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So we took another class to Italy in July. That's where I was for all of July. And I totally and completely forgot to post it. So . . . SURPRISE! I'm back, and it was an incredible event of directing, teaching, acting and collaborating -- truly the best we've had yet. In addition to that, Heather Stuart and I got to perform at the inauguration of a renovated amphitheater in Aquapendente. We adapted the balcony scene from our clown Romeo & Juliet, and got the audience laughing and sighing, even with the text all in English. An amazing adventure, all around.
Tomorrow I'll be teaching a workshop in commedia dell'arte as a part of Sascha Just's Introduction to Theatre class. The plan is to spend the first half talking about the history of commedia and what follows from its traditions, and the second half bringing those traditions to life. This won't be my first Hunter workshop, but it is my first time working with Sascha, and it's exciting to make another educational connection.
This Tuesday I'll be making a trip to Philadelphia, to teach yet another commedia dell'arte workshop. This time, at Swarthmore College. It will be fast, but sometimes that's the best way to learn such a physical craft. I'm excited to be teaching in a new place!
Update: This workshop has been postponed to the 14th, which is a great relief to me, as I find two things oddly stressful when I must do them in the rain: traveling & commedia dell'arte.
Tomorrow I'll be teaching the first half of a cumulative four-hour workshop in commedia dell'arte movement at the City College of New York. It's a "Body Movement" class, taught by Suzi Takahashi, with whom I've worked before. This is the first time, however, that I've been a guest teacher for her in an actual movement studio, rather than a classroom. I'm also excited that I'll be teaching over two days, the second of which will be Monday. It means I'll be able to cover a lot of basics, and have the students process it and bring something of their own to the work.
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
Direct from the International
La Vigilia, by Vincent Marano
Directed by Kathleen O'Neill
177 (between Waverly and 8th Street)
Performances – through the 20th, 2008
Tickets $18; Reservations Group Sales -
Advance Tickets at Theatermania.com or
More information www.theatresource.org or www.boo-arts.com
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.
Come not see me in the show I'm understudying!
BOO-Arts and TeatrOscuro
LA VIGILIA (THE VIGIL)
James Michael Armstong* Victoria Bundonis*
Micheal Black* Ridley Parson
Asst. Director Stage Manager Lights/Costume Design Sound Design
Gabi Radenwz John Michael Crotty Will Lowry Lisa Ien DeNio
The Connelly Theater
Wednesday, August 13 @ 3:00pm
Thursday, August 14 @ 9:45pm
Sunday, August 17 @ 4:30pm1
Wednesday, August 20 @ 5:30pm
Saturday, August 23 @ 7:15pm
"Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy; even love unreturned has its rainbow." Eaton Stannard Barret
Does true love have an expiration date? When a stranger enters the lives of three lonely people, whose heart will mend and whose will break? Inspired by Goldoni and DaSica,La Vigilia is a madcap minestrone of love and passion rediscovered.