June 13, 2015
9am - 12:00noon
Physical Comedy Workshop
Using selected scenes from plays and musicals, you learn about making a stage entrance and an exit; how to create a sight gag with a hat, a scarf, a cane. You’ll learn how to do a safe pratfall, and techniques how to play intoxicated. You will explore the nature of comic timing. You should wear loose, comfortable clothes and shoes that allow ease of physical movement.
Instructor: John Briggs
John Briggs directs throughout the United States and has written more than 20 musicals and plays. He conceived and co-wrote the Broadway Musical, Play Me a Country Song, and has created and directed provocative adaptations of Shakespeare for Georgia Shakespeare Festival, including Hamlet, Godfather of Brooklyn, The Merchant of Venice and 1938 Macbeth. Georgia Shakespeare also produced his musical Illyria, a 12th Night Musical, Crazy Love and Shrew, the Musical to Atlanta’s critical acclaim.
A director at Theatre Three, Theatre Virginia, Barter Theatre, Asolo Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Repertory, Florida Stage and the Clarence Brown Theatre, John is former resident director of Cumberland County Playhouse where for four seasons he directed the southern premiere of Honk, as well as productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Little Me, Sleuth, Scrooge and Fiddler on the Roof. John’s musicals Crazy Love, Illyria, and Dracula, a Rock Opera have been produced by Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Plymouth State University and The Springer Opera house, and in Toronto, Canada, he produced and directed the commercial production of Crazy Love at the Winter Garden Theatre. Throughout his career John has received many awards including South Florida’s esteemed Carbonnell Award. His musical Crazy Love was voted the best musical of 1994 by the Atlanta and Florida Press and his adaptation and direction of Julio Cesar for Florida Shakespeare Festival received critical recognition from the prestigious Shakespeare Quarterly. John lives in Merritt Island, Florida with his wife actress/educator Judith Townsend and they have co-produced their most important work, Townsend Briggs.