May 30, 2011 | Gwyn Hervochon
May 28-30: We pulled together at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to workshop a play started in OSF’s Midnight Projects last year The Unfortunates. The workshop included Dr. Lue Douthit, head of our literary department and expert dramaturg, Shana Cooper, director, Jacob Padron, associate producer working on musicals and Claudia Alick associate producer working on hip-hop projects. We read the play with live music, mapped it out, and explored its structures, determining where the gaps were. Writer/Performer/Musicians Casey Hurt, Jon Beavers, Ian Merrigan, and Ramiz Monsef made some great discoveries. Lue is brilliant and there was a lot of energy in the room with lots of ideas and observations bouncing back and forth.
Later that night we gathered in the Great Hall and had a jam session with other OSF company members and community members. This video is from the very beginning before most arrived but gives you a general feeling of the vibe. Developing theater and art can be FUN!