Kristina’s character, Tamara Sachs, responds to the statement: “We are just trying to find out the truth.” By saying: “How can you find out such a thing? Whose truth? The victors? The vanquished? The victims?” This is one of the central themes of the play.
One of the great things about this play is that every character has a very specific point of view. Sort of Rashomon meets Band of Brothers. It has created lively debate in the room, as we are all fighting for our character’s vision of the truth. And it’s up to Stephanie to keep us all on the right path, as ultimately we ask the audience to decide for themselves who is right…or rather with whom they sympathize. Whose side will you be on? It is sure to start a lively debate…we have been in lively debates since day one.
There is an adage in acting training that states: “acting is listening.” This has never been more true for me than in this project. There are so many subtle moves in the back and forth between the characters that it really takes active listening to move the story forward. It’s an amazing challenge, but so rewarding. Especially when working with such a group of brilliant actors. Theatre is at its best when there is absolute collaboration. We are all working together to get to the heart of this play. Talking. Sharing stories and ideas. And ultimately working together with absolute trust.
It’s been really special so far. We have a couple of weeks before we open. We still have a lot of work to do. A lot of lines to learn A lot of lines for me to learn, I should say. Because everybody else is somehow off book. Show-offs. But it’s been a long time since I’ve had this feeling. Being an actor in a show where everything just clicks. Everybody is killing it. I sort of want to slow down time so I can continue to enjoy this process because I know it will be opening night before I blink. But, on the other hand, I really want to share this wonderful piece of work.
Ok, I need to look over my lines before I hit the sack.