Intermission Impossible: Let's start with a strange question. Your show is inspired by a James Madison essay where he refers to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as America’s “Political Scriptures.” Is there some semantic advantage in using spiritually-charged language to define man made documents?
Project: Motion is joining forces with Seattle artists Juliet Waller Pruzan and Stephen Hando and Pennsylvania dancer/choreographer Ursula Payne for AXIS, an intimate, insightful, and occasionally hilarious collection of performances.
Thursday's open rehersal didn't attract a huge crowd but a handful of mid-day visitors to the Lowenstein building got a fun preview of Ballet Memphis' AbunDANCE: Joyful Noise, which opens next weekend at Playhouse on the Square.
I know where I'm going noonish tomorrow.
Ballet Memphis is hosting an open rehearsal for its upcoming production of "AbunDANCE: Joyful Noise tomorrow (Thursday, February 18th) at Downtown's Lowenstein Building from 11:30- 1:00 p.m. Brown-bag lunches are welcome.
From the press release: "AbunDANCE: Joyful Noise" is the third installment in Ballet Memphis' "Abundance" collaborative series. This season, Ballet Memphis focuses on the marriage between music
The Lowenstein Building is located at Jefferson and N. Main
PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: All performances will be at Playhouse on the Square. The show runs from February 27th through March 7th.
TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION: Tickets are $10, $20, $35, $50 and $75. Contact Ballet Memphis at 901/737-7322 or balletmemphis.org
Everything you need to know...
Here's the program
And this is what it looked like...
From the press release:
Pat Bogan, Theaterworks Board President is ecstatic about the wonderful success of the Theatreworks facility which has consistently been booked two years in advance. Finally, others will be able to take advantage of what we have to offer.
Midtown has much to offer to the theater arts and dance. With a new name and new opportunities for local artists, Evergreen is just what its name implies for the art aficionado in us all.
The Hattiloo Theatre's sloppy, too stilted go at August WIlson's unconventional ghost story springs to noisy life whenever Anthony Bell swaggers, stumbles, or barges onto stage as Whinin Boy, a wandering entertainer trying to give up the blues.
Here's a link to the original but there's no point in not quoting the whole thing
The cast is ideal, the direction is thoughtful and the costumes are absolutely fabulous butwhat in the hell kind of cleaning products were being freebased when the playfinding committee scheduled this pointless obscurity to appear on Theatre Memphis' Lohrey Stage?
It's sad that I need to break things down like this but for those who can't see the steak for the parsley, this single sentence is what we in the business call a mixed review. Miraculously, its deliberate lack of subtlety doesn't preclude nuance. Many things about the show are obviously quite good and I don't even question the validity of staging such a trifle. I do however question the judgment behind putting this third rate tripe by a first rate wit on the big 'ol Lohrey stage.
Before Playhouse on the Square opened its new state of the art facility in Midtown last week the The Lorhey stage was the Boardwalk and Park Place of theatrical real estate in Memphis. With Hotels even. And it's still Marvin Gardens, at least and there are very good reasons why seasons are chosen by committee rather than fiat. As it turns out I owe Theatre Memphis' playfinding committee a huge, huge apology. Sorry guys. I now know that you had little or nothing to do with picking Fallen Angels. If my grapevine can be trusted—and considering the vast and varried outpouring of juice I'm very sure it can be— this show was presented to them by the powers that be as more of a fact than an option. Here's the back story
Intermission Impossible: V-Day performances usually benefit organizations working to end violence against women. Who benefits this go-round?
P. Elizabeth Cawein: Our proceeds locally are going to Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region. The decision was an extremely personal one for our cast, as many of the actresses have had very positive experiences with the support and advocacy of the organization. In addition to PPGMR, each year a spotlight campaign is chosen by Eve Ensler, and that campaign receives 10 percent of the proceeds from every V-Day event nationwide. This year, as last, that campaign is Stop Raping our Greatest Resource: Power to Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a new global campaign to call attention to the atrocities facing women and girls in Eastern DRC.
Written with the cinematic vision and hard-driving pace, Me the Mob and the Music tells the story of music icon Tommy James and his climb up the music industry's slippery ladder. His personal failures within these pages are just as insightful as his triumphs— Josh Osher, Broadway producer of the Jersey Boys.
Now I'm not saying that James' book is being developed as a Broadway musical and I certainly don't want to start any rumors. But I know of at least one mega-hit show that could also be titled Me the Mob and the Music if it wasn't already titled Jersey Boys.