This is always the craziest time of the year for Emerson Stage. Two shows have gone up, INCORRUPTIBLE and SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR (entries to be posted on both later this week). ESPERANZA RISING just loaded into the Cutler Majestic, and opens on November 13. ILLYRIA is in rehearsal–the music has been learned, and the book work is in progress. X DANCE is in rehearsal. The three SHORT PLAYS BY WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS have been chosen, and auditions are next week. NEWFEST submissions for the Rod Parker Playwrighting Award are due November 12, which means that Joe Antoun and his reading committee will start processing the submissions, of which we hope there are many. And the INTO THE WOODS director and design team have started to meet.
In addition, we are starting to look at ideas for next season, with the hopes of getting that chosen before winter break.
And then there are classes, mid terms and the attempts by all to stay healthy.
Daunting. Yet, as is the wont in theater, tremendously inspiring. The collaborative nature makes the work more enjoyable. The hard deadlines of an opening night provide focus. And the talent and dedication of our students, faculty and staff make the process a learning one.
And then we will rest. For a bit.