Juliana LoPiccolo Second Week Blog Post

This Monday was our second rehearsal with the Osher participants. This week we started out by having the Osher participants self cast themselves. We took time to discuss each role in Macbeth and the corresponding characteristics of each character. After we discussed the characters the Osher participants chose the roles they wanted to play and the self casting process went fairly easy. It was great to see how excited our participants were to get up and start reading through the play. We had a few last minute drop outs in our group which made it difficult to fill all the parts, but our remaining participants were very excited to fill the remaining roles. The only problem that occurred during this practice was over some of the language in Macbeth that the Osher participants felt uncomfortable with, words such as niggard, which has a completely different meaning than the word’s current association, and other racially loaded lines. Our participants were very aware of the potential impact of these lines and requested that we find a way around this immediately. I was very impressed by the attention to detail each participant had, especially because of the current social climate. Im looking forward to next weeks rehearsal! We will be adding a new participant into the mix!