Tate DeCaro May 25, 2014 "I got a chance to see the play twice this past week. It was my first time seeing the full set (I’d only seen rehearsals in the rehearsal room upstairs), and I fell in love with it on sight. On Wednesday night, I went to the show on my … Continue reading “That was too good to miss.” #roc
“If you enjoy watching any creative process, an artist creating their work, this is something you just have to see!!“ We just finished up our second year of the Cohort Club. As reported last year, our first attempt was a smash success. In the same year that we initiated this program, Geva saw a rise … Continue reading Cohort Year 2 Wrap Up: “one of the greatest testaments to human skill, ingenuity, and spirit that I know.”
Opening Night -- Tinkers to Evers to Chance – By David and Anna Marie Barclay As members of director Sean Daniels' cohort club we have seen all of the stages of the Geva world premier production of Mat Smart's Tinkers to Evers to Chance. We learned of the skill and creativity and hard work … Continue reading Opening Night #roc
Tech Rehearsal for Tinkers to Evers to Chance – by David and Anna Marie Barclay "Geva, as I hope everyone in Rochester knows, doesn’t simply serve as a stage for touring troupes to set up, perform, and move on. Geva develops its own performances, whether of an existing play (like the Odd Couple) or … Continue reading What happens in a tech rehearsal? #roc #gevaCUBS
"Watching this play in rehearsals has shown me how much more this play is than a baseball story. It's a family drama, with humor, mystery, history, and passionate sports fans. Moving the words from script to stage has been amazing to watch. At first glance, the script seemed straightforward enough until I realized all the … Continue reading It’s a game itself and you have to watch till the end to know who you are rooting for.
Tate DeCaro May 7, 2014 "Last week I went to watch rehearsal for a few hours, where they spent about 2 hours on 15 pages of script, stopping frequently to discuss motivations, the meanings of individual lines or words, and staging. Everything from the larger questions like how the characters would be feeling in … Continue reading “I believe in the Church of Baseball.” #roc
Staging rehearsals for Tinkers to Evers to Chance – by David and Anna Marie Barclay "When we see any performance at Geva we are always aware that we are watching people with acting talent who work hard at delivering the same performance many times a week. What we are not so aware of is … Continue reading They were totally focused, extremely productive, collaboratively creative, and obviously experts at what they do.
Tate DeCaro April 30, 2014 Cohorting: Round Two.... or shall we say, “It’s the second inning.” "First, let me talk baseball, because this play has got me thinking about it more than I already do (which is truly saying something!). At the first read-through and rehearsal for Tinkers to Evers to Chance on Saturday, … Continue reading “It’s the most romantic and optimistic thing you could do, to be a sports fan.”
Take Two My Life as a Cohort On to the Nextstage Leslie Locketz April 29, 2014 "Just two and a half months have passed since we began our Cohort experience with the first reading of the world premiere of Informed Consent. The cast, the set, and the playwright have moved on to the Cleveland Playhouse … Continue reading “in baseball, every game is determined by a single event, and this is also so in our lives.”
Mat Smart, author of Geva's upcoming world premiere production Tinker to Evers to Chance, loves both sports and theatre. I guess that's a pretty obvious thing to say about a guy who wrote a play about baseball. What seems less obvious is the connection between loving sports and loving theatre - until Mat explains it, and then … Continue reading The Problem with Loving Sports and Theatre