Autobahn, written by Neil Labute, is a collection of seven one-act plays set within the confines of the front seat of a vehicle. Each of these seven vignettes explores the ethos of perception and relationships.
A woman (who doesn’t say a word) driving her daughter home from rehab.
Cast: young woman, older woman
A make-out session gone awry.
Cast: guy and girl – he’s a university teaching assistant, while she works at WalMart, so early 20’s
A husband apologizing to his wife (who doesn’t say a word).
Cast: husband and wife
A wife feels the need to explain her recent business trip infidelity to her husband.
Cast: husband and wife
A man trying to convince his friend to get his gaming console back from his ex-girlfriend. (the friend does not speak)
Cast: 2 men
A kidnapping thinly disguised as a road trip.
Cast: 1 man, 1 young teen – male or female
A couple that had been foster parents to a troubled kid. (The woman does all of the talking).
Cast: 1 man, 1 woman
All that work… the last two months have been pretty intensive as we worked to bring this musical to life. We’d never done such a large show, and at Harbour Station it was a technical feat. Thank goodness for having great teams of people working on it. Kudos to everyone who worked on it. It was tiring but worth it. A good learning experience, a great group of folks, and fantastic music (written by Mark Blagrave, composed by Richard Kidd, and brought to life by Antonio Delgatio and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, as well as the Saint John High School Choir and the Rothesay Netherwood Choir, and our cast of 32 SJTC folks, not to mention the huge crew of SJTC volunteers, as well as all of the technicians that worked with us to make this happen.)
Thankfully I had some great help with set painting from Tim & Lynda & Sally & Sally’s boyfriend. We got the wails and wooden setpieces painted in a couple of evenings (in between rehearsals on the weekend), and then during rehearsal on Monday, I got the ship’s agent’s sign done. It’s been a busy week…
We needed a toy ship that could be featured in the show that looked as though a young girl from the 1880′s would play with it, but would also represent the Marco Polo clipper ship better than a sailboat. I found this display version of a Spanish Armada ship at a local used book store for $10, and I took it home and pried all f the plastic bits off, took it apart, sanded it down and then put it back together. That was my Thanksgiving Monday.
As soon as I got back from my trip, my evenings and weekends have been devoted to working on the show. I’m Assistant Directing it, and until we get a Stage Manager, I’m filling in with that as well. We were all pretty pumped once we got a chance to rehearse the music with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra…
I finally finished “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen. What a great read. It was our book club pick from a couple of months ago and I had left things to late to read it before we met up. It’s worth picking up and reading – a well written story that was quite interesting and entertaining. It even made me laugh out loud a few times. I guess they are making a movie based on the book – starring Robert Pattison and Reese Witherspoon. I hope they do a good job of it.
I also picked up and read our latest book club pick, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larson. It took a bit to get into, with all of the Swedish names and places, but it turned out to be a real page-turner. I burned through it in a few short evenings and it’s a pretty sizable read. I guess they have made a movie about it that was released on DVD this week. I know they are also planning on filming another version of it starring Daniel Craig that’s set for release in 2012. I’ll likely watch both versions. Now if you’ve read this book, then I highly recommend checking out Nora Ephron’s hilarous spoof in The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2010/07/05/100705sh_shouts_ephron.
I haven’t been knitting much lately. Instead, I got sucked into playing LEGO Harry Potter on the Xbox 360, among a variety of other games. As for what knitting I have been doing, I’ve ever so slowly been picking away at a variety of unfinished projects. Slowly but surely… tonight I did get a few rows of knitting done while I helped to facilitate the auditions for “Marco Polo – The Musical” (which will be at Harbour Station in October). I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday afternoons as well. Hopefully we’ll get a decent turnout despite the possibly rainy weather.
Brenda’s mom started this and I decorated it. It was for Scott Thomas’s character Roger (the very gay director) in SJTC’s “The Producers”. I tried to make it Scott-sized and as glittery and gaudy as possible. The “plus two” is a D&D reference – referring to extra dice rolls needed as a saving throw to ward against being stunned by the incredible gaudiness of it.
Scott Thomas sporting the necklace in The Producers
It was a treat to see Richard Roy bring “Cheswick” to life!
Hanging with Vince Gregg, who I also work with. I enjoyed flinging my coat his way on stage!
It was a treat to get onstage with both Jay and Lisa Miller. Wish I’d managed to get a photo with Lisa too.
Brian Jennings, who played mental patient “Martini” does my taxes!
I got to be in a show with Irwin Hornick…
Mare as “Nurse O’Hare” – or as I liked to call her, “Sparky O’Zaps-a-lot” detangling a skein of yarn backstage:
Hanging with Jo-Anne MacDonald, who was Nurse Ratched…