Ever preface an audition with the question, “Are you shomer negiah?” Well, now I have. Today during our safety and security orientation at Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School, the director of the Beit Hillel Theatre on campus made an announcement. He informed all the Rothberg students that there would be auditions for the Chanukah production […]Read more "An American in Jerusalem: My Near Brush with Fairytale Fame"
Thursday August 29th — 4:42 AM Israeli Standard Time, my friend Allyson Silver and I arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. Sounds simple but so much happened before then…Read more "My Flight to Israel: the Ballad of El-Al"
Hard to believe, but today was the last of my twenty days here at the illustrious Second City. My last walk to the building felt so strange. I didn’t feel like listening to music, as I usually do. In this case, the sounds of North Wells were interesting enough. Before we began our last day […]Read more "Fourth week, fifth day of class: The End"
Today began with some more acting out of people’s beat sheets. I was in one scene that was about Betsy Ross being upset at the use of her flag design on merchandise in Target. The Betsy character was definitely the star of the scene, so it was hard to contribute. I still had fun though. […]Read more "Fourth week, fourth day of class: musical improv is fun… sometimes!"
Today’s class began with an interesting exercise. After our normal warmup, Sam had us go to the middle of the circle and say our favorite movie. If someone had that same favorite movie, you were “movie pals.” Each pair was then tasked with condensing the movie plot into 5 plot points or “beats.” We had […]Read more "Fourth week, third day of class: songwriting workshop and more"
Today began normally with warm-up exercises but quickly morphed into something very cool. At the Second City, the shows have two acts. There is also a free, improvised “third act” that the actors put on after every show. The old process of coming up with the content for these third acts was called “the pad […]Read more "Fourth week, second day of class: Group work"
To my own disbelief, I am now in my fourth and final week of my Second City Training Center Adult Immersion. This week’s class is huge, combining all the people who have been here. We add up to 18 people, which is huge for an improv class. Surprisingly, the class doesn’t feel that big and […]Read more "Fourth week, first day of class: The Beginning of the End"