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Perks 1: Coin Tosses and Posters and Pictures

First, congratulations to contributor Melody!

There was a tie for the largest donation between the FB announcement of free tickets to Ego Po’s show, A Dybbuk, and the end of the campaign. Which really meant that we had to hold a coin toss.

We assign heads and tails and prepare for the coin toss.

And Melody won. We will be mailing out her voucher in the next day or so.

The result of the coin toss.

We also finished preparing the posters for those who chose the $25-dollar perk. Here is an example of a signed poster from the original production of Eurydice in Market East!

One of the signed posters for our awesome supporters.

So I may be biased here, but I think that that is one pretty poster. And I’m pleased that I finally found a use for the silver marker I’d had in my drawer for two years.

See you in NYC!

-Sarah

P.S. In case you are wondering, we will be rolling out perks as we get through them over the course of the next month, but everything will be ready for you when the show opens in June.

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Plans: Music

I had one of those conversations with our composer Chris the other night. The kind of conversations that leave you more excited and energized that when you started. We are talking about new music for the updated Eurydice project. The cast is off looking for lyric ideas as we speak, which is pretty exciting.

While we were talking, he wanted to remember what he’d written last time, so pulled up some files. And then I heard him laughing and asking, “what did I do?” He starts describing the image of the end of the piece he’d written for when Eurydice dies.

“Imagine that there is a line that represents a note, and then another is added to it,” he begins.

And then something about him adding notes all over the place.

“It looks like an organ on its side,” he says.

For those of you who are like me and can’t picture it, here is the screenshot he sent me:

Music file for death of Eurydice piece.

I’m going to say it: I think this is pretty cool. I think the fact that people like Chris and Adrian and countless others can “read” stuff like this is pretty cool too.

But, back to the show.

I am really excited that we are going to be adding some music sequences to this piece this time. We’ve bought ourselves some time but cutting the script down and tightening it, which is not always easy for me to do. And we are using the extra time to glue the piece together with music and movement sequences. One of our goals this round is to get back to the story, and this is one of the ways we are going to do that.

Mostly, though, everyone seems to like Chris’ work. Back when he, Nina, and I were working on our first Fringe show, Spill, everyone kept telling me how much they loved the music. In fact, when I was trying to write one of the final scenes, I took a piece he’d written, put it on repeat in iTunes, and listened to it over and over until I could write a scene to go with it. So we worked from the music to the script, and then to the movement – a pretty powerful process for me. And it is still one of my favorite scenes.

We will be sure to keep you updated.


Thank You

All,

Thank you for such a successful fundraising campaign. We could not have done it without every dollar, ever “share,” and every email.

"I really hate this place."
Photo credit: Valerie Giacobbe.
Lighting design: Ashely W. Mills

You may have seen my most recent update on the fundraising site, but just in case, here are a few updates:

We have our first rehearsal for the NYC production on Tuesday. I am excited to see the full cast together for the first time. They keep telling me that they are excited to be getting started. One of them emailed me today to ask for the rehearsal mp3 of one of the songs, despite never having seen any of the script. I am surrounded by not only talented, but dedicated artists, and am looking forward to working with them over the next several weeks.

Of course, while we are all gathered together, we will be sure to get organized about your perks. Please watch this space for update about those in the coming days. I, for one, and looking forward to sitting down with my crafting supplies to make post cards. It will be a good way to unwind between rehearsals.

We all have ideas and plans to make the show even better. We are going to be cutting down the script and developing new music. Adrian wants to re-work and expand the soundscapes. Ashley will be faced with the new challenges presented by a new space. We are also already discussing the ways that we do and do not directly deal with the story of Eurydice and the history of that story, and how we can do so with more clarity and elegance.

On to the art stuff!

-Sarah

(P.S. If you meant to donate, but missed the online deadline, let us know. Just send a note to your Tactus friend and we’ll figure it all out.)


Introducing Rachel

All,

I have exciting news! We have a new cast member and are now fully cast for our NYC production this spring. Meet Rachel, an impressive actor and dancer. And she ate cookies with us – you remember how I feel about cookies. We’ll be poking fun at each other in no time.

We are very excited to be working with her in the coming weeks and can’t wait to see what perspectives she has to bring to the piece. Want to know more about her? Check out her bio on our Who is Tactus page.

Now that we have a full cast, we should be able to start rehearsal in the next week or so. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.


Falling in Love is like ____ (fill in the blank)

Could you help us think about something? Could you fill in the blanks?

"Falling in Love" bit - Nina and Sammi. Photo credit: Valerie Giacobbe, Lights: Ashley W. Mills

Falling in love is like _______

Having your heart broken is like _________

I probably will not stop asking questions.


Super Cool

I have good news for you and bad news. The good news is that we are officially just over half way to our funding goal. And this is how we feel about it:

Tactus thinks you are a lot of things - good things that make them smile!

The bad news is that we are down to a week.

Updates soon. Just thought you’d like to know.


On Collages (and script creation)

It is time to return to collages, and just after announcing our collage perk too (as well as the personalized thank you for those on more of a budget)! But why does a collage make sense as a perk for this show? Let me introduce Tactus supporter Miriam, and answer her question:

Eurydice Collage
Photo Credits: Valerie Giacobbe, Adrian Bridges

A question from Miriam
How did you happen to choose a collage, rather than a linear presentation?

An answer from Sarah
One of the fun things about this piece is that we developed it almost “backwards” in a lot of ways. When Nina, Ashely, and I started talking about doing a piece together, one of the things we knew is that we didn’t want to write a script, in the traditional way. We wanted to discover something, to develop something, not mold something that so that it already said what we “wanted it to say.” We wanted to create something that would be entirely open for us to explore in the rehearsal process.

I should confess that part of that was a personal, rather than strictly “artistic” decision. I have spent just enough time working on scripts I have written to know that I dislike it. When I’ve sat down and written out what I want to say, I find it hard to go back and find the balance of discovering the intricacies and subtleties of the piece with my actors while shaping the overall way the performance needs to unfold. And because I find it difficult to find that balance, it becomes much harder for me to support my actors and bring out the best in them. It doesn’t make me feel good or like I am producing very good art.

From working together the previous year, Nina and I also both knew that we are attracted to scripts that are more “lyrical” or “poetic” or “fluid,” rather than more “traditional” scripts. We are interested in the way physical language comes together with vocal language to explore things you could not express otherwise. This type of work – bringing together these languages, tends to work best with texts that are open and less “concrete.”

Nina suggested that we try using found text. She had studied this method of piece creation in undergrad and thought that they style of piece it creates would be the type of thing we could really get into. I liked the idea that, since it would not involve specifically writing, but instead piecing together things that had already been written, rehearsal would be lessĀ  like working on a play I’d written, and more like exploring language as we discovered the script. Ashley liked the idea too, and so we decided to proceed.

Nina wrote us an email that week to remind us that when you use found text, the resulting text tends to be a bit scattered in form and content. It sounded pretty cool to us. We decided to use a story that is, to some extent, about communication and miscommunication because of the scattered nature of the piece.

The piece is like a collage because Eurydice is struggling to re-tell her story, something that may not be a linear process, especially since she doesn’t fully understand it. It is a collage because found text is always something of a collage in its very form. We were drawn to this collage-style because of the types of work we like to do.

Please add your response to this to our comments section. We would love to hear what you have to add or say. Want to ask some questions of your own? Check out the perks on our fundraising site where you can find opportunities to ask the cast and crew questions, as well as other fun goodies!


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