Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Stuff Actors Dream Of

Posted by Janet Ulrich Brooks (Mrs. Lippincott, Lithuanian Woman, Clara
Barton, Actress)

A True History of the Johnstown Flood hits the stage today in technical rehearsals! This is the most exciting time in the rehearsal process, as the work of every artist on the project comes together for the first time. During this time in the process, I stand back and am dazzled by just how many people it takes to make a play—and not many of them will be getting much sleep this week. :)

Until now, all of the people involved in creating the many elements of this show have been working in their own shops, rooms and studios. Actors are especially anxious to enter the world of the play with props, costumes, lights and sound…and this particular play is so rich in design. I’m writing this as I watch the clock tick—another hour before I leave for the theater—and I just can’t wait to get there! We are getting closer and closer to sharing this amazing story with audiences.

The process to this point has been very deep and rewarding. Working on a brand-new play is always exciting, but working on a brand-new Rebecca Gilman play under the direction of Bob Falls is the stuff actors dream of. It is thrilling to be a part of this collaboration, and I can’t wait to see it all realized.

Goodman Theatre has been so welcoming and generous with its resources. Having a crack literary team in on the process has been invaluable. Their dramaturgical information has deepened the rehearsal process, and will in turn deepen every audience member’s experience of the show.

Also, I wish everyone could follow the stage management team around for even just a day. This is not a job for the weak! They are the conduit through which ALL information is organized and disseminated. It’s staggering to witness their skills, without which we would all not be able to function. :) Imagine being responsible to—and for—so many people. Alden Vasquez and Jamie Wolfe should get a Parents of the Year Award!

Time to go...

Looking forward to seeing you at the theater!

—Janet Ulrich Brooks

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