On Collages (and script creation)

It is time to return to collages, and just after announcing our collage perk too (as well as the personalized thank you for those on more of a budget)! But why does a collage make sense as a perk for this show? Let me introduce Tactus supporter Miriam, and answer her question:

Eurydice Collage
Photo Credits: Valerie Giacobbe, Adrian Bridges

A question from Miriam
How did you happen to choose a collage, rather than a linear presentation?

An answer from Sarah
One of the fun things about this piece is that we developed it almost “backwards” in a lot of ways. When Nina, Ashely, and I started talking about doing a piece together, one of the things we knew is that we didn’t want to write a script, in the traditional way. We wanted to discover something, to develop something, not mold something that so that it already said what we “wanted it to say.” We wanted to create something that would be entirely open for us to explore in the rehearsal process.

I should confess that part of that was a personal, rather than strictly “artistic” decision. I have spent just enough time working on scripts I have written to know that I dislike it. When I’ve sat down and written out what I want to say, I find it hard to go back and find the balance of discovering the intricacies and subtleties of the piece with my actors while shaping the overall way the performance needs to unfold. And because I find it difficult to find that balance, it becomes much harder for me to support my actors and bring out the best in them. It doesn’t make me feel good or like I am producing very good art.

From working together the previous year, Nina and I also both knew that we are attracted to scripts that are more “lyrical” or “poetic” or “fluid,” rather than more “traditional” scripts. We are interested in the way physical language comes together with vocal language to explore things you could not express otherwise. This type of work – bringing together these languages, tends to work best with texts that are open and less “concrete.”

Nina suggested that we try using found text. She had studied this method of piece creation in undergrad and thought that they style of piece it creates would be the type of thing we could really get into. I liked the idea that, since it would not involve specifically writing, but instead piecing together things that had already been written, rehearsal would be less  like working on a play I’d written, and more like exploring language as we discovered the script. Ashley liked the idea too, and so we decided to proceed.

Nina wrote us an email that week to remind us that when you use found text, the resulting text tends to be a bit scattered in form and content. It sounded pretty cool to us. We decided to use a story that is, to some extent, about communication and miscommunication because of the scattered nature of the piece.

The piece is like a collage because Eurydice is struggling to re-tell her story, something that may not be a linear process, especially since she doesn’t fully understand it. It is a collage because found text is always something of a collage in its very form. We were drawn to this collage-style because of the types of work we like to do.

Please add your response to this to our comments section. We would love to hear what you have to add or say. Want to ask some questions of your own? Check out the perks on our fundraising site where you can find opportunities to ask the cast and crew questions, as well as other fun goodies!

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