We are a little over two weeks into the project, and so far, things are going quite well. Much to our frustration, Cory and I have not received any of the grants we applied for. This does not prevent the project from happening (obviously, because we are here and doing it), it just leaves us and the others in the States with much more work to do in regards to fundraising. We do have another grant in the works however, so keep your fingers crossed!
Somehow, Cory and I forgot to find stage managers for the Pittsburgh portion of the project before we left. I don’t know how that happened; they are quite possibly the most important part of the American theatre process. Luckily, Jeremy Enz-Doerschner has agreed to SM for one of the shows, and possibly a friend of Lauren’s for the other.
This has been a very different rehearsal process. I think that, with the exception of last year, this is my first time working on a new play. It’s a different way of working. I haven’t been able to attach myself to my character, if that makes sense. I am always looking at her from a new angle; especially with all of the re-writes. Most, if not all, of the character work I did at the beginning of this process is no longer applicable to the Amy that exists now. This is a little bit scary, because I feel like opening night of the show is suddenly going to arrive and I am not going to know what I am doing, but it is a lot of fun, too. It’s a constant challenge, and I like that. Rehearsal is supposed to be about experimentation, which is often something that I forget. I think that this is experience is an opportunity for me to practice doing that.