May 20 – Light at the End of the Tunnel
So we have started on our final scenes for class. This is it, we are nearing the end, ambling towards the stagelights at the end of the tunnel. Twelve classes left and then we are released like baby turtles on the beach, to crawl out of our shells and see if we can make it to the ocean without becoming dinner.
The scene I am working on with my partner is from Edward Albee’s The Marriage Play. To sum up the story: Man suffering a mid-life crisis, after having a revelation at his desk, comes home from work in the middle of the day, and tells his wife of thirty years that he is leaving her. Let us just say that she doesn’t take it all that well.
Lots of verbal sparring, similar to what goes on in Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but without the other couple. There is a knock down drag out fight in the middle of our scene, which will be interesting to see how we pull that off. I’ve had some stage combat experience, but my partner hasn’t.
Anyway we started our working reading last night. Just running through the lines, with Robin stopping us to ask questions, about why we were doing or saying whatever we were doing or saying. It was good. I went early to watch some of the other people run through their scenes, which helped me feel more comfortable with the process when our time came.
There is so much to learn about a role, especially something complex like this. Luckily Robin is there to help point things out to us. It makes me wonder what we are going to do without here when this is all over.