Hospital ward / Trust issues

Week Two of the run of Cymbeline and illness has stricken half the cast.  The dressing and green rooms are filled with the phlegmy hacky moany sounds of actors soldiering on.  Mass amounts of teas, vitamins and lozenges have been procured for us, yet the bug keeps wracking up victims.  I’ve watched at least two go from fine and jovial to miserable within a few hours’ span this weekend.

And this weekend is a tough one.  Two shows Saturday and two on Sunday, and for us understudies, a three hour rehearsal before a show on Friday.  (Which went smoothly, thanks for askin’.) It’s like bodies were waiting to get through the storms of tech week to finally relent, and now the battles are being fought not only on stage, but in immune systems.  (Mine’s fine, thanks for askin’.) (Knock wood.)

Meanwhile, the show itself seems in robust health.  Crowds have been highly appreciative, reviews are notably favorable, the cast is confident about what we’re delivering.  I’d encourage those of you who haven’t seen it yet to come check out our pre-performance discussions and talkbacks, both of which I’ve participated in, for behind-the-scenes perspectives, historical background, and even some lovely discussions of the play’s deeper human issues. 

At this Thursday’s talkback, the issue of broken trusts real and perceived was brought up, specifically as they relate to the love between Posthumus and Imogen.  Posthumus believes Imogen to have broken his trust when he is convinced of her infidelity, and proceeds to break her trust by attempting to commit heinous acts against her.  Marcy Kearns, moderating the talkback, asked the audience, can a broken trust ever be fully repaired? 
Does it  matter if the break was based on a mistaken perception? 
Will doubt have crept in anyway? 
Will a person always treat the breaker differently afterwards, even if they aim to return the relationship to the pre-break golden age of pure trust? 
What will it take for them to be able to forgive the trust-breaker?
Why do some of us have an easier time trusting than others? 
Is it ever foolish to totally trust someone?

These questions extend to numerous other characters in the play, and likely to occurrences and beliefs in the lives of each person reading this blog or attending our production.  Hopefully, the play can spur a personal exploration for many of us into these and other issues.  And it’s cheaper than therapy, less unctuous than Dr. Phil.  Come on down to the Broadway Theatre Center and join the Cymbeline discussion.  Catch the fever!


1 Response to “Hospital ward / Trust issues”

  1. April 6, 2008 at 12:45 am

    What perceptive and provocative questions! That’s what’s so wonderful about artists engaging their audience — you truly experience the necessary, cyclical relationship of the creation of art and its consumption. The pre-show talks that Marcy and Bryce have given are worth getting to the theatre 45 minutes early, too!

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