Fringe blogger: Ricardo Vazquez

Based on a true story (once upon a time): As a classically trained actor I learned to study history as a template for dramatic action, character behavior and language with no room to deviate from the aesthetics of a given period. But, as a writer, free of any training, I find historical moments the most rich to draw from because they provide an outline for an event leaving the means of storytelling to the writer to recreate. What goes into a memory? What tools do we need to convey the past- presently- within the fast changing aesthetics of theater? Can the past ever fully breathe in front of us, or have some stories lived too long on the shelf that when moved they become lost in dust clouds of distance and reverence? Can I find answers to these questions somewhere in the 165 shows to choose from at the Fringe?

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