Molotov Theatre Group Announces Acting Workshop: "The Grand Guignol Actor's Workshop - The Molotov Style"

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Question everything you've ever learned about acting. Throw in some gore and fighting. Mix vigorously, pour all over the stage, and serve. That's the recipe for success in "The Grand Guignol Actor's Workshop: The Molotov Style," a 6-week intensive workshop series from Washington DC-based Molotov Theatre Group (http://www.molotovtheatre.org).

Question everything you've ever learned about acting. Throw in some gore and fighting. Mix vigorously, pour all over the stage, and serve.

That's the recipe for success in "The Grand Guignol Actor's Workshop: The Molotov Style," a 6-week intensive workshop series from Washington DC-based Molotov Theatre Group (http://www.molotovtheatre.org). The Theatre du Grand Guignol, the French Theatre of Horror, is enjoying an international revival, and Molotov Theatre Group is helping spearhead the revival.

Led by the founders of Molotov Theatre Group (Capital Fringe Festival winners for Best Comedy 2007 and Best Overall 2008), "The Grand Guignol Actor's Workshop: The Molotov Style" explores the blending of realism and melodrama, along with extreme physical interaction and makeup effects.

Coursework will culminate in an evening of scenes presented for the public. Scenes will be taken from classic Grand Guignol scripts as well as contemporary work, allowing class members to apply the principles in a range of situations.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • How to react "naturally" under counter-intuitive circumstances
  • How to integrate special effects and stage violence
  • How to manipulate pacing to amplify audience reaction
  • How basic special effects are created for the stage

No previous stage combat experience is necessary.
Participation is limited to no more than ten class members.

Workshop Title: "The Grand Guignol Actor's Workshop: The Molotov Style"
Dates:          Weekly, beginning March 9th, 2009, concluding April 13th, 2009
Location:             The 1409 Playbill Café, 1409 14th St., NW, Washington DC. 20005
Cost:              $125 (20 percent discount to Actor's Center members)

About Molotov Theatre Group

Founded in 2007, The Molotov Theatre Group is dedicated to preserving and exploring the aesthetic of the Grand Guignol, or French Theater of Horror. The Group will strive to accomplish this in two ways:
1) Through its ongoing project, "Grand Guignol DC," to produce English translations of original Grand Guignol scripts to preserve and draw attention to this important, and essentially forgotten genre; and
2) To apply ideal from the Grand Guignol to contemporary and classic works.

The Molotov Theater Group will pursue these goals following the Grand Guignol models of employing a resident company of artists and working towards building a true rotating repertoire of plays. To our knowledge, no other company in the world is working to maintain this genre in such a traditional way. For more information, visit http://www.molotovtheatre.com or http://www.myspace.com/molotovtheatre

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