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HIL2D, Part 3; Opening Night! Interview w/ Director Jordan Gochman

It’s Opening Night here at Cabaret Theatre! How I Learned To Drive by Paula Vogel is just finishing up its first performance. The crowd seems to be enjoying the show; this lowly Cabbie wouldn’t know, seeing as how they keep me locked up in the basement… typing away on the blogosphere… Forever…

They won't let me leave...

But before the audience and the actors engaged in some good old communal storytelling, Inside Cabaret sat down with director Jordan Gochman to talk about the insanity of opening night and the long journey that brought HIL2D to the stage.

Director Jordan "Mahna Mahna" Gochman and Stage Manager Meg "Before You Take The Picture Let Me Run Back to My Dorm and Put On A Dress" King

Inside Cabaret: How are you feeling?

Jordan: I’m feeling good… Well, I don’t know how to feel. A year ago I felt like I would be more nervous and scared. I always thought that this thing was just going to be mine, and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get a bunch of people to get this show where I want to be. All these people here were able to just catch on to my crazy idea and roll with it. I feel fine knowing that all these people are helping me with the play. I’m a lot calmer than I would have been if I didn’t have their support and effort.

IC: Did you have directing experiences before? How does this compare?

Jordan: I directed a short scene for Directors’ Showcase freshman year. Oh God!!! I was going nuts over a 20-minute scene with no set design and minimal lights.

I don’t know why I’m not going nuts like that right now. Maybe I’ve transcended it. Maybe I know how much work we’ve done over the last few weeks, and I just feel more prepared. Maybe it just hasn’t come crashing down just yet…

Assistant Director Matt "Save the (expletive) Day" Leddin

IC: Why did you pick this show? How has your vision changed during the process?

Jordan: I couldn’t put it down the first time I read it. When I finished, I read it again. And then again. And again, again, and again. And every time, I fell in love with it. I thought, “I have to do it. I just have to do it!” There’s no other show that I could think of wanting to direct… except for Our Town… which nobody seems to want to do. Ever.

I realized during the rehearsal process that I would have to give up a lot of to the actors as they brought in their own ideas. They were already with my big ideas, but a lot of times they brought in new ideas, things that I hadn’t even come up with all those times I read the play. That’s the really wonderful part of the process—that evolving vision.

Sound Designer Suved "Sexy & I Know It" Adkar

IC: Thoughts on opening night?

Jordan: I couldn’t have imagined this. I imagined the set. I couldn’t imagine all these people inhabiting it. All these crew members and actors. I still can’t imagine it. This is what it looks like.

When I’m watching it, I’m going to be very happy. It’s going to be different to just watch it, instead of taking notes or worrying about this or that. I might get overly reactive. It’s like a football game for me now. I know what each of them is capable of doing, and so I want to see if they can pull off the plays I blocked for them. And I’ll be cheering in the background.

Otherwise, I’ll be sitting with my head in my hands saying “No! WHY!”

IC: Anything else you want to say to the adoring people?

Jordan: [expletive].

Taylor McKay & Amanda Padro get done up before show time. Assistant Stage Manager Jared pours something.


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How I Learned To Drive: Part 1

How I Learned To Drive by Paula Vogel

T-Minus 2 Days

The set is done! Cabaret Theatre prides itself on the malleability of its black box performance space. Every show calls for a different arrangement of the seats, a different lighting grid, a different set design.

Cabaret Theatre in the buff

It’s especially awe-inspiring for frequent audience members, who often marvel that, somehow, the theatre is never used the same way twice. From waterfalls to court rooms to oversized picture frames to army barracks to bookshelves to old timey movie studios to full Victorian interiors, Cabaret’s Black Box can literally become anything. And that’s what makes it so special to do a show here.

Here are some pics from the final set build:

Crew hard at work

Fearless Managing Director Erik Stratton ventures down into the Cabaret Basement. Will he return? (yes, but will he ever be the same!?!??!!?!?!?!?!?)

Scenic Designer Hanna Canfield lives dangerously (i.e. - sans shoes)

And finally, after weeks and weeks of hard, tiring, frustrating, tedious labor, Tech Directors Matt Leddin and Meg King and their crew always pull together another awe-inspiring set:

I see a little silhouette of an RV... Scaramouch, scaramouch do you drive a winnebago!

We’ll continue our coverage of How I Learned To Drive tomorrow with an interview with Cabaret Theatre’s Artistic Director, Farnaz Mansouri. Topic of conversation: putting together a play, challenging ideas about sexuality and maturation, and chocolate kittens.

Here are some snapshots from tonight’s tech rehearsal!

Director Jordan Gochman and Marc Mills (Uncle Peck). They're sexy and they know it.

The illustrious Boris Van Der Ree preps for rehearsal by folding clothes.

Actors Acting (?)

Stephanie Van Huss, Marc Mills, and Arm.

Also, look for an article in the Inside Beat section of the Daily Targum tomorrow!

Stay tuned!