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Encore Players’ Summer Program is No Joke
(Written by Joan Boer)

12 actors walk into a bar… sounds like the setup for a shaggy dog story. But for those who sign up for the Encore Players’ summer class in Dramatic Improvisation, it’s a chance for veteran and budding actors to further develop their acting tools and for normal people to dip their toes into unfamiliar theatrical waters.

The acting class, the fourth that Encore Players has sponsored, will again be taught by Darcy Marta, who has acted, directed and instructed on both coasts, and has studied with such revered drama teachers as Lee Strasbourg. The class will meet from 1-4 p.m. for six Saturday sessions beginning July 7, to be followed by two public performances featuring the students’ work. All sessions and performances will be at the Bothwell Arts Center, Eighth and H streets in Livermore.

Participants will be introduced to dramatic improvisation, for which each actor will use some life experience—comic or tragic, silly or sad—as a basis for his or her character’s story. The action will take place in an imaginary bar (think “Cheers), where the cast of characters come and go. The stories will evolve through the characters’ interactions.

“I really like using improv as a teaching technique,” instructor Marta noted. “It lets the actor learn to bring a deeper truth to their words, and to realize that there is no right way to deliver a line. But it requires a stronger sense of listening before responding.”

Cost of the class is $150. For an application to enroll in the class, to join the company or receive more information about company activities, send an email to Class size is limited to a dozen individuals, so get your application for enrollment in early! Registration will close when the class is full.

The Encore Players, a Livermore theatre company, is resident at the Bothwell Center. In addition to the classes, the company has produced several plays, including “Love Letters” and “The Cocktail Hour,” by A.R. Gurney, “Three Viewings,” by Jeffrey Hatcher, and a staged reading of “An American Daughter,” by Wendy Wasserstein. Auditions for a fall production will be announced in late August.