Syllabus - Position Play & the Deconstruction

Week 1

  • Intro to Position Play
    Listening
    Initiation
    The puppet master and the puppet. Playing the role of the improviser while playing the role of the character.
  • Scene Types
    Brief Explanation of the Deconstruction
  • Realistic Scenes
    Taking a Suggestion Personally
    Heat & Weight
    Information as Fuel and Being Interesting
    Pulling Character Essence and Emphasizing It In A Second Beat

Week 2

  • Review Realistic Scenes
  • Playing Absurd
  • Double-Absurd Scenes
    Heightening
    Hype-men
    One-Upmanship
    Different Characters, Same Absurdity

Week 3

  • Review Double-Absurd Scenes
  • Playing Straight
    Straight-Absurd Scenes
    Reacting Naturally
    Support
    Exploration
    Gifting and Heightening
    Set-Ups
    Enjoying Losing

Week 4

  • Review Straight-Absurd Scenes
  • Alternate Reality Scenes
  • Pulling a Premise from a Realistic Scene
  • Double-Absurd Character Scenes
  • Straight-Absurd Commentary Scenes
  • The Deconstruction without the Run

Week 5

  • Review The Deconstruction without the Run
  • The Run
  • Test Run from a Realistic Scene
  • Full Deconstruction

Week 6

  • Deconstruction Practice

Week 7

  • Deconstruction Practice

Week 8

  • Deconstruction Practice