“The day of their wedding, and it’s not off to a great start: they break a series of superstitions, which Jameson scoffs but Lucha has pangs of anxiety about. Lucha removes her mother’s ring from her neck and stores it away. Finally, she gives Jameson the gift of a red notebook, a place she offers as a private home for his inexpressible thoughts. As if it were an evil omen, touching this red notebook transforms him instantly. Lucha’s dialogue trails off (Ashley Allen brilliantly decrescendo-ing her voice until only her lips are moving) and Jameson muses achingly on the potential meaningless of his life, accompanied by Nick Deyoe’s mournful electric guitar. It is a decisive shift for the character.
On her wedding day, a bride must not: see her reflection fully-dressed, see a grave, a blind man or a pregnant woman, eat until after the ceremony, fahsion her own dress, drop the ring, or receive a knife. In Mexico, a bride must never wear pearls - each pearl worn symbolizing a tear the bride will cry during her marriage.
“This chapter was different depending on which direction you went on the Yellow Route: half the audience members changed cars just outside City Hall, and half changed outside the warehouse space a mile away. That meant that if your audience group was sent on the Yellow Route in a counter-clockwise direction, you entered the car with the newlyweds on their way to City Hall. When the car arrived, Lucha and Jameson ran up the steps to get married. The next audience, then, started the scene with Lucha and Jameson running down the steps, as if they were just married. (The performers needed to have two different versions of the scene memorized.)
“We had official permission to use the City Hall steps – but it was still so great to see people constantly congratulate the actors, as if they were real newlyweds. The best moment was perhaps one afternoon, when Mayor Eric Garcetti was addressing his entire staff on the plaza. When he saw our Lucha and Jameson, he stopped his speech and encouraged everyone to cheer for them and congratulate them on getting married. That’s a moment I wish I could have experienced directly!
“We had several other historic locations in mind for their marriage: Vibiana’s or La Placita Cathedral, both of which would have been wonderful, but having Sunday afternoon performances obviously made it difficult to secure a church. Since we were spending so much time at City Hall getting permissions to perform Hopscotch everywhere else, why not consider City Hall itself the site—a beautiful and iconic building in its own right? I like imagining that un-romantic Jameson, with his disdain for all superstition, probably forced Lucha to have a straightforward signing of a marriage license.”
“I am not the center of myself.
Strange, the way a thought can send you reeling,
everything you thought was the world
remaking itself into something new.”