kitchen_kink: (conrade)
I seem to be directing another show.   Auditions are next week; I hope you'll come out!

Link to info and auditions signup here!
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Hey all,

1. If I wanted to make my blog posts appear in a feed on LJ without my having to worry about it, is there an easy way to do that? My blog is on Wordpress.

2. Are you someone, or do you know someone, who would be willing to be an ASL coach for a play? It's minor - like, not Children of a Lesser God - but you need to be able to coach three actors to make them believable to varying levels of fluency.
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Hey everyone!

So, this summer, 2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical! starring yours truly as Kate Brick will be making the circuit of the Northeast! The show has been rewritten to be tighter, funnier, and more emotionally involving. The inimitable Alex Nemiroski is on board as choreographer and movement coach. Emily Taradash is back from her southern adventures to reprise the role of Dehnise, and [ profile] usernamenumber will be joining us as the Narrator!

We'll be hitting Providence, Salem MA, and, for the kicker, Brooklyn, NY!

Our tour dates are as follows:

Wednesday, July 11 at 8pm, in Providence, RI at 95 Empire - tickets available soon!
Saturday, July 21 at 8pm, in Salem, MA at the Griffen Theatre. Tickets here!
Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4 at 8pm, at Triskellion Arts in Brooklyn, NY! Tickets here!
kitchen_kink: (ayli)
You'll get invited to all the awesome parties...

Hi everyone -

We still need some help with As You Like It! Come be a part of the fabulousness and run crew with us! We need folks before and after each dress rehearsal and performance to load things in and out, and folks during the show to move things like benches and rocks (made of paper!) (with scissors!! (wait, no...)))!!!11!

The time commitment:

Monday: 6:30-11
Tuesday: 6:30-11
Thursday: 6:30-11
Friday: 6:30-11
Saturday: 6:30-11
Sunday: 1:30-5

Even if you can't do all the days - please come help out! Email tech at theatreatfirst dot org for more details!
kitchen_kink: (ayli)
Everyone, please come to this event this weekend - Sunday, 2-5 at the Burren! We still need to scare up a bit of scratch to put on As You Like It - and you can help for the price of a couple of beers and a fun afternoon.

$5 if you want to get up and perform something; $10 to sit and watch!
kitchen_kink: (kate brick)
Guys, you may have already heard too much about our revival of 2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical at the Oberon July 28 and 29.

But I'm betting you haven't seen this amazing promotional video that was recently created for it, complete with the "In a world..." voice.

The new production will have 2 new amazing songs by the talented Andy Hicks, 2010 backup dancers and actual proper dancing courtesy of Alex Nemiroski, and of course, a bar. :) Dance party afterwards in the Oberon tradition, and new art exhibit MC's Hall of Interactive Hideousity!

Do come - it's gonna be freakin' awesome.
kitchen_kink: (kate brick)
Yes, it's true: I will be reviving my role as Kate Brick in "2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!", this time at the Oberon, Boston's most painfully hip new theatre space.

The skinny:
Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 at 8pm
$20 table seating, $15 standing room
New songs! New choreography by Alex Nemiroski! New hall of technological horrors! New post-show dance party!
Be there or, I guess.

The biggest. most raucous production of this show yet.

"2010: Our Hideous Future," is coming to Oberon, and excitement is high. Have you seen that place? It's pretty much the future right there.

THE WAY, FAR DISTANT FUTURE, A.D. 2010, EAST COAST METRO ZONE A, NEW MALDEN: a time of techno-studded blechhiness. Lonely human freedom fighter Kate Brick plans a last stand against the oppressive Artas, artificial life forms who control humankind through torture, brainwashing, and Facebook. But judging by the complacence of her lover Dehnise Compuserve and the general apathy of her fellow humans, it may be too late.

This near futuristic dystopian cyberpunk musical comedy returns to the stage featuring its original cast of local artists: Kamela Dolinova, Katie Drexel, Julia Lunetta, Timothy Hoover, John Deschene, Kay Coughlin, Ginger Lazarus, Emily Taradash and Will Todisco.

