We started tech rehearsals at 1pm today in the Ahmanson Theatre. We are all so happy to finally be in here. It is a nice theatre. Big but not scary. Friendly, even. And how great to be able to have the stage, the stupendous set, the lights and that wide open dark, right now empty ( but soon to be filled) space to talk to– especially me because I spend so much time talking to the audience…I’m the scholar on a mission, after all. And in costume…learning where we will go for our quick changes…I have a 12 second change! It all takes coordination and team work. The crew here seems really nice and professional which is no surprise given the quality of the admin leadership at the Center Theatre Group.
Tulea has made a home for herself in my new dressing room. I will take some pictures when I have my Gees Bend quilt in place…want to show my digs to best advantage. The room is larger, wider, than the one at the Eugene O’Neil but there is no separate room for the couch where I sleep between matinee and evening shows…love that time by myself.
Jennifer Weinstein is here to run line a during breaks and look after Tulea when i am working. Simone Bent, my daughter- in- law, came to get addresses from me to send invitations to our closing night fundraising party for The Womens Media Center on March 6th. Tommy Mitchell, who, works with me together with his wife, Carole, to bring my stuff– honey, green tea, dog food, candles, crackers, Propel water, my soft down sleeping pillow…well, I don’t need to bore you with all the details. I have a boom box and lots and lots of gorgeous CDs of various Beethoven works that I bought in Bonn when I went there to visit Beethoven’s birthplace, museum and the archives. I wept when I stood in the actual room where Beethoven was born.
Oh, see this? My friend, writer Hilton Als sent this to me. He found it on the Internet. Hilton wrote, “Clearly, you and ’33 Variations’ were meant to find each other.” this photo of me in a Beethoven sweatshirt with Peter McHenry was taken in 1968. Peter starred with me in 1967 in “La Curee“, the film my first husband, Roger Vadim, directed right before ” Barbarella”. Isn’t that too cool?
Back to today. We will work till 11:30 tonight and I will go home one tired mama. Tomorrow’s our day off and I will do my acupuncture thing, get a manicure which means taking off my polish. I don’t think a musicologist would wear nail polish.
Our break is over, so back to work.