We've now begun rehearsals for the world premier of Elysium Interrupted. I am reminded, once again, of how lucky I am to be surrounded by such talented people. I have a wonderful cast who are committed to bringing Jill's work beautifully to life, and by an able and creative designer to help us do just that. I am working on my sound design for the play--heading in a substantially different direction now than I thought I would before our first rehearsal. As a director, I tend to think in terms of music--the peaks and valleys and overall lyricism of the words, the tempos of delivery, the importance of silence, the ability to shape mood and contour emotion--so I very frequently design my own sound, and begin very early in the process. Right at this moment, I am inspired by a number of different musical directions--from Marina and the Diamonds to "folk metal" and "steampunk. We'll see where this goes!