Directed by Colin Peterson
Asst. Directed by Katie Berger
Light Design by Taylor Thomas
Taking the original script of "The Lottery" and combining it with the radio drama created by the BBC, I pieced together a one-act play that highlighted all of the actors in my cast. We had a 12-week rehearsal process, meeting once a week, from 11am-1:15pm. Working for an hour each session on the script (the other hour was devoted to a Master Class workshop taught by a theatre specialist in Nashville, TN (a class curriculum that I designed and administrated in conjunction with the Junior Artists Class)). We did however have two extended rehearsals, making the total rehearsal time 15 hours total for the play. The Emerging Artists Company is an audition only class and students work very hard to be a part of this elite group of students.
Utilizing a minimal set of rehearsal cubes and sparse lighting, I emphasized character development and mannerisms. As a class we discussed the themes of the play and had numerous discussions and breakout sessions about the context and characterization of believing in tradition for traditions sake. What that concept does to community and the people that perpetuate that tradition - why they do it, what is in it for them, and who they do it to. It was an excellent experience unpacking these themes with these young people.
"The Lottery" - Emerging Artists Company - Fall 2019