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January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I can still recall seeing Gorilla Rep´s "A Midsummer Night´s Dream" one summer in New York in 1993. The actors´ physicality coupled with the words of Shakespeare were not the only reasons why this (free) show in Washington Square Park was so enjoyable. It also was the sense from the actors and the director, Chris Sanderson, that this company were engaged with something primal, magical, mysterious. What a delight, experiencing theater practiced by men and women who hold this to be a key principle! And they are still going strong, nearly 20 years later, providing free Shakespeare (and new works) to audiences throughout the 5 boroughs of New York.

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The bulk of my experience of Gorilla Rep has been as an audience member, enjoying the work that they produce. I have only helped actively with producing their work since 2010.

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If there was a way that the company could work year-round (despite the challenges of climate on the East Coast), that would be wonderful. Also, it would be great to have the roles within the artistic staff expand--again, so that more of this style of theater could be produced for the public. Mr. Sanderson´s commitment and investment in Gorilla Rep is extraordinary, but I´d love to see how the company could expand if there were 2 or 3 others sharing the responsibilities of directing, producing, managing.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They provide high-quality productions of Shakespeare in public spaces in New York on an ongoing basis, for free. This alone is noteworthy. They also tend to have an aesthetic that is "poor" in the sense that production values (set, lighting, costumes) are minimalized, and the emphasis is placed on the actor, their bodies & voices, and the words & story of the playwright.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

I was lucky enough to be part of the casts of Gorilla Rep's free outdoor productions of "Hamlet" in 2008 and "Peer Gynt" in 2009. The "Gorilla" aesthetic is exciting, engaging and engrossing, and the sense of camaraderie and a shared mission pulses through every performance. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with this company and I look forward to future collaborations -- including 2011's tremendously exciting summer staging of "Macbeth."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the growth of my acting career, and in my appreciation of live theatre, classical theatre, and the New York arts scene in general.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more resources to play with!

January 31, 2011

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January 31, 2011

Gorilla Rep is a wonderful theatre troupe that meets to perform at that magic hour when shadows are longest, and in its adventurous productions, conjures up the essential heart of theatre and human nature, as in their poetic production of Peer Gynt, or in the rousing version of Julius Caesar.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... working with them and in being a member of the audience.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... expand and do more plays, and try to reach the widest audience possible.

January 30, 2011

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January 30, 2011

Gorilla Rep's alfresco style and stunning wit is not to be missed! Extraordinary talents bring great theater alive fulfilling the company's mission "to provide the highest quality productions of classical dramatic material with the flavor of contemporary immediacy to people where they are for free".

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As an audience member and as an actor

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask for funding for year round performances...

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January 30, 2011

I am a company member of Gorilla Rep. I had the honor of performing in two of Gorilla Rep's plays in 2009, and it was a positive, challenging experience. I learned a lot about classical theater, outdoor performance and coming through in a crunch. I've also had the opportunity to watch several other Gorilla Rep shows, and I've enjoyed them very much. I'm looking forward to participating in the next Gorilla Rep show, either as an actor or as an audience member.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

parks and outdoor venues all over New York City.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them a lot more money to play with.

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