I just realized that we have two weeks until "opening week" at Theater Works. That's how long Jennie knows George before they get married. It really isn't very long, is it? Maybe she should wait for a while. . . .
I've been assessing how I feel about opening night being so close. Normally, I don't get nervous before opening night. I get excited, but rarely nervous until--I'm standing in the wings, waiting to make my entrance and I can't remember any of my lines. The first word is usually what escapes me. In the past I have written my first word on the back of the flat that I stand beside before I enter. Won't be able to do that at Theater Works, I'll be standing outside the theater in the hallway. I don't want to graffitti Theater Works, they might not ask us back.
I actually feel pretty well prepared right now. I know my lines and I even know when to say most of them. The process that we have worked through with Jeanna is really quite effective. There is no cramming to learn lines, no stumbling around to remember blocking. It's all very natural and fluid.
I am eager to get this play up and running. I want to perform it for an audience and get their feedback. Some hard work lies ahead for the next two and a half weeks, then it's up to us.
It's interesting how different the four of us Players are. We all have our own process to get to the end point. Steve was talking today about how he has been journaling about the play since we were invited to become Compass Players. I think that is quite admirable. Jeanna isn't happy unless she's expending massive amounts of energy and time doing everything. Dave analyzes and thinks about everything and has some very intriguing thoughts and suggestions. I, true to form, sit quietly and listen to everyone buzzing around and wait for someone to remember I'm sitting there. That is the way it is supposed to be for me. That has been my MO for my entire life. I watch, I remember and I learn.
Off to bed with my script. Whitney is waiting to listen to me work on my lines. If I could teach her to talk, she could play Sylvia......