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LUSH VALLEY Think Tank #6 – Hope by kristinmarting
November 28, 2010, 3:13 pm
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Join us for our sixth of eight community THINK TANK sessions on Sunday, December 5 from 3pm-6pm which will delve into the concept of HOPE . These Think Tanks are open to the public and are a cross between Town Hall and Open Space format. We are looking to have a diverse group of folks at each event – we are looking for artists, alternative thinkers, educators, activists, social workers, HR, lawyers, parents, politicians and anyone else who is interested. Please come – and if you know someone who fits this description and might enjoy this event, please forward.

This is our last think tank until February or March!

Please note: this event will be held at HERE’s Rehearsal Space, 75 Varick at Canal Street. Please bring ID for entry into building.

If you would like to attend, please email lushvalley@here.org to rsvp.

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Honor by kristinmarting
November 11, 2010, 10:59 am
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If there are going to be people out there making war on other people, don’t you think it’s a good idea for some of those people to at least follow a code of ethics? Not ‘honor’ but something you can pin down and be sure of, something with the same rules for everybody.  – Mercedes Lackey



Honor by kristinmarting
November 5, 2010, 11:00 am
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Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; once we have left it, we can never return.           –Nicolas Boileau



LUSH VALLEY Think Tank #5 – Honor by kristinmarting
November 2, 2010, 3:45 pm
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Join us for our fifth of eight community THINK TANK sessions on Friday , November 12 from 7pm -10pm which will delve into the concept of HONOR . These Think Tanks are open to the public and are a cross between Town Hall and Open Space format. We are looking to have a diverse group of folks at each event – we are looking for artists, alternative thinkers, educators, activists, social workers, HR, lawyers, parents, politicians and anyone else who is interested. Please come –  and if you know someone who fits this description and might enjoy this event, please forward.

Please note: this event will be held at HERE’s Rehearsal Space, 75 Varick at Canal Street. Please bring ID for entry into building.

If you would like to attend, please email lushvalley@here.org to rsvp.



workshop showing by kristinmarting


top: Irene, middle : Mari, Jen, Paul, bottom: Rudy, Dax and Suzi

So we finished up our six day workshop with a showing of  an hour of really rough material for 7 guests today – we used placeholder text for this phase, but were able to explore some exciting conceptual approaches in terms of interactive activities, one on one interactions, live video interviews for our intimate audience  and applying a school play sensibility to historical material — it was fast and messy but interesting to explore –

The performers were all phenomenal at jumping in gamely and making the most of what we were starting to explore  – Sincere Thanks to Suzi, Jen, Irene, Rudy, Paul, Mari and Dax –

Jane Shaw made so much fit together smartly with her intuitive sound work. And Yana with her smart notes.

Tal added the biggest discovery for me of the workshop with the live video interviews and the open and intriuging quality of the questions we explored.

Karyn & Anne were phenomenal at keeping us organized and where we needed to be

very helpful feedback from our guests about live vs recorded video, lush valley vs usa , etc.

we learned a lot and can’t wait to start working with new material from our two writers Sylvan & Thomas — we start our next phase in December, but have several dramaturgical sessions between now and then — lots to shape and determine.

i am really looking forward to where the next growth takes us –   Kristin



Day 3 of the workshop by kristinmarting
October 25, 2010, 10:35 am
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Hard day today – finding an engaging way into the dramatic structure and figuring out what language fits and what doesn’t is what we are wrestling with. Sylvan wondered if stylized movement and dance could fit at all.

The most exciting discovery today was a video interview exercise which Tal designed around the central tenets of the American Dream – each actor worked both as questioner and as respondent – they worked both within the frame of characters and as themselves – it was fascinating and exciting.

We also worked with the Oath of Allegiance that all immigrants to this country are required to take – it was interesting how almost everyone of us had discomfort with one or more of the statements – we really wondered how many Americans would be willing to take it as it is written.



day one of the workshop by kristinmarting
October 21, 2010, 1:25 am
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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