Theater Professor Gero to Share ‘Actor’s Tools’ in Vision Series

Posted: January 11, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: January 8, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Edward Gero

Mason associate professor of theater Edward Gero — also known to audiences as Gloucester, Richard Nixon and Scrooge — will share his approach to interpreting and creating characters in the next Vision Series lecture on Monday, Jan. 25.

Gero’s talk, “Myths, Archetypes, Campbell and Jung: An Actor’s Tools in Creating the Arc of Character,” will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.

The processes and approaches to “becoming a character” for performance are myriad and can be even mysterious, Gero says. In this lecture, he will explore an approach inspired by Jungian archetypes and mythical storytelling patterns identified by Joseph Campbell in his seminal work, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.”

Tracing his process in his performances in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” and “King John,” as well as his current preparations for the title role of Sweeney Todd, Gero will discuss his personal approach to mining, identifying and incorporating mythical and archetypal patterns from the text that speak to audiences in both conscious and unconscious ways.

A well-known Washington, D.C.-based actor, Gero has been a member of the Shakespeare Theatre Company since 1983. He was recently profiled in The Washington Post Magazine cover story, “The Other Guy.” His recent performance as Scrooge in the Ford’s Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol” (“Giving Dickens His Due”) was also covered in The Post .

This lecture is free, but tickets are required. See the Center for the Arts web site for more information.

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