The Outlier Eye

As the one company member involved but not quite neck deep in this process (thanks, grad school), I have had the rare opportunity to visit rehearsals once a week as an outside eye. I'm also the one in the show without really being in it because I'll be running cues--for the first time ever--for An Homage to Whatshername from the booth. (I'm grateful to have Robin building the cue book and to pass on her stage management wisdom next week. I'll try not to screw it up since I only have one shot.) Being on the periphery of Almanac action has, in last year, made me miss the rehearsal room because there is so much momentum gathering in the rehearsal room and in the company. That said, keeping a foot in the door with involvement as a once-a-week visitor to the process showed the ways in which the company is able to rally behind a lead artist, which is a welcome process for our ensemble. I can't help but smile when I think of how the devising process went with Communitas in 2014 and to compare it to how smoothly the room is running in Whatshername. I am also incredibly proud of Almanac's commitment to devising original works and the track record over the last three years.

The third can't come soon enough so I can watch the show unfold and bloom in front of the audience at FringeArts.

-Lauren Harries