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Friday, October 27, 2006

Opening Night......

Hello everyone. I know I've been somewhat negligent with the blog this time around and for that, I apologize. But you see.....when you're spending most of your nights huddled up in a corner, shooting up smack, in a small dark room with bad plumbing, accompanied by a huge black guy named Daisy.....well, let's just say its hard to get to a computer. And Daisy sold my laptop cos we ran out of smack so.....yeah, sorry.

We open tonight, in about 8 hours. U-En had mentioned in an earlier post that I would probably start off this post with something like "It has been an amazing journey...." Well, I have never been one to intentionally dissapoint my friends so here goes......

It has been an amazing journey.......happy now? Huh? Happy now fuckhead? It actually has been quite a ride. Its been a real 'yo-yo' experience. There have been some amazing days and some truly fucked up ones. This has proven to be the hardest thing I have ever attempted as a director, which has led to it becoming both one of the most torturous and rewarding experiences of my professional life. I don't know what you guys are going to think of the play. Its not like anything you've ever seen on the Malaysian stage and I'm still trying to figure out if that's ultimately going to be a good thing or a bad thing.

Its difficult to sit and write about this one because over the last couple of months, its become such an all-consuming experience that I haven't trusted myself to write about it objectively. I can say this much though.....I have been blessed with a great cast. One of the things I love most about directing is watching my actors discover things.....watching the growth from first reading to first run to first night has been a treat and I can't wait to see them share with an audience what they have shared with me. Jia-Wei, a woman who will never be happy with anything she does regardless of how fucking cool it is, so let me just say that if this set doesn't receive some kind of nomination or something.....then there's something seriously wrong with the world. Master-Builder Paul Hasham has brought her design to life in a way that only he can. And Lim Ang Fucking Psycho Swee's lights are.....well.....there are no words. You gotta see it for yourself. And we got a kick-ass horror sound design courtesy of Michael Thomas that gives me chills everytime I hear it. Ok, ok......objective, be objective......

That's really all I have to say for now. If everyone performs the way I know they can.....we're gonna have a fucking great show. At the end of the day, the only reason to stage anything is so it can be shared with an audience. And as frightening as that may be for me right now, I can't wait for it.

See you tonight......tomorrow......and tomorrow.....and tomorrow. The dead are waiting.



Blogger Natasha said...

Looking forward to watching this on Sunday!!!

7:25 PM  
Blogger cabbage said...

I have been talking about this play since I first heard about it a week ago. I am excited about seeing it tomorrow. Mind you I am no horror-movie fan. In fact.... i try to avoid watching any horror movie. This would be a first and I hope not the last....

2:06 PM  
Blogger Gavin said...

hope you enjoy it, and i hope its not your last too.

5:55 PM  
Blogger ZuL.BiGo said...

to the team: Congratulations.. a right-leg-first-step play for me.. enjoyed enuff last nite!

special note to mellissa:
First of all, CONGRATULATION for a very effective acting for Frankenstein in Love!

I just know you from the theater last nite. That's my first time seing you act (sorry for the rest of your film.. maybe i not really recognize that the pretty girl is you) but anyway... your acting was very effective and i surprisedd!!

Frankenstein in Love is not an easy play. I am not an actor (my last act was in standard 6..primary school) yet i guest, Frankenstein in Love is real challenging play. Politics. Horror. Serious. Disgusting. Yet LOVE. In the end, team and you made it.

Once again, Well Done and Congratulations for you and the team.

Frankenstein in Love - a nerve awakening horror romance play.

11:42 AM  
Blogger J said...

Just watched the play this afternoon and wanted to say: Good job guys! I had a lot of fun watching the whole performance.

(What can be more fun than 2 hours filled with a death, zombies, murder, love and hate?)

(Erm... sorry didn't ask anything during the after show session - shy lerr)

11:50 PM  
Blogger stacy said...

I watched the show yesterday afternoon after getting excited about it the entire week and I must say this, I enjoyed the show very much. It's nothing like any horror movie or anything. The dialogues did not make you feel tense at all. However, I love the 'original sound effect' from the thunder outside the building when the rain start falling during certain scenes. It was so cool.

The cast was superb. Rashid delivered El Coco very well. Melissa loooks like a pretty zombie. Douglas despite not so much lines, looks funny with the drill in his hand and started drilling his head.

I hope there'll be more great show like this again. Cheers....

11:25 AM  
Blogger cabbage said...

Finally saw the play on sunday....suffice to say....it won't be my last play. Thanks Gavin & the rest of the team,for making my first theatre experience, a great one.

P/S... I think Rashid Salleh should continue to do more non-comedy role. he was so intense...I just loved it.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous naomi said...

it was awesome.
i took a sick friend with me.
by the time the play was over, i believe he was magically cured.

7:04 PM  

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