Our respective readings and post show discussions were quite successful and wonderfully productive. We had an enthusiastic and attentive audience of theater students and students who were friends of the casts. My cast included Joseph Donnella as Beverly Snow, Carl Jones as Reverend Frank Cook, Wes Jackson as Arthur Bowen, Maria Lawson as Maria Bowen, Kay-Chelle M. Waterton as Julia Snow, Angelo D'Amato as Andrew Laub, Brendan Morgan as Reuben Crandall, Susan Russell as Constable Jeffers and Audrey Bowler as Stage Directions.
While I won't be able to work on rewrites of Our Man Beverly Snow until after The Hampton Years has opened at Theater J, I'm excited to integrate all that I learned in development with these sharp, talented and generous folks at Gettysburg. Mainly, I'm letting go of the one location set, which will open up the world of the play in a useful, active and more compelling way. As a playwright, I had been interested in exploring the one location set, but it doesn't work for this play. After all, this is a revolution. There are several key participants and significant locations. This play is also begging for a darker, more lyrical tone and two more characters.
Overall, my time at Gettysburg was inspiring and rejuvenating. However, it was all too short! It was wonderful to be in an academic environment clearly supported by the larger institution. I hope to come back when I have more time not only to work with the students and faculty, but also to explore this amazing, historic city. I managed to take some photos of our time together and am happy to share them with you now.