In his original incarnation, Patrick Bateman is (literally) deadly dull.
His life is hollow, defined by designer clothes, exclusive restaurants and elaborate personal grooming routines – all described in excruciatingly banal detail. Regarded by his own attorney as a “brown-nosed goody-goody,” Bateman strives so hard to fit in with his elitist Wall Street culture that he becomes totally indistinguishable from his arrogant yuppie peers.
What should gain him a distinctive identity are his horrifically sadistic murderous activities. Yet ultimately, even these “mean nothing,” for, when Bateman confesses, nobody believes that he could even “pick up a call-girl, let alone chop her up.’” Indeed, the only place Bateman is cool and charismatic is in his own psychotic head, from which, in the first-person narration of Bret Easton Elllis’ novel, there is no exit.
As London bedecks itself in Christmas lights and the Americans among us recover from all that Thanksgiving turkey, the cast and crew of American Psycho are preparing for opening night. Yesterday was the last day of rehearsals, an exciting, but terrifying, milestone. Today we are moving into the theatre, where we will see for the first time how all of the creative elements we have been imagining actually come together in the space.
Assistant director Whitney Mosery shares some of her snapshots from the third week of rehearsals.
On the first day of rehearsals for American Psycho, the company discussed what they personally remembered about the 1980s. Here are a selection of their memories.
Now we’re really seeing what this American Psycho is made of. For the last few weeks, we have been moving at an incredibly quick pace. We’ve made the most of our time and resources, holding split calls, so that music, dance, and script work can all happen simultaneously. We have sketched out, in broad strokes, nearly every major scene and dance number.
Get a glimpse of what's happening in the American Psycho rehearsal room.
The first day of rehearsal began like many others: greetings over coffee and official introductions of the small army gathered to bring this project to life. This was followed the eagerly awaited design presentation. When the design was revealed, the air was punctuated by gasps and bursts of applause, as everyone’s imaginations ignited. In an email sent from Los Angeles, our book writer, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, captured the general response to the design quite succinctly: 'Wow. Amazing. Wow.'