Inspired by the performance space at Oberon, The Unreliable Narrator Theater Group and The Pluto Tapes will update this fan favorite with new songs, staging, and interactive elements known as the MC’s Hall of Interactive Hideousity.

This production will feature the FAC2010: Post-Show Dance Party featuring the DJ stylings of The Pluto Tapes. Music and Lyrics are still by Andy Hicks, Book still by Carl Danielson and now featuring Choreography by Alex Nemiroski.

Tickets are $20.00 for table seats, $15.00 for standing room. Both can be purchased either online at​events/2010-our-hideous-fu​ture-musical or by phone at (866) 811-4111.

Admission to the FAC2010: Post-Show Dance Party is included in the ticket price.

This production is 18 plus.

For more information, contact or call (617) 386-9595 or (617) 470-9556.

Updates for the 2010: Our Hideous Tour can be found online at the official show website for
2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical! (,
The Unreliable Narrator Theater Group website (, or by following @unarrator on Twitter.
kitchen_kink: (ayli)
Hi, everyone!

As rehearsals and preparations continue for As You Like It, we are doing a Shakespeare Slam as a promotional party and fundraiser!

Last September, Michael Anderson, an absolutely awesome spoken word guy, hosted "Free Will," a Shakespeare slam event at the Burren. [ profile] imlad and the other two Shatners revived Theatre@First's "Food of Love" for the event:

The witches of the Scottish play made three appearances, one as sadistic playground tots:

And Anderson himself appeared as a disaffected, punk rock Hamlet in the 80s:

So much creativity was displayed here, from a zombie Hamlet to middle-school kids reading Romeo and Juliet to Kevin Brooks telling an incredible story about Othello and race to Sean Cody giving one of the funniest interpretations of Peter Quince I've seen.

I hope to revive this event, with everyone free to do as they please, including reading a monologue off a page at random with no preparation. (Yes, I also appeared, as the great Camilla Villanova!)

So please join us!

Shakespeare Slam!
Featuring Michael Anderson, cast members of As You Like It, and You!

Sunday, August 7, 2-5 pm
The Burren, Davis Square, Somerville
Just $5 if you want to get up and do something; $10 to come and watch. More is welcome, of course, and if you can't make it but still want to help out, here's a handy Paypal button:

kitchen_kink: (ayli)
It is my great pleasure to announce the cast for Theatre@First's 2011 production of As You Like It!

The twenty-two (22!) folks are:

Orlando - Jason Merrill
Rosalind - Leslie Drescher
Celia - Tianna Tagami
Oliver - Jared Hite
Silvius - Adam Schofield-Bodt
Phebe - Alyssa Osiecki
Touchstone - Brad Smith
Audrey - Julie Becker
Corin - Chris Lahey
Jaques - David Policar
Duke Senior - Tom Champion
Duke Frederick - Daniel Dolinov
Charles/William - Eric Swartz
Adam/Sir Oliver Martext - Mare Freed
Le Beau/Jaques de Boys - Katie Drexel
Amiens - Rachel Adler
Dennis/Lord - JP Nadeau
Hymen/Lord - Jackie Raboin

Lords and Attendants:
Caitlin Miller
Jacob Sommer
Olivia Ongaighi
Nicole Madar

Congratulations to all!
kitchen_kink: (feathers)
Audition slots for As You Like It are still available! Come out and have fun with us!

The form is here:

Pass it on!
kitchen_kink: (ayli)
Hey everyone!

Go sign up to audition for As You Like It! Here's the auditions page!

And please - spread the word in your own networks. We're hoping for a big turnout!

Calling all actors, singers, dancers, hoopers, acrobats, jugglers, Burners and tech-heads!

Come help us put on a play! Auditions for our modern take on Shakespeare's classic comedy, As You Like It have been set for June 20th and 21st at Unity Somerville; it will be performed outdoors in Davis Square September 8-11.

We're looking for people of various talents both to play key roles and to make up the court of the exiled Duke Senior, who in this production is an MIT engineering type who draws a lot of anarchic creative types to himself.

