First Rehearsal of One Flea Spare

It’s been a long, cold winter here in Chicago, and we’ve been itching to get back to work for months now – tonight we finally got to dive into a new script and new playwright with a great new group of people, with the first rehearsal of Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare.

Listening to the cast read through the script for the first time, I was struck by the power, sensuality, and humor of this play, which explores the tense relationships of strangers brought together by circumstance during the Great Plague of the mid 1600s.

Tomorrow we’ll come back together to begin discussing the dramaturgical research and characters, and by the end of this week the actors will be up on their feet. Based on their first trip through the play together, this promises to be a fascinating six weeks we’ve got ahead of us, and we’ll be sharing the experience here on the blog as we go along.

The photo above, taken by our fantastic photographer Scott Cooper, features Elizabeth Stenholt (Morse) and JP Pierson (Bunce). More photos, including some behind the scenes shots from tonight’s rehearsal, are in our One Flea Spare set on Flickr.