Monday, May 12, 2008
Practicing what I preach
So, my theater company, the Mammals, plans on producing a play entitled The Meatlocker. I've been playing with storyboards for a comic book that will be tied to the production.
The hope is that when this graphic novella is completed it will excite folks into getting to see the production. The comic book itself will be cast as a show would and the photos will be doctored in photoshop like the images above. (That's me by the way). This rough draft of a storyboard...I made this with a digital camera and my computer while watching baseball on TV and the Daily Show last night.
So, this is more than merely promotion, although it is definitely promotion. It is sort thing I can do with actors that doesn't necessarily endanger the sanctity of the rehearsal room, and it starts to give you an idea of the play, the narrative, the tone. And, it is achievable. Personally, I am drawn to the graphic novel form, but why cant this be modified to fit the medium and interests of anyone out there who sees benefit in sharing more.
So, this is just one of the ways we can start to increase content regarding our work. Also, over at themammals.blogspot.com you can see all the photos we released one at a time to get Chicagoans to check us out when we did Clay Continent. All taken during rehearsal without impinging on the "safe zone" per say.
Anyway. I thought this might be a way to illustrate just a little bit of what I'm talking about. It doesn't have to be a comic book, but cant this sort of multidisciplinary approach opens new avenues to us? Especially those of us working in genre based - genre inspired work.
I feel this sort of promotion can actually expand the notion of what is performative when shared with the audience. The actors, the director, most of the folks involved all get involved, can decide upon the content, and really being to elevate how they share on the blogosphere.