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"Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

  • 1.  "Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

    Posted 06-11-2020 15:51
    After hours of video editing work, our production of "Trap" will show for one night only, this Saturday, June 13. For those of you looking for a show for next year that might work on video, I think this is a pretty good one -- we were lucky to have chosen it for this spring. Lots of direct address, though there are some scenes, and there are some elements that really don't work as well on video as they would have in a theater. (I saw another director posting on Facebook that he got permission to make some script changes to work with the medium change to video; for us we were too far along to make changes, but those might be worth exploring.)

    This is the 50th (!) production I've directed at my school, and I'm proud that we were able to put it together despite all the difficulties, and there were MANY. If you'd like to get a free ticket to the showing Saturday night at 7 pm, message me and I'll send you the link.

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    Cora Turlish
    Metuchen NJ
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  • 2.  RE: "Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

    Posted 06-12-2020 12:20
    Hi Cora,

    School playwrights are always grateful for school directors-AKA Those With the Way Harder Jobs-but never moreso than now, when every aspect of the production has had to be thought through at least twice. Messaging you for that link!


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    Stephen Gregg
    Playwright
    Venice CA
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  • 3.  RE: "Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

    Posted 06-12-2020 16:23
    I just emailed you back! My students will be SO EXCITED. Thank you for bringing an extra sense of occasion to this situation, which I'm sure many if not all of my actors felt to be a letdown.

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    Cora Turlish
    Metuchen NJ
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  • 4.  RE: "Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

    Posted 06-13-2020 21:14
    Congratulations! I was wondering how you'd pull this off, and pull it off you did. From the tech to the  editing to the performances, it was terrific. I was surprised at how fluid and contiguous it was. The format of so much direct audience address works well in Zoom.  I will keep this in mind as I begin to search for a project in the fall.  Now if I can just figure out how to do a musical...

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    Michael Bergman
    Teacher/Director
    He/Him pronouns
    The Potomac School
    McLean, VA
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  • 5.  RE: "Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

    Posted 06-15-2020 11:02
    Cora,
    I was out of town this past weekend, but am so interested to see how your TRAP video production went!
    I have seen so many emails about this particular play, the title has definitely raised my curiosity.  Would I be able to view the link?
    Thank you for being so brave to tackle this format and do this production with your students!  I'm sure they were all appreciative of your efforts.

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    Kimberly Mollohan
    Westerville OH
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  • 6.  RE: "Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

    Posted 06-15-2020 21:54
    Thanks so much for your kind words, Michael. Kimberly, my agreement with Playscripts was only for one night's showing, so the link is no longer active. I do encourage you to read the script on the Playscripts website, and if you have any questions about what we did I'd be happy to chat -- though I think other directors have done more to adapt it to the format than we did. After weeks of working alone at my computer editing video, it was really gratifying to share the show with others and hear their feedback. And Stephen Gregg's gracious appearance on our post-show Zoom session certainly was an extra treat for the cast and for me.

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    Cora Turlish
    Metuchen NJ
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  • 7.  RE: "Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

    Posted 06-16-2020 14:37
    Cora,

    I really loved the show Saturday and what you and your students were able to do. The music, the audience address, and the pacing all had me asking "what's next?" throughout the evening. Thanks for sharing. Stephen, I am adding Trap to my list because of Cora and her students!!


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    J. Harvey Stone
    Teacher/Director
    Jamestown High School Theatre
    Williamsburg, VA
    james.stone@wjccschools.org
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  • 8.  RE: "Trap" as video -- this Saturday night June 13

    Posted 13 days ago
    @Cora Turlish

    Cora,

    I'd love to see your video & then pick your brain about what worked & didn't.

    We're neighbors in NJ. My daughter teaches at St. Francis in Metuchen.

    Thanks,
    Maria Stadtmueller 
    St. Augustine School 
    Kendall Park, NJ
    StadtFamily@Juno.com

    Sent from my iPhone


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