Tonight was the final preview. The play is now handed over to the actors and Jessica, our stage manager, to maintain and support it's growth. Scott and I will be around during the run. But it is a goodbye to a phase of the work. The work continues. It continues for the entire run. As a matter of fact as I put the key into my apartment door a thought struck me about clarifying an overall intention of one of the characters. I know I will be looking at this thought during tomorrow's run. If it is valuable I will share it with the actors. My thoughts are on the end of the process because it clearly shifts tomorrow.
First, I want to talk about tonight. Jamie D. and Eric T. carried yesterday's excellent work into tonight's performance. More consistent. A couple of 'intense' moments that need to be more specific and couple of casual moments that need to have the right fuel under them. Overall though the work is done with a 'conscious spontaneity'. It has it. And my goal for the actors is to keep that spirit of the work while utilizing the run of the play to continue to craft their performances. I see it happening now.
This blog has been to track the development process. I will probably blog tomorrow. The play will continue to develop after opening. For now though, the rehearsal process is over and it seems the right time that it has been an honor to work on this play with all of the very committed and generous artists. Scott, Eric T, Jamie D, Lea, Sarah, Betsy, Jessica, Bob, Marieke, Alchemy, LAByrinth, Keenan, Jayme, Kate, Martin, David, Lauren, Becky, Dan, Leah, Irv, Kohl, Barrett, Jewdee, and all. This play and production will hold a special place in my heart forever. What makes Sweet Storm truly special to me is that it is absent of cynicism. And it seems to have had a similar effect to all of the artists that have engaged in the process of developing this play. Each of them has brought themselves fully to the process and I know because of it I am leaving this process a better artist. Thank you.