke to find it snowing outside. Yippie!!! But it seems folks around here think I am crazy for being excited.

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Yesterday, Bari Newport – our esteemed Artistic Director – met me and gave me a tour of the area and the theatre. What a great space to be doing this show in! INK, by Alice van Buren, is going to fit perfectly on their vast and lovely stage. Congrats to Bari for stepping into the leadership of this gem! She is going to rock this town!!!

More to come soon as I start meeting my cast tonight and our phenomenal design team tomorrow.

So excited!!!!