K.L.'s Bog: A Diary of Artful Things

K.L.'s Blog © 2004-2017 K.L.Storer -- all rights reserved

<--- PREVIOUS (Apr-June, 2014)

ENTRIES
(JULY-SEP, 2014):

click here for latest entry


Wed, July 2, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



PLAY IT BY HEART AT THE HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY:
In the audience icon

I saw Play It By Heart last night. Really well-written songs -- and that coming from someone who doesn't like country music all that much: Music by David Spangler and Jerry Taylor; Lyrics by David Spangler, Jerry Taylor and R.T. Robinson; Book by Brian Yorkey. Congrats to Director Kevin Moore and the whole cast and crew for a fine production. The show is dark on the 4th, but still runs tonight through this coming Sunday afternoon. The Race has made all unsold tickets through the end of the run, this coming Sunday, July 6, just $25. If you want to take advantage of this deal, CLICK HERE.

To do a tad bit of singling out, you really ought to hear Trisha Rapier and Kathryn Boswell belt out those country melodies.


Pre-ChiTown vacation

TONIGHT! RINGO AND HIS ALL-STARR BAND

The VACATION EXTRAVAGANZA 2014 officially kicks off at 3:30 as I shut off the computer at the rent-payer and head out the door. First significant stop: RINGO at The Fraze!


TANESHA GARY AT THE BECKETT THEATRE:
PROMOTING MY FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES IN PROFESSIONAL GIGS

To once again invoke Caroline, or Change, our very own "Caroline" from the HRTC production, the amazing Tanesha Gary, is currently appearing in Ethel Sings at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, in New York City.

Break a leg icon
*Just a reminder this can only be a small sampling of the professional work of my friends and colleagues. I'm simply not going to be aware of all their good fortunes. Plus, I may screw up and learn of something and forget about it -- I can be that way, easily. But if I know (and remember), I'll give a shout out for the pro gig successes!



Independence Day 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Celebrating the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declartaion of Independence.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

    He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

    He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

    He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

    For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

    For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

    For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

    For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

    For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably i nterrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Georgia:
     Button Gwinnett
     Lyman Hall
     George Walton
      Column 2
North Carolina:
     William Hooper
     Joseph Hewes
     John Penn
South Carolina:
     Edward Rutledge
     Thomas Heyward, Jr.
     Thomas Lynch, Jr.
     Arthur Middleton
      Column 3
Massachusetts:
     John Hancock
Maryland:
     Samuel Chase
     William Paca
     Thomas Stone
     Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:
     George Wythe
     Richard Henry Lee
     Thomas Jefferson
     Benjamin Harrison
     Thomas Nelson, Jr.
     Francis Lightfoot Lee
     Carter Braxton

Column 4
Pennsylvania:
     Robert Morris
     Benjamin Rush
     Benjamin Franklin
     John Morton
     George Clymer
     James Smith
     George Taylor
     James Wilson
     George Ross
Delaware:
     Caesar Rodney
     George Read
     Thomas McKean
      Column 5
New York:
     William Floyd
     Philip Livingston
     Francis Lewis
     Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
     Richard Stockton
     John Witherspoon
     Francis Hopkinson
     John Hart
     Abraham Clark
      Column 6
New Hampshire:
     Josiah Bartlett
     William Whipple
Massachusetts:
     Samuel Adams
     John Adams
     Robert Treat Paine
     Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
     Stephen Hopkins
     William Ellery
Connecticut:
     Roger Sherman
     Samuel Huntington
     William Williams
     Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
     Matthew Thornton





RINGO AND HIS ALLSTARR BAND 2014 TOUR icon
The report on the Ringo show should be here tomorrow!


Sat, July 5, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



RINGO AT THE FRAZE WEDNESDAY EVENING:

Pre-ChiTown vacation icon
In Concert icon
xxxx

RINGO AND HIS ALLSTARR BAND 2014 TOUR

Below is the weather forecast, as of about noon Wednesday, for Kettering, Ohio, home of The Fraze. By 5:30 the chance of rain had doubled to 20%, and the skies were not "generally clear," but those skies were where I live, some twenty miles north-east of The Fraze.
Screenshot form weather.com of forcast for wednesday night, July 2, 2014 -- 60° low; Mostly Clear; Chance of rain, 10%; Humidity, 75%; "Tonight, Generally clear skies. Low near 60F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph."
xxxx
The Ringo & His All-Starr Band tour trucks, parked for load-in at The Fraze Wednesday morning. The photo was snapped by local Musical Theatre Instructor Darin L. Jolliffe-Haas, who lives near the venue.
xxxx


As you five regulars know, I kicked off the VACATION    EXTRAVAGANZA    2014 Wednesday evening by seeing Ringo Starr at The Fraze Pavilion. I must say, Ringo's 2014 All-Starr Band can play a little bit. Seriously, an excellent show with top-notch performers. Here's the band....

THE 2014 RINGO AND HIS ALL-STARR BAND LINEUP:

RINGO STARR (Rory Storm & The Hurricanes and The Beatles): drums, keyboards, percussion, vocals

STEVE LUKATHER (Toto): guitar, vocals

GREGG ROLIE (Santana and Journey): organ, keyboards, vocals

TODD RUNDGREN (Nazz, Utopia and The New Cars): guitar, harmonica, bass, percussion, keyboards, vocals

RICHARD PAGE (Mr. Mister): bass, acoustic guitar, vocals

WARREN HAM (Bloodrock, AD and The Four Seasons): saxophone, keyboards, percussion, vocals

GREGG BISSONETTE: drums, percussion, vocals

xxxx
Ringo Starr
xxxx
Steve Lukather
xxxx
Gregg Rolie
xxxx
Todd Rundgren
xxxx
Richard Page
xxxx
Warren Ham
xxxx
Gregg Bissonette
Let's take these gentlemen in order of the listing.

Ringo was his affable, lovable, charming self, a great showman and an adorable mix of self-depreciation and self-awareness of his legendary status. At one point, as he introduced the song "Anthem" from his album Ringo 2012, the audience cheered and he joked, "Thanks to both of you for buying it!" Later, as he'd did in 2009, the first time I saw him live, he shouted to the audience: "What's my name!" To which we all, of course, shouted back his name. He is a marvelous entertainer and frontman.

Steve Lukather just simply kicks ass on guitar! His work on the Santana covers, as well as all the other songs, was more than merely impressive. Major skill!

Gregg Rolie also has great skill on his keys. I couldn't snap any good pics of him because he was stationed on the opposite down stage from where I was seated. But his keyboard work was impressive in its own right.

Todd -- You five will know that I was as excited to see Todd as I was to see Ringo. Most people have no idea just how influential Todd Rundgren has been to music. The major bonus for me was that Todd was on my side of the stage. Even better, he frequently jumped on the woofer amp right by my seat to play his guitar at the audience. At one point, because he was on a wireless pickup, he went off stage, into the audience and re-entered the stage on the other side. The big Todd moment for me was "Love Is The Answer": love the song and his vocal performance matched the studio recording. There were a few songs I would have loved to have heard; the top of that list is "Love In Action."

Richard Page has an incredible vocal range. If Todd's vocal on "Love Is The Answer" matched the studio recording, Page out-did that in spades on both Mr. Mister covers. His voice was pristine, strong and amazing. He sang a new song, which may not even be recorded yet, called, "You Are Mine,": a lovely ballad with another impressive vocal.

Warren Ham -- Do any of you five remember Bloodrock from the early seventies? They had a minor hit, at least in the mid-west, called, "D.O.A." It was about a guy driving while on an acid trip who crashes his car. The song is his voice on the way to the hospital. As adolescent boys, my friends and I thought it was an amazing song, daring, cutting edge. Bloodrock was this really cool band! The song and the band don't stand the test of time. Warren Ham, however, who was a member of Bloodrock (though after "D.O.A."), is another story. Wednesday night he showed his vocal ability as he took the high portions of the Toto songs, and others. But his major contribution was his magnificent wailing sax work! Once again: Major Skill!

Gregg Bissonette was obviously not the most famous drummer on the stage, but he was a drummer with a whole bunch of that word I've used before: Major Skill. *I also, because of my angle, could not get really good shots of this Gregg, either.

In short: The All-Starr Band gave us a good night of jammin'-fine entertainment.

Fortunately there was no rain, but rain was threatened to some extent which developed as the day moved on into more of a threat. By late afternoon the forecast warned that "a stray thunderstorm is possible through the evening." In my neck of the woods it rained a short while after that warning. But, though it was a bit overcast, it didn't rain during the show.
xxxx
Best moment of night: about five feet in front of me, down stage left, a little girl held up sign she'd made that said "I (heart) You." At first Ringo, who was down-center stage, didn't notice. So quite a few of us in the area started waving at him and pointing toward the little girl, especially when the song he was singing was over, which if I remember correctly was, "I Wanna Be Your Man" -- but it may have been "Photograph"; but it was at least halfway through the show or later. Anyway, he finally saw the little girl standing on the chair down by us and came over. He showed her poster to the audience, hugged her and then posed for a picture with her that her dad took. Walking back to center stage to start the next song, he said "Don't start a line, I only do that for five-year-olds." My pic of the hug and her dad snapping his pic didn't come out. The pics I post below aren't all great, but still capture most of the moment.

