Lovers are usually the maypole around which Commedia dell'Arte scenarios are woven. Usually, the story is all about the two lovers falling in love and trying desperately to get together.
In Siege of the Dark Nebula, we decided to poke at their relationship from another angle. What if the lovers have already officially gotten together, but haven't really gotten together? So often, Commedia scenarios revolve around the Lovers' ability to unite, but once that prize is won, what happens then? The shallow attraction that usually forms the narrative for most Commedia scenarios (and every Rom-Com) doesn't seem like it would be the start of any relationship that can last.
So we decided to start our Lovers' stories in the second phase of their relationship - Chad and Stacy have managed to get together, but they listen past each other, focused more on their own skills and goals than a shared future. It's only when their backs are against the wall that they actually discover each other. Really, t...
La Fenice's "table work" is primarily about reviewing the scenario as advocates for the stock characters we're playing. In its earliest stage, our scenarios are extremely malleable, so we like to tackle any problems with plot in a character-driven sort of way.
While we do a more "formal" table-work session at the start of the rehearsal process, it usually comes at the end of a series of more informal ones, like this one over beers last week between Genevieve Kinney, who is playing Ruffiana in our next show, Aaron Johnson, our Artistic Director, and Kate Meehan, our Managing Director.
[It's rather important to understand that the bulk of this conversation is underscored by a lot of AC/DC and Guns and Roses from the juke box.]
Genevieve: I had a lot of fun with Columbina from For Whom the Dong Tolls, and Gian [Giacomo Colli] said that, well, really, I was playing Ruffiana. And so, what is that, what's the difference? Why was she a Ruffiana and not a Columbina? And then, this Co...