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March 12, 2009

Tonight was our penultimate preview, and we were lucky to have our technical consultant Beth Finke join us for the post performance discussion. She has been a tremendously valuable collaborator during this process, and has been open to helping us in many ways. One evening Beth and her husband hosted Emjoy at their home to watch Beth move around the space. Earlier this week, Beth came to tour the stage with the cast and Ron, and to discuss what kinds of movements she could and could not hear, as well as when she could perceive other people near her. Tonight she attended a full performance for the first time, and it was exciting to hear her responses. She said she laughed vigourously when Susy scolds Roat that ‘it’s not that hard’ to navigate around the midnight black living room. And she cried at the end when Gloria returns to the apartment and instructs the policemen to leave Susy alone because she can manage by herself. It’s been so illuminating for all of us to hear Beth’s perspective on Susy’s world throughout this process, and a delight to discover this new creative partnership.

Previews have been going really well. It’s been fun to see how vocally and physically audiences are reacting to the drama in Act II. There are nightly screams and gasps–something which doesn’t often happen in the theatre. During curtain calls, John Hoogenakker, who plays Roat, has been getting playful boos for his portrayal of the outrageous villain Roat.

We now look forward to opening weekend, and hope to see you there!

–Kate Bredeson, Resident Dramaturg

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