June 17, 2015

Last night we finally received Draft 2! I got halfway through reading it and so far the fluidity has drastically improved.

I felt the first draft was very cinematic and took me out of the world of the play. With Sarah’s new draft, the flow is greater and the drastic turns are sharper. The play takes on a road trip-feel, with a longing for escape. The structure of the play is stronger.

After everyone received the new draft, we held a production meeting and heard from the designers. I think everyone on the team is on the same page.

But I need to finish the draft before I say anything more!

-Joshua L. Walker

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Josh’s Journal

May 7th, 2015

I was put on as the Dramaturg for the Sarah’s play and I couldn’t be more honored. We already had callbacks. We had a introductory meeting with just Ben, Josh, Will, Sarah, Bill and I. In the meeting we went through what roles we all play in this process. I am going to continue to write and also create a website for all of the dramaturgy information and this will be a challenge because I don’t have much website experience. I am excited to not make a dramaturgy book. Labyrinth is my favorite descriptive word of Sarah’s play. Bill brought in a lot of great starting points for the whole team. I’m excited for draft 2 and for school to finish up.

-Joshua L. Walker

Josh’s Journal

March 30th, 2015

Tonight was the first reading of Sarah’s play, “I Know The Way Home.” I feel drawn to write down some of my first thoughts and reactions. Sarah grabs the audience with no hesitation, using a traditional Catholic prayer. Going into the reading I had spoken to Sarah before about the piece. She mentioned cults and it was an adaptation of her mother’s novel, I had no idea that I was going to experience two young girls that escape a terrifying world cult led by an abusive leader. Sarah kept the whole audience at the edge of their seats. The images are continuously playing in my head. I was taken aback by the feeling that I felt trapped with these girls. The book is a fictionalized account of what Cecilia Galante experienced while she was in Mount Hope Commune. (I just googled it, I had to check) Sarah tackles so many diverse themes, childhood abuse, race in the 1970’s, and so many others. The first draft kinks are there but the story is so enticing I overlooked most of it. I just took the story in and let it settle. I can’t wait to see what is next in this process and what the next draft brings.

-Joshua L. Walker