“Buzzing of a serious truth in you.”Sara Bruner, Director
“Maybe this time, I’ll be lucky
Maybe this time, he’ll stay
Maybe this time
For the first time
Love won’t hurry away
He will hold me fast
I’ll be home at last.
Everybody loves a winner
So nobody loved me
‘Lady Peaceful, ‘ ‘Lady Happy, ‘
That’s what [she] long[s] to be.”
“A musical is one where the music is integrated into the plot, moves the story forward, and the characters don’t know that they are singing,” Anna Kendrick defined in her interview with Stephen Colbert. This song is Sally Bowles’s inner monologue with such a vulnerability, anxiety, intimacy, joyful yet depressing, because she’ll “be home at last not a loser anymore like the last time and the time before…so nobody loves” her. Every moment, Sally Bowles puts on a happy face as life is a cabaret for her and she plays herself as a “winner”. Sara Bruner found this to be chance for physical and musical simplicity, since the lyrics are already impactful. This could be the climax of her life, finally a real chance to “win”!
Though their intimacy, personality, and chemistry is palpable, Sally and Cliff’s relationship is slightly problematic and might be doomed. Life is a cabaret for her, and the non-standard is a new reality for him. He wants to have direction in his life, and she is afraid of being serious and stable. He wants something to glue for their “us” to have a focus, and she doesn’t want to be stuck.
In the director’s relationship with her actors, I keep hearing her primary status of “no hierarchy”, which means that everyone has space to make suggestions (i.e. Madison Micucci (Sally), Brandon Espinoza (Cliff), musical director (Jesse Sanchez), stage manager (Dominic Roggiero), accompanist/conductor (Mike Padilla)). Bruner also wants to give her actors allow her is their performance space: “Is it okay if I get up to help you?” Her experience as an actor colors insight into her trade as a director. Her rehearsal space is a workshop: “Whatever directionally feels best [to you].” Her notes can change the scene’s whole energy and vision. Constant repetition allows for the actors to practice their lines and lyrics.
I love everyone’s choices, and I love everyone’s respect for each other. Remember to come!!
Arizona Theatre Company
Tucson: November 30, 2019 – December 29, 2019
Phoenix: January, 4, 2020 – January 26, 2020