May 16, 2013
It’s been a long couple of days of auditions for our remount of Casa de Pessoa, happening as part of IATI’s Performing Arts Marathon this July (dates still TBA, but very very soon, we hope).
Patrick and I have just started to settle in to making some structural changes, rethinking the [...]
September 12, 2012
A few favorite moments/realizations from the Pessoa project at the end of August:
How to engage audience in that particular setting: chat with them beforehand. Encourage them to interact with the space. Lead by example. Your tone and demeanor are important.
I couldn’t believe that people didn& [...]
August 7, 2012
Well, we’re finally about to go into our first rehearsal for the Pessoa project.
In preparation, Patrick and I have been hammering away at the script (last-last-last-minute rehearsal draft edits being done as we speak), and we’ve met with our fantastic dramaturg, Jess Applebaum, to get t [...]
August 2, 2012
Last Sunday and Monday, we held auditions for the Pessoa project (now titled Casa de Pessoa in homage to Fado).
With a standard audition listing in Backstage, we found ourselves very much a part of the system; but we wanted to make our auditions as non-standard, as Yinzerspecific as we could. We wa [...]
May 4, 2012
Today I went to a talk on “Fame and the Writer.” Advertised panelists: Daniel Kehlmann and others. (The “others” did not show.)
I went because (1) I wanted to go to a PEN World Voices Festival event, (2) the Herta Mueller event later in the afternoon was all booked up, and (3 [...]
April 26, 2012
As we think about trying to cast the next apartment play, we’re realizing we don’t know the best way to go about it. The best way to go about seeing actors. The theater we’re interested in making is pretty weird stuff. It’s not for everybody. Maybe we need to create an auditi [...]
February 13, 2012
Brainstorming for the Pessoa #aptplay
Patrick and I are hard at work on the script for the next Yinzer apartment play. Our muse is poet Fernando Pessoa and our mascot his translator and voice in the English language, Richard Zenith. And our date – we hope – is March 10. Stay tuned.
February 6, 2012
“Pessoa described his artistic enterprise as ‘a drama divided into people instead of into acts.’ He created, in other words, a series of characters but no play for them to act in. What they played out, in a certain way, was the life that their shy, retiring creator chose not to liv [...]