THE MOONS OF JUPITER ARE RISING
THE MOONS OF JUPITER ARE RISING by Barbara Biddison
I've cared passionately about HGWP since we created it and named it in 2016. And here we are with a full length play featuring all genders in a large cast. I sat in on a rehearsal a few days ago, about a week before opening, and I was enchanted. I'm only somewhat familiar with the play, having read it and then having sat in on a 'read-around' with 20-some others, but I'm not involved in directing/acting/set-building/tech for the production. So it is all a treat for me! Lilace is directing and Jessie is working on the set, and my cast list has about 20 names on it. Keep in mind that about a week from opening almost anything could happen, which might include things that I didn't see.
I'll just move right into a couple sets of characters that intrigued, and amused, me. Actors Dawn and Nikki and Yolie and Rachel jump right into the skins of Newton and Galileo and Einstein and Darwin. Who would have expected to see them there? And who could have guessed how clueless they are about some things? They don't seem to have many "life skills" as such, but they are great fun to watch. (It's sorta like going to see a Beatles concert assuming you will hear familiar tunes and discovering that they don't know how to tune a guitar.) And then there is Zeus and his amorous relationship. And three of his daughters, all goddesses. And you can't miss the astrophysicist!. Or Cody as son of the king of the gods. Many audience members will remember Diamond and Nikki and Megan from last year's INTO THE BREECHES..
Back to the overriding premise, the earth is running out of water!! We are talking about climate change here, and there comes the reason that one performance day falls on the real Earth Day on this real earth that we all live on. They have to substitute vodka for water
Staging is simple. Actually the total stage picture was not in performance-ready order when I sat in for an hour or so. But I did see a raised "mini-stage", and on it I saw an ornate "throne" belonging to Zeus (and perhaps to others when the whole story is told)..
Now the Greek Chorus was not called to be present for this rehearsal, but I know that there is one and I look forward to such an addition. I heard that they even do some Beetles songs There are many twists and turns, so come to the show ready to pay attention, to laugh, to figure things out. It's in the Warehouse Theatre and plays April 21, 22, 23.
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