Wednesday, March 31, 2010

griot productions presents:

my directorial debut @ home, griot productions' inaugural show, earl lovelace's jestina's calypso rehearsing from since right after carnival (hence chronicles still to come) featuring louanna martin, nickolai salcedo, darin gibson, mandisa granderson, marvin dowridge, tracey lucas, and lady griot sheself isoke edwards-najeeullah, musical director errol ince, all managed by the lovely tonya evans.
terrifying. at least, for me. plus, i never good @ writing an experience during, can only ever disseminate after, which is the other reason carnival, care package review, soucouyant speculation still sooncome; all of which is to say i sorry i only now starting to blog this process, meant to from jump but my brain doh wuk so, and if you been here before you probably already notice...
2weeks out (less!) from gala opening, music going in this week way way way much way too much later than i wanted, so you know is stress with that. 1st music rehearsal plus photographer coming to take headshots and a couple group shots on a day when i trying to get my phone fixed right quick before working with lilliput youths a couple hours before starting griot rehearsal, which, as i mentioned, is stress. we already had 1st media, the other day gayelle (the channel) shot rehearsal footage and interviewed the production team sweaty straight out said rehearsal; we were so greasy they had to reshoot production interview. sigh. we have an actor with a fuck-up knee who cyah do tings and also miss rehearsal for being sicky, which further fucking me up and causing me stress; perhaps not as much as she but she knew her knee buss, while i have multiple career-beginnings, much borrowed $, multiple futures, multiple enterprises, riding on this. our lead has only ever acted once before, this very carnival, and didn't have to even approach the range of emotions i demanding of her right now, but i convinced she's the one to play this character. our "toto" only available 3nights a week, 1 of which nobody else available so we only have him @ rehearsal with us saturdays+sundays and he always playing catch-up. oh, and we had to replace the the hardest-to-cast actor. plus the venue is an arena stage (uwi, gordon street?) which makes a set virtually impossible for audience sightlines on all 4sides when we must signify at least 2 clear playing areas (bedroom+road, never the twain shall meet) which really want 2-storey-configuration...why we set ourselves so many challenges at once, on a 1st show, beyond believe we was studying masks at one point too! thank god i watch the time and let that layer go early enough.
of course, all through this i edited a 160page thesis for my dance teacher's m.phil., finishing editing a novella for friday, and had 2 awful awful awful weeks of houseguest to teach me i never letting anybody stay by me ever again (that story sooncome, too) and remind me why i say cohabitation strictly out of the question ever again.
meanwhile my cast keeping me laughing, extemporising songs about how ugly jestina is, new shit every rehearsal and they funny as hell, somebody sponsor a recording of the jestina sessions nah...
but we in it now, it thick and pressure on and we have something to prove. mentors and playwright coming to rehearsal probably end of this next week...

walk good.
[disclaimer: a version of this post exists @ griot productions]


Blogger J said...

Two "awful, awful, awful" weeks? Three awfuls? Harsh.

11:57 am  

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

and they wonder why i hate

americans making cat litter from corn.
people starving and they using food for their pussies to shit on. food, allyuh.

walk good.


Blogger J said...

Considering the shit Americans eat, is it really surprising they have things so confused?

1:42 pm  
Anonymous keifel agostini said...

if you knew what they put in the corn you might be grateful it's not being fed to anyone. if you get a chance, check out the documentary king corn.

9:01 pm  
Blogger sweet trini said...

does it start as edible corn then get shit added? cause no redemption if it edible...king corn been on my list, though...walk good.

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Monday, March 01, 2010

fff #17

almost didn't make it this week but here's my flash fiction friday #17; tried to stick with a traditional story with beginning, middle+end, but i suspect this end is a beginning:

the rules of engagement dictate no fraternisation between opposing sides.
the rules of engagement dictate no cooperation between opposing sides.
the rules of engagement dictate no recruitment of opposing sides.
the rules of engagement don’t cover this.
can a creature like me love a creature like him? can a creature like me love? fragile, temporary, mortal…
the night calls him the way it calls me. he finds himself at my usual haunts three weeks of every month, is he looking to satisfy a hunger too?
hidden in shadows at the edges of rooms, i prowl, hunt, i pick+choose and follow until my moment presents itself. when i finally approach i have watched+waited, observed my prey and know what to say, how to move, what to do, to lure him away. but this one i do not bait; i watch+wait. and watch. and wait.
until this night.
this night i will draw him to me and see what this is i feel. he will know me and answer for his presence lingering, lurking in dark corners i frequent. so close, so close i smell his blood+sweat; i do not have to go to him, he comes to me, pulled by my intentions.
these eyes cannot be his, eyes on fire, eyes burning into mine. no man has these eyes, no man can look into me…
“good night, sistren. you call me? here i am. what is your desire?”
“good night…but i didn’t call you…”
“but you did. you calling me quietly for months, even if you don’t yet know why, even if you don’t know yet what i am. but tonight is our night. the rules of engagement will no longer be necessary after our night together…we will bring forth le diable and the opposing side will not stand a chance…”

walk good.


Anonymous Vanessa said...

this is incredibly cool! Thanks for posting it...

7:53 am  
Blogger sweet trini said...

thanks, vanessa, glad you enjoyed, more sooncome as i finally wrapping up a major editing project. walk good.

5:04 pm  

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