Class 31
Friday, November 22, 2019

Class Summary

Check-in

  • How is everybody doing?

Zoom orientation

  • Only the person who’s called the meeting has powers.
  • How to make a video for which I can see both of you.
  • Call the meeting on the device you want to use to record it.

Acting as Action

Video of Suzanne Shepherd

  • POINTS: She talks about acting as need; if you don’t know what you’re doing you’re not acting; a fireman doesn’t go in to a burning building to feel, he goes in to put out a fire; how much more compelling his performance becomes when his actions are informed by physical action.
  • Acting is about human behaviour, but not just any human behaviour.  Not all human behaviour is that interesting to watch: theatre portrays human behaviour under heightened stakes, the kind of behaviour when we really need something.
  • One thing actors can mistake behaving naturally in a comfortable way for acting. yes, it’s being natural, but not in a comfortable way, because it’s not always comfortable to let yourself need.
  • This is why I keep saying acting is doing, and why its important
  • Familiarize yourself with your actions
  • In general they were too vague
  • Verbs keep us active from line to line
  • Beats isolate the actions that we take one at a time
  • The action of a beat can be interpreted differently by the same or different artists.  But it has to be justified by the words spoken – by the text.
  • Objectives guide our action through a scene, or part of a scene, and the beats define how we’re going about getting what we want.  Beats help us identify what our objective is and vice versa.
  • Super objectives guide and prompt our action through the whole play; Objectives serve it, and it determines our them.

Video from Star Wars

How many units?

Unit 1

  • Luke needs C-3P0 to tell him what R2-D2 is excited about.
  • Han needs Luke to make him understand what he’s so excited about
  • C-3P0 needs Luke to understand what R2-D2 is telling him.

Unit 2

  • Luke needs to get Han to agree to go and save the princess
  • Han needs Luke to agree to stay where they are
  • C-3P0 needs Luke to agree to stay where they are

Unit 3

  • Luke needs Han to be satisfied his plan is going to work
  • Han needs Luke to come up with a plan he feels has a chance of succeeding in successfully rescuing the princess.

Unit 4

  • C-3P0 needs Luke to tell him what to do if anyone comes
  • Luke needs 3P0 to keep the door locked
  • Han needs 3P0 to be aware that just locking the door isn’t necessarily foolproof.

Obstacles:

Luke:

  • doesn’t speak computer lingo
  • Han doesn’t know what’s the big deal about the princess
  • Han doesn’t want to risk his life
  • Obi Wan told them to stay
  • he has no plan
  • Chewie doesn’t want to be cuffed

Han:

  • Luke is getting excited about leaving on a dangerous mission
  • Luke has no plan

Beats, discoveries, decisions

  • Luke discovers R2-D2 is excited about something
  • Luke discovers the Princess is slated to be executed
  • Han discovers who the Princess is
  • Han discovers the Princess is rich
  • Beat: Luke tries to get Han to understand that he’d be richly rewarded for rescuing the Princess
  • Beat: Luke tries to get Chewie to put on the cuffs
  • Beat: Han puts the cuffs on for Luke
  • Beat: Luke tries to convince Han that the Princess should be rescued because the droids that got them on their mission are hers.
  • Luke decides the Princess must be rescued
  • Han decides to rescue the Princess

SECOND SCENE

Objectives:

  • Bond needs Q to supply and acquaint him with the necessities for his new mission.
  • Q needs Bond to accept and understand the necessities he will supply him with for his new mission.

Alternatively:

  • Bond needs the strange man to identify himself as Q.
  • Bond needs Q to supply and acquaint him with the necessities for his new mission.
  • Q has the same objective for the whole scene

Possibly:

  • Bond needs the strange young man to identify himself as Q
  • Bond needs Q to give him a good reason he should trust him
  • Bond needs Q to supply and acquaint him with the necessities for his new mission.
  • Q needs Bond to accept he is Q
  • Q needs Bond to step back from dissing him for being young
  • Q needs Bond to accept and understand the necessities he will supply him with for his new mission.

Obstacles

  • Bond doesn’t know who Q is
  • Bond is threatened by his age and expendability
  • Q is an arrogant little shit
  • Bond is a little long in the tooth as far as Q is concerned
  • Bond is questioning Q’s competence
  • Q won’t brook criticism of his age

Decisions, Discoveries, Actions

  • Bond discovers Q is Q
  • Bond decides the man is not Q
  • Bond decides to call a truce with Q by calling him Q.
  • Q decides to give Bond his stuff
  • Q decides to leave.

SCENE WORK

  1. Romeo and Juliet (Julliane & Sydney C.)
  2. All’s Well That Ends Well (Brooklyn & Trystan)
  3. Two Gentlemen of Verona (Sydney F. & Keisha)
  4. Much Ado About Nothing (Sydney K. & Andrew)
  5. Macbeth (Ryan & Emma)
  6. Othello (Yanming & Trevor)
  7. Macbeth (Matthew & Erik)
Procedure
Attendance and Announcements
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA

TIME

1:00 pm
1:05 pm
5 minutes
105 minutes remaining

Warm-Up
Focus on Breath
  • This standing warm-up will continue to focus on breath
  • It will further focus attention on the ribs and allowing them to expand

TIME

1:05 pm
1:20 pm
15 minutes
90 minutes remaining

Exercise
Grounding Exercise
  • The tip-toe diver grounding exercise
  • Other exercises if time permits

TIME

1:20 pm
1:25 pm
5 minutes
85 minutes remaining

Game
Chopper
  • The tip-toe diver grounding exercise
  • Other exercises if time permits

TIME

1:25 pm
1:30 pm
5 minutes
80 minutes remaining

Practice
Entrance and Exit
  • The entrance and exit exercise
  • 5 minutes to explain
  • 15 minutes to work on it

TIME

1:30 pm
1:50 pm
20 minutes
60 minutes remaining

Practice
Speech Work
  • We get to know our speeches the Cicely Berry way

TIME

1:50 pm
2:35 pm
45 minutes
15 minutes remaining

Handout
Speech Written Assignment
  • Hand out and review the speech assignment

TIME

2:35 pm
2:50 pm
15 minutes
0 minutes remaining

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