Got a few more comments from my colleague, Mira Hirsch, and passed them on to Lesley - she felt if filled in some blanks for her and helped her to understand Hannah's underlying anger. Hey, I'm always happy to accept help, wherever it comes from, and Mira is a trusted source since she played the role and also worked closely with Motti. I'm really lucky to have this kind of a circle of sources to go to!
We delved more deeply into Act 2 tonight. I'm trying to walk the line between the sterotypical Israeli hot emotions with something more accessible -- and hopefully more meaningful -- to an American audience. Fortunately, we have time to try things a number of different ways.
Can't believe how much we laughed tonight! There are times I'll give a note to Eric and he looks at me like I'm from another planet. But he's always willing to try - and more often than not, seems to agree it helped.
I commented that at one point I thought the women in the audience might turn on Eric's character - both Lesley and Karla disagreed - ah, but they're young! Then again, I could be so wrong! It'll be interesting to see what happens. I'd love to be able to hear the conversations in the cars on the way home. The deeper we dig into the script, the richer it becomes, and the more the characters become 3-dimensional.
It's an amazing process.
And so it goes