There's been a long silence on the blog because I've been buried in work. Berkeley Rep (where
I'm in charge of painted scenery) is producing the pre-Broadway run for
No Man's Land, starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. As you may
imagine, we've all been very busy with this project. Very busy and very
The set is beautiful, and rather huge
compared to what we've been doing lately. We've filled our regular
workspace, and have pushed out into the as-yet-undeveloped warehouse,
just outside of the rehearsal hall. It's quite uncanny to work in
ear-shot of such famous voices. The weather has been lovely, and so all
the painters have been eating lunch outside which just coincidentally
is where all the actors have their lunches. Imagine that. How strange
that such famous artists would want to eat at the next table to ours.
In truth, we don't interact with the actors much at all. Nodding hello is about as chummy as we get. And this seems to be the correct choice, as we've heard through the grapevine that they're savoring their quiet time at Berkeley Rep; it gives them the privacy to work in a safe, unguarded setting.
As for me, I'm hugely proud of my team's work on the show, and am relieved that onstage rehearsals are starting soon. I've been working terribly long hours, and am worn out. I've got a new Fellow (a fancy way of saying "intern") who seems entirely lovely. And I won't lie. I'm looking forward to October, when I can finally take a bit of a vacation. The last two years of work have been grueling.