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx

And plus, I was just five feet away from a BEATLE!

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
The Set List:

 1. "Matchbox" (RINGO)
 2. "It Don't Come Easy" (RINGO)
 3. "Wings" (RINGO)
 4. "I Saw the Light" (Todd Rundgren)
 5. "Evil Ways" (Gregg Rolie)
 6. "Rosanna" (Steve Lukather with Warren Ham)
 7. "Kyrie" (Richard Page)
 8. "Bang the Drum All Day" (Todd Rundgren)
 9. "Boys" (RINGO)
10. "Don't Pass Me By" (RINGO)
11. "Yellow Submarine" (RINGO)
12. "Black Magic Woman"/"Gypsy Queen" (Gregg Rolie)
13. "Anthem" (RINGO)
14. "Honey Don't" (RINGO)
15. "You Are Mine" (Richard Page)
16. "Africa" (Steve Lukather with Richard Page)
17. "Oye Como Va" (Gregg Rolie)
18. "I Wanna Be Your Man" (RINGO)
19. "Love Is the Answer" (Todd Rundgren)
20. "Broken Wings" (Richard Page)
22. "Hold the Line" (Steve Lukather with Warren Ham)
23. "Photograph" (RINGO)
24. "Act Naturally" (RINGO)
25. "With a Little Help from My Friends" (RINGO)
26. "Give Peace a Chance" (Ringo & His All-Starr Band)
  *  no encore

xxxx
xxxx

xxxx
xxxx

xxxx
xxxx

xxxx
xxxx

xxxx
xxxx



PROMOTING MY FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES IN PROFESSIONAL GIGS
Bruce Sabath at the New York Musical Festival -- Fresh off his work as Henry Higgins, Bruce will also appear at New York Musical Festival, just as I previously noted will Ms. Ashanti J'Aria (she, in Deployed: the Musical, by Jessy Brouillard, July 16-22). Bruce will appear in The Gig, book, music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen. The Gig shows July 15-21.

Josh Kenney in Fabulous: The Queen of New Musical Comedies -- Josh, who was Perchik in The Human Race production of Fiddler On the Roof, has just been cast in the starring role of Jane Mann in this new musical, Book & Lyrics by Dan Derby, Music by Michael Rheault. No details on venue or dates.

Break a leg icon
*Just a reminder this can only be a small sampling of the professional work of my friends and colleagues. I'm simply not going to be aware of all their good fortunes. Plus, I may screw up and learn of something and forget about it -- I can be that way, easily. But if I know (and remember), I'll give a shout out for the pro gig successes!



Mon, July 7, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Happy Birthday Ringo!



AFTER RINGO, BEFORE CHICAGO (PAUL) :
Pre-ChiTown vacation
xxxx
xxxx xxxx
xxxx
This may be the same basic image as I posted two weeks ago, showing the view at one of my "favorite office spaces," but, does it hurt to see another such photograph?

I really can't be on vacation if I ignore all that great forestry around me in my own back yard, now can I? Thus far I've only got to do a few hours, over the weekend, but I will get back to those woods before this VACATION   EXTRAVAGANZA   2014 is over, I thought perhaps even later today, if the rain ceased. If not today, then absolutely after I return from Chicago.

The plan was to start my Saturday morning at one of my favorite spots, the 90° bend in The Little Miami River at John Bryan State Park, but I was twenty-four hours late. Sunday morning I was able to get to the bend. I spent a couple hours working on stuff on my laptop.

Then I hiked a little on another part of the Little Miami that's next door in Glen Helen Nature Preserve, a path I haven't traversed for a while, at least a year. Occasional, misty-light rain showers spotted the morning, but they weren't intrusive, or even detracting. If I hadn't needed to do some laundry I would have spend a couple more hours in the loveliness of the forest.

CHICAGO vacation 2014 icon
The day before, Saturday, having arisen for the day much later than I planned, I did at least get to the garage to get my oil changed for the Chicago trip -- well, that, and it was past due, anyway. I asked them to rotate my tires, too, but one of the mechanics advised against it because the tred on both my back tires was pretty worn down. He gave me the behest to be careful on my road trip, as well.

I made the decision that it was not prudent to make the trip with the tred-deficient tires. I had new rear tires mounted this morning. The 172 bucks strains my vacation budget. It eats up all my buffer allotment. Apparently that's what the buffer money was for. To confirm, that was not what I planned on it being for. I actually contemplated raiding a savings account I would rather leave alone, but I backed away from that idea. You know, unless there's something very cool at the memorabilia booth for the McCartney show, I don't have to come home with anything. I got two t-shirts from this tour last July. There may be new designs, and that will tempt me. Still, regardless of memorabilia, I will have a lot of pics and probably some video from the show. As for the three plays, I already have a Victory Gardens Theater coffee mug, a nice one. I might grab a Goodman Theatre or Steep Theatre mug, or some other souvenir from one or both, but I can definitely keep the theatre merchandise below what I budgeted.

The restaurant budget, however, stays as robust as possible!

The concept of having a tire blow-out at 75 miles-per-hour somewhere on I-65 North just seems less desirable than foregoing a few amenities. Even if I kept control of the car and didn't, oh, DIE, the hassle of dealing with repairs on the road just does not appeal to me. Plus, in the I-Don't-Die scenario, my vacation itinerary could get severely screwed. Then there's the I-DO-Die scenario, for which I'm not volunteering. Meanwhile, here's some more of my yesterday morning:

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx


Tue, July 8, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



CHICAGO vacation 2014

TONIGHT! DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at The Victory Gardens Theatre, starring D=Sandra Oh

On a Personal Note icon
I am hitting the road in a little while, heading north-west to continue my VACATION   EXTRAVAGANZA   2014. We are transitioning from Pre-ChiTown   Vacation to Chicag0   Vacation   2014. The five regulars will know about the major itinerary, as well as a few other things I have on the agenda -- The Art Institute of Chicago being a definite one of those other things. And I think I wrote this already, but my hope is that I get into town and check in to my hotel room early enough that I can take The L into Lincoln Park to walk around and maybe even eat dinner before tonight's show.

It seems pretty improbable that I'll be able to snap pictures when I visit the Art Institute, but I will snap a whole crap-load of pics whilst in Chicago: Lincoln Park, Millennium Park, The Gold Coast, wherever else I end up. Just like in yesterday's post entry, "After Ringo, Before Chicago," expect pictures and accounts from the trip that have little or nothing to do with the "artful things" tagger for this blog. Well, The Art Institute of Chicago, will certainly fall into that theme, be it pictures and text, or just text only. For the pictures and text that don't really associate with the "artful things" aspect, just remember the question I have posed before in respect to this specific issue:

Whose blog is it, anyway?

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at Victory Gardens Theater icon
It'll be nice to visit The Victory Gardens Theater again. It was five years ago I was last there, on the occasion of seeing William Petersen and Mattie Hawkinson in David Harrower's Blackbird, which at least three of you five will know we took onto the stage at The Guild about twenty months later. I don't know Sandra Oh's work; as I wrote before, I have never seen but a portion of an episode of Grey's Anatomy; I remember that Ms. Oh was in some of those portions, but I have no impression of her work. Many of my theatre arts friends like her work, and a couple rave about her work, so I am looking forward to the show based on their impressions. It might be noted that she and Petersen do have an important common ground: both left highly successful television shows to return to the stage, and, at least in the case of VGT (and for Petersen, steppenwolf as well), to a non-profit Equity stage where the paycheck isn't going to completely match their star power. I'm sure both do better than union scale when doing such gigs, but it's not what either can command. It's clear that as William Petersen has, Sandra Oh has returned to the stage for the idiosyncratic craftwork of the forum. That, in itself, makes me excited about this evening.


Wed, July 9, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



CHICAGO vacation 2014

In the audience icon
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at Victory Gardens Theater icon
STAY TUNED FOR A GOOD ACCOUNTING
I have a good agenda for the day and can't sit at the hotel desk on my laptop whilst there's stuff out there to do!

CHICAGO vacation 2014 icon MISCELLANEOUS ICON
Well, I am off now to The Art Institute of Chicago. But for your entertainment, ((?)), below is a brief look at some of the Chicag0   Vacation   2014 thus far.

Over the weekend, or something like that, I'll get to a lot more detail, and way more pics, a sort of overview like when your aunt and uncle insist on showing you their 700 photos from their vacation in (insert tourist destination here). I know, you can't WAIT!

xxxx
I snapped this while driving up I-65. My target was the highway sign and "Chicago 90 Miles." I didn't notice the "Adult Superstore" sign until I looked at the photo on my computer.......REALLY!
xxxx
The Victory Gardens Theater marquée, after the show last night.
xxxx
Late dinner, on the sidewalk, across from the Biograph.

