The Mask of Human Folly - Commedia Workshop

October 18, 2023 @ 6:30PM — October 29, 2023 @ 3:30PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

Arcata Playhouse: 1251 9th St Arcata, CA 95521 Get Directions

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commedia dell'arte and the play of comedy

Learn to improvise in this crash course to Commedia! In eight installments over two weeks you will work on Commedia stock characters, developing modern ones, comic timing, mask crafts, and comic routines. Workshop dates and times are below. This course is all about learning to be comfortable to play, avoiding expectations and celebrating human folly in a physical and funny way. At the end of the course there will be a public presentation for your family and friends; participation in this showing is optional.

If you’re inspired by what you learn in this course, you’ll have the opportunity to join the annual Holiday Show at the Arcata Playhouse! This workshop is taught by James Peck and Sarah Peters, who have taught at Dell’Arte International and learned Commedia from master teachers Joan Schirle, Giovanni Fusetti, and John Achorn.

If you’ve participated in a Playhouse Holiday show before, this course is only $35.

Anyone seeking financial assistance for this course, please contact the Arcata Playhouse at 707-822-1575 or email No one should miss this workshop due to financial challenges.

Workshop dates are:

Wednesday, Oct 18th and Thursday, Oct 19th
6:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday, Oct 21st
10am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 4:30pm

Sunday, Oct 22nd
10am – 12:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 25th and Thursday, Oct 26th
6:30 – 8:30pm

Saturday, Oct 28th
10am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 4:30pm

Sunday, Oct 29th
10am – 12:30pm
2pm – 3:30pm Commedia Workshop Public Presentation

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