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and so it goes..... [Jan. 25th, 2012|06:30 pm]
kyle cassidy
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So last night I did a production photo for Curio Theatre's new production of Slaughterhouse-Five. I probably don't need to tell you about it -- it's about a WWII vet set loose in time by aliens, he skips around in his life, from the days he was a POW in Germany during the firebombing of Dresden to his youth, to a zoo on an alien world where's he's imprisoned in a giant terrarium with a porn star ... and so it goes....

Clickenzee to Embiggen!

Or click here to order tickets (this one's probably going to sell out.)

The set is a giant clock, broken into pieces with move independently to form ... things. After the photo call I stuck around for rehearsal. I'm often amazed when I do stick around for rehersals how little they're like the rehearsals I had in high school when we were doing Harvey or the Royal Family. In those you'd come in, you'd say your lines and the director would tell you where to stand while you were doing it or which door to go through and then you'd go home and you'd do this for a couple of weeks and then you'd do it in front of people. In real theatrical rehearsals there may be twenty people in the room, just standing around. The the director's talking to one actor, a lighting person and the stage manager for 15 minutes and lots of sheets of paper are generated, then everyone gets on stage for two lines of dialogue and some ... thing happens that I don't really understand, it may be a lighting queue or some off stage sandbag moves and then everybody gets off stage and the director calls one actor and a grip and the stage manager and they stand next to some set piece and the whole time I'm not really sure what's going on. There will be a gaggle of actors sitting up against a wall somewhere with a set painter and they'll be talking about Mercutio's motivation in Romeo and Juliet and even though I've seen it three times in the past two years I feel I have nothing to offer to this conversation because it's like a group of geologists talking about an ice core sample they just brought back from the south pole and all you can think of to add to their conversation about oxygen to helium ratios is "you could bust that up and put it in a soda!" so you just keep quiet.

Director Jared Reed dispensing direction to his actors.

Billy Pilgrim (Steve Carpenter) and Montana Wildhack (trillian_stars enjoy a quiet moment on Tralfmagore.

Waiting in the wings, Jerry Rudisill prepares to come on as a German soldier. Jerry was playing

Ford Prefect in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy when I met Trillian.

Jared choreographs the complex set movements with grips.

I'm amazed, and I don't really know why I should be, because I walk past mind boggling things all the time, like suspension bridges and skyscrapers and cell phones that you can see Borneo on, but I'm amazed that people can come together with these skills and each one holding a bit of the puzzle, they can put together what at first looks like a giant mess into this thing of great beauty, wit, and truth.

I'm happy to have been a tiny part of it.

And so it goes....

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[User Picture]From: briansiano
2012-01-25 11:41 pm (UTC)
Damn, Now I wish I haven't had a life-collapse this month, because I'd love to shoot a promo.

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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-26 12:49 am (UTC)
you'll have time -- they still don't have much of a set. would have been fun to have you around for some Behind The Scenes of teh foto shootz though.
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[User Picture]From: briansiano
2012-01-26 01:26 am (UTC)
Just so ya know, I'm almost always up for those. They're fun.

I still have to get around to editing _Great Expectations_, tho.
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[User Picture]From: maehymn
2012-01-25 11:53 pm (UTC)
Those are awesome, and the adaptation of the moving clock parts in the set is genius!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-26 12:48 am (UTC)
paul's sets just get better and better -- there's always some secret mystery to them, and always some mechanical functionality. he did Oleana in the round, with a round stage that rotated a single time over 90 minutes, you don't notice it moving, but you notice it's moved. that was my favorite.
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[User Picture]From: elionwyr
2012-01-26 12:15 am (UTC)
Gads, Kyle, that pic literally made me pause and all but gasp. Trillian's dress is very dramatic - and the clock - and the men's poses - and...goodness.

/fangirl mode off
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-26 12:44 am (UTC)
aw! thank you! i can't wait to see the play in action. i've seen only very confusing bits of it.
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[User Picture]From: valya_dl
2012-01-26 12:32 am (UTC)
That's really lovely, Kyle.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-26 12:47 am (UTC)
aw thank you!
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[User Picture]From: katemckinnon
2012-01-26 02:20 am (UTC)
Gorgeous post and photos, Kyle. I feel the same awe you do for the way theater comes (or does not come) together.
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[User Picture]From: spiraltower
2012-01-26 03:21 am (UTC)
Frankly, I doubt even the theatre practitioners involved could have truly described the process that was happening, but that's the exactly the mystery, the magic and the wonder of live theatre - and perhaps of all art. If there was a true and perfect formula for distilling enthusiasm, skill, genius and inspiration into a final presentation then such a formula would have long since been described and all art would have frozen and calcified into mere technique.

Thank goodness we don't understand what's going on when art is being made. Thank goodness that there isn't a true scientific curve of how and what the artistic process should produce. Thank goodness we can still be surprised, mystified, amazed and inspired by those whose skills cannot and will not be subjected to formulae or to binary ones and zeros.

I reckon the day artistic process can be truly understood, described and reproduced is the day that art becomes meaningless.
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[User Picture]From: midnightstation
2012-01-26 04:16 am (UTC)
Is it me or does the red stuff in the logo text have the stock photo agency watermark still on it?
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[User Picture]From: TYBelka
2012-01-26 04:23 pm (UTC)

Slaughter House 5

What an awesome & inventive idea for the set. It kills me that I do not live near a more "cultured" and "artsy" environment & community. If there is one thing I absolutely need to do in the next year, it is see Trillian Stars in a show at The Curio Theatre in Philly-Land. Kyle, what more can I say about the promo shot that I do not say about most of your pictures? Wonderful work and certainly a quality all serious photographers aspire to meet & create. Kudos to both you & Trillian. You two rock. TY
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[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2012-01-27 03:44 am (UTC)
Trillian looks like a fairy queen in all your pictures.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-27 04:40 am (UTC)
She is a fairy queen!

At least I think so.
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[User Picture]From: edenlass
2012-01-29 03:49 am (UTC)

Meet Cute?

Can we hear/read the story of how you met Trillian? A meeting involving H2G2 sounds perfect!
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2012-02-01 04:35 am (UTC)

Promo for _Slaughterhouse-Five_

User briansiano referenced to your post from Promo for _Slaughterhouse-Five_ saying: [...] y, I was looking at 's photography for the play (http://kylecassidy.livejournal.com/691978.html [...]
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