Work session, 9/30/09

present: Marc, Dale, Jeff B, Summer

We discussed the decision last week to structure a performance around “The Bear” and some Neo-Futurist style pieces. We’ve been invited to nail down a date by NCTC, and we’re going to ask for Saturday, November 14.

An old NCTC company member, Barbara Petzen, will be in Atlanta that weekend, and we decided to cast her. What could be her objection? We also will be getting in touch with Jeff A. to rejoin us for the event.

Summer and Marc read over some of the Neo-Futurist pieces and made some suggestions of their own. Marc wants to riff on the recent Hugh Jackman/Daniel Craig YouTube kerfuffle, where they went off on a cellphone user in the house: a similar incident in a NeoFuturist house would provoke no tirade, because there’s no concentration to break. It’s all a “matter of process.”

Dale keeps thinking of the phrase “It’s a noble profession,” but hasn’t found a hook for it yet.

We ran through “On Nude Performance: B” a couple of times and began to get the hang of it. We began to function as a company, actually, putting together the stage picture and the reality that has to surround this fiction.

Brady’s MIA status was discussed. Jeff will check in with him.

NEXT: OCT 7, 6:30, NSOD

  • TEXTS: “The Bear”; Neo-Futurist scripts
  • PATHS: Vocal Sequence; other
  • HOMEWORK: write a Neo-Futurist piece

Work session, 9/23/09

present: Jeff B, Dale

Others were sick.

While Dale assembled the new rolling filing cabinet for Lacuna texts, files, books, and supplies, he and Jeff discussed getting the idea of a performance for NCTC this fall firmed up.

They decided that we can keep it very simple: “The Bear” as one half, and then 30-40 minutes of Neo-Futurist plays, about 15 or 20.

Dale suggested that we pick scripts from the Neo-Futurist book and choose some of those, both to perform and to study as models for our work. Hence, the performance would be a combination of the Neo-Futurists’ work and ours.

Jeff and Dale went through the book and tagged about a dozen scripts to begin working on.

Dale shared a new NF piece, one that is designed to alert the audience to the existence of the “Nude Performance” piece without actually, hopefully, having to perform it (although the option is there if the audience vociferously overrules “Summer’s” objections.)

NEXT: SEP 30, 6:30, NSOD

  • TEXTS: “The Bear”; Neo-Futurist scripts
  • PATHS: Vocal Sequence; other
  • HOMEWORK: write a Neo-Futurist piece