Theatre play – Theatre UAF http://theatreuaf.org/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:36:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://theatreuaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-18-120x120.png Theatre play – Theatre UAF http://theatreuaf.org/ 32 32 The 2022 Essential Theater Play festival continues with readings of new plays https://theatreuaf.org/the-2022-essential-theater-play-festival-continues-with-readings-of-new-plays/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:36:22 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/the-2022-essential-theater-play-festival-continues-with-readings-of-new-plays/ From July 29 to August 28, Essential Theater presents its 23rd Festival with the world premieres of two plays and four staged readings, all by Georgian playwrights. The two full productions, The Outrage Machine and A Complicated Hope, opened the first two weeks of the festival, and next in the lineup is the Bare Essentials […]]]>

From July 29 to August 28, Essential Theater presents its 23rd Festival with the world premieres of two plays and four staged readings, all by Georgian playwrights. The two full productions, The Outrage Machine and A Complicated Hope, opened the first two weeks of the festival, and next in the lineup is the Bare Essentials Play Reading series, produced with support from Georgia Humanities.

This series includes staged readings of new plays by Georgian playwrights, each followed by a moderated discussion with the playwright. The readings and conversations that follow are free and open to the public.

Organized by the founding artistic director of Essential, Pierre Hardyhimself a nationally award-winning playwright who has had more than 30 productions of his work nationwide and had plays chosen for the National Playwrights’ Conference and the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival and has received drama awards from the National Playwrights’ Conference, the Festival of Southern Theater and the New Southern Theater Festival, the Bare Essentials Play Reading Series includes:

Ozzy Rose Wagner’s exhibition, directed by Caroline Cook (August 9) – A young woman leading the way for an exhibition at the museum where she works, centered on female artists and subjects, is threatened with the public dissemination of compromising images of herself. With the reading talents of: Eliana Marianes (Aphrodite), Jamie Moore (Noah/Man/Apelles), Dionna D. Davis (Julie), Si Chen (Alex), Hayley Noelle Hudson (Callie)

Robert Fuson’s Barbie Liberation Organization, directed by Kati Grace Brown (August 10) – GI Joe saves Barbie from a war and brings her home to her cabin. From then on, they move through the stages of a “traditional” relationship, becoming parents and groping their way from dolls to human beings. Featuring the reading talents of: Sarah Newby Halicks (Barbie), Chris Hecke (GI Joe), Kait Rivas (Milzy)

Shark Week by Anneka Rose, directed by Cameryn Richardson (August 22) – The claustrophobic intensity of teenagers at a boarding school becomes a fever dream of sexual confusion and manipulation. “Dedicated to all the girls and women who felt their tragedies were less real than what we read on the page.”

“Audience readings are an important part of the script development process for a playwright,” says Hardy, “a crucial first step in connecting a new play with an audience. And they give the audience the opportunity to both learn and to participate in the development of new works of dramatic art.”

With support from Georgia Humanities, all readings in the Bare Essentials series are free and open to the public. The West End Performing Arts Center is located at 945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA, 30310. Tickets are available now! Visit essentialtheatre.tix.com or call 404-212-0815.

The 2022 Essential Play Festival runs July 29 through August 28 at the West End Performing Arts Center (945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310) in Atlanta’s historic West End, home of the Essential Theater since 2014. COVID restrictions including masks and enhanced air purification and cleaning practices will be put in place to ensure performers and patrons have a safe and enjoyable time at the theatre.

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This Year’s Essential Theater Play Festival Shines a Light on the Misuse of Social Media, Overcoming Grief and Fighting for Equity – WABE https://theatreuaf.org/this-years-essential-theater-play-festival-shines-a-light-on-the-misuse-of-social-media-overcoming-grief-and-fighting-for-equity-wabe/ Thu, 04 Aug 2022 18:44:58 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/this-years-essential-theater-play-festival-shines-a-light-on-the-misuse-of-social-media-overcoming-grief-and-fighting-for-equity-wabe/ Essential Theater has nurtured new plays for Georgian playwrights since 1999, launching the careers of successful playwrights such as Lauren Gunderson and Topher Payne. Running now until August 28, this year’s 23rd edition Essential Theater Festival will present three new plays and a series of play readings. Founding Artistic Director Peter Hardy joined “City Lights” […]]]>

Essential Theater has nurtured new plays for Georgian playwrights since 1999, launching the careers of successful playwrights such as Lauren Gunderson and Topher Payne.

Running now until August 28, this year’s 23rd edition Essential Theater Festival will present three new plays and a series of play readings. Founding Artistic Director Peter Hardy joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes via Zoom and playwright John Mabey to talk about what this year’s festival has in store.

Throughout Essential Theater’s life, its scope has shifted from narrow to broad and back again.

