We had a full day of tech today. We got through most of the play. Well we got through all of the play but there are about four sections we have to look at again tomorrow before a final run through before our first preview. It is always most challenging to get into and out of a play. What I was struck with today is how much trust of fellow artists is critical at this part of the process. There is a huge amount of work going into putting everything together in the days of tech and then in previews. All of the plans are coming together, actors are dealing with a lot of information that effect their performances. Everyone is in the room together and giving input to each other about the work. Well, what I realized as I worked all day is that I trust everyone in the room. I have worked with each of them now many times, or on this project for over a year, and I know if something isn't 'right' or could be better - they will put their efforts toward making it so. I trust all of them fully. That is the joy of being in a room creating something, knowing that everyone working with you is excellent at what they do and will do what ever they can to the best of their abilities.
Trust hit me because as Scott and I walked home from the theater tonight. We both were expressing how we were comfortable with the fact that our first preview is tomorrow. Not over nervous, certainly not cocky. Trusting. That is how we felt. Trusting that people will come and bring the energy of support and that all of the artists will continue to grow in our work.
Speaking of work tomorrow is two different experiences. First it is time to continue working, detailing what we think might work best for the play. Then the experience of sharing the work with the public, and then the work will never be the same because we will have feedback from a live audience's response. They will become our new trusted collaborators.