No Pressure: Words From WRENS Stage Manager Stephanie Hurovitz
Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 7:33 PM
I was told that mine is the first official Rivendell blog of the season. No pressure. I just need to hook the general public and convince them that it would be worth their while to come see our amazing revival of WRENS. Not just worth their while, but rather, if they miss this show, they will be overcome with regret and sadness that will probably stay with them all through the holiday season, and who wants that? Not I; which is why I am up to this challenge.
After all, it can’t be more difficult than arranging a rehearsal schedule around eight extraordinarily busy women. We did that. Surely it must be easier than re-creating a Nissen Hut in Kirkwall during WWII. Done and done. And it can’t possibly be as hard as costuming seven women in military garb on a budget of approximately $75 each. This, we have also done. (I say with some trepidation and not having actually seen the receipts).
We are operating in the wonderful shadow of the 1996 cast who won three Jeff Awards, including Best Ensemble; but we have some advantages over them. We have the wonderful world-wide-web. We can Tweet about our production; we can post about it on Facebook day and night; we can write blogs intended to pique the interest of our patrons and publish them all over the Internet. (How’re we doing so far?)
We have an amazing revival on our hands. We cast seven extremely talented (and, might I add, good looking) women who will captivate you from the moment the lights come up. Not only will you want to hear their stories, you will not want them to end. You will care about them; you will want to know they are safe; you will wish that there was something you could do to ensure that safety; you will want to give them each a hug. (You really will.) You will have thoughts and feel emotions you didn’t think could possibly be evoked by theatre. I promise. No pressure.