We go to the theatre to be truly present: with ourselves, with each other, with the actors, with the space, and with the story. But what is presence? It’s such a tricky word, filled with salesmanship and buzz. I first experienced presence by accident (or let’s say providence). I was ushering a group of college students around the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, when a volunteer asked if I would like to attend the Patsy Rodenburg Masterclass. I had heard a
As I write this blog post - long red nails obnoxiously tapping the keyboard, mic tape adhesive subtly stuck to my cheek, and remnants of bright lipstick still on my lips – I find myself almost joyful at the thought of how much I love theatre. We just concluded tech week for Honky Tonk Angels at Mill Town Players – long nights, pages of notes, reworking scenes – and even through the exhaustion, I wouldn’t change a thing. This is what we have worked towards for six weeks. To op
"Let's sell out by Labor Day!" I had said almost jokingly to co-founder and playwright, Micah Thompson, earlier this summer.
When we launched this crazy project, we new we had hit on a golden idea, we just didn't know if the Greenville community would think so too! Well, we didn't quite hit that less than serious goal. We sold our last two tickets at about 5:30 am - the morning AFTER Labor Day. In the famous words of Napoleon, "And that is what I call a win!" We are so humb
Joan of Arc. As a child, I was fascinated by the Wishbone version’s sparkly tree and the dynamic but distantly ethereal Joan. In last night’s show produced by Johnathan Schofield and Diana Little, I was moved by a heroic yet accessible and real woman - no sparkly tree needed. The 19th century script by Jane Alice Sargant is a challenging prospect. The text is iambic, yet sometimes more clunky and vague than that of our favorite William Shakespeare. Still, the actors handle th
Dreams of Sonya, an original work by the gifted writer Micah Thompson, was performed as a two-woman show by Lindsay Morgan and Katrina Case at the Kroc Center, April 19th and 20th. First, I would like give a plot summary as simply as possible and then expound further on some of the nuances of the text. Then I will evaluate the theatrical elements and acting techniques involved in the production. This play immediately causes the audience to think, to ask questions about what t