Today, most of the cast got together for a informal first meeting, before Armando gets here. I wanted us to all to meet each other and hopefully get a chance to work together a bit so we could really hit the ground running during Armando-time. I'm currently in rehearsals for another show (Cholley Kuhaneck's show for the Playground's Directors Series) and we did an exercise at the first rehearsal that I thought was really helpful -- we each came out and everyone else would do a scene with that person, so by the time we were done, we had each done two scenes with all the other cast members (we also played Cranium!). So I wanted to do the same thing with this show.
We got most of the cast (8 out of 11) plus Greg together at the Chicago Comedy Company office/rehearsal space. Somehow, "Say your name and something about yourself" turned into an hour-long conversation, and then the food came and conversation continued while we were eating. So... we never actually did any improv. From a getting-to-know-each-other standpoint, the afternoon went very well. I would have liked to do some scenes, but I'm sure we'll be fine.