THREE SISTERS SHOWINGS!
Our last studio project for the year is Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Our showings are scheduled on May 4 and 5, 2017 (next week!). I’m playing Irina Prozorov, the youngest sister. I’m genuinely grateful to be given this play and this role to work on under our director, Brian McManamon. I wasn’t a huge fan of Anton Chekhov prior to taking on this play. However, after having read this play several times and spent two weeks doing table work and a couple more weeks exploring the scenes on our feet, I am realizing that I have never worked on anything like this before. This is one of the most challenging plays I’ve ever been given the task of story-telling. I am grateful for the challenge, as well as the different kinds of walls I’ve run up against. This is the project and process wherein I have felt most like an “actor” in the program and not just a student having to practice technical stuff (like speech and Alexander work) or doing movement stuff.
I think that I am slowly transitioning into taking more ownership of the work and letting go of my need to fulfill all the “technical check-mark boxes” in the craft. Letting go of the “student in an institution” way of operating and transition towards “storyteller.” The learning continues, always. It’s just that the learning goes beyond obedience and into honoring what is bigger than myself. It’s time to acknowledge that this journey is bigger than Juilliard (though it seems to be framed under Juilliard). Whatever that means and how that translates into my way of being is something to be discovered.
REGINA DE VERA