Thursday, August 30, 2012

Harold Pinter's The Homecoming First Read-Through, Brian Dennehy, and What To Do About Too Many Choices

The first read-through of The Homecoming at Defunkt was wonderful! I am excited to be working with such a talented group of folks!

Even more complicated is the play with actual people involved in the process. What a complicated read; but what a challenge for a group of actors to tackle, each of us with our own individual takes on the piece, our own individual histories and experiences. This is going to be fun.

The director, Paul Angelo, had some great ideas, and plenty of them, to start the process off with a bang! I am really excited to get it on its feet. I think that we will have a great time exploring the nuances, the nooks and crannies, of the piece.

I still haven't decided what Teddy's motivation is. Matthew Kern, one of the Defunkt crew, and the actor playing Lenny, Teddy's pimp younger brother, reminded us all that Harold Pinter himself had at one point said that Teddy is the bastard of the family. This made me really think about Teddy's motivation in bringing his wife of six years, who he had never introduced to the family, back home. Is she a weapon with which to bury the family once and for all? They've not had a female in the house for many years, and she stirs things up quite a bit just by being there; Is Teddy trying to save his marriage by bringing her on vacation back in Europe?; Is Ruth so homesick that Teddy agrees to bring her home to get back in touch with her roots? All these are valid takes on it, and yet I have to choose one main motivator to play clearly. Otherwise, the character can seem muddled and imprecise.

I came across this neat little clip of Jennifer Tarver (director) and Brian Dennehy discussing their Stratford production of Pinter. I love shop talk. It's so inspiring and makes me want to act more.


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