Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Here are some photos of preproduction before the preview.
Here's our production staff taking care of business.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
As exciting as it is to work on a new play, there are many challenges involved in the process as well. With older plays, there are often sources that can be referenced for others' beliefs about the themes, ideas and characters. As this has never been done before, the ideas and themes have not been explored yet so we working with a totally blank canvas. It's about unlocking moments - figuring out why a certain line is said or how it is said - and determining where each character is coming from. And we are unable to move on to the next moment before figuring out the previous moment. While you do this during a rehearsal for any play, this is somewhat more time-consuming. As my character, Delby, says in the play, "time is the only real constraint."
As challenging as the process may be, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with this blank canvas and to watch the other amazingly talented cast members work through that process. Finding out who we are and where we fit into the world of this play has been aided with the poetry of the language, which in the end is all you can ask for as an actor. 3 weeks down, 2 more to go. Hope to see you there!-- Zaki Abdelhamid
Friday, March 14, 2008
Press Contact: Stephanie Coen, 206.283.4940
SONYA SCHNEIDER’S PLAY WAKE, DIRECTED BY LAUREL PILAR GARCIA, OPENS ON FRIDAY, APRIL 4; WORLD PREMIERE RUNS APRIL 3-13 AT THE LITTLE THEATRE ON CAPITOL HILL
Thirteen years ago, the
Wake is the latest collaboration between Sonya Schneider and Laurel Pilar Garcia, who wrote and directed Intiman Theatre’s 35th Anniversary Gala production in 2007. The cast and design team includes Seattle artists who have worked at Washington Ensemble Theatre, Intiman, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT and other companies locally and nationally.
The ensemble includes Zaki Abdelhamid (Delby Khan), Nik Doner (Tom Harlow),
The creative team includes scenic designer Jennifer Zeyl (winner of a Stranger Genius Award), costume designer Harmony J. K. Arnold, lighting designer Dante Olivia Smith and sound designer Joseph Swartz. The stage manager is Sarah Kleehammer.
Playwright Sonya Schneider is the author of plays including Beggars Description and Bald Eagle, Chimpanzee. She worked at Intiman for four seasons, providing support for casting, the literary department and dramaturgical research. Prior to moving to
Director Laurel Pilar Garcia most recently directed The Diary of Anne Frank for the Driftwood Players and Zapatista for Teatro Milagro in
The performance schedule for Wake is as follows:
Thursday, April 3 at 8 pm (Preview)
Friday, April 4 at 8 pm (Opening)
Saturday, April 5 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 6 at 8 pm
Thursday, April 10 at 8 pm
Friday, April 11 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 12 at 8 pm
Sunday, April 13 at 8 pm (Closing)
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
The first week of rehearsals flew by. We are fortunate to be working inside the inspiring Seattle Children's Theatre. The space is generous with light and we have filled it with props and lots of hours of work! With a first pass through Act I, the production is beginning to take shape. We also had our first production meeting, and design concepts are coming together.
We are beginning to market the play. Look out for posters and postcards throughout Seattle metro in the coming days. We also want to say thanks to friends and family that have been supportive of this entire endeavor and are out there spreading the word.