Monday, July 29, 2013

2012-2013 Ostrander Nominations, Community Division

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Ruthless! at GCT
  • Ruthless! at GCT

SET DESIGN
Christopher McCollum Talley’s Folly Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis

Bill Short A Murder Is Announced Germantown Community Theatre

Douglas Gilpin Time Stands Still The Circuit Playhouse

Mark Guirguis Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square

Nick Mozak The Hot L Baltimore Playhouse on the Square

COSTUMES
Rebecca Y. Powell The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
Andre´ Bruce Ward Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis
Andre´ Bruce Ward Dangerous Liaisons Theatre Memphis
Mitch Baker Brighton Beach Memoirs Theatre Memphis
Robin Owens Ruthless! The Musical Germantown Community Theatre

A Steady Rain, at Next Stage, Theatre Memphis
  • A Steady Rain, at Next Stage, Theatre Memphis

LIGHTING
Jeremy Allen Fisher Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Jeremy Allen Fisher Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis
Jeremy Allen Fisher Talley’s Folly Next Stage, Theatre Memphis
John Horan The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
John Horan Angels In America, Part I and II Playhouse on the Square

PROPS
Bill Short A Murder Is Announced Germantown Community Theatre
Betty Dilley Steel Magnolias Germantown Community Theatre
Betty Dilley Twilight of the Gods Germantown Community Theatre
Gene Elliott Bug New Moon Theatre Company
Robbie Phillips The Rainmaker New Moon Theatre Company

HAIR/MAKE UP
Robin Owens Ruthless! The Musical Germantown Community Theatre
Barbara Sanders Dangerous Liaisons Theatre Memphis
Barbara Sanders Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis
Nicholas Bursoni Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square
Kathleen Kovarick 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche POTS@TheWorks

Good People at The Circuit Playhouse
  • Good People at The Circuit Playhouse

MUSIC DIRECTION
Sameka Johnson Sarafina! Hattiloo Theatre
Renée Kemper Miss Saigon Playhouse on the Square
Renée Kemper The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
Jeffrey Brewer Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Jeffrey Brewer Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis


Altar Boyz, Next Stage, Theatre Memphis
  • Altar Boyz, Next Stage, Theatre Memphis


SOUND DESIGN
Zach Badreddine Angels In America, Part I and II Playhouse on the Square
John Hiltonsmith Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis
Matthew Stone Talley’s Folly Next Stage, Theatre Memphis
Eric Sefton A Steady Rain Next Stage, Theatre Memphis
David Newsome Twilight of the Gods Germantown Community Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY
Maggie Robinson Sarafina! Hattiloo Theatre
Shorey Walker, Jordan Dunlap &
Noelia Warnette-Jones Legally Blonde Playhouse on the Square
Emma Crystal The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
Jared Thomas Johnson Altar BoyzNext Stage, Theatre Memphis
Pam Hurley Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Christi Hall Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Crystin Gilmore The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
Valerie Houston The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
Ellen Saba Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Noelia Warnette-Jones A Chorus Line Theatre Memphis
Claire Hayner Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis

Angels in America
  • Angels in America

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Stephen Garrett Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Wesley Barnes Ruthless! The Musical Germantown Community Theatre
Bill Andrews Sunset Boulevard Playhouse on the Square
Jerry Rogers The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
AJ Bernard The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square

LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Amy Polumbo Legally Blonde Playhouse on the Square
Maya Naff Miss Saigon Playhouse on the Square
Claire D. Kolheim The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
Misty O’Neal Sarafina! Hattiloo Theatre
Kim Justis Ruthless! The Musical Germantown Community Theatre

Hurt Village by Memphis playwright Katori Hall
  • Hurt Village by Memphis playwright Katori Hall

LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Charles K. Hodges Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Rob Hanford Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis
Michael Detroit Miss Saigon Playhouse on the Square
Nick Lerew Miss Saigon Playhouse on the Square

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL
Jordan Nichols Miss Saigon Playhouse on the Square
Tony Horne The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
Michael Duggan Ruthless! The Musical Germantown Community Theatre
Kell Christie Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Ann Marie Hall Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis

Singin in the Rain
  • Singin' in the Rain

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Singin’ in the Rain Theatre Memphis
Ruthless! The Musical Germantown Community Theatre
Miss Saigon Playhouse on the Square
The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Mary Pruitt Hurt Village Hattiloo Theatre
Angela Wynn Hurt Village Hattiloo Theatre
Lorraine Cotten The Left Hand Singing POTS@TheWorks
Liz Sharpe Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square
Katelyn Nichols Time Stands Still The Circuit Playhouse
Emily Peckham Steel Magnolias Germantown Community Theatre

