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Watching A Mutationesque Play At The Firehouse

On the afternoon of July 12 I joined about a dozen people at the Firehouse to see a workshop performance of a short work creatred by Jennifer Jones Hundley, a Firehouse boardmember, and a group of actors.
What I didn't know when I saw the play--about 12 minutes in length--was that it had been rehearsed and presented in 24 hours. The five actors, two women and three men, were simply given a year, 1957, and a location, a restaurant in the South Beach section of the city of Miami, Florida. There was no text but movement and gesture.
The actors were given this situation Saturday morning and they began working movement, building characters. This is out of the teaching of Ann Bogart. The City Company in New York City is creating a full-length play this way, called "Systems and Layers."
They went home to write biographies of their characters but they didn't even share them. Sunday morning they began rehearsing their characters, with movement, and a piece of jazz music by a regional group here called The Switch, which had a kind of Latin beat. The plot was simple, but what the actors did with it amazingly complicated and wonderful to watch. A black man comes into a Southern restaurant in Miami run by a pre-Castro Cuban immigrant. The waitress and the waiter are flirting with each other, a woman comes into the restaurant, is propistioned by the black man and she sends away, the owner of the restaurant enters(we don't know at the time that he is the owner) and he and the young woman see each other, there is uncomfortable recognition, he approaches her, and they begin this dance of attempted reunion/seduction. The black man tries to break into the dance, and is told he cannot by the waiter. The woman realizes this whole situation is painful and wrong; the owner goes, the woman hesitantly leaves afterward, the black man finally goes and the waiter and waitress close up the restaurant, dance together lovingly and exit.
These were good actors, committed to the process and they obviously enjoyed the work method. For such a short time of rehearsing--this was just the seventh time they'd run the show-- I was impressed by the crisp clarity of movement and the revelation of character. Ann Bogart teaches this method for Classic theater and contemporary, too.
The Artistic Director and I were impressed enough that we'd like to see more shows done this way at the Firehouse.
Sounds to me this is something in the Mutation style--I'd be interested to hear if I'm sort of correct, or even sort of wrong.--HEK
by harry kollatz, richmond

The Global Reality Arrives In My Mailbox

During the July 4th weekend the global reality of Mutation arrived in my mailbox on Colonial Avenue with the delivery of a thick cache of postcards. Scanning the Workspace and diary entries, and reading the journalism pertaining to Mutation in the Nigerian Vanguard, and the rehearsal process underway in Berlin, I'm feeling the electric whir of activity. We are launched. Even Ms. Dentzminger. by harry kollatz, richmond

Suspicion Turns to Excitement
I was just pulling down the street toward my house. I noticed a van just leaving from in front of the house. There are occasional break-ins in my neighborhood, as there is anywhere. We don't get a lot of visitors, so I was a little suspicious as the van left before I turned the corner to arrive at the house.
I spied two medium-sized boxes on the porch. My mom's business gets a few deliveries per week at the house, I just figured they were for her. But when I got to the porch, I saw they said SOPHIENSALE on the box. MY POSTCARDS HAD ARRIVED! I'M SO EXCITED!
A very generous delivery from the Mutation crew in Berlin. This will help to offset our costs here in Richmond considerably.
Now the biggest phase of Mutation promotion begins in Richmond.
by isaac regelson, richmond

Firehouse Mutation Page

Greetings, Mutationists:

I am quite laggard in informing you of this development, but the Firehouse Theatre Project now has a page informing the public about Mutation in Richmond, in addition to the logo and a brief explanation on its opening site page.
Hope it generates interest as time approaches for the event here.--HEK by harry kollatz, richmond

The Bonds Between Us Tighten
Last week, Harry and I met with Mark Drey, the Firehouse's Counsul and Financial Advisor. We hammered out the details between Mutation and the Firehouse and came to the general agreement of a partnership which would be the following:

No out of pocket expenses for the Firehouse (FTP).

Once the project met my financial goal we would start paying the Firehouse rent for the performances.

I can't ask any of their fund-raising prospects for money.

Once we covered the rent, the money would be divided in a likely a 75/25, Mutation/FTP proportion (I think any added money which comes into the project could perhaps go to help with ome of the other performances or travel expenses)
With this agreement, I can use the FTP's 501-c3 status to raise money.
I already have 1/2 of my budget pledged. by isaac regelson, richmond

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