The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Sept 13 – Oct 12, 2019) kicked off our 6th season!
Some memories from the team:
In my first scene with Pat Loos in The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, he would sign an invoice and give it to me. In lieu of signing his name, Pat would write me a different short note every night. Usually a joke about Billy Joel, since that was a running theme in the script. “No, YOU’RE the Piano Man” and such. I saved all the notes in a contact lens box, but alas that box is currently sitting in my desk at work. – Joe Zarrow, Watson
For me Watson was a bear. I don’t remember having so many large monologues in one show. Honestly it was a difficult show for me. Finding multiple levels in both characters from an artistic standpoint, and memorization from a technical standpoint, ended up being a huge challenge for me. Thank goodness for the Team. Working with one of my best friends Annabelle Young, and Joe Zarrow who is an immense talent and a great scene partner, a director, Krista Schafer Ewbank, that I had complete trust in and a thoughtful and understanding stage manger in Jill made all the difference. Playing with Joe and Annabelle was never a dull moment and they always supported me and were willing to go with anything that was presented. True Pros. Such a neat show that honestly I could have spent a lot more time exploring. There was just so much going on that every time I think about it I have new discoveries. Mostly though I remember really loving the people that I got to work with, and feeling grateful for their patience, help, and guidance dealing with a true challenge of a role. – Patrick Loos, Merrick
I had some pretty complicated matrices tracking which storyline we were in, which Watson we were seeing, what props needed to come on ad off, etc. It was a challenge to keep all the stories consistent and different, and make sure that the overall story of the PLAY had a satisfying build, through line, and resolution. I loved all of these characters so much (except for one of the Merricks, whom we all loved to hate), and it was so fun to work with the actors to fill them out. Ultimately it’s a story about our very human need for each other, and the cast and crew told that story beautifully… onstage and off. I had a lot of fun with the sound for this show… all the internal scene change music was acapella human voices, literally underscoring the humanness of each emotion in the show. – Krista Schafer Ewbank, director and sound designer
I took a break from doing shows for about 4 months so I was more then ready to get back to stage managing. I knew the lovely pat Loos and was excited to do another show with him and also having Krista in the directors seat. I didn’t know Joe or Annabelle but quickly liked them and was excited for this show. It’s interesting how the show was about connecting with everyone and now look where we are. The show was such a beautiful piece of theatre. The break up scene got to me every night. It was also my first time with projections. I remember I only had one full tech rehearsal with them. I was so nervous for opening night. – Jillian Joie Dahl, Stage Manager
by Madeleine George. Directed by Krista Schafer Ewbank. Featuring Joe Zarrow as Watson, Annabelle Young as Eliza and Patrick Loos as Merrick. Lighting design by Harley Miah, Scenic Design by Bradly Byrne, Costume Design by Cheryl Zemke, Sound and Prop design by Krista Schafer Ewbank. Stage managed by Jillian Joie Dahl.