(Inez - No Exit)
What a week! We’ve now officially had our first full week of on-our-feet rehearsals and I couldn’t be more excited to keep working on this show.
It’s been an interesting process in many ways. First off – we’re rehearsing in the director’s living room. Each day the furniture is pushed back, the stage pieces set, and the dog treats stockpiled. (Winston is the name of the director’s dog; he likes to sit in on rehearsals but has to be tempted away from venturing into the center of things by treats and squeak toys. It makes for an interesting rehearsal.) It’s not entirely new to me, this concept of in-house rehearsals, but it is my first time experiencing it as an actor. It’s like I get to go on an adventure every day we have rehearsal – traveling downtown to this modest apartment where I wonder what exactly the neighbors think when I’m yelling out things like, “You have robbed me of my face!” This week alone I dodged Blackhawks fans both pre and post Stanley Cup, inebriated train people, bossy street people, flash floods, tornado warnings, and not-so-small puddle-lakes, blisters on both feet, and the occasional missed meal, all on my journeys to and from rehearsal. And honestly, I don’t think I’d change a thing. I love being an actor! I love this kind of process! And I am sincerely learning to love this show!
That may seem a little strange to some, as this show is about three people who find themselves in Hell, but, really, when are you going to find a character more raw and truthful? When they’ve “finally finished with the earth” and have nothing more to do or say. When they are at their rope’s end, when else do we get such a close look at the heart of a person?
We’ve been talking a lot about motivation for our characters which has been more challenging for this show, the character of Inez in particular, than for any other show I’ve ever been in. When you find yourself in Hell, when you know what to expect and know that there will be no end to it, what do you fix your eyes on? What could you possibly want that would motivate you to do anything? I don’t have an answer for this question yet. We throw around words like salvation and redemption, but can such things be found in hell? Once you’re damned what kind of absolution can you truthfully expect to find? But maybe that’s a part of Hell – always searching and fighting for the salvation that you can never reach.
At any rate the question itself is an easy motivator for the work. I am beyond excited to see what the next few weeks will bring for this show, both in and outside the rehearsal space. And I sincerely hope that everyone who can will make an effort to come see this show – pretty sure it’ll blow you outta the water. How’s that for motivation? ;)