In addition to my social change photography work, I document all sorts of events, including a recent production of the musical Next To Normal, produced by Southern Arizona Performing Arts Company (SAPAC). When I am photographing a production, I always recommend that I document one of the final dress rehearsals before opening night. The performers are made aware that I might come up on stage, go behind them, or get really close to them during the rehearsal. This freedom of movement allows me to get images that I would not be able to otherwise. The actors are accustomed to what I do and it is amazing to me to see how skilled they are at staying in character. Equally, I thoroughly enjoy sensing the next direction of action a given scene will take. Staying completely tuned in, I am able to anticipate where and when to move. I imagine it might look like an intriguing sort of dance to the director and crew who are watching and managing the rehearsal while I’m photographing it.
Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.
To learn more about SAPAC:  https://www.sapactucson.org/
 

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