24/7 2013: The Elephant in the Room

247-2013 Moving Rehearsal
247-2013 Moving Rehearsal

Brilliant Day.  From writing to casting to rehearsal to performance.  Everyone was so top-notch.

What a set of plays.  Everybody gets a trophy for creating 24/7.

The theme of the night was THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.  And, here’s the lineup:

SPY FANGS OF LUST

  • by Joel Jones
  • directed by Natalie Dieter
  • starring Daniel Prillaman, Jude Silveira, Sarah Edwards, Geri Schirmer, Sara Shotwell

A SMALL ROOM IN A SMALL HOTEL IN SINGAORE, ALABAMA

  • written by Doug Grissom
  • directed by Betsy Tucker
  • starring Normajean Hultman, Brad Fraiser, Sara Shotwell, and Chris Baumer

MOVING

  • written by Peter Coy
  • directed by Chris Estey
  • starring Edwina Herring and Mitch Voss

THE REVENGE OF MR. IT.

  • written by Miller Murray Susen
  • directed by Mike Long
  • starting Mary Burruss, Robert Wray, Nick Heiderstadt, Chris Baumer, Sara Shotwell

THE OTTOMAN

  • written by Royal Shiree
  • directed by Chris Patrick
  • starring Kate Tooley, Marty Moore, Emily Vere Nicol, David Hopper and Phil Horne

SIGNATURES

  • written by Phil Horst
  • directed by Boomie Pederson
  • starring Christina Ball, Barbara Roberts, Abigail Wiebe, Ike Anderson

THE EVELYN IN THE ROOM

  • written by Browing Porter
  • directed by Sean McCord
  • starring Mraija Reiff, Amy Barrick, Jen Downey, Kate Bennis and Chris Baumer.
And the band…

Whiskey For Elephants

featuring: Edward Warwick, Gary White, Don Gaylord, Cristan Keighley, Kip McCharen, Alli Villines and Kristen Heiderstadt

Technical Artists: 24/7 2013

Far be it from us to allow the off stage talent to be the unsong heros.  The crew, in 24/7, makes the performances apprear magic — how did they do all that in one day.  How?  Even I don’t know all the secrets….  But here are the magicians for 24/7 2013:

  • 24-7 technical artists - the crewStage Manager: Kristin Wenger
  • Assistant Director: Denise Stewart
  • ASM: Morgan Brophy
  • TD for the Day: James Harte
  • Light Designer:  Heather Hutton
  • Light Assist: Dale Marshall
  • Light Boar Operator: Bob Button
  • Sound Designer and Operator: Peter Fish
  • Costumes Goddesses: Amy Goffman and Linda Zuby
  • Costume Assistant: Julie Mignosa, Kristen Heiderstadt
  • Props Master: Tracie Skipper
  • Running Crew: Kathleen Muller, Daniel Neale, Will Barnhardt
  • Box Office Manager: Charlotte Drummond
  • House Manager: Anna Talbot
  • Ushers: Michael Swanberg, Tome Raney, Mike Usitica
  • Concessions: Si Becker, Ruth Becker, Matt Muccia
  • Understudies: Peter Gunter and Rose Harper

The Band:

  • Gray White
  • Edward Warwick
  • Don Gaylord
  • Kip McCharen
  • Cristan Keighley
  • Alli Villines
  • Kristen Heiderstadt
All and all, there’s an unbelievable amount of talent off-stage and on that make 24/7 happen.  Do you believe it?  No, it’s UNbelievable.

Come check it out, Jan. 19, 2013.

 

Best Documentary at UnitedSolo

United Solo Addie Wins Best Documentary
United Solo Addie Wins Best Documentary

Adelind, with Cry of the Mountain, wins best documentary at the 2012 United Solo Festival

Conceived and Performed by Adelind Horan

If you’ve seen the show you know it is an award winning show.  But even after a great run at the Captial Firnge, a fantasitic (and 5-star reviewed) run at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe and all the shows in Virginia, well, it’s nice to win a freakin award at such a big festival.

Well deserved and well earned — Addie has put years of work into this show – and others have contributed generously.  Thanks to Max Werham who played the banjo for the show at United Solo and the Ed Fest and many others, to Bud Branch who was banjo man in Virginia, Maryland and DC including the Cap Fringe Run, to the Hamner Theatre, Live Arts, Play On and Four County Players who help nuture the show, and of course the original Hampsire band and crew for helping Addie launch the production.

Also, we have had the support of Appalachian Voices, Heartwood, and many other lovely people from many other gourps united in the goal to Stop Mountaintop Removal!

2012 United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, presents one hundred solo productions! All shows are staged at Theatre ROW: 410 West 42nd Street, New York City.