It was originally a vehicle for founder Peter Hardy to produce his own plays, and soon began to feature annual play lists from writers from all walks of life. For many years, Essential Theater has made it a point to host at least one new play by a Georgian playwright. Soon after, the festival expanded its Essential Theater Playwriting Award competition, “still the only one of its kind with winning plays receiving both prize money and a full production”, according to Hardy. “The cash prize is currently $750.”

Today, Essential Theater has focused on exclusively performing and celebrating new plays by Georgian writers, a specialization that has been in place since 2012. “It’s very important to me,” Hardy said. “I am a playwright myself. It’s very important to me to have a situation that supports and helps playwrights and that’s the kind of opportunity I would like to find myself as a writer.

The 2022 Essential Theater Play Festival opens with a production of “The outrage machineby Daniel Carter Brown, which Hardy describes as “a satirical drama about the misuse of social media.” He added: “It’s not just about technology. It’s about the all-too-human tendency to make quick judgments about others without really knowing their full story. It’s very easy to get terribly angry with someone after hearing them say two sentences.

In addition to the reading-workshops and stage readings, the festival presents another complete production, John Mabey“A Complicated Hope”. Mabey said: “At its core, it’s the story of three very different people – a mother, a daughter and another gentleman who come together through grief. They all have a common bond that connects them to someone they have lost.

Reflecting on the story’s wavering between grief and optimism, Mabey offered, “What I’ve achieved in my own life is hope… doesn’t always look like what you think it’s going to look like. And I wrote every scene with that in mind so that there are sparks of hope in every scene, and the characters discover them and work their way to find them.

Mabey brings a background in mental health counseling to his work, which he says has inspired him to become a “much better writer”. He said: “In my training as a counselor I have…spent hundreds of hours with clients where the goal is to sit down with the other person through active listening and listen to them talk at the same time. of what they say, but also of what they say. under and between words. Because we don’t often say what we mean, especially when we’re trying to fight something inside of us. And so I bring that into my writing – everything the characters want to say but struggle to say.

John Mabey’s “A Complicated Hope” opens August 5 at the West End Performing Arts Center. For more on this year’s Essential Theater Play Festival and its other events and productions, visit www.essentialtheatre.com/experience/2022-festival/.

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On Friendship Day, play the classic “Rock Paper Scissor” game on Snapchat https://theatreuaf.org/on-friendship-day-play-the-classic-rock-paper-scissor-game-on-snapchat/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 10:42:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/on-friendship-day-play-the-classic-rock-paper-scissor-game-on-snapchat/ Snapchat continues to be one of the most popular photo and video sharing platforms where users connect with family members and friends. This Friendship Day, users can give their Snaps a musical touch by creating a collage with their friend featuring the iconic Friendship Day song yaaron by KK – fondly remembered as India’s all-around […]]]>

Snapchat continues to be one of the most popular photo and video sharing platforms where users connect with family members and friends. This Friendship Day, users can give their Snaps a musical touch by creating a collage with their friend featuring the iconic Friendship Day song yaaron by KK – fondly remembered as India’s all-around playback singer.

Snapchat releases new Rock Paper Scissor AR Lens game

The AR Lens Game “Rock Paper Scissors” created by Gayathri Mohan, Official Snap Lens Creator from Chennai, part of Snap AR Network, adds a classic touch to the occasion. She learned and created different Snap lenses on Lens Studio and her keen interest in AR led her to create the all-time classic game. Friends can engage in this fun game of Rock Paper Scissors to celebrate their friendship or use the game to decide who picks the hangout spot for the day!

The stage is also set for Snap’s community entertainment video platform, Spotlight, which will host a range of fun and engaging content and banter between friends. With #FriendsOnSnapchat, the Indian Snapchatter community will be able to show what or who means a lot to them as a friend while #MySnapSquad will see them share montages of the best moments shared between friends.

Spotlight features the most entertaining Snaps from the Snapchat community in one place and lets anyone reach a large audience if they have a great Snap! With these special Friendship Day activations, Spotlight will help a new generation of creators take center stage, with their friendships, passions, and talents on full display. Snapchatters can also use the newly launched Friendship Day Bitmojis to interact with their friends while celebrating.

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Cyndi Lauper will play a private detective in the cannibal series Blumhouse https://theatreuaf.org/cyndi-lauper-will-play-a-private-detective-in-the-cannibal-series-blumhouse/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 17:38:11 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/cyndi-lauper-will-play-a-private-detective-in-the-cannibal-series-blumhouse/ A singer known for songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “True Colors,” and “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough,” among others, Cyndi Lauper has also performed here and there over the years. decades. And now she’s signed on for a very interesting project: Variety reports that Lauper has joined the cast […]]]>

A singer known for songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “True Colors,” and “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough,” among others, Cyndi Lauper has also performed here and there over the years. decades. And now she’s signed on for a very interesting project: Variety reports that Lauper has joined the cast of the Blumhouse/Amazon series The Horror of Dolores Roach“a contemporary Sweeney Todd– an inspired tale of eat or be eaten” which is described as “a macabre urban legend of love, betrayal, weeds, gentrification, cannibalism and the survival of the fittest”. Making this news all the more interesting is the fact that Lauper’s character is said to be a private detective.

