Friday, November 30, 2007

Get to Know Heather, Emily and Cynthia

A three-fer on this the final Friday before Kit Marlowe closes. Remember there are shows at 8pm tonight and tomorrow and 3pm shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. And then it is over. And since this is our last show at Casa, this is everyone's chance to say goodbye. See you there!

I am still not quite clear what it is Heather Gaither was doing at Kit Marlowe rehearsals, there is every possibility she wasn't supposed to be there at all, or in fact she may have been the props designer. That's her with the puppy. UPDATE: While, our illustrious blogger was busy doing the acting thing across town, the rest of us up at Rorschach know that Heather was in rehearsals b/c she was our outstanding props designer, who managed to conjure up puke buckets, quil pens that wrote in blood, more raw potatos than you can shake a dagger at, and all the other gorey goodness that made the show so cool.

It is a little clearer what Emily Dere was doing there. She was our costume designer and she did a fine job of it. Don't have a picture of Emily but you can use your imaginations.

I also do not have a picture of our intern Cynthia Caul. You may remember Cythia sent us a report on the rehearsal process last month. All three are fantastic ladies from what I have been told and I hate to jam them all into one post but time is running short and I run what I get.

Heathers answers are in yellow, Emily's are in blue and Cynthia's are in orange. Enjoy

1. What is your position, role or roles in Kit Marlowe?

Finding little things for actors to busy themselves with.

Costume designer

Assistant Dramaturg/Intern

2. Is this your first go around at the Rorschach rodeo? If not what have you done for us before? If yes, what has surprised you the most about working for us?

I was a very bad nun in the 365 project and a distressed bride in the Myth Appropriations.

yup, first go round. well, this survey for one is a first.

Yep. No surprises, but good surprises.

3. If this play were a Beatle which one would it be and why?

I couldn't choose between the actual Beatles so...A green beetle because. That's right, just because.

I'll have to go with John - for the intense, and outspoken nature of Kit. Being a huge Beatles fan, I will have to stop with the simple answer before I overanalyze the question. No qualms about nudity may have been a factor in that choice as well.

Ringo Starr. I have no real explanation for this. I like this play, and I like Ringo. That's all I got...

4. What feature of Marlowe's London should Rorschach duplicate to really enhance the audience's experience?

The drinking!

I'm going to have to agree with Ronnie and say the smell would be a bonus. Wandering livestock might not be a bad way to get that if you are looking for workable suggestions. I think I may have a goat connection I could call. If not, I'm sure Bill knows people

I would really like to see Rorschach duplicate the aroma of the Elizabethan theatre. Perhaps, they can pack the theatre, prohibit deodorant, and place heat fans under the seats for good measure. Theatres these days just aren't appealing to olfaction the way that they used too.

5. What was your best/worst haircut or body modification for a part in a play? For the designers what is the weirdest thing a director ever asked you to include in your design?

A crazy punk haircut that I would have never been brave enough to do without it being required.

Though it wasn't MY design, I had to make a fabulous hat for Revels last year which required screwing a set of 18" steer horns into either side of a bicycle helmet. It was then covered with lots of animal fur, ending in a racoon tail at the back and strips of colorful fabric glued all round the edges. And while I never had to dance while wearing this 4' wide contraption (poor Ernie), it did accompany me on the metro to the curiousity of the other riders that day.

Mullet. Except, it wasn't for a play, and it wasn't the 80's. It pains me to talk about it...

6. If you could go out for a wild night on the town with Kit Marlowe, where would you go and what would you do?

Take him to the pirate bar in Silver Spring and make him drink the grog - mainly to see if even people from other time periods think it tastes awful

I don't think I'm Kit's type. No fun. I know.

Hmm...

7. Can you think of worse way of being killed than being stabbed in the eye? If so how?

Slowly eaten

I would think being stabbed in the eye might be a relatively quick (though by no means painless) way to die. Not that I've tried it out or anything. But I'm not sure I wouldn't prefer it to going up in flames, being buried alive, drowning, being eaten alive by wild animals, starving to death, or simply wasting away from some disease. See, this is why I need to stop watching TV. Every evening, a new and more painful way to go is explored on CSI or Law and Order. And I haven't even seen the Saw movies. But I'm sure they, too, could help with this question. And now you have a second insight into question number 6 - not only female, but a dependancy on television. Kit would hate that.

