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Site Specific Theater Workshop

I'm tickled that I got accepted into the Site Specific  & Immersive Theater Workshop presented by Kevin Spacey's Old Vic Theater. Aww sheeeiiit.

It's a workshop specifically for theater practitioners that are interested in theater performed in alternative spaces and/or that manipulate the audience-spectator relationship.

I've been hypnotized by a piece called Be Black Baby for going on two years. I did a short solo-piece inspired by BBB before, but I really want to re-perform it. Meaning, I want to recreate the piece as is. If you even looked at the YouTube clip you'll notice that this could be very challenging. There's violence on audience members, nudity and tons of other things that could get me and my artistic friends jailed, sued or beat up.

Right up my alley.

I've got a small group of collaborators together who are working on getting a structure for the piece because I want to have a solid concept ready so I can use it as concrete framework for the skills I'll learn in the workshop.

I'll let you know how it goes. Shelah

Update (12/22/12):

It was so lovely to join in on a workshop with Cora Bissett. She's probably one of the kindest women I've ever met. That's why I was really intrigued by her because she was so loving, honest and caring -- but created a site-specific theater experience (Roadkill) that was quite challenging, aggressive and violent. One of the best pieces of advice she gave me was:

to take care of your audience and to love your audience.

That's exactly what I needed to hear and also what troubles me. I want to create an aggressive piece of theater that unapologetically interrogates the American racial climate in an aggressive, intimate way, but I must keep in mind the whole reason behind the project. It's not just to scare white people; it's to call attention to the destructive effects of separatism through the subtle racial subjugation we experience today. Now, in order to highlight that I may have to use aggressive measures, but they are not for the sake of being aggressive alone -- it is to shock people out of their preconceived notions about race and allow for an experience they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Ok. I'm rambling.

Until Next Time,

SM