For those of you who enjoy insights into the "nuts & bolts" of the process of mounting a production: Over the weekend we did the basic blocking for all three acts. As an actor I'm appreciative that Gabriel came to rehearsals with lots of specific ideas and themes for our stage movement. I find it is actually easier to develop the fine points when someone else super-imposes some confines on me.
The process is also helped along by working with the other cast members. Things that never occurred to me reading the script, become obvious choices when responding to the choices of other actors. Harper leans in and says "I'm a Mormon", it just makes sense to mirror her action and say "I'm a homosexual". This is the joy of working with people secure in their abilities and who embrace the creative process, many of the details just fall into place.
Blocking in the round is it's own evil mistress and trying to remember your orientation is a challenge, however it also gives you the freedom to move more naturally instead of trying to "cheat" everything within a 3/4 turn-out.
Don Mullins (Prior)


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