Lisa, this is your first time directing rather than being on tech--what is it like being on the creative team?
Lisa: “It was so helpful having the experience of being on tech before being director. I am familiar with some of the typical challenges in the communication of creative vision and responsibilities between the director and tech, and I think that made our production process much more cohesive and synergetic."
What are rehearsals like over Zoom?
Lisa: “As expected, directing over zoom is very different. One interesting adaptation is that rehearsals consist of a lot of explaining to actors "you are talking to this character, who is on your right" and "make sure you exit to your left" because everyone is performing on a different stage and can't always look at one another for reference. It's a unique challenge that I think the actors have overcome in a way that looks effortless but definitely took a lot of practice and memorization on their part. It's very nice that I can stay in my pajamas too.”
Emily: “The rehearsal process has been fascinating, if a little bit lonely. I definitely miss the small interactions and friendships you make during in-person rehearsals, but over time, communicating through Zoom has gotten a lot easier. However, seeing the ways technology has factored into our show is amazing. Of course, it's not as dynamic as a three-dimensional stage, but our stage manager Kayla is doing amazing things with the performance software to make us move all over the screen.”
Jerell: “Zoom rehearsals are definitely weird and not super ideal most of the time— it’s very hard to do physical comedy with someone through a screen! Still, there’s some upsides, it’s nice to go to rehearsal in pajamas lol.”
Kinjal: “Zoom rehearsals were strange at first. I wasn’t sure how they would compare to the in-person rehearsals that I was used to. But over the course of the show, we all got to know each other better and zoom rehearsals started to feel more like in-person rehearsals. While I still miss being able to hang out with people in that time right before and after rehearsals, I really like that zoom forces all of us to talk together instead of letting us break into small groups of friends the way in-person rehearsals do.”
Any memorable moments during the rehearsal process?
Lisa: “My favorite part of the process is when I finally stop talking and get to listen to everyone's ideas about the play. There's a lot of trying to break down who these characters are, reading between the lines, and finding new ways to make moments even funnier. There's also a lot of laughter at this strange story and its characters.”
Kinjal: “One of my favorite parts of the rehearsal process was Body Building day (think the equivalent to a build day). It was the first time I felt like we really bonded as a cast, which is why it was one of my favorite days. Another one of my favorites was doing Cue-to-Cue during tech. Usually, Cue-to-Cue is super tedious and tiring, but it was the part of tech week that felt the most like in-person tech and was just really really fun because of that.”
Emily: “My favorite rehearsal so far was the first time we integrated our pre-recorded sound effects into the show. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at the sound of a pre-recorded scream.”
Jerell: “I really enjoyed the first day of tech, because it reminded me of the in-person tech days I’ve done before. Everyone was joking around and the vibes were great, it was almost like we were all in the same space together!"
Check out part 2 of this post to find out why you should come see Clue at Home, and don't forget to tune into the livestream starting tonight, Friday March 5th at 8 PM PST!