2012 United Solo

Cry of the MountianCry of the Mountain at the 2012 United Solo Festival

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Conceived and Performed by Adelind Horan, Virginia

Sun., Oct. 14 at 6:00pm (running time: 60 min.)

drama, comedy, storytelling, documentary

One performer, twelve characters, and a banjo. Verbatim stories about mountaintop removal, gathered from interviews conducted by the actor in the mountains of Appalachia. Coal miners, mining executives, artists, hillbillies, scholars, and activists reflect on the coal industry’s best-kept secret. “‘Cry of the Mountain’ balances entertainment with an environmentalist message thanks to a nuanced script and outstanding delivery.” – Georgetown Voice. (Best of the Capital Fringe 2011). Director: Ray Nedzel. Accompanied by Bud Branch. Photo by Jeremy Felson. Recommended for: teenagers, adults, elderly, theatre community, LGBT community, social/environmental activists. Links: artist, show, video, related, related2.

2012 United Solo, the world’s largest solo theatre festival, presents one hundred solo productions! All shows are staged at Theatre ROW: 410 West 42nd Street, New York City. TICKETS, with a price of $18, are available at the Theatre ROW Box Office and online through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com. You may also call Telecharge at 212-239-6200. When placing your reservation, please provide: the FESTIVAL name (United Solo Theatre Festival), the name of THEATRE (Theatre ROW – The Studio Theatre), and the specific DAY and TIME of SHOW you would like to see.

Cry of the Mountain in Greenbelt

Reel & Meal at the New Deal Café – Greenbelt

A free monthly series exploring vital social justice, environmental and anmimal rights issues

September 17, 2012

New Deal Café
113 Centerway
Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt, MD 20770
301-474-5642

Cry of the Mountain

a documentary play from Appalachia about the people who live with MountainTop Removal

One woman, 13 characters and a banjo. Real stories from America’s coal fields. Verbatim. Coal miners, mining executives, mountaineers, hillbillies and protesters. Bluegrass music and cookies at every show.

Mountaintop removal is blowing up the mountain to get the coal underneath. ‘It’s like going to the barber for a hair cut, and having him cut off your head, shoulders and chest.’

  • ‘It’s like Anna Deavere Smith … with a banjo’ (NPR)
  • ‘Adelind Horan is a fantastic talent!’ (Daily Progress)
  • ‘Comparisons to the early stage work John Leguizamo are inevitable’ (C-ville Weekly).

This is wonderful, simple, powerful and true piece of theatre/performance art, in which Adelind portrays those involved with and affected by Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia. The characters are performed verbatim from interviews conducted last summer while volunteering with coal related clean up in West Virginia and Kentucky. Miners, mining executives, mountaineers, environmentalists, scientists, hillbillies and protesters.

Dirty Barbie: Happy Preview Day One

Ray says… Good day one preview.

Well, we were working the Royal Mile, papering the house a bit, when we got a phone call from the Press Office that the Scotsman (the top newspaper in Scotland) wanted to send a reviewer today.  Dee and I thought we should say yes, even though we hadn’t had time for a run in tech (long repair on damaged projector — damn you Air France.)

At bottom of page, another delightful surprise.  (fringe top tips)

And the show when great.  Dee Dee was a pro from day one.  And we were just over half full, including a man who graduated from UVA some 25 years ago (and his family).  So here’s a bit of the excitement after a successful, out of the gates running, first preview:

Oh, so and then, someone on the street tells us that Dirty Barbie was a top pick of the Daily Record — maybe the top pick. Read the article here:

So, see it was a good day.

Dirty Barbie in NYC

Dirty Barbie and other girlhood tales will make it’s NY debut as part of the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59.

This is a great chance to see some wonderful shows in July, in NYC, each headed to the Edinburgh Fringe — the world’s largest theatre festival in August, in Scotland

Here’s the full line up.

JUL 10 – JUL 29
59E59 Theaters presents

EAST TO EDINBURGH 2012
EAST TO EDINBURGHreturns to 59E59 with sixteen new shows on their way to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – catch them here, before they cross the pond!

DIRTY BARBIE AND OTHER GIRLHOOD TALES

In 1978, a mother, newly widowed, moved her family from the wide, open spaces of Wyoming to a tiny town in North Carolina. Spinning tales on scarlet fever, scotch over ice and girls gone wild, DeeDee Stewart puts the ‘fun’ back in dysfunctional.

