Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker
Not gonna lie, it’s a pretty cool moment when a show you’ve worked on gets reviewed by the Washington Post. Check out their review and others:
Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker
Putin On Ice opens tonight at Single Carrot Theatre and runs through October 7.
Director Yury Urnov and Playwright Lola B. Pierson did a great interview with Baltimore Fishbowl which you can read here.
Thanks to Philip Arnoult, shortly after landing in Baltimore I stumbled into an opportunity to contribute to the rehearsal process of a new show. Putin On Ice, written by Lola B. Pierson and directed by Yury Urnov, is a wild romp of a piece and I couldn’t be happier to be jumping into such a creative and ambitious project, even as my graduate studies kick off. I’m helping the actors find greater specificity in physicality, gesture, gait, and in creating rhythmical and poetic relationships in various scenes throughout the piece.
From the website:
Everything that happens on stage is a lie. Created in collaboration by The Acme Corporation and Single Carrot Theatre, this spectacle is a fantastical new portrait of Vladimir Putin. This ostentatious piece blends counterfeit ancient texts, falsified scientific data, and manipulated video evidence to create something entirely new and thrillingly strange. Putin is elevated from man to myth, stretching through time to become more deity than dictator. You are free to leave at any time. World premiere.
September 14 – October 7
PWYC Previews: September 12 & 13
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
While I wasn’t able to make this year’s ATHE Conference in Boston, I was able to get to the ATME Pre-con to teach a Margolis Method workshop alongside theatre artist and educator Anna Sycamore Demers. It was a treat to share the work with so many wonderful other teaching artists with a passion. One thing about the ATME folks is that they all embody a sense of generosity, fearlessness, and playfulness that is incredibly refreshing.
I also had the opportunity to take many workshops, which was a great chance to exercise some creativity in different and fun ways. Thanks to all who came and shared!
Photo by Chelsea Pace during a workshop led by Carlos Alexis Cruz.
I’m beyond excited to announce that I will be attending Towson University this fall in pursuit of my MFA in Theatre. Their program is an innovative synthesis of multi-disciplinary creation and it feels like a great fit for my background and goals. I cannot wait to learn, grow, and share. My work with the Margolis Method Center Int’l will continue in various ways and I’m equally excited about the upcoming developments of the organization with training programs in the US, Barcelona, and the Online Learning platform. In addition, a spectacular group of dedicated artists are flourishing with their focused training and I’m eager to see what creativity will spring from their work.
In addition to my studies at Towson, I was selected as the 2018-2020 CITD Fellow, and will work closely with the renowned Philip Arnoult in pursuit of the organization’s incredible projects. It’s an amazing opportunity and I cannot wait to dig in!
Stage Hackers has been a labor of love, and we’re sad to say that for now the team simply has too much going on to maintain the podcast. Unfortunately, our hosting is gone for the moment. However, we’re working on finding a mirror site to archive our podcasts so they remain available. We’ll also likely upload the interviews and roundtables to youtube. Stay tuned for more information there. I found Stage Hackers to be an inspiring labor of love and hope to work on a similar project in the future. More details as they become available.
Thanks for all the love and support from the whole Stage Hackers team. Stay creative!
Over the course of the Margolis Method Conservatory Program, I had the opportunity to delve into some creative research with the artists present. I was interested in themes of madness, paranoia, delusion, and escapism, and chose to garner text from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wizard of Oz (all stories involving an escape to a magical world) as well as quotes and text by writers like Anais Nin and Sylvia Plath. We explored various physical and dramatic limitations to create different ensemble relationships of unity, disconnection, and isolation. Here are a few snaps of some of the images and scenes we created. Huge thanks to the actors that participated for their generosity and creativity!
Pictures: Elisenda Bassas, Anna DeMers, Angela Kiser, Jackie McCoy
The summer flew by with a group of amazing artists and transitioned into an inspiring, focused period as we kicked off our inaugural 12-Week Conservatory Program. I had the pleasure of working with some highly disciplined artists on advanced training and creation. Each artist developed and worked on a personal creative project as part of the Conservatory, with a public showing at the end of the Program. Each artist grew immensely over the course of the Conservatory, and the icing on the cake was the incredible response they received upon presenting their projects to an audience at the Center.
While the Conservatory is done for now, the studio still resonates with each artist’s energy and creativity!
Well we closed Overtime: Men at Work to amazing response and multiple full houses. The cast and crew were phenomenal and I couldn’t be prouder. Here are some images from the piece:
For Immediate Release: April 24, 2017
The Unnerving Office Adventures of Three Hapless Pencil Pushers
Overtime: Men At Work opens April 27th and runs through the 29th and May 4th & 5th at Proctor’s Theatre (In the “Underground”). Conceived and Directed by Jonathan Beller and Jarod Hanson and created through a collaborative workshopped process, Overtime: Men At Work is a corporate rollercoaster ride through the typical office cubicle, where every looming deadline seems to come quicker than the one before.
Three desperate desk workers struggle to meet the demands of the office space rat race. Can they climb the corporate ladder, or will they lose their footing and slip, rung by rung, to the depths of depravity? Navigating their way through the monotony of the workday, these everymen face stark questions about their goals, motivations, scruples, and camaraderie.
Overtime: Men At Work explores issues relating to workplace gender roles and capitalist exploitation, and themes of thwarted ambition, individuality, disillusionment, and the American Dream-Turned-Nightmare. It’s a surreal romp with familiar iconography, quirky comedy, and the troubling undercurrent of the struggles of the working everyman.
Dates: April 27-29; May 4 & 5
Times: All shows 8pm (1 hr running time)
Location: Proctor’s Theatre in the “Underground”
Tickets should be reserved by calling 518-346-6204