Tallys Folly at Theatre Memphis
  • Tally's Folly at Theatre Memphis

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Shadeed Salim Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Hattiloo Theatre
JS Tate Hurt Village Hattiloo Theatre
James Cook Hurt Village Hattiloo Theatre
David Foster Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square
Dave Landis Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square

LEADING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kim Justis Good People The Circuit Playhouse
Detra Payne The Mountaintop The Circuit Playhouse & Hattiloo Theatre
Tracie Hansom Bug New Moon Theatre Company
Aliza Moran Talley’s Folly Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
Kell Christie Six Degrees of Separation Theatre Memphis


HOT L BALTIMORE

LEADING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Ekundayo Bandele Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Hattiloo Theatre
Michael Gravois Good People The Circuit Playhouse
Jerre Dye Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square
Gregory Alexander Talley’s Folly Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis
John Maness A Steady Rain Next Stage @ Theatre Memphis


SMALL ENSEMBLE ACTING (Cast of 7 or less)
Ruthless! The Musical Germantown Community Theatre
Steel Magnolias Germantown Community Theatre
Quilters Germantown Community Theatre
Altar Boyz Next Stage, Theatre Memphis
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche POTS@TheWorks

LARGE ENSEMBLE ACTING (Cast of 8+)
Fiddler on the Roof Theatre Memphis
Sarafina! Hattiloo Theatre
Hurt Village Hattiloo Theatre
Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square

FEATURED ROLE
Adam Remsen Six Degrees of Separation Theatre Memphis
Deneka Lewis, Montanez Shepherd & Breyannah Tillman The Color Purple Playhouse on the Square
Cary Vaughn Legally Blonde Playhouse on the Square
Corbin Williams Legally Blonde Playhouse on the Square
Kinon Keplinger Twilight of the Gods Germantown Community Theatre

The Color Purple at Playhouse on the Square
  • The Color Purple at Playhouse on the Square

DIRECTION OF A DRAMATIC PRODUCTION
Tony Isbell Six Degrees of Separation Theatre Memphis
Jerry Chipman A Steady Rain Next Stage, Theatre Memphis Ekundayo Bandele Hurt Village Hattiloo Theatre
Irene Crist Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square

BEST DRAMATIC PRODUCTION
Angels In America, Part I and Part II Playhouse on the Square
Hurt Village Hattiloo Theatre
Six Degrees of Separation Theatre Memphis
Talley’s Folly Next Stage, Theatre Memphis
A Steady Rain Next Stage, Theatre Memphis

Gloria Baxter
  • Gloria Baxter


THE EUGART YERIAN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Gloria Baxter


BEHIND THE SCENES AWARD
Andy Saunders Germantown Community Theatre
Pat Bogan Playhouse on the Square and TheatreWorks
The Jeniam Foundation Theatre Memphis


A Chorus Line, Theatre Memphis
  • A Chorus Line, Theatre Memphis

The 2012-2013 Ostrander Nominees, College Division

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Threepenny Opera, U of M
  • Threepenny Opera, U of M

SET DESIGN
Kathy Haaga Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Richard Crowell Becky Shaw U of M
Ken Ellis The Government Inspector U of M

COSTUMES
Janice Benning Lacek The Government Inspector U of M
David Jilg Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Meghan Miller Euripides’ Medea U of M

LIGHTING
Kitty Devany Euripides’ Medea U of M
Amanda Kay Heath The Threepenny Opera U of M
Laura Canon Into the Woods McCoy Theatre

PROPS
Katie Cannon Bouffant: La Teuer de Vampires McCoy Theatre
Ken Ellis Becky Shaw U of M
Sarah Matzke The Threepenny Opera U of M

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MAKE-UP/HAIR
David Jilg Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Shelby Massot The Threepenny Opera U of M
Heather Page/Katelyn Hendricks Miller The Government Inspector U of M

MUSIC DIRECTION
Kermit Medsker Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Jacob Allen The Threepenny Opera U of M

SOUND DESIGN
John McFadden The Government Inspector U of M
Mason Levy and Jordan Meyer Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Matt Cantelon Euripides’ Medea U of M


SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Madison Tallant Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Emily Tarr Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Shakiera Sarai Adams The Threepenny Opera U of M
Janie Crick The Threepenny Opera U of M

