Company Meeting Day — First of Season 11

First Company Meeting of the new season, and boy are there things to talk about at this meeting! And I am so superdeduper excited because three new girls that we are quickly falling in love with will be joining our meetings! I don’t really have much to say except that I wanted to document my excitement at the first meeting of the new season. Its a nice milestone and follow up to our great season kick off event (photos/vido blog coming soon)! So much is changing at Teatro Luna— so many new hurdles (CCPA– more on that soon) and on and on that we haven’t been able to fully RE-LAUNCH as promised.

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Am I actually NERVOUS?

By: Alexandra Meda on N/S DCA performance
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In just a few hours we will be presenting a reading at the Department of Cultural Affairs of our first draft of the North South Plays set to open in October of this year. In certain respects I am not nervous at all, and in others I am a total ball of nerves. Truth be told this is the second huge milestone in this project, and it has not been an easy road to get here. Collaborations and co-productions are the roads less travelled, and as such with each one you must pave your own road— together.

I have said it a million times, and I’ll say it a million more: Bailiwick Chicago & Teatro Luna taking this project on is nothing short of an act of faith. I make no bones about this not being easy. I am also nervous. And I don’t get nervous before our performances. I get excited. I normally wouldn’t tell you guys this, but we have made a commitment to be brutally honest in our blogs about this process. Maybe that’s why we haven’t been posting alot hahaa– just kidding just kidding.

No, in all seriousness– I am nervous because I am scared about what we are about to see tonight. I have tried to stay out of the rehearsal room throughout the month with a few exceptions (i can’t help myself — being in the room is why I love what I do) — and last thursday i saw the first stumble through, and truth be told– I had a panic attack. That was not the play I had been envisioning. But that is part of the process. Sometimes its just as much about seeing and learning what you absolutely DON’T want as what you DO.

Ok, Ill tell you how it went, but for now, I gotta calm my nerves and get over to the DCA!

Con mucho amor,
Alex Meda

North/South Artist Interview: Steve Best

This past Tuesday, the North/South month long Workshop kicked off at the Department of Cultural Affairs as part of their INCUBATION program. We are so excited! We have lived with an ever-evolving script for months, but finally we can see the script start to come to life in the actors’ bodies and voices! We will be documenting the process here in our Collaboration in Action Series, but also on the DCA blog (will give you guys the link soon!)
Check out our first Artist Interview with North/South Lead Script Developer from Team Bailiwick: Steve Best. He and Miranda (Team TL) have been guiding our script as a team since June, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to spend a few minutes picking his brain… to say the least, the Lunáticas are huge fans of Mr. Best… read on to see why…