With a very minimal set, no backstage due to the playing space being outside, and a script that was primarily performed through a cappella, this play pushed both my vocal and physical abilities. I loved collaborating with Emily, who was very focused on the symbolism in the play. Since I was playing the only real bit of relief in an otherwise very dark and dramatic play, it was fun to discover different symbolism in my actions. While others were finding their actions embedded in loss and tragedy, I was pushed to find hope and compassion in my actions.
Another thing that pushed me in this production was the amount of singing and physicality. Emily had us singing a large portion of the show, and I’m not typically a singer. Emily and the rest of the cast helped me get past my initial fears of singing, and I finally felt comfortable singing in front of an audience. Emily also used the whole ensemble as the set. We became the representation of trees, of rivers, and at one point we collaborated to create a horse, with a young man riding him.