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Conor LaRocque Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Corbin Williams Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
AJ Bernard The Threepenny Opera U of M
Sean Carter The Threepenny Opera U of M

LEADING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Katie Marburger Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Kilby Hodges Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Kristina Hanford The Threepenny Opera U of M

LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Zach Pless Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
Jacob Wingfield The Threepenny Opera U of M

Into the Woods at Rhodes
  • Into the Woods at Rhodes

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
The Threepenny Opera U of M

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Kelsey Knight Becky Shaw U of M
Melanie Caffee Euripides’ Medea U of M
Misty L. O’Neal The Government Inspector U of M
Madison Tallant As You Like It McCoy Theatre

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Donald Jellerson As You Like It McCoy Theatre
Steven Brown As You Like It McCoy Theatre
David Couter The Government Inspector U of M
Zachary Fayez El-Oqlah Becky Shaw U of M

LEADING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA
Katelyn Nichols Becky Shaw U of M
Kilby Hodges As You Like It McCoy Theatre

LEADING ACTOR IN A DRAMA
Standrew Parker The Government Inspector U of M
Greg Szatkowski Euripides’ Medea U of M
Teddy Eck Becky Shaw U of M
Corbin Williams As You Like It McCoy Theatre

LARGE ENSEMBLE (Cast of 13+)

Medea U of M
Into the Woods McCoy Theatre
U of M

CAMEO/FEATURED ROLE

Ron Gephart As You Like It McCoy Theatre
Conor LaRocque As You Like It McCoy Theatre
Christopher Calderazzo and Drake Bailey The Government Inspector U of M

BEST DRAMATIC PRODUCTION
Becky Shaw U of M
Medea U of M
As You Like It McCoy Theatre

BEST DIRECTION
Nick Hutchison As You Like It McCoy Theatre
Brian Fruits Euripides’ Medea U of M
Stephen Hancock Becky Shaw U of M
Kermit Medsker Into the Woods McCoy Theatre

As You Like It, cast and crew
  • As You Like It, cast and crew

Watch for the community nominations to be posted later today.
For more information about this year's awards ceremony you can watch Sister Myotis' video here, or visit the Ostranders Facebook page here.

Friday, July 26, 2013

In the Raw: A few thoughts about "The Play About the Baby"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 1:31 PM

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Edward Albee's challenging The Play About the Baby isn't going to be everybody's cup of weird, occasionally naked comedy. But, warts and all, Albee's tongue twisting assault on the senses is a great change of of pace following a season overstuffed with glitzy blockbusters.

The Play About the Baby, is a wonderfully absurd and smartly (if unevenly) acted meditation on identity that could stand to tighten up in almost every way.

The play itself is repetitive in a way that works although it wears thin in the second act. Still, for folks who love all kinds of theater, not just the hits, this one-weekend-only production by Tony Horne's Mosaic Company is a real treat, full of unexpected, sometimes uncomfortable laughter.

For ticket information and to read an interview with TPATB co-star John Dylan Atkins click here.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

John Dylan Atkins talks about indie theater, Edward Albee's "The Play About the Baby" and taking a break from the stage to make movies

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Emily Childers and John Dylan Atkins
  • Emily Childers and John Dylan Atkins
John Dylan Atkins, one of Memphis' hardest working performers, opens Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby this weekend. That seemed like as good a reason as any to ask him three questions.

Intermission Impossible: Albee infuses even his more realistic plays— A Delicate Balance, for example—with heavy doses of absurdism. And he plays with the style more directly in pieces like Zoo Story, and The American Dream. With this piece you're doing, The Play About the Baby, Albee has woven an especially "wangled teb," and I hoped you might be able to tell us a little about the play, and how it plays with us.

John Dylan Atkins: In the spirit of not giving too much away I'll say this. The Play About the Baby is simply about the loss of innocence. There is no real setting so the characters just pop in and out as needed. At times he writes very vaudevillian, and in a split second it jumps back into reality. Actually, I guess the absurd thing to me is the way he shows how relative reality really is. The namesake of the play is even in question.

Intermission Impossible:You've done a lot of great work with smaller companies. The indie scene here seems healthier than ever, don't you think?

