Updates, Load-In, Tech

Hey everyone, play preparations are crazy right now.  The entire set was loaded into the Walnut Street Theatre yesterday (Tuesday), and the set was built, lights hung and focused, light and sound cues were worked out, and we did a full preliminary run!  It was very exciting (and tiring), but here are some pictures to give you a taste of what is to come soon!

The set, loaded and in pieces

The set, loaded and in pieces

Our Assistant Lighting Designer Emma Macdonald Hard at Work

Our Assistant Lighting Designer Emma Macdonald Hard at Work

The lighting team in action

The lighting team in action

Set Construction Begins

Set Construction Begins

A window and a bed

A window and a bed

Lighting Designer Amanda Jensen up among the lights

Lighting Designer Amanda Jensen up among the lights

Dark Time on the Stage

Dark Time on the Stage

Break Time with Set Designer Lance Kniskern

Break Time with Set Designer Lance Kniskern

Director Lorna Howley trying out the New Set

Director Lorna Howley trying out the New Set

Sarah Schol Getting Used to her New Home

Sarah Schol Getting Used to her New Home

This is only a fraction of our production photos from yesterday, we will keep updating this site after the show is over!

Before and after the shows

Because this production is part of Jennifer’s masters thesis project, we will be holding talkback discussions after each night’s performance to discuss the play, both in its production and its historical and cultural significance.  Here is a quick rundown of what topics we will be covering after each show:

Thursday, June 6th

The discussion will focus on the historical context of the play, which was written shortly after Ukrainian independence in the early 1990s.  Panelists include:

  • Mykola Riabchuk, a leading Ukrainian literary critic and political scientist
  • Dr. Leonid Rudnytzky, acting director of the Central and Eastern European studies program at La Salle University

Friday, June 7th

The talkback on Friday will focus primarily on putting this production together, so this discussion will include the producer and some of the designers who helped bring life to Irvanets’ play.

Saturday, June 8th

Following the final performance, we will have a discussion of the literary aspects of the play, likely focusing on Irvanets himself and the literature of pre- and post-independence Ukraine.  Panelists include:

  • Dr. Leonid Rudnytzky
  • Dr. Mark Andryczyk, lecturer in Ukrainian literature at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University

Also, before and after each performance we will be treated to live Ukrainian music performed by our musician and composer, Julian Alexander Mykytiuch.  It should be a very exciting time on each night!

Production Updates – May 29

Julee and Sarah working on the dance

Julee and Sarah working on the dance

LOTS of exciting updates!  We are just over 1 week away from our first performance of the show, and everything is coming into place!  Lance has started work on building the set, Lorna and Sarah are working on the nuances of performance in the final rehearsals, and we are moving into show mode.  Our choreographer, Julee Mahon, was able to work with Sarah on the dance in the middle of the show, which is looking great!

This is just a reminder if you’re reading this blog to RSVP to jennifer.hoffmaster@yahoo.com for tickets.  Saturday night is almost full, but there are still seats open on Thursday and Friday!

Production Updates – May 13

With less than four weeks until the show starts, rehearsal and pre-production have moved along in exciting ways.

A model of the Betrayal setSet designer extroardinaire Lance Kniskern has given us a very detailed model of the final set plan that we are happy to share here.

This model accurately reflects the minimalist setting of Ona’s apartment, as well as a slightly off-kilter aesthetic in the walls.

Sarah Schol studying her script during rehearsal

Sarah Schol studying her script during rehearsal

 

 

Rehearsals continue on through the month.  Once we left the Artists in Residence space, our Director’s apartment served as the rehearsal space for a while (thank you Lorna!).  Lorna and Sarah have been working very hard on interpreting and expressing the levels of Irvanets’ play, and it has been exciting to watch the scenes develop over time.

Lorna and Sarah in mid-rehearsal

Lorna and Sarah in mid-rehearsal

Producer Jennifer Hoffmaster at Rehearsal

Producer Jennifer Hoffmaster at Rehearsal

Rehearsal updates

Lorna and Sarah RehearsingRehearsals for Betrayal are in full swing!  Lorna and Sarah are hard at work in order to bring Oleksandr Irvanets’ script to life in June.  Speaking of rehearsals, extra special thanks go out to Martina Plag for letting us use our rehearsal space at the Artists In Residence space at 40th and Chestnut (see more information on the AIR program here).

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Preliminary Set Design Sketches

Our wonderful set designer, Lance Kniskern, has created some sketches of his plan for the Betrayal set.  The break in the wall and the misaligned door and window are meant to evoke ideas of broken ties and betrayal.

Here’s the front view:

Betrayal Set Design - Front View

 

And the top-down view:

Betrayal Set Design - Top Down View