Losing a cast member is never easy on a show. This past week out Lane had to bow out in order to take part in another wonderful show in the city. While we are overjoyed to see our friend's success, it is still sad and challenging from a production point of view. Luckily we have the talented Will Snyder willing to step up and take on the task of both butlers. I'm excited to see what new comedic elements this introduces to our show. More than my own personal feelings, it is great to see how calmly the director and the rest of the cast took the upset. We really are becoming a family and we live and die together with every change. Stephan, we will miss you and we wish you the best in Hair! Will, thank you for taking on more work. Cast, lets keep this momentum and finish out our blocking rehearsals!!!
Plays are not meant to be read in your own head. I think you can still enjoy a play when it is not read out loud, but it loses something. Last night the amazing cast had its first read through of The Important Of Being Earnest and it just reminded me that this show is really funny....still! 119 years after its first production and most of this show still plays very well. It's not perfect, there are jokes that go over the head of all but the most antiquated thinkers, but generally speaking; It really hold up. Any worries I might have had about the language coming out stilted or stuffy were shattered as I engaged in the witty banter of Wilde's, arguably, greatest work. Our cast was informed from the start that pacing was everything and they brought the pacing. Lines that many of us had never read, let alone said out loud, fired back and forth with surprising agility. I was proud in a bizarrely paternal manner. My fellow castmates "get" this show. And because they get it, it sounds fun and easy and accessible. If this is where we are starting, I can't wait to see where we go.
Auditions are strange. Normal people get really worked up over job interviews. There is etiquette and protocol that always seems to churn up the tummy butterflies before you present yourself to a potential employer. Now imagine that not only do you have to convince the employer that you're qualified, but now you also have to be the right height, have the right voice, match-up well with another actor, make bold choices in a cold reading, and perform for people who may not even say a word to you before, during, or after your "interview." It's true that the more auditions you go to, the easier it gets, but...it will never be easy. Anyone who thinks that auditions are easy is either masochistic or clinically insane. As 906 goes through this painfully unfair process, we want to thank all of our willing participants...what is wrong with you guys!!!???
Hello True Believers! The word is out, 906 will be performing The Importance Of Being Earnest in late June and through July. We will be performing at the always charming Hamburger Mary's upstairs venue of Mary's Attic. We are excited at the prospect of getting this party started and hope to have a finalized cast before too long! Keep your ear to the ground and updates will be forthcoming!
The time for idle chatter is at an end. This past week 906 took it's first steps toward becoming a real thing. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a possibility. And thank you to all of the people who have no idea that they have been secretly drafted to help us out. The site is up and running although it has several areas that are less than complete. We would also like to announce that The Importance Of Being Earnest will be our first production. Dates and details are coming soon. Stay tuned!