Wednesday, December 15, 2010
After the first half-hour of sitting in on last night's rehearsal, my face hurt from grinning so much, and after another half hour of watching slow-motion fisticuffs and hearing Soneyet's TERRIFYING voice, my entire upper body hurt from doubling up laughing (and from eating more than my share of the delicious cookies that Karin, our host and Evil Santa extraordinaire, made for us).
Here are some reflections from the cast to tide you over until we shower you with cartoony splendor this weekend!
Soneyet: Wrapping rehearsal for the night, when your director tells you to go home and come back with an even sillier face...you love your life!
Karin: Did you know that Santa Klaus is antisemitic, a martial arts champ and has certain ?
My parents created so many lasting traditions in my family. I will never forget the Christmas routine, a routine that I still follow to this day, every time I am home for the holiday. I know that on Christmas Eve I will go to church with my parents (the only day out of the year that I attend church services) and that the church will be packed with families. My parents and I still attend the children’s service full of children and complete with a live nativity. I know that no matter how old I get, I will still laugh every time the camel pees on the altar. I know that when we arrive home, we will sit together and eat and drink coffee. This ends in the unwrapping of one gift. I know it will be pajamas, always pajamas to wear for the night. When I wake I will eat breakfast and gift opening will begin shortly after. After gifts are open and bellies are full, we get ready to go to my grandparent’s house where another set of rituals and traditions will take place. There is comfort in tradition. Comfort in the knowing of what will happen next. I don’t know what will happen to these traditions after my parents are gone. Will my brother and sisters continue the traditions that our parents create for us or will we create traditions with our new families? Slowly growing apart as our traditions break down.
As I sit and think about our play for Klecksography, I cannot help, but to be reminded of family during the holiday seasons. No matter what your faith is, it seems that holidays are filled with families, the ones we are born into and the ones we create. During rehearsal, many conversations came up about family traditions around the holidays. No matter how old we get, it seems that when we are at home for the holidays, we fall back into the same patterns and customs as when were children. Siblings bicker and fight and arguments are to be had. Memories from holidays past are brought up and reminisced on. This falling back to an older time is what can make bringing a guest to a family holiday all the more awkward. Having to constantly catch up someone who is not used to your family or not aware of certain “family rules” can often feel out of place or placed into the position of “outsider” not matter how hard people try to make them feel welcome.
Our play centers on this idea of connection. How do we connect, both literally and metaphorically? How do we integrate an outsider into long held holiday traditions? And more importantly, how do we connect to our family after the loss of a loved on?
This will be the 2nd holiday that I have worked on a Rorschach Holiday show and it is always fun to rehearse and share in the holiday joy with fellow artists. Here are some photos of us in rehearsal. Enjoy.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Klecksography: Home for the Holidays, coming December 18th & 19th @ Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Tickets are on sale now.I try not to make bold statements in public, because I usually end up looking like a jackass. I’ve learned from experience. I like to hang back and then
make snarky comments about others’ ideas. But I am going to go out on a limb on this one, that’s how much I believe in it. It’s time to ‘klecks.’ What is
klecks, you ask? Klecks is a new slang term for the new millennium. It will replace all those other tired slang terms like “phat,” “sweet,” and “groovy.” Not
that anyone still says groovy. It’s a noun, verb, and adjective all stuffed into one enigmatic package. Now, I’ve learned from my German friends that
‘klecks’ is an actual word in their native language that means, blob, blot, dab, smudge, blotch or stain in mine. But words are slippery, they change their
meanings all the time. Take ‘culture,’ for example: a hundred years or so ago culture meant to plant seeds. So, with your help, we can culture klecks in
our culture. Are we klecks?
James Hesla, Playwright
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
This morning I posted a piece that Washington Post Theatre Critic Peter Mark wrote for Arts Post about audience interaction. It spawned a really interesting discussion on Facebook. I thought it was worth posting here so others could catch up, chime in, or just check out some of the other great articles people linked to within the conversation. Have more to say on the subject? Feel free to share it in the comments below.
Arts Post - A theatrical manifesto: hands off the audience!
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Friday, September 03, 2010
Don't miss the performance of H.R. Zurich's forgotten gem on Sunday, September 5 at 230pm at the Millenium Stage in the Kennedy Center. The play is newly adapted and researched by a team of Rorschach Playwrights, Directors and Actors:
Katie Atkinson, Randy Baker, David Bobb, Vanessa Bradchulis, Allyson Currin, Misty Demory, Jenny McConnell Frederick, Laura C. Harris, James Hesla, Lee Liebeskind, Emily Levin, Anne McCaw, Aviva Pressman, Debra K. Sivigny, Hunter Styles, Catherine Tripp, Yasmin Tuazon and Stacy Wilson.
