Teaching: Zip Zap Zop

Tomorrow will be my first day teaching with the Electric Theatre Company's new educational outreach program: Zip Zap Zop. Heather Stuart and I will be up to our old acrobalance, improvisation and physical characterization tricks with a large group of high school students of various ages from around the greater Scranton community. The program goes on throughout June, but I'll only be teaching on select days; namely May 22, June 5, 19 & 28. This is the kind of longer-term educational curriculum I'm excited to explore right now, to see what can be accomplished with more time to develop relationships and absorb training.

Workshop: Griffin Conservatory

This Tuesday evening, I'll be teaching a workshop in acrobalance at the Electric Theatre Company to fledgling actors in their Griffin Conservatory. I usually teach this workshop with my acro partner, Heather Stuart, but she has injured herself on our current show (see 2/4/09) so this one will be a little different. Acrobalance, at least the way I learned it, has always had a lot in common with the precepts of good acting, and this session will focus on those ideas as much as on the moves and physical conditioning.

Zuppa del Giorno: The Very Nearly Perfect Comedy of Romeo & Juliet

Once upon a time, a playwright of some modest ability took a scenario from the commedia dell'arte and gave it his own spin, turning it into a tragic love story so resonant it quickly became THE love story. Four hundred years later, the contemporary commedia dell'arte troupe Zuppa del Giorno irreverently returns "Romeo & Juliet" to its boisterous beginnings. Once again first love is fresh, foolish and funny, and with the help of classic commedia characters, a couple of red noses and a couple of Italian artists to boot, a roller-coaster of a comedy is ready to ride!

But will the troupe craft this classic to a comic conclusion, or will tragedy take its normally inevitable toll?

Previews begin Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at 7:00pm
Closes Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 5:00pm

Electric Theatre Company
326 Spruce Street, 2nd Floor
Scranton, PA
Tickets 570/558-1515 - Office 570/558-1520

The Portal Project: The Betrothed

The Electric Theatre Company (formerly The Northeast Theatre) teamed up with Marywood University's theatre department a little over a year ago to collaborate on productions and education. Last year we trained their students in public performance and cast some of them in our original production, Prohibitive Standards. This year, we trained them in our unique brand of contemporary commedia dell'arte, and they will be performing at the Scranton Italian festival.

Come see the original commedia dell'arte scenario, The Betrothed, to be performed August 31 at 4:00 and September 1 at 1:00 and 4:00. It will contain a lot of my teaching, a bit of my direction, and all my love for our incredible students.