What’s in a (video excerpt of) a play?

June 11th, 2013 by Cathy Plourde

In theatre, less is more.  You the Man features:

One actor.

Black t-shirt, black jeans for costume.

A nearly bare stage–table, stool, a couple of small props, flip chart.

Lights on the stage, and in the house.

This minimalist set up not only makes for ease in touring, it give audiences a chance to project an individual understanding of the characters, their situations, their ages.  But this description gives very little information of what the play is actually like.

Yes, if it were on video PERHAPS we could reach many more people.


No, there is not going to be a video version of the play.

Why? Because the ability of theatre to break through the noise of the hours of screen time youth as well as adults have every day is inherent in it being LIVE THEATRE.

But, this being the 21st Century, it’s pretty much required to have some sort of media version of one’s program or work.

And, having tried NUMEROUS times to capture the essence of the production on the ever-requsested video of the production, the transfer from one medium to the other is not simple (or inexpensive!).

So, for the purposes of having a video for use in promoting and presenting the program, the students in Mr. David Beane’s video production class at the Portland Arts & Technology High School worked with both the actors Lloyd Watts and Brian Chamberlain to capture ‘essence’ of the play.  We’ve got a typo to fix, but ignore that for now and check out their work!

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