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  • 25 Most Important Plays Every Actor Should Read

    Acting in London
    Tom London
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    25 Most Important Plays Every Actor Should Read / Photo credit: RWCMD It’s becoming increasingly more unpopular for actors to read plays. Thespians seem to forget the people responsible for creating the art form of drama, and that’s only to the detriment of their own careers. When it comes to theatre, some will normally watch the performance on stage, if that. But the biggest issue is that by avoiding masterful work of great playwrights, actors avert themselves from developing their creative skills, expanding imagination, and learning roots of the acting craft in itself.
  • The Verdict: Read Reviews of Larry David’s Fish in the Dark on Broadway

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    Playbill Staff
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:40 pm
    "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" creator Larry David's new dysfunctional family comedy Fish in the Dark, about the death of a patriarch, officially opened on Broadway March 5 at the Cort Theatre. 
  • Review: Woyzeck, FJF

    TheaterMania.com
    5 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    No-Win's inaugural production takes on Georg Büchner's game-changing play.
  • Theater Listings for March 6-12

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    THE NEW YORK TIMES
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    A critical guide to productions in New York City, including shows in previews.
  • "American Idol" Recap: The Top Eight Guys Are Revealed Thursday, March 05, 2015

    Theater News
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Wednesday's edition of American Idol featured the season's first live show, with host Ryan Seacrest revealing which eight guys would get the chance to sing once again for America's vote to secure a spot as a top finalist. The top eight guys, as decided by America's vote, are Daniel Seavey , Mark Andrews , Rayvon Owen , Adam Ezegelian , Clark Beckham , Nick Fradiani , Qaasim Middleton and Quentin Alexander .
 
 
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  • "American Idol" Recap: The Top Eight Guys Are Revealed Thursday, March 05, 2015

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Wednesday's edition of American Idol featured the season's first live show, with host Ryan Seacrest revealing which eight guys would get the chance to sing once again for America's vote to secure a spot as a top finalist. The top eight guys, as decided by America's vote, are Daniel Seavey , Mark Andrews , Rayvon Owen , Adam Ezegelian , Clark Beckham , Nick Fradiani , Qaasim Middleton and Quentin Alexander .
  • Theater Company of Lafayette ready for high jinks in 'Victor/Victoria'

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    The Theater Company of Lafayette will present its largest-ever musical endeavor, 'Victor/Victoria,' March 26-28. Pictured clockwise, from top left, are cast members Heather Murray-Price, Donny Petro, Erik Wilkins and Margaret Norwood.
  • Big Stars Asking Small Theaters To Allow Actors To Volunteer Their Services

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:04 am
    CBS2 / KCAL9 CBS2/KCAL9 is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corp. and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country. CBS Studio City Broadcast Center 4200 Radford Avenue Studio City, CA [...] KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO is Southern California's only all-news radio station and the most credible local source for news coverage.
  • Family theater: That s one well-traveled bunny

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:49 pm
    NINA MEEHAN/BAY AREA CHILDREN S THEATRE Abilene holds a very special rabbit while having tea with her father in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. The title character of this stage adaptation of Kate Di Camillo s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is an elegant porcelain rabbit, lost at sea by his first owner, a 10-year-old girl.
  • Bill Cosby's latest accuser told to smear oatmeal on face, act like a queen

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of rape alleges he first put her through a bizarre "acting exercise," where he told her to smear oatmeal on her face and carry herself like a queen. The woman, identified only as Patricia, shared the story about her disturbing 1978 encounter with Cosby to BuzzFeed this week.
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  • PaleyFest and Other Events for L.A. Actors

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    PaleyFest Los Angeles kicks off this weekend giving actors a chance to hear from some of the top performers in the industry. Billed as an “unparalleled, interactive pop-culture event,” the confab also offers unique networking opportunities. The Dolby Theatre, where most events are held, has a well-staffed bar. You never know who you’ll run into having a drink before or after a panel. Individual tickets range from $30-$80 for non-members, or $20-$65 for members. More details here. Other upcoming events include: The Hollywood Mixer TV/Film/Video MeetupMarch 5 at 8:30 p.m.Stir…
  • Chicago Now Casting ‘Runner’ and Upcoming Auditions

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Talent is currently being cast for the television pilot “Runner.” “Runner” is a pilot from 20th Century Fox Television following Lauren Marks, whose seemingly perfect life is ripped apart by one simple twist of fate. Several roles are being cast for this paid gig, and submissions are being sought from the Chicago area. For more details, check out the casting notice for “Runner” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!
  • Now Casting ‘In Rooms Such as These’ and Other Upcoming Auditions

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    Talent is currently being sought for the play “In Rooms Such as These.” “In Rooms Such as These” is a dark comedy “about fucking and fucking-up,” according to its writer, when its main character, Maggie, finds herself without a place to live in NYC. The lead role of Maggie is being cast for this production, as well as five other lead roles.  Auditions will be held March 10 and 11 in NYC. For more details, check out the casting notice for “In Rooms Such as These” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our audition listings!  
  • Equity Calls L.A.'s Minimum Wage Opposition 'Shocking'

    4 Mar 2015 | 10:07 pm
    The Actors’ Equity Association unveiled backing from SEIU as a local politician threw his support behind the group opposing the union's minimum wage plan for intimate theater in Los Angeles. Debate over the upcoming referendum on reforming the 99-seat plan is increasingly contentious, with Equity calling L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s support for the intimate theater producers opposing the proposal “shocking.”  O’Farrell joined a group of theater artists including Tim Robbins, Noah Wyle, and Daniel Henning, founding artistic director of the…
  • 5 Casting Directors Attached to New CBS Pilots

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    The entertainment industry is constantly changing, and it's important to stay aware of what’s going on. Want to find out who’s casting? What projects are happening? What’s coming up? Call Sheet highlights will help you stay in-the-know: Jane Lynch recently joined the CBS pilot “Angel from Hell” which is being cast by Dorian Frankel. The currently Untitled Tommy Johnagin Project comedy with JoAnna Garcia Swisher about a comic (Tommy Johnagin) bringing up his family in the American Midwest has nabbed Romano/Benner Casting. La Padura/Hart Casting has…
 
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  • 5 Reasons to Start Making Theater in Houston

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you’re looking to build up your theater résumé with the kind of substantial, evocative roles that encourage your true potential, don’t underestimate Houston. Currently competing with Chicago for the nation’s third-largest metropolis, it’s also giving that city’s theater scene a run for its money. “Houston is pretty much an open door. It’s one of the friendliest towns I’ve seen,” says Kenn McLaughlin, producing artistic director of Stages Repertory Theatre. Compared to New York, L.A., or Cleveland, where McLaughlin spent…
  • Tapping into Radio City Music Hall’s Spring Spectacular

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    In some ways, the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall delivers exactly what you’d expect. Just like the annual Christmas show, it features jaunty music, high-tech special effects, and precision dancing from the Rockettes, all aimed at family audiences looking for a good time. But along with the robotically controlled flying kites and the massive Statue of Liberty puppet, there’s a subtler surprise: a plot. Instead of a splashy revue, the Spring Spectacular, running through May 3, is a narrative-driven work, with Broadway actors playing the major characters and a…
  • The 2015 Texas Shorts at SXSW

