day one of the workshop by kristinmarting
October 21, 2010, 1:25 am
Filed under: American Dream | Tags: ,

Today was the first day of our Baruch residency. We did some structured improvisational work using the 8 tenets of the American Dream, 7 archetypal characters, and the 6 phases of the American Dream as outlined in Jim Cullen’s book. More details below on these. We also read scenes from some classic American plays that deal with these ideas – Fences, Glengarry Glenn Ross, A Raisin in the Sun, Albee’s American Dream, Curse of the Starving Class, and Our Town. Trying to find our way into the structure of the show and thinking Jim Cullen’s 6 phases may be our key in.

8 tenets: Ambition, Opportunity,Freedom, Equality, Community, Honor, Hope, Happiness

7 archetypes: Hustler, Activist, Politician, Solider, Entrepreneurer, Wife/Mother, Priest

6 phases:

1) Pilgrims seeking freedom to worship = people who deny their efforts could affect their fates

2) Declaration of Independence = successors who declare independence to get the chance to affect their fates

3) Upward Mobility – economic & social  = heirs who elaborate a gospel of self help promising they could shape their fates with effort

4) Quest for Equality       =    ”                                               ”                               ”

5) Home Ownership         =    ”                                               ”                               ”

6) Personal Fulfillment     = people who long to achieve dreams without having to make any effort at all


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