Our New Gold
2021 Our New Gold Festival Edition
Artistic Director: Paula RodríguezCreative Team: Jasmine Lew, Fiona Hansen, and Marcos Crespo (Ohio Wesleyan University)Project Supervisor: Glenda Y. Nieto Cuebas (Ohio Wesleyan University)
The collaborative sessions started in January 2021 culminating in a presentation showcased on May 7th, 11th and 15th of 2021. The process consisted of a series of three workshops combining essential aspects of producing an artistic project inspired by the Spanish Golden Age Theatre, in the current climate. The students delved into different tasks such as translating, rewriting, filming, producing and promoting their creations.
First Workshop: Writing and Translating
During this stage of the process, the students spent 4 weeks finding texts, adapting them to fit their artistic visions, and giving each other feedback over Zoom. They each began with an idea of an issue they wanted to tackle and a text that they thought reflected that issue and either worked with the monologues as they were written in Spanish verse; translated the texts themselves into an English version; or created new text completely based off of these scripts. Depending on what they wanted to accomplish, the students sometimes did more than one of these processes within the same piece.
Second Workshop: Filming and Editing
During this stage of the process, they spent the next 4 weeks of their workshop on shooting videos and making sure that not only were their creative visions clear, but that the videos ran smoothly and communicated the pieces’ messages the way the team wanted them to. This involved shooting, re-shooting, seeking new locations, and receiving feedback on the acting process and how to refine it.
Third Workshop: Creating the festival and planning the event
During this last stage of the process the students created their social media accounts, designed the presentations, developed their YouTube channel, and worked together to promote the project and coordinate the event. They assigned one another roles based on their various skill sets and combined creative efforts into project management in order to bring this festival to life in this online setting.
Juicio de Laurencia | Laurencia’s Judgement
El Papel del Pobre | The Beggar’s Role
This piece is inspired by the character of The Beggar (El Pobre) from El Gran Teatro del Mundo by Pedro Calderon de la Barca. In the play, the world is a theatre production created by God and he assigns roles to people. Throughout the story, the beggar is conflicted and disappointed with the fact that he was ‘cast’ as a person who has been poor his whole life, while there were others who were chosen to be kings and rich. In the piece, the actor expresses his frustrations with the role he has been given, but later learns and comes to terms with the fact that he can’t change his role, but he is no less worthy than others.
La Transformación de Lisarda | Lisarda’s Transformation
Buscándolo | Searching For It
Una Historia en la Voz de Otros | A Story In the Voice of Others