In the Run Up

As I mentioned, I will be directing a reading of the hot button Seven Jewish Children as my contribution to World Theatre Day here in Austin. In between trying to keep up with the amazing, indefatigible Latifah Taormina who is wrangling the event, and trying to lock down additional cast members, I am reading and rereading the play to come at it from the best possible angle.

As I mentioned in the post before that, I tend to be cephallic in my approach to art. There are benefits, but in approaching Seven Jewish Children I don’t think it serves.

Seven Jewish Children wasn’t written cerebrally. There is ample craft, but at its core it is a gut level emotional response to an event. If you approach such a piece too cephallically you end up creating deadly theatre.

I want to hold off breaking down my thoughts on the play publically until I share them on Friday, but if you direct an emotion-work with your brain you will render it mawkish and inert, and that will be my internal struggle as we rehearse this week.

  • You're speaking my language! “Out of the Head & Into the Body… where instincts lie, and answers come..” Look forward to hearing more.

  • susie

    I wish I didnt have a show the same night, I would love to have seen it and gotten your take. as far as the antisemitism some have found in the piece… .( and the fact that the proceeds are sent to a Palestinian org…) Im interested to know what you think…. Do you have the WTD fliers for me to pass out for heidi?

  • Beth

    It was amazing! Is there somewhere we can watch this again?

  • Beth

    It was amazing! Is there somewhere we can watch this again?

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