Showing posts with label Well. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Well. Show all posts

April 12, 2007

Behind the Scenes

Why is it that when I tell people I work in theatre they assume I'm an actor? My striking good looks and refined elocution? Nope. "Oh, then do you design?" comes next. I have, and I still carry that gene, but not much any more. That's a nope too. "Direct?" Not a chance!

"Well then, what?"

What else is there I suppose some may think. My family tell people I run the place. Thanks for that, and they know better, but I can only take a small portion of the credit. We all know that there's an army of people behind the scenes, but sometimes we don't think about how many.

Next time you're in the theatre open up your program and take a look at those back pages where the support staff is listed; artistic to finance, box office, marketing to education, development to administration, production, scenery, props, paints, costumes, lighting, sound, and on, and on, and on, and on. Heck; even take a gander at the roster of board members, donors and businesses who helped out. That's where you'll find the people like me.

Today's post is dedicated to a small group of these folks; the Stage Managers and Run Crew. They are the ones who are quite literally "behind" the scenes and have dedicated themselves to working nights and weekends for the sake of your cultural enrichment.

Sometimes shows aren't too difficult, like Radio Golf, so there's time in a 4-5 hour show call to get in a little reading or web surfing. In other productions, like Well and now Persephone the crew barely has time to catch their breath, with scene changes, sets that fall apart, quick change upon quick change, running those fun effects, and cue after cue after cue. Persephone gets very messy at the end; all the glitter and water and snow and pigeons have to disappear. It takes about an hour with vacuums, brooms and air hoses to get all that nasty stuff cleaned up. Then they can leave.

I started my career backstage moving scenery, calling shows and running lights, and I remember occasionally getting whipped by a show. A certain summer stock production of Gypsy in the lovely village of Weston, VT comes to mind. But that didn't last. The next night the shifts were better, and the following night we won.

So here's to our crew who win every night; take a bow.

Well; Steve Kaus, Eileen Kelly, Pat Austin, Andrew Deshazo, Jenni Russell, Ken Porter, Kate Korolenko, Ian Schaff, Tim Clark, Christine Marr, Jeffrey Burrows, Rachel Padula Shufelt and Susie Moncousky.

Persephone; David Lurie, Hannah Cohen, Jill Oliver, Brian Masters, Cole Genuardi, Kat Fleischacker, Arshan Galius, Kyle Holmes, Catlin Medb Harrison, Troy Seigfried and Kirstin Kennedy.

April 10, 2007

FareWELL

Our final weekend of WELL played to near capacity houses and great emotion (and a guy who REALLY liked potato chips).

Thanks to Lisa Kron, cast and crew, for a great run. We will miss you all.

However: This set is NOT going to go back together again. Here's what's left of the set stacked into construction dumpsters yesterday.

We save some stuff, like drops and hardware. Personal knick-knacks were returned, and props and costumes are being filed away for future use.

Forward march.

April 2, 2007

Well Stars reach out

Two stars of the Huntington Theatre Company's production of "Well" Mary Pat Gleason (l.) and Lisa Kron ( r.) visited with students at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School as part of the Huntington's "First Act" program. Gleason and Kron talked about their acting careers and the play "Well" (which the students went to see the next day). They also watched and critiqued as Frederick students recreated scenes from "Well."


"First Act" brings teaching artists into schools across the region, to prepare students for their visits to the Huntington's student matinee program. The Frederick School, formerly New Boston Pilot Middle School, serves approximately 660 students in grades 6 through 8, approximately one-quarter of whom are students with disabilities.

Community outreach is an important part of the work we do. What kinds of outreach would you like to see us do more of?

Competing with Well

Our intrepid stage managers reported the following from Saturday Evening's Performance...

An EXCEPTIONAL show tonight and a wild/crazy night of theatre. The show tonight was a great one and the house was an extremely responsive and energetic crowd. Ms. Gleason and Ms. Kron had a great time tonight onstage and their performances really played nicely off of each other.


There was a patron sleeping in the back of the balcony tonight whose cell phone rang several times (and did not wake him up) leading into the “Princess of Five”.

