By Natalie Piegari (@nataliepiegari), Assistant to the Artistic Director Intern.
Everyone who has taken a day of acting class knows this: acting is reacting. Listen. Yes, and.
Forum has taken these concepts and transformed them into a mission statement for a series of performances throughout the Season. We call these the (Re)Acts. It is a supportive environment in which to share ideas with a group of diverse, multidiscipline artists. Our goal is to not only reflect the themes within the work of the Season, but also to showcase the beautifully diverse community in which we produce shows.
Local artists are given prompts based on topics relevant to our upcoming mainstage productions a month or so before the performances. This whets the artistic palate of our audience members, prepping them for the evening of theatre they will see in a few weeks. The (Re)Acts themselves are an assortment of short pieces that range from podcasts to visual art to film. We encourage artists to try a medium with which they are not familiar in order to birth something truly revelatory onstage.
(Re)Acts ask questions: how does one cope in the face of adversity? How do we find home in a city so rapidly changing and gentrifying? Can we ever truly start from nothing?
These questions were the central idea that led us to choosing the works that make up our mainstage line-up. The thoughts and ideas that we and our artists are most interested in exploring with our audience.
As with everything that Forum does, (Re)Acts start conversations. With your friends, with the person sitting next to you at the theatre, with a stranger months later when a piece flickers back into your mind.
The result is a Season that more fully reflects the thoughts, perspectives and fears of a community. The result is that we have new collaborative relationships with local artists directly. The result is some truly adventurous and inspiring art.
We ask you to (Re)Act with us.