Lauper joins a cast that includes Justina Machado (One day at a time), Alejandro Hernandez (Gotham), Kita Updike (The Misandrists), K. Todd Freeman (Gros Pointe Virgin), John Yoon (Kim’s Convenience), Judy Reyes (Succession, better things), Jeffery Self (Research group), and comedian/podcaster Marc Maron (GLOW).

Based on the Gimlet podcast of the same name, The Horror of Dolores Roach comes to us from Blumhouse Television, Gimlet and GloNation Studios. The show will tell the following story:

After serving a 16-year prison sentence, the main character (Machado) returns to gentrified Washington Heights with $200 and the clothes on his back. Her missing boyfriend, her long-lost family, Dolores reunites with an old stoner pal, Luis, who gives her room and board and lets her do massages for money in the basement under his ramshackle storefront, Empanada Loca , the only remnant of his former life . When the promise of her newfound stability is quickly threatened, “Magic Hands Dolores” is taken to shocking extremes in order to survive.

The Horror of Dolores Roach was created by Aaron Mark, who first brought the story to life as a solo play starring Daphne Rubin-Vega. Rubin-Vega returned to the lead role on the podcast, which Mark wrote and directed. Now Mark is the showrunner for the Amazon series, alongside Dara Resnik. Mark, Resnik and Rubin-Vega are the series’ executive producers, as are Gloria Calderón Kellett, Blumhouse TV’s Jason Blum, Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold, Spotify’s Dawn Ostroff, Mimi O’Donnell and Justin McGoldrick, and pilot director Roxann Dawson.

Amazon has ordered eight episodes of the series.

According to Variety, Lauper will play Ruthie, “a Broadway theater usher who moonlights as a private detective and stirs up trouble for Dolores Roach.” I was already looking forward to this show, but now I can’t wait to see it even more.

Have you listened to the podcast The Horror of Dolores Roach? Are you interested in watching this Amazon series? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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New Beginnings Premieres Play ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ for Annual Fundraiser | Local News https://theatreuaf.org/new-beginnings-premieres-play-every-brilliant-thing-for-annual-fundraiser-local-news/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 20:15:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/new-beginnings-premieres-play-every-brilliant-thing-for-annual-fundraiser-local-news/ Posted on July 30, 2022 | 1:15 p.m. new beginnings will hold its annual fundraiser at the Center Stage Theater on September 24, hosting British comedian Jonny Donahoe, who will perform his comedy-drama “Every Brilliant Thing,” a critically acclaimed humorous and heartfelt play about a boy growing up in the wake of its mother’s depression. […]]]>

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new beginnings will hold its annual fundraiser at the Center Stage Theater on September 24, hosting British comedian Jonny Donahoe, who will perform his comedy-drama “Every Brilliant Thing,” a critically acclaimed humorous and heartfelt play about a boy growing up in the wake of its mother’s depression.

Donahoe, co-creator and award-winning star of “Every Brilliant Thing,” has performed the show more than 400 times on four continents, including a highly successful off-Broadway run.

“Every Brilliant Thing” has garnered acclaim from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and San Francisco Chronicle, among others, and has even been made into a movie for HBO.

New Beginnings presents three performances of “Every Brilliant Thing” to raise money for its mental health and housing assistance programs. As mental illness is one of the most critical social issues, New Beginnings hopes this performance will help our community learn more about the impacts of mental illness on family, relationships and community and better understand the beliefs that can stigmatize mental illness and inhibit change.

Kristine Schwarz, Executive Director of New Beginnings, said, “Every Brilliant Thing is a gripping story about depression and the many brilliant things that make life worth living. This story brings audiences hope, connection and understanding of mental illness through a very unique play that aims to eliminate the stigma of talking about mental health and its feelings.

In addition to the Saturday night performance on September 24, New Beginnings will also have an evening preview on September 23 and a matinee performance on September 25 at Center Stage.

The three-day event provides incredible recognition for individuals and businesses looking to sponsor events that advance mental wellness in our community.

To find out how to become a sponsor, please visit https://sbnbcc.org/benefit-september-2022/.

Tickets to attend one of the three shows are available on https://www.centerstagetheater.org/show-details/every-brilliant-thing.

Donahoe is a Drama Desk Award-nominated actor, a Lucille Lortel Award-nominated writer, and a Chortle Award-nominated comedian. In addition to acting, Donahoe also produces several comedy podcasts, a duo comedy act called Jonny and the Baptists, and tours internationally regularly.

New Beginnings provides quality, affordable counseling, shelter, case management, and education that strengthens our community and empowers people to lead healthy, productive lives.