Ms. Kron (after the fourth round of rings) said to the audience…and I quote, “They [the ensemble] are gonna be right back. While I’m waiting would be a good time to answer your cell phone. Please answer your cell phone. If you don’t answer your cell phone someone will come into the theatre and have you… killed.”

The audience clapped; it seems they would have liked the patron with the cell phone killed as well. House management was called and the patron was woken up, spoken to, and his cell phone was turned off. Capital punishment averted. Not to be outdone, the patron then began snoring rather loudly about ten minutes later.


Curtain call was taken to thunderous applause and the entire upper section was on their feet as well as many in the orchestra. In general, it was a fantastic show tonight despite the strange occurrences in the house.

This is not the first cell phone issue we've had during the run, despite a strong and humorous warning at preshow. Seems there might be a solution for the future.

Well runs through this Sunday only. Doesn't seem right. I want to see it again.

Every night in the theatre is a unique. Tell us what happened at the performance you attended that made it special for you.

March 22, 2007

Well Video


Video previews, reviews and slideshows all up now at www.hungtingtontheatre.org

Ticket sales are strong, but good seats remain for the rest of this week. Click here to buy

March 15, 2007

Have you seen WELL?

Everyone's talking about Well! Here's the cast taking their bows.


Have you seen it? We'd like to know what you thought about the experience. We've been holding coffee chats following the preview performances and had some fun and lively discussions. I thought we'd try to get a little discussion going here.

Was Well what you expected it to be?

Which character did you root for, or relate to, the most?

Which turn of events surprised you the most?

What do you admire about your mother? What is it about your Mother that frustrates you? How are you like your mother?


Just click on Join the conversation below and tell us all about it...

March 10, 2007

Sounds Good

A while back I was whining about having no inspiration for a blog post about Composition or Sound Design. I guess that was enough to inspire my muse to dig up these items for you:

One of our favorite composers, Michael Friedman, was featured in the New York Times today. Michael has a history with us going back several years serving in a variety of musical capacities on Blue Demon, Falsettos, Love's Labour's Lost, and The Cherry Orchard. Seems Michael has some great projects currently in development. Congrats Michael!

Slightly off topic - Michael's sister, Marion, was our stage manager for Radio Golf which is now preparing for a short run with a new cast at the McCarter (opens 3/18) before heading off the the great white way later in April. Dan Moses Schrieir, the sound designer, helped us work out a plan to upgrade our aging sound system at the BU Theatre when he was here this past fall. I just received a letter of support from him for a grant proposal we are working up. Thanks Dan! The Broadway folks have offered our subscribers a great deal on tickets, see the sidebar for more info.

Our composer for Persephone, Mark Bennett, just completed months of work on The Coast of Utopia at Lincoln Center. He spent the last several weeks in the recording studio where he was working on a CD release of his original Music for the production. That's a great souvenir! Congrats Mark! NEW 3/20/07 read this NY Times feature and listen to Mark's work.

John Gromada, who wrote the original music for our current production of Well, this fall's Rabbit Hole, and last season's Carol Mulroney, received a nice nod from critic Charles Isherwood in the NY Times review of Prelude to a Kiss, which just opened at the Roundabout. His original music (and sound design) for Well is a lot of fun; he's got a great sense of humor which comes out in the music, while always supporting what's happening onstage. Congrats John!

March 9, 2007

Well Previews

Not a lot, really, to report about the remainder of tech/dress for Well. We've had several days of pleasant and productive work in the theatre, followed by a nice invited dress last night. The small crowd of about 100 who braved the record setting cold enjoyed the show immensely.

Tonight we begin previews... and many papers and publications put out their preview posts today. Here they are:

Playbill.com, Boston Globe, In Newsweekly, and Bay Windows.

March 6, 2007

Well Treats - Reader Rewards

These cupcakes, cookies, and pie might look good enough to eat but I would not recommend it. They're props, and they've never even been ANYWHERE near an oven.

I do, however, have a treat just for you - our loyal blog readers.

