Ducky & Murdock

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STANDING AT OPPOSITE ENDS ARE DUCKY & MURDOCK by Scott Shannon

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Writer / Director – Scott Shannon


STANDING AT OPPOSITE ENDS ARE DUCKY & MURDOCK
Notes – June/2015(PM)

Crystal Chettiar & Michael Holmes-Lauder rehearsing  Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock

Crystal Chettiar & Michael Holmes-Lauder rehearsing Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock

So not much happened with the writing of this project since my last note, but I have since workshopped the text I have with a couple of other kind actors, Michael and Crystal — thanks for your time! After stepping away from our developmental work on THE FIRST/LAST PLAY, but still having a couple of actors willing to play, I figured we may as well revisit my Ducky & Murdock story.

Ducky was my paternal grandmother’s nickname, and Murdock was my grandfather’s name, otherwise known as Nanny and Grampy to me. The play is inspired by their memory and the stories that run through my head, but it’s by no means a biographical story about my grandparents — I’m using them as a launchpad into another world.

Michael Holmes-Lauder & Crystal Chettiar rehearsing  Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock

Michael Holmes-Lauder & Crystal Chettiar rehearsing Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock

When Becky and I performed a scene from this play-in-progress a couple of years earlier for a Remembrance Day event out at TNB, I didn’t really have a chance to gain perspective on it as a performance since I was in it. And so, using Michael and Crystal for a few recent rehearsals to play with the text again was very fun, educational, and in all honesty a relief — it actually seemed pretty good! Can I say that … ? Regardless, very cool to have Michael show me a more gentle side to ‘Murdock’ than I’d imagined, and it was a treat watching Crystal bring a vulnerability as well as a determined strength into ‘Ducky’ — only wish the 3 of us got to play together a little more before she left for Banff, and then on to National Theatre School (break a leg!).

Michael Holmes-Lauder & Crystal Chettiar rehearsing  Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock

Michael Holmes-Lauder & Crystal Chettiar rehearsing Standing At Opposite Ends Are Ducky & Murdock

So it was cool to have the chance to see Becky and Crystal in the role of ‘Ducky’, and Michael and myself as ‘Murdock’ — just nice to see the text float across these different voices and bodies, and that the “characters” are different each time while maintaining the same core. Both Becky and Crystal are small in stature with intense energy, but the ‘Ducky’ the each created was just as telling of them as it was the text or “character”, because the actor and the character are all messed up with each other, so you can’t have one without the other, meaning each time it’s different — I was thankful to see the words worked for each woman’s approach.

Stepping away from this as I start to plan for an actual production of something for the coming fall … no telling just yet …

scott


STANDING AT OPPOSITE ENDS ARE DUCKY & MURDOCK
Notes – Jan 2/2013(PM)

REHEARSED/PERFORMED Oct-Nov 2012
Becky was kind enough to jump into this project with me as a way to help commemorate Remembrance Day at TNB’s Studio Theatre. On a personal note, this was also in memory of my grandparents who were young people during the 2nd World War.

The scene we played comes from a larger piece about two people in love during war time. The writing continues and one day I hope to revisit this project.

scott





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