Last October, 30 students came together to devise an original theatrical piece in response to the events of 2020. They created EARTH II, a story that answers the question; What if the worst-case scenarios for 2020 had come true? Our story begins with a world that is toxic and unsafe for human life. The solution? Earth II, a completely virtual world where citizens are secured in their individual pods and free to enjoy the vast virtual world created for them. After 15 years of this virtual "paradise", the citizens begin to realize their safe pods, once a sanctuary, are in fact, more like a prison. This script was imagined, written, and performed by the Bearcat Devised Theatre Company, with story direction from Ms. Wozniak and choreography guidance from Ms. Reidy.
Feb 05, 2021 7:00 PM - Feb 07, 2021 2:00 PM
What is DEVISED THEATRE?
Devised theatre is “theatre that begins without a script. The script gets ‘written’ as the
rehearsal process takes place through a series of improvisations and collaborations.”
In a Devised Theatre production, everyone contributes to the story. Everyone collaborates to create the final product. Dramaturgs, writers, performers, technical crew, designers, musicians, dancers, artists…they are all equal members of the artistic process and together they form the company. (Source)
How does it work?
After students audition and are selected to collaborate on the piece, they begin a five step process:
Our Untitled Devised Theatre Project Timeline
- Auditions (Video submissions) and Callbacks (Via Zoom) then the Company is created.
- Phase 1 (Zoom) 5 Weeks
- Introduction to Devised Work (2 weeks, 6 hours a week)
- Exposure to other Devised Work and Company Discussions
- Playwriting (2 weeks, 6 hours a week)
- Introduce the basics of playwriting, writing exercises (individual, pairs, groups), identify styles of structure and dramaturgical opportunities
- Phase 2 (Zoom) 3 Weeks
- Content Creation (3 weeks, 6-8 hours a week)
Students will generate material based on our chosen prompt.
- Phase 3 (Hybrid) 2 weeks
- Script, Ensemble, and Movement (2 weeks, 8-10 hours a week)
Students will make creative decisions about the content, shape, and structure of the piece, with guidance from Ms. Wozniak, while also doing physical explorations of the written material with guidance by Ms. Reidy.
- Phase 4 (Hybrid) 3 Weeks
- Rehearsal and Performance (3 weeks, 8-10 hours a week)
Students will block and edit, making final decisions about structure and execution for the performance, which will be contingent on safety regulations.
*This is a tentative schedule subject to change based on several factors (COVID safety and the availability of space should we be able to rehearse in person).
How can I get involved?
Auditions will take place October 13th, 14th, and 15th. If you are interested in auditioning for this project, please fill out this FORM.
Auditions will be by video submissions only. Please record a one minute video that includes the following:
- Your name
- Your grade
- One sentence about why you want to be involved in the Devised Theatre Project
- Introduce your skill – For example, “I will be reciting an original poem called _______”.
- A short example of your skill. This is a VERY open ended prompt. You can choose to sing a short song, demonstrate your choreography or dancing skills, recite a monologue, tell jokes, pantomime, play an instrument, etc.
Please remember, if your skill is something YOU created (like a song you wrote) to give yourself credit. If it is something performed by you but created by someone else, be sure to give THEM credit (like a dance choreographed by someone else).
A few helpful hints…perform or do something that shows off your talents. Choose something that you are passionate about. It is important that we get to know who YOU are in this audition. Take risks. Be bold. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable or ridiculous.
Remember, this theatre piece is going to be in response to something that matters now. Think about what is happening in the world, in the country, in your life, and perform something that is connected to what is happening. The more specific YOUR idea is, the better. It can be entirely personal. Specific stories are often the most relatable. Choose to audition with something that is meaningful to you. Do not try to anticipate what we will want to see. We want to see what you want to show us.
- Title your audition video with your full name
- Email your video to Ms. Wozniak by Monday, October 5th
- The subject line of your audition should be DEVISED THEATRE AUDITION. If you do not use this as the subject of your email, there is a chance that your audition will be missed.
- Complete the audition google form by Monday, October 5th.
Email Ms. Wozniak at firstname.lastname@example.org.