DR.C (Or How I Learned to Act in Eight Steps)

Conceived and Directed by Rubén Polendo
Text collage by Rubén Polendo and Jocelyn Clarke
Dramaturgy by Jocelyn Clarke
Developed at Sundance White Oak, Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, New York Theatre Workshop and 3LD Art and Technology Center
Summer 2009

Imagine you awake one morning and don't know who you are and you have no memories. Your task becomes to construct a life using the evidence that you can find. Such is the work of the actor ...and the circumstance of the ensemble in the New York premiere of Theater Mitu's DR.C (OR HOW I LEARNED TO ACT IN 8 STEPS). This opera in eight parts juxtaposes the physicality of the 1919 silent film THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI against a live score, state-of the art technology, and a new text created from the words of eight of history's leading acting theorists--Aristotle, Appia, Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Grotowski, Brook, and Bogart--to ask, "what is acting ...and why do we care?" It is an unintentional homage to the people and ideas that, for better or for worse, have irrevocably shaped the way we view the art of acting.

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Choreographed by: Scott Spahr
Original Music by: Ellen Reid
Set Design: Amy Rubin
Costume Design: Candida K. Nichols
Lighting Design: Kate Ashton
Video Design: Jake Witlen
Sound Design: Alex Hawthorn
Stage Managed by: Hilary Austin
Musicians: Jef Evans, Ellen Reid,
William Thomason
Assistant Directors: John Robichau,
Ben Gullard, Judi Olson
Cast: Matthew Carlson, Aysan Celik,
Adam Cochran, Emily Davis,
Nathan Elam, Marc LeVasseur,
Justin Nestor, Laura Stinger, Judi Olson (understudy)
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