We Got Prelude!
Last week we had the great privilege of performing in Prelude 2014. If you were able to join us there, thank you thank you thank you! If you were not and you want to know more about Prelude, consider reading this American Theatre article that features - get ready - you'll never believe it - A PICTURE OF US! We've been inspired by work in Prelude for a long time now, and at some point over the past year our interest evolved into the somewhat more active directive to "GET PRELUDE." Maybe it was a little aggressive, maybe one shouldn't set out to capture a work-in-progress theater festival, but the more we said it, the more we wanted it, which makes last week's events that much more important to us. We performed an excerpt from Old Paper Houses (with some fresh faces courtesy of Madeline Wise and Ned Riseley) and we saw lots of risk-taking new work. We were delighted to see a mix of new and old friends in the crowd, and if you're one of those new friends, well - call us ;) ;) It's a humbling experience to walk into a university lobby (Prelude is held at CUNY Grad Center) not knowing where to go but knowing that you'd better get there fast because you have to perform in an hour. It's an even more humbling experience to be greeted as part of a larger community of peers when you've been working together, often at the expense of most other interactions, for so long. A big thank you to everyone who helped welcome us into that space, particularly the people who helped us with tech (even when that meant moving a mysterious baby grand piano). Peter Mills Weiss, the TD who saved us from darkness (or at least really screwed-up lighting), Blaze Bishton who brought the sun into our cold New England world, Greg Redlawsk the SM who saved us from multiple disasters (including the aforementioned piano), Sarah Stites who produced Prelude and answered our 1,000's of questions, Allison Lyman who curated us in, Rebecca Sheehan who housed a very large balloon for us; we thank you all!
Cover image by Carol Rosegg