If you're interested, please go to the auditions page to sign up for a slot, or contact the director about how you can become involved!
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Hey all,

[ profile] muffyjo is in need of someone to help her live-video the Thursday, June 16 performance of Equus at Theatre@First. It's fun, it requires very little training, and you get to see a performance of the show for free.

Please help her out! I can't really do it, but I did it for The Lady's Not For Burning, and it was pretty neat!

Comment here if you think you might be able to do this!
kitchen_kink: (theatre)
Hi, all,

The Auditions Page for As You Like It is now live! Go reserve yourself a spot!
kitchen_kink: (theatre)
The time is nearing! The permitting has passed, and As You Like It will indeed happen in Seven Hills Park, from September 8-11!

Now all we need is actors!

What: Auditions for Theatre@First's As You Like It, directed by yours truly
When: June 20 and 21st, 7pm
Where: Unity Church of God, 6 William Street, Somerville, downstairs
Who: You!
Why: Because whatever the operabots tell you, theatre can't happen without actors!
How: Keep an eye on the Theatre@First auditions page, which should be updated by the end of the week! Until then:
-Prepare a 1 minute monologue
-Be prepared to do cold readings
-Keep checking back and sign up for an audition slot!
kitchen_kink: (theatre)
If you were to pick a scene in As You Like It to audition people for the part of Jaques, what would you pick? I kind of want to avoid his big monologues ("All the world's a stage" especially).
kitchen_kink: (winter's tale)
This is long in coming! But it's been a busy time, and writing about theatre hasn't been at the top of my list, sadly. But I've seen a lot of it! So, hopefully I can remember what I thought.

First up, The Winter's Tale, at the Guthrie in Minneapolis.

In part, I timed my last visit to Minneapolis, when it was really still too cold and ridiculous to go there, in order to see this production. It probably hasn't escaped my readers' notice that it's one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, and it's been experiencing something of a renaissance of late: it seems everyone wants to produce it these days. I adored the Guthrie's Midsummer when I saw it a few years ago, and was excited to visit the venerable institution again.

This production was set, initially, in what looked like an early '50s America: slightly post-war, celebratory, a New Year's Eve party. This put the second act squarely in the flower child era, which made a lot of sense for the Bohemia country scenes and added a delightful element to them; I don't think I've ever seen Bohemia done so well. The director's notes made it clear that this director loved Bohemia best about the play, and it showed.

The performances were mostly marvelous - all professional level, of course - but there was a problem in the center of the play, which was Leontes. Someone - probably the director - made a fatally wrong choice about Leontes' behavior, which is a common mistake: making him just plumb crazy. He seems a bit mentally unbalanced from the beginning, and his jealous fits and sleepless nights have a fugue-state quality to them, his voice dissociated, far away and childlike. Making his horrible behavior in the first act the result of mental illness is a pretty bad choice, serving as it does to take responsibility from him; it's also an easy choice for a director who is not willing to face the idea of Leontes behaving like a monster and still being able to be forgiven.

The choice is salvageable, if one decides that the deaths at the end of the first half and the revelation of the truth snaps Leontes out of it, and into a cold reality where he can recognize where his actions have led him and his family. Sadly, this production fails here, too: Leontes seems to simply sink from a slightly schizoid behavior pattern into a shell shocked kind of depression, which carries over 16 years into the second act. When we return to Sicilia we see Paulina treating him like a child who needs special care, and at the end of the play, when Polixenes and Hermione are in the same room again, Leontes again reacts jealously, flinching at the sight. A lovely moment and image that ends the play (the ending images of both acts made me gasp and tear up suddenly) has everyone pouring out of the chapel upstage except Leontes, who stands behind looking troubled. Hermione turns back for him and takes his face in her hands and kisses him, and the lights bump out. It's a beautiful moment that allows us to see, with this choice made, that Hermione has chosen to return to a broken man, and to take care of him for the rest of their days. But I very much dislike this reading: that Leontes after all this time has regained no strength, has learned nothing from his errors except for endless grief, and cannot be a full partner to Hermione the way she so richly deserves - and the only way, I think, that she would agree to finally leave Paulina's care and take her place again as queen. Instead, she comes out of her long hiding to return to a man who ultimately still doesn't trust her.

