The Control Material

For this extremely scientific experimental work, we are taking the one-act play Like Tom Cruise Loves Running, by Mike Czuba, and seeing what it can become, in-between theatre and film. Can the lens of the camera be a ‘5th wall’, another character within the action? What might change or be expanded for the actors? How can we re-imagine what an audience is in this new space and how can the performance be disseminated? These are big questions, yes, but ones that need to be more than just asked, but physically played with, potential answers need to be attempted and embodied and mistakes need to be made. This is not simply a necessity for larger companies with access to more resources, but fundamentally important for the independent and emerging artist as well.

The Control Material:

Like Tom Cruise Loves Running – A One-Act play by Mike Czuba

An immediate, physical, Meta-Theatrical, one-act play, with 3 people, 3 chairs, much running and a struggle to answer the question: “How do you love?”

Three people, actors, characters find themselves in an abstract space. They immediately try to show/prove how much they love. Grand statements are made, running on the spot, arguing, debates, agreements and declarations power this play from start to stop with a rhythm and pace that will leave everyone out of breath.

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