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I don't generally bother pimping all of the burlesque shows I'm involved in here... but since my fiancé is writing, producing, and hosting this one, I thought it was worth a mention :)

Everything Is Evil
Sunday March 3 (that's next Sunday!), 8pm at Oberon, tickets $20 (seating is reserved, so buy now).
Aaron plays the Reverend Hubert P. Drinkwater, I play his dutiful wife Suzanne.  It's a good old-fashioned hell and brimstone revival, where Reverend Drinkwater will open your eyes to how Satan is trying to corrupt your children through such evils as Star Wars and Disney.  Of course, if he has to step away for a moment, I'm sure the pure and wholesome performers he has lined up will be happy to keep you entertained...

Facebook event is here -- invite your friends!


See the postcard )
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My almost 16-year-old stepdaughter-to-be dances competitively, and she's looking for a song for her next Musical Theatre solo.  Should be upbeat and energetic, and something that you could build some character and story around.  Her strongest group number in her last recital was a French cabaret dancer sort of thing to "Speaking French" from Lucky Stiff (which I had never heard of before), and we'd love to find something that can use that same sort of saucy and playful character, since her last few solos have been more on the goofy side (a 50s high school dance wallflower to Dancing With Myself, and a number in pajamas with fabulous bedhead to a Bjork song). 

The songs don't have to be from Broadway shows, they can also be from TV or movies, although she is ideally interested in going a little more classic this time.  My thoughts so far have been The Stepsisters Lament from Cinderella, and That's How Young I Feel from Mame.

Any suggestions much appreciated!
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My show is now only 10 days away! We had a full-cast rehearsal last night, and I was really blown away by some of the pieces. There's some really funny stuff, and some incredibly moving pieces, and I'm honored to get to be a part of this amazing piece.

The Vagina Monologues
Thursday, February 3 - Saturday, February 5
The First Parish Church, Harvard Square
1446 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA

Only 3 performances -- buy your tickets now and save over the at-the-door price!

Thursday, Feb 3 at 8pm
Friday, Feb 4 at 8pm
Saturday, Feb 5 at 8pm

Also, we're looking for house volunteers. The call time is between 6:30-6:45 for a 7:00 outer and 7:30 inner door opening. Of course, you get to see the show for free the night that you volunteer. And there's no intermission, so it's all pre-show stuff.

Email our house manager, Teddy, at armchairhistorian@gmail.com if you're interested.
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My show is now only 10 days away! We had a full-cast rehearsal last night, and I was really blown away by some of the pieces. There's some really funny stuff, and some incredibly moving pieces, and I'm honored to get to be a part of this amazing piece.

The Vagina Monologues
Thursday, February 3 - Saturday, February 5
The First Parish Church, Harvard Square
1446 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA

Only 3 performances -- buy your tickets now and save over the at-the-door price!

Thursday, Feb 3 at 8pm
Friday, Feb 4 at 8pm
Saturday, Feb 5 at 8pm

Also, we're looking for house volunteers. The call time is between 6:30-6:45 for a 7:00 outer and 7:30 inner door opening. Of course, you get to see the show for free the night that you volunteer. And there's no intermission, so it's all pre-show stuff.

Email our house manager, Teddy, at armchairhistorian@gmail.com if you're interested.
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 I posted this to facebook, but since some of the Margaret Ghost principals aren't on there:

An upcoming event that might interest you:
Edgar Allan Poe and Margaret Fuller: A Conversation
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 I posted this to facebook, but since some of the Margaret Ghost principals aren't on there:

An upcoming event that might interest you:
Edgar Allan Poe and Margaret Fuller: A Conversation
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One more quote from Bigger Than the Sky...  It's not that it was such a great movie, but it did have a few really nice moments.

"Death is no stranger, is it? Those of us who live in the theatre live with death every day. Our words die as soon as they are spoken. Each moment on the stage lives no longer than a breath. And yet, because our words address that which is immediate, they live, in death, forever, in our hearts, and in the hearts of all who hear them."
 

I have a post I've been wanting to write about my birthday, but I think I may have used up my LJ quota for the week at this rate!  But I'll get around to it soon.  Meanwhile, suffice it to say that it was a lovely birthday, and I am blessed in my friends.

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One more quote from Bigger Than the Sky...  It's not that it was such a great movie, but it did have a few really nice moments.

"Death is no stranger, is it? Those of us who live in the theatre live with death every day. Our words die as soon as they are spoken. Each moment on the stage lives no longer than a breath. And yet, because our words address that which is immediate, they live, in death, forever, in our hearts, and in the hearts of all who hear them."
 

I have a post I've been wanting to write about my birthday, but I think I may have used up my LJ quota for the week at this rate!  But I'll get around to it soon.  Meanwhile, suffice it to say that it was a lovely birthday, and I am blessed in my friends.