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    South by Southwest has an atmosphere of community that sets it apart from some of the larger film festivals—partly because of the location (Austin is small but spread out, unlike Park City with its Main Street), and partly simply by the design of the festival and programs, including the Texas Shorts and Texas High School Shorts. “We like to call out the talent that we have in Texas,” says short film programmer Claudette Godfrey, “and the company as a whole is part of the local community, so it’s important to us to maintain that relationship. We have a pretty vast…
  • 8 Questions With...Tituss Burgess

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Broadway star has delighted audiences in “Guys and Dolls,” “Jersey Boys,” and as Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid,” and is now taking on the small screen in Netflix’s highly anticipated comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Tell us about the show.“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is written by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock; it premieres on Netflix March 6. I play the role of Titus—with one ‘s’. He’s not entirely like myself but certainly I’m able to borrow from personal experiences, given that I too was…
  • Fall in Love With VH1’s ‘Hindsight’

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:18 pm
    The irresistible hook of VH1’s “Hindsight”—the Wednesday night hour-long dramedy about Becca Brady, who time travels on the eve of her second wedding back to the eve of her first wedding in 1995—may be its nostalgia-inducing setting. But that’s just a reason to tune into the pilot; for the season's nine other episodes, creator Emily Fox’s job was to offer a slew of reasons to return. And offer them she did. “I originally just conceived it as a story of this girl and her chance to go back and revisit the decision she made to marry this…
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  • Sweating Equity

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    The last thing I wrote about the controversy over L.A.’s Equity 99-Seat Plan, for American Theatre magazine, was more personal than the typical news report; I felt I couldn’t help but inject my own experience into a debate I’ve watched for most of my professional life. But now, after several more Facebook back-and-forths, private chats, and a thoughtful podcast with my friend Isaac Butler (which, based on the retweets and shares it’s gotten, is being perceived as more pro-Equity’s position than not), I feel the need to get even more personal about the possible end of the plan as…
  • American (and L.A.) Revolutions

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    The rest of 2015 will have a lot to live up to: In quick succession, I've already seen/written about/considered two of the best productions I'll probably see in years, let alone this calendar year. First was Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's great new musical--which today is apparently likely to announce a transfer to Broadway, though whether before the Tony deadline or after is anyone's guess (smart money seems to be on the former; I'm holding out hope for the latter, because I think the Public, and the public, deserves the rest of that Off-Broadway run). I chatted with Miranda and fellow…
  • The Afterlife of Theater

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Mercedes Reuhl and Bill Pullman in The Goat(photo by Sara Krulwich/NY Times)Bill Pullman said something really interesting in this interview--and it wasn't the fact that he's playing Othello in Norway (an odd, possibly troubling notion that got some intelligent pushback from at least one reader). It was instead this bracing, almost entirely counterintuitive statement about theater vs. film. I asked him about all the lucrative film and TV work he must be ducking to slip off to Norway and do a play, and he replied:This is so important to my life. I'll tell you, all the film and television…
  • Hamilton's New York Moment

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    From left, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. from the cast of “Hamilton.” CreditDamon Winter/The New York TimesOne of the most infectious sentiments in Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's great new musical about our country's founding fathers, is voiced by the women. The socialite Schuyler sisters, one of whom Alexander Hamilton actually married, the other of whom he loved at least as much as his wife, have a song about how lucky they feel to be living in New York City at the moment they are--that it's the most exciting place in the world to be…
  • Primed for The Iceman

    Rob Weinert-Kendt
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Stephen Ouimette and cast in an "Iceman" rehearsal. (Photo by Liz Lauren)I had the great privilege recently of sitting in a Chicago rehearsal room and watching the 18-person cast of the Goodman's production of The Iceman Cometh run through the entire five-hour show. They were in street clothes with makeshift set elements and some props, but I will long hold the intimate, lived-in frisson of that room with me. It will be a tough act to top, for this or any other play.The occasion for my visit was this piece in the Times, which focuses on the seemingly unorthodox casting of Nathan…
 
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    Parabasis

  • Who Benefits from the 99-Seat Plan?

    Parabasis
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Isaac Butler (For my non-theater readers, this post is gonna get into the weeds on a union contract issue in California. This might not be the post for you.)  Last week, my old friend and editor Rob Weinert-Kendt asked me to be a guest on TCG's "Offstage" podcast to talk about the upcoming fight over LA's 99-seat plan. You can listen to the full episode here. The episode uses as a jumping off point Rob's excellent meditation contrasting the abundance of riches of 99-seat plan theater in LA with the knowledge that the system isn't sustainable in its current…
  • Things Jon Stewart Has Destroyed, A Partial List

    Parabasis
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    By Isaac Butler Sam Brownback The NFL The Texas GOP Fox News Fox News' Spite-Driven Anger Machine Sean Hannity Noted GOP Anti-Vaxxer GOP's Dueling SOTU Responses Hank Greenberg Obama Cabinet Member Fox News' Appalling Reaction to the CIA Torture Report Mike Huckabee Kathleen Sebelius Hilarious Conservative Speeches What's left of Peggy Noonan's Credibility Crossfire's Tucker Carlson Anti-Cannabis Morons CNN, CBS Coverage of French President Hollande's Visit to the United States CNN's Malaysian Flight Coverage Old Media Hacks Bill Kristol on Health Care Bill…
  • Other People Writing About Charlie Hebdo

    Parabasis
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    By Isaac Butler Ernesto Miranda, from whose legal troubles we get the term Miranda Warnings with their attendant right to remain silent, ended up going to jail anyway. The State retried him, this time without the problematic confession that caused his earlier conviction to be set aside, and a jury found him guilty. He later died in a bar fight. Clarence Earl Gideon, from whose legal troubles we get the right to have a State-funded attorney, tried to refuse legal counsel and represent himself even after he had won at the Supreme Court. The judge in his case was so irate that he yelled at…
  • How The Openings of Treme and The Wire Work

    Parabasis
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    by Isaac Butler   In my graduate  fiction seminar, we talked about beginnings quite a bit. This was, of course, a consequence of studying the short story with its limited real estate and need to make every word count. But it was also because we wanted to examine what promises we made as writers with our first sentence, or paragraph, or page. Often this set of promises gets called the Contract with the Reader, the legal metaphor undergirding that readers and texts make (sometimes unwitting) commitments to each other, and the more careful you are of the agreement you’re hammering…
  • On Doing the Work

    Parabasis
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    by Isaac Butler Over at The Atlantic, Adrian Hong would like us to know that The Interview, the recently canceled film starring Seth Rogan and James Franco about a hapless talk show host and his haplesser producer who get embroiled in a plot to kill Kim Jong Un, is not funny, likely racist and is "not an act of courage." There's just one problem. He hasn't seen it, a fact which he never explicitly states, only half- acknowledging it in a parenthetical clause a full four paragraphs into the piece:  This film is not an act of courage. It is not a stand against…
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    Theater Loop - Chicago Tribune

