Hello there from BOB tech at the Humana Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville!
I don't have a whole lot to do for the next couple days but watch the marvelous show get gussied up in its set lights costumes props and sound. Gonna be amazing I think.
There are apparently over 500 light cues, several hundred sound cues, and two thousand dollars worth of light bulbs in the set. what have i done?
To keep myself occupied I will try to post little updates over the next twelve hours. Let the excitement begin!! I'll do it a single post and just keep adding.
12:31: First crisis! Jeff's socks can not be found!
12:32: Jeff's socks have been found.
12:35 First day of tech and Sean Daniels requests that all of his designers wear suits. I didn't bring a tie but we found a nice one in the Costume shop with a us map on it. Appropriate. oo the cast is on stage!
12:45 I am told there about 160 sound cues and 700 light cues. But they're all being non-committal
12:53 And we're off!
Devin makes the pre-show "welcome" announcement
1:04 Devin has been instructed to "put his mouth on the part."
1:07 Sean Daniels: "Congratulations, you have just surpassed Elemeno-Pea in number of light cues."
1:18 The water breaking sound cue has been made louder
1:21 As per Mat Smart's request, I will be rigorously rewriting and making myself a better writer during this tech. On second thought, I may just take a nap.
1:33 We are teching Aysan's pretending to speak into the White Castle PA system. A hidden microphone in her apron is creating amazing Sound Design magic.
1:46 Danny Scheie has declared a talent crush on our Sound Designer Matt Callahan and shouted "ruff! ruff!" on stage.
1:53 We're taking a ten, people. Everyone, in an instant, rushes to smoke and pee.
2:03 OK I don't know how many people smoked, but a lot of people peed
2:14 Currently working on a 27 light cue page
2:30 Upon completing the 27 cue page, everyone applauded
2:46 We're about to enter the most difficult sequence of the play: Bob and Jeanine's 12 year road trip. 2 shopping carts full of props, driving simulation, a ton of locations, folksy music...I can only hope my writing is as good as this tech.
2:55 Seriously, I wrote this scene on a laptop in a cafe in San Francisco, sipping nice coffee and giggling while Twitter employees were telecommuting next to me and now some of American Theatre' greatest minds are throwing everything they have into this. It's humbling.
3:02 Here's a shot of the first attempt at the Road Trip.
3:05 Note in the picture above that BOB is wearing his Rock and Roll pants. A big plot point revolves around those pants.
3:23 We're in Chicago! (in the play)
3:31 The designers are now in heavy discussion about what kind of light comes for you when you die in a Musical.
3:35 YouTube research is ensuing for Musical Theater Death light
3:40 We're on another ten, people. For some reason when breaks are announced, it is tradition to respond by saying thank you and the number of minutes of the break. "Thank you ten!" How did that tradition start? Danny Scheie might know.
3:54 The Dead Goat has made it into the building after some hoof re-inforcement.
4:01 I really want to go to Starbucks. Do you think anyone would be mad if I snuck out and went to Starbucks?
4:03 Does anyone need anything from Starbucks?
4:09 Binder is now in his undies
4:10 OK fuck it i'm going to Starbucks
4:20 I'm back and I bet nobody would have known I went had I not live blogged about it. Binder is still in his undies.
4:23 Binder has been provided a terry cloth robe.
4:28 "I don't know if its the shape of my body, but the ring seems to want to slide to the back." - Binder, in regards to what happens to the ring he has to keep safe in his undies.
4:33 Working the end of "Act 1" to enhance the sad slow walk.
4:43 We made it through Act 1! It's the most intense act techwise, so it's a major feat and we are cooking along! 15 minutes to dinner.
4:46 Pablo is taking charge of this monster.
4:58 We're in Act 2 in the "Seth, The trucker Scene." Until Sunday, this scene had a delightful mention of Seth's two sons, Kory and Kevin ("one's dead to me and the other one's dead." says Seth.). And then, sadly, Seth's scene was cut in half and Kory and Kevin's name are now sadly only in Seth's subtext. It will come back in the novel. Godpseed Kory and Kevin!
5:00 DINNERTIME!! (back at 7, with lots of Donors coming to check out tech as well)
6:15 Mid Dinner Update - Apparently I have sent the real Kory and Kevin into a tailspin and they are working through their grief right now at Tryangles and are sending me hate texts.
