Process

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Photo: Craig VanderSchaegen from the photo essay "Rehearsal in Progress."

It doesn't get made unless someone makes it—and that magical, unpredictable country we explore inside a rehearsal room is where all the hard, wonderful, essential stuff happens (whether you're a dancer, puppeteer, Shakespearean actor or young playwright). In what we may be the most important issue, we explore all the different how's that make the what that gets up on stages around Minnesota.

How did they do that?

Process

Put on your headphones and do a deep dive into how Sandbox created one of the songs in their new show.

20 QUESTIONS: Tu Dancer

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The dance and theater communities should know each other better! Here's another getting-to-know-you interview, this time with a dance company member.

20 QUESTIONS: Zenon leadership

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The dance and theater communities in the Twin Cities are like the Twin Cities--connected yet oddly separated. Let's build a bridge across the river divide.

Another actor prepares

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TBT: A comprehensive, sequential warm-up from breath to yoga to centering—um, does anyone else feel a little numb right now?

Dialogue, Part 3: What should art do?

Process

Should we be worried when artists are asked to save the world?

A control freak's guide to collaboration

Process

Working with others doesn't always come easily for writers, but if you want to be in theater you'd better get over it.

BLOG: Season Announcing Season

Process | Production

What's everyone announcing now that I will forget later? Let's review.

On dance, theater, efficacy and form

Process

Looking through the prisms of form, character and audience expectation to see why "theater is 50 years behind dance."

Using my day job skills to be a better writer

Process

A dispatch from Dayjob Land reminds us how the corporate world can inform our artistic existence.

BLOG: Long Live the NEA Chair!

Management | Process | Production

The internet cried out, and the President (maybe) listened. Also, why not try Dollar Tree theater?

What makes a perfect puppet?

Process

Seth Eberle expounds on the process of producing a perfect puppet for a particular puppet production.

Space is the thing

Process

How can a change in space alter the way we watch, make and understand dance?

Sara Marsh and Bill McCallum shed light on Dark and Stormy

Process

"There's a great sense of accomplishment in putting together an evening that works."

Writing literary adaptations for the stage

Process

When it comes to literary adaptations, is fidelity overrated?

Sarah Agnew was an Indian Princess and can eat a whale

Process

Paul de Cordova sits down with another local acting icon for an illuminating question-and-answer session.

Dance macabre: making movement scary

Process

"We can't get bloody, because a sticky stage would be difficult to dance on."

The fundamentals of fear

Process

Entertaining an audience is one thing. Scaring the crap out of them is something else entirely.

June Grows Up

Process

A veteran performer keeps finds thrilling newness in a show he knows by heart.

The art of writing plays for money

Process

Dave Walbridge actually makes money writing plays. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The gulf between stage and screen

Process

For all their common ground, film and theater are different worlds. Dawn Brodey examines why.

Getting over a bad performance

Process

Bad shows happen to the best of us. Brian O'Neal offers some perspective on minimizing the pain.

The “N” word: A tough mind and a tender heart

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Inspired by Sha Cage's "N.I.G.G.E.R.", an actor ponders the power of perhaps our most incendiary word.

Space matters: A playwright's perspective

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A specific venue can make a huge impact on the way we watch plays, but how does a performance space affect the creative process?

Unloading Chekhov's gun

Process

In defense of the "pointless" digression.

Confessions of a "bad girl"

Process

Dawn Brodey's not a bad girl, but she plays one on stage. What happens when typecasting follows an actor home?

On creativity, parenthood and 'Bloodsport'

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Having a kid effectively kills your creative life, right? Matt Dawson thinks that's true, provided you didn't have much of a creative life to begin with.

Finding strength in vulnerability

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Playwright Gemma Irish explores the risks and rewards of opening up to your audience and to yourself.

paige + sam on collaboration

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Theater artists get at the very depths of their collaborative relationship

Any color you like

Innovation | Process

A playwright makes the case for more ambiguity in theater

I am not from their generation

Process

A young actor writes about working with a bunch of adults

Actor turned writer asks how did I get here?

Process | Training

An actor turned writer tries to figure out how he got there and what it means

Lighting designer thinking about playwrights

Process | Production

Throwing Light on the Playwright’s Words

Playwright thinking about actors

Process

A playwright reflects on his love for actors and what makes the best ones so trustworthy with scripts.

Box scores 11/22 through 12/4

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Bradley Greenwald pitches a perfect game of "I Am My Own Wife" on December 3, 2011. Check it out. How many times have you had a perfect show?

Box scores 11/8 through 11/20

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Through our one-of-a-kind box scores, you can follow the progression of the Jungle's "I Am My Own Wife," night by night, up and down. Amazing.

"I can own my own home"

Process | Vision

Craig Johnson and the life and work of one Twin Cities theater artist

Box scores 9/4 through 9/6

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Two shows work minor kinks out of the system on opening weekend.

Winter Comes to Town

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Playwright Winter Miller dances in a coffee shop, inverts self twice, and speaks to the matter of grace

Short on pig

Criticism | Process

A well done production hindered by adaptation choices.

Worst of 2010-2011: Lack of thoughtfulness

Criticism | Process

"So often shows are either out of breath or holding their breath."

How to work with a composer

Process

Think your play should have original music in it but don't know how to work with a composer? Composer Candace Bilyk has some simple advice for you.

Heaven and relationships

Process

Four great local dance-makers contemplate their mercurial and exhilarating, ever-shifting relationship to sound and movement.

The curse of professional actor training programs

Process | Training

John Middleton offers hard-won acting advice that you won't learn at professional training programs.

Local playwrights tackle WikiLeaks

Process | Vision

How would playwrights respond to WikiLeaks? We ask ten.

