TORTURE is happening! We successfully completed funding the project a few days ago (even with Hurricane Sandy getting in the way), and are preparing to set up in the space. It’s been an amazing journey we’ve all been on to put this together: we’ve met almost every evening, taking time out of our busy academic schedules to meet up and create original work. We’ve all brought our skills to bear on this, from designing posters and lighting queues, to choreographing fight scenes and dances. One actor learned to play an ocarina! As artists, it’s extremely gratifying.
I got to advertise the show to my fellow actors at the Stella Adler Studio recently. It felt great, talking about how a few of us came together and are doing this purely because we are passionate about acting. My teachers have been encouraging, and some plan to attend.
For me, the most important thing that has come out of this has been an understanding that, with willpower, you can achieve things that seem impossible. We’ve created this from nothing. We found a space, put together a team, and are literally going to be tiling the floor tomorrow to create our set! One can create opportunities for oneself. We are not small, powerless players in a giant industry, relying purely on luck. We can choose be proactive and productive. It’s an awesome and comforting revelation.
So, if you find yourself in New York between November 29th and December 2nd with some spare time, come watch and celebrate with us!