Kate’s stage techniques are steeped in Mary Overlie’s seminal, “Six Viewpoints,” a revered curriculum at the Experimental Theater Wing of Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Since 1978!
Space, Shape, Time, Emotion, Movement, Story: these six “viewpoints” are deeply examined and integrated — freed from rigid separations in performance-practice — by Overlie’s deeply evolved system.
Grounded in integrative work, aided by force of inspiration, Kate and many others, expanded Viewpoint concepts by collaborating with five theatre companies in both producing and performing this absurdist-adventure script by Nassim Soleimanpour.
Five different spaces, times and actors!
The backstory: Nassim could not get a passport (because he refused to do required national service) and devised this script as a way to reach the world—beyond politics.
Uniquely, his script is presented to the solo actor, on stage, as the show starts: Never read before.
Last week I attended LAB LV’s production downtown, two blocks from unique, reasonably-priced restaurants, as well as lovely Container Park. Sited in comfortable El Cid parking lot (great acoustics from walls) with chairs accommodating 68 audience members, this is indeed Pop-Up Theatre!
One section deals with training rabbits with induced fear… On that note, two helicopters circled throughout that part of the play! Yet, the wireless mic remained clear.
Then, a tow-truck came for cars parked behind the “stage.” “Rabbit…” continued smoothly amidst a ballet of moving vehicles!
Truly, you couldn’t plan or pay for heavy-equipment poetic synchronicities like those — all incorporated into the vibe — as if part of the production. A powerful being watching from above and threatening to drag [the vehicles] away, like a Pavlov-experienced rabbit…
Last in series Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m. Las Vegas Little Theatre performed by Lysander Abadia.
Go see this thought -provoking, interactive script, produced Free, as a gift to local Vegas theatre-goers, from all involved.
Kudos to The LAB’S amazing five stop “theatrical ‘pub’ crawl” of Nevada Conservatory, Magestic Repertory, Cockroach Theatre, TheLAB and Las Vegas Little Theatre. More at www.thelablv.org.