  • Chicago theater openings for the week of March 6-12

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Saturday | Garage Rep: Steppenwolf Theatre's annual showcase of storefront theater features works from Cold Basement Dramatics, Red Tape Theatre and Pride Films and Plays. Through April 26 at Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. Halsted St.; 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org
  • 'Infinite Monkey Cage': They have facts and they're not afraid to use them

    5 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    "We have an agenda," said the comedian Robin Ince the other day, between bites of a chicken sandwich. These days, who doesn't? Of course, the most effective polemical tool might not be calling your show "The Infinite Monkey Cage Live." Or so you'd think.
  • Why Ringling is ending its elephant acts

    5 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    The elephants are to be phased out of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Associated Press first reported Thursday morning. The lumbering pachyderms will be gone from the show by 2018. It will take that long for Ringling's twin touring companies to fully turn...
  • Neo-Futurists 'Redletter' strays all over the media landscape

    5 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It took only a few short years for the Internet to upend our definition of the media. Traditional publications like this very newspaper jostle for attention alongside hundreds of tweets and Facebook posts, as well as online ventures like BuzzFeed that have perfected the art of pandering...
  • 'The Diary of Anne Frank' at Writers Theatre: trapped together

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    We all know "The Diary of Anne Frank" does not end happily. If you are watching a truthful, deeply engaged production, and director Kimberly Senior's work for Writers Theatre is most certainly in that category, you are left with a feeling of unspeakable waste, loss and regret, the very familiar...
 
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  • Benjamin Pollock's Grave

    Trish Short Lewis
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    "...The popularity of the toy theatre declined and by 1937, when Mr. Pollock died, the shop and the Pollock family were struggling to pay their way.The Chingford Historical Society believes this is why he was buried in a common grave with no memorial stone." - The Chingford GuardianWhen I read that this week, I thought, "This is a great shame and should be rectified..."To that end, the Facebook toy theatre group has started a crowd-funding project to raise the necessary funds to buy a modest stone to mark Benjamin Pollock's grave.  Long overdue, Pollock1 was one of the giants of toy…
  • Stop-Motion Noir!

    Trish Short Lewis
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:21 pm
  • Pollock's Toy Museum & Eddy Fawdry

    Trish Short Lewis
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:33 am
    Awhile back a profile was done of the museum, by none other than Professor Ronald Hutton, which is lovely indeed for those of us halfway around the world who may never get to visit there in person. It is, in a limited sense, a virtual tour. Enjoy this clip from the program that featured the Pollock's Toy Museum...Reviews:Eddy Fawdry (and his wee dog Haggis) preside over this strange secret world of vintage toys, which he inherited from his grandparents and they from the Hoxton-based Pollock family, which made famous toy theaters. In room after creaky room, history stares back at you with…
  • Cat, Mouse with a Brick, and Cop: The Eternal Triangle

    Trish Short Lewis
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:38 pm
    In the UK in 1996, a three-minute pilot was created in hopes of launching a new Krazy Kat cartoon series.  It was directed by Derek Mogford and produced by Spitting Image Productions. Krazy Kat had been animated often before, and always in long-running and successful series. There were theatrical Krazy Kat cartoons in some form or another running from 1916 to the end of the thirties, and in the sixties the character was brought back for a television series.So what makes this 1996 Krazy Kat cartoon so interesting if the strip has been animated so many times before? The difference is that,…
  • Toy Theatre Salon

    Trish Short Lewis
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Painting by Jill HoyJill Hoy created an extraordinary painting of a real-life event.  It shows a toy theatre performance that took place in a private home to a group of invited guests.  In fact, it was a full-blown dinner theatre.  A quite rare event, so a very special occasion to all those in attendance. I recently spoke to Jill to ask her how the painting came to be.  She shared with me how "...the salons are a very rich environment for everyone - the diverse mix of people, including professors and artists who are friends of the family and invited to a dinner theatre in…
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    The Theatrefolk Blog

  • Script Analysis for Actors

    Lindsay Price
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Whether you’re performing your first role or your fortieth, Theatrefolk has a great roundup of guides to help you prepare for your role, to analyze the script from a few different angles, and to really make the most of the part you’ve earned! We start with basic foundations of script analysis, and work through activities to […]The post Script Analysis for Actors appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • Character Analysis Exercise

    Lindsay Price
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Character Analysis can be done in many forms. You can analyze a character in a play you’re studying. You can analyze a character you’re playing in a production. You can analyze a character in a play you’re writing. This particular Character Analysis Exercise will work in all three circumstances. Do this exercise after you’ve read […]The post Character Analysis Exercise appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • How to Write a Play Review

    Lindsay Price
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    “The House Beautiful is The Play Lousy.” – Dorothy Parker We’ve all seen those reviews. The ones that rip the theatre production up one side and down the other. They criticize the scenery and the script. They suggest that the leads take up basket weaving since acting isn’t their thing. It’s enjoyable because we’re not […]The post How to Write a Play Review appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • Reality vs Illusion Exercise

    Lindsay Price
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    How do people create illusion out of harsh reality? In the play A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche Dubois works hard at creating an illusion. She tells lies about her past so that others see her in a specific light. She tells lies to herself to soften her own memories. She puts a shade on the […]The post Reality vs Illusion Exercise appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
  • Song Analysis and Singing in Character

    Lindsay Price
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever listened to a singer who hits all the right notes but there’s still something missing? When you sing, especially in a musical, there are necessary elements. Having proper technique. Being able to breathe is immensely important. But the best singer is not always the one with the most polished technique. The best […]The post Song Analysis and Singing in Character appeared first on The Theatrefolk Blog.
 
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    Cambiare Productions

  • Whispers and Thoughts

    Travis Bedard
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Tonight we begin a quick jaunt into the world of Stephen Spotswood‘s ‘In the Forest, She Grew Fangs‘. I’ve been trying to get a reading of this show together forever. Spotswood is a longtime friend from the #2amt tag on Twitter but I hadn’t read any of his work (asking always feels oddly intrusive) until finally over a year ago, after hearing the title one too many times in my feed, I had to ask about Fangs. I read it and my immediate response was to record Ruth’s monologue… it’s that kind of show. As an actor I had to try saying the words out…
  • 100 Heartbreaks

    Travis Bedard
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    There was no way I was going to miss 100 Heartbreaks. Even in the midst of the respiratory mayhem the season and the run of Changelings has wrought and the few nights my schedule allows me, I had to come. As I told director Jess Hutchinson on being greeted warmly to the Sahara Lounge – I tried to make this show 2006. Discussion of my tact level aside, it’s entirely true. My and Will’s version of this show anyway…    In 2006 Will and I (then with Gobotrick Theatre Company) decided to recreate our ArtSpark experience and give ourselves 3 months from blank to…
  • Austin Needs a Place

    Travis Bedard
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Making art is a grind. As with child birth we tend to forget to the gross majority of the creation process isn’t magic, it’s a slog. So when we see an artistic birthing process we simultaneously reject it as something that never happens to us and runaway because: repulsive. Something is about to happen in Austin that is rarer then hen’s teeth on a dragon egg in a blood moon. A new indie theatre venue is being born. It’s been ten years since that was the case in Austin and I’m sure that’s true in your City. New venues are generational. I’m also sure…
  • Austin is a Place

    Travis Bedard
    28 May 2013 | 2:26 pm
    I have been toiling away in the puppet mines on a show called Cruel Circus for the last little stretch, right on the heels of assaying John of Gaunt and and the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II. We’ll have a little more on that shortly but it was a side project during that time that I want to talk about now. Howlround is the online journal of the Center for Theatre Commons run off the campus of Emerson College in Boston. They function as a US-focused clearinghouse for folks wrestling with questions large and small about theatre art and business. Editorially they try to run blocks of topical…
  • A subject speaks…

    Travis Bedard
    18 Feb 2013 | 1:11 pm
    On Thursday you have the opportunity to not only see the opening night of a play, but an opening night of a company as Poor Shadows of Elysium open their doors to the tune of a coin-flip Richard II at the Curtain (good seats still available!). This process has been a joy. I am reunited with several of my compatriots from last summer’s 7 Tower’s production of Tis Pity She’s a Whore and I’ve been allowed to play John of Gaunt and the Bishop of Carlisle. If you haven’t read Richard II let me say simply that I get to deliver two of the greatest speeches ever put to paper. I get to do it…
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    The Bad Boy of Musical Theatre

  • There Is No Greater Act of Love

    Scott Miller
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    A lot of actors tell me that when they play a villain, it's very important for them not to judge the character, just to understand him as much as possible, his worldview, his motivations, his past; then play him as honestly as possible, from the inside. I think the same is true for me with Jerry Springer the Opera, and by extension, The Jerry Springer Show on TV. If I were to come at this show, looking down on Springer and his guests, it would end up a very different production.And I would be no better than the religious dolts sending us mindless angry emails (only four so…
  • Nothing is Wrong and Nothing is Right

    Scott Miller
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Well, the protest emails have begun. I guess that's the price of getting good advance press coverage.... and producing Jerry Springer the Opera.I'll admit, I'm always baffled by the people who get so mean and so angry in the name of Jesus – though maybe that's because I'm baffled by religion and religious belief in general. It seems that for too many people, turning on Righteous Indignation also turns off the brain.Though Jerry Springer the Opera is incredibly vulgar and obscene and blasphemous, it's also genuinely uplifting. After all, the message of the show is clear and…
  • Everything That Lives is Holy

    Scott Miller
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Rehearsals for Jerry Springer the Opera are going really well, and I think I've pretty much figured out every big practical issue that needs figuring out. We're well on our journey. From here out, we just run the whole show at every rehearsal. Our actors will settle into the physicality of the show and then they'll have time to dig down into the interior lives of these characters.So now my brain turns to more artistic, more esoteric matters, like what's the Big Picture point of Jerry Springer the Opera? Why did Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee write this wildly unique show? It's clearly…
  • Going Down with Me

    Scott Miller
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:02 pm
    We're in Hell. But in a good way.Act I of Jerry Springer the Opera was easy to block, as long as I kept the TV show in my head and let that guide me. We're using fewer stage devices than the original in London, just telling the story as straightforwardly as we can. But Act II (well, Acts II and III, really) when we go to Purgatory, then Hell, isn't quite so obvious.In fact, as we blocked the second half of the show this week, I realized that I didn't like what I had done with Purgatory. As I've already blogged about, the original production(s) was a lot about mocking the conventions of opera,…
  • Pimps in Bad Suits, Mothers Who Are Prostitutes

    Scott Miller
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    I've realized as I've been blocking Jerry Springer the Opera that my job this time is to Get Out of the Way. This is such dense text, often with laughs coming every few words. Any complex staging or gimmicky stage pictures will take focus away from this brilliant text and the genuinely funny musical jokes. So a lot of my job this time is just about planning ahead and traffic control.You might not be surprised to hear that I don't want to approach the show the same way the original production did. I see it somewhat differently.In this show, words reign over all. The language, the jokes, and…
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    Cambiare Productions

  • Whispers and Thoughts

    Travis Bedard
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Tonight we begin a quick jaunt into the world of Stephen Spotswood‘s ‘In the Forest, She Grew Fangs‘. I’ve been trying to get a reading of this show together forever. Spotswood is a longtime friend from the #2amt tag on Twitter but I hadn’t read any of his work (asking always feels oddly intrusive) until finally over a year ago, after hearing the title one too many times in my feed, I had to ask about Fangs. I read it and my immediate response was to record Ruth’s monologue… it’s that kind of show. As an actor I had to try saying the words out…
  • 100 Heartbreaks

    Travis Bedard
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    There was no way I was going to miss 100 Heartbreaks. Even in the midst of the respiratory mayhem the season and the run of Changelings has wrought and the few nights my schedule allows me, I had to come. As I told director Jess Hutchinson on being greeted warmly to the Sahara Lounge – I tried to make this show 2006. Discussion of my tact level aside, it’s entirely true. My and Will’s version of this show anyway…    In 2006 Will and I (then with Gobotrick Theatre Company) decided to recreate our ArtSpark experience and give ourselves 3 months from blank to…
  • Austin Needs a Place

    Travis Bedard
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Making art is a grind. As with child birth we tend to forget to the gross majority of the creation process isn’t magic, it’s a slog. So when we see an artistic birthing process we simultaneously reject it as something that never happens to us and runaway because: repulsive. Something is about to happen in Austin that is rarer then hen’s teeth on a dragon egg in a blood moon. A new indie theatre venue is being born. It’s been ten years since that was the case in Austin and I’m sure that’s true in your City. New venues are generational. I’m also sure…
  • Austin is a Place

    Travis Bedard
    28 May 2013 | 2:26 pm
    I have been toiling away in the puppet mines on a show called Cruel Circus for the last little stretch, right on the heels of assaying John of Gaunt and and the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II. We’ll have a little more on that shortly but it was a side project during that time that I want to talk about now. Howlround is the online journal of the Center for Theatre Commons run off the campus of Emerson College in Boston. They function as a US-focused clearinghouse for folks wrestling with questions large and small about theatre art and business. Editorially they try to run blocks of topical…
  • A subject speaks…

    Travis Bedard
    18 Feb 2013 | 1:11 pm
    On Thursday you have the opportunity to not only see the opening night of a play, but an opening night of a company as Poor Shadows of Elysium open their doors to the tune of a coin-flip Richard II at the Curtain (good seats still available!). This process has been a joy. I am reunited with several of my compatriots from last summer’s 7 Tower’s production of Tis Pity She’s a Whore and I’ve been allowed to play John of Gaunt and the Bishop of Carlisle. If you haven’t read Richard II let me say simply that I get to deliver two of the greatest speeches ever put to paper. I get to do it…
 
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    TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE

  • Can We Put a Perfect World On Stage?

