Saturday, November 29, 2008

Ah Paperwork!

Theatre companies don't exist on creativity and inspiration alone. I thought today I'd address some of the organizational aspects of producing theatre (and the creativity--and discipline!-- that goes into getting things done) by sharing some of our production materials. There's always more, but here's a taste.

See you in the theatre...

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Where's We're At

Where We're At as of Friday, November 28th. A simple update.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Masks and Fight Choreography

Okay, it's two in the morning, I've spent 10 hours of my Sunday in either production meetings or rehearsals (I ended up bookending a 4 hour rehearsal with design meetings), the light in this shot is beyond awful, and I'm having trouble forming sentences. Not my sharpest entry. Maybe it's the whiskey. But if you jump about a third of the way in there's some nice footage of our fight choreography excersizes, and some face casting for masks. We also worked the "romantic" scenes, but you won't see any of that. Thanks to Richard Enriquez for his camera work (and everybody else for their commitment).

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Friday, November 21, 2008

What is Meadowland?

All these entries and I still haven't told you anything about the play? Well, that'll change here. A brief introduction-- with no spoilers!-- on Meadowland, which happens to be based on a 12th century folk story from Japan.

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Oh Yeah

I should say who's appearing in the First Read-Thru segment below. The cast is:

Leon Goertzen*
Michael Uy Kelly
Arthur Keng
Sang S Kim
George Q Nguyen
Alan Quismorio
Nonoko Sato
Pearl Wong
Michael Wu

Also pictured: our Stage Manager, Jennifer Blancas; Choreographer and Associate Producer, Misha Wyatt; our Costume Designer, Scarlett Kellum; Assistant Director and Film Director, Richard Enriquez; and our AAD, Natalie Palan.

* Actor's Equity. This is an AEA approved project.

Monday, November 17, 2008

First Read-Thru

Rather than have me describe our first read-thru, I'm going to rely on pictures being worth more than my words. At Second Wind we like our first rehearsal to be casual; too often, the cast doesn't get to know each other until after the show opens. Photography by Richard Enriquez (all the good shots) and myself.

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Friday, November 14, 2008


Auditions: they're nerve-wracking on both sides of the auditors table. Hard on actors, and hard on the producer/director-- at least that's how I feel about it. They're actually my second least favorite part of the producing process. So here's a bit about how we tricked-out our audition process to get hard-to-reach actors, and the inside scoop on what I'm looking for in an audition. And I promise the next videos will be shorter...

As always, you can hop to our website for more information about the show, buy tickets, and have a generally fine time at:

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Getting Started

Finally! I got off my duff and posted the first video entry into the MEADOWLAND video blog. It's more rough and tumble than polished, which is what's I'm going for. I'm already cast and in production meetings with a great team of artists. More to come....

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