I’ve been going to the theater lately. One of the nice things about living in Los Angeles is that there’s no shortage of plays going on at any time. Since I don’t have a background in the performing arts, I thought I’d better go check some out if I intend on putting on SOS live later this year.
The two shows I went to this weekend were very different – one was at a children’s theater in North Hollywood and the other was at a performance art space in Echo Park.
The first show I went to this weekend was delightful. It was a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk by the Storybook theater. I’D never been to a children’s theater before, it was PACKED! The show was short - 30mins 1st half, 10 min intermission, 20 min 2nd half. I sat in the back and took notes. I was hesitant to go because my number 2 had an obligation come up that day and I thought I might seem like a creep by myself. No one cared, or even noticed really. The kid’s were SO into the show. There must have been 150+ kids all totally engaged for the whole hour. It was definitely geared towards a younger audience (3-9), but they had all these great and simple ways for the audience to participate. Really good stuff, I took a ton of notes. I’m glad I went to go see it (creep or not).
The second show I went to was sort of a performance-meets-science-research personalized art show…thing. I’m kind of at a loss to explain was it was exactly. It’s an installation put on at Machine Project described as puppets and art meets science. “Puppets meets science! That’s what I want to do!” I said. So I signed up and went for my personalized performance to see what it was all about. It was definitely a unique experience. The best way I can think to explain it was is to say it was flavored more to the social science spectrum than the science-science spectrum. I can’t tell you about what happens in the personalized art performance, but you can sign up and go see it for yourself HERE. It's neat. Go try it.
In summation: I believe in both cases that this was time well spent. I also realized I have a lot more work to do.