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    Sarah Ruhl's
    The Clean House
    ART2257.F10
    Directed by
    Anna Bean
    Performances
    Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 & 13
    8:00 pm
    Whittemore


    E-mail abean@marlboro.edu
    for more information.


    • Topic 1

      Dramaturgy

      (also known as, Stuff to Look At That Will Give You Insight Into Anna's Ideas About the Play)

      YouTube video of a Filipino woman being advertised for work as a maid in Hong Kong. There are literally hundreds of these on YouTube. They cannot be described. Please watch:


    • Topic 2

      Interior Design

      Dwell Magazine--Furniture

      http://www.dwell.com/products/browse/?catset5649=239149

      • Topic 3

        "Babylon" by Mountain Man (Made the Harbor, 2010)

        • Topic 5

          Rehearsal Schedule

          Saturday, 25 September, Whittemore

          Nota Bene

          1. No Thea at rehearsal (work conflict).
          2. First rehearsal w/ our new stage manager, Katherine.
          Called
          Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles. Petey, you may leave after we work on your monologue.

          Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

          Lines, lines, lines

          Leslie - Portuguese

          Virginia, Lane - practice "Matilde" in Portuguese by listening to mp3

          Rehearsal Order

          Warm-ups

          Scenes (on book):

          1. Monologues
            1. Charles - Breast Surgeons (53)
            2. Matilde - Portuguese Joke Monologue (9)
            3. Virginia - Morbid Monologue (10-11)
            4. Matilde - Parents' Story (11)
            5. Matilde - Perfect Joke (24)
            6. Lane - Watching the Lovers (46)
            7. Matilde - Her Birth Story (109)
          2. Two Character Scenes
            1. Scene 10 - Virginia and Matilde (24-27)
            2. Scene 12 - Lane and Matilde (31-33)
            3. Scene 13 - Virginia and Matilde (34-36 Lane's entrance)
            4. Scene 14 - Lane and Matilde (47-48)

          • Topic 6

            Monday, 27 September, Whittemore

            7:15-9:45 pm

            Nota Bene

            1. Check out Dramaturgy section.
            Called
            Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

            Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

            Lines, lines, lines

            Leslie - Portuguese

            Virginia, Lane - practice "Matilde" in Portuguese by listening to mp3

            Rehearsal Order

            Warm-ups

            Scenes:

            1. Monologues (off book if possible)
              1. Matilde - Perfect Joke (24)
              2. Lane - Watching the Lovers (46)
              3. Ana - Doctors (52)
              4. Charles - Breasts (53)
            2. Two Character Scenes (on book)
              1. Ana's Balcony - Ana and Matilde (70-72)
              2. Ana and Charles Try to Read - Ana and Charles (77-81)
            • Topic 7

              Wednesday, 29 September, Whittemore

              6:30-9:00 pm

              Nota Bene

              1. Check out Dramaturgy section.
              Called
              Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

              Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

              Lines, lines, lines.

              Rehearsal Order

              Warm-ups -- Petey, could you lead these? Something energizing would be good.

              Scenes:

              1. Two Character Scenes (on or off book)
                1. Ana's Balcony - Ana and Matilde (70-72)
                2. Adding Charles - (73-74)
                3. Matilde, Virginia, Lane (74-77)
                  1. Ana and Charles dance during scene
              2. Monologues (off book if possible)
                1. Matilde - Portuguese Joke #1 (9)
                2. Ana - Doctors (52)
              • Topic 8

                Sunday, 3 October, Whittemore

                6:00-9:00 pm

                Nota Bene

                Off book! Don't be scared...

                Called
                Virginia, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                Lines, lines, lines.

                Rehearsal Order

                Warm-ups by Petey

                Petey has graciously offered to lead warm-ups for the remainder of the rehearsal process. He intends on using the warm-ups as a continued process.

