When my director, Stephen, said, his voice voice higher-pitched, which usually indicates an idea or suggestion is on the way, 'what do you think about adding some poetry during the two lovemaking episodes?' I admit I was dubious. Not sold. Someone providing commentary during a tender moment which would now be in the background? O-kay. He asked me to pick two poems for the two separate moments, read by two different characters, from the very book which had inspired me in the first place. I do well with specific suggestions, and this man has not steered me wrong in this process, at all. On the contrary. To the book I went, and as I began to pore over these gorgeous poems, I began to see what Stephen was going for, and I became so excited that when I landed on the pieces I wanted to use, I knew they were perfect, and I knew he was right.
What an incredibly full week it has been. We had to replace our costume designer, and now have one who has all but roared out of the gate, which, with 2.5 weeks till we open, is a very good thing. The last six days have seen great strides made in rehearsal, more laughter, more cursing (guilty), more patience (the director), and gradually, more comfortability achieved among the actors. Sometimes, one feels as if they're flying in a scene, and the amnesia afterward indicates that something truly good was happening. To begin with no confidence, and to gradually regain it, is a relief. Trust your director, trust your actors. They're there because they trust you, after all. Funny that.