Today, we finished up with Chekhov—some further exercises incorporating acting techniques pretty much from this diagram:
We specified one archetypical motion to connect to a climax in our monologues which we’re exploring. We tried different intensities of delivery (Professor Hamilton referred to the levels as ‘veiled, or unveiled on a level from 1 to 10) for the pinnacle line of dialogue, which in my case was, “And after that shot [of whiskey] hit pay dirt, I knew without any shadow of doubt—I was happy.”
We had movement exercises based in 10 Chekhov expressions; push, pull, lift, smash, tear, etc., which allowed us to directly experience a range of variation in potential choices we may make as actors in any given moment.
Friday, we are delivering our monologue for the grade. I am looking forward to this challenge. I feel I’ve now fully explored it and made it not only my own, but a truly in-the-moment organic thing which can retain its hue but be delivered as the sub-consciousness of the collective audience requires. I hope that does not sound too esoteric. All I’m trying to say is, I’m good to go.
I am happy to report that the grade I got on my first UF exam (this class) was an ‘A’ – or 48 out-of 50. I also got an ‘A’ on my answer paper for the Body Awareness worksheet questionnaire for Alexander class. I’m definitely off to a running start. Today, we broke down a few categories important to analyzing a script: time, place, customs, economic, and the like. I started trying to read The Tempest, but I wasn’t prepared to just dive into the waters of Shakespeare without sticking my toe in. And I needed a few ‘friends’ to get me to do that. So I’m preparing my opening salvo into the greatest playwright ever known by reading the play on my computer as a rather famous Shakespeare Audio Book company reads along. Shame on me, by the way although it’s very rewarding, but still, shame. All those who came before who never had our contemporary devices to bring words to our brain…I salute you.