The latest Interplay is now uploaded online. This issue of Interplay places music at its centre. A special issue that, in many respects, has grown out of the North American Playback Network group Musicians in Playback.The initial impetus for the issue dates back to the 2012 Playback (North America) Theatre Festival in Washington D.C., where the moderator of Musicians in Playback, Paul Gareau, was inspired by a call to action by fellow musician Tonia Pinheiro. The outcome of this shared moment is this issue in which the place and purpose of music in Playback Theatre is considered through the voices of company musicians. Gareau, from Ottawa Canada and musician with Living Histories Playback and Boston, Massachusetts-based Tonia Pinheiro (True Story Theater, Iseeu Theater) teamed up to co-ordinate the contributors to the special issue. Paul’s article leads the issue which also features articles, reflections and poems written by 13 Playback musician-authors from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Cuba and United States including Tonia, Anne Belmont, Karen Berger, Ani Nguyen , Mike Fedel, Erin Curran, Mariana Occhiuzzi, Mary Elizabeth Wheeler, Patrick Seyler, and Mecca Antonia Burns. The introduction to the special issue is written by Playback Theatre’s co-founder Jo Salas. It is hoped that this tapestry rich with the voices of playbackers who identify as Playback Musicians will stimulate conversations within companies and between musicians around the world.
Alongside the essays and musings of the musician contributors is Assael Romanelli consideration of the ninja playback actor, that actor who is not cast as teller’s actor.
As the 2013 membership renewal process of the International Playback Theatre Network comes to a close, the Board have been in dialogue with the sister Board at the Centre for Playback Theatre based in USA. The outcome of these discussions has been a joint decision to survey members of both organisations. This survey can be found on pages 36-39 of this issue. The survey asks for feedback about the relevance of the various services provided by their respective organisations. Please take some time to complete the survey and return it before the end of August.
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