    Eliza Bent
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Piehole’s new play tries to create a utopia — Welcome to Borough Play, our exclusive series on theatre in Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond What is it about the idea of a perfect community that’s so alluring? And is the attempt to make art all that different from the quest to create a utopia? Members of the more » The post Can We Put a Perfect World On Stage? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • How Did His Life Become a Musical?

    Linda Buchwald
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    The fascinating journey of Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion — There’s an old theatre adage that a show doesn’t really become itself until it’s had several productions. For proof, just look to The Lion. Benjamin Scheuer’s autobiographical one-man musical was developed in workshops and at coffee shops before enjoying several productions around the world, including a more » The post How Did His Life Become a Musical? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • A Brief History of Sex

    Diep Tran
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chiara Atik’s Five Times in One Night is the latest atypical offering from EST/Youngblood — Playwright Chiara Atik does not like watching sex. On stage at least. “I always get uncomfortable and immediately start thinking, ‘Oh I wonder if the actor’s mom is here,’” she says. “It takes me out of the moment.” Knowing that, more » The post A Brief History of Sex appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • Real Feelings in a Virtual World

    Linda Buchwald
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Ben Rosenfield plays an avatar in The Nether — There are two worlds in Jennifer Haley’s The Nether. One is reality—a dark, cold place. The other is The Hideaway, a Victorian manor filled with light and color and trees. The latter universe is part of The Nether, an immersive virtual space that people obsessively more » The post Real Feelings in a Virtual World appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
  • If You’re Only 40, How Do You Play an 80 Year Old?

    Eliza Bent
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Inside Elizabeth Dement’s transformative performance in Social Security — Actors are often told to make a character “their own.” But what exactly does that mean? And how do actors put themselves into a role when they’re playing someone who’s almost twice their age? For the 40-year-old performer Elizabeth Dement, who stars as an 80-year-old retiree more » The post If You’re Only 40, How Do You Play an 80 Year Old? appeared first on TDF STAGES: A THEATRE MAGAZINE.
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    Encore Atlanta

  • Bad day? You might feel better if you visit with ‘Alexander’

    Kathy Janich
    5 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
      Laugh and commiserate with Alexander in the musical Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander’s misadventures are again chronicled by Judith Viorst, who wrote the original best-selling picture book in 1972. Here she provides the book and lyrics. Have you ever had a really rotten day? Alexander has. His morning begins when [...]
  • THIS WEEKEND’S BEST BETS: March 5

    Kathy Janich
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Last call for "Silent Sky" at Theatrical Outfit as well as "The C.A. Lyons Project (Alliance), "Detroit '67" (True Colors), "Rigoletto" (Atlanta Opera), StinkyKids the Musical (Synchronicity), the national tour of "Wicked" at the Fox and the Center for Puppetry Arts' "Anne Frank: Without and Within."
  • Eat, drink and be merry at the New American Shakespeare Tavern

    Kathy Janich
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
      The New American Shakespeare Tavern is unlike other theaters. Go for the live music, hand-crafted period costumes, sword fights and, not incidentally, the passion and poetry of the spoken word. With an authentic British pub menu and a broad selection of Irish ales and premium brews, the Shakespeare Tavern is a place to eat, drink, be [...]
  • THIS WEEKEND’S BEST BETS: Feb. 26

    Kathy Janich
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    This weekend's your last chance for "4000 Miles" at Aurora. Also recommended: Theatrical Outfit's "Silent Sky," the Kendeda-winning "C.A. Lyons Project" at the Alliance, "Detroit '67" at True Colors and the always entertaining Libby Whittemore at Actor's Express.
  • Musicals, premieres top Aurora’s big year

    Kathy Janich
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:07 pm
    The mainstage lineup for the Lawrenceville theater's 20th anniversary season includes the musicals "Memphis" and "Into the Woods," the contemporary comedy "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Margaret Edson's "Wit" and a world premiere from Atlanta playwrights Topher Payne, Suehyla El-Attar and Johnny Drago.
 
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    Atlanta Theater Fans - Your Guide To Atlanta Theater And Online Community

  • Rounding Third Opens at Stage Door Players

    Admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:08 am
    STAGE DOOR PLAYERS is proud to present Rounding Third, by Richard Dresser, directed by James Donadio. The show opens on Friday, March 20, 8pm curtain, and runs through April 12. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Sundays at 2:30pm EXCEPT there will be no Sunday Matinee on Easter Sunday, April 5. [...]
  • The Alliance Theatre Announces Toddler Takeover Arts Festival

    Admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    Save the date!  The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art, and Young Audiences are thrilled to present the second annual TODDLER TAKEOVER: an arts festival for the very young, May 29-31, 2015, at the Woodruff Arts Center. This one of a kind experience for children 0-5 years old will feature performances of [...]
  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at ART Station

    Admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    ART Station, in Historic Stone Mountain Village, will hold its 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Fundraiser, “Raising of the Green” on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The event features silent and live auctions, “A Taste of Stone Mountain,” music and complimentary green beer. Tickets are $25 at the door [...]
  • Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre to Present The Shape Of Things this March

    Admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    Atlanta’s “hippest contemporary theatre company” (Backstage Beat), Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre, with their newly acquired 45-seat black box in Candler Park, will present the critically acclaimed play The Shape Of Things by Neil LaBute this March. Filmmaker and playwright Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, The Wicker Man) has made himself a force to [...]
  • Alliance Presents the world premiere of Edward Foote by Phillip DePoy

    Admin
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    The Alliance Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere production, EDWARD FOOTE, by award-winning Atlanta playwright and author Phillip DePoy.  EDWARD FOOTE, a Gothic murder mystery set to haunting Appalachian folk song, will premiere on the Hertz Stage March 27 – April 19, 2015.  Opening night is April 1, 2015. In EDWARD FOOTE, a [...]
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    It’s been a number of years since California has participated in the AACT Festival cycle with its own state festival, so resurrecting the tradition presents a number of challenges. With the... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • 142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Ron Ziegler, Field Services Coordinator, AACT.org We already into the 2015 festival cycle and the excitement is building. Festivals are a great deal of fun, but also a lot of work for the planners.... More info at theatregeeks.com
  • How to save your theatre, part 2

    dave@theatregeeks.com (Dave Dufour, John Shoup, Marcia Fulmer)
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save... More info at theatregeeks.com
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    Shakespeare Geek

  • Sacrifice in Shakespeare?

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:29 pm
    So last night my daughter comes into the room, hurls her book to the floor, declares that she hates it and never wants to see it again, and bursts into tears. Apparently a main character sacrificed herself to save the ones she loved, and this was my daughter's first experience with such a storyline. I'm not saying the book, but I bet people already recognize it. It's quite popular right now. Don't spoil it.She's insisting that I read her book so that I can feel her pain. I've already commented to her that I've seen Lear carry Cordelia's lifeless body onstage in the final act, I think I know a…
  • First Folios for Every State!

