Here are three photos from Hydrogen Jukebox. I hope some of you got to see the performances (all shows were completely sold out and received standing ovations!). The experience was capped off by not being able to get a train from Baltimore to Washington for Sunday's performance. I had to find a way to the College Park Metro station and then walk from the Rosslyn stop across the Key Bridge into Georgetown. The energy in that city was palpable, and as I crossed the Potomac with the Kennedy Center and the Washington Monument in the distance I was struck by how special it was to be doing this piece at this time in this place. It is a moment that all of us will remember forever, and to have transformed HJ into a work the celebrates the American spirit was a tremendously exciting way to be a part of the inauguration experience. The cast worked terrifically hard, and I am honored and awed to have worked with them. It is a great piece that I hope we can do again in the future!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Hydrogen Jukebox is going fantastically well. I hope you can all make it. It has, unfortunately, kept me in rehearsals almost 12 hours a day since we have such a short time to prepare it. I can't express how much the piece has grown on me. Glass' sensitivity to Ginsberg's text is ironic, witty, and saddly touching all at once. I am blessed with an enthusiastic, talented, and hard working cast. The set is coming together a little more each day and the costumes look great. Today I have meetings with the projection designers and the lighting designer. REALLY - you all should not miss this one, it is an extremely rare opportunity to see this piece on stage.
If you aren't sure about Philip Glass...trust me, I understand the feeling. But, this piece is different, I promise. It is accessibly and profoundly moving.