From Our Cohorts: The Royale Day 3
Day 3, August 15th 2019
I attended the “Table Work” session from 12 – 1:20pm. The essence of this session (and the following sessions that day) was a wide-ranging discussion among the cast about their characters and their backstory. In effect, the cast and the director sketched out another play: the play that told the stories of their characters leading up to the events in the play itself. There was a discussion about the relationship between Jay and Nina (brother and older sister). Had the relationship been strained by some event(s) in their past, what role had their mother played in their lives? (I wondered about the father: was he a violent man, had Jay witnessed him beating his mother, had he beaten Jay, was he the reason Jay had left home at 14, etc.?). What were the backgrounds of Wynton and Max? The question was raised about voice: what sort of accents would the characters have? (Accents can reveal where a person is from; the way a person speaks can reveal something about who they are.) There was also discussion, both technical and philosophical, about appearance—about how and why Nina tried to straighten here hair when she was younger. Overall, fascinating stuff. I wish I could have stayed longer.
Cohort Club Member, Michael T.