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* Phase 7
the stage lit. Hamm was in his chair, covered, and Clov was on the bottom step
leading to the kitchen looking at Hamm. Rachel was to begin the opening mime
without warning or lighting change. The only way to cue Rachel to begin the show
was for me to go to a point in the back of the house where she could see me and
give her a small wave.
lights up and took the rest of the stage down. After Jay covered his face with the his
handkerchief, there was a long pause and then the house lights came up slowly.
There was no curtain call. Jay and Rachel did not move until the house was empty.
play was clear to the audience and well received. The pressure of the audience's
attention on the production was a welcome and energizing reality. Jay in particular
had been hungry for an audience and took off in their presence. His high points
were high, and his lows were devastating.
through performance. We got together everyday to work notes from the night
before and explore things further.
our guard would be catastrophic.