Behind the Mic...In Front of the Stage

October 8, 2013 Mharris

By Ed Simone, Classical 94.5 WNED program host

Right now, I’m directing my students in a production of Lisa Dillman’s “The Walls.” This play is a challenging piece

for students. It revolves around a young writer, Carrie, researching the lives of women who were institutionalized for “hysteria” in the late 19th and early-mid 20th centuries. Carrie has her own psychological difficulties, and as her life and the lives of her subjects intersect, the play becomes a tangle of conflicting emotions and desires. Helping my student actors navigate these treacherous waters is what keeps me going as an artist-educator. Watching them make discoveries in rehearsal and performance is a gift. And they do make discoveries---about themselves, about our humanity, about the process of acting. Read more »

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