The Huntington has allowed me to extend our online offer for $25 tickets to Well for performances March 9 through March 16. The catch... well no catch really, but we'd love it if you'd tell ALL of your friends about WELL once you've seen it. Head to our website here, choose your performance (3/9-3/16 only) and then click the select seating link. You should then log in using promo code 1132 to get the $25 tickets. Enjoy!

We are now 1/2 way through our second day of tech. Sunday went very well and today we are taking our time reviewing what we did then, with a few improvements and changes. The hospital beds that move on and off stage were not moving quite fast enough on Sunday. We made some adjustments yesterday, and now they are zipping right out there. I'm going to refrain from telling you much about the technical elements of this show before we open. I'd like you to see it first... then we can talk.

We have an invited dress rehearsal on Thursday Eve and, knock wood, we will be in great shape and ready for an audience.

March 3, 2007

WELL... it's great!

Ten or so of us (including a few of the crew who sadly never get to see our shows from the audience's perspective) enjoyed a private run-thru of Well up in the rehearsal hall today. This show plays so nicely, even in an ugly gray rehearsal hall with no lighting, sound effects or scenery. It has a way of drawing you right in, and I soon found myself drawing parallels in my own relationships with my parents. Lisa effortlessly takes you along for the bumpy ride, and you will QUICKLY fall in love with Mom Ann Kron. The rest of the cast is delightful! I have not laughed so much in a LONG time. I'm sorry that you have to wait until next Friday to share this experience...

The above photo was taken by Eric Antoniou, and it shows not a scene in the show, but one of MANY moments when Mary Pat Gleason got the better of Lisa and her cast mates during rehearsals. Did I mention she's funny?

Focus went well, and so did our little dry tech. Scenic Designer Tony Walton arrived in time to help us out tonight, and we look forward to seeing the rest of the team here tomorrow for our first full technical rehearsal. I also enjoyed the chance to sit with Director Leigh Silverman tonight and get to know her just a bit... nice sense of humor! I like that in a director.

Tomorrow we'll begin with ten hours of full tech rehearsal, including costumes. I'm sure I'll find something of interest to post about. Until then...

March 2, 2007

TGIF (I think)

The week has roared right by, and it's been busy busy everywhere. Up in the rehearsal hall they have run the play in it's entirety twice now, and I'll join them tomorrow for their final run, and their final day, in the rehearsal hall. The show is about 90 minutes... but it really doesn't ever slow down to breathe. It's going to take us a while to get through all of the tech on this one!

Onstage was also reasonably frenetic; with the lighting install beginning on Monday, scenery on Tuesday, and then set dressing (props) on Thursday. (Photo R: Brandon Ribordy -Asst. Props Master - looking at a photo of the Broadway production and trying to find where the thingy in his hand goes) Today our carpenters put on the full court press to get us ready for Sunday's tech. The masking went up, and all of the automated bits were checked and double checked. We'll have a few folks in tomorrow to tweak this and that. Lighting is also working late tonight to get ready for focus in the morning.

One of the first images you'll see in this production is the living room of Ann Kron's house. Ann is Lisa Kron's mother. Ann is played by Mary Pat Gleason. Lisa Kron is played by Lisa Kron. It's confusing so I'm going to keep repeating it. Anyway - Ann seems to like collecting stuff. LOTS of stuff!

Brandon and Kris Holmes (Props Master) spent most of yesterday dressing the living room. They had the process down pat; they hung up photos of each area, grabbed an item from a box, and then played "Where's Waldo". We are recreating the Broadway production's dressing, and then I'm sure we'll tweak it a little bit. Here are a few more closeups - you're not going to get this kind of view from your seat in row S. Click on the photos for a larger view.

We'll be getting more content about Well up on our regular Huntington Theatre Company website as we approach opening night. Keep a look out. I hear that we might be soliciting some of your best meddling Mom/Crazy Daughter stories in exchange for a chance to win a massage for two up on Newbury Street. Sweet! This contest is now posted; click here to tell us your story.

