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05/09/2019

Have you checked out Wandering Aesthetics yet???

Ahoy, Mateys! Here be a #throwbackthursday!!!
12/20/2018

Ahoy, Mateys! Here be a #throwbackthursday!!!

Wandering Aesthetics is dreaming up a new, recurring performance featuring an array of "scenes", created by company members and creative collaborators. While the performance may be new, the format has ties to Heads Up Productions' #KarmaCafe.

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Read our newsletter! “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
01/04/2016
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“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” – Jean-Paul Sartre

Become a patron of Wandering Aesthetics! Your donation supports: scholarships in our education department, the Electric Pressure Cooker Open Mic Cabaret, Full Circle Storytelling: An Open Mic for Community Storytellers, the development of bold theatre and three Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Grant…

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Check out our new company! Wandering Aesthetics
11/22/2014

Check out our new company!

Wandering Aesthetics

TRAIL MAGIC - the incredible TRUE story of Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail - continues tonight at 8 pm at the Balch Street Theatre!

Information and tickets are available at: www.trailmagic.brownpapertickets.com

OR

By calling: 330.612.3090

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#WATheatre is heading to NYC today! While we're away "Like" our new theatre company:www.facebook.com/WATheatre
04/12/2014
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#WATheatre is heading to NYC today! While we're away "Like" our new theatre company:

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We wander in search of America. Through live theatrical performances devised from lived experiences, vigorous research into the America identity and deconstructing great works of Western canon, we forge a new mythology for generations of native Americans severed from their traditional roots. By expl...

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11/28/2013
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Watch. Wonder. Wandering Aesthetics.

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04/04/2013

Five weeks remain before Artistic Directors Benjamin Rexroad and Kyle Jozsa leave for the Appalachian Trail!

03/03/2013

Attending any of the upcoming CPT workshops?

If so, which ones?

After a month of "Vacation" HUAR is back. Check it out below.
01/21/2013
Episode 59: The (Beck and) Call of the Wild

After a month of "Vacation" HUAR is back.

Check it out below.

Host Benjamin Rexroad and Producer Kyle Jozsa discuss Boy Scouts, the primordial sound and the power of silence. “There are a lot of irregular people who come down these steps.” ZEN MOMENT: No Ze...

Episode 59: The (Beck and) Call of the Wild
01/21/2013
Episode 59: The (Beck and) Call of the Wild

Episode 59: The (Beck and) Call of the Wild

Host Benjamin Rexroad and Producer Kyle Jozsa discuss Boy Scouts, the primordial sound and the power of silence.



“There are a lot of irregular people who come down these steps.”

ZEN MOMENT:
No Zen story but we do have maracas!

THE SHOW:
The day Kyle does not wake up…he’ll be dead
Blending Conversations
OM: The Primordial Sound
“He’s like dude-sized”
True Story + Fiction = Powerful
Solomon the Wise
Connecting the dots in unusual ways
Humans > Technology
Surrounding yourself with beauty
No one-on-one contact!!!
Silencing the Body, Silencing the Mind, Silencing the Parents
Impulse in “THE NOW”
Deep, Resounding Confidence
The Blooming Basement Studios gets more LOVE
Trance Dancing With Demons
External vs. Internal Lessons
The never-ending story
“Step back, look at yourself and don’t be afraid to laugh”
Judgment Day
The Brains or The Bodies
The call of the wild
The harmony of Benjamin and Kyle
“I want to know you for You.”

CONTACT US:
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12/30/2012

Happy New Year everyone!
Look for the newest episode of HUAR to be posted Monday January 7th.

Episode 58: Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part 2
12/17/2012
Episode 58: Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part 2

Episode 58: Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part 2

In this continuation of a 2-part episode, Host Benjamin Rexroad, Producer Kyle Jozsa and actor Daniel Ward continue their dialogue regarding labels, the ego and eternal life.



“We’re all a little bit mad…man!”

