Since the A.R.T. blog went live, there have been several blog entries chronicling the night before a play has its first audience. I’ve previously resisted writing such an entry because it seems dangerous to write a reflection on the final days of a rehearsal process. It’s vulnerable. So much will be fixed and changed in the final 24 hours before the first audience enters the room. But after watching the run tonight, I was struck by how much energy went into creating The Killing Game in the past 31 days. Yet, what will the audience reaction be? Will they find it as funny as we do?
Katia Asche: It is my distinct pleasure to take part in this theatrical adventure. Developing this project has been my refuge from the storm that thunders upon our great city. I would like to encourage those who have not found shelter to follow my example and be comforted by our humble play. We welcome you into our theatre, our sanctuary, with open arms. Please allow us to guide you to a sense of safety and security. We are U.T.O.P.I.A, and we are here to say that everything will be all right. Read the rest of this entry »
A major part of today’s rehearsal involved cleaning up a scene from The Killing Game that Ionesco titles “Night.” What is compelling and challenging in the staging is that it begins with characters bobbing up and down like a puppet show in five windows yet ends with a brutal stabbing. A children’s show that turns macabre. Early in the rehearsal process, we took a look at dialogue from Punch & Judy shows to explore the form. Read the rest of this entry »
“I really hated the theatre. It bored me.” declared Ionesco in his journals. “Sometimes it seems to me that I started writing for the theatre because I hated it…” As we rehearse Ionesco’s The Killing Game, it is apparent that Ionesco is searching for a new form that intends to entertain instead of bore the audience. Despite the dark theme of a town devastated by the plague, the play is a series of variety sketches much like Laugh-In or Saturday Night Live. Read the rest of this entry »
An Interview with A.R.T./MXAT Institute actors Cheryl Turski and Neil Patrick Stewart
With graduation just a few weeks away, the Class of 2007 is currently in rehearsals for Eugene Ionesco’s The Killing Game, a comic tale of a plague-ridden town. This production will be the final hurrah for Katia Asche, Caroline Barad, Jackie Brechner, Emmy Lou Diaz, Phillip Dunbridge, Brian Farish, Kristen Frazier, Aaron Ganz, Adi Hanash, Merritt Janson, Jorge Montenegro, Nicole Muller, Natalie Saibel, Sarah Scanlon, Neil Patrick Stewart, Cheryl Turski, Tim Wynn, and Matt Young. Under the direction of A.R.T. Institute Director Scott Zigler, the cast is hard at work creating a variety show of comic sketches and musical numbers that examine dying and death. Read the rest of this entry »