Although it was billed as intermeidate/advanced, the workshop wtih Stan’s Cafe Associate Directors, Amanda Hadingue and Craig Stephens, was all about the basics. Some attendees were undoubtedly disappointed (I noticed a few rolling eyes), but those that went with the flow were rewarded with an opportunity to connect or reconnect with some foundational devising exercises.
Amanda and Craig led us through two games that explored the revelation of character through spacial relationship and how simple movement choices can create conflict and event.
I was reminded that though you’ve done an exercise 100 times before there is always opportunity for discovery, surprise and truth. I rediscovered the unexpected intimacy of holding hands with strangers, the inherent theatricality of being pulled between two choices, and the difficulty of squeezing a workshop into an hour and a half.
posted by Maesie Speer