Words I shared with the cast on opening day of The Beats yesterday:
"The day a show starts performances I love to go back to the first idea and the first intention with the work.
And as I look back way way off in the distance..... ha ha.... over 3 weeks ago way WAY back to, uh
I remember thinking and maybe saying:
"it's all about the words
we discover them at the same time as the audience
we do not set the vibe and then say the words. the words carry us to the vibe."
or some words like that
of course this is theater and we have craft and magic and theatrics on stage and cues and transitions and we have worked all that out and made it precise and swell and fade and pop and all those things that give us structure and magic moments
and now we step back from craft and manipulation because that was what rehearsal was for
and let the words carry us where they will
as poet Jim Carroll said, and I paraphrase:
'With performing poetry you just open the door and turn on the light.
No need to tell us what all is in the room.
No need to point to the chair telling us this is the chair, that is the rug.
Just open the door and turn on the light'
Holy holy holy
It's all about the words"