January 21, 2013

Part 4 - Innocence Lost Production Diary

Part 4 - Jan 21 - Courtroom Drama:

It’s getting close to the end of rehearsal. Time is running out - I’ll be drawing right to the last minute. We’re hanging the show for opening night Tuesday January 29th. We’ll be having a small meet and greet from 5-7 pm, if anyone would like to come down to see the drawings, and I hope, also see the 8 pm show. As of this writing tickets are still available. (Purchase tickets here).

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[I’m Curious how a 14 year old boy comes to be sentenced to hang?]

Innocence Lost is about the aftermath of a murder. So of course there are trials and appeals, interrogations and interviews. Some of these scenes have all the dramatics of a police procedural. Big shot expert witnesses, testimony of the first responders. The stuff we’re so familiar with from our Laws and Orders and CSIs.

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Allan Morgan is particularly cracking as the judge – spitting lines like ‘…there to be hanged by the neck until you are dead.’

Or the judgmental cop asking - Do you like girls kid? Maybe take’em into the woods?

Director, Roy Surette calls this Perry Mason Stuff. Some of the 20-something actors had to pull out phones and check that on Wikipedia.

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What’s more interesting is the way the play handles the real situation. What it must have been like for the kids in the witness box. All of them seem out of their depth testifying – do they even know they’re building an incriminating timeline? Do they understand that it really does matter if it was 7:00 or 7:30 when they saw Steven and Lynn? Why are the authorities interrogating these school kids and not looking closer at the military personnel in town?

13Jan14_Centaur_Pippa Leslie

Pippa Leslie is particularly chilling as young Jocelyn Gaudet. Could this girl really comprehend what was going on? She seems hell bent on executing her classmate with testimony. Tying the noose with her words. Was she a thoughtless  kid lying for the attention, or just scared enough to say whatever the crown prosecutor wanted to hear? Did she make a small lie early, and end up way too deep?

It’s hard to say – who knows what any one of us would have done at that age. The crazy thing is that it ever happened. The idea that a gang of seventh grade kids could reliably testify in a death penalty case!  I understand why the story is still controversial.

I hear second hand, that there are people in Clinton who still say the jury did the right thing, despite what we know today.  Would you want to say your dad almost got a kid hung? Tough situation all around.



Richard Sheppard said...

Beautiful work Marc. Love the faces and all the loose paint really works.

Bajzek said...

I've been very interested in this series you are posting. I have to say that this is absolutely fascinating.
The way you portrait the actors and they acting is stunning, with a solid line drawing and a layer of strong brush work (or sometimes the opposite?)
I really would love to see some pictures of you on action in between them...with your gear.
Love the way you sometimes give a impression of movement and atmosphere with just some broad brush strokes.
Congratulations, this is inspiring.

VHein said...

I agree! This is a great series, and really appreciate your sharing it. Beautiful, moving work!

marctaro said...

Hey Eduardo - ya I wish I had a chance for some photos - but I'm trying to be as quiet and non-intrusive as possible :) Just a fly on the wall! But there's no special gear for these, just your usual ballpoint pens, brushes and watercolors - I do have four coroplast panels, and I draw on all of them at the same time - as scenes and poses come up, I'll grab the right page and add a bit more to the drawing. I tend to do a lot of pencil scribbles, then go in with the pens and sharpen it up. Watercolor is last, working large washes,then small details over. If I end up in Barcelona, I pitched a people drawing class - so perhaps I can do you a demo!

marctaro said...

With four panels, by the way, I can have up to 8 drawings on the go at a time, paper taped to both sides.

Bajzek said...

Thanks for your answer Marc.
Oh well, I´d like to see that!