Devised Theatre: A Director’s Perspective

The Company, As you are now so once were we. Photo: Ros Kavanagh

In the production As you are now so once were we (previously staged at Ireland’s National Theater, The Abbey, and Dublin’s Absolut Fringe Festival), large cardboard boxes are stacked and unstacked, hoisted and pushed across the stage. And they’re used as props (doors, beds, tables), as the actors illustrate and re-create one day from four different perspectives.  It’s loosely based on James Joyce’s Ulysses in that the characters also take parallel journeys on an ordinary day (Read Ben Waterhouse’s review here).

The work marks a collaboration of the five members of The Company, a Dublin-based theater ensemble known for incorporating choreographed movement. Engine28’s Laura Spencer caught up with Chilean director Jose Miguel Jimenez in the green room after a performance to talk about how or if the work fits into the “devised theatre” category.

As you are now so once were we. RADAR L.A. Wednesday-Sunday, June 15-19 at Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). 213-237-2800.