This Is Your Ital-ian

3 Apr

On stage taking turns laying, pacing, picking at our shoes, punching text into our phones, checking baseball scores, and screaming lines like a machine gun, at extreme speed.

…For those of you new to the process, this is completely legal. In fact, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do an Italian. The only qualifier is “speed.”

…Some throw in blocking to help trigger memory…some lay on their backs staring into the rafter abyss, reciting like animatronic robots. Some pace back and forth with the urgency of an expectant father outside a maternity ward. Whatever gets the lines out…it’s all open season.

I’m a pacer.

…Helps infuse energy.

…And while pacing, am stealing pictorals, at random. The things we see, before set and real props, painted floors, and all the magic dust they throw on stage during tech, begins to take place. Things like:

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Behind fake walls, with legs up.

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View from a ledge.

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Before hang and focus.

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Building trade-goods.

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Stand-ins.

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Hard-working professionals.

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Boss of The Book.

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An empty house.

…So now you know.

~D

2 Responses to “This Is Your Ital-ian”

  1. Suzy April 3, 2014 at 9:24 pm #

    I love these glimpses back stage/in the wings/in rehearsal. Most magic and strange and joyous, this.

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