Dress rehearsal: 365 Days / 365 Plays

We’re taking the night off tonight, so last night’s dress rehearsal was our last before we perform 7 short plays by Suzan-Lori Parks this Friday and Saturday.

Everybody seems to be having a lot of fun, and we’re all trying some new things and taking some wild risks – something about these plays takes away all the pressure we normally feel to be “right” in the choices we make as directors and actors, and we’re free to simply explore them.

That exploration has given us plays that include characters who speak in gibberish, others who only sing arias, blindfolded guitar players, pantomimed violins, simulated orgasms and an awful lot of weapons.

Yeah, it’s been fun.

After the performances Friday and Saturday, we’ll invite everybody to stick around to talk about Suzan-Lori Parks and her work. She may not be our 2007 playwright, but she’s our playwright for this week, and this has been an amazing way to get to play with her words and her ideas.

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