Photo of the Day: Hank (left) practices his Bremo monologue as he is being directed by Dave (right) our lovely director.
Today’s Date: June 16, 2022
Show Title: Mucedorus
Director: Dave Quay
Stage Manager Devlin Ford
Dramaturg Daniel Skinner
Stage Management intern Lydia Babcock
Dramaturgy intern Percival Walter
Production Production intern Mia Randers-Pehrson
Warm ups and focus games are getting SNAPPY. The campers began with an extremely expeditious game of zip zap zop and mindscrew. We then jumped right back into blocking with II. ii while RDAs Devlin and Daniel helped those not in II ii practice their lines in the lobby. Segasto, Tremelio, and Mucedorus got to battle it out in both words and deeds, Mouse making a quick entrance and exit with some very funny gags. We didn’t block the sword fight quite yet but the campers are very excited about it, and so am I. ENTER BREMO (played by Hank). The wild man bursts into our play with a beautifully boastful monologue of bestial speech. In other words, Dave blocked II iii. Then we blocked the first half of II iv and did a run through starting from the beginning of the play through the Bremo monologue.
- From the play: “Who knows not Bremo’s strength?” -Bremo (Hank)
- From the director: “May we request the presence of your joy on the deck?” -Dave
- From the cast: “I have to go find another disposable hitman” -Natalie
Since day one, the production team has been talking about contradiction in the context of Mucedorus. Today I felt like I really started to see contradiction manifest itself in these characters. Getting to watch Segasto’s consideration and joking relationship with Mouse contrast his decisive violent nature in tasking Tremelio with killing Mucedorus was wonderful. Especially I saw it in Bremo, who is described even in the stage directions as a wild man has a poetic soul in his appreciation of nature, but then his intense violence and lust for blood. Every one of these characters contains multitudes, and the campers are peeling back the layers of them more and more every day, and I for one cannot wait to see how deep they will go.