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 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 perspectives 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 an international theatre festival in Serbia, the JoakimInterFest, where we won an award for artistic innovation. "Of Turlygods & Time: The Tale of King Lear," was performed at the Northampton Center for the Arts. In August 2012, "Meta/Pina Project:Blind Dreamers," a work of devised physical theatre inspired by the creative process of Pina Bausch, premiered at the NCA. Serious Play! 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. Last winter, we presented “Stop, Look, Listen – Activist Poets Speak Their Words for and with Serious Play!,” a spoken-word event at A.P.E. in downtown Northampton.
This past summer, Serious Play! toured "Blind Dreamers," an evolution of “Meta/Pina Project,” to the Irondale Center in Brooklyn, following two preview performances at the Kendall Studio Theater at Mount Holyoke College.
The Serious Play! Intensive Theatre Training (SPITT) is offered in the spring and fall. We work collectively in the workshops, using the challenging exercises of Tadashi Suzuki and the movement vocabulary of Viewpoints. We also offer workshops in physical actor training at high schools and colleges.