New Beginnings, located at 324 East Carrillo Street, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, please contact our development department at 805.963.7777 x112 or via email at [email protected]

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Lost Holocaust Play THE LAST CYCLIST Premiere on THIRTEEN’S Theater Close-Up https://theatreuaf.org/lost-holocaust-play-the-last-cyclist-premiere-on-thirteens-theater-close-up/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 02:32:33 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/lost-holocaust-play-the-last-cyclist-premiere-on-thirteens-theater-close-up/ “The Last Cyclist,” a one-of-a-kind new immersive film directed by Edward Einhorn that captures a stage performance of a rediscovered dark comedy once written and performed in the 1944 Terezin Nazi concentration camp, receives its first broadcast on THIRTEEN’s Theater Close -Up Tuesday, August 16 at 9:30 p.m. THIRTEEN picks up the film on Sunday, […]]]>

“The Last Cyclist,” a one-of-a-kind new immersive film directed by Edward Einhorn that captures a stage performance of a rediscovered dark comedy once written and performed in the 1944 Terezin Nazi concentration camp, receives its first broadcast on THIRTEEN’s Theater Close -Up Tuesday, August 16 at 9:30 p.m.

THIRTEEN picks up the film on Sunday, August 21 at 11 p.m. “The Last Cyclist” received its festival premiere in February 2020 at the Mene Tekel Film Festival in Prague and, during the pandemic, it won awards at the Chain NYC Festival and the Melech Film Festival in Israel.

The original screenplay of “The Last Cyclist”, by playwright Karel Svenk, was irrevocably lost during the Holocaust, when Švenk was sent to die at the age of 28. But his production has not been forgotten; it gained mythical status among survivors despite being banned following its dress rehearsal.

Beginning in 1995, playwright Naomi Patz painstakingly reconstructed and reimagined the play based on everything she could find about it, especially by the sole survivor of the cast. She not only reenacted the scathing satire of Nazism, in which cyclists are blamed for all the ills of society, but she also allowed her message of defiance in the face of prejudice and bullying to speak implicitly to today’s society. today.

Staged in front of an audience for film capture at La MaMa in 2017, the critically acclaimed immersive production – which treats the audience as if watching the play’s dress rehearsal with fellow Terezin ghetto inmates – is a remarkable new addition to the historic record of Nazi atrocities, as well as a fascinating artefact of Jewish resistance to racial intolerance.

In “The Last Cyclist”, a group of concentration camp inmates rehearse an absurd comedy about escapees from an insane asylum who hate their cycling doctor and target all cyclists they blame for the misfortunes of the world. A schlemiel of a hero who buys a bike to impress his girlfriend becomes the number one enemy of lunatics. The leader of the escapees and his followers exploit the growing anti-cyclist hysteria and plot to wipe out all the cyclists by sending them to the Island of Horror where they won’t be so slowly starved.

Featured among the cast of 11, playing multiple roles, are Jenny Lee Mitchell, Patrick Pizzolorusso, Lynn Berg and Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld. The cinematographer and editor for this intimate, multi-camera capture of the stage production is Alexander Jorgensen. The incidental music for the play and the film’s score are composed by award-winning composer Stephen Feigenbaum, whose work was commissioned by the Terezin Music Foundation. Feigenbaum adapted Svenk’s moving March from Terezin, which became the unofficial anthem of prisoners interned in the camp. (Adapted lyrics are by Patz.) Renowned artist Mark Podwal created the art for the opening credits.

Through a remarkable process of cultural anthropology, Naomi Patz was able to reconstruct the play from a 1965 essay on theater in Terezin by Jana Sedova, a well-known post-war Czech theater and film actress, probably the sole survivor of the original. Cycling cast. In her essay, Sedova called the piece “our most courageous production”. Four years earlier, Sedova had recreated the play from memory, staging it at the avant-garde Rokoko Theater in Prague. Although steeped in communist ideology that was not in the original, the 1961 storyline still guided Patz in his quest to faithfully save Svenk’s original.

Terezin, the fortified garrison town 40 miles from Prague is known in German as Theresienstadt. Euphemistically called a ghetto by the Nazis, Terezin was a forced labor camp serving as a place of detention for transports to Auschwitz and the other five death camps to the east. Due to its high percentage of internationally renowned Jewish intellectuals and artists, the Nazis were able to use Terezin as a propaganda tool to divert attention from the secret death camps, cynically deceiving the outside world into believing that prominent Jews were not only protected from the ravages of war, but were allowed to write, lecture and perform.

“The Last Cyclist” was banned by the Jewish Council of Elders – the SS-chosen and controlled internal puppet autonomy – after its first and only performance, a dress rehearsal. Its author was a charismatic 27-year-old writer and director, Karel Svenk, who wrote and directed numerous cabaret and theater performances. Described by survivors as a cross between Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, he was 28 when he died on a forced march west from Buchenwald as the Nazis retreated from the advancing Army red, a few weeks before the end of the war in Europe.

