In part two of our chat with Isabel Keating, we asked her what the cast does during their downtime at the theatre. She said, “Well, the only time we have downtime is during rehearsal breaks at the theatre. During the show, the only downtime for anyone really is at intermission, and even then that is a quick bathroom break! Usually the breaks are spent talking to each other, discussing current events or family, or (need I say?) SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark.”
We also wanted to get a sense of what kind of shenanigans are going on behind the scenes. “By all means there are pranksters and cut-ups! But not in the usual, run-of-the-mill short-sheeter way. There is a heavy dose of intelligence and talent running around the Foxwoods, therefore a ton of wit. Usually the cut-ups are verbal and get coupled with some way-out physicalization (since we have so many crazy dancer/tumbler/aerialist types in our midst). All kinds of spontaneous dance-jams and word-games break out (Jeb Brown sets the bar quite high with his throw-down challenges in games of all stripes), and Ayo Jackson and I have an ongoing rap jam that has to be seen and heard to be understood.”
Finally, we asked her what the most thrilling part of working on SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark has been. “I have been in seventh heaven throughout technical rehearsals,” she told us. “The coming together of all the work that all of the artists have been doing, the piecing together of sound, lights, sets, projections, LEDs, flying, book, choreography, costumes, make-up, hair, masks: all thrilling! Then when we added our brilliant orchestra and band, that was another thrill. And then the most recent thrill was adding the ultimate ingredient: the audience!"