The next big thing: Readers Theatre

Readers Theatre is on the resurgence. Time was, it was a big deal in theatre producing communities and not only in high school and college. There were professional productions, such as Don Juan in Hell (third act of Shaw’s Man and Superman) in 1951 and John Brown’s Body directed by Charles Laughton in 1952.

So, all right, that was a long time ago, but today, in my part of… Continue reading

What if the system is broken?

I’m doing a Readers Theatre workshop for the community theatre I belong to. It is the kind of hands-on two hours that, if it is effective at all, would both bring notice (advertising!) and support for our budding Readers Theatre group.

Planning and writing the workshop part is easy. It is advertising for it that has me stumped.

See, the theatre recently made a change. They want all… Continue reading

Working hard this summer

Yesterday, I published my third summer handbook for you performing arts students who want to do something toward building a career.

The handbooks are funny, chatty, and full of practical and maybe even spiritual things to do that will make your summer mean more to your future than only hanging out would do.

And I realized that the opposite is true, too. That working all the time to… Continue reading

What’s happening this summer?

It is already June, and I am soooo behind. My goal for this summer was to publish four handbooks, charging very little for them, so you could have a kind of road map to how a more productive and active summer than might be usual for those of you who just want to chill out for a few months.

Handbooks for the summer on Kindle

So how am I doing? I… Continue reading

Podcasts for everyone

There is this not-so-diverse group, all with some interest and experience in theatre, that meets once every two months to put together a program of pieces centered roughly around a theme. We perform it, radio style. Oral interpretation of literature, we used to call it. This time, we found poetry and prose around spring and the garden as a metaphor for our lives. Some of it is serious, such as… Continue reading

Theatre Follies Radio Repertory

My friends and I want to create new theatre based on traditional theatre. How do we do that? Obvious answer is to form a kind of community theatre, maybe find a barn to convert and hold performances there.

No, Mickey and Judy, we don’t want to get into bricks and mortar and all the shenanigans that go with that. We want to concentrate on content and performing. Why not… Continue reading

Carol comes to the suburbs: has anything changed since the 1950s?

It finally came to my town, a movie I would have bet money would never play here in my town, a bastion of conservative and “family values.” But it came and I went and counting me, there were maybe ten people at the matinee.

The movie began. Two beautiful people (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) sitting together at a restaurant, beautifully dressed in 1950s chic, smiling in that hidden… Continue reading

The Force? Really?

The biggest opening ever! Billions of dollars made! Sensational!

So, should you see it?

There was a time, long, long ago, when I went to a new movie by myself, a matinee where I was one of only a handful of people. The geeks upstairs where I worked – you know,  those guys (no girls yet) who sat before little screens and large keyboards typing and joking away… Continue reading

Podcasting for the arts

We all know what it’s like to want to talk about your current passion with someone who shares the same, or nearly the same likes and points of view. Naturally, you won’t always be able to find that perfect audience. And so it is with me. I know you’re out there, those of you who love the theatre and want some kind of in depth discussions and not necessarily the… Continue reading

The Blame Game and the Playwright

I’d like to blame it all on the person who is in charge of our readers theatre group. She tanked my play reading.

We all love to place blame and who can blame us? Blame must be found somewhere and it surely can’t be heaped on ourselves. Blaming ourselves would make us less than perfect (human, in other words) and would attract all sorts of negative vibrations lurking about… Continue reading