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Folger announced today the 52 exact locations that will be receiving a visit from the First Folio this spring as part of their celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.Here's my thoughts, in pretty much the order they occurred:"Boston...Boston...come on, Boston.....DAMNIT!  Amherst." <reads Garland Scott's explanation> "Oh, ok, I guess that makes sense.""Portland, Maine, eh? Interesting, I've got a vacation weekend planned in Portland for April 10-11, I wonder if the timing will work out?" I don't think so, I don't think this is happening until later in the year.
  • Edit for Length, Not for Antisemitism

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Making the rounds today is Mark Rylance's visit to see the newly discovered First Folio, and what he said while he was there:The former artistic director of the Globe Theatre in London, who is starring in the BBC’s Wolf Hall, said: “I don’t think there’s pressure [to remove] the bawdy jokes. He’s bawdier a lot more times than people realise. “The pressures I feel are more for times where he will say something very antisemitic,” he said.Why?Seriously, why do we single out antisemitism but leave in all the racism and sexism and every other -ism of which Shakespeare is…
  • Don't trust the internet to do your homework, kids.

    13 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    I found myself on Answers.com today, poking around the Shakespeare questions.  The answers make you want to punch somebody. Let's look at the question, "How did Rosencrantz and Guildenstern die?"  Here's the answer that 3 people marked as useful:Claudius sends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to go back to England with Hamlet. Before the three of them leave Claudius sends a letter to England telling them to kill Hamlet once he steps on to their soil. The letter is to be delivered by Rosencratnz and Guildenstern, the both of them do not know what the letter says and are merely following…
  • I did it all for the Shakespeare cookie

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I don't think I ever blogged about this Shakespeare cookie cutter before Christmas, but I definitely put it on my Facebook page.  Well, my mom knew exactly what she getting me this year!Here's the cutter itself, both sides:It makes a very detailed cut.To give you an idea how big it is, I was getting about 5 cookies per baking sheet. The white stuff is actually powdered sugar that I'd used to coat the rolling pin (a trick I found on Alton Brown's recipe).Finished product! Stuck in a snowstorm like we are there's no real frosting supplies in the house, but that didn't stop the kids from…
 
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    Voice Coaches

  • The Idea of Celebrity in the VO world

    ChristyPronto
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    I am a voracious reader when it comes to the fields I am passionate about and any voice actor worth their salt would benefit from keeping current with the VO trends. I stumbled across a fascinating article about the ideology of “celebrity” and “fame” in the VO world (or should I say the illusion of the aforementioned ) and I had to share it with our readers. It tackles all aspects of the field from gender in voice acting, compensation and industry biases that can create a very insular sub culture. I have attached a link here and encourage all VO artists interested in…
  • Looking for work? What VO artist isn’t?

    ChristyPronto
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    Todays blog is short and sweet. One of our success story students has had some luck on a certain site for VO artists and any helpful hints we voice actors can get are more than welcome!!! Check it out-I know I have. The setup takes some time as you want to be sure to showcase your skill sets. It gives you the chance to upload current work you have done as a VO artist. Good luck and be sure to fill us in on all of your successes!!! The link to Odesk is found below. Free Lance Work   Looking for work? What VO artist isn’t? is a post from Voice Coaches, a leading provider of voice…
  • Be your own Valentine…

    ChristyPronto
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    For any of you voice actors out there not sure of how to get started marketing once you have your demo in hand, here is a comprehensive list of associations and affiliates that can help any voice actor, seasoned or otherwise procure employment and everlasting networking relationships. Be your own Valentine this February and take the reigns of your own life!!! ASTD-The Association for Talent Development https://www.td.org/   AMA-American Marketing Association https://www.ama.org/Pages/default.aspx   VASTA-Voice and Speech Trainers Association http://www.vasta.org/   Elance-Post…
  • The Superbowl of Voice Acting-”Hut, Hut, Hike!!!”

    ChristyPronto
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Whether you watched the game for the heart stopping action on the field or for the artery clogging snacks that always follow-the real show is all of the commercials during the broadcast, right? For the purposes of the blog entry today, I made sure to watch all commercials that were shown throughout the big game and found a few to be a voice actors dream. Did anyone catch the Mercedes Benz commercial with the animated tortoise and hare race? What a classic story with a twist and in my opinion perfectly targeted marketing utilizing succinctly executed voice-overs. My fave is the tortoise…
  • Marketing from the Master

    ChristyPronto
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    For any of you voice actors out there looking to get your VO career into over drive-heed these words wisely and have a blast. From our very own Warren Garling-Marketing Guru Extraordinaire!!! Even some of the best and most confident-sounding voices in the voice acting business struggled with marketing themselves at first. It’s natural. You’re taught to be humble, but you now need to convince people you’re good at this! It’s the part of your new business that will probably be the most challenging. To be honest, it’s most often what separates some very fine talent from finding…
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    Blowout Theatre Company

  • Gowanathon

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    Gowanathon March 28-29, 2015 Spoke the Hub Space at the Gowanus Arts Building, 295 Douglass St Blowout Theatre is proud to announce its participation in Spoke the Hub’s Gowanathon 3! We’ll be featured in both GOWANA DanceTheaterMusic Showcases! More information to come. Tickets Available Here
  • Yeast is a Beast

    admin
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Yeast is a Beast January 24-25,2015 Spoke the Hub Space at the Gowanus Arts Building, 295 Douglass St Blowout Theatre Company proudly partcipated in Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies! We featured a new piece, Yeast is a Beast, written by Jona Tarlin! Sometimes you have to skin a bobcat to make pepperoni rolls. Jona Tarlin, Playwright Eli Thacker Taylor, Director Kerry KastinPerformer
  • The Dark Nights

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    During the run of In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm, we’ll be hosting several other exciting events! All events take place at IRT Theater (154 Christopher St) Sept 23, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part I Sept 28, 8:30 pm  Singles in Agriculture Sept 30, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part II Oct 3, 10:30 pm  The Fainting Room: A Place for Sexy Good Times Oct 4, 4:00 pm Song to the Moon Oct 5, 6:00 pm  The BE A MAN Book Launch ExtravaMANza Oct 5, 8:00 pm The Boat House Oct 7, 7:30 pm  The President Plays Part III Oct 12, 8:00 pm Ten Ways on a Gun The President Plays Tuesday,…
  • In Antarctica, Where It Is Very Warm

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    September 19-October 11,2014 At IRT Theater, 154 Christopher St “A tale of memory, longing, and the looming threat of an unforgiving environment…” – OuterStage “Considers [Antarctica] with such acuity and depth…” – NY Theater Now   Neil’s a plumber, but he’s never been a plumber in Antarctica before. As Winter arrives and total darkness sets in he starts to learn how lonely it can be on a base with fourteen other people at the bottom of the world. A play about beer, mistakes, and trying to be something other than yourself. This fully…
  • Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase

    admin
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    September 5 and 6, 7:30 pm, at the Gowanus Arts Building Blowout Theatre was invited to participate in Spoke the Hub’s Director’s Choice Showcase! Blowout created two original works by two of New York City’s best emerging playwrights. Peter Andre‘s new short, Some People Never Change, will be directed by returning Blowout company member Eli Thacker Taylor. Joining BTC for the first time was NYC director/producer Blayze Teicher, directing a new piece by David Henry Haan, Invasive Species. Some People Never Change Invasive Species Some People Never Change Peter Andre,…
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    Acting in London

