Everytime I send a cast into tech rehearsals I worry they'll come unglued. The process is so long and tedious the play itself cannot hold-- it's really not together yet anyway. On Saturday morning we couldn't use the theater because we were dismantling and recreating the set (see AYL #5), so I took our cast downstairs to the Osborne Studio, a small room, for a group reading of the play. We sat around in a circle, and the actors moved into the center to play when they were on stage. It was a chance to learn that we are really all in the same show, since most of the time the characters are offstage, busy elsewhere writing poems, tending their flocks, camping out, finding sermons in stones, fools in the forest, hunting deer, meeting old religious men, or picnicking with goatherds. The play itself presents only a few of the many encounters it mentions. Here are some pictures I took during this rehearsal. They'll give you some idea of what the forest of Arden feels like just now, two weeks before we open, a time when we are trying to find the pulse of the play.