Wow! We did it! We did three sold out public readings of “Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty” at NYMF, and got great audience response from all three shows. So grateful to NYMF for the dramaturgical support, the guidance, the great venue, staff, etc! And so grateful that the developmental reading format includes an audience questionnaire for people to fill out to help guide us with the rewrites. We are extremely proud of our show, the work we’ve done, the cast and musicians and creative team who collaborated with us to deliver the best possible incarnation of the show.
So a picture is worth a thousand words – here are some photos from the last rehearsal on July 9th.
No illusions – we are ecstatic it went so well, but we know it is not done. This is just the beginning. We have lots of ideas for rewrites which we are beginning immediately. We learned a lot about the piece in putting it together for the reading, and listening to the actors and their questions. And José helped refine and cut the script down, so the story was less cluttered. We were blessed with a great team all the way around! (special thanks to Rey Rosa for the photography)