The festival kicked off last night with a fine production of Picnic, Inge’s first major success and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. It was directed by Michelle Pawk, and included local college students and professional actors (with Patricia Randell as Rosemary) in the cast. The audience included Elizabeth Wilson, who had made her Broadway debut in the original cast of Picnic and repeated the role in the 1955 film version that starred William Holden. Ms. Wilson said that last night’s performance was the first time she had ever seen the play as a member of the audience.
Today we had a series of workshops in acting and vocal work for local high school students with some of the guest artists including Ms. Pawk, and the workshops will continue tomorrow and Saturday on such diverse topics as voice-over work, audition techniques, making it as an actor in New York, and master classes in playwriting taught by Christopher Durang and Adam Bock, recipient of this year’s Otis Guernsey New Voices award winner.
Tonight we will see a staged reading of Mr. Bock’s new play The Flowers, followed by a little get-together called Fringe at the Inge at Uncle Jack’s bar.
So, that’s what I’ve been doing instead of blogging.