One of the reasons we're a little slow to get content up on our website is that we're having trouble finding people to administrate it; like a webmaster and a database administrator. Really folks - there has to be someone out there who is great with computers AND wants to work in the fun, albeit challenging environment of a non-profit theatre company. Lots of us manage to afford it. Why not YOU!?! Seriously though... we do have a few jobs open here at the Huntington Theatre Company so check them out and help us spread the word. We also have a new professional internship program and I'll be posting a couple of production positions for next season soon.

I had the pleasure of chatting with a group of visually impaired students in the theatre earlier this week. I apologize that I can't remember where they were from, but I'll add that info here next week. Anyway - one of the kids asked me if "anyone lived here". I told him that sometimes it felt like it! There may be a few days when I won't actually be at one of our theatres this month... but I'll be on duty none-the-less. Same for a few others of us around here. The good news is I should get through a little more of my backlogged desk work AND you will probably see a rise in the quantity of posts.

Have a great weekend!

February 28, 2007

In Box - March Madness

Was it just me, or was there the sweetest hint of Spring in the air today. Just around lunch time. It might be enough to get me through the mess that Friday is going to be...

I have a longish post today with three updates:

Ilana Brownstein sent along some news about the Huntington Playwrighting Fellows:

Lydia Diamond has a number of upcoming productions, some already scheduled, and some still in-the-works...

"The Bluest Eye" at Playmakers Rep, North Carolina - March 2007
...and three other theatre companies may have productions in the planning stages.
"Stick Fly" at True Colors Theatre Co. (Kenny Leon's company) - Spring 2007
...and at least one other theatre company is working out details for next season.
"Harriet Jacobs" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company - Fall 2007

Lydia recently participated in the Old Vic's US/UK playwright exchange program where she spent one week in London at the O
ld Vic working on "Harriet Jacobs." She's also been invited to the McCarter Theatre's 10-day artistic retreat in June 2007, and just inked a 3-play publication deal with the Dramatic Publishing Company.

Rebekah Maggor continues to perform her popular one-woman play, "Shakespeare's Actresses in America," most recently this last weekend at the Natick Center for the Arts.


Her play "Two Days at Home, Three Days in Prison" (Breaking Ground 2005) will receive a reading at The New York Theatre Workshop on Monday March 5.

And across the street in Studio 210, you can see Rebekah in Leslie Epstein's "King of the Jews" through March 10, in a production mounted by Boston Playwright's Theatre and fellow HPF Kate Snodgrass.


Donna Glick sent the following today:


It's March Madness in Education!

All after-school programs began their second semester. Local Boston playwrights, including Lydia Diamond and Melinda Lopez, are mentoring our Young Voices playwrighting students.

Education staffers Amanda Rota and Naheem Garcia have been gearing up for our "live" performances of KNOW THE LAW to take place in the Wimberly Theatre on Thursday, April 13 and Friday, April 14. We will share our work with over 1500 students from Boston and beyond. We are in the process of burning DVDs for YOU BE THE JUDGE to distribute to schools and after-school programs.

Meanwhile, the Codman Academy program, led by Lynne Johnson and Naheem Garcia, will begin rehearsals for the Spring Showcase. The 9th graders will work on an abridged version of A Raisin in the Sun and 10th graders will create an original performance piece based on their curriculum, Justice and Injustice. The showcase date is Friday, May 25th.

The entire education department is involved with POETRY OUT LOUD. Last year, we had 12 schools participating in this national poetry competition, sponsored by Massachusetts Cultural Council, the NEA and the Poetry Foundation. This year we have 31 schools participating and the competition is state-wide, adding five western MA schools. We will hold semi-final rounds for the 31 schools on Saturday, March 17th; taking place at our Huntington Ave Rehearsal Hall and at Clark University in Worcester.

Finals for POETRY OUT LOUD will be held in the Roberts Theatre on Saturday, March 24th. Times for these events vary, but all three begin at 9:30 am.

Also in March is the YOUNG ARTISTS' SHOWCASE, at the Calderwood Pavilion on Saturday, March 31st. This is the culminating event for all of the after-school programs - The Acting Classes, Scene Study, Young Voices Play writing and Know the Law.

