Artist Residency – Day 01

Theater Interior

Theater Interior

I’m up in the Catskills on a 10-day artist residency with The South Wing (TSW) theater production company.  I’m working on props and costumes for “The Secret Rendezvous” – an adaptation of a Japanese novel.  Very freaky, funny, sad, and generally bizarre.  At the end of the residency, there will be a presentation to potential producers.

My job is pretty difficult because the piece is still so rough.  The scenes still need to be blocked.  The cast hasn’t been able to run through the entire play because the set is still being built.  Needless to say, the props and costumes are going to be the last to be addressed.  So, we’re mainly recycling old TSW costumes and using the cast’s own clothes.  Besides, the play will most likely change further even after the residency.  It would be a waste to sew or buy costumes at this point.

So what the heck am I doing up here?! 🙂  Well, I spent several hours yesterday organizing all the props and costumes that we dragged from the city in the 15 passenger van.  I also sit in on every rehearsal.  I’ve also been drawing and photographing the whole experience…  Oh and naps!  I’m lovin’ nap time in the sun!

Brian, on the other hand, is literally sweatin’ his butt of in rehearsals and playing with all the computer equipment to help out the team of Japanese theater people who came to work on video projections, choreography, and music.

There are 17 of us staying up here in a 3-story guest house right next-door to the theater that’s an old converted church.  Everyone is so talented.  I’ve worked with them before on a different TSW piece a couple years ago so I know most of the people on this trip.  It’s fun.  Like a working vacation.

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