“The Last Cyclist” enjoyed a critically acclaimed three-week theatrical run in 2013 at New York’s West End Theater. Neil Genzlinger of the NY Times called the production “an intriguing exercise in Holocaust history”, observing that the play “is theater as a chance to bear witness”.

Patz and Einhorn reunited to remount the 2013 production with its original cast, filming it in front of a live audience at La MaMa over a four-day period in August 2017. The cinematographer and editor of this intimate film and multi -camera capture is Alexander Jorgensen.

According to Patz, “The kaleidoscopic experience of this extraordinary and bitter satire brings audiences today surprisingly closer to the fiery resilience of these inmates, who worked hard to maintain hope and a sense of their own humanity as they were fighting despair in the face of an indescribable evil. The allegory that underlies the plot – the evils of bigotry and bullying – is awfully appropriate today.”

Patz continues, “The Holocaust was the greatest organized mass murder in history. Humanity has yet to learn its lessons. For many years, historians have focused on the murderers and their crimes. sense of the lives that have been lost, of the human potential that has been destroyed. Soon there will be no more survivors to tell the tale. We need other ways to remind the world of what can happen when individuals and societies give in to bigotry, bullying, and authoritarian criminality.” For more information, visit www.thelastcyclist.com

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A and eat. Learn. To play. to welcome 1,000 local children to the Colosseum on Wednesday, July 27 https://theatreuaf.org/a-and-eat-learn-to-play-to-welcome-1000-local-children-to-the-colosseum-on-wednesday-july-27/ Wed, 27 Jul 2022 02:54:40 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/a-and-eat-learn-to-play-to-welcome-1000-local-children-to-the-colosseum-on-wednesday-july-27/ OAKLAND, Calif. — The A’s team up with Eat. Learn. To play. Foundation to welcome over 1,000 children from community organizations Town Camp, Oakland Lacrosse, Street Soccer USA, Oakland Genesis Soccer Club, Oakland Zoo and Oakland Public Library to the Coliseum on Wednesday, July 27. Baseball and Activity Fun Day is designed to promote movement […]]]>

OAKLAND, Calif. — The A’s team up with Eat. Learn. To play. Foundation to welcome over 1,000 children from community organizations Town Camp, Oakland Lacrosse, Street Soccer USA, Oakland Genesis Soccer Club, Oakland Zoo and Oakland Public Library to the Coliseum on Wednesday, July 27. Baseball and Activity Fun Day is designed to promote movement and exercise, literacy and fun, plus free giveaways and surprise and fun times. Co-founded by Stephen and Ayesha Curry, Eat. Learn. To play. is committed to unlocking the incredible potential of every child by fighting to end childhood hunger, ensuring students have access to quality education, and providing safe places for all children to play and be active.

Prior to the start of the 12:37 p.m. game against the Astros, campers will take to the field with the A players for the national anthem. Additionally, both Stephen and Ayesha will throw a ceremonial first pitch. Throughout the day, campers will also enjoy lunch at the ballpark, tour A’s Stomping Ground, lead the Coliseum crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and enjoy post-game spirit-building activities. of game.

“We are delighted to partner with Eat. Learn. To play. for their first Day at the Ballpark event and to support the incredible work they do for Bay Area youth,” said Stephanie Gaywood, Senior Director of Community Engagement and Community Fund. “We will welcome over 1,000 children to the Colosseum to enjoy play, interactive activities and lots of PLAY fun.”

“Similar to our Eat. Learn. To play. Launched three years ago, we couldn’t be more excited to spend the day with kids from the Oakland community at our first-ever Eat. Learn. To play. Day at the Ballpark event,” said Stephen and Ayesha Curry, co-founders of Eat. Learn. To play. “This fun celebration highlights our work to improve and diversify program offerings during the summer so that more Oakland children have safe places to (eat, learn and) play all summer long. Alongside our partners, we continue to provide creative and impactful ways to engage children in unique experiences that inspire them to play through more play spaces, summer camps and organized sports opportunities. We are grateful to the A organization for giving us this moment to highlight the importance of physical activity and how crucial it is in supporting child development.

“We’re thrilled to work alongside the A’s of Oakland and celebrate PLAY over the summer by hosting over 1,000 kids from various Oakland organizations for a day of baseball and exciting activities,” said Chris Helfrich. , CEO of Eat. Learn. To play. “Our foundation has begun laying the groundwork with major investments in our PLAY pillar in 2022 and beyond, and through working closely with community partners like these, we know we can achieve the impossible.”

