Rope – Crew Spotlight – Devon Potter

Our next crew spotlight is with stage manager Devon Potter! The lovely lady who keeps us all organized and running on time!
1. What first attracted you to Bygone Theatre and this production of Rope?
The idea of doing a site-specific show was what initially attracted to me to this production; it’s one thing I haven’t had the opportunity to do in my theatre career and have always wanted to do.  It’s proving to be a very different sort of beast, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all works once we move into the venue.

2. What challenges have you faced & what is your favourite part of working on a site-specific play that runs in real time?

Working on a site-specific show as a Stage Manager is quite different than doing a show at theatre – a lot of the tech elements are removed, which you might think would make the show seem simpler, but a whole lot of different challenges present themselves to make up for the simplicity of the technical side of things.  Things like figuring out how best to let the actors know when it’s show-time since they will be ‘on’ even before the audience enters the room, to the different vantage point from which I’ll be watching the show (if only historical museums came with their own booths!), to having no way of communicating with anyone backstage, since there really is no ‘backstage’ to speak of, are just a few of the challenges that I will face as SM.  It’s exciting though – I’m always up for new challenges, especially when it comes to theatre, and it will be fun to feel it out and work with the team to make sure all aspects of the production are as smooth as they can be.

3. What has been your favourite part of the rehearsal process so far?
My favourite part of the process so far has been watching the actors come alive as their characters; it’s always fun to see how differently each performer prepares and works, and there have been some really neat things happening in rehearsals in terms of character choices and development.  It’s always tough to tell at a first read-through how characters are going to be portrayed, but it’s been great seeing the cast experiment and grow and solidify who they are as their respective characters.

4. Why should everyone come and see Rope?

Come and see ‘Rope’ because it’s a great, suspenseful show that isn’t done a lot and has something for everyone.  Suspense, mystery, sexual tension, deep discussions, sarcastic one-liners, odd, funny, dark and intense characters.  The cast is made up of an incredibly talented bunch of actors and you don’t want to miss seeing the work that they’ve created!

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Author: BygoneTheatre

Bygone Theatre was founded as a collective in October of 2012, and became an incorporated not-for-profit company in October of 2015. Our mandate is to produce theatre written or set in the early 20th century, focusing on historical aspects in design and incorporating a classic cinema aesthetic. ​ In 2019 Bygone Theatre was nominated for 14 Broadway World Toronto Awards, including Best Community Theatre and Best Play (Equity). We took home a total of 5 awards, 4 of which were for The Rear Window, including Best Direction of a Play (Equity); Best Original Lighting Design; Best Leading Actor (Play, Equity); and Best Featured Actress (Play, Equity). We took a hiatus our 2020/21 season because of the COVID19 pandemic, and used that time to develop our charitable initiatives. In August of 2021 we were nominated for the Toronto Star Readers' Choice Award for Best Live Theatre. Part of our mission involves inclusion and accessibility, and we strive to allow artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience the chance to have hands-on experience in whatever capacity they are most interested in; this has included youth outreach programs for high school students interested in production design, and acting opportunities for those who have never performed onstage.

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