This five-day workshop led by Maureen Labonté is an introduction to a script analysis method based on the belief that it is of supreme importance to take the time to read and analyze the play text well, and know it thoroughly before jumping to interpretation.
It is essential to take the time to dig, to investigate, to question and to ponder what the playwright wrote before jumping to conclusions or interpretation. Maureen uses the term “archeological” to describe it. This investigative work is fundamental to a sound and imaginative take on the work. It is objective and detailed, but also visceral.
Participants will have the chance to :
- Learn how to slow down, be curious and enjoy discovering what makes the play work, what is really there versus what you might think is there or what you want to be there. It’s a way to free the imagination.
- Put opinion on hold, at least temporarily, and grapple with what the playwright has put on the page. Cultivate curiosity and a spirit of inquiry.
- Develop a spirit of investigation. Learn to ask good questions in order to get at the mystery that’s at the heart of the script and discover its beauty, magic, musicality, passion
- And finally, after a detailed analysis (micro) learn how to pull back (up) in order to arrive at a synthesis of your discoveries (macro) and move into pre-production and eventually the rehearsal hall and the stage.
“The vision of a great play is inextricably bound up with the exact words of the text.”
Session 1: Monday, November 8th, 2021 10AM to 2PM
Session 2: Tuesday, November 9th, 2021
1PM to 5PM
Session 3: Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
10AM to 2PM
Session 4: Thursday, November 11th, 2021
Session 5: Friday, November 12th, 2021
Possibility of an extra 2-hour session on Saturday, November 13th, 2021.
NOTE: Participants will be assigned a play to read between the first and second sessions. This assignment is mandatory and central to the workshop.
7250 Clark St., #103
- Please send us a bio and/or artistic CV as well as a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why this workshop interests you, how it is relevant to your artistic practice, and what your expectations are.
- The workshop is open to playwrights, dramaturges and other theatre creators with some professional experience.
- Send applications and any questions to email@example.com with the subject line: Exploring Practice with Maureen Labonté.
Apply before 1PM EST on October 4th, 2021 to ensure that your application will be considered.
About the Workshop Leader
Maureen Labonté is a translator, dramaturg and teacher. She has translated over forty Quebec plays into English. And Slowly Beauty (Talonbooks) her translation of Lentement la beauté by Quebec City playwright, Michel Nadeau, was a finalist for the 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award in Translation.
Maureen has worked as a dramaturg and coordinated play development programs in theatres and play development centres across the country. She was the Co-Director of the Playwrights’ Lab at the Banff Center for the Arts from 2006 to 2012 and has taught at the National Theatre School of Canada since the mid-90’s.