“With simple additions like contemporary music and iPhones, director Jeffrey Puukka demonstrates the continuously relevant story arch of ‘Streetcar‘ in today’s society. This modern production deftly depicts how the reaction to rape victims has never really changed in the years since the play opened on Broadway in 1947. The play also illuminates the different ways people confront the topic with the people in their lives.
The production choreographs the simultaneous goings-on in every room of Stella and Stanley’s small New Orleans home, and on the porch and street outside their front door. The set design is ironic, with floating windows and empty door frames. The set is made without walls, yet the characters obviously have several emotional walls between each other.
This disconnect is expertly depicted by Lyra Butler-Denman (Blanche), Leila Villasenor (Stella) and Daniel Donlon (Stanley).”
(Brittany Allen, reviewing A Streetcar Named Desire, for The Sandy Post / Pamplin Media Group)
Monday Night Acting Lab Summer, 2020 | Community, Work, and Hope during Social Distancing | (Virtual)
As we all know, with Covid-19 ruling over our given circumstances, it is not possible for us to carry The Monday Night Acting Lab forward in person. Because of this, I have scheduled ZOOM Sessions for The Monday Night (Virtual) Acting Lab, as we watch how events surrounding health concerns unfold.
Until it is safe to gather and work in person again, this is partly about maintaining community and connection as well as we are able, but also about doing what we can to remain productive and inspired during this time of pausing and uncertainty.
It is an opportunity for scene study, to discuss acting-oriented questions as a group, and to present monologues you are preparing for feedback in a group setting. Increasingly, auditions are being carried out online. I have also observed numerous theatre companies programming performance projects via remote/streaming media. Use this resource to stay sharp. Participate to play, give and receive support, and grow.
So far, our virtual ZOOM sessions have allowed us to discover a great deal about energy, presence, playing the space, and sharpening our abilities as vocal interpreters, by focusing in on what the audience hears.
1. On occasion I will assign material to participants if I sense that to do so can offer a worthwhile challenge or growth opportunity. However, participants are encouraged to choose their own material and conduct their research and preparation in between Lab sessions.
2. At the start of each session, I will check to see who has questions, or work ready to present for feedback that evening. After the first night of the Lab cycle, participants may need to be put into a performance schedule to keep our productivity moving forward and balance people’s access to performing time in each session.
3. To keep the dialogue and exchange of ideas moving productively forward, I will be assigning light reading each week, for discussion and group digestion at the beginning of the next week’s class. (I provide copies of that material. You will NOT have to acquire it yourself.)
Mondays 7:30 – 9:30P. The next batch of sessions is:
August 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14. Book here.
How to participate in The Monday Night (Virtual) Acting Lab:
It is very important to me that The Monday Night (Virtual) Acting Lab be highly accessible; I am offering this online forum for $50 (that’s figured on just $10/Monday). If you would like to participate, please register here. If you have questions, please reach out via Email.
Stay happy and healthy. And please do not forget, if you want someone to talk with during these strange and challenging times, you can absolutely feel free to reach out to me.
Peace to you goodly people. You, and your heads, and your hearts.