Friday, November 30, 2007
Juliana Francis Kelly in rehearsal
Messing around with Potatoland-like objects at home can be fun: a coil, a spirit photograph; unusual jewelry and an interesting dress.
Notes from a rehearsal:
RICHARD FOREMAN: Is this the fifth week?
STAGE MANAGER: Oh we’re past that-
We did two with you then two w/o you…
RICHARD FOREMAN: (laughing) Oh well those two don’t count-
STAGE MANAGER: Okay, this is the beginning of the fifth week.
…Actors on break: actress in a black crepe dress sleeping by a giant urn…
RICHARD FOREMAN: Which play had the giant blackbird pie?
TWO ACTRESSES: King Cowboy Rufus!
STAGE MANAGER: The blackbird pie is in storage upstate.
Four striking actresses in early 1930s dresses; just after the flapper dress first got elongated and someone invented the metal zipper: Sarah Dahlen, Caitlin McDonough Thayer, Fulya Peker, Caitlin Rucker. One actor: Joel Israel, looking like a malevolent Arrow Collar Shirt Man in a dark suit and a jangled stripe tie.
Break is over – actress on floor wakes up.
VIDEO: Japanese cast rewinds on film: a crowd descends the staircase
VIDEO CLOSE UP: Beautiful girl in a black hat turns her head
A light bulb in the video screen pulses then glows (like a hat pin, a pearl, a mystical navel)
SOUND: Old opera baritone punctuated by harpsichord
BEAUTIFUL BLACK HAT GIRL ON VIDEO: I AM HIDING PERSON
I UNDERSTAND YOU IMMEDIATELY
With florescent subtitles
RICHARD FOREMAN: Joel – move your feet more like “what are you doing?”
RICHARD FOREMAN: What is the term human beings used before they started saying “whatever?”
Some good suggestions. None quite match “Whatever.”
STAGE MANAGER: We’re going to keep going from here. The girls are going to stand up and twirl.
LOOPED VOICEOVER: Here is the end of part one-
Girls turn (not a full twirl) reveal three 19th century spirit photograph portraits (which is very moving suddenly – why?!)
In Japan a girl in a red dress crawls down a staircase
DIRECTIONS FOR ACTOR JOEL ISRAEL, WHO MUST MIME PRESSING A KEY ON ONE OF THE ODDLY PROPORTIONED GRAND PIANOS THEN COVER HIS EARS AND…I THINK…FEEL THE WORD “WOW” INSIDE HIS HEAD
RICHARD FOREMAN: You’re going too fast; it doesn’t have to be even. (He demonstrates. Joel repeats.) Cover your ears; feel the vibration…. I think it would be closer to your ears… make head phones for yourself…(Demonstrates.) I think it’s impossible to do “wow” without opening your mouth a little….And then…when the thuds come (SOUND CUE OF THUDS) all beauty comes to tragedy”
--Posted by Juliana Francis Kelly
Juliana acted in Foreman’s PARADISE HOTEL; BAD BOY NIETZSCHE!; MARIA DEL BOSCO; and KING COWBOY RUFUS RULES THE UNIVERSE. She is currently on tour with Young Jean Lee’s SONGS OF THE DRAGONS FLYING TO HEAVEN (next stops: Berlin, Brussels, and Seattle) and can be seen in Marie Losier’s film, MANUELLE LABOR (created in collaboration with Guy Maddin) in Brussels, Paris, Stockholm, Montreal, Cairo, Lausanne, and Columbus.