New Dramaturgies

6:30–7:30pm / Oct 6 / Segal Theatre

Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project's Process of Devising Theater

Jimmy Maize

Photo by Alden Ford.

Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project’s Process of Devising Theater: Moment Work opens the doors to the rehearsal room of one of America’s most innovative and influential theater companies, Tectonic Theater Project, the creators of The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and 33 Variations. For more than two decades, the members of Tectonic Theater Project have been rigorously experimenting with the process of theatrical creation. Here they set forth a detailed manual of their devising method and a thorough chronicle of how they wrote some of their best-known works. This book is for all theater artists- actors, writers, designers, and directors- who wish to create work that embraces the unbridled potential of the stage.

Jimmy Maize is a writer/director/designer and member of Tectonic Theater Project. Tectonic projects include 33 Variations (Broadway, starring Jane Fonda), The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (BAM), One Arm (The New Group), as well as teaching Moment Work nationally and internationally through Tectonic’s Education and Community Engagement Department. He has used Moment Work to create award-winning plays and musicals from archived material, interviews, fiction, and poetry, including a folk musical about John Muir, a punk rock musical about Arthur Rimbaud, and a large-scale civic spectacle about immigration. Most recently, his play The Temple Bombing enjoyed a sold-out run at the Alliance Theatre. His upcoming project will track youth activism in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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