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 director). For example:
(i) The point when Hally (irritated by Sam and Willie’s clowning around) whacks Willie on the backside with a ruler. The director wanted to ensure that the whack was loud enough and that Willie registers a strong reaction to being hit.
(ii) A very tense moment near the end of the play when Hally grabs Sam’s arm as he turns away “Don’t turn your back on me!”
The cast then rehearsed from the point where Hally hits Willie up to the first phone call from Hally’s mother. At many points the director would stop the actors to discuss the impact and significance of each line.
In this section of the play, ice-cream sodas are a significant prop and there was a detailed discussion with the stage manager about how the sodas will be prepared on stage!
Michael T., Cohort Club member