I spoke with a few of the cast members of A Raisin In The Sun about their experience working with director Liesl Tommy and what it’s like trying to find a fresh and relevant take on such a well-known classic. Fortunately for me, they had a lot of good things to say:
Previews start this Friday, March 8 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre (plus we’ve got a cool little pre-show party with cheap tickets that night if you’re interested)
(also? One of the actresses was totally in Batman Forever! Also The Abyss. But more importantly Batman Forever!)
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A quick, fun piece on Five By Five Hundred today, fleshing out a tweet I made the other day that I thought was particularly clever. That’s all!
For the past 20 years, Ryan Landry has been making these crazy queer-mash-up-parody plays full of puppets, drag queens, and all kinds of offensive brilliance, and he’s established quite a reputation for himself in doing this, consistently selling out 4 or more shows a year which he typically performs in the basement of a gay bar in the Fenway. We’re finally teaming up with him at the Huntington to bring his irreverent theatrical style to a larger stage, and give him the opportunity to collaborate with different artists (and hopefully help him to continue to grow as an artist, you know). I spoke with our Artistic Director, Peter DuBois, about the wild works of Ryan Landry, in anticipation of his upcoming adaptation of Fritz Lang’s German child murder film noir M, which plays March 29 through April 27 at the Huntington. Check it out:
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Tagged drag, fringe theatre, fritz lang, gold dust orphans, huntington, m, machine, off off broadway, peter dubois, phantom of the oprah, puppets, queer, ramrod, ryan landry, the little pricks, willy wanker
I’ve got two new exciting bits to share with you about your favorite nerdy theatre experience. First, The Hive Theatre in New York will be presenting a staged reading of True Believers on Monday, March 18 at 7pm at the Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute on East 15th Street near Union Square. The reading is being presented under an Equity showcase contract, which technically means that they’re all professional actors who probably aren’t being paid, but that’s okay, because hey, cool, professional NY actors! I’ve met with the company once so far, and they’re incredibly excited and supportive about the show. I by no means feel that the script is perfect, but when I asked them about a few of the concerns I had about it, they all pretty much answered, “Nope, it’s great, don’t worry about it,” so, ya know, that’s nice. If you’re in New York, or have any friends in New York, please tell them to come (especially if they’re important agents/editors/producers/superheroes/billionaire philanthropists/the real-life inspiration for Avenger because oh God I want to see his face).
The other great news I received this same weekend (which also pertains to True Believers) is that I’ve been invited to participate in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference at Prince Williams Sound Community College in Valdez, Alaska, which is apparently a 6 hour drive from Anchorage. It’s a week long conference full of panels and workshops all focusing on new works for American theatre, and another staged reading of True Believers will be presented under my adept direction. But mostly, it’ll be cool to go to Alaska in May when it’s not a frozen tundra and there’s only like 3 hours of darkness and then suddenly I’m Al Pacino and I’m going crazy trying to catch a killer and hey that could be plot of my next play (he says, already working on 2 more simultaneously instead of focusing on finishing one UGH).
So in conclusion: The Cyborg Head of Stan Lee was right.
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Tagged alaska, comic books, equity, hive theatre, last frontier, playwriting, the cyborg head of stan lee, theater, theatre, theatre conference, true believers, valdez, writing
I had bigger plans for this that I might revisit when not under deadline (I got back from NYC around 2am last night so UGH), but I was thinking about the idea of “selling fear” and, well, just kind of went with it for this week’s Five By Five Hundred post. So here it is!
In case you missed out on seeing Boston’s premiere all-male hard rock Lady Gaga cover band at the Midway this past weekend, you’re in luck: we got the whole thing on tape! Well, technically on built-on digital flash hardrive but, you know, whatever. The audio quality is a little rough (because isn’t it always?), but you get the gist. You can watch a playlist of the full set over on YouTube, but here are a few gems from the night:
“You & I”
Plus we had a few surprises this time in the form of non-Gaga female pop artists (because frankly, Gaga’s catalog is kind of limited, and we needed new material). Like this:
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Tagged alejandro and the fame, bad romance, born this way, britney spears, edge of glory, jamaica plain, jp, judas, lady gaga, like a virgin, madonna, midway cafe, music, poker face, pokerface, punk rock, toxic, you & i, you and i
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