Joshua Thorson, doctoral student, video designer for Boston production

Joshua Thorson, doctoral student, video designer for Boston production

Date posted: 2010-03-08 15:47:49

Originally published on by Linda Matchan, Globe staff, on February 28, 2010, and partially quoted here:

Watch or wince - video on stage isn't going away

The idea of getting into his mind intrigued Daniel Fish, who is directing the American Repertory Theater's production of this drama about a family's shattered dreams, now playing at the Loeb Drama Center. Fish wanted to find a way to convey what Ben himself envisioned when he reflected on his glory days. But how to depict, in theater, someone's private ruminations?

His answer: video. The audience would see what Ben saw in his mind's eye, or at least stylized versions of it, projected onto a screen.

This explains why Hale Appleman, the actor who plays Ben, was at Harvard University's Gordon indoor track on a recent Friday morning, sprinting, prancing, and throwing his arms over his head in a grand gesture of jubilation, while being captured on video by the production's video designer, Joshua Thorson.

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