Tony Award-winning playwright/Offender David Henry Hwang (M. BUTTERFLY) is currently in previews for his new play KUNG FU, which has its World Premiere at the Signature Theatre in New York on February 24 (this Monday) and has been extended to March 30. This is his weekly blog series giving our readers a glimpse into the rehearsal process for KUNG FU. Read previous entries here.
Well, my work is done.
This past Wednesday, we “froze” the show. For our last rehearsal, Joanna Lee & Ken Smith, our Cultural Advisors, led an End of Rehearsal ritual – sorta culled from Taoist traditions, but mostly improvised. We processed through the “house” (audience area) and stage, holding sticks of incense, while sprinkling rice wine, all intended to seal in the good energy we generated doing our work here. Given contemporary fire and smoke regulations, we were limited to six sticks of incense, so that’s how many we used. Joanna had us parade counter-clockwise, only making left turns, to circumnavigate the theatre. Afterwards, we each received a clementine to eat. Will this ritual do any good? Can’t hurt. And the sandalwood incense smelled nice.