I'm not certain what it means when a "small" class consists of 22 people, but because it seemed like a small class, we spent some time working on 2 and 3 player scenes. Before we get to those pictures, above is a shot of an Irish Drinking Song with David, Mark, Scott, Ben, Jim, Kathy, and Colin.Whatever the topic, you can be sure the lyrics were filled with sexual innuendos. Teri, Eric, and Mark are in the middle of an ABC Scene set in a Gas Station. Teri played a piano instructor that was giving Eric's character a little something extra in his lesson. Mark played Eric's brother, who felt he also needed some of that additional instruction, and was trying to convince Teri to also take him on as a student.
In their ABC Scene, Lorien, Marika, and Jim are in a burger joint, supposedly preparing a huge backlog of orders. However, Jim was the only one working, since Marika and Lorien's characters were too busy dealing with their issues. I think this shot captures the characters' relationships pretty well.
Next, we went through a series of Pillars Scenes done in a rotation (two come up as pillars, and then they are the players in the next scene). Here, Marika and Terri are the players and Jim and Andy were the pillars in the scene. Marika played Teri's grandmother, and they were fighting during their Maui vacation.
Another Pillars Scene with David, Scott, Ben, and Tristan. Scott and and Tristan are pillars in the US Senate, and David and Ben are performing as Senators. I liked that all their conflicts were going to be settled by votes on the Senate floor. Or maybe that was too realistic.
In this scene, Tristan and Scott are the players on the outside, and CK and Kathy are the pillars on the inside. This one took place in a Turkish bath, although I think we all lost sight of the location while paying attention to their Yiddish accents. The scene had something to do with getting a spritz to get off the shmuz.
Now, in this scene with CK, Colin, Kathy, and Angela, the two players (CK and Kathy) are blacksmiths. They were making a variety of swords, and the one I most remember was purple and fuzzy. Colin and Angela were providing words, and one of my favorites of the night was Angela's Yttrium.
Li-At, Mark, Aydin, and Justin are in a recording studio for their round of Pillars. Mark and Justin are the pillars for Li-At, the singer, and Aydin, the producer/sound engineer. For some reason, I strongly remember that the scene ended with the two of them going for a burger. Maybe I'm hungry.
This is an Irish Drinking Song with Lorien, Justin, CK, Eric, and Marika. I included this shot because I like the way it captures everyone watching Marika's struggle to come up with a rhyme. And yes, that's my arm.
We played several rounds of Park Bench, and in this shot you see David and Mike discussing their plans to pick up another character, Samantha. As I recall, David was going to win her over with dancing (so he was looking for an instructor) and Mike was going to continue with his "try every line in the book" strategy. Each was a little creepy in his own way.
Li-At and Jim are in a Yoga studio, and Jim was playing a waaayyyy mellow yoga student. To make this a little clearer, Li-At was portraying a very relaxed, stereotypical Yoga student, but in contrast with Jim's character, she was harshing his mellow. I believe he only said about 5 words the whole time. It was all in the facial expressions and body language.
This took place in the same round of Park Bench, but several scenes later. At this point, Jim (playing the same Yoga character) entered the scene crying. Aydin was reaching to comfort him when Jim exclaimed that "everything is all so beautiful". At that point it was clear he was crying with joy - just about the beauty of life. I think that was my favorite moment of the night.