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Is Anyone Not Ready?

“Is Anyone Not Ready?” is an experimental, feature-length documentary, which focuses on legendary theater company, The Wooster Group, as they develop a new multimedia production of 'Hamlet'.

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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.