Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I am working on one of the most amazing plays right now. We started production meetings this week at The Artscenter for Whipping Man. It is set during the Civil War, only three characters. A deserter from the war and two of his former slaves, now free men. The script is powerful and unsettling, there is a leg amputation in the first act, can't wait to see how we pull that one off (so to speak haha!), there is a seder because the slave owners were Jewish and the slaves were brought up to be Jewish as well. There is an interracial pregnancy and then at the end the slave and the owner find out they are brothers! Lots of issues addressed in this play and the actors address them brilliantly. These are three of the most professional actors I have ever worked with. It's going to be a great show!
Now begins my search for Antebellum props and furnishings, heaven! I am also going to watch again Ken Burns documentary on the war. I remember some of it from when it first came out, but now I am looking at it from a design perspective. It's on Netflix, so that will be my TV watching for this week.
I've had a week of long wonderful conversations on the phone with Wesley, my happy college girl. Gerry is working nights now, so we have been walking in the mornings. We are also purging like people possessed. Yesterday was under the house day. We seem to have dumped all kinds of crap "we might need" under there and we haven't needed it in nine years, so off it all went to the recycling center.
It feels so good to be getting rid of all the junk we have accumulated. Cleansing and clearing going on all over the place!
If you have a Civil War rifle, a chandelier or a horse saddle, I'm in the market for them and a few other things :-)