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.
Submitted by Leon Ingulsrud on August 20, 2014 - 3:43am
Tuesday of week 5. The process of staging our play and the process of tech-ing it have intersected. Like a snake eating its tail, today we went back to working on the beginning of the play while not having quite finished the end of it on Monday night.
But for me the day kicks into gear a couple hours before leaving the Oakwood, when Anne, Ellen and I participate via conference phone, in an interview with one of the candidates to join our SITI Company staff. It was a reminder how tough it is for our people back in New York right now, and the load they are carrying as the bulk of the company works on the west coast. A big shout-out tonight to Michelle, Vanessa and Megan!
Submitted by Will Bond on August 18, 2014 - 1:23am
Well, first things first. You know today was Darron’s birthday. Mine was Friday. “Back in the day” D and I used to host a shared b’day bash every year with our friend and colleague/board members Chris Healy (who shares the day with me) and Dan Smith. I’m sure there are stories there not appropriate for this diary. Ellen Lauren and I reminisced that we used to lie on the roof of the old dorm in Toga Japan on this night and watch the annual meteor shower to celebrate with red bean pastries and one-cup sakes for many years running.