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New piece about journey to Roman Britain in a camper van heading to Pitlochry https://theatreuaf.org/new-piece-about-journey-to-roman-britain-in-a-camper-van-heading-to-pitlochry/ Sun, 24 Jul 2022 15:23:05 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/new-piece-about-journey-to-roman-britain-in-a-camper-van-heading-to-pitlochry/ TAKE a popular history book by author and journalist Charlotte Higgins, add the talents of acclaimed playwright David Greig (prolific author of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and many other theatrical dramas). Then put on the play in the beautiful little amphitheater in the gardens of the Pitlochry Festival Theater (PFT). Sounds like, doesn’t […]]]>

TAKE a popular history book by author and journalist Charlotte Higgins, add the talents of acclaimed playwright David Greig (prolific author of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and many other theatrical dramas).

Then put on the play in the beautiful little amphitheater in the gardens of the Pitlochry Festival Theater (PFT). Sounds like, doesn’t it, the perfect recipe for a great evening in the hills of Highland Perthshire? Greig hopes so. His new play, Under Another Sky, shares its title with Higgins’ book on Roman Britain. It originated in an experimental project at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2019.

The playwright took part in the Festival’s program entitled Playing With Books. “We would throw a playwright, a director, actors and a musician in a room with a book, for four days,” Greig recalls. “We would have a screening at the end, with the author of the book on stage, answering [to the performance]. “Play” was the central word there.

Three years ago, Greig was the playwright in the play while Higgins’ volume was the book in question. “I just thought it would be fun to meet Charlotte properly. I knew her a little, but I wanted to meet her properly, ”admits the playwright. “I also thought it might be fun to try and do an adaptation of a non-fiction book.” The thrill of approaching Higgins’ story from a dramatic perspective took on another dimension when Greig discovered there was a 21st-century human-interest story to add to the consideration of Romans in Great Britain. Brittany.

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“I was talking to Charlotte,” Greig recalls, “and realized that the story of the book’s writing had a story. Charlotte and her partner, Matthew Fox, who is a professor of classics at the University of Glasgow, had been in a campervan to Britain one summer, traveling to all those [Roman] sites.

“Then I heard from Charlotte that it was their first summer together, that’s how they met.” The couple “didn’t really know each other” before their trip to Britain and back.

Greig created his impromptu piece for the Book Festival in 2019 based on Higgins’ book and the journey behind it. That, he thought, was it. However, it was without counting on the creative dynamo that is Elizabeth Newman, artistic director of the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. It was she who suggested Greig consider turning his earlier Higgins project into a full-fledged play. Amid the pandemic, when outdoor performances became a Covid-defying option for live theater, Newman oversaw the construction of a beautiful little amphitheater in PFT’s beautiful gardens. Greig has worked in the amphitheater before. His drama Adventures With the Painted People, set during the period of Roman settlement in Caledonia, played there in June last year.

Newman didn’t have to wring his arm too hard to persuade the playwright to revisit his dramatization of the origins of Higgins’ book. Working on the play for PFT brought the question of the relationship between drama and non-fiction to the fore.

In fact, says Greig, his play is such a liberal adaptation of Higgins’ book that “there are more quotes from Roger JA Wilson’s Guide to Roman Ruins in Britain” than from Under Another Sky itself. It may seem “a bit cheeky”, admits the playwright.

However, in his defense, he points out that his drama is not so much an adaptation of Higgins’ book as an “imagining of a story that could lead to a book”. Which brings us neatly to the drama’s relationship to reality and fiction. The characters in the play are, Greig explains, amalgamations of the real Higgins and Fox, on the one hand, and the playwright himself, on the other.

“At the moment, they are called Charlotte and Matthew,” he says, “and they have characteristics in common with Charlotte and Matthew.” However, other characteristics attributed to Charlotte – such as missing deadlines – belong much more to Greig than to the hardworking reporter Higgins.

“I hesitate to say it’s a romantic comedy,” says the playwright, “but it’s a story of friendship and intellectual camaraderie.”

There is, Greig acknowledges, a creative tension in his piece regarding the representation of history. Higgins’ book aims to give a coherent and factual framework to the history of the Romans in Britain.

Author Charlotte Higgins, actors Keith MacPherson and Amelia Donkor and playwright David Greig, Photography: Connor Going

In contrast, Greig, as a creator of scenic fiction, is inevitably engaged in an imaginative leap into the past. The playwright recalls an exchange about it between Higgins and himself at the Book Festival event in 2019.

“I said I had recently walked on an old Roman road,” Greig recalls. “And I said I couldn’t help but imagine [fictional Romans] Marcus and Sextus pushing a cart to the nearby fort.

“I imagined what they might have looked like and where they might have come from.”

Higgins had none of that.

“She said ‘you can’t do that… When you try to imagine these people from 2,000 years ago, you can’t imagine what they had in mind.

