Rehearsal Post #3 / by Keen Admin

Monday September 21st, 2015

The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row

The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row

We are usually off on Mondays but this week we are adjusting the schedule due to the Jewish holiday so we’ll be off on Wednesday instead this week. And then on Thursday when we get back we will be moving into the theatre!! Very excited about that! That’s when so many more aspects are added to the process- set, costumes, lights, sound, props…. This Friday and Saturday we will be in what we call 10 out of 12 tech rehearsals. Basically means we work 10 hours of a 12 hour day with a 2 hour break for dinner. They are long days but they are crucial. Important on those days to have a good attitude, good snacks and LOTS of patience…but more on that later when we are actually there.

For now, today was a big day. The first official day we added Rory Kulz to our cast! We had all met him over the weekend (actually Tom has worked with him before but Dan and I didn’t know him). He truly adds an incredible energy and vitality to the role- so much imagination and we are all glad to have him with us. Though he doesn’t have a lot of lines he has A LOT to do in the play so he has a lot to catch up on but we are slowly putting him into the mix and adjusting to what he brings to the role.

We’ve been rehearsing these last 3 days in a different rehearsal room at ART/NY (where the Keen offices are and where the rehearsal studios we use are located) This particular studio butts right against another one and unlike any other room we’ve worked in the sound REALLY carries. Speaking of Carrie…all day today in the adjoining studio they were auditioning for the musical Carrie. So we heard LOTS of men and women belting their faces off and singing their guts out. Mostly hilarious...occasionally distracting.

Zoe Caldwell

Zoe Caldwell

Just got off the phone with Charlie Whitehead, the amazing General manager of Keen Company. I have known Charlie Whitehead for quite awhile. He was one of the producers of the Broadway play where I made my Broadway debut about a dozen years ago. It was called The Play What I Wrote and though it had a very short run on Broadway it was a hilarious and fantastic experience from beginning to end. Charlie comes from Theatrical Royalty...truly. His dad was the legendary producer Robert Whitehead and his mom is one of our greatest actresses, Zoe Caldwell. I had lost touch with Charlie soon after the show we did (this was before facebook, ya know) and so reconnecting with him has been a great joy. There is no Keen Company without Jonathan and Charlie. They live and breathe the theatre and create a supportive, loving and joyful environment for us to create the best possible theatre we can.

Okay….enough blabbing. Off to bed.

Ciao for now,
Jay