Easy Street: A Guide for Players in Improvised Interactive Environmental Performance, Walkaround Entertainment, and First-Person Historical Interpretation
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EASY STREET is a guide for players in improvised interactive environmental performance, walkaround entertainment, and first-person historical reenacting. It’s also about much, much more than that, because the principles of effective Street play apply to any situation involving connections between people: sellers and customers, teachers and students, service providers and clients, programmers and end-users, co-workers, teammates, and fellow members of Leagues of Superheroes thrive wildly when these principles are in play. A-E Shapera has performed and taught at Shakespeare festivals, Renaissance Faires, fringe festivals and historical reenactments for over twenty years. Her walkaround character, Jane the Phoole, has performed by invitation at England's Muncaster Castle, home to the original "Tom Fool," and is the Official Municipal Jester of the City of Milwaukee. With a pithy blurb by bestselling author Christopher Moore!
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Jun 8, 2012This is a MUST read for anyone that wants to get into character acting and especially those who want to perform at Renaissance Faires/Festivals. I also highly encourage all Festival Producers/Promoters to get a bunch of copies to give out to all the volunteers/newbies that come to your faire! Not only will it be a great present to treasure for them, but can last them a lifetime of knowledge that can't be replaced.
Mar 15, 2012This book arrived one morning and by nightfall I had sprinted through it, cover to cover, laughing along the way. My favorite authors are those that speak to you in a way that makes it seem they are right there next to you sharing a cup of tea, a plate of biscuits and their favorite anecdotes of past adventures. A-E does this and so much more. I learned so much, mainly how not only feasible this whole improvisational interactive environmental theater notion could be, but how fulfilling it is and that it is probably what has been missing in my life. Easy Street will easily be listed on my favorite books, the books that I have read so many times I have lost count.
Mar 15, 2012If Gary Izzo's "The Art of Play" is your college professor for Street Theater 101, then A-E's "Easy Street" is the hip teaching assistant that takes all that information and puts it into terms that today's modern student can understand and, more importantly, Relate. This book is a transcription of the time A-E took me to a coffee shop and gently reminded me that everyone is still a human being whether or not they wear the "actor" veneer. Well, it would be a transcription if I'd ever had coffee with A-E. Nevertheless, A-E approaches Street Theater with a humble (low dominance - see chapter 4) conversational style that this genre has lacked for years. Whereas previous tomes simply said "If you do this then you will have an emotional reaction with the audience," A-E has drawn upon her 20 years of experience and used real-life examples so that you feel that emotional reaction While You Are Reading. I laughed a carbonated beverage through my nose at... More > the description of her costume as a Dalek, and wept with joy and understanding when she reminded me not to waste myself with inaction. Although there are times where chapters wander off like a concerned porcupine, they always return at the end for the juicy fruit treat of Making it Worth it for you, the reader/audience. This simple idea, Making it Worth it, will change how the public perceives street entertainers... but only if we embrace it. Easy Street just may be the book that revolutionizes Street Theater. Not bad for "Just One Girl." -Julie McMillin Publicity and Social Media Director Renaissance Entertainment Productions< Less
Feb 29, 2012I have had the pleasure of personally learning from Ann-Elizabeth over the years. Unfortunately, I had not yet figured out how to shrink her to pocket size so that I could carry her around with me for reference while I am directing, writing, or simply interacting with people on and off the stage. But now, this book will allow me to do just that and keep her at actual size (which, by they way, is Larger than Life). The skills and lessons that are in this book resonate within me and shine through during my life. I strongly encourage anyone that is looking to inject a hyper-awareness of their surroundings into their performances to read this book. Buy two, you will wear out the first one. ---Shane Hill, RenQuest Director, Bristol Renaissance Faire
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- Ann-Elizabeth Shapera (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Phoole Skoole Press
- February 27, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.84 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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- Interactive Environmental Performance ,
- Renaissance Faires ,
- Improvisation ,
- Walkaround Entertainment ,
- Historical Reenactment ,
- Historical Reenacting ,
- Historical Interpretation ,
- Interactive Theater ,
- Jane the Phoole
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