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LOL: Commedia Dell'Arte - Ten Scenarios for
The Commedia is a
theatrical phenomenon lasting over 400 years. It has traditional characters,
some of which wear highly stylized masks, stock situations, and
highly-developed bits of comic business. Its roots can be found in the
masked drama and comedies of ancient Greece as well as the popular sit-coms
of playwrights such as Plautus and Menander in ancient Rome. It was hugely
popular among ‘ordinary people’—not the aristocrats—all through the middle
ages, and still flourishes, in one form or another, today.
the included scenarios, I have used the characters drawn from the Commedia
tradition, involving them in a variety of comic situations. Actors and
directors who are used to conventional scripts may be startled at the
difference between these scenarios and scripts with dialog. Young actors I
have worked with enjoy the freedom to experiment with character and
language, while at the same time feeling the security of a framework in
which to work. Another huge advantage is that nothing ever remains fixed.
There are no boring bits which take ingenious staging to make work. If
something is boring on one run, it’s thrown out by the actor, and something
else is substituted. Parts are as large or as small as the energy and
imagination of the actors. - Jon Potter
Jonathan Potter was born in Bridgeport (CT) and grew up in New England. Aside from childhood productions of folk and fairy-tales in cooperation with neighborhood children, his first contact with theatre was in high school, where he acted in Shakespeare and Chekhov. He continued working as an actor in college, and briefly joined an independent group for summer stock. After graduate school at Harvard and a summer at the Stratford Institute he began teaching and directing at a variety of small secondary schools, ran a traveling Commedia del’ Arte troupe, and eventually ended up in Maine, where he resides today. Along the way he began writing scripts for his students, community groups, and University players. Many of these have been performed locally, and several regionally. One was produced in New York City. Nine of his plays have been published.
Don't miss Jon Potter's shorter plays 5 Plays for High School Students, The Test, The Trunk, and The Most Awesome Sleep-Over in the History of the World
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