ZEN MOMENT:
Sorry folks still no zen story…

THE SHOW:
Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part I
Jesus had an ego
Leaders should light the way
The Chosen Ones
Beware of labels
Sweet Potatoes!!!
“Who are you?”
The Path of the Bodhisattva
The importance of questions
A Singularity
Everything vs. Nothing
WAKE UP!!!
Are you running on Mechanical or Body Time?
“You forgot to make time to poop!”
Panem et Circenses
For the people OR for yourself?
An evolution of culture
The power of myths
The Myth of Perseus
Is Benjamin a Nihilist?
Daniel Ward is pregnant!!!
“You are creating your own illusions.”
Save the Arts
“I wish I could dance…”

CONTACT US:
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The newest Heads Up Arts Radio is now posted! Click the link to check it out... Spirituality... Arts Education... Theatr...
12/17/2012
Episode 58: Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part 2

The newest Heads Up Arts Radio is now posted!

Click the link to check it out...

Spirituality... Arts Education... Theatre... Buddhism... Jesus... Myth!!!

(It's all here.)

In this continuation of a 2-part episode, Host Benjamin Rexroad, Producer Kyle Jozsa and actor Daniel Ward continue their dialogue regarding labels, the ego and eternal life. “We’re all a little bi...

Two Steps Forward
12/10/2012
Two Steps Forward

Two Steps Forward

When does Work begin? When the hammer hits the nail’s head? When the first bead of sweat drips from your face? Does it begin before the work begins? Since training with Double Edge this summer, questions like these have left me pondering for hours.

Therefore, when asked to write an essay expressing the importance of preparation and what I discovered while training in Massachusetts, It seemed as easy as pumpkin pie (lets keep with the season, shall we?). Returning from my intensive I felt open, available – answers were waiting to be summoned from the depths of my being.

However, as I meditated on these questions, something terrible happened – I developed a case of writer’s block. The irony of all ironies; I was unprepared to write an essay on preparation! So at 4:30 on a Thursday morning in October I finally sat down to write this essay.

Kyle training at Double Edge

From packing our lunches the day before to applying for a loan, preparation is a constant in our lives. It comes in many forms: psychic, physical and emotional. It allows us to ready ourselves for the future by drawing on experiences from the past. It is a necessity for human life.

As I traveled the road toward Ashfield (home of Double Edge Theatre), I was nearly overwhelmed. Had I packed enough? Read enough? Trained enough? Bottom line: Was I prepared?

But as soon as training commenced, I had an incredible insight. Though the Work was full of difficulties, everything I had done leading up to these sessions, all of my life experience, was the preparation for the events on “The Farm.” I was the sum total of everything I had done before, both good and bad, all of which accumulated into the current moment. By living deeply in the present, I was better able to draw on my past.

Preparation, it seemed, was life itself – deeply personal and critical to the task at hand. I began to perceive everything as preparation for the future, and thus part of the Work.

Rena Mirecka and Double Edge encouraged my new outlook. An hour before each training session (which could last anywhere from 2 – 5 hours), we were asked to begin our preparation. It took many forms. Stretching, dancing, singing, writing, reading and meditation were just some of the methods employed by the students. My mind became dizzy trying to understand this concept.

What would make our Work great? Would a certain level of preparation lay the groundwork for greatness? If everything could be considered preparation, what separated useful preparation from inappropriate preparation?

Quality.

More from a Double Edge training session

It is not the literal prepatory act (singing, stretching, meditation) but rather the quality with which the act is performed. To place a Performer in the best position possible for any given situation, a high level of quality (psychic, physical, mental and emotional), full of articulation and concentration, is necessary.

And even this does not ensure “great” results. At Double Edge, however, quality preparation allowed us to move from the realm of “daily life” into the “holy.” Our work was beyond the mundane. We were uncovering buried truths within ourselves; associations and imaginations needed to be fertile and easily accessible. The act of preparation became another form of training.

