News from the Dramaturg
Monday, September 19, 2011
All the cast members run to stand in formation. Each is trying to emulate the focus and form which a member of the ROTC program had come in to demonstrate just a week before. Each eases into the milieu of Plumfield, Iraq. The attempt to understand the intricacies of life as a soldier is one of many challenges unique to the show, one essential to making it come alive.
At this point in production, all lines are memorized and the primary focus is blocking. The technical nature of the show and the set (Brian Prather, designer) requires extensively specific blocking that the cast and director (Cynthia Henderson) takes meticulous steps to calculate and memorize. Specific character work is approaching, a process in which Cynthia will work one on one with individuals in the cast to create depth to each person's portrayal.
Each performer will attempt to understand the innocence of being a high schooler and the unimaginable conditions of a deployed reservist. But with the support of the director, assistant director (Jordan Reiff, '13), and the rest of the cast, the interpretations should be tight by the time of performance.
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