McDaniel College Theatre presents “McDaniel Playback,” November 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. in WMC Alumni Hall. The performances are free and open to the public.
Playback is a form of improvisational theatre, created through the unique collaboration of performers and audience. An audience member tells a personal story, chooses actors to play the roles, then watches as the story is recreated as theatre. Playback theatre aspires to create a space where every voice might be heard and any story--ordinary or extraordinary--performed and witnessed. Playback performance requires spontaneity, sensitivity and skills in theatrical improvisation.
Performers are members of a class in playback theatre in the Interactive Theatre focus area of the Theatre Arts Department at McDaniel College. Members of the class include Najee Banks, Liz Flores, Josh Harding, Sarah Hull, Louisa Jenkins, Sarah Sackett, Elena Waller and Emily Wendler. The company is directed by Ron Miller, professor emeritus of the theatre arts department, and coached by Chris Molloy, a graduate of the interactive theatre program and Artistic Director of the Maryland Playback Ensemble, a community-based playback theatre company based in Westminster.
The original Playback Theatre Company was created in New York in 1975, with Jonathan Fox as its director. Miller first studied the form with Armand Volkas, director of the Living Arts Playback troupe in Oakland, Calif., and has worked with Volkas in his international playback work with cultures in conflict. More recently he was worked with founders Jonathan Fox and Jo Salas, and has attended international conferences in Germany and Cuba. Playback has been offered in public performances at the College since 2004. Former students in the course have gone on to careers in acting, drama therapy, and education.
For more information, call the box office at 410-857-2448.
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