At Lobby Talks, post-performance.
45 minutes into Adapt!, I make my entrance by getting rolled onstage in a bathtub. I take a bubble bath for a bit, then get out, dry myself off, get dressed. It’s the first time I’ve ever been naked onstage. But it’s not the moment in Adapt! when I feel the most exposed.
“At New Year 1972 … we’re driving through the night in this big, old car and listening to AM radio. I still remember the station call letters, WLW Cincinnati, WLS Chicago. That you could go for hundreds of miles traveling long, long straight roads, Interstate 70. I’d never seen a road that goes on for a thousand miles. And I’m thinking, “Oh boy, this is America” and it was all the little kid’s fantasies of the space and the distance.”
Journey through the Creation of Adapt! - Aneta and Lenka: Adapting to America, Routine, and Hot Dogs
If you’ve seen Adapt!, you’ve met Aneta Kernova. She plays the title role of young Lenka, a refugee from Czechoslovakia who’s making her way to America.
Opening is almost here. It’s getting real around here.
We’ve finished a week of previews. The audience arrived, they showed us where the story lived, and we rehearsed daily through it all, learning what their attention taught us. Memorizing new script pages, cutting others, restaging transitions, perfecting music.
The story is here. “Past and future meet,” as the play’s Old Woman says.