Hello. Jordin here.
As promised, this week I tried on my construction hat building platforms for the OAT stage. This is a pretty big accomplishment for me, as evidenced by the fact that when I told my sister I had been building things this weekend, she immediately asked, assuming that the answer would be yes, "Did you hurt yourself?" NO. I did not, thank you very much! I was actually a very impressive drill-wielder if I do say so myself. And now OAT has a stage: a beautiful, three-platform, semi-circular, easily-movable, sturdy, cozy, just-like-home STAGE. After it had been built, Ryan, Will and I didn't want to leave it. We sat on those platforms for an hour or more, drinking beer, chatting, and Ryan even did some yoga on it! The three of us love this new stage, and I have a feeling the rest of the cast is going to love it too when we introduce it to them next week!
In addition to the Prince, I am also playing Cousin Capulet, a brief merry role during the Capulet's party scene where Romeo and Juliet meet. Originally, this was going to be a clown character with a big ol' clown nose. I tried on the nose for the first time on Tuesday only to find that it was much too big. In an effort to make it fit, we tightened it. I then proceeded to snap the string, breaking the nose and rendering it useless for the day. Here's me wearing a funny beret and no nose as Cousin Cap:
At rehearsal yesterday, Cousin Cap met his new nose, belonging to the Commedia character Dottore. Here's a picture of what he looks like:
A little bit about Dottore according to Will Steele's vision: He is ALWAYS right and he tends to have a stick up his butt about most things. This attitude is reflected in a rigid, army-like physicality, paired with a very silly shuffled-footed walk that is concentrated only in the feet.
Beginning work with Dottore was very challenging for me. I have a hard time with stillness and a nearly constant case of twiddly fingers, so it is a huge obstacle for me to stay totally rigid from head to ankles. It takes a great amount of focus because most of the time I don't even realize I'm fidgeting. By the end of our mask rehearsal yesterday, I was beginning to find where Dottore lives in me. His stillness, when I can access it, feels amazingly powerful and precise. I can't wait to continue work with him and to marry him with my good friend, Cousin Cap.
In other news: Rehearsals are going AMAZINGLY, as previously expressed by Ryan and Will. Folks, this show is gonna be HOT!
Also, performance locations are being nailed down as we speak. Bing. Bang. Boom. This is happening.
Thanks for reading,