“[Higgins argued] ‘every time you try to imagine a [an ancient Roman] you cancel all other possibilities”. She said, ‘that’s why you have to look at the stones, that’s the only thing you can rely on.’ »

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A playwright fascinated by history, Greig admits to being “refractory” to this idea. Well, he could be, given that the very nature of his craft is to create characters that, in essence, obliterate other possible characters. Greig says the “intellectual backbone” of his piece is the question, “what are we trying to find when we look to the past?” This is no small feat, by the playwright’s own admission. However, despite his intellectual bent, Greig is keen to emphasize that his play has an entertaining and light-hearted dimension. It is, he says, “intended for a summer audience”.

Under Another Sky takes place at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, on various dates between August 10 and September 23: pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

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Wet Leg Cover “Smoko” des Chats and Play “Ur Mum” for “Like A Version” by triple j https://theatreuaf.org/wet-leg-cover-smoko-des-chats-and-play-ur-mum-for-like-a-version-by-triple-j/ Fri, 22 Jul 2022 14:27:10 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/wet-leg-cover-smoko-des-chats-and-play-ur-mum-for-like-a-version-by-triple-j/ Wet Leg Cover “Smoko” des Chats and Play “Ur Mum” for “Like A Version” by triple j wet leg Available now through Domino Jul 22, 2022 By Mark Redfern Wet Leg did a “Like A Version” session for Australian radio station Triple J where they covered “Smoko”, a song by Australian band The Chats, and […]]]>

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Wet Leg did a “Like A Version” session for Australian radio station Triple J where they covered “Smoko”, a song by Australian band The Chats, and also performed their own song, “Ur Mum”. Watch both performances below, along with an interview with the band about the cover.

The British duo (Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers) released their self-titled debut album in April via Domino.

The long-running “Like A Version” series simply sees artists doing a live cover version at triple j’s studios. Cats’ “Smoko” was originally released in 2017 (watch the video for their version below). The punk band is releasing a new album, GET FUCKEDon August 19 via Bargain Bin Records.

Wet Leg recently shared a new remix of “Too Late Now” by Belgian electronic rock band Soulwax.

In June, Wet Leg performed to huge crowds at Glastonbury. Watch them perform their viral hit ‘Chaise Longue’ at the UK festival here. The band recently revealed in an interview with Absolute Radio’s Ben Burrell, backstage at the Isle of Wight Festival, that they have already completed their second album. In May, Wet Leg performed two songs (“Wet Dream” and “Ur Mom”) on the BBC music show Later… with Jools Holland.

wet leg landed at No. 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart and in America also reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200 album chart (and No. 4 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart). wet leg also debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Albums Chart.

Stream the album here.

Pop superstar Harry Styles recently covered Wet Leg’s 2021 single “Wet Dream” during a session for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Wet Leg will be supporting the British singer as he tours Australia and New Zealand next year.

We recently posted an unsettling and hilarious parody cover of Wet Leg’s 2021 hit “Chaise Longue” by a band calling themselves Moist Limb. Moist Limb’s version is titled “Black Throne” and comes with a video that remakes the “Chaise Longue” video in horror movie mode (hearts are eaten). “Throne Noir” translates to “Dark Throne”.

“Chaise Longue” was No. 1 on our list of the top 130 songs of 2021.

Read our 2021 interview with Wet Leg on “Chaise Longue”.

Read our recent interview with Wet Leg about their album here.

Read our glowing review of wet leg here.

wet leg features the songs “Chaise Longue” (which was one of our songs of the week), “Wet Dream”, which topped our list of songs of the week, “Oh No” and “Too Late Now”, the latter also tops our Songs of the Week list. Next, they shared a video for “Oh No.” This was followed by another single, “Angelica”, shared via another of their fun self-directed videos. “Angelica” also made our Song of the Week list.

Then the duo did a Tiny Desk (Home) gig for NPR, performed “Chaise Longue” on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and stopped by SiriusXMU to perform a cover of Madonna’s “Material Girl.” Then in March, Wet Leg stopped The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonwhere they performed “Wet Dream” on the broadcast show and “Chaise Longue” as a web exclusive.

Wet Leg released one final pre-release single, “Ur Mum,” via another fun video. “Ur Mum” also made our Song of the Week list. Afterwards, the band shared a “Live on the Porch” session with them performing five songs from the album in their home Isle of Wight.

They also announced new North American tour dates and shared On tour with wet lega mini-documentary chronicling a previous tour of the East Coast of the United States.

