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Update #1

Off to a Great Start

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Both our Kickstarter campaign and rehearsals for The Death of the Novel are off to a great start. Thanks to all of you for stepping up early to pledge your support for this project.

Monday was the first day of rehearsals for the new play, which we traditionally kick off at San Jose Rep with a meet-and-greet in the Rehearsal Hall. This initial gathering brings together the entire cast, myself, the playwright, and members of the technical and creative teams for discussion, a first look at designs, and then the table read. We open these discussions and presentations to the staff, board members, and invited guests so that we can all share in the excitement of the first day.

On Monday, I started with some thoughts about the themes of the play and the ideas that the creative and technical teams have been generating to support those themes. Our playwright, Jonathan Marc Feldman, talked about his perspective of the development process. Then we presented concept art and proposals for costumes, set, lighting, music, and sound. Seeing and hearing the ideas begin to take physical form is always a thrilling step in the life of a play, and Monday’s excitement reflected that.

We are very fortunate to have Amy Pietz join our cast. You may remember Amy from Caroline in the City or any of her numerous television and theater credits. 

Thanks again to all of you for your support. If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to share the excitement with your friends and contacts: post to Facebook, tweet, e-mail – any way you spread the word will be an enormous help to reaching our goal. 

I’ll provide additional updates as we progress through the rehearsal and set-building process, so stay tuned.

I’ve attached a few photos taken at the session: some of the cast at the table; examining the set model; discussing lighting design.


- Rick

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