As you may have noticed, our website has unfortunately been down the last couple weeks. This problem was sadly out of our control, but we’re excited to be back up and running again.
It seems like Summer has finally set in upon New York City. Aside from unbearably humid heat and sweaty subway stations, Summer in NYC means a flood of young, excited graduates from all around the world.
Recently, I visited Providence, RI to attend the commencement weekend of Brown University. Many of Fault Line’s founders are graduates of the MFA program at Brown (I, myself, was an undergraduate in the theatre department). So it is with great excitement that we would like to congratulate the new crop of talented actors and directors who graduated this year!
From all of us here at Fault Line Theatre: Congratulations Class of 2013!
* Photo Credit: John Racioppo
If you’re anything like our friend Arthur from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (“This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”), sometimes Thursdays can be difficult. With the weekend fast approaching, he are “10 Rules for Students and Teachers” from the enigmatic John Cage to motivate you.
(I would argue that these rules could apply to everyone, not just students and teachers…. but then, I would also argue that everyone is also both a student and a teacher…)
“RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile.
RULE TWO: General duties of a student – pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher – pull everything out of your students.
RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.
RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
RULE SIX: Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There is only make.
RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things. You can fool the fans – but not the players.
RULE EIGHT: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.
RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
RULE TEN: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules, and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for ‘x’ qualities.
HELPFUL HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read everything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully and often. SAVE EVERYTHING – it might come in handy later.”
*(Image via Abhijit Shylanath from Bangalore, India (h2g2) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Happy Friday everyone! It’s finally starting to feel a little like Spring and we hope everyone is looking forward to a lovely holiday weekend.
Here at Fault Line Theatre, we love our Shakespeare (and his contemporaries) . To celebrate the weekend, here is a fabulous link to Sir Ian McKellan leading a virtual, interactive workshop on the opening speech of Richard III. He goes through line by line text analysis, general questions about context, and much, much more! It’s a blast to watch one of the great Shakespeare actors of our time break down an equally brilliant piece of text.
- John Racioppo, Fault Line Theatre Communications
(Image by Martin Droeshout; Photo: Emery Walker. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
I’ve spent the last few days in snowy Madison, WI visiting friends, eating delicious food, and drinking a wide array of local brews. It’s been a lovely, relaxing few days. Over the weekend, I caught a Saturday matinee of a touring ‘live-action graphic novel’ called The Intergalactic Nemesis Book One: Target Earth. It was a fun production that was not dissimilar to our production back in October of the staged radio-play The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The Intergalactic Nemesis played to a crowded house at the Overture Center for the Arts right in the heart of downtown Madison. This was the first time I can remember seeing a regional theatre production in a smaller city. I’m so accustomed to attending shows in booming metropolises (like Toronto, London, or New York City) where the audiences are often critical observers rather than excited participants. The excited audience (young and old) in Madison helped to remind me what is at the core of theatre.
Theatre is, first and foremost, for audiences.
One could say that the process leading up to a performance is for the artists; the rehearsal room is a place for actors/directors/designers to question everything, let their imaginations run wild, and make discoveries. However, a performance is an offering. It is an invitation to an audience to participate in the telling of a story.
I think this fact can sometimes get lost in big cities. Perhaps it’s an issue of over-saturation. Maybe there are so many theatres vying for an audience’s attention, that it becomes a competition to see who can do it better. I certainly find myself often entering playhouses with the mind of a critic. I’ll catch myself judging a production while I’m watching it, rather than allowing myself to be immersed in it. I am not in any way saying that reflection and thought are to be frowned upon. On the contrary, I believe they are necessary! But, I think they should come after the fact. Hindsight is, after all, 20:20. The audience in Madison reminded me how to bask in the warm glow of the moment instead of shading myself with the wall of my critical intellect.
A performance is a two-way street. The theatre should not be pretentious. It should guide an audience on a journey through the story. On the other side of the footlights, audiences should come with open minds and, more importantly, open hearts.
I will strive to keep this in mind as I head back to the big city tomorrow.
So long Madison!
We have some very exciting news from this past weekend! On Saturday, Fault Line Theatre headed to the New York Marriott Marquis for the GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards. Celebrities in attendance included Madonna, Anderson Cooper, and hosts Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, and Josh Elliott of ABC’s Good Morning America. We are thrilled to announce that the original production of From White Plains won the award for best New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway! It was an incredible night and we were honored to be in the company of such inspiring artists and activists.