Whew – what a couple of weeks of intense activity we’re involved in at San Jose Rep! We just finished our very, very successful run of Spring Awakening with totally sold-out performances in the last week – I even saw a posting on Craigslist from someone hoping to buy a ticket! Our production of The Last Romance is deep into rehearsals, as is our school-touring Rep on Tour production of Of Mice and Men. And, on top of all that activity, our co-production of Double Indemnity has begun rehearsals in Seattle with our partners at ACT. As I write this I’m actually sitting in a rehearsal hall in Tucson, AZ, directing our co-production of God of Carnage that will be on our stage in March. What an amazing amount of Rep production work going on simultaneously all over the west and southwest!
Keeping track of all these productions is certainly keeping all of our staff on their toes, but it’s amazing how well things are going right now with all these projects. We do have an amazing, committed staff, and we wouldn’t be able to be having all this activity without them.
For my part, I’m completely involved right now in the challenges of putting God of Carnage together. What seems on the surface of this play to be a deceptively simple four character comedy in a living room is actually a beast of a play to pin down. It’s so many things at the same time – comedy, drama, farce, black humor….and it contains some devilishly difficult details. But, this cast is fun, brilliant and fierce, and already some powerful and hilarious things are happening in rehearsal. And it’s just the beginning of the second week!