Sep 13

All Hail The New Queen Geek!

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Contact: Katie Drexel
Email:  blognetheatregeek@gmail.com
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September 13, 2012

So that Becca Kidwell can pursue other creative pursuits, as of 9/13/12, is stepping down from her position as chief geek of The New England Theatre Geek blog.  Mrs. Kidwell will remain as a part-time staff writer and advisor as needed, but all managerial and administrative duties will be held by the new queen geek, Katie Drexel.  Continue reading

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Sep 02

One Performance Left! Luminarium Dance Company’s Mythos/Pathos

Luminarium Dance Company presents
Mythos:Pathos
August 31 @ 8pm
September 1 @ 8pm
September 2 @ 4pm
in Black Box Theater
at Arsenal Center for the Arts

Watertown, MA

Purchase tickets at http://www.LuminariumDance.org/buy-tickets or call 617-477-4494 to reserve

(copy from Arsenal Center for the Arts)

Luminarium Dance will debut its new full-length performance Mythos:Pathos throughout August. The work will explore lesser-known characters and under-examined storylines of Greek mythology from a contemporary viewpoint. Artistic Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman are proud to weave these familiar myths into a cohesive saga, while coloring the production with innovative choreography. Mythos:Pathos also features nontraditional lighting design by Matthew Breton, that manifests in unique ways onstage, from wearable to handheld lighting. This new work will incorporate materials donated by the communities of Somerville and Watertown that will be used to construct installations on and offstage.

Luminarium plans to preview the project in Somerville. In late August, Luminarium will bring an evolved form of the project to the Arsenal Center for the Arts, for a one-week residency, including a gallery exhibit in the lobby. This performance at the Arsenal Center for the Arts offers a pre-show installation performance art series, followed by a full dance performance in the Black Box Theater.

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Aug 14

ANNOUNCEMENT-NO ROOM FOR WISHING Kickstarter Begins

No Room for Wishing

kickstarter website:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/563348135/the-world-premiere-of-no-room-for-wishing

September 13 – 22 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theater and September 30 – October 9 at Central Square Theater’s Studio Theater

My interview with Danny Bryck from May:  https://www.netheatregeek.com/2012/05/20/geeks-nerds-and-artists-episode-7-danny-bryck/

(copy from kickstarter page)

“Hailed by Company One’s Artistic Director Shawn LaCount as, “an important and timely play by one of Boston’s most dynamic young theatre makers,” No Room for Wishing is comprised only of exact words compiled from interviews and live recordings at the occupation of Dewey Square from October to December of 2011.  Both personal and political, the show pieces together the voices and experiences of a diverse range of individuals into the larger story of the Occupy movement, both in Boston and as a whole.

No Room for Wishing follows Occupy Boston from its formation, through clashes with the police, infighting among the activists, legal battles and collective victories, to its eviction by the City of Boston. The play’s real-life characters, played by a single actor, represent a diversity of age, race, occupation, opinion and background, from college students to bankers to lifelong activists to the homeless. Their stories shed light on the complex identities and contradictions of Occupy, and of contemporary America.

The play has been in development for the past ten months, and has been presented in readings and workshop productions at Apollinaire Theatre Company, the Wall Street to Main Street Festival in Catskill, NY, Central Square Theater, and Boston University. The show has had a powerful impact on those who have seen it so far, and we want to bring it to a wider audience.

The World Premiere

In honor of the one-year anniversaries of Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Boston, No Room for Wishing will have its world premiere this fall. Company One and Central Square Theater, two of Boston’s most vibrant theatre companies, will co-produce the play, with support from Boston Playwright’s Theatre. The production is still dependent largely upon independent fundraising. With your help, the play will run September 13 – 22 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Black Box Theater and September 30 – October 9 at Central Square Theater’s Studio Theater. We also hope to bring the show to other venues, including local schools and universities, and to tour the show beyond Boston. Your donation will go towards materials needed for this production, stipends for the actor, director, designers, and post-show discussion facilitators, the accrued costs of developing and touring the play, and more.

