The Loeb Drama Center, home to the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.), the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC) – will open its doors to the Cambridge and Boston community on Saturday (Nov. 16), 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Among the day’s scheduled events:
- A staged reading of Anton Chekhov’s “The Bear” by A.R.T. Company members.
- A selected performance from “Cabaret” by the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club.
- A demonstration of how a scene is shaped in rehearsal.
- Using images from Andrei Serban’s recent Shakespeare productions at the A.R.T., associate artistic director Gideon Lester will discuss the highly celebrated director, regarded by many as one of the most imaginative directors working today.
- “Robert Wilson: Crossing Boundaries”: Through slides, A.R.T. literary director Arthur Holmberg will trace the evolution of sculptor, painter, video artist, lighting designer, and set designer Robert Wilson’s visual world in the context of contemporary American art.
- “Shakespeare’s In Love With You and You Will Be In Love With Shakespeare”: A demonstration of the world’s greatest and most produced playwright, including short pieces of his text, romantic, and comic works.
- A performance by The Empty House Cooperative – the Cambridge-based ensemble appearing in the upcoming world premiere production of “Highway Ulysses” by Rinde Eckert.
- “Dialects Made Easy”: A workshop on how actors learn different dialects by approaching a playwright’s words as linguist, musician, or mimic. The rhythm, sound shifts, and vocabulary of three recognizable dialects – the American South, the British House of Lords, and the northern reaches of Minnesota – will be examined.
- “Unleashing Your True Voice: Anyone can sing!” In this workshop, Pamela Murray, A.R.T. Institute’s vocal coach, will introduce the basic foundations of singing, such as breath support, voice placement, and connecting the voice to the body. Using playful exercises, participants will discover new power, range, tone, and confidence in their voice. Both experienced and novice singers are welcome.
- Moscow’s celebrated movement teacher and choreographer Andrei Droznin will demonstrate various movement exercises that train acting students how to make a connection between their bodies and minds. A new membership campaign, which allows patrons to purchase discounted tickets and receive subscriber-like benefits (without the obligation of planning months ahead), will be launched at the open house.