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MeTambo News – Issue 2
Theatre Institute Zimbabwe
July 17, 2013
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many Zimbabwean theatre practitioners were conducting play reading
sessions on a regular basis, but Almasi Collaborative Arts is working
outstandingly to create a viable culture of such a practice.
is a crucial component of powerful, excellent play making. A noticed
component needed in Zimbabwean dramatic arts development is the
comprehension and in-depth analysis of excellent dramatic works
that have come before.
The Almasi Play
Reading Series pursues a core Almasi value of Education in dramatic
arts; without an awareness and understanding of some of the greatest
dramatic works, the Zimbabwean dramatic artist cannot develop to
the level of dramatic literacy necessary to create compelling, well
structured, dramatic works. Their goal is to facilitate excellent
new Zimbabwean works into existence, works that can compete on global
level and leave behind a Zimbabwean dramatic literature legacy.
The play reading
series nurtures the Zimbabwean dramatic arts community. It facilitates
actors who participate as readers of selected plays in their acting
and dramatic literature comprehension; it also nurtures playwrights
and directors to learn from great works as they cultivate their
own specific voice.
The series also
nurtures another core value in dramatic art development, that of
dramaturgy. Dramaturgy, or the process of deeply researching the
specifics of the world under exploration is crucial. It allows for
the portrayal to be rich, resonant and specific to the placement
of the play in time, space and moment in history. Also crucial in
dramaturgy is comprehension of the structure of the story laid out
and the cohesion of the story in terms of theme, character, plot
and resolution. These components are vital to a high standard of
series serves to strengthen the local dramatic community and begins
the groundwork for comprehensive Zimbabwean dramatic arts development.
It begins the process of how plays must be studied and deeply investigated
in order for powerful, excellent plays and artists to result. Radio
Golf by August Wilson will be fourth staged reading in Almasi's
play reading series. The reading performance, directed by Julie
Wharton, will be at 2:00 PM on July 20th at ZGS. Auditions will
held at ZIFF on July 8th from 2 PM - 8 PM.
This is play
number 10 in Wilson's 10 plays Pittsburgh Cycle. Each different
play in the cycle is set in a different decade and focuses on some
aspect of what it is to be African American, what it is to be a
member of society, what it is to be a human being. 'Radio Golf',
set in 1997, looks at the public and private battles individuals
choose to fight, challenges us to consider the conflict between
personal gain and moral integrity, and highlights how identity is
tied to the past as well as the future.
is life without the boring parts." Alfred Hitchcock
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