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TBA Online: News & Features: October 2014

Theatre Process: Christopher White and John Collins

Friday, October 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Christopher White, John Collins and Trevor Allen, recording this Theatre Process podcast at Z Space's

Z Below. Special thanks to Lisa Steindler. Photo: Laura Brueckner

Welcome to Theatre Process, a podcast featuring Bay Area theatre artists interviewing special guest artists about the work they make.
Two times is the charm—or so we feel after hearing this second episode of Theatre Process, where Christopher White, artistic director of San Francisco devised-theatre ensemble Mugwumpin talks shop with John Collins, artistic director of New York devised-theatre ensemble Elevator Repair Service. The occasion: ERS's first trip to San Francisco, to present Arguendo, a piece using verbatim text from a US Supreme Court case determining whether or not nude dancing is a form of artistic expression protected by the First Amendment. Arguendo is running at Z Space only through Nov 2; blink and you'll miss it, so don't blink! And if you do (or did), you can console yourself with a stiff drink and this fantastic podcast, plus Rob Avila's interview with Collins about ERS's relationship with Z Space, which made this SF premiere possible. 

As colleagues in a kind of theatre-making that results in a script rather than beginning with one, White and Collins waste no time in digging deep into the discipline of devising, along with the special kinds of relationships that devising creates and the discipline that keeps work their sharp. Collins even divulges what he sees as ERS's next theatrical challenge. 

Trevor Allen, Theatre Process producer and host, is an award-winning playwright (The Creature, Lolita Roadtrip, Tenders in the Fog, Chain Reactions, 49 Miles) solo performer (Working for the Mouse),voiceover artist (representation) and author. Exit Press is currently publishing a collection of five of his plays.

Theatre Process theme music was donated and used by kind permission of Curious Quail.