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RAW TRUTH Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre nurtures new plays & actors want every performance to feel unique and one of a kind. Also, the material we choose is usually challenging and Under the direction of founder derived from a sense of truth (meaning and producing artistic director Grant there is a certain necessary disregard for McGowen, Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre censorship). If you like pretty fairy tales, (PNO) has been presenting edgy and PNO is not your theatre, but if you like poignant new scripts with impassioned, to be challenged and emotionally moved, vulnerable performances for the past five check us out. years. How do you get such vulnerable, PNO’s numerous awards and kudos raw and powerful performances from (including acclaim for McGowen’s your actors? own plays, Let’s Make It and Wall Street I train most of them and Wedding) and its intensive encourage them to work acting classes (the four-level very hard in exercising Meisner Acting Immersion the muscles necessary to course used by the likes of be a powerful actor. These Anthony Hopkins, Julianne traits include listening, Moore, Robert Duval and being sensitive, penetrable, Hillary Swank, among spontaneous, instinctive, others) make it stand out expressive, and truthful. among the city’s impressive It takes a lot of practice, theatre community. but acting is an ability that McGowen's and almost anyone can learn. PNO's brand of raw and I tell them to practice like sometimes harrowing Michael Jordan and I give truthfulness is on display Grant McGowen them the exercises necessary in the current production to do so. Some have the of Quiara Alegria Hudes's work ethic, most don't, but Water by the Spoonful, the ones that do, stick around. winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Prepare Why the name Pinch 'N' Ouch? to be awed by this bare bones take on "Pinch and Ouch" was coined from recovery and drug addiction in the a great acting teacher Sanford Meisner, theatre's relatively new 45-seat space on who was perhaps the least intellectual of Arizona Avenue near Candler Park. all the great acting teachers. He wanted INtown sat down with McGowen acting to be moving and expressive and to talk about PNO and Water by the not performed. He taught actors to be Spoonful, which continues through July. sensitive and instinctive, and one of Tell us about your current the things he would say was, "you have production, Water by the Spoonful? to really listen, pay attention, and feel Water by the Spoonful is about a that 'pinch' from the other actor. Your community of recovering addicts that performance comes from them. Your meet online from all over the world. It's 'ouch' is a unique expression and if you funny, moving, and is some of the best block it, it won't exist." Sometimes people writing I've ever seen. What initially ask me what "Pinch and ouch" means and grabbed me was Hudes's compassionate I just smile and say, "I guess you'll have to and diverse characters – they're all take an acting class." relatable, unique, intelligent, and very funny. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre’s production of What can a newcomer expect Water By the Spoonful continues through from this show and PNO’s future July. Next up is The Aliens (Aug. 5-28) and productions? A Behanding in Spokane (Oct. 1-24). For The acting is usually very good. tickets, workshop information and more We take acting seriously. Truth and details visit spontaneity is important to us. We

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July 2015, Atlanta INtown  

July is jumping in Atlanta with events and activities this month including 4th of July parades and fireworks. You'll also find an update on...

July 2015, Atlanta INtown  

July is jumping in Atlanta with events and activities this month including 4th of July parades and fireworks. You'll also find an update on...