On the first read, I didn't think I liked it. I wasn't sure, of course, because I didn't really understand the script. I felt absolutely stupid.
On the second read, I understood, but still had issues.
Now, upon seeing it four times during hell week, I have to say that I like it a lot. It is unbearably sad (being a Greek tragedy and all), but really sort of beautiful at the same time.
And one of the best lines ever comes from the script. Well, not best, perhaps. But moving. We'll say it resonated with me. How about that? The father in the piece, played by Don Washburn (who really is a masterful actor, I would love to share a stage with him), reads a letter to his daughter on her wedding day, giving her advice. One of the points in his line is this:
"Continue to give yourself to others because that is the ultimate satisfaction in life - to love, accept, honor and help others."
I've just come out of a very selfish few years, centered all about mememememe... and in giving, I've found my own joy again.
So giving of my time and energy to this piece of art has been very rewarding, indeed. I must say that the Little Theatre is one of the most low drama (er, you know what I mean) and professional theaters that I've ever worked for, and it's always a joy to be associated with the organization.
With this particular production, I don't think anyone really understood the artistic vision until we were presented with the finished product. That could have been disastrous on many different levels, but fortunately worked out for the best - the play looks brilliant. It's at once visually stimulating and thought provoking - funny and disturbing.
I wish that I had pictures to show you, but the best way to explain it is that the Underworld is an archaeological dig, and there are partially exposed treasures of all of the resident's most prized posessions. There are liquor bottles, barbie dolls, toys, sports equipment, video game consoles, bicycles, and every other thing you can think of partially covered with a layer of "sediment" that has washed over it from the river.
This sediment had to also cover the costumes of the actors. Yikes. So I dyed.
And I glued.
And I dyed again. And got weird looks from the neighbors as I did so.
But the finished products - well worth the effort.
The chorus of stones from the late 1800s, the 1950s and the 1980s, respectively, and then the title character, Eurydice (The BEAUTIFUL and photogenic Natasha), as she steps off the elevator that delivers her to the Underworld.
Finally, here's a link to Chriselda Reyes' gorgeous photographic slideshow, which has more pictures of the actors, costumes and set, and will maybe explain where I've been for the last month. Enjoy.