Submitted by Ellen Lauren on September 5, 2014 - 8:24pm
Impressions of a (Press) Opening
Persians-Getty Villa Sept 3, 2014
God knows we wondered over the weeks of rehearsal if this could really be done. Reading and studying 3 different plays over a year and half ago, we looked at each other and thought-IF we choose this one, how the Hell are we going to do this?But that very same sentiment is why, in part, we faced it, chose it-Persians.
Submitted by Gian-Murray Gianino on September 1, 2014 - 4:22pm
While a child or children aren’t as large a part of the story of this piece as they are in Trojan Women there are a few lines that speak of them. For instance, describing the Persians waiting for news of the outcome of the war -
Submitted by Gian-Murray Gianino on September 1, 2014 - 4:19pm
Well, another stage in SITI’s journey with the Greeks and the Getty Villa began today. The challenge this time around is to do a full production of Aeschylus’ The Persians, or as we have decided to title our version, “Persians”. The first extant play in the western canon, it is a challenge to be sure and, of course, one that we decided to embrace.
Submitted by Leon Ingulsrud on August 30, 2014 - 3:49pm
Anne gave me an amazing note a few days ago with a sentiment I’d like to share. She reminded me that, even in the midst of this tragic story, I can be open to experience joy onstage. Wow. Right! As a young actor, the play gets the best of me sometimes…shuts me down in a way. I make assumptions about the story, and about my role within it and am thus numbed to the experience of actually DOING the thing… discovering it as I go. It is OKAY to experience joy within it. In fact, I SHOULD do so, on behalf of the audience. My pleasure can be shared with them, created with and for them. This is a profound notion for me, and a note not readily applied. Hopefully with time and experience…
Submitted by Leon Ingulsrud on August 29, 2014 - 4:04am
Today saw our first preview performance of Persians.
Working on plays at the Getty, we are faced in effect with two missions.
One is that we are charged with honoring the play as an artifact. An object that has survived the demolition derby of archeological history to reach us today in some version of “intact”. This mission is one where we in the SITI Company need a lot of help. As much as we bring our imagination and intellect and reading and researching to bear, we are dependent on the eyes and ears of the Getty staff, to help us. Guide us. And most importantly inspire us. I think it is safe to say that to a large degree we have succeeded in this mission with Persians.
Submitted by Ellen Lauren on August 24, 2014 - 9:26pm
It is the last day of the fifth week for rehearsals of Persians. Its now that we start to recognize that we could be the fifth Month, and only have just begun to plumb the depths of this magnificent text.
I’m writing this on Sunday. It’s the luxury that leading on Saturday gives you. A day to marinate in what happened.
Submitted by Leon Ingulsrud on August 22, 2014 - 2:59am
We are in tech! When did this happen? How did we get here?
Time has been incredibly slippery these last few weeks. It feels, at moments, like we are on a runaway train…it feels possible that we will blink and the stone seats of the Outdoor Classical Theater will suddenly flood with people. Time is of the essence…in our rehearsals, in our production, in the play.