Macca out there tonight 2014

Paul McCartney logo -- Extreme close-up of his eyes behind his autpgraph signature
Tonight will be the ninth time I have seen Macca in concert. The odd thing is that I have not had the customary dreams where I return to the same universe, the ame reality, where Paul and I are friends. This started as the show in 1993 was approaching (the third time I was to see him). I had a series of dreams where I had somehow managed to meet him after seeing him on his The Paul McCartney World Tour in 1989/1990, his first world tour since Wings Over The World in 1975/66. He'd started one in 1979 but it was cut short when he was busted in Japan for possession of marijuana.

This will be mostly the same show I saw last July in Indianapolis, except that he's switched out some songs for a selection of cuts off his latest studio album, the most-excellent NEW. I am sorry to say that according to all accounts I have seen, he will not be performing my favorite song off NEW, "Appreciate," which is a shame. It's a great song. I do wish the overall song line-up was shaken up a bit from last year; there are many songs I would love to hear him perform live that I have not yet; some, I fear, I will never hear him do live. A small sampling of that wish list (as it occurs to me at this time, and in no particular order):

    "Little Lamb, Dragonfly"
    "3 Legs"
    "Get On the Right Thing"
    "Stranglehold"
    "On The Way"
    "The World Tonight"
    "About You"
    "Summers Day Song"
    "That Was Me"

The list could go on for a while, but these are a few that popped into my head, this time. While I'm on the subject, I'd love to hear a full-band arrangement of "You Never Give Me Your Money" live. What he did on the 2002 tour was okay, but it was a cocktail-lounge version. Let's hear it as a full-band performance, Paul! However, in the end, though I am seeing a show I have mostly seen before, tonight will still be worth the trip.



Thu, July 10, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



CHICAGO vacation 2014

This Afternoon - BRIGADOON at The Goodmans; Tonight -  A SMALL FIRE at Steep theatre




Paul McCartney Out There 2014 Tour
xxxx

Again, the accounting of this event is being deferred. Suffice to say it was, well, it was Paul! A good time was had by all! In the meantime, here's a randomly selected pic from the evening.


CHICAGO vacation 2014 icon MISCELLANEOUS ICON

Before I start doing theatre today, I believe I will check out this year's incarnation of Taste of Chicago. I attended one in 1984, I believe it was.

Been a while.



Fri, July 11, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



CHICAGO vacation 2014 What's the Agenda?
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at Victory Gardens Theater icon
Paul McCartney Out There 2014 Tour
BRIGADOON at The Goodman Theatre icon
A SMALL FIRE at Steep Theatre icon
Hitting the road back home to Ohio today.

sad icon

Lots to share that is all quite germain to the professed theme of this blog. There, too, is other Chicag0   Vacation   2014 stuff related only to itself that I am still going to blog about here. Why not?

Of course, I have two more plays to add to the Sandra Oh, Paul McCartney and The Art Institute of Chicago items in the queue of "Diary of Artful Things," waiting to be recounted when I can sit down and gather it all into cohesive, coherent wordage. Though, as I have been doing, here's a few pics from yesterday's leg of the adventure:

xxxx
A shot of a room full of sculpture work at The Art Institute of Chicago.
Okay, technically this is a pic from the day before yesterday.
xxxx
A view just after I walked into the 2014 Taste of Chicago through the Michigan Ave. entrance.
xxxx
Rob Coon and I after I witnessed his fine work in A Small Fire at Steep Theatre.



Tue, July 15, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



What's the Agenda?
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at Victory Gardens Theater icon
Paul McCartney Out There 2014 Tour
BRIGADOON at The Goodman Theatre icon
A SMALL FIRE at Steep Theatre icon
CHICAGO vacation 2014 Post Chicago Vacation 2104

There's more -- the final more -- on my Vacation   Extravaganza   2014 coming, including more photos. Though the thought of anyone waiting in great anticipation is a rather ludicrous one, isn't it?



THE GUILD'S TIME STANDS STILL WINS BIG AT THE WESTERN REGIONAL OCTAFEST:
Dayton Theatre Guild

Congratulations to the cast and crew of our Guild production of Time Stands Still for their fine recognition at the Regional OCTAfest for the Western region of The Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA).

The play is West region Alternate to go to State Conference on Labor Day weekend.

The show also took home the following awards:

  • Excellence in Ensemble - the cast as a whole
  • Excellence in Acting - Cassandra Engber
  • Excellence in Acting - Kelli Locker
  • Excellence in Acting - David Hollowren
  • Merit in Acting - Tom Dierling
  • Merit in Set Design - Blake Senseman
  • Excellence in Directing - Debra Kent


Thu, July 17, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



What's the Agenda?
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at Victory Gardens Theater icon
Paul McCartney Out There 2014 Tour
BRIGADOON at The Goodman Theatre icon
A SMALL FIRE at Steep Theatre icon
CHICAGO vacation 2014 Post Chicago Vacation 2104

THE FINAL ACCOUNTING IS COMING



SOUND DESIGNING ICON

There are several different sound design gigs on the horizon, some I have already started work on. I'll detail this all in upcoming posts.

No, none are paying gigs.


ANNOUNCING THE CAST OF NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD COUNTRY MUSIC:
NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD CONTRY MUSIC & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Catherine            Sara Naderer

Eve            Angela Riley

Jason            *To Be Announced

Roy Manual            Jared Mola

Jim Stools            Dave Hallowren

July 22 Update: Noah Walters has been cast as Jason


Tue, July 22, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



COMING SOON!
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN at Victory Gardens Theater icon
Paul McCartney Out There 2014 Tour
BRIGADOON at The Goodman Theatre icon
A SMALL FIRE at Steep Theatre icon



CHICAGO vacation 2014 Post Chicago Vacation 2104



THE ROLE OF JASON HAS BEEN FILLED:
NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD CONTRY MUSIC & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.

Director Ralph Dennler has announced that the role of Jason has been filled by Noah Walters. The cast list is now:

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Catherine            Sara Naderer

Eve            Angela Riley

Jason            Noah Walters

Roy Manual            Jared Mola

Jim Stools            Dave Hallowren



Fri, July 25, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



VACATION   EXTRAVAGANZA   2014
CATCH UP
&
POST-SCRIPT

CHICAGO vacation 2014

For whatever self-involved reasons, this blog is clearly pretty important to me. I write to it as if there is a large following. There isn't. There never has been. I strongly suspect there never will be. I jest with my addresses to "you five"; meaning the five people who regularly visit and actually read the thing. I'm not really sure how accurate or unduly conservative that number is, but I suspect it's closer to reality than the part of my ego that needs validation would want to know.

But here I am, writing about my trip to Chicago to see some plays, a living musical and pop-culture legend, and otherwise simply my return to and further exploration of a city for which I have a great affinity. Let's face it, I'm writing this for me. This is, as it always is, a judiciously censored public accounting of personal stuff that it's unreasonable for me to expect any of you to care much about. So, I write it for me but you're invited to peek in, if for some reason you should want to do so.

However, despite the dedication I have to this blog, I was not about to get home from Chicago and immediately spend all my time working on the text and image work to blog about the trip. I have worked on it off-and-on since I got back, but I attended to other things to, especially some good dose of chill time.

But now for the two of you five who almost care:


SANDRA OH AT THE BIOGRAPH:

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, by Ariel Dorfman, at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 - Directed by Chay Yew, featuring Sandra Oh
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx

Back to Tuesday, July 8, and my first "event": Sandra Oh as Paulina in Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden at The Victory Gardens Theater, along with her castmates, John Judd (Roberto) and Raúl Castillo (Gerardo). I rather like the fact that my first whole experience of Ms. Oh as an actor was live on stage with her often only fifteen feet away from me. Further, I liked her performance quite a bit.

The set, designed by William Boles, is another strong feature of the production. When I walked in to sit in my "good" seat (third row center, three seats in) there was a big ol' wall on stage facing me and most of the audience. It was a wall of the house the characters exist in, Well, that didn't look good. But, as it turned out, the stage was on a 360° turnstile that rotated as the characters moved to different sections of the small house, giving the whole audience a good view of all the action. The rotation certainly isn't a new concept, but it worked absolutely perfectly for this production. And the set design itself (i.e.: the look of Gerardo and Paulina's home) was most elegantly fitting. If you are on facebook you can see some pics of the set here.

As a sound designer myself, I appreciate Mikhail Fiksel's sound design, which was subtle, unobtrusive and enhanced the sense of verisimilitude. The story takes place on a beach on one of the South American coasts; the pre-show "music" was the low, rhythmic crashes of ocean upon the shoreline.

