Original devised work, new plays and reinterpretations of classic and modern plays; physical actor training in an ensemble setting. . . . .
SERIOUS PLAY! THEATRE ENSEMBLE is committed to the revitalization of American theatre and to attracting audiences back to the power of the live moment through total physical expressiveness on stage. We maintain a core company of experienced and cutting-edge actors, directors and designers, and we train actors in the experience of physical theatre as an innovative art form with emphasis on collaborative process in an ensemble setting. We create original devised work, we stage new scripted plays, and we reinterpret classic and modern plays informed by the perspective of our diverse ensemble. We perform, teach and tour regionally, nationally and internationally.
Productions within the last few years include "Milosevic at the Hague," by Serbian-American playwright Milan Dragicevich, which we premiered at A.P.E. in Northampton and toured to the JoakimInterFest in Serbia; "Of Turlygods & Time: The Tale of King Lear," performed at the Northampton Center for the Arts; and this past summer's "Meta/Pina Project:Blind Dreamers" at the NCA. Serious Play! also presented a dramatic reading of Eve Ensler's "I Am An Emotional Creature" and staged readings of Jessica Litwak's "The Snake and the Falcon" and "Wider Than the Sky." "Wider" also toured to the Museum of Science in Boston.
Our actor-training workshops, the Serious Play! Intensive Theatre Training (SPITT), are offered in the spring and fall. We work collectively, using the challenging exercises of Tadashi Suzuki and the movement vocabulary of Viewpoints.