Second Wind's behind-the-scenes diary: JERUSALEM by Jez Butterworth ~
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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: www.secondwindtheatre.com
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....