$15 (59E59 MEMBERS $10.50)
July 10, 11, 12, 14 at 9

Buy tickets for DIRTY BARBIE AND OTHER GIRLHOOD TALES here

 

MICHAEL POPE IS GAY FOR PAY
Pope’s stranger than fiction tale of a mystery job in the Empire State Building and discovering himself to be the world’s greatest phone sex operator – a rollercoaster ride of absurdity, obscenity and the true spiritual meaning of ‘nothing left to lose’.$20 (59E59 MEMBERS $14)
July 10, 11, 14 at 7

Buy tickets for MICHAEL POPE IS GAY FOR PAY here

LISTEN! THE RIVER
A tough-talking cat, a one-eyed dog, a reluctant fiancé, his sexy betrothed and a bible-toting mother flow through this story of love, loss and new beginnings.

$15 (59E59 MEMBERS $10.50)
July 12, 13 at 7; July 15 at 4

Buy tickets for LISTEN! THE RIVER here

MADE FOR EACH OTHER
What kind of man proposes marriage on the first date, and what kind of man says ‘yes’? Gay marriage meets Alzheimer’s in this uplifting and funny drama about sex, love, and the power of memory.

$18 (59E59 MEMBERS $12.60)
July 13, 27 at 9; July 15, 18 at 7

Buy tickets for MADE FOR EACH OTHER here

CAPTAIN FERGUSON’S SCHOOL FOR BALLOON WARFARE
Inspired by true events surrounding WWI, this solo-performance chronicles the patriotism and misguided genius of U.S. Army Capt. Thomas Ferguson.

$18 (59E59 MEMBERS $12.60)
July 14 at 2; July 20 at 5

Buy tickets for CAPTAIN FERGUSON’S SCHOOL FOR BALLOON WARFARE here

I HEART HAMAS: AND OTHER THINGS I’M AFRAID TO TELL YOU
Join Jennifer on auditions, bad dates and across military checkpoints as she explores becoming Palestinian-ized, then politicized and eventually radicalized in this fresh, often funny, searingly honest show.

$20 (59E59 MEMBERS $14)
July 14 at 4; July 15 at 2

Buy tickets for I HEART HAMAS: AND OTHER THINGS I’M AFRAID TO TELL YOU here

EAT $H*T: HOW OUR WASTE CAN SAVE THE WORLD
The Puru plunges the depths of our constipated culture. Brown’s the New Green in the show that’s changing the world one flush at a time!

$15 (59E59 MEMBERS $10.50)
July 17 at 7; July 22 at 4

Buy tickets for EAT $H*T: HOW OUR WASTE CAN SAVE THE WORLD here

CLOONEY, COWELL, PITT AND ME: AMUSING ENCOUNTERS WITH THE A-LIST
Ever wondered what the biggest stars in Hollywood are really like? Find out from the man who has met them all, in this rollicking one man show from leading British entertainment reporter Sandro Monetti.

Watch the trailer here!

$12 (59E59 MEMBERS $8.50)
July 17, 18 at 9; July 21 at 2

Buy tickets for CLOONEY, COWELL, PITT AND ME: AMUSING ENCOUNTERS WITH THE A-LIST here

DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE
A dead man! His ringing cell phone! Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone takes up our mundane capacity to connect in a world a-twitter with technology.

$15 (59E59 MEMBERS $10.50)
July 19, 20 at 7; July 21 at 4

Buy tickets for DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE here

DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE
Sex, Religion, and Politics collide as six Pakistani-American Muslim females air their dirty lingerie… ‘Breaks down stereotypes of Muslim women in America’ – The Wall Street Journal

$20 (59E59 MEMBERS $14)
July 19, 20, 21 at 9

Buy tickets for DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE here

MOD
Fab! Irreverent! Totally Groovy! Original musical rocks 59E59 Theaters. Inspired by the British pop of the early 1960s. Teen angst set against the backdrop of the Beatles’ invasion of America.

$20 (59E59 MEMBERS $14)
July 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7

Buy tickets for MOD here

A MAN FOR ALL TIMES: W.E.B. DU BOIS
Martin Luther King. Remembered. Revered. W.E.B. Du Bois, a major Civil Rights Activist, largely forgotten. Pulse Theatre remedies this with this inspiring drama.

$20 (59E59 MEMBERS $14)
July 22 at 2; July 24, 25 at 7

Buy tickets for A MAN FOR ALL TIMES: W.E.B. DU BOIS here

TENDERPITS
From the creators of FringeNYC 2009 Outstanding Solo Show Art’s Heart, Tenderpits is the incredible 100% half-true story of a young wizard’s immigration from the wilderness of Canada to New York City.

$18 (59E59 MEMBERS $12.60)
July 24, 25, 26 at 9

Buy tickets for TENDERPITS here

DEATH BOOGIE
Death Boogie is a multimedia Hip Hop Poetry Musical that follows the fictional story of Victor Spartan, a blue collar worker who lives a comatose lifestyle by day and at night, hears the poetic sounds of revolution.

