Hey folks, it's been a while. We've been keeping busy (and keeping inconsistent in our internet contact with the world), so this will be a long post, but here goes.

After leaving Hampshire College on the morning of Monday, October 7th, we drove to Worcester, Massachusetts, but were greeted again by intermittent rain. We did squeeze one performance in that day between storms, actually in the town green in Framingham, Mass. Night found us in Boston, visiting our friend Margaret. Tuesday we performed most of the afternoon on the Boston Common with the gleaming gold plated capital building as a backdrop. We found Boston quite receptive to our work. On Wednesday we had a much needed rest day. Angie, Nathan, and Robyn took a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery, Emily and myself got an in-depth historical tour of Boston from the Slezas family, who also hosted us for part of our time in Boston.

On Thursday we were back at it, performing in three different locations around Boston: South Station, the Aquarium, and Copley Square. Our biggest lesson in large cities was that finding locations with lots of people is only useful to a point; once there is so much traffic and hubbub that we are no longer the most noticeable thing happening, fewer people stop to watch. We found some fun audiences with lots of kids in the Public Garden on Friday, and went back to Copley Square for their farmers market. After a lovely dinner with Angie's aunt and uncle, we headed south again.

Rhode Island was the sixth state we've performed in, and of course the smallest. Providence had one of the biggest, busiest farmers markets we've been to yet. We had a very interesting discovery there about our show Fool's Gold. We've had somewhat mediocre success with this play in several places. The major theme in this play is imaginary versus real objects. Audiences often don't engage with it really well – perhaps at first they think we're just being cheap and don't have real set and props. At the Providence farmers market, though, we played it for a large audience mostly made up of children, and they loved it! It hadn't occurred to us that young minds would of course be more willing to suspend disbelief and participate in the games of imagination.

We got a tip from a fellow we met at the farmers market that that night was a huge event in downtown Providence – Waterfire. It's a festival where they light fires all down the main canal through town, and everyone comes out to watch. We went there, hoping to try to find a corner of the event to perform in, but when we got there, we immediately knew that our shows weren't right for the mood of this event. We were there, though, in costume and mask, so we got creative. There were a few living statues in various places around the event, so we found a good unoccupied spot with a couple of wide stone pedestals and hopped up on them. Within minutes we had gathered a large crowd of people watching, taking pictures, and of course, putting money in the hats. It was wild! It had never occurred to us that we could branch out into living statue work. We decided we want to practice and develop those skills, and try that again soon.

We spent the next two days in the New London/Mystic, CT area. We performed in Mystic, both in town and in the Mystic River Park. We also had a read-through of our next piece, The Path of True Love. It's from the same book of commedia plays as Pantalone Goes A-Wooing and Fool's Gold, but it was too long and had too many characters for our purposes, so Nathan adapted it, cutting out one character and a whole lot of text. We're very excited to start rehearsing it. This show will add another element of fun and danger to our work: sword fights!

On Tuesday we stopped in Middletown, CT, to perform at Wesleyan University, Emily's alma mater. You can read an article about us in Wesleying, their student-run news website, in which Emily answers some questions about her experience with the project. We confirmed again here that college students are very enthusiastic audience members, and never carry cash. We're exploring the possibility of having online donations on our website that people can easily use if they see our show and want to donate but don't have cash. We are, after all, in the 21st century, and one can be sure that if the commedia troupes of the renaissance had had access to online donating options, they would have hopped right on that bandwagon.

Tuesday evening brought us to our current location, New Haven! We've had a great welcome here, both from friends and family and our audiences in general. We performed today at the farmers market and on Yale's campus. Yesterday we had a quiet day off, catching up on some rest and spending time with our New Haven friends and family.

And now we're off again. Today we're heading town to Norwalk, CT, then to Stamford on Saturday for the farmers market there, and then Sunday we begin our adventure into the biggest, baddest yet: New York City!

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Pantalone goes a-wooing in Copley Square, Boston.

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He keeps on a-wooing.

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Angie and Nathan enjoy a dangerous fountain near the aquarium in Boston.

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Angie as a living Arlecchino statue at Waterfire Providence.

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Forrest as a living statue at Waterfire Providence.

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Pantalone woos on in Mystic, CT.

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Oh, the desperation! Oh, the rejection!

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The troupe in front of the Mystic River drawbridge.

 


Comments

Elizabeth Erikson
10/18/2013 11:09am

Great photos! Looks like your having a grand tour. Hope you'll stop in Pittsburgh on your way back to Michigan :)

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Lila
10/18/2013 1:19pm

It sounds like you guys are on an acting adventure of a lifetime. Please keep updating! It's great to read about your experiences. Good luck in the Big Apple!

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Justin Cohen
10/18/2013 1:26pm

Thanks for the memories and new views of places I know. Great work, great blog! Enjoy the local accents and work 'em into your repetwah . . .

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10/18/2013 2:20pm

Just wonderful reading about your galavanting around New England ! What a great adventure for all of you and the bystanders. Love it!

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10/19/2013 10:31am

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