By Anne Bogart

From recognized auteur of the yankee theatre scene, Anne Bogart, And Then, You Act is an interesting and available publication approximately directing theatre, appearing and the collaborative artistic process.

Writing basically and passionately, Bogart speaks to a large viewers, from undergraduates to practitioners, and makes a useful contribution to the sphere tackling subject matters such as:

  • intentionality
  • inspiration
  • why theatre matters.

Following on from her profitable e-book A Director Prepares, which has turn into a key textual content for instructing directing periods, And Then, You Act is a necessary practitioner and scholar resource.

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The play sprang from the biting pen of a very smart and angry woman who climbed her way to the top of the heap at a time when women were expected to be wives and not much more. The play is vicious, poignant, and very funny, which seemed appropriate for a San Diego Rep audience. The characters in The Women are rich, spoiled housewives and their female servants. During auditions, I found sixteen fierce, diverse, energetic, talented, and expressive women who would look fabulous in 1930s clothes, and we dove happily into rehearsal.

If the villagers agreed, Gardzienice set up to perform their show. They sang and danced for the community in the hopes that in return the villagers would share their ancient melodies, dances, and nearly forgotten stories. Documentary filmmaker Mercedes Gregory made a film about Gardzienice before she died tragically of cancer in 1988. She traveled with the company and recorded their forays into scattered villages. I had the privilege of seeing this film in New York City, presented by the Artistic Director Staniewski himself.

The air in the rehearsal hall felt stale and heavy. No art was happening as far as I could see. I guess that the actors assumed that the art would start when the audience arrived. What is a rehearsal? When does the art start? Does art happen only with an audience present? Is rehearsal a place and time to practice moves or is it a site of collaborative conception? Each artist’s answer to this question reflects distinctly different intentions in the creative process. I believe that it is possible for art to occur in the rehearsal room.

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