At the worst possible time, our flawed but mostly loveable heroine is struck down by what can only be called, the Nasty. Anything in her life that once qualified as an activity has been postponed until further notice. The only verbs that now figure into her once robust existence are ones that you really don’t want to hear about. So I will spare you. My homeopathic Austin hippie meds seem to be working the best. If this happens to you, proceed straight to Herb Bar for the healing magic. I’m not kidding.
Monthly Archives: September 2009
It took forever but I’m finally done. I can’t say I’m done with it, I can only say I’ve stopped working on it. It could go on forever in photoshop purgatory. Working on it was fun though – I cannot wait to see this show. Keep reading if you want to see the source photo…
So excited to see these names on the list:
Susie Gidseg, Outstanding Director of a Drama
Andrew Varenhorst, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama
Lots of my friends received much deserved nominations. See the full list here.
This is the teaser poster for Evil Dead the Musical. I’m hoping to have the “official” poster by the end of the week. There will be blood. And t-shirts.
For the first time since April, I have a week with no rehearsal of any kind. HOLY SHIT I HAVE A WEEK WITH NO REHEARSAL OF ANY KIND!!! What is my life going to be like? What will I do? Will it be yoga or happy hour that claims victory over my post-workhours? Actually, we have so much work on our plate at my little design co. FS77 that it may not make a difference that I don’t have evening obligations. Free time and my life seem to be mutually exclusive. Its exciting stuff though, work I want to be able to share with you soon. Some of it overlaps with the theatre world. I’m going to silkscreen a limited edition run of posters for Evil Dead the Musical. And if that goes well, I’ll probably do that for future shows as well. And yes, I am in another show… I’ll tell you about that later too. Right now though, I need to get back to work.
Dan published his final observations on directing and the whole experience of producing a piece of theatre. He also says some wonderful things about each of his actors. I’m going to post what he said about me, because this is my blog, and my parents read it sometimes.
Jennymarie Jemison, as the lead and clear protagonist, had the toughest role, as she’s playing a character who’s largely absent in the script. All of the actors had a few key defining characteristics that were clear from their first appearance on the page to work from, and Jenny’s character is defined by her tendency to shrink, which is difficult to perform while still maintaining the role of the protagonist. I think she could play every role in everything. If I got a press release tomorrow from someone who announced that they were doing a production of Twelve Angry Men as a one-person solo show, and Jenny were playing every part, I’d be like, that’s a fucking good idea. She takes a part that could have easily been played as a shrinking violet and turns her into a reflection of what’s going on with the characters around her. You can follow the entire through-line of the play by watching her eyes. Every actor pushed both him- or herself – and me – to look beyond the obvious, surface interpretation of these people as airheads, or assholes, or pretentious goofballs, and turn them into living people whose choices, while sometimes inexcusable, are nonetheless understandable. Jenny’s character had no surface interpretation – she was given very little definition as a choice made by the script, and the way that she turned her into a real person, confined by the fact that she’s been unable to define herself, is what makes the entire play work for me.