Sunday, August 26 was the last performance of the joint Burien Little Theatre/Latino Theatre Projects production of Anna In The Tropics. I finally got to see the show yesterday, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Much like the characters in the show were taken away to Czarist Russia by the Lector’s reading of Anna Karenina, I was taken away to early Twentieth Century Florida, to the concerns of those times about being an immigrant in America, and about the effect of automation and the faster pace of life on the quality of work and of our lives.
Before the end of intermission, I took one more photo of the stage in action:
Since this was the last performance of the play, we had to strike the set. This is nearly always done right after the show, for various reasons. Even before the audience had finished talking with the cast after the show, this was already going on in the auditorium:
On the stage, you can see one of the reasons we like to do set strikes right after the show – those are members of the cast and crew of Anna In The Tropics helping out with the strike. Often times, the cast and crew will stick around to help out, at the end of a show and as one of the people who usually do that job, I really appreciate them taking the time.
After two and a half hours, the stage looked like this again:
Set strikes are usually a somewhat sad occasion for me. All the work that was done to put the production together is gone in a few hours. It makes you realize how transitory an art theatre is. At the same time, though, there’s almost always another production coming, so there’s always work to be done.
Afterword: Due to a rather unfortunate mixup in communications, I did not know that set designer Steve Cooper had sent me an article about the set of Anna In The Tropics during the run of the show. He has sent it to me again, and I hope to have it up here in the next few days. It is disappointing that people couldn’t read it before they saw the show, but what he describes is fairly typical of how we design and build sets here, so it will probably be almost as interesting to read before seeing our next production.