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Last night was a remarkable night. It was unbelievably damp in the tent, and both myself and Alex (choir master) were quite sick. Alex was in fact, fluish. We thought the tent would be empty because of the weather.
WE WERE WRONG.
The tent was more than 3/4 full! A very nice surprise.
Because of the weather, I handed out blankets to everyone. It was a great opportunity to connect with people in the tent before-hand ... and a reminder the the piece is very truly an attempt to connect and communicate, but more importantly, and exploration on just how complex and complicated that desire is, despite its universal appeal. It is quite interesting to see how much an audience's experience in dependent on the specific audience. I don't think people are used to coming to the theatre, and asked to be a part of what is happening. This show literally only works if we are all working together.
Yesterday was magical, because despite being a bit bummed because of weather and illness, we somehow managed to pull together one of our most unique shows of the run. So unique, in fact, that at one point, a friendly resident from CAMH popped her head in and sang us a full song. She then said "bye" and calmly left the tent. It felt shockingly natural. Amazing. Strange. Very Strange. But equally beautiful. Perfect in fact.
Another generous standing ovation from the audience, and in a bit of beautiful irony, a member of a granting body revealed his desire to help the piece continue to live and tour the country. Amazing. Truly.
Thank again all for the continued outpour of response to the piece.
Every night continues to excite and surprise both us and audiences. We're so happy that slowly people are professing their desire to help the show tour. We think it should, and now, we think it will.