Also worth commenting on is Director Chey Yew's casting of Ms. Oh in what is still unfortunately considered "non-traditional" casting. The world of her character, Paulina, is that of an unnamed Latin American country just shortly after a dictatorship has fallen. Ms. Oh, born in Canada, is of Korean ethnicity. There's is nothing inherent in the script to say that Paulina cannot be Asian, and there are Asian immigrants in South America (read: Chile, the country of the playwright). This sort of deviation from the norm in casting is, of course, becoming more frequent, but it is still a deviation from the norm. Won't it be nice when there's no occasion to remark upon it?

My personal take is that there are times when the actor must meet certain criteria: age (frequently), race (frequently but not as much so as age) body size, attractiveness (as widely subjective as that is), and in many circumstances at least two actors in an ensemble have to credibly appear as if they are genetically related, or more accurately, not look as if it's not likely they are related.

I am a verisimilitude kind of a guy, so if the script calls for such specifics as those above in casting, and if it demands verisimilitude, which is fairly often, then that's what I want to see on stage (or screen) as an audience member, and how I would cast in any movie I make or when I finally join the ranks of stage directors. Yet, even when the script calls for verisimilitude, in the broad sense, I still believe the casting field should be opened wide if there isn't some inherent need or directive to cast a certain type. I'm glad to see that it happened in this incarnation of Death and the Maiden.

    *I BELIEVE I SEE AN EXPANDED ESSAY SUGGESTED BY THE END OF THIS SECTION


MAGRITTE, WOOD, SEURAT, AND MORE..., MUCH, MUCH MORE, AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO:

XXXXXXXXXX

fb post - "July 9, 2014 - Okay. I guess I'll have to make a special trip to Chicago solely to visit the Art Institute. I had to yell at myself like I was a recalcitrant child to get myself out of there!"
xxxx
Grant Wood's American Gothic. Not the only reason I visited the Art Institute, but certainly a big motivator!

The next day, Wednesday, I started the day off by walking from my hotel on Michigan Avenue up said street to The Art Institute. As the screen capture of my facebook post from later that day shows, I had a hard time leaving. There is just simply so much to see there, and the couple hours I allotted myself was simply nowhere close to adequate to satiate my appetite.

Right now, and for a few more months, there's an exhibit of work by Belgian surrealism artist René Magritte called Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938. Interesting, and to me and my uncultured-self a little surprising, is that the Magritte exhibition was the only place the patrons are not allowed to take photos (the only other restriction is: no flashes). I know that generally in museums there is no issue of copyright, most items are well into public domain use, but I expected that photography would not be allowed, but it was, and as you can see, I took advantage. Except for in the case of surrealist Magritte. There were a few images I would have loved to photograph, too.

I didn't take any photos of paintings by Monet, either, but not because I was not allowed. When I walked into the room dedicated to his work, there had to be more than a dozen paintings, maybe more than two dozen. I just couldn't decide which ones to photograph and taking a shot of them all just seemed, I don't know, gluttonous.

Seriously though, I am going to have to take a trip dedicated to spending a lot of time at the institute. Here are most of the pictures I took of of work exhibited:
xxxx
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
xxxx
Night Hawks by Edward Hopper

xxxx
Abraham Lincoln by Daniel Chester French
xxxx
The Old Dragoons of 1850 by Frederic Remington
xxxx
Head of Pavlova by Malvina Hoffman

xxxx
A Chemist Lifting with Extreme Precaution the Cuticle of a Grand Piano by Salvador Dalí
xxxx
A Peasant Woman Digging in Front of Her Cottage by Vincent Van Gogh
xxxx
Crowned and Bejeweled Buddha Seated on Elephant Throne

xxxx
Visions of Eternity by Salvador Dalí
xxxx
Untitled (Purple, White and Red) by Mark Rothco
xxxx
The Moqui Runner (the Moqui Prayer for Rain -- the Returning of the Snakes) by Herman Atkins MacNeil

xxxx
The Key by Jackson Pollock
xxxx
The Image Disappears by Salvador Dalí

xxxx
Anthropomorphic Tower by Salvador Dalí
xxxx
Dancer and Gazelles by Paul Manship
xxxx
Study From Life (aka: Egyptian Girl), 1891 by John Singer Sargent

xxxx
Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy by Vincent Van Gogh
xxxx
God Ganesha, Remover of Obstacles

xxxx
Hogs Killing A Snake by John Stewart Curry
xxxx
Greyed Rainbow by Jackson Pollock

xxxx
The Drinkers by Vincent Van Gogh
xxxx
Inventions of the Monsters by Salvador Dalí

xxxx
The End of the Trail by James Earle Fraser
xxxx
Nude Under a Pine Tree by Pablo Picasso

xxxx
Sky Above Clouds, IV by Georgia O'Keefe

xxxx
The Scarf Dance designed by Léonard-Agathon van Wydeveld


MACCA AT THE UNITED CENTER:

Paul McCartney In Cincert, United Center, Chicago, IL, Out There 2014
xxxx
xxxx
The Paul McCartney tour buses
xxxx
DJ Chris Holmes, Paul's opening act
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Video of Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp doing sign language for "My Valentine."

This was virtually the same show I saw last July in Indianapolis. The only differences in the play list were that several cuts from Paul's lastest album, last fall's NEW, replaced some of last summer's songs, plus one other switch-out. Interesting is that my seating position for the Chicago show was virtually a mirror of my seating for the Indianapolis show, roughly lending a symmetry to the experience by giving me almost the correlative point of view and distance from the stage, this time house-right (stage-left), the opposite from that in 2013.

As for how good the show was: well, it wasn't my favorite McCartney show, however, it was Paul. It was good. The man is a consummate showman with uncanny stage presence. No, it wasn't my favorite Paul concert I've attended -- that would be Columbus, Ohio in 2005 -- but it was indeed worth the trip to Chicago, ignoring for the moment the other draws for this particular vacation.

Most interesting story about this concert was the young lady who sat next to me for the first twenty minutes or so of the show. She is a major Macca fan who had already met him twice and I suspect met him again July 9. She had met him previously because she had "worked in the industry." That night her best friend and her friend's husband were down in good seats close to the front row and had also attended the meet-and-greet before the show because the friend knows one of Paul's guitarists, Brian Ray. A few songs into the show, the husband came up to our section and retrieved the young lady to come sit with them, as there was a seat open. The friend and her husband had a back stage pass for after the show. It's easy to extrapolate that the young lady would be meeting with Paul for the third time that night.

SOME PEOPLE!

PAUL MCCARTNEY 2014 CHICAGO UNITED CENTER PLAY LIST:

  1. "Eight Days a Week"
  2. "Save Us"* -- replaced "Junior's Farm"
  3. "All My Loving"
  4. "Listen to What the Man Said"
  5. "Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady"
  6. "Paperback Writer"
  7. "My Valentine"
  8. "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
  9. "The Long and Winding Road"
10. "Maybe I'm Amazed"
11. "I've Just Seen a Face"
12. "We Can Work It Out"
13. "Another Day"
14. "And I Love Her"
15. "Blackbird"
16. "Here Today"
17. "New"* -- this & next replaced "Your Mother Should Know"
18. "Queenie Eye"* -- also replaced "Your Mother Should Know"
19. "Lady Madonna"
20. "All Together Now"
21. "Lovely Rita"
22. "Everybody Out There"* -- replaced "Mrs. Vandebilt"
23. "Eleanor Rigby"
24. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
25. "Something"
26. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
27. "Band on the Run"
28. "Back in the U.S.S.R."
29. "Let It Be"
30. "Live and Let Die"
31. "Hey Jude"

ENCORE 1:
32. "Day Tripper"
33. "Hi, Hi, Hi"
34. "Get Back" -- replaced "I Saw Her Standing There"

ENCORE 2:
35. "Yesterday"
36. "Helter Skelter"
37. "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End"
      *Songs added to the show from the album NEW.

xxxx

xxxx
xxxx

xxxx
xxxx

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx


THE KICK-ASS ENSEMBLE CAST AT THE GOODMAN:

BRIGADOON, by Lerner and Lowe, at The Goodman Theatre, 170 N Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60601

xxxx
No photos from The Goodman visit; I was in a bit of a rush getting there, and after curtain down I needed to head toward my next stop. But I did pick up a cap and a coffee mug, as seen here from my front stoop at home.
If you remember, this was added to the trip because I wanted to add a play to the trip. I went to The Goodman's web site because I had not been to this theatre before and decided to see what was playing there while I was in town. I had never seen a stage production of Brigadoon and so what the hell. The musical is by Lerner & Loew but in this production playwright Brian Hill, (re: The Story of My Life), revised the book. According to Hill it was a substantial revision that kept the "tone of the original." I was a kid of maybe six or seven when I saw the movie. I only saw it because I was with my parents at someone's house where it was on TV; I have a strong suspicion, based on my age at the time, that I may not have been either impressed or engaged. I barely remember seeing it, only that I did see it about a half-century ago. The point here is that I can't comment on Mr. Hill's revision, but the text I saw performed July 10 was good work.

