We spent Saturday hanging lights and constructing the set for Passion Play, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how things went! We got a lot done, and now we have a usable set for rehearsals which is FANTASTIC.
Going into this production, I didn’t want the technical side of things to be any more of a headache than it needed to be; I will do just about anything to avoid staying in the theater all night painting a platform during tech week. So when I talked to my set designers, Josh and Emily, about the set for this show, we decided that, in Sarah Ruhl’s words, “to be most simple is to be most good”. All we needed were a few platforms to add levels to the playing space. Not only does it mean we can build quickly, but it also means we can use a lot of stock material without having to buy very much new lumber, and more people will be able to help with construction because it’s not a complicated design.
I’m really glad I ended up at a liberal arts college rather than a conservatory school, if for no other reason than that it’s almost impossible for me to stick to one specialty. I want to do it all! And I’m incredibly grateful for the other people in the PLU Theatre department who are willing to come in on a Saturday and help make this play a reality, regardless of whether they’ve studied any aspect of technical theatre or are involved in the play in any other way. It makes for a close-knit group and good vibes all around.
In other news, tonight was our first off-book rehearsal and it went much better than I expected! This show is a huge undertaking in terms of how much there is for the actors to memorize, and I’m so proud of each and every one of them. Even in the last week, every night that they came into rehearsal they had a little more of their scripts memorized than they did the night before, which is a beautiful thing for a director. I feel incredibly fortunate to have a cast and crew who are so excited to be involved in this production and who are constantly working so hard on it.