The first rehearsal for Twelve Dates of Christmas is this afternoon! Well, not exactly. Today is the first rehearsal in which actress, Melanie Moseley, directress, moi (Asae Dean), and stage mistress, Elizabeth Garett are all in the same room. For the last two weeks Melanie, from the comfort of her home office in Portland, and myself, from the comfort of the Manchester Art Farm in Pittsburgh, have rehearsed via Google Hangout…talking through the beats, filling in the back story, and assigning accents to the various characters. Ginna Hoben wrote Twelve Dates of Christmas and loosely based the material off of her own adventures and misadventures in dating after having her heartbroken. Twelve Dates is the story of Mary, a working actress based out of New York City, who flies home to Ohio for Thanksgiving to spend her first holiday with family plus fiancé. The fiancé cancels on her, feigning food poisoning, and Mary catches him in his lie when she tunes into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and see him sucking face with another woman on national television. While Mary goes about the business of mending her heart, her family goes about the business of setting her up. What is a newly single girl to do, though? Cherish her aloneness? Carve a few more notches on her bed post? Search for signs of a new Mr. Right? The Twelve Dates of Christmas is hilarious and heartwarming, sassy and sweet. Today is about getting the play on its feet, figuring out some of the character’s core mannerisms, and staging a kick-boxing class that stirs up some sibling rivalry. Fun!
We will post ticket information for Twelve Dates of Christmas soon. And for those of you who are sad about the passing of Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos or craving some classical fare, Salt and Sage’s Sex Tragedy Saturday Staged Reading Series starts next weekend with The Spanish Tragedy, come and have a bloody good time! 2 pm Backdoor Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Tickets $5. Cash only.