At the first rehearsal on Tuesday, February 12th, the creative team shared their inspirations and designs, followed by a reading of the play. Our Fresh Eyes volunteer, Martha Spence, joined us for the day, and shares her observations.
My general reaction was that I liked the play very much. I also felt there is already chemistry among the cast, and I think that bodes well for the final result.
The dialogue generally rang very true to me. The dialogue especially between Robin and Ash was grown-up, non-neurotic, couple talk. I feel like I hear a lot of dialogue between couples in plays and movies that I find juvenile, or just unrealistic. This seemed like dialogue real grown-ups would have.
The second thought I had was wondering if Ryan [Robin’s brother and coach to Ash] is not only concerned, rightly or wrongly, about a little boy being raised without a male parent, but also about his — Ryan’s — displacement in the family structure. Almost like the older sibling’s feeling when the new baby comes home. Ryan is close with his sister, has been a friend/colleague/mentor to Ash, and now there’s another person taking their attention, and changing the way they relate to him. I wonder if part of his welcoming of Peter back as the parent of Jeenu is about getting this disrupter, Jeenu, out of the family, as well as concern over Jeenu’s upbringing. Since I didn’t hear in the script any loving connection between Ryan and Jeenu, Ryan’s concern about having a male parent seems a bit abstract, rather than being rooted in feeling connected to Jeenu. That’s why I wonder if his buy-in to Peter has at least those two elements.
That’s what went through my mind.