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 Man, I should really be asleep by now, but I got caught up in watching a movie called Bigger Than the Sky.  It's about a man in a community theatre production of Cyrano de Bergerac, and mostly it makes me very grateful for Theatre@First, because boy are we a nicer group than they are (although I'll take their space and budget, please!)  But then I got to this one line, said to someone playing a small part, and I had to stop the video to write it down for future reference:

We are all Cyrano, all loving with no hope of true love in return . . . All Roxanne, loving an illusion of love . . . All Christian, loving with words that are not our own . . . All imperfect, parading our imperfections in spite of our fears, with one thought in mind, to play to the end, to risk all and to be left with that which is most dear . . .
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 Man, I should really be asleep by now, but I got caught up in watching a movie called Bigger Than the Sky.  It's about a man in a community theatre production of Cyrano de Bergerac, and mostly it makes me very grateful for Theatre@First, because boy are we a nicer group than they are (although I'll take their space and budget, please!)  But then I got to this one line, said to someone playing a small part, and I had to stop the video to write it down for future reference:

We are all Cyrano, all loving with no hope of true love in return . . . All Roxanne, loving an illusion of love . . . All Christian, loving with words that are not our own . . . All imperfect, parading our imperfections in spite of our fears, with one thought in mind, to play to the end, to risk all and to be left with that which is most dear . . .

Directing

Sep. 7th, 2010 09:12 pm
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We had such a good rehearsal tonight that I'm feeling the same sort of high that I normally only get from performing.

Shit.  This directing this is going to be addictive, isn't it. Well, like they always say, first one's free...

Seriously, I'm so impressed with my amazing and hard-working cast.  I give them notes one week, and it's clear that they actually think about them before the next rehearsal.  They're willing to run a scene or a line over and over again until they get what I'm going for, and they're endlessly patient with my attempts to communicate my ideas ("Like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland!  Like a drunken Santa Claus!  Try moaning with your mouth open!") They think about what lines mean, and can instantly tell me the unwritten ends of sentences that get cut off.  And they're making these characters so much deeper and richer (and scarier!) than what's on the page.  Honestly, I have to say, I think our production is going to be better than the original Nightfall one!  And that's before we even add in the foley, which I know will add another amazing dimension to it all.  I can't wait for you all to hear it!

Speaking of which... the ticket page is now live!  Go forth and buy tickets! :)

Directing

Sep. 7th, 2010 09:12 pm
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We had such a good rehearsal tonight that I'm feeling the same sort of high that I normally only get from performing.

Shit.  This directing this is going to be addictive, isn't it. Well, like they always say, first one's free...

Seriously, I'm so impressed with my amazing and hard-working cast.  I give them notes one week, and it's clear that they actually think about them before the next rehearsal.  They're willing to run a scene or a line over and over again until they get what I'm going for, and they're endlessly patient with my attempts to communicate my ideas ("Like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland!  Like a drunken Santa Claus!  Try moaning with your mouth open!") They think about what lines mean, and can instantly tell me the unwritten ends of sentences that get cut off.  And they're making these characters so much deeper and richer (and scarier!) than what's on the page.  Honestly, I have to say, I think our production is going to be better than the original Nightfall one!  And that's before we even add in the foley, which I know will add another amazing dimension to it all.  I can't wait for you all to hear it!

Speaking of which... the ticket page is now live!  Go forth and buy tickets! :)
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 Also, I'm performing in a play!

Theatre@First has started a program of staged readings called Bare Bones, and I'll be playing Robert in A Language of Their Own.

Ming is a young, twenty-something assimilated Asian-American who lives with his lover Oscar, a somewhat older Asian man. When Oscar tests positive for HIV, he tells his lover of four years to leave. Both men move on to new partners, Oscar with a younger Asian man, Daniel, and Ming with a Caucasian man, Robert. The play chronicles the four men's struggles in their relationships, highlighting the nature of love, desire, sexuality and self-identity in a series of interconnected stories. Performance pending agreement with playwright's representatives.

It's a great play with some really fabulous language, and it's not a part I'd ever get to play in a full staged production, so I'm thrilled to be in it now.  Hope you can come check it out!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Thursday, August 26th at 8pm
Unity Church of God, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Suggested Donation $5 - No reservations required
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 Also, I'm performing in a play!

Theatre@First has started a program of staged readings called Bare Bones, and I'll be playing Robert in A Language of Their Own.

Ming is a young, twenty-something assimilated Asian-American who lives with his lover Oscar, a somewhat older Asian man. When Oscar tests positive for HIV, he tells his lover of four years to leave. Both men move on to new partners, Oscar with a younger Asian man, Daniel, and Ming with a Caucasian man, Robert. The play chronicles the four men's struggles in their relationships, highlighting the nature of love, desire, sexuality and self-identity in a series of interconnected stories. Performance pending agreement with playwright's representatives.

It's a great play with some really fabulous language, and it's not a part I'd ever get to play in a full staged production, so I'm thrilled to be in it now.  Hope you can come check it out!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Thursday, August 26th at 8pm
Unity Church of God, 6 William Street, Somerville, MA 02144
Suggested Donation $5 - No reservations required
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Saturday night was the last performance of Festival@First.

Yesterday morning I got back to work on the graphics for The Lady's Not for Burning.

Last night was a read-through for a new Red Shift episode, to be recorded this weekend.

