Tuesday, November 8, 2011

McDANIEL COLLEGE’S “PLAYBACK” IMPROVISATIONAL THEATRE ALLOWS AUDIENCE TO INTERACT WITH PERFORMERS

PLAYBACK
Co-Directed by Ron Miller and Joel Plotkin, McDaniel Theatre Arts Professors, Performers are McDaniel Theatre Arts Students in Interactive Theatre

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, and Friday, November 11, at 7:30 PM
WHERE:
WMC Alumni Hall at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster MD
ADMISSION: Free and Open to the Public
For information, call 410.857/2448.

Improvisational theatre comes to McDaniel College with Playback, an interactive performance in which audience members share personal stories that are then acted out by the performers.

Performers of McDaniel’s Playback are theater arts students enrolled in a playback theater course at the college, which is part of the interactive theater concentration. These students include Tim Connor (2012) of Randolph, N.J., Rosalie Edelston (2013) of Cos Cob, Conn., Kelsey Gondek (2014) of Avondale, Pa., Elizabeth Maxman (2014) of New York, N.Y., Megan McCargish (2014) of Reisterstown, Md., Erin Murray (2014) of Centreville, Md., Katalin Szoboszlay (2012) of Highland, Md., and Leslie Tanamor (2012) of Washington, D.C. It is co-directed by Ron Miller and Joel Plotkin, McDaniel theatre arts professors.

Playback theater is a form of improvisational theatre that can be comedic, serious, dramatic and cathartic. An audience member is called upon to tell a personal story, chooses actors to play the roles, and then watches as the story is immediately recreated.

McDaniel theatre arts professor Ron Miller studied playback theater, which was created in New York in 1975, with Armand Volkas, director of the Living Arts Playback troupe in Oakland, Calif.

Former students in McDaniel’s playback theater course have gone on to careers in acting, drama therapy, counseling and education. Several former students are also members of the Maryland Playback Ensemble, a community-based playback theatre company also directed by Miller.

For more information, call 410.857.2448. Visit www.mcdaniel.edu for more information about the college and the theatre arts department.