If you would more information about any of these programs click here to send a note to the Education staffers. Have you participated in any of our educational/outreach programs? Tell us about your experience! Click on "Join the conversation" below.

And from Marketing:

There are several special events associated with our production of Well, and all are free with the purchase of a ticket to Well.

Tuesday March 13 - Sneak Preview
Presentation by a member of the Huntington's Artistic Staff, featuring contextual background and production related information, 6:30pm at the Theatre.

Tuesday March 13 - Fenway Neighborhood Night (for Fenway area residents)
Friday March 16- Beacon Hill Neighborhood Night (for Beacon Hill residents)
Join your friends and neighbors at a pre-show reception with free refreshments, and get discounted tickets. Order online at huntingtontheatre.org and use code 1132 when you login.

Wednesday March 21 - Out & About Club G.L.B.T. audience members gather for a pre-show reception and a backstage look at the production. Begins at 6pm.

Actors Forum Participating members of the cast take your questions after the 7:30pm performance on March 22 and after the 2pm performance on April 4.

Sunday March 25 - Humanities Forum A lively discussion about the issued and ideas presented in the production. After 2pm show.

One last link: Well star Lisa Kron has a website, with a video. Visit it here.

February 26, 2007

I'm Well, thank you.

It's Load in week for Well, which means by Sunday we'll be in Tech. Well... why not.

I'd like to invite everyone to try getting through an hour or two of the day without using the word "well". It's not easy. I gave up trying last Fall but I suppose I'll have to live with the witty wordplay being attempted around here for at least a few more weeks.

I took a couple of photos of the lighting hang going on today, but have not yet found much inspiration for a post based just on the craft of stage lighting. I'm still sharing the pix.

Well plays with theatrical conventions, in many ways, and often challenges them. In this production you see the set and you see the stage, both onstage and off. Sometimes the lights are just lights, and sometimes they're scenery. The same happens with the set and costumes, even the "actors"; A, B,C and D. You get to figure out what's what, when and where, why and with whom; it's all part of the unexpected fun and explosive emotion of this play. Have I mentioned that this is the show you should drag your mother to? Or you could invite her to buy the tickets - even better. My mom and sis just got their invites.

Persephone is now fully cast and I'm sure marketing will be getting that word out shortly. Our stage manager, David Lurie, should be getting settled in his apartment right about now as he starts pre-production work tomorrow. Hard to believe but we'll have another cast in rehearsal in just a week. We'll be back in the South End soon; so get ready for some company Speakeasy!

I had a great time at the REPA (Regional Entertainment Production and Administration) Job Fair on Saturday. This great event is sponsored by StageSource, NETC, and USITT New England. I met a new bunch of theatrical neighbors and saw some old, long-lost friends.

A number of people there told me how much they enjoy the blog. So comment already! Or at least ask a question or two. PLEASE! I've almost got Michael Maso interested in posting occasionally... help us convince him how much fun that would be.

I digress.

Thanks to Jeff Poulos and crew for inviting me to participate in a panel discussion with fellow Production Manager Paul Melone (Speakeasy), Costume Designer Rafael Jaen (Emerson), and Lighting Designers Jeff Adelberg and Scott Clyve. We chatted strategy for portfolio presentation, networking, and interviewing with a nice crowd of at least 33. The panel discussion titled "Get Your Foot in the Door" was moderated by BC's design prof Crystal Tiala.

I get to play on a panel again next month in Phoenix when production managers from across the country descend upon the annual USITT conference to share our collective wisdom with students on the same topic. We also get to chat with each other, talk shop about our shared triumphs and woes in the world of regional theatre, dish up our mutual colleagues (be nice to your production managers), explore the theatre scene in Phoenix, and investigate the latest technological wonders on the exposition hall floor. I'll post a pic or two if I can tear myself away from the mojitos at the rooftop pool bar. Do you have any suggestions about what to do with a few free hours in Phoenix? Let me know - click on "Join the Conversation" below and give me your advice.

