Monday, May 10, 2010

Leiris/Picasso: 05/10

Because I come in about half way through the play, I was cast weeks ago but just got to do my first real rehearsal Tuesday. Not being a member of the company nor called for rehearsal for so long, I was actually a bit nervous about it. But I’ve got to say that the Brimmer St. gang are great to work with; friendly, supportive, and really good actors. We all just plowed in and I felt totally comfortable after about 15 seconds. Thanks to all.

I think it’s fair to say that I get to chew a fair amount of scenery in the last part of Act 1, and I must say the activity kicked my butt. I was exhausted that night and literally sore the next day. But it was that good tired out feeling. And I was ready for more on Wednesday.

I am always skeptical about but willing to try new plays. But even as a skeptic I think we’ve got a really got a chance with this one. What a crazy idea to write a farce with a bunch of philosophers, very serious writers, feminists, etc. as characters and with these in particular. And yet, I believe it’s going to work. The writing is great and it all makes (non)sense. I am having a great time. I hope my fellow cast/crew are, too. And I especially hope the audience will.

The Spanish is a bit tough for me because we are still tuning the lines. I had memorized a bit too early and now have to relearn some tongue twisters, but they will come. I am never confident about accents until well into the process, but no one is making fun of my Spanish accent at this point so maybe it’s not too bad. Or maybe they are all really polite.

It’s a rare chance ones gets to be this big on TV, film or even on stage. So I am going a bit broad (totally nuts). I trust David will pull me back if it’s just too, too.

One of the lovely things about working on this play right now is that I needed a reminder of why I act. Because it is so damned much fun.

- Fred Ochs


  1. Trust me Fred, we're not polite :)

  2. I think you make a great Picaso!!! You look like a very handsome version of the man himself. I am looking forward to seeing this play. I have heard that the readings were wonderful and so funny!!! I can't wait for it to open!!!