REHEARSALS FOR THE “CHEKHOV SLOT”
All second year Juilliard actors have begun rehearsals for the “Chekhov slot” which has always been scheduled at the last quarter of the second semester of second year. One of our teachers has called this slot an “integration” of the voice, speech, Alexander and acting techniques that we have been taking apart and investigating separately for most of first and second year.
Group 48 is currently working on two plays. Half of the group is cast in Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel and the other half is in Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. Both casts are currently doing table work on the plays. These studio projects will be shared to fellow actors from different groups, as well as the Drama faculty during the first week of May 2017.
I am cast as Irina Sergeyevna Prozorov (the youngest sister) in Chekhov’s Three Sisters. We got our casting right before we went into spring break. During the spring break, I read the script several times in different translations and looked up unfamiliar words and have done some research about the world of the play. By now I must have read the play on my own about 6 times. I like reading the play over and over to give it time to “speak to me” rather than me imposing on the story and characters. This is also a good way for me to gain familiarity with the given circumstances of the play.
The women of Three Sisters will also be wearing corsets and bustle skirts for the play. We recently had a corset class last Tuesday, March 21. We were in our rehearsal skirts and heels and we helped lace each other up.
The next coming rehearsals would likely be spent doing more table work. In the meantime, I’ve begun learning some lines from Act 1 to prepare for the time when we begin to get up on our feet.
REGINA DE VERA