Yes, I can think of a few, in fact...suffication, particularly of the being- buried-alive variety, drowning, burning alive...I suppose these aren't the most ideal methods for those looking to commit homicide. It seems they would require a lot more prep time, but as the question stands I do believe these would be worse ways to be killed.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Onion Blurb now with Photo


Final 5

It is time for me to start being the guy who reminds you that there are only a few shows left. To be precise their are 5 more performances of Kit Marlowe.

I love this picture. It shows a cast willing to do anything to tell a story. And I mean anything. They persue their performances like wild animals. Working their way across their blood stained stage with ferocity and genuine emotion.

Shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Get your tickets now. As with the final weekend of any show we expect there are a goodly number of you who will be showing up. I suggest making a reservation. Don't miss this show!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Get to Know Rachel Miller 2 (or is it 3)

Three time dramaturg and Rorschach post card model Rachel Miller and her answers to the 7 questions of Get to Know Me. I have lots of news this week due to this being the final weekend for Kit Marlowe, so look here in the mornings and the afternoons for Get to Know Me's and other Kit Marlowe and Rorschach news.

1. What is your position, role or roles in Kit Marlowe?

I am the L1 of “Team Dramaturgy”(The Dramaturg)

2. Is this your first go around at the Rorschach rodeo? If no what have you done for us before? If yes, what has surprised you the most about working for us?

No way is this my first time with Rorschach! I have previously contributed dramaturgically to fan-tabulously fun projects as The Arabian Night and Rough Magic.

3. If this play were a Beatle which one would it be and why?

This play is the Beatles– entertaining, captivating,with very moving and poetic depths.

4. What feature of Marlowe's London should Rorschach duplicate to really enhance the audience'sexperience?

I think we should have a real bear.

5. What was your best/worst haircut or body modification for a part in a play? For the designers what is the weirdest thing a director ever asked you to include in your design?

When I was in high school I got to play Jo in Little Women and I gladly cut my hair to a very nasty-short bob to play the part. I can’t say the modification itself looked really bad– but the pain that my scalp went through in order to attach the hair-piece I had to wear for the first half of the show (seriously, I had enough bobby pins in my hair to set off a whole team of metal detectors) was the type of torturous pain that only a truly devoted actor would subject herself to for the sake of a community theatre production.

6. If you could go out for a wild night on the town with Kit Marlowe, where would you go and what would you do?

Eh... Laughing Lizard Lounge in Alexandria for some $2.50 PBR's. I think he would feel quite at home there.

7. Can you think of worse way of being killed thanbeing stabbed in the eye? If so how?

I dread the thought of being stabbed in the neck with a spoon. Anyone who’s seen Murder in the First will totally know what I’m talking about.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanks for Not Snitching

It is the time of year where we say thanks. The rest of the year we are kind of dicks and don't thank anyone man, woman or child, but for the sake of form and to contiue a tradition of at least one year (I skipped last year but here is my Turkey Pardon entry from '05) here is our annual list of things for which we are truly thankful.
A Thanksgiving List
by The DCepticon
A Rorschach Joint
1. First and foremost we want to thank God and our mothers.
2. Next we are thankful for socks. I don't think socks get enough attention these days. This is also a call out to shoes, maybe if you work harder next year we will thank you as well, but you really let us down in the fourth quater with that interception. We still love you but you are getting older and the game isn't the one you played when you were younger.
3. The Greeks. Not simply for inventing that delightful open sandwich that confounds pronunciation the Gyro but for creating theatre as we know it today.
4. We are thankful for Rorschach's exceptional showing at the Preakness this year. Who knew a 9 year old theatre company could beat a field of 3 year old horses.
5. Baking soda. Not baking powder, there is a difference.
6. Fake Blood. Looks gross but tastes so good.
7. Everyone who has anything to do with a Rorschach production, thank you for giving of your time, your energy and your love.
8. And finally that there are still 7 chances to see Kit Marlowe. Including 2 shows this weekend. Tickets are still available. Use the ticket code YAMS and get your tickets for just $15.
Amen.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Skin of Our Kit Marlowe

Not to rush things and I know you have two weekends left to see the amazing Kit Marlowe. This weekend in fact might be ideal.

