Is Anyone Not Ready? is an experimental,
feature-length documentary, which focuses on New York’s legendary theater
company, The Wooster Group, as they develop a new multimedia production of Hamlet. I filmed the company for over two years, gathering images and sounds
of the group in rehearsal, during backstage moments and in performance.
Shooting began with early, exploratory rehearsals in New York in spring 2006,
and included the world premiere in Barcelona, a subsequent tour to Berlin, and
the New York opening in spring 2007 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.
This material has been developed into a visually driven,
impressionistic documentary, revealing rehearsal practices, the director's
struggles and breakthroughs, the intense concentration of performance, as well
as the wildly shifting moods of the actors, from nervousness and elation to
extreme exhaustion and boredom. I am particularly interested in capturing the
inherent tension between inertia and explosive action during moments of
transition, focusing on actors in periods of repose or waiting, just before
they are about to unleash their energy into performance.
Is Anyone Not Ready? is ultimately a meditation on the
cyclical nature of life in the theater. Communicating more through gesture, tone,
mood, action and sound rather than explicit narrative or traditional talking
head interviews, the film reflects the often repetitive, day-to-day work
involved in building a conceptually, intellectually, and emotionally demanding
new multmedia theater piece.