From Company Member Jason: We are only nine days away from our New York performance. Our actors are just getting used to running through the show without looking over their scripts. Crew is helping us during our runs and brainstorming ideas for lights and sound once we get to Edinburgh. We have also been running through four of our nine songs. We are are constantly fixing and improving the harmonies and tempos. As our show continues to shape its identity, we grow more and more excited to perform it!
From Company Member Zoey: Yesterday was an amazing experience getting know one of our recent supporting engineering firms, RAND. The people there were so kind and welcoming. We told them what our play was about and they loved it! The president of the company, Stephen Varone, even paid us a visit and asked several questions. We talked to several engineers and they were thrilled that our show would help their profession be more visible.
I was really inspired to see how happy RAND was with our project. The company had a lot of positive energy which was nice to see, since it reminded me of our own group. We discussed the Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Warren, and her rooster! We explained the faulty wire situation, which surprisingly, two of the engineers didn’t know about, so we also fed them new information, too! I really appreciated how much RAND was willing to spread the word and help us with our production by getting more supporters. We are another step closer to realizing our dream thanks to RAND and I’m happy they are now a part of our story.
Visit RAND at: https://randpc.com/
From Company Member Jade: Waking up around 6 a.m is a pain that many of us feel, but waking up that early to go to a live taping of a show makes the experience much more exciting. Our group of Fringe performers have been so focused on getting this show on its feet, whilst actively finding and reaching out to new groups of people, that being able to sit down and watch a live taping of The View was an enjoyable change of pace for all of us. The political discussions in the show were not only well constructed but included fair counters from every member of the show. Hearing the cast members have an actual discussion about current issues within our country was much more interesting then a group of people yelling at each other and trying to invalidate each other’s beliefs.
Having the chance to tell the audience about our show was great. Something I enjoyed was being able to talk about what our group has done. We’ve made more than outstanding progress on this journey and being able to tell new people about it who seem intrigued is an amazing thing. Whoopi Goldberg spoke to all of us personally, and that was by far our favorite part. Having an absolutely brilliant person like her speak to us was an honor.
The last segment of the show was a short discussion about a summer reading list, suggested by one of the hosts. The first book was about the woman who took over her husband’s champagne company after his passing. This immediately reminded us of Emily Warren Roebling. Women have accomplished and continue to accomplish so much, and don’t receive the recognition they deserve. There must be plenty of other women like Emily, who have done amazing things but were hidden away.
Our show deals with women’s history as well as the history of New York. We want our show to be an eye opening, conversation starter. The conversation exists, but the more it’s discussed, the more people will try to do something about it. The women of The View inspired us to keep the conversation going.
Visit the website of The View: https://abc.go.com/shows/the-view
Or check out their YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ABCTheView
From Company Member Angela: The past two days have been so exciting; I can’t believe we are rehearsing! We have finally finished writing our script and all our lyrics. We are, however, still stuck on names for two of our songs. I think it’ll come to us sometime during our rehearsals. For things like this you need to be inspired; people will be watching this show to educate themselves on Emily's story, so everything has to be perfect.
This show is so beautiful and powerful. I’m am truly proud of it. We are learning so much about our characters through various acting techniques and exercises. We are also learning how to work together as a unit. I feel like we understand more about ourselves and the characters we work with. (We also learned how to work together by making cake and tacos at our director’s house!) Plus we have been rehearsing in the beautiful South Oxford Space in Brooklyn. This whole experience has been great so far!
Want to use a great rehearsal space? Five-minute walk from Atlantic Station in Brooklyn!: http://www.art-newyork.org/rehearsal-space