Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Chris Widdess said 'a few hiccups,' including some unexpected administrative expenses and a fall fundraiser that didn't happen, were the main reasons it was necessary for the St. Paul theater to truncate its season."
The ambitious young school teacher is charged with breaking a 200-year-old curse that has everyone in his 19th century Russian village acting incredibly dumb. Not only does he have to cure the chronic case of stupidity, but he has only 24 hours to do it or else he, too, will fall victim to the curse."
"TIME: / PLACE:"
A writing workshop exploring a play's journey and how it relates to place, led by award-winning playwright Michele Lowe, author of City Theatre's upcoming Mezzulah, 1946 (full bio below).
Wed. Feb. 28 at 7:00 pm
City Theatre, 13th and Bingham, South Side
In Mezzulah, 1946, the war is over and the boys are home, but at the Boeing airplane plant Mezzulah has no intention of giving her job to a man. Like her hero, Leonardo da Vinci, Mezzulah is ahead of her time and dreaming of flight. But she won't be flying solo. Along with Mezzulah, the other women of Monroe, Washington, are about to take wing-each in her own way. A transcendent new play with heart, humor, and period music which premieres at City Theatre from March 8 - April 1, 2007.
Michele Lowe is also the author String of Pearls, which premiered at City Theatre in 2003, went on to receive an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, and is featured in Best Plays of 2005 (Smith & Kraus, 2006).
Other plays include The Smell of the Kill (Broadway debut), Backsliding in the Promised Land, Map of Heaven, and the musical Hit the Lights! (book and lyrics). Lowe recently helped inaugurate the Colorado New Play Summit at Denver Center Theatre with Good on Paper, which was commissioned by the Geva Theatre Centre. Her plays have been developed at MOMENTUM, the Eugene O'Neill National Music Theatre Conference, New Harmony Project, PlayLabs, New York Stage and Film, and the ACT & Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival. Lowe's plays have been produced at Primary Stages, Vineyard Theatre, Intiman, City Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Reykjavik City Theatre (Iceland), Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, and Cincinnati Play House in the Park, among dozens of others. Her work appears in Monologues for Women by Women (Heinemann, 2004). Screenplays include Quitting Texas for Avenue Pictures and the recently completed Context. Lowe is a recipient of the Frankel Award. She is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and a Core Member of the Playwrights' Center.
Mezzulah, 1946 and "Time:/Place:" are presented as part of this season's "New American Trio," three exciting new plays and other events celebrating City Theatre as a premier home for the development of plays. For additional information and activities on the "New American Trio," please see the Season and Special Events pages at www.CityTheatreCompany.org
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Volunteers are needed for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force/Pittsburg Public Theater Benefit on Wednesday, March 7th.
You must be free between 5:30 and 11:00-ish for this, and be able to travel downtown. The New one-act Comedy LIFE X THREE will be the feature Show that evening.
There will be lots of VIP'S. You may be interested in knowing that CMU Alum's ROBBIE MARSHALL and BILLY PORTER are scheduled to be in town for this!
You'll be given a Shirt to wear, and some gifts. More importantly, you'll be donating your precious time to a really worthwhile cause!
PLEASE sign up on Gary's Door (Room 355) if you can assist. Several have, but we could use more!
Monday, February 26, 2007
directed by Michael Denis
Helen Wayne Rauh Studio Theater, Purnell Center
Wednesday, February 28 at 8 pm
Thursday, March 1 at 8 pm
Friday, March 2 at 4 pm and 8 pm
Admission is free. Tickets will be available at the door one hour before curtain.
A couple of people have asked about a schedule for semester reviews. Here’s what I know:
Dates: 5/10, 11, 14, & 15The format will be Class Jumble less Seniors and Grad 3s. Seniors will crit as a class. Information on these presentations will come at a later date (Thesis should be 5/16).
Also, you should not assume you are excused from semester reviews if you have landed yourself a gig that requires you to leave early. Anyone in that type of situation must receive clearance from their option coordinator prior to agreeing to the employment. It shouldn’t be a huge problem, but it shouldn’t be assumed and we need to get everything lined out (same goes for returning in the fall by the way).
So, two things…
#1. Please let me know about conflicts for the above listed dates early.
#2. I am willing to accept ideas for sequencing, I have one, but maybe yours will be better.
I hope to have a first pass at a schedule together for 3/8.
'Usually around this time of the year, it's the tubercular lounge,' with patrons sniffling and coughing like Gatling guns, says the artistic director of City Theatre on the South Side."
Interview by Paul Wontorek"
Sunday, February 25, 2007
As a winter-weary woman, I'm the last person to deny a sun-deprived student his time in the sun.
But while you're surfing the Internet in pursuit of an beach holiday, those of you with an interest in theater may want to stop by some other Web pages and give some thought to your summer plans."
Also, if each flat takes 2 hours, but our work day is 3:50... how do we do that since we can't just build both flats in 1 day... Is it something like:
Finish B... ?
If you are changing your estimate, I would like to have a new estimate. You should likely include it with your critical path as well.
You need to place your estimated hours over the available lin time. If that means something splits into two calls, then that’s the way it goes. Also, think about the validity of that 3:50 assessment (I am not saying it is wrong - just to consider).
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Should our calendar follow our original estimates? Or would you prefer if we tried to make our total hours a little closer to the actual? It just seems that my calendar is going to be super short... like take a week... or less...
You can make changes to your numbers if you like, or stand by your original estimate. You calendar just needs to match your estimate, so if you make a change you should submit the new estimate as well as the calendars.
Dr. Terry Brino-Dean, associate professor of theater and director of the Seton Hill University theater program, has come up with a way to give 'Everyman' -- a medieval drama that deals with man's fear of dying and his hope for redemption through his actions on earth -- a contemporary twist."
But Colleen Petrucci's sassy choreography has the cast dancing up a storm onstage. The show's curtain call number was spirited enough to bring the audience to its feet in a joyful celebration of the show's youthful, exuberant cast."
This spring, the venerable Scottish fest will attempt to boost its Gotham profile with a Fringe-affiliated production, showcase and artists' workshop all debuting within a month of each other. That's a full five months ahead of its yearly August berth in Edinburgh, where it features three weeks of theater, dance and comedy."
Prior to its first preview, London's new production of Peter Shaffer's 'Equus' already had taken an eye-widening £1.6 million ($3.1 million). Why? Because the play marks the stage debut of Daniel Radcliffe, better known as the title character in Warner Bros.' wizard franchise. And for about 10 minutes of the play, he's naked."