Persians Diary August 20th, 2014 (Posted On behalf of Emily Spalding)

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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.  

Persians Diary August 19th, 2014

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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!

Persians Diary August 9th, 2014 (Posted On behalf of Emily Spalding)

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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.

Persians Diary August 8, 2014

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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. 

Emily Spalding's Persian's Journal post for July 30 2014.

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Greetings to all from the Oakwood Marina Del Rey!

While I have lived in LA for several years now, my move to the west side last Sunday felt like a big one…a significant and scary and exciting moment…the kind I’d like to freeze in time and keep in a jar.

Persians Diary July 29, 2014

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This last weekend I had the distinct and singular honor of officiating at the wedding of SITI Company’s beloved Vanessa Sparling’s wedding. I missed rehearsal on Saturday to fly up to Monterey Bay/Carmel by the Sea to say words and sign documents that add up to the official, legal part of Vanessa and Miguel being married. It was amazing. It was beautiful. It was an honor. It was a joy. It was a trip. The two of them wrote vows that blew the top off the whole place.

Steel Hammer opening

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In my work on siti.org there are many things that I do which are simple tiny little technical things. A few of these tiny technical things come with huge spiritual significance. I did one of those things today. I changed the status of the Steel Hammer page from being “in process” to being a “show”. This is because the show will officially open tonight. It is a moment of exhilarating pride for all of us in the company, as well as a milestone for those who have been working on it directly. Particularly the actors. 

Westbeth

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On Monday of this week, as New York city was steadily brushed by the broad cold white paintbrush of winter, the SITI Conservatory trekked down from our home studio in the Garment district down past the Meatpacking district to the Westbeth, to spend the afternoon working in the Martha Graham’s Company’s beautiful 11th floor, penthouse studio.

SITI Company first worked in this room when we rehearsed our Trojan Women there in preparation for performing it at BAM in 2012. But our shared sense of history in the space went much deeper than that…

"In Progress" pages.

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One of the things that we’ve been hoping to achieve with this website siti.org is to give some context and background information about our productions as they are being created. This is always a tricky thing to do because the process of creating a play is so deeply personal and fraught with doubts and missteps and time spent barking up wrong trees.

Despite this, I feel that it is important to give access to some sense of what a production goes through on its way to the stage, and I think there is interest out there for it.

To this end, we have put together “In Process” pages for two productions we are currently working on: Steel Hammer and Persians.

SITI Company Diary/Blog week of 10.21 2013

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One of the great pleasures of my life is living in NYC.

I really like this city. I always have.

 

I first visited the city in my first year of life in 1964. To put it mildly, NYC has been through some changes since then, but despite many things about it I hate, and wish were different, I’m smitten. This love is, undoubtably, aided by the fact that I’m not always here. I go away from time to time. And then I have the wonderful experience of catching sight, after an absence, of the Manhattan skyline. It’s cheesy but there is part of me that still sees it in Woody Allen’s black and white, and hears Rhapsody In Blue in these moments. I like feeling Melville’s ghost brush past me as I bike along the Westside piers of “the Manhattoes.” But it is also that when I wander through the sensual hurricane of Times Square, the tiny streets of Little Italy and China, or listen to the candidates campaigning in my neighborhood for political office in the Dominican Republic, I feel a connection to the world, and all of the big cities. I cannot look into the diversity of New Yorker faces and not be reminded that we live on an entire planet here.

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