A beautiful Song

After almost 24 hours of free time (we had our last performance of Blue Surge on Sunday), we’ve already started to work on the next project – the Chicago Premiere of Pearl Cleage’s new play A Song for Coretta.

There was a lot of energy at last night’s First Rehearsal – the cast was ready to go, we had a great turnout of subscribers and friends, and director Sarah Moeller had just had a wonderful phone conversation with Pearl Cleage, who sent her love and support to all.

There’s a lot to talk about as we start to work on this play, but what jumped out at me last night was the musicality of the play as a whole. Sarah brought together a group of actors with beautiful and distinct voices, and they quickly understood and embraced the rhythms of Pearl’s writing, and the harmonies they can create with one another. The result was a rich musical quality that rode underneath and shaped the powerful stories these five women tell throughout the play.

And this is only the first read through …

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