Thursday, May 31, 2007
Audition Workshops Start This Weekend
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Speak the Speeches
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
First Read Tonight
Friday, May 25, 2007
Jenny and Randy Get Examined
In addition to Rorschach Company Member Michael John The Flu Season also includes Rorschach Alums Ghillian Porter, Alexander Strain, Dan Via and Ellen Young. It is also directed by Jessi Burgess, director of Rorschach's The Beard of Avon.
Also running are In On It and Blue/Orange over at Theater Alliance. In On It features Rorschach Company Member Jason Stiles and Rorschach Alum Jason Lott. Blue/Orange is directed by Jeremy Skidmore who a couple years back directed After the Flood for Rorschach. In On It closes this weekend and Blue/Orange has been extended until June 10th, check the links for show schedules.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
birds is Coming
BY JENNIFER MAISEL
Directed by Wendy McClellan
June 30 – July 28
Previews begin June 27
A wealthy woman with a past falls into the city’s urban underbelly when she gives a homeless man her lover’s coat. Brothers Grimm meet modern-day New York in a dark circus of lost lives and magic charms where the lives of the homeless man, the prostitute and the stockbroker are inextricably intertwined.
BIRDS was developed by Rorschach Theatre’s MAGIC IN ROUGH SPACES new-play program.
PRODUCED BY: Jenny McConnell Frederick and Randy Baker
FEATURING: Company Member Tim Getman. Also featuring Brian Hemmingson, Nanna Ingvarsson, Marissa Molnar, Jjana Valentiner
DESIGNED BY: Jacob Muehlhausen (Set), Deb Sullivan (Lights), Debra Kim Sivingy (Costumes), Matthew Nielson (Sound), Andrew F. Griffin (Asst. Lighting Design), Roni Lancaster(Asst. Set Design)
STAGE MANAGED BY: Viv Woodland
SHOW SCHEDULE: JUNE 30-JULY 29 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm MORE
SHOWS TO BE ADDED SOON (including the matinees)
PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN PREVIEWS JUNE 27-29 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8pm
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
A Message from Randy to the 365ers (Is that a word?)
And this coming from the theatre that did UBO ROI.
But seriously, it was fantastic to work with such a universally strong cast and group of directors. And it was seriously fun. From what I've heard of other 365 events, I'm really glad we did it they way we did. It seems that many folks have sort of shuffled through the motions and produced these nights out of obligation rather than an attempt to have a good time and made something of these little gems.
Thank you everyone for your talent and your time. I hope you had as much fun performing them as I did watching them.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Dispatch from Superman's Buddy Jimmy O.
So I’m playing Scott’s Jimmy Olsen today, out in the field, being his intrepid reporter.
On Saturday I attended the remarkable rehearsal/creation process for our entry into the 365plays/365days festival. It was a blast watching everyone furiously create their interpretations of Suzan-Lori Parks’ weird little plays. The six casts were rehearsing at once in every corner of the building. It was a great way to spend a beautiful Saturday.
The festival is a pretty amazing event… Suzan-Lori parks committed to writing a play a day for an entire year… Now the world premiere of this play cycle is being performed as a yearlong national festival simultaneously in 14 major cities and communities around the country by over 600 theatres. It’s the largest theatre collaboration in U.S. History.
Six months ago I remember thinking, so that’s all fine and good but… one of our hang-ups was that we thought the event might become more of an obligation rather than an exciting event unto itself. We were about to pass on the idea when our good friend Becky Peters called us up and said. “No! Don’t do that! It can be cool! I can help you make it cool!” So we took her word for it. Teamed her up with another good friend of ours, director Jessie Gallogly, and said: “You two. Make it cool.”
The “concept” we came up with was one that we hoped would simultaneously speak to the whirlwind spirit in which Parks wrote her plays and one that used some of Rorschach’s signature elements: uncommon use of space, good ensemble work and maybe even adding a little bit of the epic into these little pieces.
So actors and directors met on Saturday at 11am and received their scripts. No one had seen their plays before then. The casts and their directors then had 5 hours to create a fully staged piece.
To make things interesting, we imposed a series of 10 “rules” to which every group had to adhere.
1. Time: Each group was told their plays had to be AT LEAST 8 minutes long and NO MORE than 15 minutes long. Keep in mind, that some of the plays that Parks wrote were less than a page long.
2. The Space/architecture: Each group was instructed to use the space and the architecture in some unique way.
3. The Props: Each group had to use a total of three props - no more, no less. One of those three props had to be the NOWHERE sign.
4. The Costumes: They had to use them. No limitations or instructions were given beyond that…
5. The Budget: They were not allowed to spend more than $10 on the show.
6. The Twist: ….they could not add any props, costumes or any theatrical elements to the play between Saturday and now. What they could find on Saturday is what they are using tonight.
