Rehearsal Playground

Week #15: Once Upon A Zenas

Happy Saturday, friends. Welcome to EA’s Rehearsal Playground. Each week we’ll celebrate our Mainstage material and capture graveyard echoes emanating from EA’s Spoon River.

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Graveyard Echoes

The Spoon River Anthology (Edgar Lee Masters)

Zenas Witt

I was sixteen, and I had the most terrible dreams,
And specks before my eyes, and nervous weakness.
And I couldn’t remember the books I read,
Like Frank Drummer who memorized page after page.
And my back was weak, and I worried and worried,
And I was embarrassed and stammered my lessons,
And when I stood up to recite I’d forget
Everything that I had studied.
Well, I saw Dr. Weese’s advertisement,
And there I read everything in print,
Just as if he had known me;
And about the dreams which I couldn’t help.
So I knew I was marked for an early grave.
And I worried until I had a cough
And then the dreams stopped.
And then I slept the sleep without dreams
Here on the hill by the river.


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Cinema Elysium Presents

Once Upon A Dream

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Weekly Character Challenges

March - July: EA’s Spoon River
August - November: Anton Chekhov’s Plays

Monthly Mainstage Rehearsal Projects

March - May: O. Henry
June - August: Oz
September - November: Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale

ALL NEW: Weekly Character Challenge

This month we’re setting our sights on the deepest core of character connection.

Expressing the essential beauty of your character’s soul.

Earning the opportunity of a … deathtime.

This week … The Song.

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