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: _______________________________
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