So I've taken far too long a hiatus from my blog! Hopefully Jennifer Adams will not fire me. In the case that she does unleash anger on me, it's been wonderful being a part of Halcyon....in the likely case that she doesn't, here's my update on what's been going on the past couple of weeks:
We had a great rehearsal the other day where playwright Jennifer Fawcett watched us. She threw in some input during the rehearsal itself, and then after we had a discussion with her on the play. We also got to ask her a lot of specific questions about the setting and the environment our characters live in. Sometimes it can be frustrating not being quite sure what environment you're exactly in, but for this process I'd say it's quite the opposite. It's been really exciting discovering this world our characters live in. Because it's a "made up" world (which I put in quotes because it's definitely happened, this world...just not so specific as we're making it), we have some flexibility on determining what happens in this world. That's part of where the fun comes in. But we also need to make sure we're all on the same page so that we're living in the same world, of course. That would just be silly if we weren't.
We also received a second draft of the script. We were warned that this would happen during the readthrough, so it wasn't a surprise. I actually got very excited reading the new draft (although you may be able to tell I get excited quite easily during this process). It goes a bit more in depth to explain things that were already written into the first draft, which I think will make it easier for the audience to understand.
Director Jenn Adams also thought that maybe we could have characters onstage for long periods of time throughout the show without making them speak anymore than they already do. My character is included in this and I think it would make things extremely interesting on the audience perspective. I think we're going to talk more about this in rehearsal tonight.
And on that note, I'm off to rehearsal! I'll be sure to update more as the week continues, despite the fact that the Cubs are going to Boston to play the Red Sox....and I may or may not be rooting for the Red Sox....