Since my month on The Farm, I have come to realize that within all progression there is a certain amount of regression. It is the old “two steps forward, one step back” cliché. Regardless of how prepared you are, perfection is unattainable – there will always be room for improvement.

This is not an argument against readying ourselves; instead we should continuously ready ourselves. We must not allow the fear of – the fear of regression– to limit our ability to grow. After all, the better prepared we are, the more chance for success we have. In this way, when regression takes place we will be in better positions than if we had merely relied on hope. And regression always leads to another chance for progression. So our best bet is to keep ourselves ready, prepared.

The outcome of almost any situation is dependent on the preparation we make beforehand. We are the sum total of our experiences. The result is only as good as the effort put forth to bring it about. Perhaps this essay is beginning to shape into an argument about what true “art” is…but I’ll leave that for another day. What I’m really trying to say is do yourself a favor and listen to the Boy Scouts, regardless of their stance on homosexuality, (check back soon for an essay on this topic), by being prepared!



-Kyle Jozsa
Artistic Director

A new essay from Artistic Director Kyle Jozsa about the importance of preparation– in performance and daily life.
12/10/2012
Two Steps Forward

A new essay from Artistic Director Kyle Jozsa about the importance of preparation– in performance and daily life.

When does Work begin? When the hammer hits the nail’s head? When the first bead of sweat drips from your face? Does it begin before the work begins? Since training with Double Edge this summer, que...

Episode 57: Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part 1
12/07/2012
Episode 57: Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part 1

Episode 57: Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part 1

In Part 1 of a 2-part episode, Host Benjamin Rexroad, Producer Kyle Jozsa and actor Daniel Ward discuss Heads Up’s evolution, the ego and eternal life.



ZEN MOMENT:
What!? No Zen story?


THE SHOW:
Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Podcast
The Evolution of Heads Up Productions
Helping ourselves and our audience reach a more fully realized version of self since ‘09
The Actor’s Ego
“The ego is formed the moment we experience our first rejection.”
Actors as Preschoolers
“I’m the most important little organism”
Mob Mentality
Kyle is wrong…and right
Babies are self-contained universes
The Golden Moccasin
“An evolution of consciousness”
Our Malleable World
The Final Frontier: The Human Mind
CONTRADICTIONS ABOUND
Pascal’s Wager
“Spirituality is the search.”
Dan’s spirit box is two sizes too small
The limitation of labels
“A little box in my mind”
TO BE CONTINUED…

CONTACT US:
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12/03/2012
Episode 57: Battle of (the Dim) Wits, Part 1

Our newest Heads Up Arts Radio is now posted!

LISTEN!!! (It's sooooooo good.)

In Part 1 of a 2-part episode, Host Benjamin Rexroad, Producer Kyle Jozsa and actor Daniel Ward discuss Heads Up’s evolution, the ego and eternal life. ZEN MOMENT: What!? No Zen story? THE SHOW: Dr...

The newest episode of Heads Up Arts Radio is now posted! We discuss The Bacchae, Breastfeeding and The Fear of Death.
11/19/2012
Episode 56: Leggo My E(g)go

The newest episode of Heads Up Arts Radio is now posted!

We discuss The Bacchae, Breastfeeding and The Fear of Death.

Host Benjamin Rexroad and Producer Kyle Jozsa have a dialogue about tearing down the ego with mother and woman warrior, Sarah Jones-Saddleton. “If you go too crazy do you chance to rip apart ...

Episode 56: Leggo My E(g)go
11/19/2012
Episode 56: Leggo My E(g)go

Episode 56: Leggo My E(g)go

Host Benjamin Rexroad and Producer Kyle Jozsa have a dialogue about tearing down the ego with mother and woman warrior, Sarah Jones-Saddleton.



“If you go too crazy do you chance to rip apart your own humanity?”

