Monday, February 1, 2010
This semester I will be focusing on styles of theatre from realism and naturalism to more anti-realism theatre including expressionism and Theatre of the Absurd suited to this group of student's age and level of experience. My goal is to not only introduce the students to various styles of theatre, but to create an entirely new piece of drama that incorporates elements from the styles learned in class.
Last semester students in Conservatory 2A had the privilege of working with Yolanda on self-exploration and improvisation as they devised a piece based on very personal experiences and views. This semester I want to continue that process and also add the element of theatrical style to the work.
After evaluating the student's level of work so far, I am excited at how ready they are to take on this challenge. This course will require a great amount of work from the students and a willingness to step out of the box as they expand their creativity and take their performance skills to a new level.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
All right, all right!
My dearest Follower,
I have received the multitude of letters and emails. The phones have been ringing off the hook and the childsplayaz dot blogspot dot com receptionist is having a nervous breakdown. The bombardment of your inquisitive requests has not been in vain. I am here to tell you: I am listening. For you and you and you and you…and you who have been asking repeatedly, “Izzy, it’s been over a month now! Are you a fan of baseball yet?” To you, I write-
I have carefully assembled a list of 10 aspects of baseball I have learned to appreciate in the last month or so. And here they are:
- 10. Cheese fries at a baseball game.
- 9. Baseball reminds us of a much more innocent time when the simple pleasure of a ballgame was a top priority.
- 8. Its theme makes for an amazing blog.
- 7. Old pieces of cardboard with a picture of a guy in a baseball uniform can make you very rich.
- 6. Batting practice = good exercise.
- 5. The cheese fries.
- 4. Baseball is a lot like good theatre: it gets people out and allows them to escape to the game's drama.
- 3. The fine art of the sport. It's clean and strategic. An amazing combination of technique and strength. Have you seen videos of Ichiro hitting baseballs into the outfield?
- 2. The funny looking, fuzzy mascots.
- 1. You need to be a kid to play baseball, no matter how old you are.
…and the cheese fries at a baseball game are good too.
What do you like about baseball?
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
It was my first time in a batting cage and I have to admit I was a little scared of the crazy machine throwing fast baseballs at me. I put on my helmet, my tough face, got a piece of Bubble Tape Gum and hoped I would come out of the cage alive. It was actually a lot of fun. We tried swinging at both softballs and baseballs and hit at different speeds.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
By Steven DietzAdapted from the book by Dan GutmanThe discovery of a rare Honus Wagner baseball card presents 12-year-old Joe Stoshack with a moral dilemma - and a magical opportunity to gain confidence and determination from one of baseball's finest.
- Target Storybook Preview: Sun., Sept. 20 at 4:00 p.m. ($12 discounted tickets)
- Opening: Sat., Sept. 26 at 4:00 p.m.
- ASL interpreted performance: Sun., Sept 27 at 1:00 p.m.
- Tempe Center for the Arts -- Theater
- PRP Aug. 3, On Sale Aug. 10 (10:00 a.m.)
- Recommended for age six and older.
- Sat., Sept. 19 4:00 p.m. Preview
- Sun., Sept. 20 4:00 p.m. Target Storybook Preview
- Sept 26. - Oct. 11
- Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with one of the newest members of Childsplay's acting company. Actor and writer, Louis Farber, shares with us some of his favorite baseball memories, inspirations and how he went from being a "spec of dust" to playing the fierce bully, Birdie in Childsplay's Honus and Me.
What made you interested in Childsplay and the script, Honus and Me?
The thing that interested me the most was an opportunity to work. I had never worked with Childsplay before and I had no knowledge of the show. I received a phone call from my friend Jeremiah Clay Neal who was contacted by Dwayne Hartford at the suggestion of David Saar. David had seen me in The Water Dog, an original show Jeremiah and I developed for our company Word Of Mouth Tour Company, and he thought I would be good for the role that had been vacated by whoever dropped out or whatever, so then I called Dwayne and said "I hear you're looking for me" and he said "You are a spec of dust, on a piece of whale poop at the bottom of the ocean. Now read...read like the wind." So I did. At this point I should say that I was excited about the idea of working with Childsplay on their season opener. So I came in and read for Dwayne and that was the first exposure I had to the script and the story of the play.
What is your favorite baseball childhood memory?
When I caught my first fly ball. I was in the sixth grade and I was in center field and the ball was hit hard and it flew out and up and over my head and I jumped and somehow caught the ball. I was so surprised that I actually stopped and looked at the ball in my glove. I finally came to when I heard my team and the bench screaming "Throw it!" As I was checking out the ball runners were tagging up and scoring. Oops. I will never forget that catch though, and how accomplished I felt seeing that baseball in my glove.
What baseball team do you root for?
The defending world champions of baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies.
What baseball player inspires you and why?
Cole Hamels. He's a left handed pitcher for the Phillies. He inspires me because at 27 years of age, he has not only led his team to a World Series, but he was voted the series MVP.
If you were an MLB player, what would be your nickname and theme song?
My nickname would be "Farbertron" and my theme song would be "Looking Good" from a little movie called "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training".