Our first day of shooting! And what better place to begin than in the cavernous warmth of the majestic Portage Theatre? Angelica Rivera of Tigerlilie Salon joined us to style Meredith’s hair while Sara and I set up the scene. Cyd Smillie of Arts Alive 45 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arts-Alive-45/271781272833768) contributed some beautiful linens to our prop list when the table we’d been after for the scene turned out to be unobtainable.
The name of the game this first day was improvising with what was available, which is not only a fine skill but a strong through-line in our production. I’m confident that as long as we’re solid in the fundamentals and thrust of our scenes, we can allow the specifics to fall into place when and where they may, resulting in a living and changing production which may avail itself of the mysterious forces of coincidence, chance, restriction and the wonders of PAYING ATTENTION. This first day was a perfect illustration of that philosophy, because as the day went on and we simply allowed ourselves to inhabit the space we’d been given and find our images within it, some great strides took place in terms of re-working certain structural elements of the narrative. Exciting improvisations, inspirations, necessities and unmitigated enthusiasm colored the first day like a snappy rose-covered tablecloth!
Also, throughout the day my pal Rob Karlic did us the honor of taking photos while we worked. His eye is a tremendously keen one, we’ve been extremely fortunate to have him on set often, and I hope you’ll have a look at what he’s come up with on our set and beyond at his flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rgkarlic/sets/72157629909149511/with/7114919995/
Last but not least, the gorgeous theatre we had the good fortune to work in that day, The Portage, is not only worth your general attention in the best of times, but is also in a moment of great need. Alarmingly, it is in peril of being purchased by the Chicago Tabernacle Church and stripped of its identity, history and cultural value. This, of course, cannot be allowed to happen. Find out more and learn how you can help at the Save the Portage Facebook page, here: http://www.facebook.com/SaveThePortageTheater