Weekend number one of performances of The Tempest at Heartwood has just come to a close, so I and the rest of the cast are taking some well-needed R&R at the Lincoln Academy dorms. A handful of my fellow UCF Knights took the day to audition at theaters down in Portsmouth, NH. Others have taken advantage of the close proximity to the sights of downtown Portland and the beauty of Acadia National Park, which I would too, normally, but, I found myself pretty physically drained this morning from this weekend's performances. So I made the choice to sleep in, and have since been listening to some chilled out tunes around the common area and made use of the free WiFi at the '& Cafe' in New Castle along with Helena Fahri who brilliantly plays Ariel alongside our Prospero, Steven Shema.
I am incredibly fortunate to have a moment to enjoy my surroundings without having to consciously, and unconsciously, recite lines of verse and prose, and without having to sit in the makeup chair for two hours before show call. That being said, I am anxious to get back to that stage and keep bringing this wild man to life. A lot of my performance and concept of Caliban has been built around the idea of the oppressed destroying and overthrowing the oppressor, something we are hearing and seeing a lot of in this day and age. It's tough to look at your social media without seeing some outrage from a political rights groups fighting for their liberties. From the African-American community in the United States, to the recent violent coup in Turkey, there is a revolution in the air and I think we can all smell it. I know Caliban can, though his probably smells a lot more like dirt, blood, and fish.
Below is the time lapse video I threw together of our three-hour makeup session for The Tempest with Makeup Designer Katie Machaiek and our promotional video for Heartwood Regional Theater Company's The Tempest: