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Reflecting on our first Monologue Cafe

Linda Brown, of landmark case Brown Vs. Board of Education, died on Sunday. March for Our Lives took place across the country on Saturday to call attention to the atrocity of gun violence in the United States. 

Laughing Pig Theatre’s first Monologue Cafe addressing abuses of privilege and power also took place over the weekend. Our mission? To address violence, oppression, and abuses of privilege in our local community by sharing experiences and engaging in dialogue. We collected true stories, then placed those stories in the hands of 11 performers who brought each one to life. On Friday evening we followed the show with a processing session for writers, performers, and audience members. The cafe brought together a diverse, gracious, and enthusiastic group. It was inspiring to engage in the conversation with everyone who came out to participate, support and grow with us.

Writers and performers, we at Laughing Pig Theatre are stunned by and in awe of your courage, heart and humor. Without you all this wouldn’t have been possible. An enormous thank you goes out to: Julia Wallace, Patsy Parker, Dori Honovi, Darcy Cochran, Pina, Belen Markus, Arielle Hurst, Mindy Judson-Garcia, Tayo Talabi, Avery Volk, Sawyer Walter, Mara Nadolski, Katlyn Roberts, and Amy Palmer.

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Writer, Dori Honovi meeting the actors who performed her work post show: Darcy (left) and Avery (right). What a powerful trio!

Want to learn more, take action, or seek help for yourself/someone you love? Here are some inspiring organizations working toward a more just Maricopa County:
ACLU Arizona: https://www.acluaz.org/en
ALANON/ALA-Teen: http://al-anon-az.org/find-a-meeting/
A New Leaf: http://www.turnanewleaf.org/
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence: http://www.acesdv.org/
Arizona Foundation For Women: http://www.azfw.org/
Hope Women’s Center: https://www.hopewomenscenter.org/
NAACP Maricopa County: http://maricopanaacp.org/about-the-maricopa-county-branch/
Refuge Recovery:  https://www.refugerecovery.org/
SAAF Anti-Violence Programs: https://saaf.org/care-services/anti-violence-programs/

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What A Great Night!

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for a great evening of improv and play on Friday. Enjoy a these highlights from the evening:

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Gift Giving 101
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Warming up at the thunder dome.
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Tony Moschetti (back corner) facilitated the workshop portion of our evening. 

Each one teach one is at the heart of our approach to theatre and community engagement, and it is you, our community who make this work (and play) possible. Big love to you.

If you had fun, pass it on! If you missed us on Friday fear not! There’s plenty more in store from Laughing Pig Theatre. Check out our Events Page for details.

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Privilege, Power, and Improv

Taylor
Men Aren’t Funny

 

Recently, a friend told me that they were interested in trying improv, but intimidated and afraid of the pressure to “be funny”. I knew exactly what she meant: improv is stereo-typically dominated by white-bread dudes getting a laugh and confidence boost at the expense of everyone else. It doesn’t have to be this way. Theatre (including improv) is knowledge. Knowledge is power. Power, at its best, is love NOT elitism.

In the book, Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Augusto Boal writes,

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a dance piece where the dancers danced in the first act and in the second showed the audience how to dance? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a musical where in the first act the actors sang and in the second we all sang together?…This is…how artists should be—we should be creators and also teach the public how to be creators, how to make art, so that we may all use that art together.

At Laughing Pig Theatre we’re committed to making the democratic practice of theatre safe, inclusive, and accessible to all. We’re using our inaugural season to engage with our community about important subjects, to learn together, and to have fun. Here’s how we’re doing it:

  • On Wednesday’s we host a weekly Open Improv Jam. We invite anyone who’d like to play a variety of improv games to join our ensemble in rehearsal. We explore everything from long-form to forum theatre. Being “funny” isn’t important. It is completely FREE, and open to every level of experience and ability. Come play with us! All you need is comfortable clothing and curiosity.
  • Every 2nd Friday Laughing Pig combines entertainment with instruction in a dynamic pay-what-you-can style evening of play. Whether it’s an improv show by our ensemble followed by an open improv jam with the audience, or a Theatre of The Oppressed Workshop, or a reading of a new play followed by a writers’ circle, these monthly events are sure to be as entertaining as they are educational.
  • Our Quarterly Productions explore under-represented aspects of our communities in an entertaining, evening length, genre-bending format.

Come join us at Mesa Arts Center!

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Last Week for Submissions!

Hello Piglets! Wait. Pig-heads? No, that’s worse. I’ll get back to you.

Anyway, Saturday, January 27 is the last day to submit a monologue or story for our March Monologue Café. There has been a little confusion as to what we are expecting for this, so I hope we can clear it up:

What we want these pieces to be about is really your own experience with an unfair power dynamic. This certainly was inspired by the national conversation we are having on sexual assault, but we think it goes much further. There are certain things we as a society have decided to accept as “the way things are.” We are all starting to realize that our acceptance comes at the expense of the safety and well-being of entire sections of our population.

These are the stories we want to hear from you. If you have never written a monologue before, don’t worry. Just tell the story as you would tell it to a friend. We don’t need professional, publishing-ready writing. We want your voice. It can be tragic, humorous, or everything in between. And if you felt like you were the person using your power, we want to hear from you too.

And remember, if you are not comfortable sharing your own words, we will have one of our actors perform them on your behalf, and you can remain anonymous. What matters to us is giving the community an opportunity to get things off their chest, and learn about the trials of others they may have never considered.

Email laughing.pig.theatre@gmail.com today to submit a piece. There are no rules to these monologues, but if you want to read some examples we posted a couple here and here.

*You do not need to be located in AZ to submit a piece.

You are welcome to perform your piece, but because of the sensitive nature of what we are asking we do not require that you read your own work. We will have performers standing by to bring your words to life. If you choose to perform your monologue, you must be memorized and available on March 21st and 22nd for dress rehearsals (7:00-10:00) and for all performances March 23rd, 24th (6:00pm-9:00pm) and 25th (1:00pm-5:00pm). 

Submissions are due January 27th, 2018 by 11:59pm. The Monologue Cafe will be a public event, and video and audio recording is ok. As part of your submission, you give Laughing Pig Theater the rights to utilize audio, video, and still images from the Monologue Cafe for professional purposes. You will retain all rights to your work. For future reproductions by Laughing Pig Theatre we will request your permission.

We will be selecting monologues for the performances by February 10th. For every selected monologue, if the writer does not wish to participate in the performance, they will receive one comp ticket for the night of their choosing.

To purchase tickets for our Monologue Cafe, click here.