Think about it, after you wade throught the carnage that is Thanksgiving dinner, had a day or two to get sick of your loved ones, you could load everyone into the mini-van and head down and see the cast of Kit Marlowe work their tragic-magic and wreck bloody mayhem on stage. Seeing blood spilled may just be what you need to unwind after a day of shopping. No show Thursday but there are still seats available on Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Now that I have helped make your life easier, we are ready to announce the cast and designers for our next big thing. That being Thorton Wilder's Modern Classic The Skin of Our Teeth. Like me you probably were involved in a dubious production of Our Town in high school or college. And while I love the hell out of Our Town, it is nothing compared to the mayhem that will greet you as you step into a world of dinosaurs, glaciers, floods, wars and general insanity that is Skin.

If there were ever a show calling out for Rorschach's brand of design, acting and imagination this is it. Think Master and Margarita without the Russians or Behold! with less scene changes. These are your players and they are most welcome!

Mr. Antrobus Scott McCormick (The Scarlet Letter, The Beard of Avon, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and more)
Mrs Antrobus Wyckham Avery
Sabina Jjanna Valentiner (birds)
Henry Cesar Guadamuz (Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, Rough Magic, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot)
Gladys Simone Zvi
Fitzpatrick, others JJ Area
Fortune Teller, others Becky Peters
Announcer, others Zehra Fazal
Telegraph Boy, others Megan Reichelt (Monster, Rough Magic)
Homer, Defeated Candidate, Bailey, others Jon Reynolds (Monster)
Moses, Broadcast Official, Tremayne, others Theodore Sneed
Baby Dinosaur, Main Convener, Hester, others Yasmin Tuazon (The Illusion, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and more)

And some of the other folks working on the show:
Director Rahaleh Nassri (A Bright Room Called Day)
Set Designer Robbie Hayes (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot)
Costume Designer Deb Sivigny (The Illusion, After the Flood, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards and more)
Sound Designer Matt Otto
Producer/co-Artistic Director Randy Baker
Producer/co-Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick
Stage Manager Cecilia Cackley (Rough Magic and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot)
Technical Director Andrew Berry

Monday, November 19, 2007

Get to Know Lee Ordeman

Well we have met two of our three Marlowe murderers, why not the third and final men who ended our young playwrights life. Lee Ordeman plays Mr. Poley and he is another of the shady characters that peoples our Elizabethan world. See what Lee has to say about working at Rorschach and the Patron Saint of Bad Taste and Balitmore in this another edition of Get to Know.

1. What is your position, role or roles in Kit Marlowe?

I play
Robert Poley, a bet taker and an actor.

2. Is this your first go around at the Rorschach rodeo? If no what have you done for us before? If yes, what has surprised you the most about working for us?

This is my first go-round with Rorschach. I am most impressed by the low-key professionalism that gets things done, keeps the objective in sight, while not squelching the opportunity to have a laugh and keep it light. When things do go a bit haywire, as they do in live theatre (thank God, actually), these little challenges are greeted with equanimity and handled with calm, grace and a laugh.

3. If this play were a Beatle which one would it be and why?

Maybe John Lennon. At least, I suppose Marlowe was a bit like Lennon -- brash, talented, iconoclastic with a sense of the zeitgeist and his place in history.

4. What feature of Marlowe's London should Rorschach duplicate to really enhance the audience's experience?

The smells perhaps. I have always admired
John Waters, a fellow Baltimorean, for introducing rude smells via scratch-n-sniff in one of his films. Why not waft a little b.o., sewage and slaughterhouse aroma in the direction of the audience occasionally? Rachel our dramaturg would have her work cut out for her: just what does a bearbaiting pit smell like?



5. If you could go out for a wild night on the town with Kit Marlowe, where would you go and what would you do? Kit Marlowe living up the night life?

I guess I'd take him to New York and just stay out all night, or maybe have him over for dinner and pick his brain about life in Elizabethan England.

6. Can you think of worse way of being killed than being stabbed in the eye? If so how?

I can't, actually, or I'd rather not.

Friday, November 16, 2007

You Be the Critic

You know those Rorschach emails that you get about three times during the run. Well they don't just appear out of thin air written my magical gnomes. (The press releases now those are written by gnomes.) They are written by your's truly and then edited the hell out of by one of our artistic directors, usually Jenny who also does all the formatting. Thanks Jenny!

The thing is that I try and grab some press quotes to put in these things and show what critics are saying. And with as many great reviews as Kit Marlowe has been receiving it hasn't been hard to find a juicy quote or three.

