Monday, January 2, 2012

Mondays are Dark

It's a whole new year!  We hope that one of your New Year's resolutions is to see more theater.  And tell us about it; add a comment to the review summaries; tell us which articles you liked on the Monday reading list, and feel free to send us links to articles that you found interesting that we might not have seen.

Here's your first reading list for 2012; enjoy!

Caldwell Gets Extreme
For its upcoming production of Pulitzer Prize nominated The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a comedic look in the world of pro-wrestling Caldwell Theatre called in Pablo Marquez, a veteran of WWF and Extreme Championship Wrestling. talks with Marquez about his background and this current project. speaks with director Clive Cholerton.

It Takes a Village
The Sun Sentinel talks about the work going into the Flanagan High School production of Godspell, opening this week, and it looks like the FAT Village is making it happen.  Robert Nation, artistic director of Andrews Living Arts Studio is directing, while Ryan James of Rolling Stock Art Gallery collaborated with local graffiti artists to create the set.

Coming Home reports that the Arsht Center will be presenting Teo Castellanos in a tenth anniversary production of his NE 2nd Avenue, originally commissioned by The Miami Light Project.  The play, written by Castellanos, won the Fringe First Award at the Edingburgh Fringe Festival.

Speaking of Homecomings
TheaterMania reports that Raul Esparza is returning to South Florida to perform in concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Mosaic's Mitzvah
Mosaic Theatre has launched its New Year's fund drive, and just like last year, also provides links so you can donate to any of the your favorite South Florida theatre companies. 

More than a Timesaver
The Producers' Perspective discovered that Chicago has TicketMaster ATM machines.
Aren't they pretty?  Easy to use and easy to put in any location, these machines not only make purchasing tickets for theater easier, but their simple existence helps remind people that live theater exists.  It helps keep buying a ticket to the theater "top of mind".
Imagine going to the Mall, and finding this next to the information kiosk.  Sure, it might not get heavy use, but as the man says, it will remind people that we're here, and make it easy to to buy tickets if they see something they like.  It's not nearly as far-fetched as people impulse buying a Wurlitzer Organ.

(Extra) Ordinary People
The Australian profiles Stefan Kaegi, whose artistic mission is to give voice to, well, "the people."  But don't say "ordinary."
"The best performance I saw as a kid was my physics teacher, he was really incredible," says Kaegi, and his voice over the phone has all the awe of a child. "He pumped up rockets and made them fly far from the classroom."

When asked if he often finds theatre in such ordinary moments, he is almost offended. "I didn't find it ordinary at all," he cries out with an exaggerated drawl.
It's documentary; it's life as theatre.

A Look at the Arts Garage
Wondering just what the heck is the Arts Garage, anyway?  Palm Beach ArtsPaper gives us the skinny.

Laugh? I thought I'd DIE.
Laffing Matterz posted a tweet reporting that one patron laughed so hard, he passed out.  We've verified that this actually happened; a sketch titled Santa Bubbe has been implicated.

A Disaster of Olympian Proportions
That's what Andrew Lloyd Webber is predicting for the 2012 London Theatre Season, according to BBC  News.
"Nobody's going to go to the theatre at all," the composer told Radio 4's Today programme, predicting that "most of the theatres in London will shut".
Kinda like SunFest, then.

Resolve to Sin No More
Audience Wanted lists the 7 deadly sins of Arts & Cultural marketing.  It's a good list of bad beliefs/practices.

New Theater in Old Space
Playbill reports that Allan Jacobson is taking over Florida Stage's old space in Manalapan.
"My goal is to be self-sustaining, supported by ticket sales and classes," Jacobson said, adding that he also recently accepted a $10,000 donation from a local sponsor.
As founder of Sunshine Stage Productions and All
Star Entertainment, Jacobson has produced more than 80 shows around the
country, with two of his productions — If You Ever Leave Me I'm Going With You starring Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna and Down the Garden Paths starring Eli Wallach — moving to New York City engagements.
The Plaza Theatre will debut in February with Donna McKechnie's solo piece My Musical Comedy Life.

Florida Stage left the space after a 20 year commitment to cover its rent expired, leaving the company too large a nut to crack.  The 24 year old company failed less than a year later, citing a huge debt and an evaporated subscriber base.

Speaking of Failures

Hap Erstein winds up his 2011 Hapster column with the news that Gary Waldman and Jamison Troutman are opening yet another theatre.  Their latest venture is called The Boynton Beach Theater Company, and the blacklisted producers have already sent out notices that they're holding auditions.   If the names sound familiar, Waldman and Troutman are the producers who flew in actors from New York to perform in THE LIFE, and then left them stranded when they closed the show before it opened. 

Their last project, the Victory Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Myers, folded after the local newspapers actually investigated them. It is only one of the dozen or so failed companies the duo have founded since 1998. Time will tell if the Palm Beach Post or the Sun-Sentinel will follow the lead of the Fort Myers News-Press and The Naples News.

In the meantime, I advise anyone considering doing business with them to research them thoroughly first.  The Naples News has an extensive collection of documents posted.

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