On Monday, I spent two hours at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), way west on Manhattan's 37th Street, to watch a rehearsal with Tinatin and collaborator Timothy Graphenheed, for their full-length theatrical musical W-E (West Meets East). This coming Monday, July 2, they'll showcase their first full reading of the two-person production, which tells the story of a young girl's dream and accompanying journey from the Soviet Union to America... based, obviously, on Tina's own story, with music written primarily by the pair.
The musical parallels the book project that she and I have been working on for two-plus years... Four drafts later, we have a digital publishing deal... that is, following one more substantive edit. Looking forward to seeing that finish line, as Tinatin groups the book, the play, a soundtrack and a concert with her hero & muse in the Soviet nation of Georgia this September.
Meanwhile, let's have a look at Monday's first rehearsal off-book. It's a winner, let me tell you. *
Crash! Boom! A major thunderstorm added drama to the proceedings!