John Dylan Atkins: I do think the indie scene is thriving at the moment. I think it's a mixture of a growing talent base in the city and the willingness to do theatre for theatre's sake. Not for money. Not to be seen (because there is no guarantee you will be). But doing it to be in the room; doing it because you long to walk in those character's shoes; because you need to bring those words to life

Intermission Impossible: Rumor has it you're taking a break from the stage to concentrate on filmmaking. What sorts of projects are you working on? And is this a clean break or are there parts out there that might test your will power?

John Dylan Atkins: This is not only a rumor, but a truth! I'm going to be taking what I'm calling, "My Michael Jordan/Jay Z Retirement" from the theatre. This just means I'm taking some time off to focus on projects I've been waiting to get off of the ground. I will start in early August by starting in young Memphis filmmaker Nathan Ross Murphy's original screenplay Space Licorice. Then my film partner and I will look through the loads of films we have written together and decide which one seems right to be made now. Finally, we are shipping our first short film I just completed Dichotomy to film festivals and if/when we get in I will travel with it. Therefore, I will hopefully be very busy.

I don't know when I'll be back on the stage again, but I will when the time feels right. Now it's time for me to start following my dream.

Edward Albee's THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY
July 25-28, 2013
The Evergreen Theatre
For ticket info click here.

After losing $70,000 in funding the Tennessee Shakespeare Company Courageously announces its 2013-14 season

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 7:22 AM

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The Tennessee Shakespeare Company's sixth season includes a comedy, a tragedy, an original compiled script, and a Christmas show.

Unto the Breach! The Un-Common Courage of William Shakespeare

Substituting for its usual full-cast production of a Shakespeare play in the autumn is a special two-performance Benefit show in the 824-seat Germantown Performing Arts Center/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall to help restore education funding to our community's classrooms. Ticket revenue will go to TSC's education program.

Unto the Breach! the Un-Common Courage of William Shakespeare will feature Dan McCleary and resident artist/Education Director Stephanie Shine on stage with music in this 90-minute exploration of Shakespeare's courage of creativity, of the heart, of conviction, and of forgiveness. Scenes will be performed from plays Richard III, King Lear, Love's Labor's Lost, Twelfth Night, Coriolanus, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, As You Like It and more.

The Benefit show plays Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. A special all-school matinee with discounted tickets will be made possible by TSC's sponsors on September 10 at 10:30 am at GPAC.

McCleary and Shine (Gertrude in TSC's acclaimed Hamlet) take the stage for the first time together. A real-life married couple brought together by Shakespeare, both have more than 55 years of experience playing most of the canon, including 30 major/title roles.

Benefit tickets are $30, and seating is general admission. A special Free Will Kids' Night is in effect for both performances: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. Limit: four children per guardian. Press Opening is September 7 at 7:30 pm.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Back by popular demand is last year's holiday hit It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play playing November 20 - December 8, 2013, in the Winegardner Auditorium at Dixon Gallery & Gardens in Memphis, directed by Stephanie Shine.

Romeo and Juliet
Made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts/ArtsMidwest and Shakespeare in American Communities, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet plays Germantown Performing Arts Center/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall on January 28 and 30 at 7:00 pm, directed by Stephanie Shine. Three, discounted morning matinees that week for school students will also be made available.

The Taming of the Shrew
William Shakespeare’s early commedia piece The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Dan McCleary, plays inside the Dixon’s Winegardner Auditorium from April 23 — May 4, 2014, in Memphis.
One of Shakespeare’s most outrageously funny and controversial plays shows up quite by accident on the 1927 doorstep of Mr. Hugo Dixon of Memphis, Tennessee. He hires the traveling theatre troupe to perform a play for mirth and merriment in his luxurious home, which one day will become Dixon Gallery & Gardens.
In the play, Kate neither looks nor acts like her younger, alluring sister Bianca — nor any other woman, for that matter. This is bad news for Bianca, since she cannot wed until Kate does. Any man who’s man enough to tackle the shrewish Kate wins a wealthy dowry, says her father, but is Kate too high a price to pay? Not for the recently destitute Petruchio. He arrives looking to wed for riches, not love. The meeting of Petruchio and Kate is one of the hallmark scenes in all of theatre.
But something happens after their name-calling, arm-wrestling, horse-riding, sleep-deprived, mutually-starved trip to the altar — they inexplicably fall in love.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Michael Gravois Tells a Story: Three Questions with one of Memphis' favorite actors

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Michael Gravois being funny
  • Michael Gravois being funny
This week Memphis actor Michael Gravois will be the The Wiseguys' special guest for the improv comedy troupe's monthly Storytellers Unplugged event.

