January 12, 2011 - A workshop reading for script development will take place on January 12, 2011. This will be the first opportunity for composer Matthew Bivins as well as potential designers Brendan Cullen and Crystal Jovae Mazur to sit down and hear the script read alongside the full concept.
The reading went very well. The rewritten 2nd Movement went over really well and has become the highly accessible portion of the play. Work will have to be done to allow the audience to latch on to the 1st and 3rd Movements.
The ending didn't sit well with everyone. Feelings are that it is too neat and tidy. Murray already had concerns about the ending so look for this to be altered in the next version of the script.
The character of Poor Kent now stands out at the person least connected to the action. Beyond being the smallest part, his stakes are both the lowest and the least well defined. Look for major rewrites in the next draft of his character using him too as a devise to help clarify and ground the rest of the world of the play.
Thanks go out to Professor Paul Edwards of Northwestern University's Performance Studies Department for sitting in and offering advice. It was in his class that this piece first was inspired in the fall of 2002. While the piece is quite different than the first incarnation, it still remains grounded in found text and Edwards is very supportive of our work.