These students leave their comfort zones with such grace--I am consistently impressed. We have kicked off the year right, with amazing scenes, a lot of laughs, and most important of all a community of willing, brave, engaged and serious actors and actresses. This Fall in Jewish Improv we have used theater as a means to get in touch with and create Jewish narrative. Teens look to each other to volunteer their whole selves--they support each other in scenes by saying "Yes AND..." so they can build the next step in a scene-a story or a skit. Never before have I seen a class so willing to leave their comfort zones for the unchartered territory that lies in improv. Students have shared a lot of funny stories from their lives as their peers act them out--bringing to life the Jewish narrative that lies underneath the surface for each of us. We've also used improv to explore big Jewish ideas and concepts in a tangible and accessible way.
One hilarious moment in class a few weeks ago: Teens broke into groups and presented scenes about a mystery Jewish holiday that the audience would have to guess at the end. One group created a scene where building a Sukkah went horribly awry--Comedy ensued. It has been a pleasure to work with this group so far this year.
Contact Midrasha Co-Directors Mark Deutsch and Debra Marx at (510)501-6692