July 5, 2007

39 Previews

I'm going to apologize right now for the lack of content over the last few weeks. I'm sorry - I do miss posting, but there have been more pressing priorities lately. I must also now tell you to expect exactly the same for the next few weeks.

I'm on vacation for the next ten days or so - and then it's going to take a week or so to catch up from relaxing. Unless I run into some Huntington glitterati on Provincetown's famous Commercial Street (entirely possible), or see something that I can't help but share, you won't be hearing from me for at least 15 days.

Meanwhile my staff, who have also been getting some much deserved R&R, will be working away on The 39 Steps. By the time I'm able to post again we should have some construction photos to show you. I can't believe rehearsals start in about FIVE WEEKS!

We've got prelim drawings for Brendan due any day now, as well as a design visit from Streamers director Scott Ellis and scenic designer Neil Patel with the set model.

Somewhere in there I'll chat with scenic designer Ralph Funicello (The Cherry Orchard) who will be designing our sets for Third. I'll be wrapping up details for Shining City which is coming to us from our friends at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, directed by Robert Falls, with the New York physical production designed by Santo Loquasto, Kaye Voyce, Chris Akerlind and Obediah Eaves.

The Cry of the Reed
and She Loves Me will have to wait for some of my time in August. Nicky is off to Williamstown very soon to direct The Corn is Green with Kate Burton so there is time yet.

Huntington Presents projects for next season, such The Atheist (with Campbell Scott) and a couple of others which I'm not quite sure I'm supposed to mention yet (ok, here goes - Judy Gold in her 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother - and the living cartoon lip syncing origami-ist Ennio Marchetto), will be the subject of a 10AM meeting on my first day back. "Huntington Presents" is our little nick name for the non subscriptions shows we put on in the Wimberly (such as Trumbo, Laughing Wild, Forbidden Broadway, and Kiki & Herb).

Oh - and we're doing some renovations in the BU Theatre Lobby, some HVAC work at the Pavilion, and I have a bunch of job searches open at the moment. I may shoot the next person who says "it must be nice and slow in the summer"!

That was FUN - as if I didn't know exactly what it is I'm running away from!

I do however, want to leave you with something a little more interesting than the scribbles in my daily planner. Here are some (very nice) design renderings of (just a few of) the costumes, designed and drawn by Peter McIntosh, for our upcoming production of The 39 Steps. Enjoy - and I'll be back soon!

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