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The Clown is Coming Back


About three years ago I was cast as The Witches in a laboratory production of Macbeth directed by Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (http://natalialassallemorillo.com). During one of the rehearsals, she told me to think about clowns, and how they could relate to The Witches. It was a Friday. I spent the whole weekend watching documentaries about clowns, reading books, articles, interviews, everything I could find. When I came back to rehearsal on Monday, Natalia told me that it was just a thought, nothing too important to the development of the role, or the piece. But it was too late for me. Even though I didn't use all, or any, of my gathered research on clowns for this project, I became obsessed with clowns.


I went to CalArts (California Institute of the Arts) for my Master's degree in Acting. The first production I was cast after Macbeth's laboratory was Servant of Two Masters (picture above). This production was directed by Daniel Passer (http://www.danielpasser.com/about-me.html), who is currently the Comedy Conceptor for Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana and acting instructor at CalArts. A professional clown directing clowns in a clown's piece, just what I needed. I kept gathering information about clowns and clowning in general. I even took clowning workshops! My obsession with clowns just kept growing and growing from there and I wanted to do something with it.


First, I wanted to create a one-man theatre show about a clown, then it became a puppet show, then a hybrid of those two, then a short film, and then a feature film (which I've only written 30 pages). I have taken a rest from the story (rest= procrastination). But now I am ready to indulge back in it and revisit my dear friend, Plutarco, the main character of this story.


For the next few posts, I will be sharing where I get inspiration from, what sort of things fill my creative process in the writing of this film, what do I read, what music I listen to when I write it, among other things that I feel like sharing that day. Join me and Plutarco in this amazing adventure!





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