Persians Diary August 30th, 2014 (Posted On behalf of Emily Spalding)

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Hello everyone,

Anne gave me an amazing note a few days ago with a sentiment I’d like to share.  She reminded me that, even in the midst of this tragic story, I can be open to experience joy onstage.  Wow. Right! As a young actor, the play gets the best of me sometimes…shuts me down in a way.  I make assumptions about the story, and about my role within it and am thus numbed to the experience of actually DOING the thing… discovering it as I go. It is OKAY to experience joy within it. In fact, I SHOULD do so, on behalf of the audience. My pleasure can be shared with them, created with and for them.  This is a profound notion for me, and a note not readily applied. Hopefully with time and experience…

PERSIANS journal for Thursday, August 28th

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Today saw our first preview performance of Persians.

Working on plays at the Getty, we are faced in effect with two missions.

One is that we are charged with honoring the play as an artifact. An object that has survived the demolition derby of archeological history to reach us today in some version of “intact”. This mission is one where we in the SITI Company need a lot of help. As much as we bring our imagination and intellect and reading and researching to bear, we are dependent on the eyes and ears of the Getty staff, to help us. Guide us. And most importantly inspire us. I think it is safe to say that to a large degree we have succeeded in this mission with Persians.

PERSIANS journal for Wednesday, August 27

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Invited Dress rehearsal from 8pm. We did it! Learned a lot more about our “Persians” performing in front of some 100 audience. Thank you to people who came.
10:02pm I saw some Getty staff were still there, huddling at the center of stage. How lucky we are! supported by amazing people.

Persians Diary end of week 5 August 23, 2014 from ellen

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It is the last day of the fifth week for rehearsals of Persians. Its now that we start to recognize that we could be the fifth Month, and only have just begun to plumb the depths of this magnificent text.

 I’m writing this on Sunday. It’s the luxury that leading on Saturday gives you.  A day to marinate in what happened.

Persians Diary August 20th, 2014 (Posted On behalf of Emily Spalding)

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We are in tech! When did this happen? How did we get here?

Time has been incredibly slippery these last few weeks.  It feels, at moments, like we are on a runaway train…it feels possible that we will blink and the stone seats of the Outdoor Classical Theater will suddenly flood with people. Time is of the essence…in our rehearsals, in our production, in the play.  

PERSIANS journal for Monday, August 18

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Monday, August 18; the first day of our 5th week here @Getty Villa. From today, we’ve got into the new schedule from 1pm to 9pm so we can have more night time at the outside theatre.

We engaged in the end of the play almost whole day. After the training we went to the staging mode without practicing specials: songs, movement, choral speaking, ancient Greek text.

Persians Diary August 19th, 2014

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Tuesday of week 5. The process of staging our play and the process of tech-ing it have intersected. Like a snake eating its tail, today we went back to working on the beginning of the play while not having quite finished the end of it on Monday night.

But for me the day kicks into gear a couple hours before leaving the Oakwood, when Anne, Ellen and I participate via conference phone, in an interview with one of the candidates to join our SITI Company staff. It was a reminder how tough it is for our people back in New York right now, and the load they are carrying as the bulk of the company works on the west coast. A big shout-out tonight to Michelle, Vanessa and Megan!

Persians Diary Wednesday August 12 2014 week four

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Diary for Wednesday August 12, 2014 Getty Villa                      



originally posted August 1, 2014

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This post was originally sent on 8/1/14 to the company in rehearsal at the Getty Villa, while I was in Shanghai, China

From: The SITI foreign correspondence desk:

Persian Diary Sat. August 16 Getty Villa

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Well, first things first.  You know today was Darron’s birthday.  Mine was Friday. “Back in the day” D and I used to host a shared b’day bash every year with our friend and colleague/board members Chris Healy (who shares the day with me) and Dan Smith.  I’m sure there are stories there not appropriate for this diary.  Ellen Lauren and I reminisced that we used to lie on the roof of the old dorm in Toga Japan on this night and watch the annual meteor shower to celebrate with red bean pastries and one-cup sakes for many years running.

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