Heinrich Reinhold Zurich, one of the most influential and prolific German playwrights and poets of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is ironically rarely produced today in America.
He was born in Freibourg in 1867 to a distinguished jurist father and concert-pianist mother.
After taking degrees in law and linguistics at the University at Heidelberg, he was just settling into a distinguished but unremarkable career as a barrister when he saw a performance of "Der Fleidermeister" by the experimental theatre troupe, The Rhineland Three. The power of that single performance, no record of which survives, caused him to abandon his career and make a profound and irreversible turn to the theatre, in which he enjoyed near instant critical acclaim (although his audiences claimed that his more experimental efforts well-nigh incomprehensible).
An early acolyte of Freud, Zurich's plays examined the complexities of human psychological attachment in such works as "Symmetry Skewed", "The Tyrant of Stuttgard" and "The Bastard and the Bumblebee". His works premiered principally at the extravagantly expressionistic Berliner Stage, the principal rival of what was soon to become Bertolt Brecht's Berliner Ensemble. Zurich, largely underwritten by his parents' generous bequests to him, also held salons in his Berlin home that were attended by virtually every shining intellect in Germany: his guests included Strindberg, Max Reinhardt, Fritz Lang and Isadora Duncan.
He was not without his critics. The French symbolist Jacques Dernaux led a protest against Zurich's politically-charged play "Not Without Fear" in 1915, and the pamphlet that Zurich published in response to these protests was Tristan Tzara's inspiration (or so he claimed) for the first efforts of the Dada movement after the war.
The Weimar years were not kind to Zurich and he went into a spiritual and creative decline. All of his writing for the stage ceased, replaced by poetry that was not particularly well-received. With his growing obsession with German nationalism and his increasing attachment to the philosophies of Martin Heidegger, he undoubtedly would have applauded the Nazi rise to power had he not died in 1931 in an apparent suicide. His wife, the famed German actress Freida Gottshched, was largely responsible for preserving his works and his reputation subsequent to his demise.
It is our great honor to bring his unique voice and compelling perspective back to an American audience.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
One of the many awesome things about hosting Rorschach: X is working with the many generous vendors and businesses that donate goods and services.
One of our silent auction sponsors was just featured in the Washington Post Magazine.
Lilly's Closet is a wardrobe styling firm created by Margaret Lilly. She is a styling goddess that will transform your look from average to amazing!
You'll have a chance to bid for her services at Rorschach: X on Saturday night!
Buy those tickets now, folks!
Friday, February 12, 2010
As you may have heard (below...), Rorschach has a big milestone this year--our 10th Anniversary. So in honor of that we're throwing one incredible party on Saturday February 27th. For all the party details click here or check back on the blog in the coming weeks for more inside scoop.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010 7:30pm
ICON: 1821 14th Street
(2 blocks from U Street Metro Stop)
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
or call 1-800-494-TIXS
On Saturday, February 27, 2010, at 7:30PM, Rorschach: X will bring Rorschach’s innovation to ICON on 14th Street as the inventive, immersive theatre company celebrates its annual fundraising benefit. The store’s sleek and modern aesthetic will provide a unique backdrop for an unforgettable evening featuring entertainment, a silent auction and the opportunity to mingle with Rorschach Theatre’s artists, patrons and fans. The silent auction will feature treats and treasures from all sorts of Washington hot spots--Anthropologie, Teaism, DC United, Lilly’s Closet, Landmark Theatres and others.
Always on the cutting edge, Rorschach is pioneering the pay-what-you-can benefit in Washington. The suggested price of admission to Rorschach: X is $50 which includes an open bar, light snacks & desserts, music, dancing and the company of some of DC most exciting theatre artists. For those who want to share in the fun but are working on a fixed budget the minimum price is $30 per person. Generous guests are encouraged to consider a ticket of $75 or $100.
To buy your tickets now, CLICK HERE!
Rorschach would like to thank the sponsors of Rorschach: X: Magic Hat Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewery, Honest Tea, Whole Foods, Garden District, Patty Boom Boom, Commonwealth Gastropub, Total Wine and Dolcezza Artisinal Gelato.