Okay, so we fast-forwarded quite a bit. Things got busy, and as therapeutic as it is to write, I didn’t have time in the day to jot down anything worth publishing.
We can rewind back to day 33 though, when most of the cast was together and finally rehearsing. I can safely say that I was emotional. We’ve been working on this project for a long time and seeing the people who have been with you on this journey, and for the first time seeing what you helped write acted out was something extremely cathartic. I had to keep that side of me locked away for a bit during rehearsal, but the enormity of the moment was not lost on me.
A table read is one thing, but to have talented actors take time to invest and bring to life a piece of your writing, that’s quite another. That’s the dream of every writer right? To have your work read, and for it to connect with someone. It’s a bit premature to say if someone connects to it, but holy shit, to hear someone else say the lines that you’ve heard yourself say in your head a million times is nothing short of incredible.
You bring in the best people that you’ve worked with and you audition them in front of the EP. Hopefully the actor buys into the project, and hopefully the EP can envision the actor in the role. Once all that’s in place you have to put the thing in motion.
Hearing the lines is one thing, but there’s the whole thing of blocking a scene, and thus, knowing how to light the damn thing. We started working backwards, blocking the scene with the most actors on the day, because we knew that would be the most complicated and if we could streamline the work flow for that day, it’d be better.
And so we went through it, as actors do, making mistakes, messing up, and most importantly, messing around with each other. The rehearsal part is where you get to play a little bit, mess with what’s on the paper, and feel out the cast.
And god, I love this cast. Every single one of them has been in on this project on the ground floor and has given up a lot, and put in so much to make it become a reality. As much as it’s been an odyssey to get to this point, I couldn’t imagine attempting to tackle production without them. Rehearsal was a nice little calm before the storm. We had planned for more rehearsal, but circumstances changed and that dictated a storm of uncertainty.
When you sail directly into a storm, you hope the people that you have with you are good enough to handle what’s coming. Of course, the smarter thing would be not to sail into the storm in the first place, but that’s a story for another time.