Writing/Art Lulls

So…you’ve just had a whirlwind of theater…via plays you’ve written, acting, directing, some combo of the aforementioned, etc… And now production activity has come to a temporary standstill.

On the one hand your art (whatever it may be) thrills and is full of awesome fun. On the other hand, there are no official deadlines except those of your own making or until an opportunity arrives (festivals, friends doing showcases, etc…). So what to do? To write/create or not to write/create – that is the question. Then there is also your mood and the weather and how the weather affects your mood.

To end on a more positive note – when this procrastination air begins to stick like a gross unwanted feeling or cabin fever, take small steps…a small doodle, journal/blog entry…find the inner joy. One especially great thing is find fellow artists and have a jam/writing/acting session, meetup, whatever you’d like to call it. Guess I’m in need for one of those soon. There are works swirling around in the ‘ol noggin, time to get them more on the paper or at least into some bullets.

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Side Splitting, Pearl Clutching Performances – THIS Weekend!

Join Rabble Crew Productions at DCAC for a hilarious weekend of light theater! Shows both nights are from 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm.

Night 1: Sketchy comedy (think SNL) written
and performed by local women.

  • Friday night is Star Johnson, Cristen Stephansky, Yvonne Paretzky, Kristina Brooks, and Madeline Farrington performing ten brand new bawdy, pearl-clutching, off-color sketches. There might be a sock puppet involved.

Night 2: Riotous (Stage) Readings that’ll have you LOL-ing all night!
Tickets are $10, cash at the door or online at rabblecrew.brownpapertickets.com.

Getting pumped for night 1 of hilarity!

  • Here’s a sneak peak for night 2’s stage readings!

“Extra Virgin” by Jen Williams

– Cherry poppin’ good!

Featuring: Christina Wilharm, Jenna St. John, James Cullen, Peter Orvetti, and Eileen Haley

“Shut-in” by Matt Spangler

– Who knew that Godzilla was such a cry baby?

Featuring: Merancia Noelsaint, Banks Cancún, Brian Lewandowski, Sarah Hensley, Tony Green, and James Cullen

“Pacing” by Jessica Bylander 

– Who needs couples therapy when you have a marathon?

Featuring: James Cullen, Jenna St. John, and Sarah Hensley.

“GOT” by Matt Spangler

– Hidden deep underground, there is a group of gullible humans who think they are the back-up government for the universe.

Featuring: Eileen Haley, Brittany Sankofa, Banks Cancún, and Tony Green.

“Friends Against Humanity” by Ayan and Dara Gold

– A party game for backstabbers, threesomes, and sperm donors.

Featuring: Eileen Haley, Sarah Hensley, Tony Green, Merancia Noelsaint, Christina Wilharm, and Brian Lewandowski

Stage Directions read by Peter Orvetti

Readings directed by Dara Gold.

Hashtag 52 plays by women

The #52playsbywomen sounds very neat! In a nutshell: “Could you see a play by a woman a week for a year and tell everyone about it on Twitter?”
Going to try to find feasible and affordable ways to make this possible.

One way recently discovered is to read the scripts (some here: http://venusinorange.com/free-play-reading-list-52playsbywomen/), but nothing can replace a live performance 🙂

Oooo! Idea in the moment as this blog post is being written. Maybe we’ll do podcasts/radio dramas or filmed stage readings (possibly cold) of the scripts to help people participate! While not quite the same as a staged show, it can help busy actors participate in an easy way and make female playwright scripts accessible to more people! More brainstorming to come.

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On Monday, a brilliant new international theatre parity advocacy call to action launches on social media: #52playsbywomen. This international campaign has been started by American writer Laura Annawyn Shamas.

Could you see a play by a woman a week for a year and tell everyone about it on Twitter? (Readings count and if there are not enough performed plays available by women writers in a specific region, reading a play by a woman playwright instead that week is fine.) This should last for a year, so that each participant will have experienced #52playsbywomen.
The rules are simple:

I. Pledge to see a play by a woman (including woman-identified) playwright each week for a year. If you’d like (optional), you can announce your pledge on social media, something like:
“I pledge to see a play by a woman playwright each week for one year to support #52playsby women. Follow…

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