The Story

[Danny[ started working on No Room for Wishing in early October 2011, about a week into Occupy Boston’s occupation of Dewey Square. He had been interested for some time in documentary theatre in the style of Anna Deveare Smith, the Tectonic Theater Project, etc., and was feeling more and more of a need to unite his artistic pursuits with my political ideals. He began interviewing people on site, and the project continued to evolve from there as my understanding of the movement deepened, events unfolded, and stories he collected from people began to shape the direction of the piece. On the one hand, he wanted this play to serve as a deeper and more meaningful account of Occupy than Americans were getting from the news, and to challenge preconceived notions of why someone might decide to Occupy and what Occupy sought to and could achieve. On the other hand, he knew it was important for the play not to have a singular agenda, but rather be a genuine attempt at capturing all the rich complexity and contradiction of these people, this time, and this place, without apology.

Bryck wanted the play to ask – not necessarily answer – how do we relate to each other as individuals and as perceived groups in our society, what do we value, and what happens when we try to actively break down and reinvent those structures, those relationships, and those values? And he wanted to pose those questions indirectly, by letting the individuals and the events speak for themselves, forcing the audience to draw their own, hopefully new and more informed, conclusions. He believes this sort of true investigative process is sorely lacking in our society. Perhaps the main purpose of this play is to address that need.

To find out more, visit dannybryck.com/noroomforwishing. You can also listen to an interview about the project on The Bridge – Arts for the 99%, and watch a performance of an excerpt from No Room for Wishing on The Civilians’Occupy Your Mind.

Please be a part of this exciting and important labor of love. They have an ambitious goal of $10,000, but they’re confident thy can get there with your help. If they don’t reach our goal, they get nothing, so please pitch in and give what you can. In return for your generosity, they have a number of awesome rewards including complimentary tickets to the show, your own piece of the set, a remix of the sounds of Occupy Boston, an original song by Ruby Rose Fox featured in the show, the chance to be a part of your own documentary project, and a command performance of the play. Thank you so much, and he hopes to see you at the show!”

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Aug 10

Romeo & Juliet Starts Performances Today

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, Happy Medium Theatre Company, Plaza Theatre at the Calderwood Pavillion, 8/10/12-8/25/12, http://www.happymediumtheatre.com/?cat=41.

A talented cast and crew pour their heart and souls into the drama of adolescence as only they can.  Get your tickets now!

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Jul 15

ANNOUNCEMENT: Studio 4 Productions of Legally Blonde and Miss Saigon with BCT

Miss Saigon, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Alain Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr., book by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, Legally Blondemusic & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach, Boston Children’s Theatre Studio 4, The Governor’s Academy Performing Arts Centerhttp://bostonchildrenstheatre.org/legally-blonde-and-miss-saigon-this-summer-at-bct/.

Get ready for two amazing musical productions this summer!  BCT presents the Studio 4 productions of LEGALLY BLONDE (John’s retrospective was for the Studio 3 session) and MISS SAIGON.

LEGALLY BLONDE PERFORMANCES:  

Thursday, August 2 at 8pm
Saturday, August 4 at 8 pm
Sunday, August 5 at 2pm

MISS SAIGON PERFORMANCES

Friday, August 3 at 8 pm
Saturday, August 4 at 2 pm
Sunday, August 5 at 8 pm

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Jun 29

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2010: Our Hideous Future

2010: Our Hideous Future Tour, book by Carl Danielson, music and lyrics by Andy Hicks, http://www.2010tour.net.

This summer Unreliable Narrator in association with the Pluto Tapes
presents a tour of 2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!, an original cyberpunk musical comedy. Tickets for all shows are available for $10 are available through http://www.2010tour.net.

Dates are as follows:
Wed., July 11: 95 Empire in Providence, RI
Sat., July 21: Griffen Theatre in Salem, MA
Fri. and Sat., Aug. 3 and 4: Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY Continue reading

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Jun 29

Hovey Players Presents the Annual “Hovey Summer Shorts” Festival

Hovey Players of Waltham (http://hoveyplayers.com) is proud to bring back “Hovey Summer Shorts” opening Friday, July 13.  Hovey began this festival 16 years ago when it featured 10-minute “shorts”.  Through the years, the festival evolved, incorporating short musicals, musical acts, short films, full one-act plays, and displayed works by local artists.  This year’s festival features the “shorts” format featuring ten 10-minute plays by ten local playwrights.  The festival is produced by Michael Haddad, a Hovey Board Member and Trustee. Continue reading

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