And we’re off…

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…well, now I’m off and going. Up til now my job has been a combination of task master and cheerleader, but now I get to direct! This has been an amazing couple of weeks for this fledgling company. Lets hit some bullet points:

First and foremost, we found an affordable space for our taste of the Altruistic pieces (working title). Not only is it affordable, it’s easily accessible, it’s on 14th st in Manhattan and it is all ours April 1st-3rd. Posters are on the way.

Also, Both scripts are in final draft with only minor changes coming from discoveries in rehearsal.

Our amazing sound designer, Adam, has been spinning gold with guitar string for CYOA and the sounds of death and mayhem for Zombie.

We are also gearing up a fine submittion to Theater for a New City’s Dream Up festival. If we get get in we’ll be using one of their fine theater spaces for 6 nights of the fest.

Zombie is fully cast and we had our first rehearsal last night and it felt great. We worked mostly on tone and character and it’s already working so well. We started with a regular ‘in character” read-thru based on the actor’s first instincts. Interesting enough, it came across as a bit dark. The second time through we lightened the feel and then a third read brought out the vision in my mind of the world of the play. Joe and Jordon are going to be great.

The search for our last cast member continues tonight with a reading of an actress our costume designer, Mary, brought to us. We are trying to fill the “female” for the CYOA, the actress will end up playing multiple parts in the different paths of the play, interesting part. Her play will be vastly different from night to night. The major challenge for the actors in this piece is going to be memorization. There are 15 separate scenes to block and memorize lines for, but only four or five will be preformed a night.

Next on the agenda is finding rehearsal space, it’s not as expensive as a performance space, but $15-30 an hour will break the bank over time.

Oh money, how I loath thee…more soon.

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