This summer, I joined Woolly’s Claque. You may be asking, “What the heck is a claque?” In classical times, a claque was a group of people hired to applaud the performers in French theaters and opera houses. But our claque at Woolly is so much more. First of all, we are unpaid volunteers. Secondly, we are a group of highly engaged audience members who do more than applaud at the actual performance. Before the first rehearsal, we spend time reading the play together as a group, discuss the themes of the play, and communicate our ideas for audience design. We are also involved in Working Groups specific to each play.
This season, my Working Group was focused on the season opener, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety. The show focuses on the world of professional wrestling, but it’s about so much more. I have no interest in wrestling, and would never watch it on TV. But this play moved me. In fact, I got chills when the main character delivered his final monologue in Act II on Opening Night.
Please visit the Woolly Mammoth Blog to read my post about The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety. Find out how this play relates to the rest of us who are not wrestling fans.
- Do you enjoy live theater?
- Do you watch professional wrestling?
- Have you ever been surprisingly moved by a play, movie, book, etc. when the original topic was unappealing?