How did I like the show? you ask? I found the production most impressive. The entire ensemble is a cast of top-notch tripple threats. The closest thing to a stand-out to me would be Maggie Portman in the role of Meg Bockie, but that may have more to do with the feistiness of the role and her ability to own it. All I can say is that when she was on stage my attention was drawn to her. I may be singling Ms. Portman out, but be assured she is on stage with an excellent compliment of castmates.

It was simply a fine, fine production all the way around: the singing, the dancing, the choreography (by Director Rachel Rockwell) that the dancing stood upon, the acting, the orchestra, the set design and special effects. What a great introduction to The Goodman to have experienced.

One complaint though: the seats could stand to be raked a little bit.


ROB COON AT STEEP THEATRE:

A SMALL FIRE, by Adam Bock, at Steep Theatre, 1115 Berwyn Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
xxxx
xxxx
Once again, Rob and I after the show.
xxxx
The lobby of Steep. The steps lead up to the tech booth. It brings to mind the tech booth at the old Guild on Salem Ave., save that we had a ladder.
xxxx

Thursday evening then, my theatrical swan song for VACATION   EXTRAVAGANZA   2014 was, of course, seeing Rob Coon as John in A Small Fire, by Adam Bock at Steep Theatre, a storefront theatre on West Berwyn Ave. in Edgewater.

Steep is a small theatre, very intimate, which I believe is the norm for Chicago storefront theatres. For this production the stage was set up as a traverse stage of about eighty square feet and seated about forty people (20 on either side). I got the impression from Board Member Ted Lowitz that the seating was more limited than usual for this show, but I suspect that even with different set designs that accomodate more seating, the house reaches fifty seats, tops. So: intimate theatre that outdoes The Guild and other small Dayton theatres.
xxxx
xxxx

The play itself is a nice script, rife with metaphor in the underpinning conflict, that lends itself to the intimate staging. Kudos to the whole cast: Rob as John Bridges, Melissa Riemer as Emily Bridges (John's wife), Julia Siple as their daughter, Jenny, and James Allen as Emily's foreman, Billy Fountaine, as well as to Director Joanie Schultz. Kudos also to sound designer Thomas Dixon for his original music both pre-show and during production. The work was composed of understated chimes, bells and like percussion sounds. It worked very well; as a fellow sound designer, I appreciate the approach and its appropriateness to the script and the production.

I further have as much appreciation for attending this intimate, storefront production, with a couple dozen fellow audience members, as for the two big Equity house productions, both sold out at perhaps 300 seats each, of not more.

Added bonus, I have the privilege of attending Dayton Playhouse FutureFest 2014 this weekend and reporting to everyone that our absent adjudicator is a good actor!



ASSORTED CHICAGO VACATION 2014 DIVERSIONS:
MISCELLANEOUS ICON
xxxx

"Diversions" only really means stuff not directly related to that "Diary of Artful Things" thing. There are the neighborhoods around and about some of my theatre experiences, two in specific. There are also outings to Grant Park, Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, and Millennium Park.

Let's start the "diversions" by accounting my use of the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority). On my way to Death and the Maiden, I walked to the Roosevelt subway station and purchased a Ventra card, which is, as it turns out, the new pass card system for both the L subway system and the surface bus transit system. According to the CTA website, the Ventra card system launched system-wide July 1, or only one week before I arrived for my stay. I put three days unlimited transit on the card and used the train, and in a few cases, the bus, for all my travel in the city during my entire stay. My car was parked in hotel lot the whole time. Don't go thinking that was an amazing savings. Parking at the hotel was $38 a day, or $114 for the stay. More than a savings it was a hassle reducer. More so, I liked the experience of getting around town on the transit system. It took me no time at all to feel at home with it all. It's almost as if I was rehearsing for a time when I might be a resident of the city. I might point out that I do still have the card, ready and waiting for more money to be credited to it  cool smile icon.

xxxx
Thai Bowl, when I spied it before Death and the Maiden and decided that would be my late dinner destination after the show.
When I arrived that day, my hope had been to get into town, check into my hotel room, and then get to Lincoln Park early enough to hang around the neighborhood and perhaps grab dinner before Death and the Maiden. There was a construction slow-down on Northbound I-65 in Indiana that dashed that hope, at least for the most part. I got to explore a little, but had defer dinner until after the show. But it was a nice night -- the weather during my whole stay was lovely -- so, as intimated by the earlier pic from the July 9 posting, I ate across the street from The Biograph at Thai Bowl. It was a tossup between there and Pizano's Pizza, just two doors down from the theatre; Thai won this time, but, I will return to The Victory Gardens Theater again, so, Pizano's is highly likely to be in my future.

xxxx
A sculpture display of children in play, in the small park down the block from The Victory Gardens Theater.
I was able to catch the train into Lincoln Park early enough to explore the nearby neighborhood somewhat, though not near as much as back in 2009 when I got out of the theatre after a matinée. I did check-out the little park area at the end of the block, where Lincoln Ave., Fullerton Ave., and Halsted St. meet -- didn't catch the name. I walked down a few side streets and checked out the architecture, and the foliage -- a lot of the Chicago neighborhoods, as well as Downtown Chicago, have a lot of greenery, flower beds and foliage adorning the street life. I took a few photographs on the nearby side street, W. Montana St. I do wish I'd had more time because I remember the walk around the neighborhood. I suspect if I moved to Chicago -- once more, a concept that is not absolutely off the table, as I have written before -- I would want to live there; I also suspect I'd better be coming to a lucrative employment situation, or I will not be living there.
xxxx
The children at play sculpture from another point of view.
xxxx
The children at play sculpture from yet another point of view.
xxxx
One example, on W.Montana St. of Chicago urban greenery.

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx

Wednesday I walked down Michigan Ave. to The Art Institute, traversing the parts of Grant Park between my hotel and the museum. After I left the art museum I checked out Millennium Park, which is just next door. Both Grant park and Millennium Park are garnished with sculpture work. Great stuff.

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Grant Park, Wednesday morning, July 9, on the way to the Art Institute of Chicago

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Michigan Ave., Wednesday morning, July 9, also on the way to the Art Institute of Chicago

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
The dome grid at Millennium Park

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Sculptures at Millennium Park and a picture of the park from the art institute

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Michigan Ave., Wednesday afternoon, July 9, also on the way back to my hotel

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
A late lunch on the Pret A Manger patio on Michigan Ave., on the way to the hotel from the Art Institute and Millennium Park.

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Some pics from Grant Park on the walk back to the hotel

xxxx
Before my theatre double-header on Thursday, I went back up to the end of Grant Park by the art institute to spend maybe an hour thumping around the 2014 Taste of Chicago. I dropped about $40 there on a few types of pizza, several varieties of chicken, some veggie burgers, and assorted other food and drink. This time I road the bus up because I was a little concerned about time and I also didn't feel like taking the mile-plus hike.

xxxx
Later that day, after Brigadoon, I took the Red Line, up to Edgewater and got there early enough this time to have dinner before the show. The Red, by the way, conveniently lets off right next door to Steep Theatre. After arriving by the theatre, on Rob's recommendation, I took the bus about ten or fifteen minutes away to an area of Clark Street with a nice little run of restaurants and bars in Uptown. Rob specifically recommended a place called Hopleaf, but as I was walking toward it I spotted a little sushi restaurant across the street, Ora Sushi, where I dined as the only patron in the restaurant. Still, the food was good, and it was priced as sushi usually is priced. It was a nice atmosphere with decent decor and new age music.

xxxx
Having time to kill before I needed to be at the theatre, I strolled a bit up and down the street. Feeling like being a hedonistic tourist, despite that I was relatively satiated by the sushi, I thought to myself, I bet somewhere down this strip of restaurants and bars, there's an ice cream shop. Maybe thirty seconds later, a guy walked by me with a monster ice cream cone in his hand. I didn't even bother to ask where he got it; I simply walked the direction he came from and I soon came upon George's ice Cream & Sweets just a block down the street. I had one dip of cappuccino chocolate topped with a dip of strawberry cheese cake on a baked waffle cone. I sat on a little bench close to a street corner and savored in my excess desert. When I got back to Edgewater and Steep Theatre, I still had some time to kill before the doors opened, so I stroled down the street some and checked out that neighborhood. Then I went and watched Mr. Coon on stage.
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Taste of Chicago with Grant Park's Buckingham Fountain and with the Chicago cityscape.

xxxx
The Red Line over Wabash Ave., close to Grant Park, as I was walking toward an L platform to catch it to go to The Goodman, and Brigadoon, after A Taste of Chicago.
xxxx
A shot of Wabash as I continued toward the L platform.
xxxx
The No.92 Foster bus I rode from the Berwyn Red Line station to Clark St., and back.

xxxx
My cappuccino chocolate and strawberry cheese cake ice cream dips on a baked waffle cone from George's.
xxxx
A shot of part of the Clark Street restaurant strip
xxxx
Another shot of Clark St.

xxxx
The Best Western as seen from Grant Park
My hotel, The Best Western Grant Park Hotel is on Michigan Ave., across from the southern end of Grant Park. As of Friday morning I hadn't checked out that section of the park, which included yet more sculpture works. I managed to awaken early enough my last morning in the city to head over and explore some before my noon check-out deadline.

xxxx
The Field Museum as seen from my hotel room window.
Out my hotel window, which looked over the southern-most part of the park, I could see off in the south-eastern distance a museum structure which I originally thought was the Art Institute. It is, however, the wrong direction and wrong street. The institute is north of the Best Western and is on Michigan Ave., just as is the hotel. This museum is actually off Lake Shore Dr. It turns out to be The Field Museum of Natural History, and I'm sorry to report I was not able to carve out time to get over there. I also noted, when doing some on-line research on The Field Museum that right behind it is the John G. Shedd Aquarium. I know there are other museums, art and otherwise, that I ought to check out.

xxxx
Walking back to the hotel from the Roosevelt subway station one night I realized that part of Columbia College Chicago is right there, next door to the hotel on Michigan Ave., across the side street: 11th St. In the back corner of that education building, on 11th St., is the college's Getz Theatre Center.

