DAY 1. We have accomplished a helluva lot over the last two and a half weeks of rehearsal; now comes the fun part. TECH *cue the suspense strike*. No matter how much I love what I do, especially when it comes to Theatre - and I absolutely looove what I do - I can never seem to get through tech week without getting antsy. Having full understanding of its purpose, necessity and benefit, I still melt in place with the constant holding, starting and stopping, rewind, repeat, re-stage... You get my drift. By no means is this a complaint, but rather a healthy observation of my anticipation of performing before an audience.
Today's tech actually went by pretty fast, and we achieved quite a bit, considering how tech-heavy this show really is. To know that today was only a half-day is already putting me in the proper mindset to utilize every millisecond of time that I may not be needed on-stage during the course of tomorrow. It is no longer about remembering lines and blocking; there are layers upon layers of ideas, movement, intentions and justifications that I am confident we will discover anew every night we perform.
I can go on and on about how proud I am and how much of an honor it is to be a part of such an adventurous Cast and Crew. We all have stepped up to the plate and poured our everything into our specific fields, and the way it has come together, already, is completely mind-blowing. This is without a doubt one of those productions that feels so right, I wish I could step outside myself and see it. And the fact that we embody the familial element makes this process all the more rewarding. The only ego is the Stage itself, 'cause it is one baaaad.. you get my drift.
I'm on my old man tonight, because we're putting in a 12-hr day tomorrow. That means that by 1am, I need to be in bed, resting with the script under my pillow - judge me not - and the music/sounds going on the playlist to put me where I need to be in the morning. I am reminded daily that while Kill Move Paradise is a journey of Healing, we as Actors still have to be willing to go through the fire to meet those in search of and in need of that healing so that by the end of every performance, at least one person has a better way of coping and persevering through the world around us. Stay tuned in the meantime, there is more to come.
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Donnell E. Smith