Project Description

Part of a Whole: Activity (WHAT)

 “Show, don’t tell.” “See what’s going on and join in.” “Become part of the whole!” As Viola says in the book, this group interaction should create flow and energy. Repeat the game until this takes place. Joining in with fun and gusto sets the tone for entering into all games.

• The response of an audience is spontaneous (even when the response is boredom), and with rare exception (as when large numbers of friends and relatives are present), can be considered just. If the actors realize that they do not face a “put-on” response, they can then play with the audience as they would with another team. An actor can be reassured, “If they were a bad audience, then, of course, they deserve to be punished.”

— Viola Spolin, Improvisation for the Theater