LUSH VALLEY


Lush Valley Rehearsal 7/30 by kristinmarting
July 30, 2011, 10:14 pm
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It was a slower paced day in rehearsals than it has been this week. The first half of the day we sat with Georgie to work on her monologues. Qui, one of Lush Valley’s writers, was a fabulous helping hand with Georgie’s spoken poem and rap. They’re starting to take a really exciting shape! After working on short scene between Ernie and Georgie, we focused on Ernie’s monologue before jumping into one of the final moments, “Suspicious Minds”! There are still a few kinks in the bridge to work out, but choreography is giving some very good flair to the piece!



Lush Valley Rehearsal 7/29 by kristinmarting
July 29, 2011, 10:43 pm
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We finished choreographing the opening gesture dance today! After lots of collaboration this week, we have come up with a good shape for this and although changes may be made in the future, we ended in a great, comfortable spot! However, before working on the dance again we learned some songs to sing for the Battle of the Athems! Splitting our officers in two groups of four, giving each one a different song, we will present the audience with options for the Lush Valley anthem that will be voted on in the show. Finally, we had a moment with the King, learning Elvis’ “Suspicious Minds” with a Lush Vallian twist!



Lush Valley Rehearsal 7/28 by kristinmarting
July 28, 2011, 9:20 pm
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We changed gears a little bit today, starting with gesture warm-ups, but we moved on to some of the full cast scenes in the script – mainly looking at them on their feet. We accomplished quite a bit, finding a good shape for the scenes. We also had a chance to choreograph the two fantasy scenes in the script, a Civil War scene between Georgie and Jason as well as a clip from THE 99 graphic novel between Kim and Miguel. It’ll be fantastic to see all the work we did today surrounded with audience members! In sync with the rest of the week, we’ve closed the day working some smaller cast scenes. We found a new flavor to the relationship between Alan and Angela, our supervisors. And for all those wondering, a Sparticist was a late 1960’s journalist for a communist paper.



Lush Valley Rehearsal 7/27 by kristinmarting
July 27, 2011, 9:32 pm
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Following a similar format from yesterday, the Lush Vallians began today’s rehearsal with a refresher of our new gestures and re-worked some of the new gesture dance we were had built. We’re aiming to tap in to the emotional under belly of Lush Valley, learning not only more about the officer’s characters, but also about what Lush Valley means to us, a feeling we hope to share with the audience! After lunch, we returned to the script, focusing on the characters Miguel and Angela and the scene between them.



Lush Valley Rehearsal 7/26 by kristinmarting
July 26, 2011, 8:52 pm
Filed under: Hope, Narrative, Rehearsal

Another big step forward here in Lush Valley! We began an early day with a recap of our gestures from previous workshops and showed off a new serious of gestures based the words hope, invitation, potential and pride. We jumped right into choreographing a new dance and spent the majority of our time together creating an uplifting, welcoming, environment for our applicants. We started from scratch with the new gestures and a new song and the first section is really taking shape! After lunch, we spent the rest of the day focusing on the character Jason within the script. Looking forward to the rest of this week as we’ve had a very productive first couple of days back in the rehearsal room!



THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER COMMUNITY THINK TANK NOTES – GROUP 4 by kristinmarting
July 26, 2011, 3:39 pm
Filed under: American Dream, Community, Events, Research, Uncategorized
Representation – Power to change – Evolving civil rights – gay marriage, changing minorities, new ideas about family, divorce
Example of person trying to get divorced for 6 yr divorce -because gay marriage in vt and straight marriage in ny

How much do you need to change in a script to express a gay couple vs straight couple

Staunch republican changing his position on gay marriage

Legislative passage of gay rights not popular referendum
Overcome majority cause right thing to do

Why Morally driven national referendums don’t happen – is it still as a result of the fallout of the civil war – legislators feel more comfortable letting local communities decide rather than sending it down from on high

Default on our US debt -it would have been unthinkable in the past but the schism is creating a vacuum of leadership

How is it right not to raise taxes and pay for what we need?  It relates to this American  assumptive structure.

I deserve this – entitlements – this house, vacation
idea of what my life is supposed to be as opposed to what I can actually afford
Why is there an absence of fear of consequences

Tea Party – misinformed but so big and capable of serious damage

Is the current state good? We are almost rock bottom and that will be the way to move to better place.

Stunning the people who vote agst their own  interest

Pledge allegiance to the republican party

why is their only two party system?

How to vote?
Vote democrat or for a woman –
research everyone on the ballot -the smallest office

What tribe do you want to belong to? What does it mean to feel part of that tribe? How do you see yourself? I am this kind of person and they speak my language.

Politics is The big game.  Every time you play you are impacting the lives of millions.

We live in the land where anyone can be president (as long as you are born here)

You come to America to be exceptional.

Today’s  American dream seems to be I can be anything regardless of talent or skill. But is that accurate or a fantasy?

If your philosophy is we shouldn’t interfere with each other’s rights, then Don’t get into anyone’s business.
How does a gay marriage btw 2 people impact you?

Heavy reliance on concept of competition  is of utmost  value – heavy emphasis on  winning.

Today,  Competition has even  moved into realms of truth and fact.

Competition has good elements too – inspires hard work and creativity.

Sense of individual power as opposed to group responsibility.

US aspires to be a bad ass.  Not Canada bad ass.

If the us was a person, it seems like we  started to develop a conscience and care about people (civil rights, etc)   but how do  reconcile that with recent efforts to keep taxes low corporations

how far are we departing from that In these last 30 years

No respect for elders – no love of wisdom rather celebration of new.

infrastructure of roads vs mass transit -mistaken investments

Progression from ownership as core value to renting
Net flix,spotify,  subscription – models of renting instead of owning

No one should own it.

Temporal seems to be becoming a core value now –
Rent your home,  date but not marry,  divorce.

Dan savage column about infidelity

Should we accept infidelity as a natural part of a monogamous relationship –

Who decides the terms of your relationship – your partner or society?

What is difference btw physical bond vs emotional bond?

We all seem to need to dictate others relationships  because of Fear – if someone else does it, my husband will do it to me

Fear based culture.

Open relationship where all is agreed upon and it is happy not painful
as opposed to
Supposed monogamous relationship with cheating

Bringing STD s to your long term partner is  bad.

Men propulgating the species
Women emotional bond, Take care of kids.
Are we totally programming?

Open marriage doesn’t work with assholes.



Lush Valley Rehearsal: 7/25 by kristinmarting
July 26, 2011, 1:14 am
Filed under: American Dream, Events, Rehearsal, Research, Uncategorized


We had an exciting first rehearsal today for our upcoming production of LUSH VALLEY, which premieres September 11th at HERE!   We began our day with a read through of the script, which we recently spent a week workshopping at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.  After the read through, our set designer Clint Ramos gave us a tour of the set model box and showed everyone the layout of his immersive design.  After lunch, we put the final scene of the script on its feet and sketched out some blocking.  We spent the rest of our group rehearsal reviewing our gesture dance choreography from the work-in-progress showing we did earlier this year at Culturemart, and finished off the day working on a scene between LUSH VALLEY officers Kim and Jason.  We are excited to be back in the rehearsal room with a great cast and creative team, and are looking forward to sharing our work with you in September.  Stay tuned for daily updates throughout our process!