Tonight is opening night of Shipwrecked! in Bangalore! There are about 100 tickets sold. Savitr, our musician/brain surgeon, did the entire rehearsal off-book last night (amazing!), and Babu, our light board operator, went through all 50 light cues with no problem. Everybody we meet here is so smart and quick and nice and helpful. I’m sure there are mean people in Bangalore, we just haven’t met them.
I’m excited about sitting at the back of the house tonight and watching the audience respond. I have a strong suspicion that we human beings are a lot more alike than we are different, and that this audience in Bangalore will respond very similarly to our audiences in Tucson. I’ll be sure to let you know what I see…
An article in The Times of India – Bangalore talks about The Rogue and Shipwrecked! here.
Sent 29 May 2012
Lobby of the Jagriti Theatre
Last night, we had a lovely dinner with Chandran (the man who was our connection to Jagriti) and his family. It was in one of the nicest areas of town, and for part of the evening, I felt like we were in Scottsdale. On the cab ride there, we saw a cow in the street which confirmed we were not in Scottsdale.
David Morden arrived today and we had our first full rehearsal in the theatre. The theatre is wonderful–beautiful intimacy and good acoustics. Surprising to see no room for handicapped seating or wheelchair access, no bannisters on the aisles. I thought of so many of our audience members who wouldn’t be able to see the show here. On the other hand, ticket prices are about $6 each – and so many others will be able to see the show.
Bangalore at dawn from Cindy’s apartment
A part of our day is always spent trying to get technology to work. I wasn’t aware how dependent I’ve become on the Internet and communication with friends at home and even with friends here. The availability of connectivity is sporadic and frustrating.
We have three more days of rehearsals before we open. Our new musician/sound effects person is Savitr. He’s quite wonderful, and just happens to be a neuro-surgeon. We’ve already made too many jokes about no matter how hard performing the sound effects is, it isn’t brain surgery ,,,
Here’s a view from our apartment window at dawn and a view of the theatre lobby.
Thinking of all of you.
— Cindy Meier
Shipwrecked! director Cynthia Meier is interviewed by Time Out Bangalore here.
Joe and Cindy leaving from Tucson International Airport
Joe and Cindy leaving from Tucson International Airport.
Our gate to Heathrow at DFW
Our gate to Heathrow at DFW.
Exterior view of Jagriti
Jagriti is the host theatre and performance venue for Rogue’s Shipwrecked!
The performance space at Jagriti
The theatre includes a 200-seat auditorium with a full-thrust stage.