Playing with a Mastodon

If you’ve been reading Inkblog over the years, you may get a sense that we like plays that are, well, wacky.  I (this is Anne, one of your Partners in Ink), prefer the term “cracktastic.”  So it’s no wonder we were drawn to Rachel Teagle’s comedy The Impracticality of Modern Day Mastodons.  In the world of Rachel’s play, everyone suddenly wakes up to be what they wished to be as a child.  Some are newscasters, some are ballerinas, some are super spies, some are ballerina super spies.  And one woman, Jess, wakes up as a Mastodon.  As she says in the play:  “I was an impractical child.”

What a great way to start our year of play with this play.  We brought Rachel into town for a week of exploration, where we made paper dolls, figured out the actual size of a Mastodon in human bodies, and pretended to be all sorts of childhood dreams, from vampires to garbage men (yes, one of our actors, Emma Jackson, dreamed of becoming a garbage man.

Here are a few shots from the rehearsal room, playing in a world where you can spin like a ballerina or walk with a Mastodon.

Mastodon - Ricardo as Astronaut

Actor Ricardo Frederick Evans shares the paper doll he made of an astronaut, complete with shuttle and Tang.

Mastodon - Size of a Mastodon #2

Here’s our INKTASTIC acting troup — Fatima Quander, Emma Jackson, Jennifer Knight, Ricardo Frederick Evans, and Thony Mena — working out the size of a Mastodon. They were 15 feet long and seven feet high. They weighed several tons — somewhere between a pick-up truck and a school bus.

Emma Jackson imagines herself the most industrious of garbage man in this improv scene.

Emma Jackson imagines herself the most industrious of garbage man in this improv scene.

I don't even know how to describe this improvisation exercise.  It was just fun and cool

I don’t even know how to describe this improvisation exercise. It was just fun and cool.

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