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.