a little Rilke…

…never hurts.

“What tightens into survival is already inert.”

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this blog has moved!

You can find it here now.

Andrew Wood Acting Studio

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the real value

Jerzy Grotowski“The real value [of the exercises]“, Grotowski insisted, “lies in your not being able to do them.” –An Acrobat of the Heart, A Physical Approach to Acting Inspired by the Work of Jerzy Grotowski, Stephen Wangh

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the right work

When I was at the Drama School, I watched as actors were cast in one or two School productions, and then often did a Yale Cabaret show after hours. This was on top of a battery of classes. So everyone stayed very busy.

And because everyone stayed very busy, everyone felt very virtuous about how busy they were, and how hard they were working. They felt certain that because they were working so hard, their work must be good.

In reality, it seldom worked out that way.

They may have built stamina and endurance, but in the meantime, I saw a good deal of mediocre work happen at that illustrious institution. People were stretched too thin, and so they couldn’t really do justice to anything. And if you ask me, many of them liked it that way. It gave them the perfect means to avoid actually having to look squarely at anything, and ask themselves what it would take to really do something well. Instead of just giving what they felt like they could and hoping for the best.

One of the great experiences I had at the Drama School was three semesters as assistant to a master acting teacher and director. I remember discussing this issue with her, in a slightly different context. We were talking about students in the class who buried themselves in work, but were not actually working productively. The key, she said, is doing “the right work.”

Feeling busy doesn’t mean your time is well spent. Not at all. Sometimes, though, slowing down and paying real attention is just too frightening to contemplate.

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How you like me NOW?

Welcome to the brand spanking new Mother of Invention Blog, now hosted here, on my own domain, utteracting.com, and using WordPress. I am told that WordPress is the choice of Serious Bloggers everywhere; can you feel how much more Serious I’ve gotten in the last 24 hours? Seriously, though, a Search Guru has assured me that the benefits I will reap from the search engines by hosting my blog on my own domain guarantee that I will live happily ever after in the lap of luxury.

When you say it’s gonna happen now, when exactly do you mean?

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Friends and Family Night Pics

These are some pics from the last LA Friends and Family Night, shot by the incomparable Eric Ulbrich:

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Houses of Cards happen.

Especially when Yolanda Seabourne is building them.

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Did I happen to mention?

No, I don’t think I did.


At our bake sale tomorrow: cupcakes from Crumbs in Larchmont, donated by Ron Ginsberg.

Also, Crumbs generously donated 24 bite-sized cupcakes:

Come sample our wares. Lots of homebaked goodness. Tomorrow, starting at 10 AM, Beverly and Gardner, between Fairfax and La Brea.

Check @UraniumMadhouse for any updates.

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Uranium Madhouse Bake Sale!!!

This Saturday we’ll be peddling our delicious wares to raise money for our upcoming production. Please stop by and pick up some yellowcake or other delicacy. We’ll have cookies, cupcakes, cake, and lots of other goodies.

We are planning to set up shop at the NE corner of Pan-Pacific Park, which is the SW corner of Beverly and Gardner, between La Brea and Fairfax. Check the @UraniumMadhouse twitter feed for any updates on the location.



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