Title: Form and release : a journey through The Cherry Orchard (abstract)
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Title: Form and release : a journey through The Cherry Orchard (abstract)
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Creator: Berg, Robyn
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Publication Date: 2007
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Summary of Performance Option in Lieu of Thesis
Presented to the Graduate School of the University of Florida
in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the
Degree of Master of Fine Arts

FORM AND RELEASE: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CHERRY ORCHARD

By

Robyn Berg

May 2008
Chair: Judith Williams
Major: Theatre

The role of Madame Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya in Anton Chekhov's The

Cherry Orchard was assigned to me as a thesis project in spring 2007. Five months later,

I brought this character to life on the boards of Constans Theatre at the University of

Florida. Undoubtedly the most challenging role I have ever played, Ranevskaya

presented me with a myriad of obstacles to overcome, yet ultimately allowed me the

opportunity to hone my process as an actor.

Through the use of voice (specifically using the Lessac Technique and referencing

the works of Patsy Rodenberg and Kristin Linklater), body (focusing on the Alexander

Technique and the Laban Effort Actions), and imagination (concentrating on Michael

Chekhov's Psychological Gesture and Role Modeling), I experimented with many facets

of the actor's instrument, in order to create Ranevskaya. In addition, heavy script

analysis and the major elements of Constantin Stanisklavski's System aided greatly in

shaping the character.

The pre-rehearsal process over the summer was filled primarily with research,

while the bulk of the rehearsal process dealt with letting go of that research and

implementing the tools of the voice, body and imagination. While the process presented









certain hurdles, each leap I took forwarded the character's evolution. Moreover,

throughout the short ten-day run, new discoveries were made and a greater sense of ease

was found throughout. Upon closing, I was pleased with my portrayal and honored to

have brought Anton Chekhov's words to life.




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