“Neverwhere” Memory 2
Man this damn staff! At this point in the process I was hating this damn staff. I hadn’t yet learned to be one with her yet, hardly able to hold her upright and maintain the rest of the scene. It was such a long journey to get to Serpentine. Yes that is my staff’s name. I figure since we don’t have Serpentine in the play, I wanted to fit her somewhere :) Anyhow, the very first day working with her was a nightmare. The next week was ever worse. And half way through rehearsals it was only slightly better. Afraid each and every rehearsal at the thought of killing my poor castmates by accidents, I could never really get in sync with her. At the time my apartment was to hard to practice in, so every now and then I’d take her to the roof and practice. Practice during breaks, before and after rehearsals. And sometimes, well sometimes I just wanted to burn the damn staff. I wish I could remember which day it was that Serpentine became Serpentine and I Hunter, truly, in sync, partners, together, but I don’t. I can’t recall, all I remember is that it just became easier, and I began to feel more confident. I took her home every night. I painted her and repainted her, repaired her, cared for her. It was relationship. A beautiful one at that. All this of course, well, most of this work became unconscious because I had such a great fight choreographer and fight partner. Andrew( fight chor) and Bryan (Vandemar) remained patience and open the entire time, while I huff and puff and cursed my staff with all my might. They and as well as the cast and crew reassured me that I was Hunter and that I could do it. Today as I prepare to get on stage, we run through our fight call without worry. Bryan and I get to fly and have so much fun up there. I call it making love, not fighting. We take such care of one other and our staffs. The whole process has become even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. And to think, I’ve never even used a weapon on stage before this! Now I proud boast about my training and technique. And that day will come, and soon, when I have to put Serpentine away…but until then…let it roll!!