The audience-interactive show works like this: First the audience picks a topic. Then the guest tells a true story related in some way to that topic. Then The Wiseguys—who have recently come aboard as co-bloggers at my other blog, Fly on the Wall — build an improvisational sketch inspired by scenes and images from the story.

It's a fun concept, and Gravois, who, creates tile mosaics when he's not acting, is known for is special attention to details.

Intermission Impossible: Acting, comedy, and storytelling are three different things I've seen you do, in some way, at some point in the past. Which of the disciplines is, for you, the most fun, and which the most frightening.

Michael Gravois: I don’t necessarily find the three thing mutually exclusive—acting IS storytelling; comedy IS acting. The best dramas, I think, can be very funny. Even tragedy should have some humorous elements to humanize the characters and the theme. But, responding to your mutually exclusive questioning, I find acting to be the most fun. I love exploring a life different from my own, trying to find the truth in a viewpoint that is vastly different than mine. The most frightening for me is storytelling. I freeze socially when the words have to be my own. I much prefer words that have been carefully chosen by a playwright, allowing me to appear far more intelligent and witty than I actually am.



Intermission Impossible: Have you ever done a Storytellers unplugged? Do you know what to expect? Even though you can't know the topic, are you already wracking your brain for stories?

Michael Gravois: I’ve never done a Storytellers Unplugged or anything like it. I have absolutely no idea what to expect. Jared Herring, a member of the comedy troupe, took my Intro to Theatre class at U of M this past spring. After a few weeks he asked if I would like to tell a story for his group to act out; he set two guidelines—it’s a late show (meaning no kids, so any topic is fair game) and it needs to be something that actually happened to me. I immediately thought of a moment in my life that I could never envision being acted out on stage. I have no idea how they’ll pull it off, so I’m excited by the theatrical possibilities.


Intermission Impossible: There's some crossover between Memphis' comedy and theater communities, but I'm always surprised there's not more. How do you see the relationship?
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Michael Gravois: The performance arts are as varied as cable channels, with the Food Network, AMC, Comedy Central, and Nick at Nite—there’s something for everyone. But from a performer’s standpoint, scripted and unscripted pieces are very different—some actors are drawn to musicals, some to comedies, some to dramas, some to stand up. I know actors in town who predominantly do musicals (so I rarely work with them cause I can’t sing or dance; I love when there’s a non-singing part in a musical; call me!). Likewise, with improvisation, I’m not on stage with those performers because the idea terrifies me. I stick to what I’m best at—straight plays—so when the genres cross, I welcome working with performers who usually appear on a different cable channel.

For event information click here.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Theater Memphis Youth Company to Perform "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

A last supper
  • A last supper

Fantastic Mr. Fox, what a cussing great children'sn story. Roald Dahl out-cussing-did himself with this one, and Wes Anderson's film adaptation is just cussing brilliant.

As adapted to the stage by Sally Reed, Fantastic Mr. Fox is an adventures that pits the titular antihero against a group of nasty farmers, and, at times, his own nature.

Leslie Barker, Director of Outreach and Education at Theatre Memphis, has assemblrd a new summer youth company, and is currently preparing her cast and crew for a "fully realized production" on TM's main stage.

Fantastic Mr. Fox runs Monday through cussing Friday at 11am and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, July 15 — 21, 2013.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Where Memphis Jookin Comes From

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Jaquency & the OGs (and some young ones too!)
  • Jaquency & the OGs (and some young ones too!)

I'll be the first to admit that Jookin isn't unprecedented. From New Orleans' second-line parades to old couples two-stepping at the local jook joint, it's easy to find similarities. But, as the Gangsta Walk spread from one neighborhood to the next, what evolved in Memphis has proven to be unique, and uniquely compatible with other dance styles.

I wrote a too-short history of Jookin and Gangsta Walking for Memphis. Someday I'd like to share more from folks like Wolf, Hurricane, Little Fred, and the other OGs who broke out of the line dance and started freestyling. And I'd also like to tell stories from the days before YouTube about the folks who made all the video tapes of dancers and passed them around.

Without those guys, THIS never happens.

Anyway, just a heads up that my Jookin piece is now online. So, check it out.

And get buck, y'all.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

So, these five lesbians are eating a quiche...

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The cast of Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, at TheatreWorks
  • The cast of "Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche," at TheatreWorks

So, you want to see a video sample from Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche, opening this weekend at TheatreWorks? Here you go.

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