I had never done a staged theatrical reading before tonight. I don't think any of us from the directors, to the author and the actors, had any idea how it was going to come together. I am really happy that I pre translated all of the interpretation parts because I was able to practice them and put some emotion into it. As it turned out, the director wanted the full translation.
The author was an interpreter in the NY court system for 6 years. She is also an artist. Her book is a limited edition art book that includes her paintings of immigrants and their stories told in graphic novel format.
We rehearsed the piece for 2 hrs and then performed to a full house in the city library. I knew we had a hit because people were crying. They asked if we would take it on the road. lol
My friend Playwright Casey Kurtti and her husband Chris Silva, were our Asst. Director and Director. They were impressed by all six of their actors. The author was touched to see her work come to life. It was awesome.