Saturday, October 20, 2018

THESPIS opens November 10th

Vinicius Piedade of Portugal in his piece Jailhouse
THESPIS, an international festival of monodrama in Germany opens in a few short weeks for its 11th season. I just wanted to reprint the opening message they have put on the landing page of their website. I think it sums up the importance of solo performance in the current cultural landscape...


ladies and gentlemen, dear friends! 
"Everyone carries a room about inside him“, Franz Kafka wrote in his diary in 1916. Today, over a century later, we are delighted to be able to unlock the doors to a few such rooms for the eleventh time. All of them are different: more or less comfortable, lonely, captive, hopeful, forgotten, loving, desperate, waiting, consoling, playful or fighting. Already the first room is rather extraordinary – it belongs to Karl Rossmann, Kafka's fortune seeker, portrayed by Philipp Hochmair whom we welcome at Thespis for the second time. Monodrama is as alive and diverse as never before – and all that a world which threatens to become smaller and narrower. Solo performance is most probably the theater form of the hour to tackle isolation and egoism. It challenges us to take our time for the outrageous stories that one single life, often remote from our own, can write. And to cast one's gaze into a room that appears so alien and so very far from ours… We hope to have piqued your curiosity and look forward to your visit to the 11th edition of THESPIS.
Yours sincerely, 
~ JOLANTA SUTOWICZ Festival Director  & JENS RASCHKE Festival Dramaturg


For more information on this festival visit the THESPIS website... HERE



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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Using My Public as a Way to Process it...

I have been in a Spalding Gray mood lately. Found this great interview from 1997.





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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Malcolm Gladwell and the Imperfect Puzzle

Writer Malcolm Gladwell [credit: Masterclass.com]

I am making my way through the Masterclass series, where filmmakers, dramatists, actors, architects, cooks and writers share their stories and techniques.

I was listening to Malcolm Gladwell discuss writing in one "Masterclass" and he said something that may be beneficial to creating solo shows.

He was discussing this idea of "the imperfect puzzle" and illustrating that sometimes a narrative is intersting if the pieces "don't all fit together perfectly." He used as an example an article he was reading written by a British researcher in the 1970s. 

The researcher was tasked with investigating juvenile delinquents around the United Kingdom. What the researcher found was that there were schools where students always ran away, and schools where no students ran away. The researcher hypothesized that deliquency had something to do with the schools themselves not the students. The article, however, ends with no conclusions. The researcher states he was called to research some other subject and never found out what exactly was causing juvenile delinquecy around England.

Gladwell cites this as an example of an open-ended puzzle. The reader doesn't get a perfect argument with an obvious conclusive answer. Instead the article is memorable and caused Gladwell to ruminate, not jut with a kind of WTF? mentality, but to reflect, himself, on what could have been causing the juvenile delinquency.

This may be something to bear in mind when creating a solo show. Does your character need to answer every question that arises? Solve every dilemma? Could it be more dynamic, more memorable, more intriguing by leaving certain summations out?

Anyway, food for thought.


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