Sorry I missed last week - but I'm back in action!
Tonight - we almost finished our 2 day run of the show. We could taste it. it was in the air, but 10 O'clock hit, and we called it a night.
I was thinking tonight, waiting to go on stage - that the kind of work that I do with O.A.T. - is singular. There is a magic to it, that I've not experienced anywhere else. Not in Iowa, not in Kentucky, not in Illinois - No where but the hills of Oregon, with the folks that work with O.A.T. have I found this.
So some back story - My dad comes to Portland on a business trip every year in September - It just so happens that this year, he is going to be here for opening night. HOWEVER - there's a chance, because of some things happening with the company, that they might pull the plug on the trip this year.
Back to the present!
I'm standing off stage, waiting to go on - and I'm thinking about my Dad. And about my Mom - and about the fact that if they could come to a SINGLE show I've been a part of, since Midsummer (with O.A.T.) 2 years ago, it would be to this one - and how it's just going to rip me up if his trip gets canceled.
We're onto something here. Something new - something, I've only experienced once before - and it was during Midsummer. We're onto magic. Magic that I wan't to share with my parents so badly And I want them to see it to help them understand why it is I leave jobs to come to Oregon. Why it is I come out here and work for free. Why it is, that i keep coming back to do it. And I've tried - I've tried to explain it in a manner they can understand - but i'm not articulate enough. Either that - or there are not adequate words for what it feels like to work with these people, outside, on the banks of the Willamette river.
My parents have backed me 100%, since the beginning, with my career - which, is simply incredible. They just have a hard time seeing their boy work for free. Some things you do for money - some things you do because - you know, money or no, it's going to be the best thing you've been a part of in 2 years. And that - is priceless.
Here's to hoping the flight doesn't get canceled.
Last night's rehearsal was wonderful for several reasons - but mostly - because it was the first time, in a week and a half of rehearsing that we had the entire cast there. Even our first rehearsal we were still missing folks.
There was a magic in the air that night - as there often is, down by the Willamette. But more-so last night. We started to get a glimpse of how incredible this production is going to be. Its not regular. Not normal. Not run of the mill. It's very specific, very new, and very different from so many Romeo and Juliet's we've seen.
Having everyone there just amplified this - because we saw - that everyone, is picking up on it. Growing with it. And our unit - this dozen or so - is all thrilled. Every person that's on board is just delighted, every night.
It's a neat feeling for an actor - to have all your peers watching you with baited breath as you rehearse - and at the same time - you can't wait to get off stage and watch them. Its very, very neat.
I'm 14 hours late in posting, so I apologize, and I'll be on the ball next week.
This is Ryan here! -
This is me.
Sometimes you just gotta be Gorgeous.
Story of the Day - -------------------------
So - we're rehearsing in Moody Waterfront Park. (That may not be the correct name, but its close, and we're gona go with it for the purposes of this story.) Now usually, when we rehearse outside, we have a Giant, Enormous (we're talking, you could fit at least 300 watermelons in it) Tarp covering us. But we haven't figured out how to rig it up in this specific park yet.
So - Rain starts dribbling down right as we're getting done warming up and so we move under the bridge for cover. And I don't mean just any bridge. I mean, THE BRIDGE. THE MARQUAM BRIDGE.
See where the two meet? Right in the middle there? We moved right under that.
And this guy here^^^^^? If you walk just a bit north,
That's our view. THAT, gorgeous river, is the backdrop of our rehearsal space.
Back to the Story -
We were working the first scene last night - the Brawl Scene in Verona. All hell breaks loose in the town, the Prince comes in and says something like, "Listen Bros, Shit's gotten really, really real, and if it happens again - Who ever starts it is gonna die the hard death. Got it? Good. Now lets get some FREAKIN hamburgers and CHILL OUT".
Exciting stuff right?
The story of the day, isn't about what the scene is about though - its about how we, as a group, in our second rehearsal, on the bank of the Willamette River, under the Marquam Bridge, began to work as a group, and found ourselves a little glowing light of hope, trust, and drive.
Romeo isn't in this first scene for more than a moment, so I got to sit back and watch Will direct our sensational cast for most of the night.
It happened slowly, then quickly, then steadily. Over the course of 2 hours, the scene went from your pale, grandmother's, bedtime story of Romeo and Juliet - To Julius Ceasar's, in the COLOSSEUM WITH BEARS and RAPTORS, Romeo and Juliet.
Capulets and Montagues shouting, fighting, unbending. The bridge traffic roaring like the Colorado River over head. The steady wind of the approaching storm pulling on jackets and leaves alike. The buzz of the lanterns removing any chance of dead, calm silence. This - is the scene where the brawl breaks out. These are the circumstances that we actors were given last night. To use, to cherish, to hate, to love - all at the same time. And out of it - came the beautiful beginnings - of the Brawl in Verona.
Now there wont be the Giant, roaring bridge overhead when we perform - but heaven knows we will have been influenced by it - by the rain - by the lanterns - by the river. We'd have ended with a different scene last night, had we rehearsed anywhere else.
This is what doing a show with Oregon Adventure Theatre is.
OAT’s mission, is to do good work which strengthens relationships between people and the environment.
Feels like, at least for last night - We nailed it.
Word on the street is It's supposed to Thunderstorm tonight?
Bring it on pals. Bring it on.
Signing off -
Ryan Ryan The Myan, Bananafana Fo Fyin, Me My Mo Myan - - RYAN