Last night I invited 11 lovely actors and artists to squeeze into my SE apartment and read "Pride & Prejudice, an adaptation." Huddled around two coffee tables and a cork board propped up on a chair, we fueled ourselves with wine and cheese and laughed our way through the play.
I got some absolutely wonderful feedback in our post-reading discussion--it was fabulously exciting to see so many people get into a passionate conversation around this piece!
At the end, I asked how many of them would want to work on this piece, given the opportunity.
Every single hand went up.
A HUGE Thank You to the lovely people who took time out of their busy lives to support this story: Sarah Yeakel, Madeline Shier, Nate Cohn, Kensie Sempert, Alan Cline, Rose Proctor, Anthony Arnista, Elizabeth Parker, Angela Van Epps, Vanessa Peacock, and Cooper!!
Meanwhile, we have four interviews lined up with potential sound design candidates. Our proposal to do this show with a highly reputable theater in town is in. Two potential costume designers and a growing love for this piece.
More steps forward...
I wanted to notify you as soon as the decision was made: we are altering the date of the performance of "Pride & Prejudice, an adaptation."
Originally, we wanted the show to go up in Fall 2015. While there is a slight possibility that this could still happen, we've decided for a number a reasons that it will be better in the long-run for us to put the show up in Summer 2016.
Our reasons are:
1. Many of the spaces we are talking to about renting have already booked their Fall season, so availability is tricky. If we book a space now for the Summer, there are many more options available to us.
2. Fall is cold and rainy and dark in Portland. Summer is more likely to encourage people to come out and see a show with a never-before-heard-of company.
3. Pushing the show back to Summer gives us ample time to build the reputation of Enso and of the show. We will not be twiddling our thumbs while Summer rolls around. Oh no. On the contrary: We will use the Fall to contact schools in the area and we will be doing preliminary Jane Austen workshops with students before the show happens. This will A. Build excitement in the community about the project B. Allow us to build the first connections for Enso's future Education program C. Meet and work with students who may join Enso later.
I apologize if this news ruined any plans to see the show in the Fall. Do let me know if there are any concerns or questions about this change, I am all ears!
Also, regarding those of you who pledged to our Kickstarter Campaign: My goal is that by December 2015 everyone will have received their reward as long as the reward doesn't require the actual show (so the posters, videos, etc won't be ready in December, for obvious reasons).
At the moment, my life is filled with:
a. An internship with Third Rail Repertory Theatre
b. Nannying three days a week
c. Contacting teachers to set up Jane Austen workshops in schools
d. Teaching an acting class in Beaverton
e. Starting a(nother) small business...
Needless to say, it is FULL. But each of these things are part of the development of Enso, and are good, rewarding, wonderful things. The internship is allowing me to make connections in the Portland theatre scene. Nannying keeps my creativity alive and connects me to the parent-world (for future Enso Education purposes). Teaching builds connections in the education world. And this additional small business could eventually allow me to support myself enough that I can focus the majority of my time and energy on Enso.
Thank you for your patience. :)
Oh! and in case you didn't see our facebook page...
I can't give specifics...yet...
...we potentially have a space..
. ...it is a professional theatre space...
...it has professional lighting/sound/etc...
...it has comfy chairs...
...it is run by magnificent people...
That's all I can say for now! But we are quite, quite close to securing a real, live, actual, professional space....FOR REALSIES. Having this space means the show will happen in late July. BUT BELIEVE ME, THE SPACE IS WORTH THE WAIT. :)
All my love. And keep on spreading it.
Caitlin Lushington is the Co-Artistic Director of the Enso Theatre Ensemble, a teacher, director, and actress. Sometimes she works too hard, sometimes she forgets things, and she strives to put the car keys back in the same place every time. She drinks tea every morning from her TARDIS mug and "Mr. Tea" diffuser. She loves the morning and wishes she had a photographic memory, so she could remember the names of every person she meets.