This showcase is based on various scenes from Chekhov’s, The Seagull. One of the most important goals for this Stanislavski workshop was for the students to learn about characterization, relationships, working with a partner, working as a tight ensemble, improving the actor’s imagination, and to understand how to perform Chekhov. This showcase is not about Russia, or Russians, or Russian life. The relationship between people is most important and most unique. When we speak about love, we are not thinking about nationality, religion, politics, but about the human condition. The experience of losing one’s love, is universal.
This showcase is about famous people who can’t find love, about simple people who are in love, and about unrequited love. The story is about estranged relationships between mother and son, father and daughter, and brother and sister, and about people with weak wills, that allow sin into their world. The most important human emotion is love, loving one’s parents, loving one’s paramour, loving one’s work, country, nature, and finding a way to ultimately love oneself. Love can give us the strength to improve ourselves, make us better human beings, and love can also kill us.
The Spring 2015 Science Program from Loyola Marymount University joined efforts with conservationists and a volunteer nature protector group to save endangered frogs in the Bonn Rein Erft area. Their Biostation project was to build artificial ponds in the Beuel region to allow for the surivial of the frog reproduction in that region. The holes of the pond were first dug out before applying a tarp layer and gravel to the hole. At the end of two very tiring days, they constructed 3 ponds, and restored an old pond! Many thanks to the Science group and the volunteers!