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Uncertainty on Center Stage

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When TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi get on stage they introduce themselves, work the crowd a bit ... and then, the lights go off. And when the lights come back on, they're just standing there, staring at each other. The audience is waiting, wondering what's going to happen. And so are TJ and Dave. There are no audience suggestions to kick off the show, there’s no plan -- TJ and Dave begin each night as a complete blank, without even a glimmer of an idea about who they're going to be for the next hour, where they'll find themselves, or what might happen with all those eyes on them. And yet, so far without fail, an elaborate, operatic, two-person play filled with incredibly rich characters and situations emerges. Robert and producer Sean Cole talk to TJ and Dave about stepping into the unknown, take a peek into one of their performances, and discover a very unusual strategy for dealing with the stress of having no idea what's going to happen.

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Sean Cole

Comments [2]

Dan from Tampa

I actually found this segment very indepth and beautiful. To be in that place where there is nothing and to make something out of it sounds incredibly difficult, and trusting in possibility as a way of overcoming the fear and paralysis that can happen when confronted with the unknown sounds like a great strategy.

Sep. 03 2013 10:34 AM
bert from New Orleans

i generally enjoy your program, but this piece was an example of the overinflation of a thin idea. you tried to give this simple, entertaining improv show such enormous metaphorical weight and you ended up sinking it. my eyes hurt from rolling so much. do you see the bloat of metaphors in this comment? that was how the piece felt.

Aug. 31 2013 04:27 PM

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