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Wednesday, October 19, 2005


STAGE 3 at Passe Muraille

Crushing days getting all these shows up. The idea of the fall season at Passe Muraille was to run a bunch of things in rep, bringing a variety of groups and their different audiences in to the theatre and take in more of the events here than they might otherwise. It's a very good idea. With funding getting tighter every year, nobody's budgets are getting any bigger -- so we group up and rely on people when we can't rely on money.

Some of us are getting a little burnt in the run of things, though.

Anyway, above is a rehearsal shot, but a pretty faithful one, of "Born Ready" by Jomo Pierre. I did the set and lights. The next show opens tomorrow (Thursday oct. 20, 2005) -- and it is a run to the finish line to get things together. The schedule didn't leave us with a solid day to do tech -- we've had nothing but 5-hour rehearsal days, and instead of getting stuff made and in with time to play it all into the mix, we are still struggling just to finish completing the set. I've done about $2000 worth of techie work (normally I'd do maybe $500 in the course of a show, as my part) in the last month and a half. Gotta bitch somewhere about this stuff, I guess.

BUT: the next show, "Frances, Mathilda, and Tea / Mysterious Shorts" is a hoot, and I think our opening will be a fabulous preview.

These are some of the things I write in the dark when I'm watching a run:

practice drops with hendrik

ev's miror light: focus onstage one down.

07-110 smooth it -- on scoop in.

?drop centre during first shadow dress

look at SS entrance for Q call - 131

hendrik don't play with the couch cover

Great job on the blog. I also like ferdinand porsche
did you Really design that/?/is beautiful in ways that tug at the mind and soul/ /expanding breath(e?) taking in the contrast/shadows and no, it will never pay, but aren't the important things usually like that?
Thanks for the comment -- yes, I designed it, and yes, you are right of course, what we get paid and what is worth doing are not often in sinc for anyone working in the arts.

But it still wears you out, makes you occasionallly get a negative about things. A few days off and long sleeps will bring back the willingness to do it all over again.
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