February 23, 2007

Rehearsal Report - WELL

Things are going great up in the rehearsal hall for Well. Here are some excerpts from yesterday's daily report from Stage Manager Steve Kaus to the production staff:

Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 11:00a – 7:00p
Rehearsal # 8



General:

1) A long and EXTREMELY productive day of rehearsal today. We started the day with a photographer in rehearsal snapping photos of the first scene. After photos, we worked with Ms. Gleason on her end of show monologue. We also worked the top of the show for an hour before we broke for lunch. After lunch we began staging the ensemble into the play. We moved exceptionally fast this afternoon while staging and found ourselves further into the play than expected. We had time left at the end of the day to review the majority of the work we did today. Everyone did great work today and was exhausted by the time we called it quits.
2) Tomorrow we will continue on from where we stopped today. The day will start with scene work for Ms. Gleason and Ms. Kron. Our hope is to have time to review work at the end of the day again.


Props
1) The metal clipboard holders at the end of the beds should match the brushed aluminum trim on the beds.
2) The chip bags we have in rehearsal are too big. We’re looking for the SMALL kids lunch size.
3) Some of the cupcakes have come unglued from the plate. Can you re-glue when you get a chance.
4) The stack of Styrofoam coffee cups will need to be glued to the table. There should still be removable cups from the stack…we just need to prevent the stack from tipping over.
5) The props on the coffee service table will need some touchup work. We can chat more later.
6) Mr. Domingo and Mr. McAdams will need ID badges made for their nurse costumes. They should be hospital style (picture, name, etc./laminated/clipped onto scrubs).
7) We will need two new notebooks. (Green, Staples composition style)


Sets:
1) None.

Costumes:
1) On Pg. 20, Mr. Domingo will be entering as “Nurse 2”. This is not in the script…so FYI.
2) Mr. McAdams would like small doctor’s glasses for when he plays HEAD NURSE.
3) Can we have Ms. Kron’s “Young Lisa” wig in rehearsal? Thanks.
4) We still need a pair of glasses for Ms. Grays and one more chain for glasses on necks. Thanks.

Lighting:
1) None.

Sound:
1) None.

PR/P&G:
1) JMK – Photos went smoothly this morning. Thanks for coordinating.
2) M&M – Program proof received…we’ll get it back to you by Monday.


PS> Marketing sent along a link to Mary Pat Gleason's Stopping Traffic website. Be sure to click on the Media link. It features some great video clips from an array of her film and television appearances.

Do you have any questions about the rehearsal process? Click on "join the conversation" below and ask away.

February 20, 2007

Well, Well, Well

Today was our Meet and Greet for Well. We all gathered for a little nosh and nod with the entire cast now in town. Everyone in the company who was working today, and could get away from their work for a little while, headed over to the rehearsal hall to say hello.

I only have a couple photos, sorry. I was too busy eating. Here's Nicky Martin entertaining Director Leigh Silverman, Lisa Kron (who plays Lisa Kron, in this play about Lisa Kron, written by Lisa Kron), and General Manager Gilbert Medina... from whom I am expecting a phone call at any moment asking me to remove his photo. Something about union rules. Really though; he and Leigh are much more attractive when they're in focus.


Leigh told us that she enjoyed last week's rehearsals with Mary Pat Gleason immensely (I understate) and it's clear that we're in for a great production with these new cast members.

Mary Pat plays Ann Kron; Lisa's Mom. I seem to have many photos of the back of Mary Pat's head. Here's one of her chatting up the costume department; Costume Director Nancy Brennan, Costume Designer Miranda Hoffman, and Design Assistant Lynn Hoffman. In the background is Development's Katie DeBonville, and Yours Truly (eating).


If you didn't get enough of Mary Pat above, here's a sneak peek at the chair where she spends most of the play. Use your imagination, but please, don't touch.


To find out more about Mary Pat (and see her frontside) check out her Stopping Traffic website and be sure to click on the Media link. It features some great video clips from an array of her television appearances.

We'll be in performances again in 17 days... and then off on our spring marathon that brings the following three shows in fast order. Persephone in late March/early April , La Boheme in mid April, and Present Laughter in mid May. Looks like we'll have an early June offering in the Wimberly too... stay tuned.

