I am so sorry I am late! I have so much to talk about! It has truly been an inspirational couple of days. I am gonna just talk about EVERYTHING so...get comfy! (exciting part at the end!)
DAY EIGHTEENI will start off this blog with a quote from Joan:
This is the toilet we recorded for our research
Ten years after their debut as a clown trio at Dell’Arte, Joe Krienke, Stephanie Thompson and Lauren Wilson return to the stage in a brand new work of clown theater. “Three Trees” tells the story of three circus clowns who defy their country’s militarism and lust for war, unleashing the subversive power of laughter through the hilarity of their routines.
When war breaks out and the military takes command of society, the clowns create a routine so funny it paralyses the rank and file with laughter. What if, instead of following orders, soldiers began to laugh hysterically at those who gave them? What would become of war, and of those who caused such laughter in the first place?
A mixture of rollicking clown routines, metaphysical humor and poetic theatrical imagery, “Three Trees” is a powerfully funny and poignant celebration of the clown, and of the irreverent power of laughter in the face of military insanity.
In the talk back they told us that they would get together for three hours everyday and jam. Someone would bring in a proposal or a script (Lauren is also a playwright) and they would try the scene as it is written and then develop it. The laughing and physicality of it, they said was the hardest. It was so beautiful and tragic, i couldn't help but tear up and cry and couple times throughout the piece. Their characters were so specific. Every nuance and tactic was played full out, they never dropped out. I saw the show twice. The show morphed with the change of audience energy. It was so amazing how they were able to do that! Under Ronlin's direction they brought even more focus on the character and bringing character to the forefront. After all a play is about CHARACTERS. From character, relationships were created and from there, routines. Because of the nature of the clown intentions in relationships became cyclical. This makes the work so rich and moving.
For a while I have been trying to come up with way to do a show in red nose. Clowns are a beautiful entity. They are able to tell some of the most poignant stories and touch on topics that humans just can't quite reach. There is a beautiful quote posted in the bathroom here at Dell'Arte. It says: