Adam Rodriguez is rehearsing his fourth show with La Fenice. Previously, he has only played the role of Pulcinella, but this time he's shaking off his hunchback to play Capitano. In this interview, Adam, stand up comic and Esther's Follies veteran, is joined intermittently by Company Member at Large, Paolo Garbanzo (who was making eggs), and Managing Director Kate Meehan.
Kate: Usually you play Punch. This time you're playing Capitano. How different are you finding the characters?
Adam: There's a lot of similarities and a lot of differences. Naturally, the physicality is very different. In rehearsal, I often find myself growing a hunch back, and it's like "oh, damn it! Capitano stands up straight!" The fact that he's new is exciting is nice. When I played Punch, I was just trying to add layers to him as a character. He started off as just a straight up murderer, and later he turned a little more perverted, and by Sloop I think he had a lot more complexity. C...
Aaron Johnson serves as La Fenice's Artistic Director, and is currently playing Orlando, the male lover, in our next show. In this interview, he speaks with Managing Director and long-time collaborator, Kate Meehan.
You had your laptop out the entire rehearsal.
Well, not the entire rehearsal, but for a significant portion of it, yes.
Were you looking at pornography?
Yes, if by pornography you mean our scenario.
We're using technology this time around. Talk about that.
We're chronicling the way we work in a way that probably isn't entirely new to us, but we're employing it more consistently. We have the scenario, which was started as a very simple sketch of a plot, and over the time that we develop new material, we're now able to do live updates through Google Drive. In fact, while you guys were working on the song, Tate and I were actually making jokes back and forth together, editing one of our scenes in the scenario simultaneously in real time. So, he would enter a line and would...