Workshop: The Antihero in Playback Theater
In this workshop, we will focus on a very important character that appears in almost every story “The Antihero.” We will research who is the Antihero, what they want, how they can achieve their goals, and how the different goals of the teller create a conflict between the Hero (Teller) and the Antihero. We will give the Antihero a 3-dimensional shape so we can identify with their motives and make them a significant part of the plot. Normally when we enact in PT a story, our focus is the teller and all the other roles are there to serve the teller and to move the plot forward. Unfortunately, that sometimes creates shallow characters.
In my experience as an actor and as a teacher when the Antihero is stronger, takes a bigger space, and comes with their own agenda (not just being against the teller), this will benefit the Teller by giving them a big obstacle that they have to overcome creating motivation to achieve their goals and at the same time create a more genuine and significant dramatic scene.
Nir Raz, published author, artistic director, group leader, and stage artist, has been working for over twenty years in theater, group facilitation, and improvisation. He teaches internationally and is known for his work in group dynamics and medical clowning. Two times winner of “Best Theater Actor” in Tzavta, Tel Aviv’s “fringe” performance center, and at the Suzanne Dalal Performing Arts Annual Festival, Raz writes books and articles on theater and group conducting. He is the founder and co-director of The Institute of Psychotherapy in Playback Theatre and a member of The Playback Theatre Group, Mar’ot. He also works as a medical clown at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel.
Article: MacKenzie Gets Up on Stage – Raz, Keisari & Kowalsky published in the journal of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy, Mikbatz.
Books- An Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Playback Theatre, Hall of Mirrors on stage – Kowalsky, Raz & Keisari published in 2008 by the Emily Segol Center and the University of Haifa. 2022 Routledge
50 Exercises Trilogy- Nir Raz Amazone 2020