As usual when I’m working away from home, it takes me about 24 hours to accept being away from my home and family. Then I’m okay. Monday I coached for about 3 hours. I get such satisfaction from the coaching process. I love nothing more than delving into Shakespeare’s text, figuring out how to make the meaning clear and helping an actor bring the text to life. If you told me I could only coach Shakespeare for the rest of my career, I would be just fine with that. It never gets old.
Today, we officially start rehearsals. All of the cast will gather, there will be presentations of the set and costume designs and we will read through the script. I’ll get to hear all of the actors for the first time. It’s always exciting. My friend Mary is the Stage Manager. I got to know her when she was stage managing at the Old Globe and she is the best. It’s great to work with her again. She even stopped by my hotel on Sunday to say hello as we were checking in.
Monday was windy, cold and overcast. I managed to snap a few photos with the iPhone, but I was too cold to do more than that. Hartford has some lovely old buildings that have been lovingly preserved.
This is the building that houses the theater’s offices and rehearsal space. I love this style of architecture.
This is the original State House, supposedly designed by the famous Charles Bulfinch of Boston, built in 1796. I hope to get inside this building while I’m here.
This building is just down the street from my hotel. It’s huge and beautiful.
Beautifully carved, huge wooden doors.
On another note: further proof that Don and I need a new mattress – I woke up this morning without any aches and pains. I’ll have to check out the brand of mattress the hotel is using.
Okay, I’m going to eat some breakfast and head to rehearsal. Have a great day.