Josh Fried (Stage Management Intern)
Our performances of Al’ukhraa: A Study in Othello have started. now that we’re up and running many people think that we can breathe easy and relax now that we’re performing and rehearsals have finished. Just the opposite in fact. We’re working harder than ever. Rehearsals may be done, but our amazing actresses continue to work hard every day polishing their lines, blocking, and fight choreography. The reason? If we stop practicing, then when stop growing, and when we stop growing, our performances lose the quality that our audience has come to expect. Even though we haven’t even finished our first week yet, I have already seen our actresses reach new depths with their characters and strengthened their performances , and I know that we will continue to get better as time goes on. For the production staff too, our work never ceases. We must continue to advertise, to direct, to produce, and to stage manage, otherwise, we lose our momentum and with that we also lose the message we are trying to put out there with our show. Although it may be hard, it’s worth it to see our audience come out to see our show, which is more than we could ever ask for. We don’t do this for the money. We do this so that the voice of our actresses and the voices of women across New York can be heard.