6:24 White Castle is currently setting up Sliders in the lobby for the Behind the Scenes Donor event, if you're hungry.
6:35 A couple hundred people are assembling in the Lobby and will watch an hour of tech from the Balcony. Perfectly timed with the portion where the lead character is scantily clad. And I wasn't kidding about the White Castles in the lobby. And they're in the shape of a Pyramid!
BTW when I say Act 2, I'm talking about Act 2 of 5. And the end of Act 3 we'll be at the end of Act 1.
The "Message of the Day" board. Each rehearsal day a new theme comes clear in rehearsal and is written on the Board, inspired by what happened at 1:04
6:55 A special shout out goes to the folks over at Berkeley Rep who are following this blog today. And a big warm wash of love to the rehearsal room of the The Three Sisters (RuhlStyled)! I know you'll make it to Moscow!
7:18 OK we're mid 1/2 hour (that is the time the actors have to get into costume after dinner, for those of you who don't know. I'm not sure if, like breaks, they also say "Thank you half hour".) Sean Daniels, Marc Masterson, Michael Raiford (set designer) and myself just gave a little overview to about 150 people who are coming in to watch an hour. I gave the story about why the play begins in Louisville. One patron came and shared with me his White Castle "Depression" story in Chicago. He and his family were living in a small apartment and their Saturday splurge was 25 white castles for a dollar. (A nickel a burger)
But there is a lot of White Castle left.
7:31 And we're back
7:41 The condom joke just got a groan from the patrons
7:53 Jeff Binder's quick onstage dressing just elicited applause from the patrons.
7:57 Patrons are about to meet the rest stop travelers: A Bear (gay version), A sorority sister, an abducted girl, and a Burning Man Hippie
8:04 Tech Question: What music would a Bear (gay version) listen to in their Winnebago? Please post in comments.
8:08 Stage Manager Pablo calls a 30 cue page, and then asks "Was it any good?"
8:23 There is now a heavy discussion about how the funny orgasm sound cue can be triggered by the Actor.
8:30 Bear song suggestions so far:
Kathy Mattea - Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses
Or Clint Black
8:56 We're on a ten. And I'm about to make my first line-cut of tech! The patrons are leaving. Bye Patrons!
9:13 And we're back. Working Bob's moment of Heartbreak.
9:20 More bear suggestions
Johnny Lee's Lookin For Love
and Ease on Down the Road from the Whiz
9:37 rewriting a line. wtf
9:43 Holy crap we've hit the end of Act 2 and into the 2nd interlude (the Dance about Love)!
9:45 And by the end of Act 2 I mean two thirds of Act 1
9:57 Holy shit my new line is AWESOME!!!!!
10:21 We're on a ten. Everyone reading this blog in the room, we're still on a ten. I need to sex this blog up for the last 90 minutes of tech.
10:23 All the designers and Sean have disappeared at the same time. Hmmm. A secret chat is ensuing.
10:27 All the designers and Sean have returned looking furtive.
10:30 The power of a sound cue call has now caused the effect that Bob has wet himself.
Pablo (stage manager): I want to be in Light Cue 491
Brian (lighting designer): Oh, you're soaking in it.
10:37 We just learned what Matt Callahan recorded for the sound cue of Bob peeing in a jar!
10:46 The dirty jokes are now being trotted out during holds.
10:57 It's 11PM and we're in the naughty waitress scene.
11:15 Sean has agreed to tell me the subject of the secret meeting.
11:29 Pablo just did the next 30 cue page and it wasn't even difficult.
11:38 Every technician in the audience is on their laptops. Before the Internet, the laptops were six packs of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
11:43 Yet again, another naughty joke fails to deliver (this one involves glitter). People can taste the witching hour.
11:46 I'm sorry about typing "taste the witching hour." That really makes no sense and I'm mixing my metaphors at this point.
11:52 And it's done for the day. We are deep in Act 3, just before the stage combat portion and it was decided it wouldn't be ideal to do stage fight at the end of a 12 hour day.
Thanks all for following along today. What was the content of the secret meeting? You (and I) will have to wait until tomorrow!