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Come get a glimpse inside the hearts and minds of the artists behind our main stage productions in this dynamic and engaging series designed to invite audiences into the creative process. Part interactive lecture series, part theater playground, On Northern Stage is a unique and exciting opportunity to ask ourselves what it is to create, explore and inspire.

Each On Northern Stage day begins with a lecture and discussion led by a member of the creative team or a theater historian, investigating the theatrical traditions, practices and viewpoints brought to life by the current production. Explore topics ranging from Musical Adaptation for the Stage to Political Theater to Comedy: The Fine Art of Being Stupid.

Continue the conversation over lunch provided by a local White River Junction establishment with your fellow audience and members of the Northern Stage creative team.

The second half of the day is an interactive opportunity to observe and practice what goes into making a collaborative piece of art. Work with a team of professionals who will give you the tools to explore how you would choose to explore the big ideas of the piece if you were the playwright, director, actor or designer. Ask questions, offer ideas and leave with a better understanding of what goes on before the curtain rises to create life changing theater.

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Sweat and the Enduring Power of Naturalism

March 19, 11 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Morning Session only (11 a.m.-12 p.m.) – $25

Afternoon Session only (1:00-2:30) – $35

Full Day (Lunch included) – $79

Pulitzer Prize winner Sweat is many things: an unflinching portrayal of race relations in America, a meditation on labor and class, and a deeply poignant and at times funny portrayal of unlikely friendships. Framing all of that is a tour de force of Naturalistic playwriting in the tradition of Anton Chekov, August Strindberg, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.

What is Naturalism, and how did it become the prominent theatrical movement in the United States? What is “Method” acting, and how are actors trained in the craft to bring you the performances you see in Sweat and other naturalistic plays in the modern canon? Get a chance to bring out your inner actor with group exercises and theater games led by Dartmouth Acting lecturer and Northern Stage Artistic Director Carol Dunne and Northern Stage Director of Education, Dartmouth Acting Lecturer and Sweat cast member Robert David Grant.

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