I didn't mention that the rehearsal didn't start until one o'clock in the afternoon, so from nine to around noon, there was more re-writing on the script. Because the first eighteen pages are now set for rehearsals, I can work beyond that and still make changes until we get to that point, when I'll have to 'set the text' and only make minor changes. Does that make sense? I've had people tell me recently how nervous this makes them that I am rehearsing and still working on the script. However, its fairly common when working on a new play to work right up to the day of the preview. There is a great book called 'ACT ONE' by Moss Hart, a wonderful book on the process of creating theatre. Imagine opening a play on a Friday night, re-writing the second act all night after the performance, starting rehearsals the next morning to make the changes in the second act for that night's (Saturday) performance. That's the way it used to get done folks. Actors would have to memorize sometimes entire scenes before the next night. That is 'old school', but it is mind boggling to think about. We will be making changes to the text I'm sure even during the show from weekend to weekend. It's wonderful to be able to just focus on this kind of work. I'm very lucky to be able to do this all day without having to work another job.
After rehearsal, we came home for a snack and then it was off to the gym for a cardio and light weight workout. This lasted two hours, and then it was home for a light meal, some news on the Obama presidency, writing the blog and finally, going to bed.
It was extremely gratifying to finally have some things set. Things will go up rather quickly now, once the general blocking is done we will start on the polish. I can't wait. Its on, ladies and gentlemen, this is going to be a great show, I hope you can see it! Good night!