Saturday, January 15, 2011

Starting a solo performance class

I have been trying to figure out the best way to go about creating a performance for my piece. I had seen a one-woman show a few months back called, I heart Hamas, by Jennifer Jajeh. I thought her show was interesting and followed the thread of where she had developed her piece. I signed up for an 8 week Solo Performance Workshop with Martha Rynberg immediately.
The class meetings are at Stagewerxs, a basement community theater right off of Union Square. Today we all met for the first time; five women, one man and Martha. We had to take the stage individually to talk about what we were interested in performing about. This was the first time I had talked about my rape to strangers. My classmates were all shocked, appalled, and intrigued with how my case had been handled by the SFPD. Martha gave me my homework: to come up with just one part of the whole story that I wanted to tell because I only had 20 minutes on stage.

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