Week #3: The Last Fiddler
Happy Saturday, friends. Welcome to EA’s Rehearsal Playground. Each week we’ll celebrate our Mainstage material and capture graveyard echoes emanating from EA’s Spoon River.
Paid members have an ALL NEW Weekly Character Challenge + March’s Mainstage Rehearsal Project waiting beyond the paywall below!
The Spoon River Anthology (Edgar Lee Masters)
The earth keeps some vibration going
There in your heart, and that is you.
And if the people find you can fiddle,
Why, fiddle you must, for all your life.
What do you see, a harvest of clover?
Or a meadow to walk through to the river?
The wind’s in the corn; you rub your hands
For beeves hereafter ready for market;
Or else you hear the rustle of skirts
Like the girls when dancing at Little Grove.
To Cooney Potter a pillar of dust
Or whirling leaves meant ruinous drouth;
They looked to me like Red-Head Sammy
Stepping it off, to “Toor-a-Loor.”
How could I till my forty acres
Not to speak of getting more,
With a medley of horns, bassoons and piccolos
Stirred in my brain by crows and robins
And the creak of a wind-mill—only these?
And I never started to plow in my life
That some one did not stop in the road
And take me away to a dance or picnic.
I ended up with forty acres;
I ended up with a broken fiddle—
And a broken laugh, and a thousand memories,
And not a single regret.
Ready to feel the vibration of Fiddler Jones in your heart?
Cinema Elysium Presents
The Last Leaf (1952)
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Run Time: 25 minutes
Weekly Character Challenges
How It Works
The first three Saturdays of each month deliver weekly character rehearsal challenges straight to your inbox. Something dynamic, something experimental, something transformational.
Something to push the boundaries of truth in character.
The last Saturday of the month features a video rehearsal (also later available on-demand) where we … well, we go a little nuts. We set free our solo work in exciting, experimental ways - evolving, enhancing, and challenging our work.
March through July: EA’s Spoon River
August - November: Anton Chekhov’s Plays
Monthly Mainstage Rehearsal Project
How It Works
On the first Saturday of the month, our MainStage rehearsal project gets posted exclusively for members to play with all month long. Your posted material always receives feedback taking your creative work further.
Each project builds out an array of rehearsal tools, applying them to work you’ll remember forever. The stuff that makes acting worth investing in. Worth believing in.
The monthly projects are tailored to move at your pace - and are available anytime you’d like to revisit them. The work is timeless. Apply your discoveries to any new character, any new world that finds you in your training and professional life.
March through May: O. Henry
June through August: Oz
September through November: Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale
It’s about your creative potential taking you where no one has gone before. Ready to roar?