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!
My next project is the world premier of a new play by my wonderful friend Jill Summerville. The play, Elysium Interrupted, is a remarkable piece of theatre that challenges the audience to reconsider how they view disabled actors on stage, and by extension, disabled bodies off-stage. I am so honored to have been asked to direct this play, and so glad to have a chance to work closely with Jill on the project.
We have a very limited amount of time for this project--due to a number of factors. It opens on May 14, just 26 days from today. We will--I hope--have a read-through this week (or what remains of it) and begin rehearsing in earnest next week following the oral portion of Jill's Ph.D. candidacy exams (a stressful process that I endured in November).
I'll use this space to write updates about this process as we go.