It dawned on me today, as my friend and coworker, Julie-Anne was talking about her experiences in theater as an actor. She said, “The humanity comes from the actor. The director can’t do that, the stage manager can’t do that, the designer and the sound can’t do that. The actor humanizes it.”
That’s what I love. I love capturing those moments when the actor is humanized, channeling the words and directions in the script in a way that defies what most of us are able to do with our bodies, minds and voices. Similarly in music, when most people are bobbing to the beat, the musician is experiencing something completely different.
As I am formerly – and formally – acquainted with performing, I know what this means. Not to give too much trumpeting to myself, but I believe I can recognize it in others. And those with whom I’ve worked in photography can likely attest to that.
Fever Chart has opened at Central Square Theater, and will run through December 19th. Starring a cast of Ken Baltin, Dan Shaked, Ibrahim Miari, Harry Hobbs, Miaria Silverman and Najla Said, this performance certainly gives us much to think about, in terms of humanity.
I hope that the images I’ve pulled for you show such things.
My tenure as resident photographer at Central Square Theater has finally come back around to being forefront (as much as I love the music gigs, the kinds of bands I run with can’t usually pay much).
Later this month, CST will be presenting Fever Chart: Three Visions of the Middle East. I’m intrigued by this show, and based on the scene runs I saw yesterday, it should be great. All the actors have great chemistry together, which is something I love to see when shooting three weeks out from the final dress.
As per usual, we were in CST’s studio theater, which has notoriously bad lighting unless it’s set for a show. I basically get house lights and canisters, and those aren’t flattering at all, ever, namely in the shadowed faces under the awkward spacing of lights. I often deal with extremes in this space, because the lighting is so spotty. Images are usually overexposed or underexposed, and if they’ve not got exposure issues, you’d best pray that you captured the right moment, cause that’s what you’ve got.
The game is afoot! Sorry, folks, I’m behind on life in general, but I’ll get caught up soon! Last Thursday, I took some preview photos for The Hound of the Baskervilles playing Central Square Theater this summer. Now, … Continue reading →
Reviews have come out for From Orchids to Octopi like crazy, and I’ve been trying to hard to keep up. Everyone LOVES the photo of Wes and the monkey in the mural. Who knew? Today, we have the Boston Globe and the Boston Phoenix – read on:
“Lopez has given us a faithful portrait of a Charles Darwin who, like her fictional muralist, is at once deeply devoted to his children and struggling to balance his home life with his work. How refreshing to see a man, as well as a woman, talking about these issues onstage.”
“Moreover, the performances by the actors in their primary roles are natural enough, with Wesley Savick a gently dyspeptic Darwin and Kortney Adams’s Emma as bemused by what shows up in her cranium as she is by the crisply eccentric obstetrician played by URT artistic director Debra Wise.”
From Orchids to Octopi runs through May 2, and shows keep selling out – one recommendation: Weeknights are always good nights to see theater, for those who don’t want to chance it on a sold-out weekend. And remember – FOTO will get you 1/2 price tickets to any show!