Thoughts from the Cast: Kill the Demon

Tonight was our final rehearsal before we begin to storyboard in earnest. So far in the rehearsal process, actors have been bringing in floods of stories and folklore from religious, ethnic, historical and personal backgrounds to share with each other. After much deliberation, we’ve narrowed the pool down to the eight stories we’ll be using in the show. In tandem with the script-related elements of our show, our two directors have been helping the entire cast explore new and different ways of conveying narratives. Rehearsals so far have produced everything from chalkboard explanations of maidens lighting on fire to children forcing each other to play their favorite game of Kill The Demon, among many, many other methods. The cast is really coming together and learning how to play off of each other well, and the entire crew is looking forward to this Sunday, when we will begin to weave our eight narratives together. Also, this weekend will be the first of many bar nights in support of reImagined! We’ll be at La Negrita (109th and Columbus) this Friday and we’ll be hoping to see any reImagined enthusiasts drop by to say hello and maybe hoist a few with the cast and crew!



...followed by a few more.


We present to you the first photos of reImagined...


Week two

We have just finished our second week of rehearsal for reImagined, our original theater piece of fantastical tales from around the world. So much has happened since Amanda and I started this project. (maybe I should begin there!) Amanda Stoffel and I (Ameneh Bordi) worked together two semesters ago on "I Am My Own Wife," which turned out really well. This semester, we wanted to do something again, so Amanda proposed the idea of making a play out of German fairytales. After playing with the idea all summer, we finally decided that a play based on fairytales from around the world would be more interesting and complex, and we dove in head first. We looked at tons of spaces, finally deciding on Riverside Church's 9T, a magnificent room with marble columns, a fireplace, and chandeliers. We assembled a glorious cast, a great team, and got working. In the past two weeks, things have really started to take shape, and after last night, I feel confident saying we are going to have an amazing show on our hands. We've basically picked the tales that are going to be in the show; they come from all over the world, so it will be a challenge to figure out how to mesh them together coherently. So far, what we want to do is have each of the characters represent a theme like "self discovery," "rebellion," "betrayal," "sexual awakening," "exploration," and the like, and then follow these characters' journeys to see how they interact with each other and grow over the course of the show. Not every one will be a hero - in fact we almost didn't have any heroes in the plot - and some characters will turn into the villains in the story due to their bad choices earlier on. Our actors have spent the last two weeks finding stories, sharing them with us and with each other, and presenting them in so many new and creative ways. We did one exercise where each of our 8 actors had to present the same story, and even though there was really only one main character, no one told it from the same point of view! It was amazing to watch. Yesterday, one of the presentations of a story did the whole thing with only 4 phrases, but the entire story was conveyed with no loss of detail. It's amazing how fluid these stories are. In terms of production, we are well on our way as well. Our amazing producers, James Rathmell and Ajit Pillai, have been coming up with ideas I've never had. We have a blog (reImagined2009.blogspot.com) where we will be posting stories, pictures, and rehearsal notes, and are almost done with our logo. We also have some fundraisers in the works (La Negrita this Friday!! October 2nd) and other revenue ideas. And we finally have the contract for the space, so everything is locked up. Basically, this project is flowing and I couldn't be happier. I can't wait for you to see it when it's done!



The Golden Key

"The Golden Key," by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
*This is the final tale in the Grimms' collection of fairytales...*
this text taken from http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm200.html

"Once in the wintertime when the snow was very deep, a poor boy had to go out and fetch wood on a sled. After he had gathered it together and loaded it, he did not want to go straight home, because he was so frozen, but instead to make a fire and warm himself a little first. So he scraped the snow away, and while he was thus clearing the ground he found a small golden key. Now he believed that where there was a key, there must also be a lock, so he dug in the ground and found a little iron chest. "If only the key fits!" he thought. "Certainly there are valuable things in the chest." He looked, but there was no keyhole. Finally he found one, but so small that it could scarcely be seen. He tried the key, and fortunately it fitted. Then he turned it once, and now we must wait until he has finished unlocking it and has opened the lid. Then we shall find out what kind of wonderful things there were in the little chest."

So here we are, reImagined 09, imagining those wonderful things...