Works-In-Progress, April 24th: David Lane

“SOPHIE AND THE MUMMERS — Building Bridges of Empathy With Silent Narrative”

David Lane, Artist-In-Residence & Guest Lecturer of Fine and Performing Arts

Friday, April 24th, 12pm

Location: The Design Lab at 49 Main Street

The next great American play might not be written on a laptop. Devised theatre practices are opening up new avenues for play development which move beyond traditional playwright-centered structures. Following in the footsteps of 1960s practitioners like Jerzy Grotowski and Richard Schechner, War Horse, Sleep No More and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are just a few examples where engaging in a high risk (and sometimes unproven) development process has led to groundbreaking work. This talk will discuss trends in theatrical devising practices and share the collaborative journey of the artists creating SOPHIE AND THE MUMMERS, a wordless mask and puppet play. The lecture will include a 20 minute showing of this work-in-progress.

David Lane is an interdisciplinary artist and guest director and lecturer in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at MCLA. He is a two-time Jim Henson Foundation grant recipient for his original play THE CHRONICLES OF ROSE. His original clown play THE PAINTING, was selected to be presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region One. He is the co-Director of the New England Puppet Intensive/Berkshire Lantern Walk, and teaches a yearly workshop in wood carving at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

In the Spring Colloquium 2020 lecture series, MCLA faculty members from across campus share their current research or creative projects and benefit from questions and discussions. Events are free & open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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