Assistant Director, Into the Woods
It's funny how art can sometimes mirror life. As we worked our way through technical rehearsals, incorporating the work of our designers, we often found ourselves a bit lost in the woods. When we first approached the play we had this notion that it was going to be a rather simple and fun walk through the woods, telling these great little stories with some incredible music to underscore the narrative. But we slowly found this show is deceptively trickier than it looks on the page. Scenes shift radically from one location to another, villages must turn into forests in a matter of seconds, people of the forest must appear and disappear, and oh yes…we have to find a way to do it with some of the trickiest musical scoring in show business.
|Lauren Kennedy & Britney Coleman|
Previews are a very interesting time for a director and the rest of the creative team. You've been watching the show nearly every day for 4 weeks, so you think you have a good idea of what's been put onstage. But as soon as an audience walks in, it's as if those 4 weeks have been washed away and you're seeing the production truly for the first time. Hysterical moments in rehearsal all of a sudden are not funny at all, while others that bored you to tears just a few days prior get the biggest reaction from audience members. It's something even the best directors can't predict. An audience is the final ingredient to the creative process. They are a character, living and breathing with the actors onstage that can drastically change the dynamics of a production. And as well they should be. They are, after all, for whom this work is intended.
Audiences in Baltimore are loving their time in the woods and we hope everyone in Westport will too.
|Erik Liberman & Nik Walker|
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