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California, sunny in August!

posted Aug 9, 2010, 10:25 PM by Merrilee McCoy
-by Merrilee

I write this post after having just spent a whole 7 days in the USA. Considering that I'd planned to blog every day, this post is a little overdue!

The truth is that the experience has thus far been wonderful, though exhaustingly busy.

Woody and I have just finished our first 4-day-intensive workshop at BATS Improv in San Francisco. This workshop focused on Keith Johnstone, which was convenient because he happened to sit in front of us for about 6hrs each day. We were also excited to be taught by two of BATS' finest, Rebecca Stockley and William Hall.

On the whole, the workshops were incredibly fun and inspiring. I feel reinvigorated to attack the stage with playful confidence, knowing that all I have to do is be obvious and please the other person onstage with me. Deliciously simple, I know.

It's really got me thinking about why we find it so difficult to do those two things in improv, and in theatre in general. It makes so much sense to my body to just keep things simple, but somehow my mind gets in the way and sets up things like expectations or fear or ridiculous 'clever' things to say. At the end of the day, as an audience member, what I really want is feel something and watch someone be changed.

We're going to try and video blog tomorrow to talk some more about it all, so please check back soon.