Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monster Opening

The Opening was a big success. And tonight promises to be even more fun. Some seats are still available if you would like to spend your Halloween with us. Call 1-800-494-TIXS. BOO!

Friday, October 27, 2006

PWYC Start Tonight

Rorschach's MONSTER comes to life this weekend, with three Pay-What-You-Can Previews on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 8pm.

What better way to celebrate the Halloween Weekend than experiencing Neal Bell's adaptation of Frankenstein?

For the truly fearless we offer our special Halloween Night Performance. Join the friends of Rorschach as we celebrate All-Hallows Eve with one of the scariest stories in the world. Tickets are selling fast!

Want a Sneak Peak at MONSTER?? View our theatrical "trailer" by following this link. This video, created by Artistic Partner Grady Weatherford, gives you a taste of the thrills and chills awaiting you at Rorschach Theatre.

If you can't join us for any of these shows remember that MONSTER runs until November 26th and tickets are available at 1-800-494-TIXS or by visiting the web site.

MONSTER has been hailed as one of the most inventive and frightening adaptations of Frankenstein ever to be put on stage. Drawing parallels between our modern science and morals and those of Shelley's characters, playwright Neal Bell has created a unique and chilling telling of this Gothic Classic. Take away the Hollywood lens, and the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creation becomes a lean, terrifying tale of morality and immortality.

Directed by Randy Baker

Cast: Lily Balsen, Nicola Daval, Jeremy Goren, Jason Basinger Linkins, Tiernan Madorno, Paul McLane, Ryan Nealy, Robert Rector, Jon Reynolds

Design and Production: Debra Kim Sivigny (Set), David C. Ghatan (Lights), Erin Nugent (Costumes), William Burns (Sound), Megan Reichelt (Stage Manager), Jillian Levine-Sisson (Asst. Stage Manager), Jessie Gallogly (Asst. Director), Andrew F. Griffin (Asst. Lighting Design), Grady Weatherford (Fight Choreography)

Running Time: 90 Minutes

“Starting from Shelley’s original, but with a sharp eye for cogency and a sharp ear for the turn of a phrase, [Neal Bell] has managed to locate the philosophical germ inside each of the horror myth’s iconic scenes. The scare is still there, but now has other functions than merely frightening your inner child – with fantasies of impotence, rape and castration on a dark and stormy night. If you really want to frighten yourself, there’s always today’s paper; if you want a dramatic story that makes you think-- you should probably go see MONSTER.”-- Michael Finegold, Village Voice

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Add some lights and some mood music and you know what do you got but scary scary stuff my friends. Watched the run last night folks and I can honestly say there were some moments that had me on the edge of my seat and made my skin crawl a little bit. Your first chance to see it is tomorrow night. What better way to start Halloween Weekend then with MONSTER at Rorschach. Pay-What-You-Can Previews are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

It Waits . . .

Here is your first peek at Rorschach Theatre's production of Neal Bell's Monster. This adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein will haunt your dreams. Thanks to Grady Weatherford for putting the trailer together.

Pay-What-You-Can Previews start this Friday night. With shows on Saturday and Sunday night. Tickets are also available for our Special Halloween Show. Spend All-Hallows Eve with Dr. Frankenstein and his Creature. Why should Halloween just be for kids and surly teens? Tickets are available at 1-800-494-TIXS or visit the web site.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Rorschach Retrospective

Some of you saw a different version of this before I took it down on Friday. Grady Weatherford created this teaser trailer for Season 7. Many of you are probably featured in this retrospective of Rorschach's past, others will remember some of their favorite Rorschach shows and yet others will say what the hell is this. Enjoy!

Monster starts previews this Friday, so start making your plans to spend Halloween weekend with us.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Rorschach Theatre: The Movie

This is just an experiment please be patient.



There have been some rumors flying around this week which I need to quash. It has long been a priority at The Rorschach Theatre Blog to prevent the spreading of unfounded rumors and to prevent the petty bickering that has broken-up numerous start-up theater companies and at least two British rock bands. So here and now I am going on the record.

Rorschach has not adopted any orphans.

We were looking, but found nothing we liked. Perhaps in a couple years we will be in a better place in our lives and we can handle the responsibility of a child, but for right now we are all very busy concentrating on our careers and Monster.

Rorschach did not test a small nuclear device in the basement of Casa del Peublo.

While we are constantly trying to find ways to raise money and awareness, we have not engaged in any testing or development of nuclear devices. We are not playing God here, like Dr. Victor Frankenstein in our upcoming production of Monster that starts Pay-What-You-Can Previews on October 27th at 8 p.m.

Rorschach did not have pictures taken in the buff when it was in college for which we are being blackmailed to prevent them from appearing in the Tabloids.

Now that one is just plain stupid. Where do you people get this crap? Aren't there better ways to spend your time? How about coming to see Monster? Tickets are available by either calling 1-800-494-TIXS or visiting Box Office Tickets.

I hope this ends the speculation and that you people will let us live our lives in peace.

See Monster!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Caption Constest Mach II

This Picture from Friday Night Needs a caption. Best caption wins a drink of some sort! Oh and Ghillian I still owe you a beer from the last Caption Contest.


