Rockaways and Faust

(Why am I naming days?)

7/11/14, Day, 13, 947: Playland at the Rockaways

This day is so named because I ended it with a long journey out to Playland at the Rockaways to celebrate the birth of a dear friend. At the hotel bar, I watched a 5-year old boy b-boy like a champ, and an older woman come in off the streets to dance for each of the tables (not for money, just for the joy of the dance). The bar made you feel as if the next time you exited, you’d discover the Rockaways had slipped many leagues into the sea and you were bound for the ends of the earth…

We walked to the beach under the Super Moon and talked about flying as JFK planes made their impossible, slow arcs above us. I shared stories of growing up on Sandy Neck before taking the long bus home.

7/12/14, Day, 13, 948: Monkey Queens and Perfect Moments

This day is so named for our Faust  workshop, the first in a long while. We tackled the odd Monkey Queen scene (perhaps the scene that hews the closest to Goethe’s), and then the big fall-out scene, where the ensemble almost falls apart but doesn’t, quite. A key member of team seems ready to leave, and what felt too long in rehearsal held our attention because of the constant physicalized threat of her departure (it still needs to be shorter). I’m still uncertain as to whether the whole mad gambit of the play coheres, but the individual scenes are working well, and the actors are doing lovely work.

Technique never stands still: it only advances or retreats…

Writing: 105 out of 122 days (rewrites for Angel Juice, Faust)
Spanish: 93 out of 122 days
Music: 9 out of 27 days

What small things did I do yesterday to help build the Honeycomb?
(And what does it mean to “Help build the honeycomb?”)

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