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Sense Memory 01: Breakfast Drink

Sense Memory 01: Breakfast Drink

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Published by Jonathan Samarro
This is exercise 1 of 12 in the sense memory series.
This is exercise 1 of 12 in the sense memory series.

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Published by: Jonathan Samarro on Feb 16, 2009
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BREAKFAST DRINK Name: ________________________________ Date: ____________________ Period: ______ 
• Assess your progress with your relaxation efforts• Assess your progress with your ability to concentrate• Recreate the sensory experience of drinking a morning beverage (coffee, latte, tea, hot chocolate, juice, etc.).
Experiences can be reawakened. Your body has the ability to remember and recreate sensations—sights,sounds, smells, tastes, and touch sensations. As a performer your job is to “live through” imaginary circumstances as fully as possible. On stage, you will be surrounded by set pieces, props, costumes, etc. It isyour job to breathe life into these items. The other actors surrounding you are peers, colleagues, friends. It isyour job to imbue them with the life of the character they are portraying.Lee Strassberg, who lead the way in bringing Stanislavski’s Method to America, developed a series of sensememory exercises to help actors train for their ultimate goal—recreating every single sensation in the courseof a play as they “live through” the life of the characters they portray onstage.
  You will need some privacy in your kitchen to complete this assignment. First begin by relaxing your body and quieting your mind through the relaxation techniques we have learned in class. Take as much time as youneed. Prepare a beverage that you drink for or with breakfast.
drink this drink very carefully recording your observations. Your beverage of choice: _______________________________ 
Observation Record
 Your responses to the prompts below MUST be almost ridiculously specific. Use comparisons to accurately conjure up the sensation (i.e.,
its texture is rough like fine sandpaper 
 ). Be specific about how the sensationphysically affects you; for example if it’s hot, describe how your heat affects your body (i.e.,
my ring finger has the most contact with the heat as it rests directly on the mug; my pinky is the least affected as it is the furthest from the mug; I can  feel the heat in my nostrils—more so the left one.
Look at the mug/glass.
2) Describe the color and design of the surface of the mug/glass: _____________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  The StanislavskiMethod
3) Describe the size of the mug/glass: __________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 4) Describe the shape of the mug/glass: _________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 5)
Touch the mug.
 6) Describe the texture of the mug/glass: ________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 7) Describe the temperature of the mug/glass: ____________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 8)
Bring the mug/glass up to your lips.
9) Describe the temperature of the beverage: _____________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 10) Describe the smell of the beverage: _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 11)
Drink the beverage.
12) Describe the temperature of the beverage: _____________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 
13) Describe the taste of the beverage: ___________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 
 The Exercise
Now, set the mug/glass aside. Spend at least 10 minutes relaxing in a chair—as you have been taught.Repeat the process above
the mug/glass. You are not doing this exercise in order to learn topantomime. Work on reliving each of the specific sensations you recorded above. Do not move on to thenext step until you fully recreate each sensation fully and vividly and specifically. Work on this several times for roughly ten-minute intervals. You will be completing this exercise in class, and will be expected to have worked on this significantly athome. You will be guided through each step, and you will be asked to recreate and describe each sensation.Due Date: ________________________________ 
Respond to the following prompts sincerely and with specific detail. Keep in mind that sense memory work is intended to be a continual process. You are not learning your times tables; these are exercises not unlikesit-ups or yoga. You continue to develop your ability with no end zone in sight. To achieve any kind of success you must commit yourself to continually working on it.1) How did you feel working on this exercise? ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 2) Which specific sensations gave you the most trouble? ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________  ______________________________________________________________________________ 

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