Blood, Sweat, and Applause

RECEIVED Tue., June 11, 2013

Dear Editor,
    As co-writers of Blood, Sweat, and Cheers, we would like to answer a question Ms. Cobbe asked about the script in her review [Exhibitionism, June 7]. We developed the script through a combination of improv and writing, using techniques pioneered by the New Colony in Chicago, whose expressed aim is to promote fluidity and spontaneity within a scripted work. As an improviser and a writer working together within a set of new and challenging parameters, we are proud of what we created jointly with our cast, especially amid so many other ambitious elements, from the intense physical training of the leads to the incorporation of actual competitive cheerleaders into the show, to the sheer scale of the production. We knew that not every reviewer would enjoy our light but heartfelt teen comedy with its glittery cheer and dance numbers, but, now that the show has closed, we like to think that the laughter coming from the house each night demonstrated how many in the audience had as much fun watching as we did performing.
Kaci Beeler & Amy Gentry
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