The Wedge Begins!

June 24, 2014 / Or, Reflections on a Month in Ithaca


It is truly unthinkable that a month can go by so quickly.

It seems like only yesterday that Zi and I were at an Applebee's in Binghamton, most of our drive from Manhattan to Ithaca behind us, two 10 oz strip steaks with mashed potatoes and Caesar Salad in front of us (thank you, 2 for $20 deal). A heartbeat later, we have been here for a month, opened two shows, taught innumerable classes to the lab company, become fully integrated members of the Hangar community, hiked around waterfalls, swam in the outdoor pool (yes, we have an outdoor pool, though no time to use it), and, perhaps best of all, gotten to work with new designer colleauges in the Hangar's design fellowship program who have stretched us and made our ideas glimmer.

I can say without uncertainty that not since graduate school have I felt so exhausted, and rarely if ever have I felt myself creating as much work in such a short period of time. Today was our second day of rehearsal for my Wedge show, a 45 minute, outdoor, immersive production of Sean Graney's translation of Oedipus. We blocked the entire show in a day, and by the end of day 2 had run the entire play, staged 1/2 of our fights, arranged 2 of the 5 songs I've added to the production (I'm always interrogating how indie rock and classical theater can intersect - hi Mike Osinski!), and worked most of the scenes a few time.

So yes, I am exhausted.

But thrilled, and optimistic, and scared in that good way where you know the fear means that it matters.

Check out pictures from our initial rehearsals: https://www.facebook.com/hangartheatrewedge?fref=photo

And join us in Ithaca next week for OEDIPUS! http://www.hangartheatre.org/the-wedge.html

Sending love to all the DLDs, present and past!

John Michael DiResta