Tech rehearsals are always exciting because the show starts to take shape:  establishing lighting, moods – getting the cues right.It’s a lot of stop and go work.  Tonight is July 4.  We’re not out celebrating; we’re not shooting fireworks off along 24th Street or anywhere else in the Mission.  We’re working hard on getting this show up.  There were explosions all throughout the evening, which lent a spooky subtext to several of the monologues in the show.  Rumi Missabu as Jacques Roux tore it up tonight during his speech:

We demand that everyone should do all they can
to put an end to war
This dammed war
which is run for the benefit of profiteers
and leads only to more wars
We demand
that those who started the war
should bear its costs
Once and for all
the idea of glorious victories
won by the glorious army
must be wiped out
Neither side is glorious
On either side they’re just frightened men
messing their pants
and they all want the same thing
Not to lie under the earth
but to walk upon it
without crutches

Imagine hearing this speech with fireworks booming overhead.  The irony was not lost on any of us as we heard this.  And this is the sort of wacky, beautiful stuff that can only happen in theater.

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