                Acts and Scenes:

                Act 2, Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4

                1: Charles Performs Surgery on the Woman He Loves (51-52)

                2: Ana (52-53)

                3. Charles (53)

                4. Charles and Ana (53-56)

                And maybe, Scene 6

                6. Ana's Balcony (70-74)

                • Topic 9

                  Monday, 4 October, Dance Studio in Serkin

                  7:15-9:45 pm

                  Nota Bene

                  Off book! Don't be scared...

                  Called
                  Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                  Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                  Lines, lines, lines. And coming to the Dance Studio, NOT Whittemore.

                  Rehearsal Order

                  Warm-ups by Petey

                  Acts and Scenes:

                  Act 1, Scene 14

                  14: Lane. Then Matilde. Then Virginia. (46-50)

                  Act 2, Scene 5

                  5: Lane, Virginia, Matilde, Charles and Ana (56-70)
                  • Topic 10

                    Wednesday, 6 October, Whittemore

                    6:30-9:00 pm

                    Nota Bene

                    Off book!

                    Please note that Saturday rehearsals are now Sunday, 6-9 pm.

                    Called
                    Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                    Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                    Lines, lines, lines.

                    Rehearsal Order

                    Warm-ups by Petey

                    Act 2, Scene 5

                    5: Lane, Virginia, Matilde, Charles and Ana (56-70)
                    Show only topic 9

                    • Topic 11

                      Sunday, 10 October, Whittemore

                      6:00-9:00 pm

                      Nota Bene

                      Please be ON TIME and eat beforehand so you have energy. Lots to do. So little time.

                      Katherine, I'd like to have the stage pre-set for Act 2, Scene 2, The Surgery Scene. Play around with what might be usable in the living room as hospital-like. See p. 51 description in script.

                      Called
                      Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                      Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                      Lines, lines, lines for scenes below. Please prioritize scenes we are doing in rehearsal.

                      Leslie, you are the one exception: please practice all Portuguese jokes as I would like you to run them tomorrow night with my daughter Elsa when you are not needed on stage.

                      Rehearsal Order

                      Warm-ups by Nick

                      Warm-ups will be learning the Surgery Song (aka "Babylon") with Nick.

                      Act 2, Scenes 1-5

                      1. All - Charles Performs Surgery on the Woman He Loves (51-52)
                      I'd like to work on this to combine the music and the blocking while Nick is at the rehearsal.

                      2. Ana (52-53)
                      3. Charles (53)
                      4. Charles and Ana (53-56)
                      5. Lane, Virginia, Matilde, Charles and Ana (56-70)

                      • Topic 12

                        Monday, 11 October, Whittemore

                        7:15-9:45 pm

                        Nota Bene

                        Katherine, I'd like to have the balcony pre-set for Act 2, Scene 9. We don't have a vacuum, so Virginia should have a broom and dustpan. The set should be messy with clothes, discarded magazines, and some unwashed dishes (we can get these later if you don't have time to go to the prop barn before rehearsal). For Ana's balcony scene, we need a stethoscope if you can find one. If not, maybe something stethoscope-like??? I'll bring a branch, some axe-like thing, magazines, and something to throw off the balcony, an ice cream container of some type, blankets, and a pillow.

                        Petey, please bring a sweater that can be sniffed by Lane and a winter coat. We may need to borrow the sweater for the run of the show, so it should be Charles-like. If you have an extra puffy winter coat to wear during the run, all the better.

                        Petey, you will not have a lot of acting to do tonight, but I would like you to be there for the full rehearsal because we have not blocked this portion. Bring stuff to do, and thank you for your understanding.

                        EVERYONE: Kaila the Costume Designer is coming tonight. Please bring your costume items for her to check out.

                        Called
                        Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                        Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                        Lines, lines, lines for scenes below. Please prioritize scenes we are doing in rehearsal.

