Hello all, Lizzy (Auntie Ah) here...
Initially, I read my character "Auntie Ah" as a strict, God-fearing Catholic Aunt. But as rehearsals began, I started to see her in a new light. She is definitely a 'no nonsense' type gal, but the tender connection with her niece (Woman) is subtle yet endearing. Auntie Ah is fulfilling her destiny in life -- after her own sister died, she took on taking care of the ailing Woman, which she considers her destiny. In this instance, Dan's dramaturgy was crucial to understanding this world's fascination with death. (Dan -- You're awesome!!!)
Working with Felicia, Jessica and Ahren has been an uplifting and humbling experience. Felicia is heart-wrenchingly tender and emotionally perfect. Jessica is captivating as she moves about the stage like a force to be reckoned with. Ahren is so cool, calculated and oozing with 'old Hollywood' charisma.
Father David is so wonderfully generous as a director. His intensity and passion for this piece is so deeply rooted in his efforts to get us 'into the world' of the play. He doesn't let us 'off the hook.' He finds ways for us to discover crucial elements of the play, characters and relationships.
With only a week of rehearsals left, I hope to achieve Father David's vision for Auntie Ah and will remember this experience with fondness and appreciation of working with such an amazingly dedication team.
Thanks to Allie Ward and her team (Maddie and Erin) for keeping all of us on task. Allie gets the job done but adds an element of understanding and compassion to this grueling rehearsal schedule in combination with grad school demands...
'Til next time!