Jan 282013
 
Ray Converse

Ray Converse

 

As we worked through these short plays this weekend, I became immersed with how a simple reinterpretation of a few words can completely change the direction.  After all, each one of these playlettes is very short.  I didn’t sleep terribly well last night as my subconscious wrestled with this.  It became clearest to me as we worked on The Atrocious Uncle.  Different answers to a few questions can change the performance direction altogether.  Is the aunt partially paralyzed because she is a stroke victim, or is the paralysis the result of the Uncle’s physical abuse?  Is the Uncle an ex-soldier bored with the absence of war?  Or is he the Communist ideologue waiting for the remarkable day of the New World, but that never comes?  Is there any humanity to the Uncle or is he just a thug?

Jan 192013
 

flickr_greenGoose Being part of the Little Theater of the Green Goose is a wonderful experience of the power of the silly! In every piece, we get to mock ourselves of the big and “holy” Western narratives, enjoy the immense pleasure to kick some mythical or biblical figure in the butt of and to violate all rules of good taste! Soooo liberating to knock it all down! (And yes, there is some sense to the nonsense…..)

Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński whom I never heard of before is a great discovery! He writes like an ape in the tree laughing at the human spectacle. Foolery is healthy and I wish there were more purging practices like that in society and in the theatre….

Karin aka the lightheaded tigress

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Jan 132013
 

As I reread the Green Goose, I notice there are many literary references that seem unclear for someone like me who seems to have been short changed in education on the classics.  For any other cast members who may be as clueless as me, I offer this first cut of material from Wikipedia.

The account of the beheading of Holofernes by Judith is given in the deuterocanonical book of Judith, and is the subject of more than 114 paintings and sculptures. In the story, Judith, a beautiful widow, is able to enter the tent of Holofernes because of his desire for her. Holofernes was an Assyrian general who was about to destroy Judith’s home, the city of Bethulia, though the story is emphatic that no “defilement” takes place. Overcome with drink, he passes out and is decapitated by Judith; his head is taken away in a basket (often depicted as carried by an elderly female servant).

Orpheus (pron.: /ˈɔrfiːəs/ or /ˈɔrfjuːs/; Ancient Greek: Ὀρφεύς) was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. As an archetype of the inspired singer, Orpheus is one of the most significant figures in the reception of classical mythology in Western culture, portrayed or alluded to in countless forms of art and popular culture including poetry, opera, and painting.

Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus (AKA Jove) seduced, or raped, Leda in the form of a swan. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. In the W.B. Yeats version, it is subtly suggested that Clytemnestra, although being the daughter of Tyndareus, has somehow been traumatised by what the swan has done to her mother (see below). According to many versions of the story, Zeus took the form of a swan and raped or seduced Leda on the same night she slept with her husband King Tyndareus. In some versions, she laid two eggs from which the children hatched. In other versions, Helen is a daughter of Nemesis, the goddess who personified the disaster that awaited those suffering from the pride of Hubris.

The subject was rarely seen in the large-scale sculpture of antiquity, although a representation of Leda in sculpture has been attributed in modern times to Timotheos; small-scale sculptures survive showing both reclining and standing poses, in cameos and engraved gems, rings, and terracotta oil lamps. Thanks to the literary renditions of Ovid and Fulgentius it was a well-known myth through the Middle Ages, but emerged more prominently as a classicizing theme, with erotic overtones, in the Italian Renaissance.

Jan 132013
 

257639_10200182440432367_1841191443_o  After our first read through and rehearsal I have several images of theatrical experiences from my youth      emerging. Most prominently the image of Till Eulenspiegel, who is a German prankster, and whom I have played in my youth.

The little theatre of the Green Goose is the type of theatre I have never seen in the United States before! It is very European in its style, and plays on the tradition of European traveling players. The humor within the scenes is reminiscent of the commedia dell’ arte. I believe that Hanna’s and Stephen’s approach to the performances of the scenes will also be executed in a European fashion.

The style of this type of theatre is very much removed from “realism”, some of the scenes are non-sensical, (i.e. the credenza scene, etc.). I am very much looking forward to being involved with such a talented group (directors and actors), and can’t wait to present this to the American audiences here in DC. My hope is that although the style of theatre is very different, the audience will be able to suspend disbelief and enjoy an evening of “old world” non-sense fun, because I know that we will!

Jan 092013
 
Ray Converse

The Little Theatre of the Green Goose

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Ambassador Theater proudly presents a newly formed Little Theatre of the Green Goose. Conceived by fairly known and very outspoken Polish playwright and a tremendous joker, Konstanty Ildefons Galczynski. Consulted and translated by famous Professor Daniel Gerould, whose spirit is always with us–thank you Daniel for giving us this fantastic opportunity to start this hilarious theater company.

Featuring
Fiona Finch aka Sara Barker
Boris, the 8-fingered Butcher aka Ray Converse
Cardinal  Reesha Lou aka Danielle Davy
Dovey Featherbreath aka Paula Rich
Lightheaded Tigress aka Karin Rosnizeck
Quizzical Quail aka Mary Suib
Fowl Humerus aka Rob Weinzimer
Knight N. Gale aka Ivan Zizek
Under the Directional instruction of Green Goose aka Hanna Bondarewska and with special Lighting effects byRufus Hummingword aka Stephen Shetler

With a lively music by breathtaking and unforgettable  Păsărica aka Craig Packard
Our adventure begins now and we will wait for our public to come to see this group of extremely talented actors perform The Little Theatre of the Green Goose at Flashpoint, 916 G Street, NW, Washington DC 20001
January 31 and February 1, 2013 at 8 pm
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