                        Rehearsal Order

                        Warm-ups by Petey

                        Vocal and physical warm-ups, please

                        Act 2, Scenes 9-14

                        9. Lane and Virginia. Then Matilde. (Lane, Virginia, Matilde, Charles) In Lane's living room with a special appearance by Ana on the balcony. (81-88)
                        10. Lane Makes a House Call to Her Husband's Soul Mate. (Lane, Ana, Charles). On Ana's balcony. (88-93)
                        11. Lane Calls Virginia. (Lane, Virginia, Charles) Lane at her home, Virginia in a special (where is Virginia's home??) (94-96)
                        12. Ana and Virginia. Then Matilde. Then Lane. (Ana, Virginia, Matilde, Lane, Charles) (96-103)
                        13. Matilde Tells Ana a Joke. In Lane's living room. (Lane, Virginia, Ana, Matilde, Charles) (104-109)
                        14. Matilde. (Matilde, Matilde's Mother, Matilde's Father) (109)


                        What we don't finish blocking tonight, we will work on Wednesday.
                        • Topic 13

                          Wednesday, 13 October, Whittemore

                          6:30-9:00 pm

                          Nota Bene

                          Props: Katherine will be sending around a list of props we are still seeking. If you have something on the list or know where to get it, please let Katherine know. We are securing semi-valuable items in Brenda's office, and will treat possessions kindly.

                          Called
                          Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Ana, Charles (short time).

                          Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                          Now that you have the lines mostly locked down for the scenes below, think about your character and what each utterance is trying to create, i.e., diffusing a difficult situation, helping a sister, etc.

                          Rehearsal Order

                          Warm-ups by Petey

                          Vocal and physical warm-ups, please

                          Act 2, Scenes 13 and 14

                          13. Matilde Tells Ana a Joke. In Lane's living room. (Lane, Virginia, Ana, Matilde, Charles) (104-109)
                          14. Matilde. (Matilde, Matilde's Mother, Matilde's Father) (109)


                          Then:

                          9. Lane and Virginia. Then Matilde. (Lane, Virginia, Matilde) In Lane's living room with a special appearance by Ana on the balcony. (81-88)
                          10. Lane Makes a House Call to Her Husband's Soul Mate. (Lane, Ana). On Ana's balcony. (88-93)
                          11. Lane Calls Virginia. (Lane, Virginia) Lane at her home, Virginia in a special (94-96)
                          12. Ana and Virginia. Then Matilde. Then Lane. (Ana, Virginia, Matilde, Lane) (96-103)
                          and
                          13. Matilde Tells Ana a Joke. In Lane's living room. (Lane, Virginia, Ana, Matilde) (104-109)
                          14. Matilde. (Matilde) (109)


                          • Topic 14

                            Tuesday, 19 October, Whittemore

                            7:15-9:45 pm

                            Nota Bene

                            In rehearsal, imagine that Katherine will get a small electric shock every time you call for a line.

                            Save Katherine. Learn your lines.

                            PROPS: If you have proposed to bring props relevant to Act 1, bring them. Katherine, let's have as many Act 1 props as we can.

                            Called
                            Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Ana, Charles

                            Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                            Lines. Praying about lines.

                            Rehearsal Order

                            Warm-ups by Petey

                            Vocal and physical warm-ups, please

                            Act 1 in its entirety

                            • Topic 15

                              Sunday, 25 October, Whittemore

                              6-9 pm

                              Nota Bene

                              Needless to say but I will anyway, (please) be on time.

                              Called
                              Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                              Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                              Please check that your props are in place for Act 2. If you don't know where a prop is, ask Ms. Katherine.

                              Also, not necessary to say but necessary: practice your lines until you know them like no others.

                              Rehearsal Order

                              Warm-ups by Petey

                              Vocal (Babylon) and physical warm-ups, please

                              Act 2, the whole shebang.

                              Monday, 26 October, Whittemore

                              7:15-9:45 pm

                              Nota Bene

                              Needless to say but I will anyway, (please) be on time.

                              Called
                              Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                              Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                              Please check that your props are in place for Act 2. If you don't know where a prop is, ask Ms. Allison.

