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A Message from Daniel

Daniel Jaquez is leading TWO workshops with us in May. I know you all know that! Daniel is coming all the way from New York City, after making a stop for his play’s world premiere at The Miracle Theatre in Portland. He sent us a message about his hopes and goals for each workshop.

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2013 in News

 

eSe Taller: A Participant’s Take

The Book-It style performance class was fantastic! Myra is such an inspirational theatre artist. She was a great facilitator, and helped everyone feel welcome, no matter their level of experience.

I feel the class helped me not only brush up on my acting skills, but get a look into the arduous work that Book-It adapters, directors, and performers handle on a regular basis.

Not only did it give us all a chance to explore the Book-It style, but we also had the opportunity to network with other local theatre artists. I look forward to more workshops hosted by eSe Teatro.

–Marquicia Domingue

Participants hard at work on a passage of text!

Participants hard at work on a passage of text!

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Marquicia participated in eSe Taller’s The Art of Performance in the Book-It Style workshop, which took place on Monday, March 15, at Washington Hall in Seattle’s Central District. Read the full lowdown HERE!

Please join us for the remaining workshops in the eSe Taller series:

  • Auditioning for Actors and Directors with Intiman Theatre’s Valerie Curtis-Newton and Andrew Russell          April 8 & 10
  • Director’s Lab with Daniel Jáquez of INTAR in NYC                                                                                  May 9 & 11
  • Adaptations – Creating New Work Based on Classics with Daniel Jáquez of INTAR in NYC                            May 10 & 11
  • Shakespeare: Text, Voice and Body with Carter Rodriguez of Freehold’s Engaged Theatre                          May 18, 20 & 23

ALL WORKSHOPS TAKE PLACE AT WASHINGTON HALL, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, 98122

Click HERE for information and registration

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in News

 

Our First Workshop: Inspiring and FUN!

The scene: Washington Hall, in the CD. A warm, sunny day in late March, early evening. 12 theatre artists, including Book-It Repertory Theatre’s illustrious co-founder, Myra Platt gathered to make some magic.

Myra began with a little background on Book-It’s signature, trademarked style, and we found ourselves up on our feet, with a couple of warm-up and name-learning exercises.553170_359359140835274_2033618085_n

Then came the partner work, creating short, pieces together based on sentences we wrote down, then fished out of a hat. We were encouraged to use descriptive adverbs and adjectives to paint a picture, while we engaged in performing the actions in our text.

“You get to use words and descriptions that normally aren’t used in theatre, which makes it delicious!” mentioned one enthusiastic workshop participant.

Next, Myra provided us with some text she had brought in: one was a paragraph from an undisclosed novel; another was an already adapted scene from another novel. Two groups of 3 worked on the paragraph, while a group of 4 worked on the scene, and another participant worked on a monologue.

It was most interesting to see the two groups tackle the same passage of text in completely different ways, each melding the imaginations of the actors at hand with the provided descriptive paragraph. The pre-adapted scene gave us a great insight, as well, into the next phase of the Book-It style, and suddenly, the two hours were up!

“Wow, that was so inspiring. I feel envigorated and refreshed as an actor!” exclaimed another artist as we were headed out the door for the night.

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Come take a bite of the inspiration yourself at one or ALL of our remaining eSe Taller workshops: Auditioning for Actors & Directors is coming up April 8 & 10 (NEXT WEEK!). Click here for more information and to register for any or ALL of our eSe Taller workshop series.

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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in News

 

Should I Audition for Book-It Generals?

books-and-heart-jpegI’ve never auditioned for Book-It Repertory Theatre before. I suppose, full-disclosure, I haven’t auditioned for many of the longer-term, more established theatres in town (although given the recent (ongoing?) recession, that any were left standing is something of a small miracle). In one respect, I’m fairly lucky to work regularly as an actor without auditioning all that much. But then I often find myself dissatisfied with the projects I’ve been asked to work on. But there is something that keeps me from auditioning for certain theatres in town. It’s not that I don’t want to work for them, but rather something more twisted: if I don’t audition for them, at least I can list THAT as a reason why I’ve never worked for them. That whole fear of failure/success thing. SO not original.

At any rate, I threw my hat in the ring back in 2010 to audition for Book-It and even got a slot, with the instructions for the specifics on how to put together a Book-It audition. I began to wrack my brain for characters in novels that I felt were good parts for me…sometimes a thing that is in contrast to novels I am moved by (I love HORROR and speculative fiction). I sort of half-assedly ordered a new copy (I’d given my first one away to my sister) of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time-Traveller’s wife, thinking I could find some text from the wife, and also being really excited about getting to do something that was 1.) speculative fiction and 2.)from a book whose ending made me SOB UNCONTROLLABLY on an AIRPLANE.

Buuuut…with one thing and another, I kept putting off crafting the audition piece and time was drawing closer and closer, and then it was the week before the audition and I found myself without a piece, and feeling really intimidated by slapping something lame together at the last minute. I ended up doing the thing we’ve all done before: sending the theatre an email with some carefully-crafted excuse about why I’d be unable to make the audition. I know: this totally sucks and I may have caused someone who was ready a slot. However, I *did* cancel several days ahead of time, long enough for them at least to try and have someone else fill my slot (but now, in hindsight, maybe not with time-enough to prepare a Book-It Style monologue.

In 2011, I was in a short play as part of a female play festival, directed by an extremely well-connected local director, who, in turn, invited some of her colleagues, many of them artistic directors of some of the aforementioned “more established theatre” iMyra_atPianon town. The AD of Book-It was among these directors who came to see the show and afterwards, complimented me on parts of my performance she had enjoyed. On the heels of this, the director of my short play urged me to sign-up for an audition slot at Book-It again, since the AD had seen my work. My heels felt draggy again, but I realized this was an opportunity, so I signed up for a slot…and never heard anything back. I wondered if I had been blacklisted, due to my cancellation in 2010. Oh Well.

In 2012, I was so overwhelmed with other projects that when I saw the notice for Book-It generals come down the pipes, I just shrugged, and told myself “Well, I’m blacklisted there, so probably wouldn’t get a slot anyway”.

Well, now it’s 2013. I’m not sure when Book-It generals are, but I’m thinking probably mid-May or thereabouts. And this year, I have no excuse: for the moment, I’ve got no projects beyond the end of March, and even better: tonight, I’m going to a two-hour workshop hosted by eSe, taught by one of the co-AD’s of Book-It, Myra Platt. Since “knowledge is power”, I hope to figure out how to craft that Book-It audition monologue I’ve been putting off for the past few years, maybe get an audition slot, and this year, finally put my money where my mouth is, as the saying goes.

Anyone want to join me? I think there may be a slot or two left, and still several hours to register online.

eSe Teatro is also offering several other opportunities to learn under the tutelage of local as well as national seasoned theatre artists. Find out more here.

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Written by Carolynne Wilcox, PR Coodinator and Company member, eSe Teatro.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in News

 
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eSe Taller: Auditioning

eSe Taller: Auditioning

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in News

 
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eSe Taller: Theatre Adaptation

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in News

 

eSe Taller/eSe Workshops Presents: Auditioning Workshop with Valerie Curtis-Newton & Andrew Russell

auditions photoThis workshop, open to both actors and directors, will give participants the opportunity to work and develop audition pieces as well as take part in a forum/practical session about getting into other markets (other cities), including smart ways to present and advocate for yourself as an actor or director.

Workshop will take place on Monday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 10th from 6:30-9:30pm at Washington Hall.Cost is $75 per person; limited spaces available. Please register HERE ASAP, and email info@eseteatro.org if you have additional questions.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in News