Solo Collaboration: Synergy for the Lone Playwright
Theatre is perhaps the most collaborative art form. Directors, scenic designers, actors, lighting designers, costumers, sound engineers and makeup artists all work together toward a shared vision to create a living work of art. Throughout the process, they challenge and inspire each other. A creative spark in one field will open up new ideas and understandings in others. However, there is often one artist within the project who is isolated from this collaborative synergy: the playwright.
While some playwrights believe in the value of their isolation, assuming it results in their work being pure or unadulterated, I contend that they revel in their lonely garret to the detriment of their work and of the art of theatre. The greater the ability to listen and respond to the other artists involved, the stronger the synergistic effects will be. Developing a script with the director and actors who will eventually stage it provides a chance to test every line and action against the truth of performance.
But if this isnt possible, what can be done? This workshop will explore techniques for gaining the benefits of collaboration even when one is working alone. Well discuss ways to tap into the writers imaginative powers to collaborate with hypothetical actors and to see ones work as part of the grand, interlocking machinery of theatre. This will result not only in stronger writing, but ones more likely to find production.
We will also examine the roots of character, action, conflict and arc to determine what makes a scene and how a scene is not a script and a script is not a play and a play is not theatre. Well discover what is needed for each of these building blocks to lead to the next. Finally, well consider the value of subtext, mystery and uncertainty in creating true theatre.
Marc Beaudin is the artistic director of Livingstons Caldera Theatre Company which strives to create an environment for the exploration of theatre as the art of sharing the experience of living truthfully. He has directed, designed and acted in over sixty plays for nearly a dozen companies. Plays he has written have been produced in various theatres and festivals in Michigan, Minneapolis and Montana. In addition to theatre, he is the author of Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, a hitchhiking memoir in prose and poetry. More information is available at CrowVoice.com.
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