No one is on an ego trip here. It’s about the work, and I love that about this cast.

Mark Macey, Director

We caught up with actor L. Elwood and Stage East Artistic Director Mark Macey this week, after the initial weekend of Stage East season opener 30 Neo-futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) by Greg Allen. In addition to answering a few questions, they’ve leaked some behind-the-scenes footage of actor warmups plus a few-odd seconds from the show, in which performers’ time in completing their 30 in 60 minutes is under hot scrutiny.

Check out this peek at Stage East cast warmups and work on stage in this latest from EAC Video, featuring footage by cast member L. Elwood and original music, “Sun Breaks Through”, by Rafi Hopkins.

The outrageous, high-speed comedy received a warm Eastport welcome last weekend, and we’re psyched for another 3 shows: Friday, October 22 at 7 pm, Saturday, October 23 at 7 pm and Sunday, October 24 at 2 pm. Tickets and more info here: stageeast.org.

Hey! How was your opening weekend?

ELWOOD : It went well! It was a thrilling experience—nerve-wracking, comforting, and an absolute joy to be back on stage.

MACEY: Opening weekend was a lot of fun. People have gone out of their way to tell us how much they love the show. I’m not one of those directors waiting at the door, so if I hear good things, you know it’s the real deal. 

ELWOOD: I’m quite proud of the whole ensemble and crew. It clicked right into place as it should. Glad to catch some air, though, before diving into the next weekend of shows!

How has it been with the ‘veterans’ vs. people new to Stage East?

MACEY: I think the ensemble has developed a good rapport. Stage East is a place where folks can come to grow and learn whether they’re brand new or old hands. No one is on an ego trip here. It’s about the work, and I love that about this cast. 

What’s it like being the ‘newest’ person on the production?  How have you found working with the Stage East folks? 

ELWOOD: Every theater has its own special oomph. I’ve loved the opportunity to find out what makes Stage East special while working on their season opener.
Coming from Oberlin, where I was in a bubble surrounded by peers my own age, it’s been a breath of fresh air to meet others with a vast array of life and performance experience.
Working on Too Much Light has been a lovely collaborative effort lead by the fearless Mark Macey and as always there has been much to learn from each of the cast and crew mates who know this area, audience, and stage far better than I!

What’s it like to direct a piece where so much is left to chance?

MACEY: I enjoy a lack of control. Theater is best when you can have happy accidents and when things don’t feel so glued down.