ZEN MOMENT:
Manjusri’s Sword

THE SHOW:
Arlo: The second coming of Christ!?
Just like Super Mario, all of Kyle and Benjamin’s stories involve mushrooms…
The Mentorship of James Slowiak
The Bacchae: Separate but Equal
There’s something about Brian…
What are elements of ritual?
A cautionary tale of moderation
Scott and Kevin want to buy your baby!!!
The Blooming Basement Studios
A Myriad of Kevin via Klemm
“Aura” you ok?
The Mad Man within Us
“What is the point!?”
Indifference is thy enemy
Benjamin’s affair with Charles Manson
The Large Circle from Anastasia
One with technology?
Hitch a ride on Spaceship Earth
The Undiscovered
Everything boils down to: A Fear of Death
Ego Building 101
Sarah’s Take: Moms are Warriors!
“It takes a village”
Duhla Duhla Duhla

EVENTS:
Light of the Loon and Tick Tock Royal at Buzzbin

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Yesterday made me Proud to be an American
11/07/2012
Yesterday made me Proud to be an American

Yesterday made me Proud to be an American

Election Results

President:
Obama

Senate:
Democrats– 51
Independent– 2
Republican– 45 (Lost 2 seats)

Marriage Equality:

• Wisconsin– Tammy Baldwin elected as first openly gay US Senator (From a state that voted to ban gay marriage just 6 years ago)
• Minnesota– Voted NO on constitutional amendment to define marriage as “1 Man, 1 Woman”
• Maryland & Maine– Maine became the first state to approve same sex marriage by voter initiative
• Washington– All votes are not counted, but it looks like it might be the 3rd state to vote YES on marriage equality
Marijuana:

• Colorado & Washington– YES to legalize recreational marijuana (Now we wait and see if the Feds will allow it)
• Massachusetts– YES to medical marijuana
Corporate Spending:

• Colorado and Montana– Voted to limit corporate contributions to elections, in direct challenge to Citizens United
Women’s Right:

• Florida– Voted to defeat an amendment to state constitution to prohibit use of public funds for abortions
Local:

• Sherrod Brown (D) defeated Josh Mandel (R)
• Coventry School Levy– PASSED
• Akron School Levy– PASSED
• Cleveland School Levy– PASSED
• Summit County Children Services Board– PASSED
-Benjamin Rexroad
Managing Artistic Director

Some of the Awesomeness of Election 2012
11/07/2012
Yesterday made me Proud to be an American

Some of the Awesomeness of Election 2012

Election Results President: Obama Senate: Democrats– 51 Independent– 2 Republican– 45 (Lost 2 seats) Marriage Equality: Wisconsin– Tammy Baldwin elected as first openly gay US Senator (From a stat...

11/06/2012

Panem et Circenses.

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11/06/2012

What did you think of the "Blooming Basement Studio?" (I.E. Our new space.)

Episode 55: "Having a Vision" Quest
11/05/2012
Episode 55: "Having a Vision" Quest

Episode 55: "Having a Vision" Quest

Host Benjamin Rexroad, Producer Kyle Jozsa and special guests Amy Spencer and Sharon Pritt from Light of the Loon discuss vision quests, vortexes and much more.


“Somewhere around 4 and a half, 5, is when you’re supposed to finally
just get a job, act like an adult and shut the hell up.”

ZEN MOMENT:
The Silence of the Monks

THE SHOW:
Amy vs. Godzilla
Every Blooming Thing Space Update
Four Questions
“It’s ok to sound like crap” Jam Session
Enchanted or Brainwashed!?
Drugs vs. Discipline
Robert Redford and the Moon
The Alleghany Mountains
Cosmic Snail
Heads Up’s Porpoise or maybe Purpose
The Vortex!!!
“To thy own self be true”
Tried the Kool-Aid?
The Baked Potato Problem

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Josh Rzepka
Light of the Loon and Shivering Timbers
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The Little Prince
Breaking Bad
Nightmares on Wax
Tibetan Sound Healing

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