Blocked all of Act 3 today and ran it at rehearsal. It’s a shorter act, but its a fucking doozy. Not only are the emotional valleys for each character huge but as Mae (and really Mae and Gooper) the wheels never stop turning. Each obstacle MUST be overcome to get the farm. Things constantly get thrown in her way and the desperation grows…and it’s a blast! I’ve never played someone so bitchy and so desperate. Desperate enough to scream her head off at the end and start to lose her mind, which luckily is somewhat saved by her husband, but you can see finally see how much she is eaten alive with the idea of Maggie and Brick getting the farm. She is a beautiful downward spiral and I can’t wait to do it every night.
The other fun part are all the moments I get to have with Gooper. We just started but Mae and Gooper have a symphony of pokes, hits, and looks that tell all. They have full conversations, they give hints and they direct each other on what to do next. We have worked some out but the rest need to be discovered. But for now, it’s ridiculously fun to smack each other and glare and poke and clear your throat and get the reaction from the other. Sometimes it works perfectly, other times we both break out in laughter at how ridiculous we’re being or how funny the face your partner just gave you was. That and the constant jokes about me having a litter of children. Madame Director finds it quite funny that small Marty is having very tall Goopers children.
For now that’s all I can give. I haven’t dug in enough yet, but it’s early…
Also…walking around pregnant for 5 hours was terrible. I didn’t want to do the hand on the back too much because I felt it was too generic and after 3 hours the muscles in my back screamed “SUPPORT ME DAMMIT! RUB ME DAMMIT!” and I understood. Then I sat down for the first time in an hour after standing like that and it was the most magical moment. So, while generic, I get it, and I’m doing it.
I was drained after rehearsal and loved every second. Unfortunately I have to leave Tennessee Williams land and go back to Improv land as our first show is on Wed! More about that tomorrow sweet readers!