                              Rehearsal Order

                              Warm-ups by Petey

                              Vocal (Babylon) and physical warm-ups, please

                              Act 2, the whole shebang.

                              Monday, 26 October, Whittemore

                              7:15-9:45 pm

                              Nota Bene

                              Needless to say but I will anyway, (please) be on time.

                              Called
                              Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                              Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                              Please check that your props are in place for Act 2. If you don't know where a prop is, ask Ms. Allison.

                              Rehearsal Order

                              Warm-ups by Petey

                              Vocal (Babylon) and physical warm-ups, please

                              Act 2, the whole shebang.
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                              Wednesday, 27 October, Whittemore

                              6:00-9:30 pm

                              Nota Bene

                              Bring costume items for Kaila to check out. See her recent E-mail.

                              Called
                              Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                              Pre-Rehearsal Preparation

                              Lines, lines, lines.

                              Rehearsal Order

                              Warm-ups by Petey

                              Vocal (Babylon) and physical warm-ups, please

                              Act 2, Scene 5 (everyone)

                              I want to make this scene funny. PLEASE KNOW ALL THE LINES SO I CAN PLAY AROUND WITH THIS SCENE. Thank you.

                              Act 2, Scene 6 (Ana and Matilde)
                              Everyone else can go home.

                              • Topic 16

                                Friday, 29 October, Whittemore

                                4:30-7:30 pm

                                Nota Bene

                                Please be on time!! Please know your lines!! Please....

                                Called
                                Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                                Rehearsal Order

                                Warm-ups by Petey

                                Vocal (Babylon) and physical warm-ups, please

                                Act One, Scene 13
                                Virginia and Matilde. Then Lane.
                                (Lane finds out Charles is having an affair.)

                                through

                                Scene 14. Lane. Then Matilde. Then Virginia.
                                (Kissing the scar; Lane breaks down.)

                                Then:

                                All of Act One

                                Saturday, 30 October, Whittemore

                                1-4 pm

                                Nota Bene

                                Please be on time!! Please know your lines!! Please....

                                Called
                                Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                                Rehearsal Order

                                Go over prop duties for Act One

                                Go over action/motivation for Act One

                                Warm-ups

                                Vocal (Babylon) and physical warm-ups, please

                                Act One, all

                                Act Two, all

                                Yep, a full run-through. As close as we can get....


                                Wednesday, 3 November, Greene Room in Whittemore

                                6:30-9 pm

                                Nota Bene

                                Please bring your scripts tonight!!

                                Contact Kaila if you have costume items to bring her.


                                Called

                                Virginia, Lane, Matilde, Charles, Ana.

                                Rehearsal Order

                                Read-through of Act One and Act Two

                                Tuesday, 9 November, Whittemore

                                7:15-9:45 pm

                                Rehearsal Order

                                Actors: please put on costumes ASAP

                                Crew: please set up ASAP

                                Board ops: ditto

                                A full run through

                                Wednesday, 10 November, Whittemore

                                6:30-9:30 pm

                                Nota Bene

                                This is an open dress rehearsal. Please invite folks to come. Run will strart at 7:30 sharp.

                                Rehearsal Order

                                Actors: please put on costumes ASAP

                                Crew: please set up ASAP

                                Board ops: ditto

                                A full run through
                                beginning at 7:30 pm

                                Thursday, 11 November, Whittemore

                                12-2 pm

                                Rehearsal Order

                                Actors only rehearsal

                                Friday, November 12, Whittemore

                                6:45-10 pm

                                Call at 6:45 pm

                                House open at 7:45 pm

                                Show runs from 8-9:30 pm


                                Saturday, November 13, Whittemore

                                6:45-10 pm

                                Call at 6:45 pm

                                House open at 7:45 pm

                                Show runs from 8-9:30 pm

                                Party in Greene Room 9:30-whenever

                                We'll be eating leftover apples and casserole. And maybe some other goodies...