Living on Stage:
An organic approach to the art and craft of acting
One more registration is required to meet the minimum number of students for this class!
Taught by Rusty Wilson
Course begins October 25
This class introduces students of all levels to an organic, step-by-step approach to the art and craft of acting. Through a structured sequence of stage tasks, stories, improvisations, and monologues, students will explore and pursue the art of presence on stage. This class is an introduction to a particular process of work. For those interested, the process will continue with further class offerings throughout the year.
In 1776 Thomas Jefferson, one of Virginia’s largest slaveholders, wrote the Declaration of Independence’s stirring yet hollow words: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This human rights champion contradictorily owned slaves throughout his eight decades; in the year of the Declaration, he owned more than 200 slaves on seven plantations.
Yet like most slaveholders, the Sage of Monticello knew slavery was morally wrong: “If a slave can have a country in this world, it must be any other in preference to that in which he is born to live and labour for another. . . . Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?” He grimly prophesied an apocalyptic Judgement Day of divine intervention culminating with slavery’s bloody overthrow.
Auditions will be held for childrenon Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.
Auditions will be held for adultson Tuesday, October 18, 6 – 10 p.m. Auditions are by appointment only and will be held at Virginia Rep’s November Theatre, 114 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220.