Griffin and I went on Sunday last weekend to see our 4th rehersal and I didn’t have the time to get the blog out. We then attended our 5th rehersal last night and both are summarized here.
Last Sunday, we were able to be in attendance for an almost entire run through of the play. Griffin’s word for it was “perfect” as he watched all the parts come together. He felt like the whole play was smooth and made sense, really taking home the message. During the week, on the way to school, we were listening to NPR and there was a commentary that made reference to genetic tracking and isolating genes for diagnostic purposes. Griffins reaction to it was one of knowing. It was both figuratively and literally an “aha moment.” While normally he is half listening, the subject matter caught his attention and engaged him.
Tonight, Friday the 14th, we just returned home from the first technical rehearsal. It was on the main stage with the full set. Our arrival time was perfect because the actors were still on break and we were able to interact with the people setting the technical stage pieces. When we first got there, we had a chance to talk to Deb, the playwright. It was our first opportunity to get to know a little more about each other, though we had seen her in some other rehersals, there was something about the space in the main theater and the feeling of the environment that reached out for interaction this time. Griffin had the opportunity to walk around and “see things from different angles”, which Sean invited him to do, and to ask some questions about the play. Two rows in front of Deb was Michael Raiford, who in his description to Griffin, was able to categorize his role as set “architect”. Michael quickly engaged Griffin and offered to take him up on the stage where we got a description of the work that went into the set which was aptly described as a functional sculpture. . . . Really a fully purposeful piece of art. It is this amazing use of layered cardbord, to create the stratified effect of a topographical map. ( Griffin took a photo of this as we left.)
Griffin and I always debrief as we leave, and tonight when I asked him for his feedback the focus was on the set. Griffin stated “I love the way this set incorporated the ancient landscape and the modern technology of the light boxes and LED’s in a way that conveyed the meaning of the play.” “I also really liked the way the light boxes and lighting in general influence the mood and moment on the set.”
After seeing the run through on the Sunday before, and feeling like it was a coming together of the whole of the play, it was really cool to see how the environment can come together with the actors and the influence it can have over the depths of the play.
Last Sunday, the technical pieces of the play were the props, blocked off in the rehersal room to support the actors, but today, really, the actors were the props to the technical pieces. We will be excited to see them blend in seamless collaboration.
After week of battling snow days, work (yes I still had to go), and the forced and terrible lethargy I’m sure Griffin suffered by enduring 2 snow days and 1 superintendents conference day, The Rainbow Brite stage set for the “book store story” part of the play was a refreshing change of pace and a clear example of the influence light can have over all of us. Something always on our mind in Rochester.
I guess you’ll just have to come to play to get that last reference.” – Jen and Griffin