Link to the Heroes promo video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpk83PEl5TI
The Apprentice/Intern (A/I) Company of Actors Theatre of Louisville are pleased to present Heroes! (or nine ordinary people on stage?), a workshop performance directed by Caitlin O’Connell, playing the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville, September 25 & 26 at 8:30 p.m. Performances are free to the public.
Superman… Muhammad Ali…Your Mom….Who’s your hero? Do we even have heroes today? According to writer Joseph Campbell, there are seventeen steps within a hero’s journey that can be found in almost every narrative. Come witness the 2011 Acting Apprentice Company explore and challenge the concept of a modern day hero drawing from Campbell’s steps, their own personal experiences, and YOU as an audience. From interpretive dance to eating contests, there’s no telling what this adventurous night will bring.
Heroes! is the first in a three part series of workshop performances developed by the A/I Company that will be presented in the coming months. The series consists of original devised work created by the Acting Apprentice Company following a program of workshops that explored different techniques and approaches to creating ensemble generated theatre.
Heroes draws from workshops undertaken with Greg Allen, founder of the Neofuturists - a Chicago-based ensemble who write, direct and perform their own work dedicated to social, political and personal enlightenment in the form of audience interaction. This production features nine members of the Acting Apprentice Company. The piece consists of vignettes created by the group that explore the role of mentors and modern day heroes in our everyday lives. Further inspired by Joseph Campbell’s book, Heroes With a Thousand Faces, in which he identifies a series of seventeen steps that he argues can be used to create a mythic story structure, the group applied this to their approach when constructing their own heroic tales. Molly Clasen, the project’s dramaturg says, “Heroes! (Or nine ordinary people onstage?) seeks to humanize Campbell’s seventeen steps, wrestling the abstract structure down to earth and roughing it up a little,” by combining ensemble story-telling techniques with personal perspectives on the meaning of true heroism.
Director Caitlin O’Connell says of the piece, “We are using the time we spent with Greg Allen as a foundation for our eccentric and unpredictable play. Heroes! (or nine ordinary people on stage?) is an exploration of how we can present our own truths on stage by sharing our thoughts on heroes in our lives and in society today.”
The first Ensemble features the talent of: Rivka Borek, Sabrina Conti, Jonathan Finnegan, Zoe Garcia, Doug Harris, Liz Malarkey, Maggie Raymond, Keaton Schmidt and Amir Wachterman.
Now in its 40th year, the A/I Company is comprised for 23 interns and 22 acting apprentices who have undertaken a 9 month training program in their field of interest in professional theatre. For more information on the A/I Company visit ActorsTheatre.org.
Photo courtesy of: Actors Theatre