Today we tech and this week we open. These two weeks have zoomed past and I can hardly believe we're already to audience-time.
My character, Jess, is emerging and it's not entirely comfortable... Her itchiness, raggedness, and neediness are rising up to the surface - but so is the exhilarating freedom she feels when playing Sousa marches and her gentle humor when dining with the others. There is a yearning in Jess. A need and desire to connect, to be loved, to be off the hook, to have the pressure all just slip off of her and into the sea...
The staging of director Colleen Sullivan is so visually interesting and creative - making use of straight lines for one scene, circuitous walking patterns for another, and staggered standing/sitting movements for yet another. At one point, I am cornered by Diane thinking I am alone, and I am directed to stay far upstage - back up against the wall, as Diane peppers me with questions and focus from downstage. There must be 10 or 15 feet between us, but I feel such claustrophobia and a need for air. For freedom. For space.
"But, you know. I think I might just go ahead. Just, you know, to clear my head. I might just go ahead."