This post is for comments on classes about Water by the Spoonful (accuring on February 13 and 15) and about the performances. I encourage you to comment three separate times, one after each class and one after the performance.
In class on Monday we met: Matt Knewtson, Lighting and Sound Designer; Dave Nofsinger, Scenic Designer; Amanda Calcutt, Stage Manager; Helena Baron, Assistant Director
As heard by Assistant Director, Helena, the characters in Water by the Spoonful deal with recovering from addiction, immigration, veterans, and connecting through an online world.
After learning about the technical aspects of the production, choose one technical aspect such as set, lights, sound, costumes, or props. How do you see this technical aspect reflecting the themes of Water by the Spoonful?
Lighting Designer, Matt Knewtson, defined the technical aspects of the play as a form of "selective realism." Through this theory, those items closest to the actor such as the costume and props are most realistic, and as you move further from the actor, the realism dissolves as seen in the lights and set. Why is selective realism a necessary approach to this production? How does the content of this play necessitate "selective realism"?
Choose one of the technical elements described on Monday. What are your expectations of it in the performance? How do you think it will aid in your understanding of the play?
Connect the content from Monday's class to any other topics previously discussed in DEARTS.
QUESTIONS AFTER WEDNESDAY'S CLASS:
After learning more about this production, what are you most excited to see Wednesday evening?
Professor Mark Liermann explained the role of the director. In your chosen profession/major, can you think of a position that is equivalent to the director? How are they similar? How are they different?
As the actors described in class, even though many of the characters they portray are crack addicts, the personality traits of the characters may connect to the actors real life personas. What character is most like you and why?
What surprised you most about the process of an actor and why?
Make connections between the content from Wedensday's class to any other topics previously discussed in DEARTS.
QUESTIONS AFTER WEDNESDAY'S PERFORMANCE:
Which character resonated the most with you as a person? Why?
Characters in Water by the Spoonful frequently performed Monologue's, or one person speeches, that provided context for the character's actions and their personal histories. Which actor would you evaluate as the best performance in the production? What details about their performance support this view?
As many of the actors stated, the characters in the show undergo many transformations and changes. Some go on such a character arc that by the end, they experience a catharsis or cleansing/purification. Choose one character in the show whose actions you may or may not agree. How are their actions in the play justified? What changes would you make to the conclusion of their story if you were the playwright? Why?
Choose one technical element that stood out to you in the performance. How did this element enhance the narrative story of these characters and these themes? What way would you re-design this element in any particular moment of the show?
Throughout the production, the furniture is carried away, piece by piece until the only thing that remains are the clear wrap lines and the bathtub. What is the function of this device of pulling away the set pieces? Why is the bathtub the ramaining piece and how does it function in the story?
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes is a Pulitzer Prize winning play. Why do you think the playwright chose the title Water by the Spoonful? How is this title significant to the story? As discussed in class, this post will close on Sunday at 10pm. New questions will be posted after Wednesday's class and Wednesday evening's performance.