KUDZU ~ THE STORY OF THE AMC

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AMC

REVIVING THE OLD STORIES TO CREATE NEW MYTHS

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6. THE BALLAD OF ROMEO AND JULIET, PART TWO

During my third year of graduate school, I was lucky enough to assistant direct Mary Zimmerman’s Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and one of the perks of working there is a chance to do what they call a Midnight Project...

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2. CENTER

The idea for the AMC came from the culmination of my MFA thesis in Directing at Northwestern University.  It was based on an exercise I did in class for Michael Rohd, which asked me to write a first day address to an organization or project that I might lead in five years.  The address to the AMC came out in a flurry, but right before I was to turn it in, I made a key word change: theatre to center...

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1. AMERICAN MYTH

Myth is a loaded term.  Mary Zimmerman, a former teacher of mine who has made a career playing in the world of myth, defined it for me as tales that we hold in our collective unconscious that primarily deal with origin stories which use the fantastical and often contain the supernatural.  Others, she is quick to point out, use the term in the figurative sense by naming something a myth when they believe it is false, like bats are blind and bulls hate red...

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