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Blog Category: 2019/2020 Season

From our Cohorts: January 14, 2020

Cohort Club, “Master Harold and the Boys”, January 14th, 2020 This was the first day of tech rehearsals in the theater with the stage manager and lighting and sound personnel situated in the middle of the theater with their equipment and computers. The first part of this (first session) was spent discussing the lighting, stage […]

From our Cohorts: January 10, 2020

Cohort Club, “Master Harold and the Boys”, January 10th, 2020 First morning session. This session focused on the first part of the play up to the end of Hally’s first phone call with his mother. The director’s emphasis was on the nuances of mood and mood shift. One concern of the director was to ensure […]

From our Cohorts: January 8th, 2020

Cohort Club, “Master Harold and the Boys”, January 8th, 2020 First morning session. In this session the director wanted to go over various points in the play that had moments of contact and/or near physical violence (explicit or implicit) that had been rehearsed the day before with the assistance of Brent Gibbs (UA theatre professor/fight […]

From our Cohorts: Cabaret Opening Night

Opening night (December 6th 2019) One of the great things about being in the Cohort Club is that one gets to see the evolution of a production from its earliest beginnings all the way through to opening night. In the case of Cabaret I was able to attend the earlier rehearsals but, unfortunately, had to […]

From Our Cohorts: Misha Kachman and the Scene Design of “The Royale”

By Howard Allen & Royce Sparks On my first day in the Arizona Theatre Company’s new Cohort Club, I listened to a table read of “The Royale,” the first play of the season and the first play choice of ATC’s new Artistic Director Sean Daniels (who brought the Cohort Club community sharing idea with him […]

From Our Cohorts: Why We Go To the Theater

There are many reasons why we go to the theater: to be amused by wit, parody, and satire; to learn something new or to see something we thought we knew in a new way; to be provoked and sometimes infuriated. But why the theater, that most ancient of art forms, when we could be at […]

From Our Cohorts: The Royale Day 18

Day 18, September 1st, 2019 This Sunday was the last day of rehearsals in the rehearsal room before the technical rehearsals begin in the theatre next week. The last two afternoon sessions involved going over certain the details at end of Scene 5 and the beginning of Scene 6, and the day ended with a […]

From Our Cohorts: The Royale Day 16

Day 16, August 30th, 2019 The last afternoon sessions were devoted to rehearsing Scene 5 and some of Scene 6. Jay and Nina were partially costumed. All the actors seem close to having memorized all their lines. Much attention was paid to detail including the way Jay’s boxing gloves should be tied and the length […]

From Our Cohorts: The Royale Day 11

Day 11, August 24th, 2019 The last two sessions of the day were devoted to scene 6. This is the climax of the play. It is a complex scene with many moving parts that have to mesh together at the end to deliver, as it were, the knockout punch. The scene centers on the confrontation […]

From Our Cohorts: The Royale Day 8

Day 8, August 21st, 2019 The last two afternoon sessions focused on Scene 5. This scene is set in the locker room just before the big fight between Jay and Bixby. The three main components are: (i) Fish presenting Jay with a gramophone; (ii) The meeting between Jay and his sister, Nina in which she […]

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