Scene Study - Studio Practice Workshop

Presented by Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht leads this special 4-session scene study workshop for professional performers who desire to return to, or maintain an ongoing relationship with a dynamic and fertile state of learning. The goal: to use the specifics of language, action, subtext, circumstance, and relationships in order to connect with the work at the deepest most personal level. You are encouraged to push boundaries with the aim of building ever more complex characters and situations, allowing and exploring what is powerfully, unexpectedly revealed.

The first two sessions of this workshop will be focused on scenes from THE PRICE and A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller, and SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams. Options will be expanded for the final two sessions.

For the first day of class, please choose 2-3 minutes from one of the above four plays — a monologue or a scene where one character is particularly dominant — highlighting a character you feel you would be cast to play. You do not need to have it fully memorized, but do work to break down the scene and rehearse as if you were going to audition with this material. Also, identify the first scene you would like to work on from one of these four plays.