Acting showcases to highlight local talent |

Acting showcases to highlight local talent

Maggie Cull and Keith Porter will be part of a Performance Art showcase Nov. 6 at the Nevada Theatre.
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Who: Paul Emery presents “Best Of” Performance Art Monologues and An

Actors’ Showcase

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 and Thursday, Nov. 6

Where: Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad Street, Nevada City

Tickets: $15, Available online at, or in person

at BriarPatch Co-op, 290 Sierra College Dr, Grass Valley, or Yabobo,

107 N Pine St, Nevada City


Since 1978, Sandra Rockman has been involved with the local theater scene as an actress, playwright, and director of more than 25 productions, including the classic “Our Town.” For the last five years she has taught the popular “Truth in Acting” workshop series. Hundreds of students have graduated from the nine-week course, which covers improvisation, monologue and scene work. This week, Rockman in cooperation with Paul Emery will present two special showcases beginning Thursday (Oct. 30) with “Best Of” Performance Art Monologues and Nov. 6, An Actors’ Showcase, both at the Nevada Theatre.

The first show of original performance art monologues runs the gamut from some very deep, emotional pieces that delve into family history to funny anecdotal stories about quirky business clients to personal discoveries in word, and some with the occasional song.

Rockman explains during the workshop she helps students to crystallize an idea; giving them feedback on how to add an arc, make it work, and bring the audience to some kind of revelation. She finally works with the students to polish the performance of the piece. Most of the students in the class have either done some acting or writing before, but not all. She says that what makes this class unique for seasoned thespians is that they get to write and perform their own narrative, whether biographical or not, rather than tell someone else’s story.

“The class opens people up creatively,” explains Rockman. “As adults we are not allowed to play, and many of my students will discover the joy of just playing, and allowing their imagination to do something other than managing life.”

An Actors’ Showcase Nov. 6 will feature 10 scenes and monologues from a wide-range of plays — both comedic and dramatic.

Developing these pieces is a keystone of the Truth in Acting workshops and helps raise the level of contributions by local actors to our vibrant theater community.

“I’ve always had a strong appreciation for local theater; it is the perfect stage to share our personal stories with friends and neighbors,” said Emery. “Here is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the best our community has to offer.”

Tickets for each performance are $15, available online at, or in person at BriarPatch Co-op, or Yabobo.

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