Seascape had it's official first rehearsal tonight. Usual first rehearsal stuff. Calendar, talk about the set, read through the script.
It was great. Great in that way that starting things is. You see so much possibility, so many ideas forming. But it was also great in that way that first reads are. It's such a reminder that a play is a verb not a noun. It is a thing that happens not a thing that is. When one reads a play at home, you can come to some ideas about a character, what is going on, why, but then you hear another person who has taken it in, has thought, and begins to breathe the character, and something completely different can come out. Several times in the read through an actor showed me something I hadn't seen before. Each time it was a discovery, like looking closer at a picture, noticing a fine detail. I just love being surprised in that way, it's a magical thing. The play isn't static, it's fluid. That very malleability is what makes plays so endlessly watchable.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this show.