On Friday, February 29, TheaterWorks went to see the play Gone To Look For America. It was held at Arron Davis hall located at City College. The Creative Arts Team Youth Theater performed the play. Our reason for going was to pick out what kind of acting techniques we would like to use for our work.
The play was about the past and present problems of America. It included things like drugs, segregation, spending more than you have, and how the war in Iraq is affecting families. I loved watching it. I had never been to anything like it. It was short, but it really touched me in an emotional way. Especially when they talked about segregation and how black people were being lynched. They used so much creativity in that scene. It was inspiring. I would like to use the same creativity they used in our performances.
I saw a couple of techniques I would like to use. One technique was the way the actors signaled each other. They would stomp on the ground to signal when to fall when actors were hit or shot. Another thing I would like to take from the performance was how even though there wasn’t anything on the stage, the actors created imaginary environments. In one scene, a mother was in the kitchen cooking a Thanksgiving dinner. Even though there wasn’t really a kitchen on the stage, I could see it.
Overall, I enjoyed the play and have been inspired to do something similar in my own work.
– Daesean Lassiter
I’ve been a student at the Brooklyn International High School for two years. When I first came to the United States of America, I really wanted to find a place to express my thoughts and feelings. America was a place where I hoped to develop my talents. I also realized that America can be a stressful country, depending on the community that you belong to.
As I am an individual who is introspective and thoughtful, I really wanted to be a part of Drama Club. On my first day, it was really hard for me to understand what was said, although I really wanted to share my thoughts. I didn’t even know how to introduce myself. It was going to be a very horrible experience for me to continue because I always had an internal conflict between what I wanted to realize and the difficulties of going through the activities. At one time I was thinking that would be a waste of time, but I kept on going and I have never been discouraged.
Three months later, I found out that Drama Club was an accepting place. I found my spot here. It’s the only place where I have a chance to relax. I have also had a chance to write my own poem and rap based on how Drama Club has turned me into a different person.
Drama Club has done for me what a psychologist cannot do. Drama Club has taken away all the stress that I had. As an immigrant communicating with others, Drama Club has helped me to improve my English and learn about other cultures. Drama Club is my best experience I have ever had in my whole life.
– Nebajoth Jean, Junior at BIHS and DTE Intern
Take a look at the beautiful pictures of DTE’s Performing Arts Program at BIHS (aka Drama Club) and SBCHS and Bailey’s Cafe taken by Ally!