Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thrilling Thursday

Well, things are moving ahead.

Our first blocking rehearsal is tonight. It will be great to get the show back up on it's feet.

I get to visit the theater this Saturday, for the first (and only) time before we load in. The stage area is quite spacious, but I expect there will be other problems. By problems, of course, I mean challenges to overcome. (grumbledy-grumble, bitch/moan/whine, fuckety-fuckety fringe fest cheap fuckety-fuckers, mumbledy-mumble...)


Billy Wood, who helped out so wonderfully with our sets for the Abingdon production, is going to be helping out with set pieces and props. I'm both thrilled, and relieved that I won't have to run around collecting things. (My work sked is jammed the next few weeks. Perfect timing, as always.)

June Gaeke is onboard again to do costumes. She's paring things down for a sleeker, freer feel. The actors will all be wearing quite stylized make-up this go around. Something along the lines of restoration, with a bit of French mime thrown in. The production will not, by any stretch, be realistic. Good fun.

More later. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Performance Schedule

After months and months and months and weeks of waiting (and bribe giving), we finally have our performance schedule and space. We're fairly excited about the time(s) and the place, only because we have no other choice.

Noon performances? Okay, sure. We're thrilled as all get-out. Pleased as punch.

Last time I performed at noon was in the seventh grade with the Lunchbox Players at Willard Junior High in Berkeley in the early 1970s. (One thin American dime got you and your classmates skits about a car wash and Italian pizza parlor. Was it funny? Sure. You got your dime's worth. And if not, shouldn't you be in PE right about now?)

The theater by all accounts is quite nice. That said, we have no idea 1) how many it seats, 2) whether it's procenium, three-quarter thrust, in-the-round, or a puppet's playhouse, 3) how big the stage is, and 4) where and exits are. Roll With The Punches is a little complex staging-wise. It's gonna be kinda hard to figure out how to stage the show over the next 5 weeks when I have no frickin' clue what the theater looks like.

Oh, well. That's why they call it "live theater."

VENUE: Bleecker Street Theater

ADDRESS: 45 Bleecker St

SAT 8/11 @ 5:00 pm

TUE 8/14 @ 7:30 pm

SAT 8/18 @ 9:15 pm

SAT 8/25 @ NOON! (If it were 2:00, we could call it a matinee. This we call a nooner.)

SUN 8/26 @ NOON! (This we call another nooner. Or, if we were being nasty, sloppy seconds.)

Sunday, June 24, 2007

First Read Through

It hardly seems like a year has gone by since we last presented Roll With The Punches to the theater-going public.

And now here we are, about to do it again. For the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival.

We're all very excited about our first read through of Garet Scott's new 'n' improved Roll With The Punches. She's been trimming and polishing and buffing the comings and goings to a high-gloss shine.

The entire cast is returning, other than Noah Peters, who enacted the role of young Marshall. Mark Finely as Susan Evans. David R Gordon as John Evans. Jamie Heinlein as Millicent Evans. Garet Scott as Penelope Raintree. And new to TightShip, Brian Vincent as Marshall Evans. ( Noah has moved bag and baggage to "Van Nuys" California to puruse a thrilling career in moving picture business. We wish him godspeed and all the best.)

We hope you will stop by every once in a while to check up on how our venture is progressing. We don't know our performance schedule yet. But we know where we are performing; The Bleeker Street Theater, 45 Bleeker Street (at Lafayette). We aren't familiar with the space, but the location couldn't be better.

Stay tuned. Much more info, fun, and excitement to come.