7. The Scripts: Needed to be memorized.
8. The Juggler: aka Ken. Each group had to find a way to incorporate him into their play.
9. The Audience : Make them happy and each play had to incorporate at least one member of the audience in some way.
10. The Title / The Text: The name of the title had be worked into the play. This was the ONLY text that could be added to the play. Lines could be repeated or even moved around but nothing could be added or subtracted from the scripts.
The plays are amazing. The words on the page were really just a jumping off point. What these crazy young directors and actors created is nothing short of brilliant. So funny and at times maybe even a little moving.
Ya gotta come see this tonight. You won’t be disappointed.
Friday, May 18, 2007
MIRS: 365 Plays/365 Days
Parks wrote one play each day for a year. Inspired by her example RORSCHACH THEATRE will present its seven plays in the same sort of whirlwind spirit. Actors and directors will meet on Saturday to receive scripts and a list of challenges to work into their productions. On Monday night the theatre doors open and RORSCHACH THEATRE will present seven fully staged productions to an audience hungry for spectacle and excitement!
PRODUCED BY Jessie Gollogly and Becky Peters
For the national 365 site, CLICK HERE
For the DC 365 site, CLICK HERE
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Word Search Again
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Gilgamesh and Enkidu at Uruk
Rather than give you a synopsis of the play, I am providing a video of Jean-Luc Picard explaining the story of Gilgamesh to a dying alien, played by the late Paul Winfield in the Epsiode Darmok. The first part of the video concerns Picard translating the language of the alien. If you want to hear Patrick Stewart tell the story in his deep rich voice jump ahead to about 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the video.
The reading features, many of your Rorschach favorite. No reservations necessary, just show up at 8pm and enjoy! There will also be a short discussion after the reading. Come help new work grow.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Goodbye References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
Friday, May 11, 2007
Final Conversation with Jose Rivera
1. What has worked/not worked in previous production?
Playing the animals as animals, actors on all fours, or having them in costumes that resemble animals, etc, does not work.
The Coyote and the Cat are just a guy and girl. The Coyote is dangerous. The Cat is sexy. They are all in a heightened state of sexual desire.
It works best when actors aren’t afraid to go as far as the script is asking them to.
Allow the language to sound natural, flowing from you lips as though it’s the first time being spoken.
2. What is the Dream versus Reality Chronology?
Act 1 and 4 are reality. Gabby falls asleep at the end of Act 1 and dreams through Act 2 and 3. This is what Jose calls the joke of the play!!
Stylistically, Act 2 and 3 should not come off as A Midsummer Night’s Dream. None of it should be handled preciously. The language, their desires, their passions are real, gritty, psychologically disturbing, etc.
3. What or who inspired the script?
Benito is Jose’s brother Tony who was soldier in Gulf War 1. The machismo and the language are right from his brother’s mouth.
What Gabby does, in studying Islam, Muhammad, Karma, is what Jose did.
“If my brother’s going to be harmed, I wanted to understand what we were supposed to be afraid of/what we are fighting.”
He wanted to do some good.
He was also going through a divorce at the time he was writing this play. What it is when a marriage is in danger? What is it when two people can no longer communicate with one another?
He wanted to examine how two people who could have loved one another could suddenly, or over time, grow/develop into people who no longer love one another.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I Took Your Picture
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
As with any work in progress the cast gave feedback and praise for what will be a very exciting and beautiful show. If you don't know the story of Gilgamesh follow the link to Wikipedia for more information.
I encourage anyone who has an interest in new works to come to the reading next Tuesday and help the artistic process along, either with your comments or simply with your presence. Believe it or not new plays don't just appear fully formed in script form, but events like this free reading serve an important role in shaping and re-shaping the words and actions that the playwright creates.
The reading will be directed by Co-Artistic Director, Jenny McConnell Frederick and features some Rorschach Theatre Regulars and some good friends of ours:
Gilgamesh Andrew Price
Naomi Becky Peters
Enkidu Scott McCormick
Aaron Jesse Terril
Ishtar Tiernan Monderno
Shiduri Maggie Glauber
Nadaba Yasmin Tuazon
Samyat Lindsay Haynes
Abraham Michael John Casey
Stage Directions Lee Lebeiskind
See you there!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Today I remind you how cool the set, costumes and lights are. It is quite beautiful isn't it. Remember just 5 shows left and then we are done. Thurday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. And remember our 2 for 1 tickets to the Matinees on Saturday and Sunday 3pm. 1-800-494-TIXS or visit BoxOfficeTickets.com.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
What a To Do!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
The show continues to pick-up momentum as we head into our second to last weekend. We have a show tonight and the last time I checked we have seats available, so I know there is a two hour Grey's Anatomy on at 9pm, but I know most of you can either tape it or TIVO it, so why not get out and see some live lovin' instead.
Four show weekend, Tonight, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and our special Matinee at 3pm on Saturday. Call 1-800-494-TIXS or visit BoxOfficeTickets.com.