Photo by Sylvianne Shurman
So it finally happened. We premiered Colombine’s Paradise Theatre in Jepson Hall at University of Richmond last night, after several weeks of workshops, countless hours of rehearsals, and many sleepless nights from our creative team (Amy, Mark, Rachel, Mary Ellen, Sylvianne). I think, all told, it went pretty damn well.
That’s not to say that everything went according to plan – like, the fabric that I’ve never had trouble pulling down on cue got tangled, forcing me to leave it onstage, and Tim discovering the new equation: mask+sweat = extreme discomfort – but the overall impact of the production was incredible, and I think I speak for everyone in the ensemble when I say we felt surprisingly prepared. And, of course, there’s no preparation like a first performance.
In a way, last night felt like both a culmination and a beginning: the culmination of all our work, but the beginning of the actual life of this production, which I know will continue to get better as we live with it and truly make it our own.
Many heartfelt thanks to all of the people whose support and generosity made this project possible! A special thanks to the University of Richmond and its awesome crew – we couldn’t have done it without you.