Friday, February 25, 2011

Preparing for the Studio Series by Robert Riedl

Rehearsing for the Studio Series is like independent study. Without the pressures of preparing a full-length play, there's more time for exploration and experimentation.

Our particular cast has been examining the physicality of performance, drawing on a variety of sources from Suzuki to Spolin. In one exercise, we wandered about the rehearsal space in character, opening our awareness to the other characters, noting their physical attributes - their presence, their gaze, their distance, their walk - and how these attributes affected our character.

Often times when we let ourselves be directed solely by the text of a play, we forget about the physical, nonverbal cues that can carry more emotional information than just words. By opening ourselves up to the physical nature of theatre, we can better explore our characters and their relationships through movement, bearing, position and stillness.

Everything we've learned and experienced at Freehold is essential to our continuing work. We often find ourselves quoting Freehold instructors and putting their guidance into action. And we continue to discover more and deeper meaning in what we thought we'd already learned.

Robert Riedl is working on a Scene From a Play for the Studio Series featuring Jenni Taggart, Aaron Moore with Fred Cassidy directing. The Studio Series runs from March 11 through March 26 on Friday and Saturday nights with two shows, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm. Robert's Studio Series piece will run the second week of the Studio Series on March 18, 19 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm at Freehold. Pay What You Can (Suggested Donation: $10.00) Tickets at the door one hour before the show. More information: Studio Series 2011.

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