Ad Libs: Pop go the props if the actors don't stop | Ad Libs | Rebecca Wallace | Palo Alto Online |
BREAKING NEWS:Missing couple found alive

Local Blogs

Ad Libs

By Rebecca Wallace

E-mail Rebecca Wallace

About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Ti...  (More)

View all posts from Rebecca Wallace

Ad Libs: Pop go the props if the actors don't stop

Uploaded: May 28, 2010
For my story this week about TheatreWorks' play "Opus," about life in a string quartet, I chatted with writer Michael Hollinger and cellist/advisor Kris Yenney. It's illuminating to hear about a script forming, especially when the writer is a violist working dissonance and other musical concepts into the language.

Then Kris talked about her art: She coaches actors on how to move with their instruments and mime playing, so they look like real classical musicians.

Kris cracked me up when she said the script was very passionate -- which meant she had to remind the actors that never, even in the heights of anger, would a real musician actually slam his violin down.

Fortunately for the props department, the actors aren't playing heirlooms. ...

To read the rest of this posting, go to Ad Libs.
What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

 +  Like this comment
Posted by x, a resident of Martens-Carmelita,
on Jul 9, 2016 at 9:32 am

Web Link


Follow this blogger.
Sign up to be notified of new posts by this blogger.

Email:

SUBMIT
Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

Los Altos's State of Mind opening NYC-inspired pizza shop in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 16 comments | 8,152 views

Flying: How much is enough? It's personal.
By Sherry Listgarten | 12 comments | 2,721 views

Wait, wait – we’re working on it
By Diana Diamond | 18 comments | 2,355 views

My Pet Peeves
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 7 comments | 1,824 views

Goodbye toy stores
By Cheryl Bac | 6 comments | 1,103 views

 

Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

Contest Details