• Tio Pepe Farewell

    By Matthew Lopez on July 31, 2008 at 12:42 AM
    Performances

    Well, that’s that.  Almost as quickly as it started, it ended.  But what a joyous ride we had.  In keeping with the spirit of the valedictory blog posts, here are my thanks...

  • Getting Pepe on its Dancing Feet

    By Matthew Lopez on July 27, 2008 at 12:50 AM
    Production / Performances

    Pepe opened on Tuesday and it has been quite a week.  We have all felt shot out of a cannon but now that we’re in the middle of the run (well, technically, near the end of it) everyone seems to have gotten their sea legs and the show is running smoothly.

    Audiences have been very receptive and vocal.  Lots of laughter throughout then tears at the end.  I’ve even been able to watch the show and enjoy it, rather than hiding under my chair like I did in the first few performances.

  • Stepping Back

    By Matthew Lopez on July 18, 2008 at 1:03 AM
    Performances

    Tio Pepe is the second professional production of one of my plays.  The first was two years ago with the World Premiere of The Whipping Man at Luna Stage.  I have learned a lot about my craft in the last two years.  Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned is when to step back and let the professionals do their work, which is exactly what I’ve done this week.

  • My First Musical

    By Matthew Lopez on July 9, 2008 at 1:17 AM
    Rehearsals / Life

    Tio Pepe is, among other things, about musical theatre and the dreams they encourage in those of us who love the form.  One of the earliest musicals I came to know as a child was South Pacific.  The summer that I was six, my mother taped an airing of the film on HBO (remember VCR's?) and I watched it every day, over and over, from start to finish and then back again.  There were other musicals that joined the rotation over the course of that summer: Oklahoma! and Carousel chief among them.  But it was <i>South Pacific</i> that I kept returning to.  I listened to original cast recording on my record player (remember record players?) in my room and pretended I was Emile de Becque, Joe Cable or, my favorite, Luther Billis.

  • El Proceso Continua

    By Matthew Lopez on July 7, 2008 at 1:25 AM
    Casting / Parties / Life

    In the time since my last blog, I have attended:

    •    1 cast replacement audition
    •    6 Tio Pepe rehearsals
    •    1 lunch with a fellow SPF playwright
    •    1 SPF first-week show
    •    3 SPF parties
    •    2 screenings of Wall*E

 

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