This was the first time since I started photographing the Festival's work that we had an official "photo call" with actors just there to shoot the production shots the theater uses for promotion and the actors collect for their portfolios. The ability to set up shots and ensure the proper framing was good. It is different to do it this way rather than the customary way at the Festival when I shoot during a performance. In some cases, there is a difference in the quality or even the animation in a scene because the actors are less likely to be posing for a shot in the actual performance.
But, it worked well in the end. The Festival works very hard to provide entertaining plays and it works in this production of the iconic Joad family's struggles with survival. The cast is hard working and the direction is good, as usual, from Jackie Johnson who always manages to have details in a scene that give depth and character to it...making the photographs I make interesting. It was good work and fun to do it.