I made it to day fifty! I love how much support I am getting for this little project of mine. Thank you to everyone who is reading the blog, offering ideas, or helping me fulfill my requirements.
Another art topic I haven’t really investigated on the blog so far is theatre. My undergraduate degree is in theatre, I’ve worked in theatre and I spend so much time seeing theatre and writing about it, for me it’s not as much a challenge (which this year-long experiment is), but a way of life. As my friend said the other day, though, most of the people reading the blog aren’t as crazy about theatre as I am. Therefore it is important I include it in 30 Days of Art.
This week, I’m going to see a couple of plays – both works in progress, so I can talk a bit about the theatre-making process. Tonight’s adventure was to go to the first preview at Hart House Theatre of Woody Harrelson’s new play (which he has written and directed), Bullet for Adolf. A preview is a trial run of a show before an audience, to make any last-minute changes before opening night. The director, writer (if it’s a new play), designers, crew and actors all see how both the show runs in front of an audience and also how the audience reacts to the production. Notes are taken and changes are made, all in preparation for opening night (traditionally, no changes are made after opening night). Having an audience there is crucial, and therefore an important role in the theatrical process.
Bullet for Adolf is a story about a group of friends in Houston, Texas in the summer of 1983. It is based on the true story of how Woody Harrelson met his friend Frankie Hyman, with added fictional elements. It was a full house for the first preview and the audience seemed to really enjoy the show. Woody Harrelson and the creative team were sitting right in front of me and I could tell that they enjoyed how much the audience was laughing and participating in the production. Every time the audience would laugh, they would laugh louder. During the talkback at the end of the performance, Woody Harrelson said that although they will always be tinkering with it, the show is pretty much set. The response they saw from the audience made it clear to them that they don’t need to change too much before opening night. It was nice to be a part of this process.