Just ticking off more reasons to go back to Chicago.

And here are some photos from Friday morning, including a few selfies; hadn't done any yet. Anyway........
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx

xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx


Post Chicago Vacation 2104

xxxx
Yahoo Maps puts the round trip from my apartment in South-West Ohio to the Best Western Grand Park Hotel in Downtown Chicago and back at 607.75 miles. It ended up being 614.8 on my trip odometer. The extra seven miles came from my trip home. I went to Chicago by way of the main highway route: I-70 West to Indianapolis then I-65 North to Chicago; according to Yahoo Maps, that's just fifteen minutes shy of a five-hour drive and, of course, virtually the same in reverse. My trip over and up to Chicago was a little longer due to that road construction on I-65 that I mentioned above. My tip home was much longer because I did not take I-65 South to I-70 East, I took rural routes out of Chicago (Illinois) into Northern Indiana then took I-30 East into Ohio; I continues that rural, scenic drive home; it was something like eight hour. There weren't a whole lot more miles involved in this route than the major-highway one, but a lot of lower speed limits, plus I did stop to eat in Merrillville, Indian then later for a few minutes at Grand Lake St. Mary's in Celina, Ohio, but neither of those stops accounted for the extra three-some hours so much as the slower speed. Had I been able to start early enough the previous Tuesday, I would have taken a similar back-roads up.

xxxx
Since I didn't need to report to work at the rent-payer until the following Monday morning, that weekend was still a part of VACATION   EXTRAVAGANZA   2014, albeit less eventful, even if I was back home. There was a little trip on that Sunday to nearby Yellow Springs and to the local park system, with a short hike at Clifton Gorge after a Saturday of doing pretty much nothing, because, to quote myself from the Monday, July 7 blog post, "I really can't be on vacation if I ignore all that great forestry around me in my own back yard, now can I?" On Saturday, I think I did process a lot of the vacation photos. Perhaps I also started the composition of this elaborately, over-written, bore-fest of an entry, but little else. I did indeed have my laptop with me on Sunday and most certainly worked on both vacation photos and text, but I did not get anxious about getting it done, as the date of this posting proves.
xxxx
I-30 -- not sure if this is Indiana or Ohio
xxxx
A bar on I-30 somewhere around Van Wert, Ohio
xxxx
Rural driving in the mid-west means, farms

xxxx
Drove right past Grand Lake St. Marys, in Celina, Ohio on my trek southward. Had to stop and snap some pics
xxxx
Big Bob: the world's largest handmade bass, at Grand Lake
xxxx
SR 571 as I get closer to the Dayton area
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
In the spirit of my visit to The Windy City, I ate lunch that final Vacation Sunday at a sidewalk dining table at Current Cuisine in Yellow Springs.
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Clifton Gorge that same Sunday. I may have a crush on Chicago in all its urban glory, but I still and always will have a strong affinity for the woodlands and their environs


POST-SCRIPT
VACATION   EXTRAVAGANZA   2014

Any of "you five" who have, indeed, read to this point: I know that you know that after the stressful experience of The Dead Guy at The Guild I really felt the need for some sort of great vacation, and I was glad I had the Chicago trip already on the calendar; on Dead Guy closing day, when I added Rob Coon's show to the trip, that made it sweeter. If you haven't been paying attention, VACATION EXTRAVAGANZA 2014 was an emotional and spiritual success. Yes, indeed, more than slightly good for my soul, it was fantastic for my soul, and not just the Chicago part; though, would it shock anyone that the Chicago part is significant to me?

Just like I'd planned, I went "on vacation for several days in Chicago and [did] so in some sort of style, even if [it, for the most part, favored] a more modest style. But I [stayed in] a decent room, I [ate] in restaurants that charge more than I am used to, I [bought] souvenirs from the events, and I [walked] around [portions of] Chicago, drinking in the 'City of the Big Shoulders.'" I also did have to take out that signature loan, though I dropped the requested amount down by 30%; that reduction was before I knew about the two rear tires I needed for my car and the parking fee at the hotel in Chicago -- both which took a combined $285 away from my Chicag0 Vacation 2014 budget. Yet, I still was able vacation in some style.

Why, beyond self-involved egoism, would I believe this whole thing is worth blogging about, I can't definitively postulate with absolute certainty. Unquestionably, with the four* performances I attended and the visit to the art institute, there is that strong element of the "Diary of Artful Things," involved. Too, there is that aspect of "whose blog is it. anyway?" concerning the rest of the trip. However, again, as I suggested at the start of this entry, I can't think of much reason why anyone reading this entry would have that much interest in it as a whole, and I'm unsure that many will read through to this paragraph. Sure, it's interesting to me, but then, it's my life, it's my experience; I'm the one charged to make sense of it.

This was my first time to see three professional theatre productions so closely together**: I liked it. Several of my theatre friends have gone to New York City to take in three or more plays in a few days, usually a weekend; some have done that more than once; some do it approaching regularly. On a few occasions I have seen three or more theatre productions in such close proximity (outside of FutureFest, where there are six shows in three days), but never have they all been "professional"; though, there's been professional quality to be claimed by some of those shows. I'd love to be able to do that all the time, take in multiple professional plays in a tight time period. Had I the income and the time, it would be a regular thing. The New York adventure, with at least one being on Broadway, is attractive, but doing it again in Chicago has strong appeal. There's always Cincinnati, with several professional houses, as well, and currently a more practical option. Of course, I'd love to go to the movie theater a lot, too, regardless of what city, but that's another issue.

Beyond the artful events of my Chicago vacation, my affinity for the city made the trip a welcomed rejuvenation. I wrote above of how fast I felt assimilated into using the transit system to get around town, I didn't really feel like a tourist, save for not being completely sure when my stops were coming up and that really felt more like being new in town. There was a sense that this was a small, virtual trial-run at being a resident commuter. I'm not prepared to say that was what it was, but I can't deny that I was willing to pay attention as if it was, to say to myself, you could easily accept this, couldn't you?

I believe I've mentioned before on this blog that I am far more of a rural kind of a guy than I am an urban one. For almost two decades I have inhabit a bit more of a rural abode. The idea of once again living urban does not generally appeal to me. I want forestry close by, such as I have right now, and I mean Forests: large acreages that are preserved for wildlife. I hate urban driving. I hate it in Dayton, and Dayton is a mid-sized city where the driving conditions are mild compared to bigger urban places, hell, even Cincinnati. This isn't the first time I've admitted on this blog that despite my anti-urban leanings, I am enticed by the idea of living in Chicago -- except, of course, for its winter weather.

Undeniably, whenever the city comes up in whatever situation, I consider how much I would probably like being a Chicago resident. One element, I'm sure, of why I like the defunct TV show, My Boys, so much, besides the fact that I have a celebrity crush on Jordana Spiro, is because the show is set in Lincoln Park. What I know I need to be aware of is that I have only been there as a visitor, a tourist. I see the city through the eyes of one who has spent no more than a few days at a time there and hasn't dealt with any of the day to day particulars of living and functioning as a resident citizen. Perhaps "rose colored glasses" isn't the precise word to use, but certainly I see Chicago through a vistor's filter. How much the vision is skewed I obviously can't say.

The bigger consideration is acting, theatre especially. I've been told by several reliable sources that the professional theatre community in Chicago can be closed, that it's difficult, regardless of talent and skill, to break inside the circle, or, more likely, circles. I have essentially done that in Dayton's small professional theatre community, but only to an extent. I would not suggest anyone look for me to become a resident artist at The Human Race, anytime soon. Certainly I have been graciously welcomed there, and I greatly appreciate the three opportunities I have so far had to play on those boards, but I'm not wholly "an established professional stage actor" in Dayton. Establishing myself as a professional stage actor in Chicago would surely be more of a task than it's been here. It doesn't mean it couldn't happen. This is all me thinking out loud, or I suppose, more appropriately, it's me thinking in text.

