Thursday Theatre Talk: 'Line of Descent'
Playwright William McCauley’s comedy 'Line of Descent' begins with two people coming home from a funeral, but soon becomes, in the author’s words, “a rapid-fire stylized, farcical satire.”
One thinks of the saying attributed to a variety of actors: “Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” If that’s true, what makes comedy so hard to perform? How do actors and directors cope with a script filled with improbable events (disguises, rapid shifts of character, people not seeing other people on stage) and brisk one-liners? Are there useful strategies for dealing with the extreme, even ridiculous, events, and the characters who participate in them?
Join Miriam Gilbert and her guest, veteran director Eric Forsythe from the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, as they discuss these questions and 'Line of Descent' this Thursday, January 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Theatre. Admission is free!