Persians Diary July 29, 2014

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This last weekend I had the distinct and singular honor of officiating at the wedding of SITI Company’s beloved Vanessa Sparling’s wedding. I missed rehearsal on Saturday to fly up to Monterey Bay/Carmel by the Sea to say words and sign documents that add up to the official, legal part of Vanessa and Miguel being married. It was amazing. It was beautiful. It was an honor. It was a joy. It was a trip. The two of them wrote vows that blew the top off the whole place.

Steel Hammer opening

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In my work on siti.org there are many things that I do which are simple tiny little technical things. A few of these tiny technical things come with huge spiritual significance. I did one of those things today. I changed the status of the Steel Hammer page from being “in process” to being a “show”. This is because the show will officially open tonight. It is a moment of exhilarating pride for all of us in the company, as well as a milestone for those who have been working on it directly. Particularly the actors. 

Westbeth

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On Monday of this week, as New York city was steadily brushed by the broad cold white paintbrush of winter, the SITI Conservatory trekked down from our home studio in the Garment district down past the Meatpacking district to the Westbeth, to spend the afternoon working in the Martha Graham’s Company’s beautiful 11th floor, penthouse studio.

SITI Company first worked in this room when we rehearsed our Trojan Women there in preparation for performing it at BAM in 2012. But our shared sense of history in the space went much deeper than that…

"In Progress" pages.

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One of the things that we’ve been hoping to achieve with this website siti.org is to give some context and background information about our productions as they are being created. This is always a tricky thing to do because the process of creating a play is so deeply personal and fraught with doubts and missteps and time spent barking up wrong trees.

Despite this, I feel that it is important to give access to some sense of what a production goes through on its way to the stage, and I think there is interest out there for it.

To this end, we have put together “In Process” pages for two productions we are currently working on: Steel Hammer and Persians.

SITI Company Diary/Blog week of 10.21 2013

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One of the great pleasures of my life is living in NYC.

I really like this city. I always have.

 

I first visited the city in my first year of life in 1964. To put it mildly, NYC has been through some changes since then, but despite many things about it I hate, and wish were different, I’m smitten. This love is, undoubtably, aided by the fact that I’m not always here. I go away from time to time. And then I have the wonderful experience of catching sight, after an absence, of the Manhattan skyline. It’s cheesy but there is part of me that still sees it in Woody Allen’s black and white, and hears Rhapsody In Blue in these moments. I like feeling Melville’s ghost brush past me as I bike along the Westside piers of “the Manhattoes.” But it is also that when I wander through the sensual hurricane of Times Square, the tiny streets of Little Italy and China, or listen to the candidates campaigning in my neighborhood for political office in the Dominican Republic, I feel a connection to the world, and all of the big cities. I cannot look into the diversity of New Yorker faces and not be reminded that we live on an entire planet here.

Welcome to the new SITI Company website!!

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With the launch of this new site, siti.org takes on an important new role in our electronic media activity along with our presence on Facebook, Twitter and our groupsite SEE.

SITI Company was one of the first theatre ensembles to have a presence on the world wide web with the launch of “Planet SITI” in the early ‘90’s. By today’s standards that website was a very primitive site. I had put it together with the naive thought that it would be cool if our young company had a presence on the web. My brother hosted it on his servers in California as a favor. The only expense was the token charge to register the siti.org domain.

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