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January 21, 2012 in Courses, Director

Commedia! - A semester's journey

This blog chronicles a whole semester of my Commedia! course taught at Gettysburg College in the Fall of 2011. The course is based on the teachings of maestro Antonio Fava, with whom I studied at his international school in Reggio Emila, Italy.
Compared to the full-time experience afforded by Fava's school during an intense month of physical training, a first year seminar consists of just two weekly classes of 75 minutes for 14 weeks. Despite this limitation and the little time available for two groups of 8 students to rehearse outside of class, the results are often impressive.
You can read some comments I received from the students who attended this course by clicking here.
January 2, 2012 in Courses, Director, Dramaturg

Chaz (from Luigi Pirandello’s Cece')

Stevens Theatre, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA
An adaptation in four parts for the students of my Modern Italian Theatre course. Based on a list of physical actions, we devised and rewrote four versions of the same play set, in turn, in an informal college environment, a morbid Eighteenth century, a flashback from the point of view of one of the minor characters, and finally a puppet world. See the evening's program here.
An account of the theory underlying this course can be found in my article “The Short Play and Postmodernist Stage Directing: A Virtual Experiment with Pirandello’s Cecè.” published in Quaderni d’Italianistica 32.2 (2012)
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