My latest Theater Pub piece looks at issues of body image and motivation within the indie theatre scene.
*[2022 Update: If the original link (below) no longer works, the entire piece is available in the attached screenshot.]
Charles Lewis III, contemplating sound body and sound mind?
“Heartthrob? Never! Black ‘n ugly as ever…”
– The Notorious BIG, “One More Chance”
I have this thing I do before every show. It’s really not all that different from the pre-show ritual of any other performer: a series of physical warm-ups and vocal flourishes that, to the untrained eye would probably give the impression that I’d been possessed by the kind of demon only Max von Sydow could defeat. Y’know, the usual. At least I think it’s usual. One of my physical moves is to do a handstand against the wall, with a few push-ups for good measure.
It’s a move of such fundamental simplicity that it’s taught small children. But for some reason it’s become my “signature warm-up move”. I’m not even kidding. Claire Rice mentioned it in her intro for me during the third Olympians Festival. Granted, her…
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