The Ties That Bind: Dissecting the Family

Class Detail

  • Moderated by John Sloan
  • wednesday
  • 7-11pm, 10 weeks (October 4-December 13*)

  • Class Fee:
    $450 (Early Bird Discount $400, due no later than September 25)
  • Class Size:
    16-18

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. – Leo Tolstoy

Families have been fertile storytelling ground for playwrights from the Greeks to present day. In this class we will take a deep breath, fasten our seat belts, and immerse ourselves in the variety of plays with a family at the center. You won’t be able to phone it in–this material will ask you to bring all of yourself to the work.

Through scene work, personal reflection, exercises, and discussion you will develop your craft while exploring many kinds of families and the many different facets of family life. We’ll work together to find plays from different eras and different parts of the globe that will challenge you and help you grow as an actor and as a person.This class also offers a particular opportunity for older actors to explore some of the best roles ever written.

* Please note that there will be no class the week of November 20-24.

Course Instructor

John Sloan

At ANTAEUS: Mother Courage and Her Children, King Lear, Macbeth. Elsewhere in Los Angeles: Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Theatre@Boston Court, The Matrix. Other appearances around the country include: Denver Center Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, La Mama Etc., Soho Rep., American Jewish Theatre, Mint Theatre Company.  TV: Bones, NCIS, Farmed & Dangerous, Liz & Dick, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Hour, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, The Triangle, CSI:NY, Judging Amy, Commander in Chief, Gilmore Girls. Film: The Oh in Ohio, Lady Killers, The Mountain King. John is a graduate of Skidmore College.