NOTE TO SELF, The Process
NEW WORKSHOP SERIES!
Improvisation for the Experienced Person
Improvisational performance classes for people with 50 years of life experience or more. Invigorate your mind, body and imagination through the practice of improvisational theatre. Create, play, laugh and cut loose while challenging yourself to build performance skills, individual expression and collaborative ensemble finesse. Improv enhances your verbal and non verbal communication and mental flexibility while making you laugh!
March 13-May 15
At Deep End Theatre
211 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
$235 for 10, 2 hour sessions
2 partial scholarships available
Invite Note to Self to your community!
We are available for performances
and for workshops in:
Creating New Work
Note To Self Production
Improvisation and Creating New Work are 1-3 session stand alone workshops. Note to Self Production is a 10 day, 2 week workshop intensive followed by a staged reading of your communities very own Note to Self!
6 lives are revealed by 12 diverse performers spanning 125 years of love, tragedy, joy, life. Ensemble members range in age from 23-80 and include musicians, actors, activists and educators from all walks of life in the effort to reflect our community.
Hundreds of notes to self- reminders/warnings/sparks have been written and consolidated over the course of a 1 year workshop. Workshops included improvisation, guided writing, movement and facilitated discussions. Notes are compared, contrasted and combined to form a sea of wishes hope and wisdoms that we hope will give a more nuanced, more accurate view of what it means to live through different generations.
Each of the 12 performers is paired in a team of two- an older and a younger, and using their personal stories they have created new characters that they will play at different stages of life. Much of the workshop and writing time is spent finding the surprising similarities in our stories as well as embracing the unique mile markers that make us who we are. Debate and discovery become a series of “notes” to past- and future-selves. This ensemble-created theater piece weaves an epic, unique story that spans several life times. Through the encounters with these imagined selves, the audience is invited to dispel stereotypes and manufactured generational labels and embrace the links, reflections and distinctions between us all.
An unexpected side benefit of Note to Self is the deep and enduring intergenerational friendships developed in this liberating process.