Alumni of the National Theater Institute, the Moscow Art Theater Semester, and Theatermakers converged at the beautiful Eugene O'Neill Theater Center to celebrate the 45th anniversary of NTI! Returning to our shared artistic home—and an autumnal dip in the ocean—does wonders to reinvigorate the spirit! Thank you O'Neill staff and fellow alumni for an amazing reunion.
Five happy and stylishly behatted theater artists just completed a residency at the Dragon's Egg Studio developing a new project! Dearly beloved Dasha, the old school bus that became the turtle shell of the Vagari Project, is set to hit the road again next summer (once she gets some new brakes!) with a new wandering theater troupe creating a play to be performed in living rooms across the country (with street theater too, of course!). We are so grateful to the Dragon's Egg and Mystic Paper Beasts for the time and space to dive into this project. It's a fantastic team, and I'm so excited to continue work on this project over the coming months.
I was delighted to join HiveMind Theater Collective at the Dragon's Egg Studio for their second workshop of a new play about cowardice. What a generous and playful group of collaborators! Through physical improvisation, creating études, and writing scenes, we have begun to construct the world where this story lives.
The BoxFest Detroit 2013 schedule is announced! The play I'm directing, Step , is in Box 3, with performances on Saturday, August 3 at 3pm, Thursday, August 8 at 9pm, and Saturday, August 10 at 3pm. For more information, check out the Facebook event!
This is a treat: a staged reading of a play in the historic apartment building in which it is set. The play is 1300 Lafayette East by Brooke Berman, and it's part of the Performance Network's Fireside New Play Festival. The story is set in 1967 Detroit, but the way it deals with race is strikingly relevant today, when the differing realities for black and white Americans is a topic of national conversation. We read for residents of 1300 Lafayette East this Tuesday, and then we're at the Performance Network for the Fireside Festival on Wednesday at 7pm.
The Vagari Project kickstarter campaign has launched! We're raising money to get ourselves outfitted and on the road: getting the bus ready to live in, collecting the necessary practical equipment, and also gathering artistic equipment, namely costumes and props. Once we're on the road, we'll be living frugally and passing the hat at performances for gas and food money. But for anyone able to chip in a little money to get us started, we are so grateful!
Tonight we start rehearsing the short play I'm directing for BoxFest Detroit, an annual theater festival promoting women directors. It's an intriguingly ambiguous new play titled Step about a couple reuniting in front of the shell of their burned-down home and grappling with what remains of their marriage. It was written by local playwright Katherine Nelson and features Nicholas LaGrassa and Tricia Turek.
I just finished participating in a couple of staged readings of a new Gothic one-act called Second Hand Books at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. It was great to meet playwright Andrew Karp and his wife who drove from Long Island to be there! It's a very interesting, mysterious play that sparked a lively discussion with the audience afterward!