  • 3 Reasons Actors Fail and How to Avoid That

    Tom London
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:57 pm
    3 Reasons Actors Fail, and How to Overcome Them / Photo: JD Hancock I hope that by now you already know how competitive entertainment business is. We made it a mission to dedicate an entire chapter to reality check in our handbook, because there are a few budding performers who are still delusional about this career path. Becoming an actor is not easy, and the likelihood of you becoming a failure instead is quite high. That is if you don’t keep control over your choices. Many, many actors come to London or Los Angeles to become the next big thing, and more than half of them will…
  • 25 Best TED Talks for Actors

    Tom London
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:19 am
    Best TED Talks for Actors In 2015, most actors are regular Internauts browsing online for research purposes, looking for casting breakdowns, acting tips, advice, inspiration and other good material. Some of you are probably familiar with TED talks. I’m a big fan of these speeches, so I decided to put together a list of the best TED talks for actors that you might find helpful. Previously, we have published a list of motivational videos for actors that got a lot of positive response. Budding artists are ambitious people, and anything that fuels our desire to continue the struggle and…
  • How to Become a Commercial Actor: Part 2

    Tom London
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:28 am
    How to Become a Commercial Actor Part 2 / Photo credit: BHF This post is a followup article to last week’s How to Become a Commercial Actor: Part 1.  Most budding actors these days attempt to begin their careers in commercials for two reasons: first, it’s quick money for a relatively short amount of work, and second, you still get to practice your acting chops which beats waiting tables. A big misconception among budding artists is that commercial acting will give you a break in other sections of the entertainment industry. That is not true. Now and again you can make some…
  • Jenna Fischer’s Advice to Aspiring Actors

    Tom London
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:04 am
    Jenna Fischer Advice to Aspiring Actors We’ve received a few requests to publish this before, and I decided now would be a good time to remind all budding actors out there of the great tips that Jenna Fischer has shared with all of us some years ago on her MySpace page. For the uninitiated, Jenna Fischer is an actor who got her breakthrough on US version of TV series “The Office” back in 2005. Whatever your artistic goals may be – stage, screen, TV and whatnot – I guarantee you’ll find this honest advice post very helpful and eye opening. Jenna talks about…
  • 25 Most Important Plays Every Actor Should Read

    Tom London
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:20 pm
    25 Most Important Plays Every Actor Should Read / Photo credit: RWCMD It’s becoming increasingly more unpopular for actors to read plays. Thespians seem to forget the people responsible for creating the art form of drama, and that’s only to the detriment of their own careers. When it comes to theatre, some will normally watch the performance on stage, if that. But the biggest issue is that by avoiding masterful work of great playwrights, actors avert themselves from developing their creative skills, expanding imagination, and learning roots of the acting craft in itself.
 
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    Your Performance Partners

  • Marketing Spotlight: Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.

    Your Performance Partners
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Earlier this year we read an article about the controversy surrounding the Metropolitan Opera’s rush ticket policy. We wondered how other venues handled rush tickets and the broader question of attracting audiences. We spoke with Beth Emelson, Assistant Artistic Producer with the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. YPP: What is the history of the Folger’s rush ticket policy? Emelson: We formalized our policy two seasons ago, selling $30 rush tickets – the best available seat – an hour before curtain time. Regular ticket prices range from $15 for standing room up to $75, depending on…
  • Fleet Angle: What’s That?

    Your Performance Partners
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:41 am
    If you work with rigging regularly but you’re not an installer, you may not know exactly what the fleet angle is, or why it’s important. It’s a good piece of information to have in your back pocket when you are adjusting or inspecting your rigging, or if you have the opportunity to buy a new rigging system. If you notice an excessive fleet angle, it could be a clue that something is wrong with your mounting or machinery. The fleet angle of a hoist is the angle at which the cable meets a grooved cylinder. In manual rigging, the grooved cylinder is the head block or loft blocks. In…
  • Q&A Spotlight: Active Acoustic Systems

    Your Performance Partners
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Ed Logsdon of D.L. Adams Associates One way technology is impacting performing arts facilities is with active acoustic systems, which use sophisticated computers, microphones and speakers to enhance a venue’s acoustics. For an update on this topic, we contacted Ed Logsdon in Denver. He is a Principal with D.L Adams Associates, a firm specializing in acoustic consulting and system engineering for the performing arts and other industries. YPP: What are the benefits of an active acoustic system? Logsdon: If you’re trying for any variability in the venue’s acoustics, an active acoustic…
  • Tobin Center’s Shell: Beautiful Perspectives

    Your Performance Partners
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    Tobin Center with Wenger Diva Acoustical Shell. Last fall we profiled the new $203 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, a stunningly beautiful facility with a unique acoustical shell as its centerpiece. Although Wenger has made hundreds of acoustical shells, the Tobin Center acoustical shell was the first that incorporated a digitally printed overlay pattern along with traditional woodworking craftsmanship. This week we’ll explore the shell further. Encouraging Interpretations. The large printed overlay that seems to billow across all the shell towers was inspired by…
  • An Instrument’s True Value

    Your Performance Partners
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    What makes certain musical instruments valuable? How is that value properly calculated? And is there any correlation between a historic musical instrument’s value and the quality of the music it creates? Commanding Millions. Stradivarius violins, for example, command millions of dollars at auction; the “Lady Blunt” Strad sold for $15.9 million several years ago. Because only approximately 600 of luthier Antonio Stradivari’s string instruments exist from the early 1700s, their scarcity boosts prices. It’s simple economics. Since Strads are so prized, they are often purchased as…
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    Performing Bum - Blog

  • The Best Place to Put Up Posters

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Are posters even worth it anymore? It's your calling card! You're doing a show and the number one thing that gets everyone to the production is a good poster. But where do you put it up? Posters are expensive. Where is the best place to hang it? I've always thought that the place with the most foot traffic is the best, but where is that. What is the best way to make sure that your show is sold out and not just to two or three crickets.  As an armchair marketer who has never had a class in my life, it's always something that I've been interested in. Where are the best places to put…
  • A Picture is Worth One-Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand Words

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    I never started this blog to skirt around the issues. I never started it with the intent to pretend like I was better than anyone else. Smarter than anyone else. These are my ideas that are from a lifetime of studying one specific thing. Theatre. Yep, it's what I devoted my entire life to doing. Today, I had an amazing conversation with my loan company. In which, they were hoping that I would pay my past due loans of 10,895 dollars. I got a theatre degree. So yeah, the jokes start coming. Yeah, you got a theatre degree. What are you going to do with that? In the picture above, I'm not looking…
  • Copywright and Trademark Battles Over Theatre and Movies

