Another great day with Davis, Andy, Peter & Kris. Andy arrived with a fresh version of the script with cuts and rewrites done the night before. Cutting a script can be hard for any playwright even when every character and scene are pure fiction. With Andy and Namaste Man it must be even harder. I can’t imagine the complex relationship he must have with this story, his story. The characters are real people, his parents, his siblings, his long lost friends. But he is up to the task. This is very hard work, but he is up to it and he has a fantastic collaborator in Davis.
It’s great to have Peter here (generously, on his own dime) to begin the work of creating the sound design from the very beginning of this rehearsal process. It was Peter who first brought Namaste Man to my attention. He was the sound designer for the world premiere in Seattle and lobbied for a BCT production. I’m happy that I listened to him.
The range of topics covered in a single day of rehearsal is always entertainingly broad. Today’s highlights: the difference between one telephone ring and two (ring…ring…ring vs ring ring…ring ring…ring ring), as well as Andy’s belief that all great plays contain some reference to, or exploration of the purpose of theater itself.
I witnessed further evidence to support that theory tonight.
I saw David Cromer’s production of Our Town at the Barrow Street Theater. I don’t know that I’m capable of describing the show without using what would seem to be hyperbole, but there was a scene change near the end of the play that made me weep and Michael Shannon was brilliant. Understated and simply brilliant. All the “folksy” pitfalls of a play that I thought had devolved into a bad community theater cliche were avoided. The power of simplicity was proven, proven again and then turned on it’s head.