TBT to The Wilbury Theatre Group's "Rapture, Blister, Burn" | Providence Actor Photography

Even though I've been shooting all week (more from those gigs in future posts!) I'd like to focus this (any lots of upcoming posts) to collections from the not-so-distant past. Since today is Thursday, and I'm doing a "throwback" ("throwback is defined as: "a person or thing having the characteristics of a former time.") I'm going to use a phrase I just invented, "Throwback Thursday." I don't really expect it will catch on, but it has a nice ring to it. 

So, today we'll look at some photos I took for a theatrical production of Gina Gionfriddo's recent play, "Rapture, Blister, Burn." The play is set in the present, and features a cast of mostly women, looking at different viewpoints and ideas about feminism, relationships, happiness, and the shifting definitions of womanhood in modern culture. It was produced by the always excellent Wilbury Theatre Group, a Providence, RI-based theatre company that focuses on bringing both exciting new plays, as well as refreshing looks at classic ones, to the stage. I actually had just finished my run as Hamlet in their production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which closed about a month before these photos were taken. 

Maggie and I both shot these images; I forget who took which ones. I do remember how much fun this shoot was, though, because it was my first time getting to capture theatre photographs with the incredible Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II. Shooting wide open at f/1.2 , even in the dim light of the stage, I was able to get tack sharp images at around ISO 400! I've shot theatre with that lens since this job, but I'll never forget how happy I was to finally see the image quality I'd been lusting after for so long come to life on the screen. Also, I got to shoot with two full-frame cameras for the first time, which was also pretty amazing! 

I loved the show (or at least what I could focus on during shooting and all), and I wish that I had gotten a chance to come back and see it again! Do visit Wilbury's web pageand check out their next production, Next To Normalwhich runs May 21st-June 13th, 2015!