For my senior project, I am creating and directing a play about loss, erosion, melancholy, journeys and the lengths we go to hang onto our pasts. Theater is humankind's oldest (and, some may argue, strangest) form of storytelling. It is a medium born from praising the gods for bringing rain as much as re-enacting the day's hunt. How can theater today tap into its spiritual and religious past? And how can theater work as ritual as well as storytelling?
"No Wind Blows Against the Pines" weaves together the stories of two Japanese Noh plays, "Matsukaze" ("Pining Wind") and "Sumida-gawa" ("The Sumida River"), as well as fragments from ancient and contemporary poetry, myths, interviews and news bulletins. Above all, the play revels in the metaphorical connections between all these disparate sources.
Auditions will be Nov. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. in the Holden Theater.
No Wind Blows Against the Pines will call for a small ensemble of four to seven actors (any gender). I'm looking for performers interested in working with structured improvisations; playing with sound, text and movement work; and dabbling in training practices ranging from Noh to butoh. No previous performance experience is necessary, and people of all shapes, sizes, skills, collegiate affiliations and interests are encouraged to audition. No preparation is necessary for the auditions. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the Theater and Dance Office in Webster Hall.
The performances are March 7, 8 and 9 in the Holden Theater. Rehearsals will begin during the first week of Interterm in January. Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.