What Do You Want To Be When You Give Up?
A Play About Letting Go
A rehearsal between two actors turns into explosions of angst, politics, literature, motherhood, forgiveness, and love — with snatches of song, a handful of dances, rants about life, and impassioned appeals to both the moon and Jane Austen.
Standing Down Straight®
How to Make Gravity Your New Best Friend
Standing Down Straight® (SDS) is a method of voice-and-movement training that helps us do the tasks of everyday living without causing strain or injury to the body. It does this by guiding us to use life’s most effective – and cost-free – aid to healing and strengthening the body: gravity-directed relaxation.
SDS explains how the human skeleton is designed to use gravity-directed relaxation – how, when we ground our bodies, we can use less muscular effort when working or playing, whether at home, on the job, on the athletic field, or onstage.
On this basis, SDS can train anyone to do any task with greater efficiency.
What’s Happening Now
The Play is currently on hiatus. Rehearsals continue as we complete a high-quality video and/or until such time that live performances, with audiences, begin again.
The Standing Down Straight® workshop (SDS)is available! It is delivered virtually vua the Zoom platform. The 8-hour workshop is personally facilitated by Billy across three (3) days, each with a short 2+hour session.
Contact us now to set one up!
Cast and Creative Team
Actor, Playwright, Director, Choreographer
Associate Artistic Director; Company Member; Actor
Lighting and Sound Designer
Technical Director, Production Stage Manager
Executive Director, Company; Producer
Billy Siegenfeld and Jordan Batta have so much talent and electricity that it seems to spill out into the audience. Siegenfeld’s play, What Do You Want to Be When You Give Up?, is both a powerful and intimate piece that combines tender acting, beautiful singing, and explosive dance. To see two performers so magnificently attuned to each other is a delight. As the story unfolds, the drama grows from a simple disagreement in a rehearsal room to a thrilling exploration of what it means to be an artist in a world that seems to only get bigger and bigger. The play works its magic in a subtle and revelatory way; as the performers flit between delicate dances and riotous eruptions of funk and tap, so too does the conversation shift between the hilarious banalities of suburban life and the extraordinary potential for art to heal the broken parts of ourselves, especially in dark times. Do not miss an opportunity to see this show!
[This play] dares to tell – no, show – the struggles, frustrations, and needs of a woman trying desperately to reconcile her artistic self with her role as a mother and wife. I immediately thought to myself, “I know her.”…It is their constant moving in and out of sync with one other, as all of us do with our colleagues, friends, lovers, spouses, and children, that makes this play both powerful and refreshing.
I think everyone should take 75 minutes in their life to sit and enjoy this performance.
-Robert Goodman, Attorney
Jordan Batta has so much beauty on the stage. She radiates her character’s pathos, its inner quiet. A something indefinable that rivets.
-Rick Wessler, actor and playwright; Suzanne Wessler, playwright and poet
“What Do You Want To Be When You Give Up?” exceeded all expectations. It’s a must-see. An original display of acting, singing, and dancing seldom seen on stage or screen. The smoothest couple since Fred and Ginger.
-Suzy and Sam Novenstern, young-at-heart senior citizens
The piece’s greatest strength lies in its transparency; these actors know what they’re talking about because they live it. ‘What Do You Want to Be When You Give Up?’ reads as a timely meditation on hopelessness and isolation, ultimately suggesting that we’re never as alone as we may feel.
Ed and Helen Nicoll
Bernie & Sally Dobroski
Anna Marie Panlilio
Ray and Jane Neufeld
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