Episode 3: Poor Theatre for a Poor Company

Hosts TJ Jozsa and Benjamin Rexroad discuss the influential article “Towards a Poor Theatre” by Jerzy Grotowski.

“It really is all about your body.”

  • “Towards a Poor Theatre” is one of the most influential theatre practitioner of the 20th century.
  • Grotowski worked with Heads Up mentor Jim Slowiak.  (See his work at www.nwpl.wordpress.com.)
  • Benjamin thought Jim’s assignments were “weird.”  Then Benjamin learned something.
  • Grotowski hated having his ideas writen down.  Learn it from transmission rather than books.
  • It’s about being able to make a total gift of oneself.  (It requires more than a bow.)
  • Actors have blocks.  Not wooden blocks, but habits, responses, fears and insecurites that have developed within a person.
  • “If you hesitate before performing a summersault, you will hesitate before performing the pivitol momenot of any role.”
  • Where do blocks come from?
  • We must erradicate blocks because they prevent us from doing.
  • Rich theatre vs Poor Theatre
  • Method acting is bad for the soul.
  • Great theatre artists never stop researching! – Stanislavski started that dialogue for everyone else.
  • “This podcast is the pinacle of modern theatre.”
  • Why do we concern ourselves with art?
  • You can only win by sharing your light.
  • Every audience member will feel and experience something different.  (And that’s okay!)
  • Organicity!
  • Directors:  Notice when your actors start inhibiting themselves!  (You can’t check out!)
  • Actors:  Learn to listen to your bodies!  (Know when you’re blocking yourself!)
  • Upcoming Show: Summer Series July 15th at The Market Path at 6pm (Bring $5 so we can eat!)
  • Upcoming Show: The Pillowman
  • Upcoming Show:  PNR fundraiser on July 16th.  $5 at the Quirk Cultural Center in Cuyahoga Falls.
  • We are now on itunes!  Search “Heads Up Arts Radio” in the itunes store.  Subscribe!
  • Theme Song by Amy Spencer and Sharon Pritt
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