So it is really April 1 already…and our work keeps on..We are doing two new projects this month so please come see us at 910 Arts at 9th and Santa Fe in Skylite Station. First is a Tom Waits musical called Alice very loosely based on the story by Lewis Carroll. Tom Waits collaborated with Robert Wilson on this and some other projects. Robert Wilson is one of the fathers of the avant garde in American Theatre and I saw a lot of his work at Harvard when I was in Drama School. So we are taking the album and score and some of the script and doing an adaptation of this adaptation. We have moved a way from realism for a bit this new year with Greek and Brecht and now with music theatre. Gary Grundei an amazing musician, composer and teacher is working with us and will play for the performance on April 13th. We look at archteypes as an extension of the greek and brecht work. This approach to character is grounded in work I was able to do with Lee Breuer in the 1980s. He was the founder of Mabou Mines in NYC one of the most important avant garde companies in America. He is most known perhaps for his adaptation of Gospel at Colonus the gospel adaptation of Oedipus recently performed at Su Teatro in collaboration with the Source theatre. One of my favorite productions in Denver ever. The approach to material here is about finding contemporary anologues and archetypes for more ancient ones and it is a way to make old myth and legend more accessible and interesting to contemporary audiences. This is done all the time in film and television especially all the mythological and fantastical stories like Game of Thrones or Harry Potter or even the Hobbit etc…old legend and myth is mixed with our own time and place and sensibilities to create a new world that is resonant while being fresh and new. And it is very fun for the actors. We still are always aware of an objective in scene work but the character actions are really explored short hand through the playing of attitude. It is hit or miss at times and there is a looseness and intuitive approach makes this very freeing and fun for actors and audience.
On april 27 we will have an open rehearsal of work explored and presented by our Young Conservatory. These younger students meet on Saturday mornings and are presenting some of the one acts by Tennessee Williams out of 27 Wagons Full of Cotton. These young students are becoming the core of our program. I did not start Visionbox with this in mind. I have been surprised and so excited by the openness and honesty and commitment of the kids we have met. From age 11 to 18 they are grasping technique in a way that continues to surprise and instruct and inspire me all over again. We look at thinking at Visionbox. We are truly creating a process together and this exploration is creating great product in a new way I have not seen in many companies here. We do not just focus on performance or the way it is going to look. Actors and students of all disciplines are exploring a play and understanding the construction of the text, the behavior that comes out of that and the world of the play and playwright. And I am constantly surpised by new incites and the intelligence and depth of our young students in looking at very old texts with fresh attitudes and ideas.
Finally we are gearing up for the summer. This is the best way to join our company. something about the every day immersion and our lives seem less stressed and we come together in an easier yet more intensive way. so please check out the summer program for yourself or your child!
Well happy april fools to all of us. Being foolish is perhaps the most important part of our work. As we look at the struggle and difficulty of life we must remember to laugh is perhaps one of the most healing aspects of live expression in the theatre. So come take American and British Comedy on April 15!!! Audition class as well and new instructors I hope in June!
the work continues…