Rehearsal as Inquiry

As a cast rehearses scenes they generate insights as they respond to the text through action and interaction. The recursive interplay of finding form from the content also creates new content from its reforming. These are five recordings of a scene in Graham Lea’s dissertation, Homa Bay Memories: Using Research-based Theatre to Explore a Narrative Inheritance.

Cast

George Belliveau, Lynn Fels, Graham Lea, Brad McDonald and Joe Norris.

Also with Sean Weibe in discussions.

 

 

Discussion

Take 1

Due to a bad cold, George Belliveau could not attend this rehearsal and Joe Norris whose primary task was that of videographer and discussion facilitator filled in. Graham Lea played himself and Lynn Fels, who had rehearsed the scene a few times, played, Graham’s mother, June. It was a cold reading for Joe Norris who read Phyllis, Graham’s grandmother/June’s mother.

 

Discussion

Take 2

After the cold reading and considerable discussion, the scene was replayed.

 

Discussion

Take 3

For this exploration a recasting resulted in generating fresh perspectives. Videographer Brad McDonald entered and Graham Lea worked the cameras.

 

Discussion

 

Take 4

A few days later George Belliveau, feeling much better, returned to his role as Phyllis.

 

Discussion

 

Take 5

 

Discussion