Back from the week-long workshop at Q School on all the choruses in Lysistrata. As I did when I was directing the play myself, in 1998, I forgot to include the final Spartan celebration-chorus until the end. Something about it just keeps slipping my mind.
The students of Q were very eager, and up to the hardest passages in the play – those two instances where the Chorus of Men and Women unite to address the audience. They were able to improvise both vocally and physically within choruses by the end of the week. Really, they were doing it after the first couple of hours, but they were rock stars by Friday. Made me so proud.
It was very nice to be a guest teacher, and also to have the luxury of exploring choruses through the lens of one text. We had almost fifteen hours of workshop time.