$12 (59E59 MEMBERS $8.50)
July 28 at 2

Buy tickets for DEATH BOOGIE here

VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
Inspired by a study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms can effectively treat obsessive compulsive disorder, award-winning standup Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology.

$12 (59E59 MEMBERS $8.50)
July 28, 29 at 4

Buy tickets for VARIETIES OF RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE here

3 BY POE
Three superb horror stories with a common theme – revenge! Cask of Amontillado and Tell Tale Heart are performed by the murderers; Hop-Frog, by Poe himself.

$12 (59E59 MEMBERS $8.50)
July 28 at 9; July 29 at 2

Buy tickets for 3 BY POE here

Buy Tickets for Selected Show
$12.00 (59E59 MEMBERS $8.50)
$15.00 (59E59 MEMBERS $10.50)$18.00 (59E59 MEMBERS $12.60)$20.00 (59E59 MEMBERS $14.00)

 

Five More Shows: Theatre at Traverse

Well, we just wrapped the Charlottesville shows – and each one was Sold Out.

Dee Dee, Chris Baumer, and I spent Sunday morning cleaning out the theatre, reception room, and rooftop patio at Live Art where last night we hosted a very special night — made even lovelier by Kathy Doby and all her wonderful catering vision.   If you missed it, you missed it.

Any way….

The next chance to see Dirty Barbie before Scotland is in NYC at the 59E59 East to Edinburgh festival.

This is part of a festival that only features show that are confirmed to go to Edinburgh.

  • DIRTY BARBIE AND OTHER GIRLHOOD TALES
  • $15 (59E59 MEMBERS $10.50)
  • July 10, 11, 12, 14 at 9

Now, let’s take a look a what The Traverse Theatre has on in August in Edinburgh.  Why focus on one theatre.  Well, the Traverse Theatre, a permanent Edinburgh theatre, has proven over the years to be the best collection of Theatre.  See, there are many categories of performance at the Fringe: Theatre, Comedy, Physical Theatre, Musical, Solo, Verbatim, etc.  And for really good theatre, a great place to start is The Traverse Theatre:

BLINK

This is the tale of Jonah, Sophie, and a fox called Scruffilitis. It’s a love story. A dysfunctional, voyeuristic and darkly funny love story, but a love story all the same. A new play by Bruntwood Playwriting Prize winner Phil Porter, Blink is an exciting collaboration between Soho Theatre – London’s most vibrant venue for new writing, comedy and cabaret – and internationally acclaimed, Fringe First winners Nabokov.

As of 1.52pm GMT on Friday April 27th 2012, This Show Has No Title.

Another Show by Daniel Kitson?  I know, you know, but he’s just a lovely story teller/performer/comedian, so maybe I have a little crush, but I bet the show will be worth putting on your list.

BULLET CATCH

A stunt so dangerous Houdini refused to attempt it, the Bullet Catch has claimed the lives of at least 12 illusionists, assistants and spectators since its conception in 1613. Now, with a little help from his audience, modern-day marvel William Wonder presents a unique theatrical magic show featuring storytelling, mind reading, levitation, games of chance and, if you’re brave enough to stay for it, the most notorious finale in show business. ‘Profound … hugely entertaining.’ **** (Herald). **** (Scotsman).

MORNING

One of the great things about the Fringe is the overwhelming abundance of World Premieres.Here’s one from Lyric in London:The end of summer. Two friends about to go their separate ways. But they will always share that one moment. A moment changed them forever.

The world premier of a dark new coming of age play by acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens (Pornography, Sea Wall, Punk Rock); Lyric Hammersmith Artistic Director Sean Holmes (the Olivier award winning Blasted, Saved, Ghost Stories) and performed by the Lyric Young Company.

ALL THAT IS WRONG

Good title, nice image and the description of this show from Belgium contains a reference to “Barbies.”

 In Once And For All, she burned Barbie dolls and analysed what others were thinking. In Teenage Riot she gave tips to become like a bag of bones and looked at adults as caged animals. Koba Ryckewaert is now eighteen and she knows all sorts of things are wrong in the world. She just needs to get a grip on them. She’s better at writing than at talking, so she draws. On the floor. Starting with herself. No lover, so: Lonely. Loneliness brings boredom. Being bored can be solved with money, e.g. for a better computer. But the money’s not there: mother unemployed, due to: economic crisis. And what could she do to resolve it? Neither everything, nor nothing. In All That Is Wrong, Koba faces things alone. But she makes choices. Only to stick to them.

Wellllll….. there’s 5 more to see at the Festival.   But the best thing to do is go to the site, go grab a Fringe Guide, page through and take a chance on something that to you looks good.

Getting ready, getting excited,

Ray