Monday, October 12, 2009

Seriously Funny

Exploring Heroes has been an extremely valuable learning experience. James and the cast investigate the character's memory of risking themselves for their country, and the repercussions of dealing with all that is taken from a soldier after such service. A very precise practice of distancing and recalling is necessary to bring these veterans to life, these three men articulate the details of that ever-present burden dynamically. During rehearsal, James guides the actors through getting the laughs in the most serious way possible and discusses how to make slapstick, rope-pulling, piggy-back riding humor plausible and genuinely problematic for these characters. Being able to sit in on this process made it clear for me how to portray a collective personal confinement that is far more restricting than any man-made barrier.

by Allyson Gonzalez, Dramaturg for Heroes

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