Actors Rep Autumn 2017 Season!

Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg (Actors Rep), the professional English-language theatre company, is proud to announce its Autumn 2017 Season of three productions:

 

• #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump

• Big Boys

• Dear Santa…

The company’s ambitious season opens with the original solo piece #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump, to be presented September 20 – 24 at the Théâtre National du Luxembourg ‘Bar National’ (lobby) space: 194, route de Longwy, L-1940 Luxembourg.

Originally created by Actors Rep Artistic Director Erik Abbott, the play was commissioned by Théâtre d’Esch and developed with Director Charles Muller as a piece for the Ville de Esch-sur-Alzette’s ‘Nuit de la Culture’ in May, 2017. Only short segments were performed.

 

Now re-imagined and substantially revised, the show theatrically explores the curious phenomenon of the Donald Trump Presidency. One actor (Abbott) portrays several Trump supporters. These characters, some of whose monologues are based on published interviews and statements, present a variety of voices and viewpoints—alternately sympathetic, funny, perhaps frightening—and reveal a complex emotional and cultural tapestry examining the Trump effect in a compelling, theatrical way.

Actors Rep Associate Artistic Director Christine Probst directs.

 

 

In November, Actors Rep partners with Arendt House in Kirchberg to present Big Boys, by New York playwright Rich Orloff. Big Boys is a hilarious satire on corporate culture that the New York Times described as ‘rip-roaringly funny’, with ‘snappy dialogue and non-stop mayhem’. This ‘over-the-top comic fable’, as Orloff describes it, pokes fun at the peculiarities of the business world in a style he says is ‘influenced by the surreal energy and comic rhythms of vaudeville comedy’.

 

Actors Rep will be present the production in Arendt House’s auditorium (where the company participated in an evening of Shakespeare readings for the British Ambassador to Luxembourg in January 2016). In performing this corporate play in a corporate setting, Actors Rep brings to the doorstep of the Luxembourg business community a boisterous laugh filled event that (gently) pokes fun at business—juxtaposing the onstage fun with its real-world counterpart.

 

 

 

CASPAR RUNDEGREN

 

Probst will again direct and Swedish born, London trained actor Caspar Rundegren will perform with Abbott. Rundegren grew up in Luxembourg and is making his debut with Actors Rep in Big Boys.

The show opens with performances for Arendt House employees and invited guests on November 15 and 16, and continues with public performances November 17 – 19 at Arendt House: 41 Avenue J-F Kennedy, L-2082 Luxembourg.

 

 

   ERIK ABBOTT               

Finally, during the festive season, Actors Rep takes to the road with the world premiere of Dear Santa…, a sweet and funny half-hour play about a couple’s holiday plans with their family. In this completely portable soupçon of charm, they write letters to Santa, exploring a latent childlike sense of wonder and review their gift list, chuckling at their extended family and celebrating their connections. Developed by Actors Rep, Dear Santa… is available as an entertainment for seasonal parties and events—great theatre and holiday cheer to deliver! —and will also be presented in three public performances. (Venue to be announced.)

Dear Santa… is a warm cup of festive delight—to go!

 

 

In addition to the three productions, Actors Rep will also continue its commitment to theatre education and training opportunities through its Actors Lab programme with autumn classes. One section of acting classes and a section of stage voice technique have begun, both taught by Christine Probst, and a second section of acting classes planned for November and December. The company also plans a workshop—topic to be determined.

Please check the Actors Rep Facebook page and back here for additional details.

 

 

CHRISTINE PROBST

Acting Workshop with Peter Zazzali

Actors Rep is thrilled to announce an exciting one-day workshop with Peter Zazzali, the director of our next production, The Fever (October 12th, 13th, 15th, 19th, 20th and 22nd at Konrad Café and Bar).

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Peter Zazzali

The workshop, titled ‘Psychophysical Approaches to Acting’,  is for ages 16 and up and will take place on Saturday, October 1st, from 10am till 4pm, with a one-hour lunch break. (Lunch is not provided.) The location is to be confirmed.

In the workshop actors will learn to use their minds and bodies as expressive instruments in service of a text. Using a variety of techniques, we’ll explore the ideas of Linklater, Laban, Berry, Strasberg and Stanislavsky, as well as eastern techniques (tai chi chuan and yoga) in a vigorous five-hour workshop designed to help actors become fully present onstage. Participants will leave the session with multiple tools for activating their imaginations, emotional lives, voices and bodies onstage.

Dr. Zazzali is an internationally recognized actor trainer and stage director whose credits include the National Theatre School of Ireland, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and numerous theatres and universities in the US. He is currently on faculty at the University of Kansas, where he serves as the Department of Theatre’s lead acting teacher and director. His recent book, Acting in the Academy: The History of Professional Actor Training in US Higher Education, focuses on acting pedagogy and practise in America (Routledge Press 2016).

To learn more about Zazzali’s career and work please visit: www.peterzazzalidirector.com

 

Space is limited. To request a place, please email ActorsRep.Erik@gmail.com with ‘Acting Workshop’ in the subject line.

When a place is confirmed, please transfer the fee (50 €) to:

ACTORS REP ASBL
BIC: BCEELULL
IBAN / ACCOUNT: LU33 0019 3855 7356 6000

(Please note ‘Acting Workshop’ in the transfer information.)

 

CATCH THE FEVER!

 

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Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg is proud to announce its next production: The Fever, by Wallace Shawn.

A play for one performer (originally Shawn himself) written in 1990, The Fever tells the story of a traveller whose journey to a poor country triggers a personal moral crisis. With searing language and Shawn’s trademark wit and humour, The Fever confronts and questions what it means to live in privilege in an era of economic disparity. (more…)