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Director’s Notebook: Sonic Imaginations

IT’S BEEN TWO WEEKS since I got back from training with Double Edge Theatre and there’s multiple things I understand about their work differently now. I will elaborate on those on a separate post. 

What I wanted to capture today has to do with sound. I’m taking this class called Sound Studies which is about reading multiple sound theorists, becoming a sound student, and ultimately (for me) developing a more nuanced and specific vocabulary regarding work with sound. 

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Director’s Notebook: Staging Animality

ONE of the things I like to do when I choose plays is that I find an excuse to learn something that I want to substantially read more about. For telephone, I had the opportunity to study Avital Ronell’s The Telephone Books: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech, Thomas Augustus Watson’s Exploring Life: The Autobiography of Thomas A. Watson, Ariana Reines’ Mercury and Coeur de Lion, and Carl Jung’s Psychology of Dementia Praecox. 

I chose the next play I’m directing because it would give me a chance to spend time thinking about how to represent animals onstage (no spoilers here). And apparently there’s this whole field called Animal Studies (or Human Animal Studies), depending who you ask.