On Tuesday, Poets Live gathered once again at their new venue, Berkeley Books of Paris, for a special look into what acting can bring to a text, featuring G. Louise Cooper and Zorro Maplestone. The packed audience enjoyed an offering of monologues from different time periods and around the world that engaged with the natural poetics of language in innovative or confrontational ways. The particular difference between drama and poetry that Lou and Zorro will explore is the idea of the moment of creation. We’ve brought you a short clip and some photos of the evening. Enjoy!
Raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, G.Louise Cooper began her work in the theatre in community productions at the age of thirteen. Continuing from there she attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where she took a BA in Theatre. In her time at university Lou’s acting work varied from the locally-shot Oz: The Great and Powerful to students films to a four-year run of The Diary of Anne Frank at the regional JET theatre. Her training has also included a course in Meisner Technique at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Simply out of a love for the city Lou has moved to Paris where she hopes to remain, exploring theatrical and artistic opportunities and eventually take a Masters in Drama Therapy.
A bilingual Franco-Australian from a multinational family of artists, Zorro Maplestone has grown up treading the boards, acting in his first theatre production at 6 years old and continuing throughout his education. While studying theatre from 2011-2013 at the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts and directing and starring in 4 major productions with the Monash Shakespeare Company and Monash Uni Student Theatre, Zorro founded interactive theatre company Moosehand Productions in 2012 with friends, producing and directing 3 successful seasons of performances around Melbourne during 2013. Since January 2014, Zorro has left Melbourne to go seek further artistic opportunities in Paris, most recently with Paris Lit Up, a multilingual artistic association promoting international voices in Paris.