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The Art of Unarmed Stage Combat by Robert Najarian

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Chapter 13Contact Violence

Initiating Contact

"So Rob, why do we have a fight call?"

The words would have floated past me had Shira not said my name. It is the Wednesday night of tech week and we open on Saturday. We had been rehearsing Qui Nguyen's "She Kills Monsters" for Company One in Boston for nearly two months and everyone from the cast to the design team to the administrative staff had put in loads of man-hours just to get the show into a recognizable form. There were so many elements to blend: weapons, props, lighting in a strange semi-thrust space, puppets of all shapes and sizes, costumes for succubi, devils, and elves, big cheerleader dance numbers, and of course, the fights. The blending of all these elements was due to the brilliant ...

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