Mass MoCA Residency – In Pictures

All photos by Mariana Newhard.

Mass MoCA Workshop Day 7

The Trade Practices team says goodbye to North Adams, with many thanks to everyone at Mass MoCA for an awesome experience and a productive residency.

Mass MoCA Day 6

Today was our last full day of work here at Mass MoCA, and we made the most of it with more table work on Robert’s Management scenes (we were even able to get the Game Show episode on its feet!) and a big group trading round rehearsal in the afternoon. The trading mechanism has come … Continue reading

Mass MoCA Workshop Day 5

The main event of the day was a fantastic full read-through of the latest script, including all the rewrites from the past few days. It was amazing to hear how far we’ve come in terms of text, and such a treat to have (almost!) all of our actors at the table — all of them … Continue reading

Mass MoCA Workshop Day 4

Lots of great work today as we got our hands on a ton of new pages from Qui — we read through the entire Workers storyline this morning, focusing in on a few key moments including Franklin’s monologues. With Jared in the room today we were able to have some really productive conversations about the … Continue reading

Mass MoCA Workshop Day 3

Today was brain-meltingly productive — besides all the new text to work with (more great leaps forward), we had a great time with Patricia learning to tango, and revamped our whole trading round structure. It’s more intuitive now, more driven by actual market forces, and accords audience members an exciting amount of agency. With actors … Continue reading

Mass MoCA Workshop Day 2

Today we dove right into the material, starting with Patricia the Marketing Director — in working out more of her backstory, we took a fascinating look into the late-1990s Argentinian economic crisis. The gestures of an open outcry trading floor were introduced to our actors, who practiced the language of buying and selling commodities before … Continue reading

Mass MoCA Workshop Day 1

Today our Mass MoCA residency got off to a great start with a full reading of everything we have so far — we heard four storylines with five episodes each, info sessions, songs, and the beginnings of the trading round soft sells. In one marathon session we went through all the texts according to the … Continue reading

Dec Workshop: Day 5, Marketing

Over in the Marketing Storyline, KJ is having us Tango! Today we looked at Episode 2, in which Patricia Silver is leading her focus group in a dance lesson to illustrate the importance of a company’s role with its customers – the relationship is like the Tango. That focus group is, of course, the audience, … Continue reading

Dec Workshop: Day 4, Government

Rehearsals for the final pair of storylines, Marketing and Government, are humming along this week, with our playwrights Erin and KJ diving into rewrites after two solid days of table work apiece. Today we looked at Government. Erin has been weaving a series of scenes that take us from the desk of a Senator, to … Continue reading

Dec Workshop: getting started on Marketing and Government

We’ve been doing great work with KJ Sanchez’s Marketing line, and Erin Courtney and her Government story. Performers Dax Valdes, Nina Hellman, Sheila Tapia and Eboni Booth are working with us this week, as well as sound designer and composer Jane Shaw, video designer Jared Mezzochi, and lighting designer Chris Kuhl. We are following the … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Day of Works-in-Progress Showing

What an action packed Sunday it turned out to be for our final Workshop day! The afternoon began in the Mainstage space with a quick French lesson from Kristin as Mari and Caitlin tried their hand at Robert’s rewrites for the French Art Film scene in the Management storyline. Choosing between a scene entirely in … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management and Owners Day 3

This morning we worked on the Management track with writer Robert. We began by reading the new French art film scene Robert wrote during his day off from rehearsal. We also watched the first scene of LOVE CRIMES as inspiration for this scene. Then Kristin got to work staging with Caitlin & Mari. The shape … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Owners Day 2

Today we started by reading through the pages writer Chris Wells brought in for us based on the exercises we did two days ago. It was a blast to recognize many of the themes and juicy lines that he incorporated from our previous work session. Next we read through the first scene a number of … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management Day 2

Today we started by reading through the scenes to hear the edits Robert had made, and the entirely new scenes two and four which he wrote yesterday. Jane, our composer, joined us today so we were able to delve into how the sound and lights might help us see the office set through Brenda's sensationalized … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Owners Day 1

Writer Chris Wells led us today in a number of writing and performance exercises to get creative juices flowing and to develop fresh perspectives on the Owners Track of our company. The actors had fun inventing a visual retelling of the Paul Revere story in 7 snapshots – our featured image is of the actors … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Owners Day 1

Writer Chris Wells led us today in a number of writing and performance exercises to get creative juices flowing and to develop fresh perspectives on the Owners Track of our company. The actors had fun inventing a visual retelling of the Paul Revere story in 7 snapshots –  our featured image is of the actors … Continue reading

Oct Workshop: Management Day 1

Writer Robert Lyons brought in five and a half brand new scenes investigating the Management Track in the company which we read through and discussed. Everyone relished in each scene’s complete genre change-up while at the same time offering colorful reflections on office politics. The actors played scenes in an interrogation room, a game show, … Continue reading

Gestures, stories, and lovemarks: Wednesday July 18

A good day today, if long — Kristin, Cate and I spent 2.5 hours in the morning prepping for a 3.5 hour rehearsal. But, despite a long list of Things To Accomplish, we stayed on schedule and actually managed to do everything we set out to do! So go us 🙂 The gesture work went … Continue reading

Workshop Notes: Jul 18

Today we started work on a gesture vocabulary, with the company bringing in gestures for ambition, desire, and desperation. We ended up learning sixteen of these and putting them into sequence — notation for all of this can be found in the STL DropBox (as for my own part, I’ll just say that I got … Continue reading