In which our correspondent attends an opening-"night" party that takes in half of Looahville and goes on for half a day.
Tuesday, March 6, 2:23 a.m.
We had a kick-ass opening on Sunday at 2:30pm. The show had been tightening up during previews, and Michael G kept tweaking the tech elements and the moment-to-moment stuff, and on Sunday the whole thing caught fire. It was very exciting.
I don't know what it's like to watch, only what it's like to do, but I've been talking to some of the people who've come to see it, and they seem not only to have really enjoyed the production, but to be genuinely interested in what the play has to say. It is sparking a lot of conversations about the Internet, boys growing up, virtual reality, cybersex, dangerous theatre, and the meaning of truth, for starters.
And, since we opened with a matinee, the opening night party was 12 hours long....and travelled to five different locations. Three bars and two apartments, plus a trip to the Kroger's for supplies for quesadillas: I cooked about a dozen in a hazy, assembly-line fashion. Jen's Kentucky Kesadillas. Ended up playing darts at Freddie's.
It was such a celebration of the month we've spent together, working on this piece. Everyone here seems so excited about this play and our production, as they are about all the plays in the festival: the actors in the other shows are coming to see ours even as they get ready to tech or open their own. It's crazy supportive, and so much about the whole festival and the joy of bringing these new plays to the stage.
I like Humana.
P.S. - There's an apprentice whose dream job is to work with Fugazi (she's a sound engineer type person) and do theatre like dark play (not the mainstream stuff). Anyone have any contacts?