It's funny how things work out. When I first found out Eric had a conflict for Tues night, I wasn't thrilled. Can't rehearse a 2 person play with 1 person. But then, coming home late Mon. night after auditioning actresses for a yet un-filled role in "The Last Schwartz," (more about that in the next show's blog), I started feeling icky. And in the few minutes it took me to get home, I knew I had a cold - the heat behind the eyeball kind, you know? I stayed home Tuesday - and slept off and on from about 5 pm - good thing there was no rehearsal! Thank you Eric!
Lots of hot mint tea with honey, and a little swig of Nyquil, and I'm doing better today. But I warned the actors tonight that I was only at about 75% and might fade early.
We started work on Act 2 by talking about what's happened to their characters in the 2 1/2 month time lapse. Understanding that will affect their entrances to Act 2. Act 2 seems like it will be a little harder for them - the characters in effect change places - their views, opinions, intensity - While actors like to think they can magically transform themselves into anyone, it takes a little longer to embody a character you don't feel you're like. Most actors enjoy this challenge - and Eric and Lesley will for sure. I'm glad this act is shorter, because we have to dig deeper - find connectors for them. They were off book, though a bit tentative with the lines. We went through 8-10 pages - but by 9:00, I knew I was done. They chose to stay with Karla and Ariana and run lines for awhile.
Today I also connected with 2 other people who had done the show before - Diane Gilboa, the first American producer of the show, who had played the character; and Mira Hirsch from Atlanta, who I saw in the play in NY last year at the Jewish Theatre Conference. I asked them both about some of the script inconsistencies - and turns out they each had different copies of the script than I had! They agreed there were sticky parts, and had worked with Motti to clear them up! I feel so much better! There were just a coupla spots we found that they had missed, but we can correct those easily. Also found out today from Sharron, our Israeli contact, that Israeli phone numbers have 7 digits. Since Eric has to make a phone call, we wanted to be sure. A small enough thing, indeed, but why not make it right?
So - it turned out to be a good day.
And so it goes