Even if I were to decide to move to Chicago, it wouldn't be any time soon. It's not a financially viable option at the moment. I will be back there though. I got a Ventra subway and bus card; Can't have the card and never use it.

  * five performances, if you count Ringo on July 2.
** go back to Play It By Heart on July 1 and that's four professional theatre productions in nine days, which is also new to me.

Now, some more pics from all over VACATION EXTRAVAGANZA 2014:

OK, here's the thing, time is moving on and I have a full plate the next several days (as I write this), so I will update this entry later with the promised photos; meanwhile I did not want to delay the posting of this entry any longer. So, stay tuned.
*08/05/2014 addendum: Still stay tuned. The additional pics ARE coming



In the audience icon

Alas, I shall not be on the stage due to a serious casting error (or two), but I will be in the audience at Dayton Playhouse FutureFest 2014 all of this weekend, starting this evening.


PROMOTING MY FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES IN PROFESSIONAL GIGS

Jeff Sams (a fellow Guild Board member), Scott Stoney, and others will appear in Molley Sweeney: a Musical at the The Human Race's Musical Theatre Workshops 2104 next weekend.

Break a leg icon

*Just a reminder this can only be a small sampling of the professional work of my friends and colleagues. I'm simply not going to be aware of all their good fortunes. Plus, I may screw up and learn of something and forget about it -- I can be that way, easily. But if I know (and remember), I'll give a shout out for the pro gig successes!



IN MEMORIAM
A little bit of catch-up to recognize three actors whose work I join millions in admiring. All three who passed away in the last month
xxxx xxxx
xxxx



Tue, Aug 5, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



CATCHING UP





Dayton Playhouse Large Wall sign with FutureFest 2014 logo superimposed

xxxx
My festival pass
xxxx
Dayton Playhouse Chairman Brian Sharp & FF2014 winner Linda Ramsay-Detherage.
FutureFest 2014 (the twenty-forth incarnation) has now come and gone (the last weekend of July) with the winning play being Sugarhill, by Linda Ramsay-Detherage. You can read Meredith Moss's article on it for the Dayton Daily News, "Play inspired by act of kindness wins top award at FutureFest," or the Dayton Most Metro article, "Tender 'Sugarhill' Wins Dayton Playhouse FutureFest," by Russell Florence, Jr.

The other five plays, meritorious in their own rights, were, (in alphabetical order): The Humanist by Kuros Charney, The Killing Jar, by Jennifer Lynne Roberts, Masterwork, by M.J. Feely, The Paymaster, also by M.J. Feely, and Wash, Dry, Fold, by Nedra Pezold Roberts.

All the adjudicators were returning judges, though one, Roger Danforth, had not been to the festival for maybe a decade. I don't recall ever seeing him before, so I don't think he's been since I started attending in 2005. The others were the usual suspects from the last several years or longer: David Finkle, Faye Sholiton, Helen Sneed, and Eleanore Speert.

As always there was a lot of good work from the actors, and as per usual there were a few excellent performances. It was just as lovely as always to hang with the five playwrights, and to meet the new ones, plus, of course, for Michael (M.J.) Feely, whom has been a contendor (and one-time winner) at FF several times before, and has become a friend of mine. Also cool to hang with the adjudicators, like always.

A good time was had by all!

AND NOW, MORE PICTURES:
xxxx
Sugarhill director & cast
xxxx
Kuros Charney
xxxx
The Humanist director & cast

xxxx
Jennifer Lynne Roberts
xxxx
The Killing Jar director & cast
xxxx
M.J. Feely

xxxx
Masterwork director & cast
xxxx
The Paymaster director, AD & cast
xxxx
Nedra Pezold Roberts

xxxx
Wash, Dry, Fold cast
My apologies to the cast for using this blurred & otherwise marred photo. The image file for the better pic I snapped a moment later was somehow corrupted and can't be used.
xxxx
The FutureFest 2014 adjudicators
xxxx
The adjudication of Wash, Dry, Fold from an audience perspective at a distance

A few shots of the FutureFest 2014 audience:
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx

FutureFest socializing and commensality over the weekend:
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx

The exterior setting for FutureFest: the lovely environment around the Dayton Playhouse at Wegerzyn Gardens (THE DAY WAS BIT OVERCAST, BUT STILL...) :
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx



NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD CONTRY MUSIC & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.

SOUND DESIGNING ICON
Show Cue Systems icon - http://www.showcuesystems.com/
The process of gathering production music has begun. Last week I met with Director Ralph Dennler concerning sound in general and a few sound effects that aren't strictly in the script but that are worth considering. We also discussed the logistics of a couple speakers for directed sound.

Saturday I dropped in to address a problem that had occurred a few shows back. Somehow, when using the channels to the four house speakers directly through the computer I could not get the up-left house speaker to accept a signal. It would take a signal when coming through the eight-channel mixing board, which was good news because it meant no one had to try to run down a cable short between the booth and the speaker. The problem had to do with, most likely, a sound driver. Not being able to run directly from the computer system meant we lost the ability to isolate any single speaker out, we could only send things in stereo. I was able to solve the problem this weekend so we can isolate sound to any one of the speakers. I also will be able to easily send isolated sound to either of the two extra speakers I mentioned above.

Tomorrow night I drop by before rehearsal to coordinate the recording of some off-stage voices.

DTG Promocast Production logo
On the promocast front, I have secured clearance from Playwright Lee Blessing to use dialogue from the script in the DV movie.

So: YaY!



MORE
SOUND DESIGNING ICON

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
Tonight I will drop into the Dayton Playhouse to meet with Jeff Sams about the sound design for his directorial endeavor. As I've already written, this will be a very simple design. I will not be in charge of the body mics or the mic mixes, only the sound cues and the pre-show/intermission music.

George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
I will also be designing the sound for this national debute at DPH, directed by Geoff Burkman. This will be another case where I will not be in charge of the body mics or the mic mixes.


In the audience icon

The weekend after FF2014, I saw some more theatre:

Molley Sweeney: a Musical at the The Human Race's Musical Theatre Workshops 2104 -- Saturday I saw this lovely musical by Caleb Damschroder and Eric Ulloa. Great performances by the cast, made up of Lindsie VanWinkle (in the title role), along with fellow Guild Board member Jeff Sams, Scott Stoney, Jamie Cordes, Joe Deer, Claire Marie Northcut, Katie Pees, Marya Spring, Sherri L. Sutter, Cooper Taggard, and Nick Verina. Igor Goldin directed and Scot Woolley was the musical director. The Stage Manager was Preston D. McCarthy -- Preston's was the only name left; it seemed like a pretty insulting crime to leave him off the credits here!

xxxx
Miss Fleeta Mae Bryte at The Drama Workshop in Cincinnati -- Greg Smith just wrapped a two-weekend stint reviving his role as Fleeta Mae in Ted Karber, Jr.'s Precious Heart as a fund-raiser for The Drama Workshop in Cincinnati. I dropped in to revisit Miss Bryte on the closing day, this past Sunday.

Fleeta was as Fleeta is: charming, disarming, a little naive and half crazy. Couldn't help but sit there during the performance and recall the sound cues from the Guild Christmas rendition we did, where I adapted Michael Boyd's original sound design for the first DTG production of this show to fit Ted Karber, Jr.'s re-writes for the holiday version.

Having hedged my bet by leaving with more than enough time to make the trip down to Cincinnati from home, I arrived about an hour before the curtain. I was able to visit with the Drama Workshop people; in fact, President Ray Persing showed me around the theatre, which has been converted from a bowling alley. Nice ste up; Ray and I commiserated on the never-ending needs of a theatre's building and facilities.

To close, check out Rob Bucher's article at his Behind the Curtain Cincinnati about the show: "My Visit With Miss Fleeta Mae Bryte at TDW."
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx



Fri, Aug 8, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD CONTRY MUSIC & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
The big sound design push is on. I moved my visit this week from Wednesday to Thursday, due to a Monday night injury in the gym -- I needed to spend some time off my feet, as I overworked my upper calves and was at a level of pain at one point that almost made me go to Urgent Care.

Tomorrow, before the shindig mentioned below, I'll head to The Guild to connect the two directed speakers, that I hope will occupy both channel 5 and channel 6 out of the computer (one for each). They both may have to be sourced from channel 5, which I would rather not be the case. That would mean the sound tech will have to manually redirect to the appropriate speaker during the show; that's do-able, but I'd rather avoid it.


THE 2014 INDUCTEES INTO
THE DAYTON THEATRE HALL OF FAME:
Daytonys - Dayton theatre Hall of Fame
xxxx
Saul Caplan
xxxx
Barbara Jorgensen
Tomorrow evening two important colleagues of mine will be honored with induction into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction & Daytony Awards.

