There is a palpable intention throughout the entire rehearsal process, as Gavigan and the cast ensure that every look, every choice, and every inflection lands. Sitting in on a rehearsal, I watched in awe as Gavigan reworked the blocking of one seemingly insignificant moment so that every movement was a choice that mattered. I observed as Gavigan and Michael Britt, playing Dr. Wendell Barnes, discussed the importance of instructing Adam (at this moment, Samantha) to cross her legs in a more traditionally feminine position. I listened as every actor spoke pointedly through masks to hear and be heard by one another.
The group has needed to hold rehearsals at several locations throughout Dutchess County, from LaGrange to Poughkeepsie to Rhinecliff, and even the occasional virtual rehearsal. Gavigan said, “The frequently changing rehearsal locations has helped our entire team practice flexibility as we've had to refocus and readjust to a new space.” Lococo expressed similar notions, saying, “It has forced us to never become complacent with our performances. We have to stay constantly in-tune with one another within shifting circumstances and locations.” To say this cast and crew is determined would be a gross understatement.
Dr. Wendell Barnes had good intentions. Adam Turner’s parents also had good intentions. But, as we’ve established, intention alone is not always enough when it is misplaced. Ziegler’s script, Gavigan’s direction, and the storytelling of this cast and crew do not make that mistake. With the purpose and drive to tell an important story and the knowledge and resources to tell it right, Boy doesn’t miss.
Boy is a part of the Rhinebeck Theatre Society’s New Director Series, a three-part series which also includes Books, written by Stuart Kaminsky and directed by Dan Chester, and She Kills Monsters, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Lisa Delia. In Books, Brian takes refuge in a quiet used book store after robbing a savings and loan, but things don’t stay quiet for long. She Kills Monsters follows Agnes Evans along a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that belonged to her teenage sister, Tilly.
You can see performances of all three plays at the Morton Memorial Library from February 3 - 20, 2022. Catch Boy on Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, February 5 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, February 6 at 3:00 pm, with a special performance Friday, February 4 at 7:00 pm at the Dutchess Pride Center. All proceeds of this special performance will go to the Dutchess Pride Center.
Performances for Books will be held on Thursday, February 10 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, February 13 at 3:00 pm.
Performances for She Kills Monsters will take place on Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, February 19 at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, February 20 at 3:00 pm.
Tickets are available for $15 each or $30 for a 3-in-1 ticket package at rhinebecktheatresociety.com.
Books and She Kills Monsters are presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. Boy is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
This production of Boy contains adult content. Children will not be allowed in to see the performance. Click here to read our content transparency message. Possible spoilers ahead.