Wet Legs Tour Dates:

July 22 – Splendor in the Grass, Byron Bay

July 24 – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs

July 25 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

July 29 – Lollapalooza, Chicago

July 30 – Mo Pop Festival, Detroit

July 31 – Osheaga Music And Arts Festival, Montreal

August 2 – The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto

August 4 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver

August 5 – Pickathon, Portland

August 7 – Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco

August 13 – Haldern Pop Festival, Rees-Haldern

August 17 – Green Cabaret Festival, Charleville-Mézières

August 18 – La Route Du Rock, Saint Malo

August 19 – Lowland Festival, Biddinghuizen

August 20 – Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt

August 21 – Winterhurer Musikfestwochen, Winterthur

August 26 – Thing Festival, Seattle

August 28 – This is no picnic, Los Angeles

August 30 – Aztec Theater, San Antonio

August 31 – Here and There Festival, Dallas

September 1 – Tipitina’s Uptown, New Orleans

September 2 – Nelsonville Festival, Ohio

September 3 – The Plaza Live, Orlando

September 4 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta

September 10 – Westword Festival, Denver

September 11 – Ghost Ranch Festival, Santa Fe

September 13 – The Depot, Salt Lake City

September 15 – The Van Buren, Phoenix

September 16 – Life is good, Las Vegas

September 17 – Madison Square Garden, New York with Florence + The Machine

September 18 – Sea Hear Now, Asbury Park

October 3 – Stage C3, Guadalajara

October 4 – Lunario, Mexico City

October 6 – Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle with Florence + The Machine

Oct. 7 – McDonald Theater, Eugene

October 9 – Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View with Florence + The Machine

October 12 – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego with Florence + The Machine

October 15 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles with Florence + The Machine

October 23 – Strom, Munich

October 25 – Magazzini Generali, Milan

October 26 – Mascot, Zurich

October 29 – Mojo Club, Hamburg

November 4 – Trix, Antwerp

November 5 – Vera, Groningen

November 6 – Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin

November 7 – Kantine, Cologne

November 9 – Elysee Montmartre, Paris

November 10 – Rockhal Club, Esch-sur-Alzette

November 11 – Paradiso, Amsterdam

November 13 – UEA, Norwich

November 14 – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol

November 15 – O2 Academy Liverpool, Liverpool

November 17 – SWG3, Glasgow

18 November – Leeds Beckett Students’ Union, Leeds

November 19 – O2 Ritz, Manchester

November 21 – O2 Institute, Birmingham

November 23 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

November 24 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

November 25 – Rock City, Nottingham

November 27 – Limelight, Belfast

November 28 – Academy, Dublin

December 5 – Delmar Hall, St. Louis

December 6 – Truman, Kansas City

December 8 – WKQZ Holiday Show, Chicago

2023:

February 13 – Nagoya Club Quattro, Nagoya

February 14 – Umeda Club Quattro, Osaka

February 15 – O-East, Tokyo

February 20 – HBF Park, Perth with Harry Styles

February 24 – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne with Harry Styles

February 25 – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne with Harry Styles

February 28 – Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast with Harry Styles

March 3 – Accor Stadium, Sydney with Harry Styles

March 4 – Accor Stadium, Sydney with Harry Styles

March 7 – MT Smart Stadium, Auckland with Harry Styles
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Milwaukeians come home to play with Alanis Morissette, Brandi Carlile https://theatreuaf.org/milwaukeians-come-home-to-play-with-alanis-morissette-brandi-carlile/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 11:00:34 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/milwaukeians-come-home-to-play-with-alanis-morissette-brandi-carlile/ Two of the biggest tours of the summer, with Alanis Morissette and Brandi Carlileare coming to Milwaukee this summer – and they’re bringing Milwaukee musicians with them. Cedric LeMoyne had the third longest tenure of any touring musician in Morissette’s band. Supporting her on bass since 2005, Jackson, Mississippi, a native of Milwaukee since 2017, […]]]>

Two of the biggest tours of the summer, with Alanis Morissette and Brandi Carlileare coming to Milwaukee this summer – and they’re bringing Milwaukee musicians with them.

Cedric LeMoyne had the third longest tenure of any touring musician in Morissette’s band. Supporting her on bass since 2005, Jackson, Mississippi, a native of Milwaukee since 2017, will play with Morissette at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater July 23.

Then on August 5, Brandi Carlile will be at the Fiserv Forum, with Milwaukee-born, Nashville-based sisters Chauntee and Monique Ross singing backing vocals and playing violin and cello, respectively. The two sisters are well known in the local music scene for their band SistaStrings — who plays a free show Aug. 1 in the Musical Mondays summer concert series in Lake Park.

“Seeing our dream come true, playing music with amazing people, was just amazing and wild and almost always very unreal,” Monique Ross said.

Milwaukee-based musician Cedric LeMoyne (center) plays bass for Alanis Morissette during a recent show.  LeMoyne has been part of Morissette's group since 2005.

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LeMoyne’s first break into the music industry was playing bass from 1989 to 2003 for alternative rock band Remy Zero. The band hails from Birmingham, Alabama, where LeMoyne grew up.

When the band broke up, he moved to London “to heal my grief and started composing for film and TV”. One of his compositions, the theme song for the FX series “Nip/Tuck” by Ryan Murphy, brought him to Los Angeles after being nominated for an Emmy.

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