Friday, October 13, 2006

Mary Shelley and Frankenstein Part II

Mary Shelley incorporated a number of different sources into her work, not the least of which was the Promethean myth from Ovid. The influence of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and John Milton's Paradise Lost, the book the creature finds in the cabin, are also clearly evident within the novel.

After Percy Shelley’s drowning in 1822, Mary was tireless in promoting her late husband's work, including editing and annotating unpublished material. Despite their troubled later life together, she revered her late husband's memory and helped build his reputation as one of the major poets of the English Romantic period. But she also found occasions to write a few more novels, including Valperga: The Life and Adventures of Castruccio and Falkner. The Last Man, a pioneering science fiction novel of the human apocalypse in the distant future, is, however, sometimes considered her best work, as is Mathilda, a novella published posthumously.

Mary Shelley died of brain cancer on February 1, 1851, aged 53, in London and was interred at St. Peter's Churchyard in Bournemouth, in the English county of Dorset. At the time of her death, she was a recognized novelist. Her son, Sir Percy Shelley, arranged for her parents to be exhumed and re-buried next to her; he and his wife are also buried there.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mary Shelley and Frankenstein Part I

The story of how Frankenstein was written is nearly as famous as the novel itself. A nineteen year old girl is issued a challenge by her host to write a ghost story. The girl was Mary Shelley the then fiancée of the poet Percy Shelley and her host was Lord Byron.

Mary Shelley was born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in London, England, the second daughter of famed feminist, educator and writer Mary Wollstonecraft and the equally famous anarchist philosopher, journalist and atheist dissenter, William Godwin. She met Percy Bysshe Shelley, a political radical and free-thinker like her father, when Percy and his first wife Harriet visited Godwin's home and bookshop in London. Percy, unhappy in his marriage, began to visit Godwin more frequently (and alone). In the summer of 1814 he and Mary (then only 16) fell in love. They eloped, (though Percy was still married to Harriet at the time) to France in July.

During the snowy summer of 1816, the "Year Without A Summer," the world was locked in a long cold volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Tambora in 1815. In this terrible year, Mary visited Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The weather was consistently too cold and dreary that summer to enjoy the outdoor vacation activities they had planned, so after reading an anthology of German ghost stories, Byron challenged the Shelleys and his personal physician John William Polidori to each compose a story of their own, the contest being won by whoever wrote the scariest tale.

Mary conceived an idea after she fell into a waking dream or nightmare during which she saw "the pale student of unhallowed arts kneeling beside the thing he had put together." This was the germ of Frankenstein. Byron managed to write just a fragment based on the vampire legends he heard while traveling the Balkans, and from this Polidori created The Vampyre (1819), the progenitor of the romantic vampire literary genre. Thus, Lord Byron’s challenge created both the Gothic themes of Frankenstein and the modern vampire.

Come back tomorrow for Part II.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A Message from the Artistic Director not Directing MONSTER

From : Jenny McConnell Frederick
Sent : Wednesday, October 11, 2006 12:38 PM
To : Scott McCormick
Subject : Blog

So last night I infiltrated the secret society that is MONSTER rehearsals and got my first real look at the show. Last night was the first chance the cast has had to run the entire show start to finish. With that in mind, it was a really great first run. Their energy and dedication to this play is enormous. This is always such a fascinating time in the rehearsal process--when the cast is still in jeans and tennis shoes, scripts are still in hand--but you can see the wheels turning. You can see the ideas begin to flow from the mind to the body and soul as they go from understanding their characters to becoming them. One of the most fantastic things about this script is how it turns on a dime from being sharp and witty to being bone-chilling and creepy. And as much as that kind of psychological dexterity is great for a playwright, it's not always easy for a cast to get a handle on. These guys are doing a great job of striking just the right balance.

As much as I love directing, it's also great to be the producer--to go away from the rehearsal process for days at a time and then to come back in and see how much it's grown and changed. The impact of that cumulative growth is so much more apparent after a week's worth of rehearsal has gone by than it is when you're the director and you're right there each night in the thick of it.

I'm looking forward to where things will be by the time we get to the second designer run this weekend...and all of you should be looking forward to when MONSTER opens on Halloween.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Monster Shoot

Hi Jenny!

Here is the rough shot – it looks really great in B&W as well. How about if you pass it on and if the graphic designer decides the text should on the top I can add more wall in photoshop – capeche? Let me know what you think.

I had a great time with you guys the other day – thanks so much for the opp!


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Free Night of Theater and Back Stage Column

Free Night of Theater is a National Event that gives away free tickets to theater, to raise awareness of theater. This year Rorschach is participating and I can prooudly say that we have our first fully booked performance of Monster on November 2nd. Apparently the League of Washington theaters gave away 2100 free theater tickets within less than half an hour, including the 65 seats to Monster. Now I know what you are thinking, big deal you gave away tickets and people are coming to see a free show. For me the best thing about it is that there are now 65 people who may have never been to a Rorschach show in their lives coming to our theater.

Also check out Jane's article today in the Back Stage Column of the Post about our upcoming season. Tomorrow is our 300th Blog Entry so I think I will have a poem to post. Enjoy the weather everyone!