This week I want to try something different. I want to use quotes from people who have seen the show who are not critics. That's right, you the audience member speaking to other audience members.

Here is what I am asking. Leave a comment on the blog or email me with what you thought about the show. If your quote is spicy, savvy, saucy or just plain dead on I will use it to intice the folks who are waiting until the final weekends to see Kit Marlowe.

Go for funny, go for the serious or the sincere and you too could have your voice heard (metaphorically) via the inboxes of theatre lovers all around DC.

If you want your name used great or if you want to use one of those clever Dear Abby pseudonyms that is cool too. I would love to send an email that says Confused in Columbia Heights or Fan from Fairfax or Smitten in Silver Spring.

So either leave a comment below or email me at scott@rorschachtheatre.com and we'll make some magic together. I will only use quotes that are positive in the email but I encourage everyone to leave their feedback.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Get to Know Nick Stevens


Nick Stevens is new to our little gaggle. I have to say he does an excellent job of both being a drunk french monk and a scummy murderer. What more could you want in an actor?

He is the one in the left of the photo, with the hair on his head.

Now Get to Know Nick Stevens.

1. What is your position, role or roles in Kit Marlowe?

I'm a liar, a cheat and a thief. And I play Nick Skeres and Brother Auguste.

2. Is this your first go around at the Rorschach rodeo? If no what have you done for us before? If yes, what has surprised you the most about working for us?

This happens to be my first time round on the Rorschach Bus. I'm most surprised I haven't been chased out of the theater by an angry mob. But the production is still young...

3. If this play were a Beatle which one would it be and why?

Ringo. Not enough attention, probably a little overlooked----very lucky, and I think that something about this play screams : Octopus' Garden.

4. What feature of Marlowe's London should Rorschach duplicate to really enhance the audience's experience?

The cast hasn't acquired enough "disease" if you get my drift. God knows I've been trying, but I'm only one man. Furthermore, I'd like to see more pirates. And Midgets.

5. If you could go out for a wild night on the town with Kit Marlowe, where would you go and what would you do?

Kit Marlowe living up the night life? Staying up late reading Ovid by candlelight, eating apricots and talking, you know, the usual...That or Tijuana.

6. Can you think of worse way of being killed than being stabbed in the eye? If so how?

I tend to think that the flaming hot poker in the bowels would be pretty bad, but SOMEONE wasn't willing to experiment. Could you imagine how THAT torture scene would have looked? I mean, really? Searing everything up in there.... Wow.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

You Cut Me to the Quick

As the title character in David Grimm’s “Kit Marlowe,” Adam Jonas Segaller makes a most memorable entrance. Wearing not a stitch of Elizabethan garb, he swings onstage from a rope and then raucously wrestles an uptight (and fully-clothed) admirer to the ground, playfully pins him, then appears to grind a bit before reluctantly setting him loose. With a sparkle in his eye and a mischievous smile, Segaller charismatically assays the Marlowe of legend — free spirit, sexual outlaw, ambitious bounder, brilliant dramatist and spy.

What a great opening paragraph to a great review. Patrick Folliard over at the Washington Blade, loved the hell out of our show. I hope those of you who are sitting on the fence about whether a play about a 16th Century playwright, will now jump down off the fence and work your way over to Casa this weekend. Here is the rest of Patrick's review.

I have said this before and I think it bears repeating here in the blog-o-sphere, this is not a play about a dead playwright. It is a play about a spy, a poet, a man and then it is about playwrighting. There is so much to love about this play and the folks who have brought it to the stage.

This would be an excellent weekend to pop into the theater before the holiday rush kicks in and see Kit Marlowe. Come join our boys as they transport you back to a time when going to the theater held the same illicit thrill as going to a strip club. See the blood! If you sit in the front row and there is a chance you will be covered in blood! Experience bear-baiting! We don't have a bear but we are still waiting on the loan to come through. Come and experience that wonder of the western world the mysterious potato!

This is one show that can not and should not be missed!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Get to Know David Ghattan

This is the only known photo of Lighting designer David Ghattan. He is answering the questions 7, get to know him.

1. What is your position, role or roles in Kit Marlowe?

Lighting designer and overall director of techie stuff

2. Is this your first go around at the Rorschach rodeo? If no what have you done for us before? If yes, what has surprised you the most about working for us?

