Adventure Stage in Chicago has recently started rehearsals for "Gossamer" and this is from their blog:

There's something incredibly powerful about assembling a group of people in a room around one idea. Tuesday night was the first rehearsal of Gossamer, and we had tons of incredibly talented people (actors, designers, directors, technicians, staff, etc.) all on stage sitting around a giant table, talking about the show and how it would look. After touching base with all of the actors and introducing ourselves, there was a gigantic design presentation with visuals of the set, the costumes, the lighting and the puppets. We heard clips from a very exciting sound design, and saw projections of images that will be used to support the story.

But by far the most exciting part of the evening was the read through that followed. It was amazing to be able to hear so many talented actors bringing the story to life, even while still sitting at the table. After seeing the design elements, and all the possibilities, hearing the play read out loud made it take on a new life. Afterward, everyone left the space feeling energized and excited to start work on this show.

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I will be out there in November to see the show. I've already seen it in Portland, OR and in Milwaukee (and will again in Philadephia in spring 2010) but it is newly fascinating each time because different directors bring their own vision and imagination to it.