February 12, 2007

Monday, Monday

Not a whole heck of a lot to report today;

We're getting ready for Leigh Silverman, Lisa Kron, and Mary Pat Gleason to arrive later this week for Well rehearsals. The remainder of the cast will be here next week, and I'll post some "Meet and Greet" photos then. Meanwhile our scene shop is assembling, retrofitting, and otherwise sprucing up the set. The props are all unpacked and ready to go, and the costume shop has been lining up sources to re-build all of the wigs (thanks Jason!) and doing some minor alterations to the clothes in anticipation of fittings.

The design team consists of Tony Walton (scenery), Miranda Hoffman (costumes), Chris Akerlind (Lighting), and John Gromada (Original Music and Sound). Tony Walton, as far as I know, is here for the first time. Miranda designed our fall production of Mauritius, Chris hasn't been here for a number of years (Seven Guitars, 1995), and John returns having done Rabbit Hole earlier this season.

We're also working away on Persephone, with a short video clip of Props Master Kris Holmes (off Camera) and Associate TD Adam Godbout prototyping an "insta-bloom" flower. I won't say much more to avoid a spoiler, but let's just say there is a lot of R&D going on for this production.



In closing; we're missing the Cherry Orchard cast already. Here's one last photo; Dick Latessa was spotted at Uno Chicago Grill following a Friday night performance. The two ladies had a note delivered to Mr. Latessa on a napkin, asking him if he would mind taking a picture. He kindly obliged. (R to L) Elisha Sawyer, Latessa, Ashley Wadsworth. Elisha is a sophomore BU student and a new intern in our education department.

February 7, 2007

Well - Sneak Peek

From the ashes...

the Phoenix will rise...

The above picture is the set model for Well, designed by Tony Walton. We began reconstructing the set today, and will make repairs and rebuild a few of the elements from the Broadway production which closed at the Longacre Theatre last spring.

A side note... I'm happy to let you know that the number of daily visitors to the blog has more than doubled in the past three weeks or so. I'm glad you're here. We're trying to make this blog as interactive as we can, so keep those comments coming. Below is a little poll. We would love to know who our visitors are.



January 23, 2007

Tuesday Check in

I always forget how busy it gets around here in January/Feb. Must be some sort defense mechanism. I haven't been posting much of the backstage production news lately, so here's a little catch-up of what's going on and what you will be hearing about for the next few months.

Cherry Orchard
is up and running, starting it's final two weeks tonight. Keep an eye on our web site for continuing updates, reviews, and media clips.

Well is next up chronologically, we've picked up the Broadway props and costumes, by Miranda Hoffman (Mauritius), and are sorting through those. The set, by Tony Walton, will arrive next week. We'll be making some alterations, checking that it all works, looks good, and fits well in our space. We'll have to do a fair amount of work for costumes, as 5 actors are new to the production. Rehearsals begin Feb 13th.

The purchase of the Well set cleared up the shop schedule so that we could build a fully realized production for Persephone, and that is well underway in our shops. If you've been paying attention you've noticed that our winter and spring productions in the Wimberly have so far been shows that have been fairly small in scale. We thought we would try and mix it up a little this season. Persephone should be fun. And challenging. The lead role, after all, is a statue.

The Huntington shops, in April, build La Boheme for the BU Opera Institute. This production is designed by the BU Theatre program student designers and directed by Sharon Daniels. It's a unique opportunity for us to mingle with the students. This year, for the first time, the production is part of the Celebrity Series.

Present Laughter, in May, is the last build of the season. We're working on the final details of putting together a design team and should be underway with build in the shops in April.

Artistic is working on some great casting for these productions, and we're working on finding some additional Wimberly programming for later this season. Next season is shaping up nicely and we'll have a solid selection to tell you about come subscription renewal time.

So that's what you can look forward to for the next 5 months. Stay tuned.

In other news; I've updated a couple of posts with more news about Eugene Lee, and a few more opening night photos (from Boston Magazine). Late add: My Google Reader turned up this Nicholas Martin interview in the Edge