Monsters Are Us – Midwinter Recess
Monsters come in all shapes and sizes. Some are pieced together from different animals (centaurs, chimeras); some are giants of land (Yeti), some of air (dragons) and some are giants of swamp, lake and sea. Some have multiple heads (the Hydra; Medusa) and some have a part missing (the Cyclops). Some stink up the place and make people disappear (the Harpies); some are dancing party animals (the Satyrs). All are terrifying. If you were a monster, what kind would you be? What would you look like? How big would you be? What would be your special powers? Who would be your friends and enemies? What would provoke you? Soothe the savage beast? Through a combination of writing exercises, improv, workshops and readings from modern texts and those of yore (Frankenstein, Dracula, and various mythologies: Greek, Norse, Native American, Caribbean, African, Asian), we will explore the differences and similarities of monsters in all cultures. We will see how their mythologies help us deal with conflict and with unusual natural phenomena. Over the course of five days, we will uncover our shadow sides and write answers to the above questions, building towards a final reading that will bring your inner monster to life.
2/18, 2/19, 2/20, 2/21, 2/21
8/10 @ 12:30 PM @ WordUp
178 Bennett Avenue (189th street)