Polixenes was only so-so ([ profile] srakkt was better); I don't think I saw him make a single powerful choice in the whole play. Paulina was magnificent, as were many of the bit players; young Mamillius was absolutely wonderful - a little older and more aware. And Florizel and Perdita - along with Autolycus and pretty much everyone in Bohemia - were magical and full of life. And the settings were gorgeous, the worlds believable. It's just such a shame about Leontes - as Bard in Boston so generously said about my own production, the choices that you make about Leontes are the engine that drive this play and make it either sink or fly - and the actor who plays him has to seem like a man worthy of love and respect even as he behaves monstrously. Jason managed it; Michael Hayden, sadly, doesn't.

Think I'll post these one at a time; less daunting that way. Next: Hamlet!
kitchen_kink: (kate brick)
I am apparently Promotion Girl this week!

Next weekend, in preparation for the 2010: Our Hideous Future Summer Tour, we will be having a CD release party at the Burren! It's gonna be excellent good fun.

Join us on Sunday, May 22 at 3 PM at the Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville. $15 cover.

Featuring the "2010" cast and our special guests:

--Violinist Mei Ohara
--Br1ght Pr1mate
--Andy Hicks's The Pluto Tapes

Come on out, and share the event on FB:!/event.php?eid=125095214235047

This show is also a fundraiser for our ongoing efforts to take the musical on tour to other cities. If you can't make it to the party, please, support homegrown theater in Somerville by clicking on our fundraiser link below!

Thanks all,
Kate Motherf*@#ing Brick
kitchen_kink: (feathers)
Hi everyone!

Thank you all for being so supportive with this project so far; I can't tell you how encouraging it is to see that so many of you are as excited about this as I am.

Now we're getting down to the wire, with less than $250 needed to reach our goal by April 16!

In reality, we'll need quite a bit more than $5,500 to make this happen, but if we don't raise our stated goal amount with Kickstarter, we won't get any of the funding at all.

So if you haven't given yet and you can, please do! If you haven't told your friends yet and you can, do that too! Help us get over the top - and if you see us get there, don't be afraid to pitch in a bit more!

And thanks so much.

(Hee hee. Yay!)

Go here to watch the video and make a pledge.
kitchen_kink: (feathers)
Hi everyone!

Now that I know you can see my posts again (jeez!), I want to call your attention to the Kickstarter campaign I'm doing, for those of you who aren't reading Facebook.

I want to direct a production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, which along with The Winter's Tale is among my favorite of his plays. The crazy idea I had was to do it outdoors, right in Davis Square. It would be free and open to the public, directed in a modern style commenting on local concerns, and stuffed full of the talents of all the wonderful artists and makers of creative mayhem that I'm blessed to know.

The dream is coming closer to reality, with a fundraising campaign we're doing using Kickstarter. We're halfway there. But we still need help.

Kickstarter is kind of awesome. It allows creative projects to raise money using crowdsourcing, and lets you offer rewards to people who donate. I spent a whole bunch of time making and editing a video for this project; go check it out and hear me babble about it for four minutes.

Please give if you can - the deadline for fundraising is April 15! If we don't make our goal amount - we don't make anything!

[ETA: Please feel free to spread the word about this to your networks, using this link: ]

kitchen_kink: (theatre)
Hey everyone,

It's about a month until the deadline for my Kickstarter for As You Like It project!

If you've already given and/or spread the word - my endless gratitude. If you don't know what I"m talking about, please go to the page and check it out. The short version? Theatre@First is making a bold attempt to put on Shakespeare's As You Like It outdoors, in Seven Hills Park, for free. (I'm gonna direct it. Hee!)

Kickstarter is this awesome site that allows creatives to crowdsource support for the projects. The project only happens if all the money gets raised by the deadline date!

Please check it out, and please spread the message to anyone you know who's interested in the arts using this link:

If you're short on cash but would go and see such a play anyway, consider donating what you'd pay for a ticket (usually $10-15 at Theatre@First).

Thanks again!


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