From Our Cohorts: The Royale, September 1, 2019
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 continuous run of the entire play. This was recorded with a videocam.
The actors and the directing staff have now been working together for over two weeks. In addition to the inevitable growing chemistry between them at the level of the play, there is also the chemistry at the personal level that is manifesting itself in various ways. A play within a play, perhaps.
The last, climatic, scene ends with Jay revealing his true motivations to fight Bixby for the world championship, Jay defeating Bixby, and Fish getting stabbed as Jay wins. All three things happen, pretty much, simultaneously. This is difficult to pull off and requires careful staging and exquisite timing. Some of this will be aided by the use of various sound effects that will be revealed in the technical rehearsals. It’ll be fascinating to see (and hear) all of this in action next week.
Cohort Club Member Michael T.