Ron Kurtz continues his popular series exploring how “words on the page” become “words on the stage.” The play this time is “The Humans” by Stephen Karam. The play was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play. The Amelia Community Theatre production is directed by Ron Kurtz.
At Thanksgiving, the Blake family gathers for dinner: parents Erik and Deirdre Blake, their adult daughters, Brigid and Aimee, Bridget’s boyfriend Richard, and Erik’s mother Fiona “Momo,” who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. The family members must deal with aging, illness, and a changing economy. The class will enjoy an inside view of the stagecraft and the people who prepare and stage the play. Reading and seeing the play will provide the basis for group discussion.
This class is a partnership between Amelia Lifelong Learning and Amelia Community Theatre.
Instructor: Ron Kurtz has had a long career in Theatre Arts as producer, director, stage manager, and actor.
Location: Amelia Community Theatre, 209 Cedar Street, Fernandina Beach.
Day and Time: Thursdays, January 23-February 20, 3-5 pm.
Materials to be Purchased: “The Humans” by Stephen Karam. ISBN # 978-0-8222-3527-9. Available at Dramatists’ Play Service and at Amazon.
“Notes on Directing,” 2nd edition, ISBN # 978-1937295028 (this book has been used in previous classes from Ron Kurtz). Available at Amazon.
Class participants may purchase discounted tickets from the ACT Box Office, 904-261-6749