Saturday, February 2, 2008

Rehearsals Heat Up as Opening Approaches

Rehearsals for Shades of Black: a thought in progress are more frequent now as the play's opening approaches. It is pretty nerve-racking. The actors are students of Morgan State University's AEP ARTist Collective, so attending rehearsals during the weekday have been maneuvering tricks as it has been challenging coordinating everyone's different schedules. But we're doing it!

It has been exciting because we are receiving calls from people from different locations who have heard about the play and are planning to attend. The cast is filled with nervous excitement.

During rehearsals, the scene that never fails to give everyone chills is the scene with the characters Contradiction and Seela, his sister. The two actors, Jerron Gerald and Devan Renee Prescott sizzle on the stage.

The set is pretty simple-- four black boxes where actors either sit or stand on. Our set manager, Dave Lewis, is also working on creating a makeshift backstage for us, since the stage we will be in will not have the traditional backstage. Everything on our end seems to be coming nicely. However, technical issues in the theater still arise and we detected a leak after a recent heavy rain. We'll see. Fingers crossed.

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