This is a shot of the pre-dawn sun, taken from Mather Point in the Grand Canyon. I’m putting it up because it’s kind of how I feel today. There’s a looming anticipation as the play reading approaches, followed in a few days by auditions and casting decisions.
This picture is one of an entire roll of film taken while watching the sun rise. It was an experience like no other. There were about a hundred people gathered on the point, many with cameras, speaking a wide range of languages, all bleary eyed and excited. Everyone there had probably seen a sunrise before—back in our home countries, where ever that may have been, but the site at the Grand Canyon isn’t even describable, and it was a whole new experience for all of us. It was a shared experience. This was different. The exact moment the sun peeked over the rim—and there is a split second moment—was almost spiritual.
There was a nearly audible gasp from the crowd and the briefest moment of pause and wonder.
This may be raising the bar a bit high for a reading and auditions.