I’m afraid this photo is the best I can do for you today. Yesterday was a long day and today promises to be even longer. We’re starting at 9, with four hours of what we call ‘table work’ then a break for lunch. After that, I coach both the actor who plays Romeo and the actress who plays Juliet privately for three hours.
Darko has to be in and out of rehearsal this week, so we’re tag-teaming in those chunks of time where he can’t be there. Table work is essential in the rehearsal process – with any text – but especially with Shakespeare. And it means exactly what it says: rather than being up and moving around the rehearsal room, blocking and creating the scenes, we sit at the table, analyzing the text, asking questions, clarifying meaning, getting Darko’s take on things, as well as the take of the actors and the dramaturg and yours truly. I love table work. I learn a lot. We all learn a lot.
Then I go from there and work with each actor individually – sometimes for several sessions – and work through the script with them. More on that later. As Romeo and Juliet have huge chunks of text to work through, I’m starting with them.
I got home last night around 7:30, made a quick meal, talked to Don, ran a bath, and went to bed. I have to get into working mode again, which is very different than the normal rhythms of our life at the cottage. It takes me a few days or more to get back into it and I always find I’m exhausted at the end of each day.
It’s fun to be reunited with at least four actors I’ve worked with several times before, three of them from my Old Globe days. Lovely. One of them has known Don since he was about 19, they are longtime friends. And I’ve known her about 25 years. Oh my!