This week, the Fuller Company will present our third-ever full-length production, Proof, written by David Auburn, for our winter offering to the Fuller community. Proof centers around 25 year-old Catherine, who has spent the last several years caring for her father, Robert; a brilliant and famous mathematician who has become mentally unstable. The play opens on the eve of her birthday, and we begin to discover what caring for her father has cost her—and it is certainly more than her social life. Catherine is subjected to intrusions that she would not choose for herself, including the persistent presence of her father’s protégé Hal—who is looking for evidence of Robert’s brilliant mind in the pages of the 103 notebooks that he filled over the course of his illness. Add to this the steam-rolling arrival of Catherine’s estranged sister, Claire, and we are quickly thrust into a world that many Fuller students might find uncomfortably familiar.
As many of you know, I am the president of the theatre group at Fuller Theological Seminary, The Fuller Company. When we plan shows, we open auditions to the greater Los Angeles acting community as well as the Fuller student body, for various reasons. Not too long ago, we held auditions for our latest production, and as it turns out, all three roles in the show went to actresses from outside of Fuller. Now the question came up,
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****I made several attempts to get the playlist to embed into the post, but it wouldn’t work, and I had to give up. So if you’re interested, take a listen here.*****
It has become my habit, for various reasons, to create a playlist for myself when I am cast in a show. The songs I select are usually ones I already own–although it isn’t unheard of for me to purchase a song or two for my playlist–that address the character I am playing in some fashion or another. The music I select may or may not be songs that the character herself would listen to. I can often be found updating the playlist, adding or removing music as I find my way through the rehearsal process; but I rarely mess with it once the show has opened.
The playlist, as you may imagine, is for me and not something I openly share with friends or cast-mates; at least until the end of closing night. It’s not that my playlists are super-private or personal. I don’t think they’re too revealing about who I am as a person or anything. They’re just something I do. Compling the music I use backstage for my personal script time, and warm-up time, greenroom time, and whatever-time, has become a useful tool.
You may find my selections trite, and predictable. I’m not sharing this sample playlist to impress you or anything. I just was mulling over the thought that our culture is attached to popular music in a very interesting way–specifically since the modern occurrence of soundtracks that accompany one of our most popular means of storytelling: film. The way we relate to music these days is a significant part of what drives me to create these playlists for myself. Perhaps one song helps me access a mood that my character shares. Perhaps this song deals with the play’s subtext (or actual plot). Whatever it is, it is an behavior that we all engage in; some more deliberately than others. I simply put it to use for the plays that I act in–and I’m certainly not the first actor to do this.
I am excited to share that I have been cast in the upcoming production of the newly formed Fuller Company, in two of the one-act plays that will be offered. I thought it may be interesting to do something that I’ve never done before: make my playlist public before a show, should anyone happen to be interested. So, you will find part of the playlist I have compiled–as it stands tonight–for one of those two shows, below.
If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area on March 5th and 6th, we will be performing in Fuller Theological Seminary’s Travis auditorium.
I only ask one thing of you: This playlist is provided for your enjoyment, and perhaps some masochistic need to expose myself to criticism. This playlist is not intended to be representative of the plays themselves, are not the approved soundtrack of a director, nor should be considered in any way a teaser for what you should expect of the performance. They are simply the songs I’m listening to while I do my script work, and may be the ones I listen to at some point before I go on stage. So my request is this: enjoy the music for now; and forget about it when you come see the show.