Nope- been around this block many times. I'm even a company member

3. If this play were a Beatle which one would it be and why?

Paul- but only when you play it backwards

4. What feature of Marlowe's London should Rorschach duplicate to really enhance the audience's experience?

Standing room only. Best to let the lower class stand.

5. For the designers what is the weirdest thing a director ever asked you to include in your design?

10' high by 30' long shower curtain

6. If you could go out for a wild night on the town with Kit Marlowe, where would you go and what would you do?

Kit Marlowe living up the night life? I'm not sure, but I think it would somehow end with breaking into the zoo in the middle of the night.

7. Can you think of worse way of being killed than being stabbed in the eye? If so how?

Slowly being covered by ants like that 1970's horror flick.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Washington Times and City Paper Make Us Visible

Seems like Kit Marlowe is everywhere today.

First is a great article by Jayne Blanchard at The Washing Times. (I know you pinkos it's the Times, but it is in the Entertainment section so pipe down.) She mentions Kit Marlowe and has some tasty quotes from our playwright, David Grimm, as well as our partners in this mad little Festival at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Here is what David had to say:

He was Lindsay Lohan — with talent," says playwright David Grimm, who wrote a play, "Kit Marlowe," about the bad boy of iambic pentameter. "The Elizabethan era was a pretty raw time, and both Marlowe's life and his plays were rife with the rawness of youth and rampant sexuality."
The youthfulness is what captivated Mr. Grimm. "Marlowe is so over-the-top, so ambitious, and everything is written in bright, brash colors — he is such a young person's playwright."

Here is the rest of the article, Bad Boy Marlowe On a Tear, with some great insight into the man and his work.

Next we are an editors pick over at the City Paper. While the City Paper will be unable to review Kit Marlowe they were kind enough to feature us on their web site and place us in a highly visable location in this weeks print edition. Check it out, here.

Two more shows this weekend, tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm. Get your tickets now.

Also you have already seen the trailer but I am now able to upload the trailer directly to the blog now without going through YouTube. This should mean some improvement in the picture quality.

video

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Express-ions of Torture

This pic and blurb ran in last Thursday's Express. Look at the definition in those veins.

Just remember that this is a good weekend to see a great play with some great acting, writing and lots of blood and eye stabbing. Get out and see a show because with the writers strike going on who knows when the next time you will see something original.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Why isn't it "Up Its Boot to Sleeve"?

Grimm is working with meaty material here, and the twisting, delving plot is one of Kit Marlowe’s greatest strengths. We’re immediately embroiled in the intrigue of Marlowe’s underground world, and the work has plenty of swashbuckling action, horrifying torture, and yes, unapologetic male nudity, to hold our attention, even when it’s running a little long. Grimm smartly sets up Marlowe to be an embodiment of many of his famous characters, from Faust to Tamburlaine, and the story has some credible surprises up its sleeve to boot.

So says Missy Frederick over at the DCist. Over all Missy gives the show a mixed review, but she still finds things to enjoy. Read the whole review here.

We keep on rolling along, and I encourage you all to see Kit Marlowe. This week there are shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are still available but you better hurry.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Kit Marlowe: The Trailer



Thanks Grady and everyone who helped make this possible. Feel free to distribute widely and love this trailer!

Friday, November 02, 2007

I Love the Interwebs! And They Love Us

So when the print press doesn't particularly care for the art you make tunr to the internet for the love you feel your cast, director and playwright richly deserve. I already told you about the love that Tim over at DC Theatre scene sent our way. Now I get to mention the love we get from Brad Hathaway over at Potomac Stages.

Oh, but when it is high, the pleasure level of this production is sky high and it never is less than interesting as it works its way through a modern writer's speculations on the mysteries surrounding the short life and violent death of the man who may have passed on the concept of the history play to Shakespeare who gave us all those Henrys and Richards. Bringing the swashbuckling adventurer to lusty life is Adam Jonas Segaller, who makes his Potomac Region debut in a most memorable way, bursting on stage stark naked and dripping wet, swinging from a rope fresh from a dip in the foul, fetid Thames.

Brad has love to spread around and if he has reservations they are not about the production. He also gives a special holler out for the copious amounts of blood, saying:

There's no specific credit in the program for special effect but someone should take a bow for the effectiveness of the blood-letting scenes which take the concept of "signing in blood" to a new level.

Read the rest of the review here.

Kit Marlowe continues this weekend with shows tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. Get your tickets now.