In a very different way, the addition of tech into the rehearsals also had a similar effect. The addition of sound and light design actually made it real in some way. Like I finally realized we were actually doing it... It also made me reconsider the play. Everything seemed fresh again. Like I hadn't heard that scene a million times. Everything was made new again, and fuller, more of complete package. Watching the actors play with the light and sound was also really interesting to watch. Watching them integrate those production aspects into their performances and using them to help them define beats or certain shifts within scenes. It's this detailed work that I find so satisfying to observe because the benefits to the overall coherence of the show are huge.
But I also have no idea how they do it. I got up on stage to do some light walking for Rebecca and navigating the stage with the lights in my eyes seemed an impossible task. To manage that and give a connected performance? A mindblowing feat. I'm a bit in awe actually.
- Courtney Walker, assistant director
"We must be careful about what we pretend to be." - Kurt Vonnegut