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“Monday Night in Ashland” from Julianna Stephanie Ojeda

In Assistantship, Community Producitons, Directing, Green Show, Uncategorized on March 29, 2017 at 10:14 AM

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When you immerse yourself in a new environment, often times you forget to reflect. Thank you for the weekly assignment.

Week two went by fast! I explored Ashland more and stumbled on to the Hip Hop Poetry Open Mic. I walked in and was asked if I’m sharing poetry or watching. I’m not a poet but that question made me wish I had material to share with the community. I entered took my seat and looked around. There was a combination of OSF employees, locals, tourist, and people that were just hiking through and were told hours before that this event was happening.

I think this community event in a nutshell captured the beauty of what OSF is. “We welcome ALL” is prominently displayed across the festival buildings – on windows, on walls, near doorways. To walk into a room with such an eclectic group of audience members/performers was magical. The pieces went from poetry to rap to guitar playing to singing. At one point a performer lent her guitar to the man that heard about the event hours before. One of the actors from the show I’m assistant directing was there with her husband and they shared a romantic love ballad rap duet. The sound technician also took his turn and played a tear-jerking piece of music that moved my soul and all he asked is that we think of the women that have made an impact on our lives.

I left the Hip Hop Poetry Open Mic with my heart opened and my imagination running, walked into my housing and I wrote some poetry.

I was glad that I didn’t stay inside on my Monday off.

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“‘weeding’ the design” from Rachael Smith-Ferri

In Costume Crafts/Tech, Internship, Uncategorized, Wardrobe on March 26, 2017 at 10:28 AM

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This week The Odyssey was in fittings. As such, there was not as much sewing that I was able to assist with, but there was quite a lot of fabric preparation. Depending on the type of yardage and how it was to be used, the preparation process varied slightly. Most fabrics got their cut edges overlocked and all pieces were labeled with the show, actor, role, and draper they belong to. If the fabrics were to be dry cleaned, they were labeled with any special dry cleaning instructions and put into a basket to be taken over to the dry cleaning facilities. Fabrics that could be cleaned normally were washed and dried in the shop. Once dried or returned from the dry cleaners, the fabric was ironed (if appropriate) and rolled onto a tube so that it was ready for the cutter/draper to cut out the appropriate pattern.
It has been very interesting to observe the vast array of yardages and the highly organized fashion necessary to keep track of each piece of yardage and how it is supposed to be prepared. The most exciting preparation method I was introduced to was the London shrink. The cutter I was assisting explained that the wool being prepared needed to be pre-shrunk slightly before being cut and assembled, but as it was going to be made up into a suit, it was very important that it keep its flexibility. Using the London shrink method would ensure it would not shrink too much and lose its malleability, and consisted of rolling the yardage in damp muslin and a tarp. It was allowed to sit for four hours, unwrapped, and the process was completed by allowing it to air dry.
In the dye shop this week I assisted the resident painter/dyer in altering a digital image in Photoshop that a designer wanted adhered to a piece of yardage. I learned about the importance of calibrating your computer screen and printer, as well as some of the basic tools in Photoshop. After the design was approved, it was printed on heat transfer paper, and I spent a number of glorious hours ‘weeding’ the design (in this case meticulously hand-cutting out the part of the design that was desired from the background) and then using the heat press to adhere the resulting images to the appropriate places on the yardage.

“Echos of Social Justice” from Julia Rosa Sosa

In Assistantship, Directing on March 16, 2017 at 9:16 PM

40BC23CF-A4EC-4F64-9301-D9AC8A18D4D6Going on our weekly FAIR forum: This week was SOCIAL JUSTICE. It has been a thought that has been bouncing for quite some time  in my head. As an artist but also as a human I ask myself: How in hell am I going to effectively create a socially conscious theater that strives to create a change towards a more justice world?. When I am part of a target group that could be in danger if I step out of my secure communities.

So attaching all of this again to FAIR. Today in the morning we were invited to a meeting where the season planning for next season was taking place. And with all freedom I can say it was a privilege. I recognized people from the costume shop, from tech (Not sure exactly from which department) the artistic director, from all departments. And us: the assistant directors which will only be here for two months. This proves the responsibility that OSF has to Social Justice. They invite their own company to work as a team to arrange the stories that will represent them next year. And with a magnifying lens they ask themselves question as: Is this play giving me anything? Are this characters portraying a stereotype. Why there is two-dimensionality in the characters. And even there being the people that will budget the plays; They did not talk about money. OSF it’s building a season about the stories that characters live. And I am glad I am here.

How in hell am I going to effectively create a socially conscious theatre that strives to create a change towards a more justice world? Finding stories that have characters that can survive in someone’s mind for more that the time they are on stage. Characters that being heroes/villains/etc have been loved by someone. Or someone in the future could love them. Characters that are able to hate. Characters that are being affected by their environment. Clarifying because sometimes I am not sure if I make sense; I am not saying characters that we are able to hate or love- because that will happen regardless of the story. But that within the play there is a rich world that mirrors our world in some capacity. Yep! that is one of the probably first steps I should take!

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