Writer’s block: A play in one act

Process

Matt McGeachy waxes eloquently on the two P's of writer's block.

What acting isn't

Process

A cavalcade of Minnesota actors reveal what acting is all about by describing what it isn't

Teaching as performance art

Process | Training

On the path from teacher to performance artist our author learns they're not so different.

Rehearsal diary of a madman

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Summer stock theater is a blur of frenzied blocking, memorizing, forgetting, tripping, building up, tearing down, and drinking. Peek inside the craziness.

Productivity: find what works for you

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Having a hard time getting things done? Maybe you're not wasting time properly.

What this dancer eats

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Think dancers don't eat? Professional dancer & choreographer Penelope Freeh reveals the truth.

Choreographer and critic

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Laurie Van Wieren and Camille LeFevre discuss aspects of their parallel development as choreographer and critic in the Twin Cities.

On adapting books to the stage

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Tip and tricks for adapting literature to the stage.

Researching the performance

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In creating a new play about vision, Off-Leash Area spent two years doing research. Cocreator Jennifer Ilse discusses why this is important.

Creating improv

Innovation | Management | Process

It's not easy creating structures for improvisational comedy. Mike Fotis discusses how he does it.

On submitting scripts

Process | Production

What you need to know before you submit a script to a theater or conference.

Conflict!

Process | Training

John Middleton offers his second article on acting, this one dealing with conflict.

Theater and chaos

Criticism | Process

Max "Bunny" Sparber looks as examples of performance in which every production is going to be as new for the performers as it is for the audience.

On dialogue

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Max "Bunny" Sparber looks at the various uses of stage dialogue.

Four artistic types, and why they may not get along

Management | Process

Max "Bunny" Sparber lists four approaches to the creation of a performance, and why these approaches may conflict with each other.

How to make your script impossible to understand

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Bunny Sparber offers five suggestions for people who don't want their play to be understood.

The standard rehearsal

Process | Tradition

After thousands of years of performance, most rehearsals share a surprising amount of consistency. Why? Is this good or bad? (Part 1 of 3.)

Collaboration song

Process | Production

Think you know what sound designers do? Watch this video interview to learn the real scoop from Victor Zupanc, one of the country's best.

The center

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How did the Guthrie's cash machine "A Christmas Carol" happen? Where did the Playwrights Center come from? Barbara Field was in the middle of it.

Building a better bucket brigade

Innovation | Process

And see, it’s that maniacal way you pull on your hair and squeal that requires us to keep the rehearsal schedule secret from you.

I ♥ difficult actors

Process

Have you met Anita Coddle or Ivanna Feelit? Though they may seem difficult, they keep theater lively.

Los Angeles, take six

Process | Vision

People don’t rehearse only for art. They rehearse for a night out.

Eleven tips for rehearsal

Process

Directing on a shoestring budget often requires greater organizational skills than seems fair. Here are eleven ways to handle it.

A rehearsal proposal

Process | Vision

Specialization bad. Company good. An argument for a return to a kind of ensemble theater, regardless of the type of work you like to do.

Dumb as planned

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The question is “How do you rehearse improv?” The answer: Bananas. Seriously. Improvisers make it art to not know what they’re doing.

Inside outside

Greater Minnesota | Process

Inside the process exactly as it happened of reworking Rooms of Disquiet at the Tofte Lake Center.

Inside outside (the photos)

Greater Minnesota | Process

Photos from the rehearsal process.

Silhouettes

Process | Production

Rehearsal is a place to experiment and fail—even for experienced costume designers. So, yes, you need to wear that plastic bag today.

The conventional unconventional

Process | Vision

If everyone's input is equally valuable, how many alternative theater artists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Rehearsal in progress

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Killer Joe, The Caretaker, Twelfth Night, Sindibad, and The Horse, the Bird, the Monkey, and the Dancer.

Basic instinct

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Dances develop over two years or more. Karen Sherman shows us the delicate process that created her most recent show, copperhead.

Harrumph

Process

When expectations become rules, theater folk start to look pretty stupid. Joe Scrimshaw asks you to stop sighing disapprovingly.

Young and new

Process | Vision

What if your theater is so peculiar or so particular that you need to make the scripts before you can make the season?

360 degrees

Management | Process

Theatre in the Round's Steve Antenucci describes how to grudge, kick and scream your way to a season.

Why community theater, or: Why my couch has been onstage more than I have

Greater Minnesota | Process

What happened to the glamorous life in the theater she was promised? Community theater has other rewards. It better!

A war zone

Audience | Process

Four soldiers of the theater are pinned down by enemy fire in an unnamed country in an unnamed war. One of them won’t make it home.

Raw honesty

Innovation | Process

Shá Cage and e.g. bailey discuss how artistic expression rises from community in a highly personal way.

Anti-anxiety of influence

Criticism | Process

Minnesota Style is the sum total of the people who live here. Regular contributor John Middleton explores how we learn the style we call our own.

Reel live: The photographs

Process

Cameras, zombies, and make-up artists-O my! Enjoy this photo essay of actors and crew on three local film sets.

Ready? On set? Look out!

Process

Some local talent supplement their theater salaries with film work; some like the chance to play with stars. A local mainstay runs through the pros and cons.

Minnesota filmmakers, live on stage

Process | Production

Bill Corbett, Patrick Coyle, Ali Selim, and Rob Perez have each seen their visions come alive on the big screen. Enjoy their discussion in this video.

Transformation

Process | Social Service | Vision

Far from big budget shows and scrambles for development opportunities, Leah Cooper experiences the kind of theater that still lives up to her childhood ideals.