Friday, September 12, 2014

In A Late Hail Mary Pass...

...Korean's officially out, so are all hopes of Spanish. Art Hum! You're up!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

And I And Silence

Silence makes me think of Silence Dogood, who I learned of from National Treasure. It was a pseudonym a young (like, 16 young) Ben Franklin concocted to write into's...newspaper to express his views on popular culture and politics ect.

The musings of a 16 year old colonial white male apprentice printer, are hardly to be considered worthwhile, and yet Silence spoke with such veracity, she received marriage proposals.

In Naomi Wallace's jarring sketch, we are presented with a reverberation of that tenacity. Two young women, Dee and Jamie, minor offenders locked up in what has become the generationallly, perpetual gray area of adolescence.  High School Musical meets Orange is the New Black, this isn't, however. We are also granted glimpses into the lives of the, now, women nine years on - post incarceration. 

It's 1959, as Older Jamie actress Rachel Nicks points some nondescript corner of the semi-rural American south.  Not a good time or place to be a woman, where old world wealth and status standards still reign.  Not a good time or place in history for African Americans, where walking down the street to work means verbal abuse on a good day.

The setting and all of it's trappings create a sort of perfect storm for Wallace's two characters. With a steely undercurrent of the violability of their sexualities and the vulnerability of intimacy, Wallace has Jamie and Dee traverse the crossroads of what it means to be young, broke, and drowning in surroundings suffering the same fate.  By the play's tragic end we're left with a Willy Loman sense of remorse, except they don't even get the faithful spouse or regretful kids. A stark, nearly Shakespearean realization sets in, in death - no one will miss these girls.

Surely, no one missed them in life.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Directors and Producers of Work I've Seen Recently

So, my Directing professor posed an interesting question at the top of class and since I'm horrible with on the spot things, I came up with nothing...I wasn't the only one.  The question was name all the theatrical directors you know.

So doing my due diligence here is a list of the directors I've got in in my playbill collection. I'm including producers too, because I realize the same question was also relevant to Producing Class. Keep in mind this is only what I had playbills lying around for.

  1. And I and Silence -
    dir. Caitlin McLeod
    prod. Signature Theatre
  2. Juarez: A Documentary Mythology
    dir. Ruben Polendo
    prod. Theater Mitu/Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
  3. The Correspondent
    dir. Steven Brackett
    prod. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
  4. King Lear
    dir. Arin Arbus
    prod. Theatre For A New Audience
  5. Antony and Cleopatra
    dir. Tarell Alvin McCraney
    prod.Gable Stage, The Royal Shakespeare Company in Collaboration with the Ohio State University (Jeremy Adams)
    asso prod. Maria Goyanes
  6. Love and Information
    dir. James Macdonald
    prod. NYTW in asso. with Royal Court Theatre
  7. The Long Shrift
    dir. James Franco
    prod. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
  8. Phoenix
    dir. Jennifer Delia
    prod. Nicholas Jabbour, Julie Pacino, Poverty Row Entertainment, Rian Patrick Durham, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
  9. Inventing Van Gogh
    dir. Karla Hartley
    prod. Jobsite Theatre
  10. S'wonderful
    dir. Tripp Hampton
    prod. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
  11. Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical
    dir. Simon Philips
    prod. Allan Scott, Troika Entertainmenrt, Nullarbor Productions Ltd., in asso with MGM on Stage and Darcie Denkert, Dean Stolber Gary McQuinn, Liz Koops, Michael Hamlyn,
  12. Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody
    dir. Jim Millan
    prod. Michael Mills/Mills Entertainment
  13. Morningside Nights: The 120th Annual Varsity Show
    dir. Emily Feinstein
    prod. Allie Carieri, Ally Engleberg, Renee Kraiem
  14. Hamlet
    dir. C. David Frankel
    prod. Tampa Repertory Theatre, Hat Trick Theatre Productions
  15. The Ballad of Hipster McBigballs
    dir. Christen Petit Haley
    prod. Jobsite Theatre
  16. Night of Power
    dir. Kareem Fahmy
    prod. Meghan Long (Columbia School of the Arts Theatre)
  17. A Thousand Clowns
    dir. Jack Holloway
    prod. Hat Trick Theatre Productions
  18. The Physicists
    dir. Sina Heiss
    prod. Mia Shen
  19. All the Way
    dir. Bill Rauch
    prod. Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld and Will Trice; Associate Producer: Rob Hinderliter & Dominick LaRuffa, Jr., Michael Crea and PJ Miller
  20. Twelfe Night, or What You Will
    dir. Tim Carroll
    prod. Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Glass Half Full Productions/Just For Laughs Theatricals, 1001 Nights Productions, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Jane Bergère, Paula Marie Black, Rupert Gavin, Stephanie P. McClelland, Shakespeare Globe Centre USA, Max Cooper, Tanya Link Productions and Shakespeare Road
  21. Wake
    dir. Mei Ann Teo
    prod. Mariana Ortiz
  22. Neville's Island
    dir. Gi Young Sung
    prod. Hat Trick Theatre Productions
  23. The Meeting
    dir. Alan Bomar Jones, Bryant Bentley
    prod. Hillsborough Community College
  24. Evening of Shorts
    dir. Jack Holloway/Kerry Glamsch
    prod. David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
  25. Jeffrey
    dir. Keith Odums
    prod. Hat Trick Theatre Productions
  26. Titus Andronicus
    dir.Helen Tennison
    prod. University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance
  27. And Then There Were None
    dir. Jack Holloway
    prod. Hat Trick Theatre Productions
  28. Musings of a Post Modern Romantic
    dir Matthew Ray
    prod. TRT²
  29. Twelfth Night or What You Will
    dir. Julia Flood
    prod. Eckerd Theater Company
  30. Hay Fever
    dir. David Jenkins
    prod. Jobsite Theater
  31. Wicked
    dir. Joe Mantello
    prod. Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, David Stone, 
  32. The Amish Project
    dir. Todd Olson
    prod. American Stage Theater Company