The Things We Did, The People We Saw, And What They Had To Say…
It all looked something like this…
This is a return engagement to the venue where “American Moor” played to an over-sold house in August of 2014. I’m excited to be returning to Luna Stage for three dates in February/March. The play has undergone some slight evolutions since the August staging, and we are expected the numbers to come out and lend their minds to its continuing growth.
There are also a couple of other new creative experiments we’ll be launching at this engagement, and I hope all those in the trip-state area who have not yet experienced this important piece of theatre will come out and be a part of this newest exploration.
COME PLAY WITH US!!
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Of all three public performances of this new, developing play to date, this one, Monday night, the 11th of August, was the most energized, the best performed, the tightest textually, and the most satisfying evening of theatre that I, as the performer have had for some time. Luna Stage is a 98 seat “black box” theatre space. The seats were filled with a diverse audience, a combination of Luna’s regular patron base, some friends and colleagues of mine, and a number of people having come from as far away as DC, Massachusetts, and Missouri, to lend their minds and voices to the growth of this work, and all for one evening in the dead of summer, the toughest time to get people to come out and support theatre.
What I have found about these one-night-only presentations of “Moor” is that there can be no real relaxing into the work. There is the one opportunity to put it on its feet, have people watch, listen, and comment, then nothing until the next time you get a space to mount it, and an audience to watch it. In that circumstance, nerves are high, the space is unfamiliar, things are happening for the first time, that haven’t happened anywhere else. This can lend itself to what people like to call “the magic of theatre,” or create utter amateur hour… The entire creative process is stilted at best. As those sorts of things go, this was a fairly strong showing. At least I thought so, and the audience responses seemed to back up my perception.
This play is trying to speak to several very complex issues that haunt our culture in a very short space of time. It frustrates me to attempt to do so, and I think it frustrates the audience as well. It is a lot to hear and consider, and one tendency seems to be to say to the play, “That just ain’t so… It’s not like that. It’s like something else.” As we ventured into the “talk-back” segment of the evening, I felt the agitation that this play causes in the bodies of people. This, I felt, is a good thing. If it were not rattling people into thought, and reaction, there would be cause for worry. But people are outspoken and vehement in their reactions to this piece, and I’m guessing, for all my creative frustration, that I’ve done something right… something…
The discussion was long, and we spoke to many uncomfortable aspects of the play. The play is about the discussion that never gets had. I’m encouraged that it seems to want to happen in the moments following the curtain call. People have had their emotions stirred, and are all wanting to express, “This is what I feel!” We asked them to please feel free to express it. They did not disappoint us. We spoke like a group of people, diverse in background and experience, all trying to understand the same thing; to find a point of balance. In that respect, I think the play did what it was supposed to. American theatre did what it’s supposed to.
Then… We stood on the stage and talked, one to one, face to face, until it was late. Many did. I suspect that means there was something worth staying late and talking about…
I’m grateful to Luna Stage Company, and all who came out to make this evening with me. I knew there was a reason to be doin’ this shit.
We needed a place to keep this thing on its feet without letting the summer go by; a place to keep the words in my mouth, the thoughts and ideas, so important to me, expressing through my body… The good people of Luna Stage Company have offered me that opportunity. Not only will this be a place to perform, an intimate ninety seat black box space, but, as a theatre that supports and develops new works, it will also afford me an opportunity to grow the piece, and to discuss it with an audience of smart, theatre-minded people, giving me the much needed reactions and feedback that will carry the work on to the next place.
Perhaps YOU can attend… All info for the purchasing of tickets, directions, etc. are available HERE.
Please come be part of the discussion. I’ll see you there.by