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.
Submitted by Leon Ingulsrud on August 10, 2014 - 5:15pm
It’s a hot, sunny Sunday morning here in LA. My favorite kind of morning…just me, my dog and a cup of extra strong coffee.
Yesterday marked the end of our third week of Persians rehearsals at the Getty Villa. While we reverted to a six hour schedule yesterday, the day felt extra long at the end of a long week. Long, I think, because we’ve reached a pivotal moment in our process. The proverbial rubber hit the road this week. The work we have been doing to get the numerous specials of our play into our bodies has begun to pay off.
Submitted by Leon Ingulsrud on August 9, 2014 - 2:39am
So much of what we do is about building routines.
Of course we have “routines” that we perform on stage, but more importantly at this point in the process are the countless routines that evolve around the daily repetition of our schedule. How we navigate our preparation in the morning and getting to the cars and driving up to the Getty Villa and going through security. And then the routine of the work day itself and the getting home and the night-time routines of unwinding and studying and reflection and distraction. And we will do this for weeks, parsing out our energy and trying to find the best ways to bring our best selves to the problems at hand.
Submitted by Akiko Aizawa on August 9, 2014 - 12:49am
At the last part of the rehearsal, we experimented the entrance of Messenger. With Emily’s brilliant idea, we ran around holding the edge of huge fabric which is hung from the top of balcony. Filled with the wind, it looked like the sails of boats, or restless waves, or the deep breathing of the museum building. It was another inspiring day.