Tonight was the first read-through for Bare Bones: A Language of Their Own.  (Which, holy shit.  Powerful play.  Delicious language.  Great characters.  And my castmates are [livejournal.com profile] desireearmfeldt , [livejournal.com profile] dpolicar , and [info]ladrescher, with the fabulous Judy Yen [who has an LJ but I'm forgetting what it is, sorry] directing us, so this is going to be a wonderful experience for both us and the audience.)

And it looks like I'm going to direct one of the plays for PMRP's The Big Broadcast of 1946 at the Somerville Theatre this fall, assuming we can find a way to work around the fact that I can't be there for auditions.

So, um, yeah... I may be a little busy for the next few months...
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Saturday night was the last performance of Festival@First.

Yesterday morning I got back to work on the graphics for The Lady's Not for Burning.

Last night was a read-through for a new Red Shift episode, to be recorded this weekend.

Tonight was the first read-through for Bare Bones: A Language of Their Own.  (Which, holy shit.  Powerful play.  Delicious language.  Great characters.  And my castmates are [livejournal.com profile] desireearmfeldt , [livejournal.com profile] dpolicar , and [info]ladrescher, with the fabulous Judy Yen [who has an LJ but I'm forgetting what it is, sorry] directing us, so this is going to be a wonderful experience for both us and the audience.)

And it looks like I'm going to direct one of the plays for PMRP's The Big Broadcast of 1946 at the Somerville Theatre this fall, assuming we can find a way to work around the fact that I can't be there for auditions.

So, um, yeah... I may be a little busy for the next few months...
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Only 3 days until Festival@First 7 opens this Friday! I'm extremely proud of the work I'm doing in this show -- it's by far the most intense dramatic piece I've ever done, and I'd really love for people to get to see it. And my co-actors in the piece* are amazing, and the show as a whole is really fabulous. A great range of styles and content, and some really great performances.

Also, they're having a contest to see which one-act brings in the most people. Mine only has three actors. Godzilla vs. Macbeth has nine. So please mention my name when you make your reservation :)

There are only 6 shows, and only 80 seats, so please do reserve tickets ahead of time. You can reserve them on-line for free and pay cash at the door, or if you want to use a credit card, go ahead and buy them now for a small fee.

More details than you can shake a stick at here, but here are the important ones:
Performances will take place at The Unity Church of God, 6 William St., Somerville (Davis Square).

Friday, July 16 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 17 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 18 at 3:00pm (matinee)
Thursday, July 22 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 23 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 24 at 8:00pm

Hope to see you there!

*To Be or Not to Be Her — Hamlet's soliloquy, done by three different women at different points in their life. You'll never hear that text the same way again.
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Only 3 days until Festival@First 7 opens this Friday! I'm extremely proud of the work I'm doing in this show -- it's by far the most intense dramatic piece I've ever done, and I'd really love for people to get to see it. And my co-actors in the piece* are amazing, and the show as a whole is really fabulous. A great range of styles and content, and some really great performances.

Also, they're having a contest to see which one-act brings in the most people. Mine only has three actors. Godzilla vs. Macbeth has nine. So please mention my name when you make your reservation :)

There are only 6 shows, and only 80 seats, so please do reserve tickets ahead of time. You can reserve them on-line for free and pay cash at the door, or if you want to use a credit card, go ahead and buy them now for a small fee.

More details than you can shake a stick at here, but here are the important ones:
Performances will take place at The Unity Church of God, 6 William St., Somerville (Davis Square).

Friday, July 16 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 17 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 18 at 3:00pm (matinee)
Thursday, July 22 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 23 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 24 at 8:00pm

Hope to see you there!

*To Be or Not to Be Her — Hamlet's soliloquy, done by three different women at different points in their life. You'll never hear that text the same way again.
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It's still probably cheaper to buy a copy at the show if you can, but I just got this offer and figured I'd share in case anyone planned to order a copy online.



The Margaret Ghost
Price: $15.00
Discount: $- 1.50
Discounted Price: $13.50




Disclaimer: Use coupon code SUMMERREAD305 at checkout and receive 10% off The Margaret Ghost. Maximum savings with this promotion is $10. You can only use the code once per account, and you can't use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. Sorry, self-purchases (buying books that you’ve published) aren’t eligible. This great offer ends on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM so try not to procrastinate! While very unlikely we do reserve the right to change or revoke this offer at anytime, and of course we cannot offer this coupon where it is against the law to do so.

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It's still probably cheaper to buy a copy at the show if you can, but I just got this offer and figured I'd share in case anyone planned to order a copy online.



The Margaret Ghost
Price: $15.00
Discount: $- 1.50
Discounted Price: $13.50




Disclaimer: Use coupon code SUMMERREAD305 at checkout and receive 10% off The Margaret Ghost. Maximum savings with this promotion is $10. You can only use the code once per account, and you can't use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. Sorry, self-purchases (buying books that you’ve published) aren’t eligible. This great offer ends on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM so try not to procrastinate! While very unlikely we do reserve the right to change or revoke this offer at anytime, and of course we cannot offer this coupon where it is against the law to do so.

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