Read Through

Last night was the first read through for a show I am stage managing.  Sitting at the table, surrounded by the cast, I got lost for a few moments in the play.

First read through is one of my favorite rehearsals.  There are no blocking notes, no props to coordinate.  It is one of the few rehearsals that a stage manager can actually listen to the play.  I mean really listen.

Characters are still being fleshed out, but just listening to the rhythm of the cast I always get a glimpse at what kind of show and experience this production will be.  How well the voices blend or stand out from each other give a hint to how the cast will be as an ensemble.

A Very Special Level of Hell

…you’re going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.

-Firefly

At a recent performance I was reminded of this quote.

As Ryan and I sat in our seats, the conversation behind me began to raise my shackles.  The two women were loudly discussing their views of the ACA.  Now I am a passionate supporter of the ACA, but I still realize that there are faults in the execution of the law.  What bothered me about their conversation was they were bashing the law, but clearly were misinformed and spouting false “facts”.  I tried to ignore the conversation, instead focusing on examining the set design.

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Woman in Black

Stepping into the theatre it does not look like the stage is ready for a performance.  Cluttered with rope, costumes, and props it looks more like the set has been struck than less than half hour from a performance.  This is because the play, is a play within a play.  The setting is an empty theater, in rehearsal for a performance.  The play is Woman in Black.

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