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We are about four weeks into rehearsals for this masterpiece.  The actors are learning their lines diligently.  The set, lighting, and props folks are all assembling materials and supplies as they prepare for the day we will transform Memorial Hall into a hardscrabble tenant farm carved out of the rocky terrain of the unforgiving Connecticut countryside in 1923.

I never cease to be amazed at the dedication actors show.  Here is a group of people who are working very hard together to create something that transcends the banality of everyday life – that soars toward genuine art.  They are not getting paid, but you’d think they were earning fat paychecks, given their work ethic.

What I love most is watching actors assimilate the words on the page and take in the direction, and transform from Kevin Cahoon and Lauren Patterson and Frank Kehoe and Devon Ewalt and Ethan Alsruhe into Mike Hogan and Josie Hogan and Phil Hogan and Jim Tyrone and T. Stedman Harder – full-fledged, believable characters that get richer and more complex with each rehearsal.  And when you have a play as sensitive, as hilarious, and as sad as A Moon for the Misbegotten is, the potential to create something very special for the audience gets more attainable every day.  We are working toward that day when audience members file into the hall and, instead of watching a play, they will become immersed in an unforgettable, profound, and beautiful experience.

Reading a very funny scene in preparation for putting it on its feet. — with Ethan Alsruhe, Lauren Patterson and Frank Kehoe.

Reading a very funny scene in preparation for putting it on its feet. — with Ethan Alsruhe, Lauren Patterson and Frank Kehoe.

The hilarious scene begins stirring to life. This play blends humor and pathos brilliantly. — with Ethan Alsruhe and Frank Kehoe

The hilarious scene begins stirring to life. This play blends humor and pathos brilliantly. — with Ethan Alsruhe and Frank Kehoe

The semi-star-crossed lovers, Josie and Jim, begin an oblique courting ritual under the watchful (and mischievous) eye of her father, Phil Hogan — with Lauren Patterson, Devon M. Ewalt and Frank Kehoe

The semi-star-crossed lovers, Josie and Jim, begin an oblique courting ritual under the watchful (and mischievous) eye of her father, Phil Hogan — with Lauren Patterson, Devon M. Ewalt and Frank Kehoe

Ethan Alsruhe, one of my favorite, long-time collaborators, breathes life into the hapless, uptight, idle-rich T. Stedman Harder.

Ethan Alsruhe, one of my favorite, long-time collaborators, breathes life into the hapless, uptight, idle-rich T. Stedman Harder.

Our trio of protagonists watch as the unfortunate T. Stedman Harder approaches, like a fly to a spider web.

Our trio of protagonists watch as the unfortunate T. Stedman Harder approaches, like a fly to a spider web.

This is my fourth show with Frank! He embodies the squirrely and pugnacious Phil Hogan.

This is my fourth show with Frank! He embodies the squirrely and pugnacious Phil Hogan.

Lauren Patterson is Josie. In every way. A very sensitive and beautiful character.

Lauren Patterson is Josie. In every way. A very sensitive and beautiful character.

Devon Ewalt inhabits the tortured, alcoholic character of Jim Tyrone, whose rendezvous with destiny approaches.

Devon Ewalt inhabits the tortured, alcoholic character of Jim Tyrone, whose rendezvous with destiny approaches.

 

 

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