I have to say though, our cast is pun-ny. By that, I mean we make bad jokes. Often. And laugh at them. Perhaps it's due to the weightiness of the material that every time Ed calls, "10!" we end up giggling and rolling our eyes at each other. Whatever the reason, it makes for a welcome breath of lightness for me.
Having just read Moody's Faith Healer, I've been thinking about Ruth's faith. She carries her faith heavy on her back (and around her neck) for two acts, allowing it to hurt every time she feels a speck of happiness. When her mother tells her she should have died rather than marry Ghent it confirms a deeply-seeded fear in Ruth - the fact that she made the wrong choice. At least in society's eyes. I recently saw a production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and in the famous banquet scene Titus asks the emperor:
Was it well done of rash Virginius
To slay his daughter with his own right hand,
Because she was enforced, stained and deflowered?
The emperor responds without hesitation:
It was, Andronicus.
Because the girl should not survive her shame,
And by her presence still renew his sorrows.
Titus then kills his daughter Lavinia, who has been raped by two men. What is worse? To live with the shame, or to be killed for it? I know Ruth's answer.
At least Mrs. Jordan doesn't stab Ruth with that paper knife. Her words cut just as deeply, though.
Side note: I found this amazing map of Arizona from the year 1906.
I still have my fingers crossed for a cast field trip out West.. with four days until previews start, we totally have time.. right?
Tomorrow's Play: Edward II by Christopher Marlowe