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    It's never good to get a cease and desist letter from a lawyer from One Madison Avenue. But that's exactly what happened to me when I was making a movie called "Why I Love Tulsa?" which was a movie that was directly inspired by the movie Paris Je Taime. I loved that movie. I showed it to friends. It was at a moment of watching that movie for it seems like the 14,000th time that I said to myself, "How great would it be to get a group of filmmakers together and have them do a love letter to Tulsa."  A town at that time that I really liked. I got my two best friends together and asked them…
  • Dramatical Curators

    11 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    How does a play from New York get to Oklahoma City? Why do they keep coming in a steady stream to this location. I often ask myself why, in a land as vast as the United States, why does the area that is far right of center become the place a playwright has to go to take off. I blame tourism. Sure, there is an influx of individuals who go to New York every single day. Drama seems to be playing hopscotch between towns, and sure, there are some good plays that come out of that system, but it seems like the rest of the world becomes drama curators. I've found myself doing this as well. Not…
  • HouseHolders, CompanyHolders, and ShowHolders

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:32 pm
    For most of you who don’t know, I’m a theatre artist that lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. And while most of you think that this place is “where the wind comes sweeping down the plain”, it’s a pretty hip city. There are a lot of great and diverse people that really push the envelope when it comes to what type of entertainment needs to be seen. But there’s still this age, around 35 years old, that people tend to leave the theatre. They finally get over the hangover of having a success in the art, realize that everyone seems to be creating volunteer…
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    Theatre Geeks

  • 145 – Putting history on the stage — conversation with playwright Michael Beatty

    Dave Dufour
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Avery Brown, Drummer Boy of the Cumberland, Youngest Soldier of the Civil War Heartland: The Civil War comes to the stage in Northern Indiana later this year, and the Geeks asked Michael Beatty, the developer and playwright of this new original work, to tell us about it, and about the process of bringing history to life. Heartland is based on the experiences of Northern Indiana people, and is being produced as an artistic work with an educational component. It will be performed by South Bend, Indiana’s Acting Ensemble, as part of a five-month Northern Indiana arts & music…
  • 144 Say What? Theatre sound.

    Dave Dufour
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    All of us have attended a play or musical where the sound is less than perfect. This can be because of the facility or the actors themselves, among other reasons. And bad sound can harm the theatre experience for the audience. The Geeks discuss various sound problems, and possible solutions. Use our contact form to send us YOUR thoughts on this issue.   Music provided by Music Alley. Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 143 Putting on the California State AACT Festival

    Dave Dufour
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    It’s been a number of years since California has participated in the AACT Festival cycle with its own state festival, so resurrecting the tradition presents a number of challenges. With the Geeks to talk about them are Andrew Vonderschmitt, Executive & Producing Artistic Director for the Long Beach Playhouse, and Gil Savage, AACT’s Region 8 Representative and AACT Board Member. Join us for some interesting conversation about the festival process. LINKS: American Association of Community Theatres Long Beach Playhouse Theatre Geeks - community theatre and the performing arts
  • 142 Festival tips from Ron Ziegler, AACT

    Dave Dufour
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Ron Ziegler, Field Services Coordinator, AACT.org We already into the 2015 festival cycle and the excitement is building. Festivals are a great deal of fun, but also a lot of work for the planners. Ron Ziegler of the American Association of Community Theatre joins the Geeks with some great tips for states or regions mounting their first festivals, along with some interesting tidbits about the festival process, the reasons for some of the rules, and how some of theme have changed over the years. NOTE: This episode was recorded in November. Dave has been slow in posting new episodes . . .
  • How to save your theatre, part 2

    Dave Dufour
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Build more bars? This episode is part two of our discussion of Brendan Kiley’s, article in the Seattle-based The Stranger. “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves.” In this episode the Geeks talk about Kiley’s suggestion that a little alcohol makes for a happier audience. There are pros and cons, not the least of which are liability, audience composition and of course the legal and licensing issues. Also, can a theatre really make money offering alcohol to patrons? All this and more in this episode. Music provided by Music Alley Link to The…
 
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  • A Mad World My Masters – RSC/ETT Nationwide Tour Trailer [Press Release]

    Guest Post
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Jacobean theatre need not be all darkness and gore! A deliciously funny and entertaining evening of Jacobean delights awaits as the RSC and English Touring Theatre present Thomas Middleton’s comic play: A Mad World My Masters directed by Sean Foley. Bouncing out of the 17th Century and into 1950s Soho, this production is certainly set to […]
  • Redemption: Second Chance Characters

    Kacy Thomas
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    I love rainy afternoons. There are memories that are brought back to the surface on days like this. I remember spending hours eating cereal or ice cream or having a cup of coffee at the kitchen table with my dad. We would ponder, discuss, debate and attempt to answer life’s most philosophical questions. As I […]
  • The Silent Characters of a Production: The Shoe

    Kacy Thomas
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    “If the shoe fits, wear it.” Shoes have the power to define a person. A person’s character can be revealed based simply upon their choice of foot adornment. A woman is viewed very differently by society if she is wearing heels.  And…if those heels are Prada??  A business person or corporate executive would not ride […]
  • Upon the Wicked Stage

    Kacy Thomas
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:29 pm
    Hello and welcome to the first of many pieces by me, Kacy, as I take you on a guided tour of my own perspective of all things theatrical. I hope you enjoy your stay and I look forward to you joining me on my journey… “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and […]
  • How to Combat Stage Fright

    Tuirenn Hurstfield
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    It’s interesting just how many actors and performers I hear who want to talk to me about how to get rid of stage fright. You know, that nervous-“Oh God, I’m going to be sick”-pit-of-the-stomach-twisting anxiety that suddenly takes grip just before going on stage? Stage fright affects many performers, and not just at the beginning […]
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  • Further Casting Updates For The West End Transfer Of Gypsy

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Further casting has been announced for the much anticipated West End transfer Gypsy, opening at the Savoy Theatre in April (with previews beginning at the end of this month). Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie. 
  • Review: Katie Brayben Is A Phenomenal New Talent In Beautiful

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    I felt extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to see this show in its official opening weeks thanks to London Theatre Direct.   Having been extremely successful on Broadway, Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to startdom. From being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
  • The Buzz from the Bardette: Beautiful, Chichester Festival, And Awards This Week!

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Well what an exciting week it has been in theatre land! We’ve had new openings, exciting seasons have been released and some great casting announcements, also a special award for a theatrical Hollywood A-Lister.
  • Katie Brayben Impresses In Beautiful, Jonathan Slinger Cast As Willy Wonka + More #WestEndUpdate

    2 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    Following its triumphant opening earlier this week, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre has become the hottest musical theatre ticket in town. Due to public demand, the musical has already extended its booking period at the Aldwych Theatre to 13th February 2016; over 350,000 new tickets have been released for sale!
  • REVIEW: What's So Great About Miss Saigon?

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    This week, I had another opportunity to see the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre, and I was reminded once again why I fell in love with it the first time (and the second time). It would be far, far quicker to explain what’s not great about it… but a review that just says ‘nothing’ wouldn’t make for very interesting reading. So let’s give this a go!
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