|Playwright José Cruz González with a Dialogue/Diálogos participant.|
“I have memories of those powerful moments when joy or sadness overcame an entire room,” says Gonzalez. “The people of Santa Ana trusted us with their stories and they revealed their hearts to their neighbors.”
|Dialogue/Diálogos Introduction to Illusion of Fighting on Stage Workshop. (from left: teaching artists Daniel Chacón and Richard Soto with Diálogos volunteer Angela Apodaca).|
The 400 people who shared their stories—and others who are interested in theatre—are invited to take part in a series of 10 workshops that cover everything from an introduction to acting to developing a stage voice and stage presence to puppetry, and all elements of theatre-making. The workshops, taught in both English and Spanish by South Coast Repertory teaching artists, are scheduled Sept. 27-Oct. 22.
“By spending time with us to play and explore theatre, we hope participants will potentially see themselves in the new play we’re crafting, and learn from us as much as we’ve learned from them at the storytelling events,” says Sara Guerrero, Dialogue/Diálagos engagement director.
Connie, a Santa Ana resident, is looking forward to the workshops. She shared her stories last spring, responding to a Dialogue Days flyer that a volunteer for the project left on her doorstep.
|Dialogue/Diálogos Introduction to Puppetry. (from left: Sylvia Blush, Mercy Vazquez, Daniel Chacón)|
SCR teaching artists are looking forward to seeing many familiar faces at the workshops, which now seem like family gatherings to them.
“The story sharing sessions felt like we were in the middle of a planned get-together with the familia,” recalls Sylvia Blush, an SCR teaching artist. She saw four different families, representing multiple generations, sitting across from each other telling their shared stories of life in Santa Ana. Blush will be teaching a dance ensemble introduction workshop on Oct. 5.
Playwright, teaching artists and returning Dialogue/Diálogos participants and Santa Ana community members are welcome to take part in the workshops. No experience is necessary. Space, however, is limited. Advance registration for the free workshops is encouraged by registering here.