The Entangled Plays in Rehearsal

A week ago, the actors, directors, and writers for The Entangled Plays met for our first group meeting, reading through the scripts, discussing edits, and generally getting our arms around the piece. Though I have been to innumerable staged readings, I was struck by how different this process is from the normal theatrical fare. When writing our pieces, Megan and I were in regular communication, riffing off one another’s ideas and language. With the actors and directors now taking the reins, we are starting to get a sense of what the experience for the audience is going to be like. It’s exciting to hear a metaphor in the script and think that the piece of art that inspired the imagery will be right behind the actors in the gallery. I am aware of how weak the connection between language and meaning sometimes is when Megan appropriates one of my lines and uses in an entirely different context with an opposite tone or intent. Like the best experimental theater, each unconventional aspect of the piece challenges us, both artists and audience, to approach what we might mistakenly label a “given” or “fundamental” in a new way. It’s exciting to be a part of that stretching, and to watch it happen.

We are excited to share these discoveries this Friday during the reading, and we hope you’ll be able to attend. The performance begins at 7pm Friday, February 11 at the Palo Alto Art Center (1313 Newell, Palo Alto), but you may wish to show up early to explore the gallery and get a feel for the artwork before hearing our response.

-Bennett Fisher


~ by Flying Island Lab on February 7, 2011.

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