3/06/14, Day 13,797: Quadrabutt
This day is so named because of how our Faust rehearsal ended last night. After a great first few hours where we played around with what I think will be the actual text (gasp), we set to exploring how we might stage Faust’s summoning of the earth spirit (in our play, a spirit more malign and contemporary, if no less powerful).
One option we explored was Faust talking to a patient who had just died, and when the spirit arrives, it speaks through the body of the dead person. We wanted to involve all of the actors in creating the possessed body, and so we assembled this Voltron-like giant body that was quickly dubbed quadrabutt, for the reasons you might expect. Seeing Faust attempt to deliver a mournful monologue about abandoning science for magic to quadrabutt was just irresistibly funny, and the laughter cohered the group in a powerful way, ending on a a high note what felt like a breakthrough rehearsal.
Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…
Writing: 57 out of 67 days (Angel Juice, Faust)
Spanish: 57 out of 67 days
What small things did I do yesterday to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”)
- Wrote for and participated in our Faust devised process;
- Made another public comment about the Keystone XL Pipeline;
- For TCG, shared the exciting news about our World Theatre Day salon curators; pictures from the recent An Ideal Theater New Dramatists event; and the Performing Arts Alliance advocacy update;
- Questioned the reported U.S. push to increase fracking in Ukraine;
- Cooked and ate all vegetarian meals (mostly organic, some local) and added no direct food waste (plastics bags, plastic water bottles, etc.);
- With the passing of the Energy Efficiency bill in the House (hooray!), I asked my Senators to support it;