I said to my partner Arturo, “I wish we had another week of rehearsal before we open.” He reminded me I say that every time I’m on the precipice of opening a show. But this time I really mean it. Because there’s so. Much. To. Mine. Even mime. We still have to mine the mime.
This play is circular and twists back on itself. It’s loopy. I like it and want to spend more time in it. Learn to mime the dark tunnels and stockinged faces. I want more time to fill in the rest of every cut off sentence, every moment of every back story, how did I get here step-by-steps.
Years ago I acted in a play Chris wrote, Elora Gorge, and I struggled to make logic of it. “There isn’t any.” Chris proclaimed. “Simply be in the moment. Act each moment”. I fought that, wanted to make sense of a Twin Peaks type world, and in the end, Buddha’s mandate was the savior. For all acting, I suppose, being in the moment is the savior. But especially handy when acting in a play that has no clean beginning middle and end. It’s a loop. So be in each moment of it, play each moment truthfully, and….that’s all you can do.
So the next three days are about looping the work so I feel confident enough to be in the moment, not the moment ahead or behind, but playing, breathing, living in the space between you and me.
Here I am in the moment of wishing we had another week before opening.
Aviva works in Toronto as an actor, director, writer and producer.
Most recently, Aviva appeared in VideoCabaret’s The Great War, where the cast won a Dora Award for Best Ensemble. Prior to that, Aviva appeared as Berta in Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage) and as Virginia in Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre). She was nominated for a Dora Award for her performance in ARC’s production of Moment.