Jo Firestone (Meagan) and Dylan Marron (David) are the originators and actors of this ‘creative’ and interactive endeavor. A little background is merited; their 2010 Fringe production of Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite was a Washington Post Director’s Award Winner. So the house has been packed for their second Fringe production. The Low-Cost Creative Workshop capitalizes on their new-found fame and some of the same awkwardness and silliness that was prevalent in Middle School.
As you take your seat, Meagan and David, the workshop facilitators, greet you and provide a ‘participant’s name tag.’ It is quickly established that David is the lead facilitator and he takes charge; quickly and unapologetically. Meagan is the ever helpful assistant facilitator, gracious and accommodating. The setting is that you are returning to Day 2 of the workshop.
We are oriented by the reading of administrative announcements. This promptly engages audience members and sets the tone for the show. It appears that Day 1 had some baggage and David and Meagan, employing the PC worldview of reprimands, gently ‘calls out’ participants to their disruptive behaviors. In their gentle, positive way they even conduct a non-confrontational and scripted apology session, as an intended learning exercise, between two workshop participants. Our participants bravely played along and brought a little fun and spunk into this activity.
Now the workshop progresses to the day’s new educational activities. There is a positive ‘win’ exercise to build confidence. I was the lucky ‘loser’ who decided, when ensnared, to ham this exercise up a little (which this mild-mannered person rarely does). My thought (excuse?) was that a less than enthusiastic audience participant would surely make some of the vignettes less than entertaining.
Other positive learning activities were executed including a visualize success exercise and a trust/elevator exercise. As the workshop progresses, David’s authoritative tone starts to grate on Meagan and Meagan’s observation that one participant is her highly successful, good looking, ex-boyfriend from high school brings out David’s jealousy. We learn that perhaps David and Meagan’s world is not a rosy as their workshop would lead you to believe. As their tensions increase the workshop exercises lose momentum and hilarity ensues. So much silliness within one hour. This is a fun and zany ride where nothing is taken too seriously and that is the joy of the show.
Running Time: One hour.
Meagan & David’s Original Low-Cost Creativity Workshop information and tickets.