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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

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Day 3 of the workshop by kristinmarting
October 25, 2010, 10:35 am
Filed under: American Dream | Tags: , , ,

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.



Work-in-progress showing at Baruch College by kristinmarting

We are excited to spend a week in residence at Baruch College from October 20-28. Joining us for this phase are writers Tom Bradshaw and Sylvan Oswald as well as new performers Jennifer Kidwell and Paul Zimet and designers Clint Ramos and Oana Botez.  Continuing with the project are Marc Bovino, Irene Longshore, Rudy Mungaray, Mariana Newhard, designer Jane Shaw, Suzi Takahashi, and Dax Valdes.  We will share what we develop over those days on Wednesday, October 27 at 4pm.  We have limited space for guests so please email lushvalley@here.org if you’d like to join us.

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