Saul Caplan is one of the Dayton theatre people whom I have worked the most with; he may actually hold the spot as the one I've worked the most with. We have shared the stage in two professional and two non-professional productions; I have designed sound for six of his shows (seven if we count the re-boot of Souvenir); he has directed me in five shows (some making up part of the sound design count). Saul is one of the stronger presence on stage on Dayton theatre; it's great to see him honored with this induction.

Barbara (Barb) Jorgensen and I have only been in one show together, and it was back at the very start of my return to acting, The Cripple of Iniishman, my first productuon as an adult in early 2004. She was Mammy McDougal to my Johnnypat McDougal. Barb was very good about tutoring me and making me feel at home, as everyone was, but she was just a little better at it. Here's a note I wrote her at the close of the production:

I want to especially thank you for all the support, advice and kindness you've shown. Everyone was so good at welcoming me -- but you were more so and I am grateful.

I am about to start my eleventh season as a Guild board member, sharing all those fiscal boards with Barb, along with others, of course, and she has always been a member of the nucleus of passionately dedicated members who keep the Guild alive and going strong. And if you've seen her on stage, you know she's also a strong presence on stage and it is equally gratifying to see her induction.



Tue, Aug 12, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Robin Williams, July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014

As an actor, I have dabbled some into the craft of improv, and I know that some who will read this have, too. Some far more than I. I'm sure they will all agree that to watch Robin Williams riff off was to watch one of the true masters. His ability to surrender to the muse, to let his mind wander to wherever it might find nuggets of comedic gold and then thrust them to the surface was often breathtaking -- and most often that lack of breath was the oxygen depletion from the side-splitting belly laughs. His dramatic work was also impressive, often as deep into dramatic angst as his comedy was out-of-left-field effervescent.

In all of his work there was honesty and vulnerability; he was able to expose those to us, which is why he was so damned good at his work.

Certainly we, in the general public, the masses, have no way of knowing who any well-known public figure really is. But I just know, with all the fiber of my being, that Robin Williams was exactly the gentle, lovely, beautiful soul that his public persona would sometime betray to us in between all the manic, comic genius that burst from him.

Goodbye, Robin.



Thu, Aug 14, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Lauren Becall, September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014

To me, Ms. Becall's sex appeal had just as much to do with the class, style and strength she exuded, as it did with those classic features, if not more so. And wasn't she still just as stunning in her "twilight years" as the femme fetale of decades ago?

As an actor, she did not take home the number of awards she should have. No, she did not.



Fri, Aug 22, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Opening Today




I'll be back to blog about Nice People Dancing.... and many other things, ASAP.


Mon, Aug 25, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Richard Attenborough, Aug 29, 1913-Aug 24, 2014

I have a soft spot for Sr. Richard's work as John Hammond in Jurassic Park, but man what an illustrious body of work otherwise, which includes his directorial work on the multi-Oscar-winning Gandhi as well as his directorial work on a personal favorite of mine, Magic.

Another true classic of the cinema world gone from us.




CATCHING UP





MACBOOK PRO WITH RETINA DISPLAY FLICKER PROBLEM:
GENERAL TECHIE STUFF ICON
MacBook pro with Retina Display ICON

A little over a week ago my laptop succumbed to what I, in short order, discovered is a known infliction of Macbook Pros with retina display. It's a screen flicker that, by all accounts, cannot be fixed save for replacing the entire screen.

xxxx
The flicker screen work-around.
I do have a work-around, but it renders my computer much less mobile. I'm using my small 24" HD TV as the monitor (connected via HDMI cable) and my old Mac desktop keyboard and mouse (both USB connected). Fortunately, the computer functions with no problem; it's just the screen display that is malfunctioning; so, I'm only slightly handicapped via the lesser mobility.

Honestly, I can use the laptop, open, using the flickering onboard screen display, but it is rather annoying, and for some tasks, such as graphics creation/editing and movie editing, are not very practical on a flickering screen.


OPENING WEEKEND:
NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD CONTRY MUSIC & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.

The first three shows seemed to go well. As is often the case, I was busy with house management so I didn't attend much to the performances, but the audiences were very responsive.

DTG Promocast Production logo
I shot the promocast footage during the Tuesday, August 19 tech/dress rehearsal and edited the next day. My work-around setup work well, of course, being home I had no need to be mobile at all, so that wasn't an issue. I posted in the late afternoon than had a sharp observer note that Lee Blessing's name was spelled wrong in the closing credits. I deleted the DV movie from our YouTube channel, fixed the spelling error, re-rendered the movie, re-rendered a compressed version, re-posted, now at a twenty-four hour delay. But hey, it's up!

Click here to see the promocast.


DTG 14/15 SOPHOMORE PRODUCTION ABOUT TO GO INTO REHEARSAL:
GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
DTG Producer icon

Auditions are tonight and tomorrow night, starting at 7:00 pm both nights, at the theatre.

I have not really started to design sound for the production, but some ideas have been floated.

We had a production meeting last week, just to start getting everyone on the same page(s).


MORE
SOUND DESIGNING ICON

George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
I'm attending a production meeting at the Dayton Playhouse tomorrow night, before Good People auditions at The Guild.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
Another production meeting at DPH Wednesday.

SOUND DESIGNING ICON DOH!
Yes, it is proper to question the wisdom of designing sound for three shows which so closely overlap in terms of production, pre-production, etc. Four, if you count Nice People Dancing.


IF BRUCE SABATH WAS A RICH MAN & RACHEL COLOFF WAS A MATCHMAKER (Again):
PROMOTING MY FRIENDS & COLLEAGUES IN PROFESSIONAL GIGS

They'd meet in St. Loius.

YaY!
.... to Bruce Sabath and Rachel Coloff! Bruce (Stuart Gellman in Caroline, or Change at the Human Race Theatre Company), is cast as Tevye in the forthcoming Stages St. Louis production of Fiddler on the Roof. Rachel, is Yente in this same production. Rachel was, of course, Golde in the Human Race production last November, with Saul Caplan and I. She is actually returning to Yente in this new production, which she played on Broadway in the 2004-06 revival at the Minskoff Theatre.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Break a leg icon
*Just a reminder this can only be a small sampling of the professional work of my friends and colleagues. I'm simply not going to be aware of all their good fortunes. Plus, I may screw up and learn of something and forget about it -- I can be that way, easily. But if I know (and remember), I'll give a shout out for the pro gig successes!



Tue, Aug 26, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon

Last night was the first night of auditions. Fourteen people came to vie for roles. Auditions continue and conclude tonight, starting at 7:00 pm, at the theatre.



Fri, Aug 29, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



THE CAST OF GOOD PEOPLE:
GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon

Auditions are over and the cast of the show is as follows:

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Margaret            Rachel Wilson

Jean            Wendi Michael

Dottie            Heather Martin

Stevie            Alex Chilton

Mike            Shawn Hooks

Kate            Shyra Thomas

CONGRATULATIONS!




MORE
SOUND DESIGNING ICON

George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
I attended the production meeting at the Dayton Playhouse this past Tuesday. The sound will be likely a little more involved than I anticipated.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
Show Cue Systems icon - http://www.showcuesystems.com/
Turns out there actually wasn't a formal production meeting for this show on Wednesday, that was a misunderstanding on my part. But I did watch the run for where the sound cues fall, and I started getting familiar with the hardware that will be involved. Last night I gathered all the production sound effects I need -- though I would like to find a different version of one of them. Tonight I will build the Show Cue System cue file, as well as search and gather some of the pre-show and intermission music. I have a lot of what i want in my music library, already, but there are a few specific songs I don't have yet; I will tonight.



Sun, Aug 31, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON Show Cue Systems icon - http://www.showcuesystems.com/

It's Tech Sunday. The cue-to-cue and the tech rehearsal are today. I dropped into the theatre yesterday to install Show Cue Systems, migrate the cue file and all the source files onto the DPH computer, and to do the initial sound check. There will be assured tweaks today. I also will be swapping out one sound file for a better one. As I indicated before, I was not wholly satisfied with one sound; I searched for a better version and could not find one. I used the Mallet setting in Garageband to make what I think works better.

So, off I go.



Labor Day

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017




HAPPY LABOR DAY




HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON

Tech Sunday is behind and the show continues Tech Week. Some tweaking on the sound was needed: volume levels. There is a sound file that was inherently low that needs to be much louder. Last night I edited the file to push the gain, and I also then dropped the levels in the sound program for all the other sounds. Tonight I'll push the master volume on the sound board. Thus the one file will now be as loud as it should be with the others comparatively at their old levels with the new master setting.


On a Personal Note icon

Now, excuse me while I spend the afternoon in the laundry room


Fri, Sep 5, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Opening Today
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON

Show opens tonight. As well as the Sunday Tech, I was at the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday tech rehearsals, though I left at intermission Wednesday. The show is shaping up and I am at least satisfied with the sound design. there was, of course, the inevitable tweaking during the week.

I am thankful that Bob Kovach did all the mic rigging for both the actors and the orchestra. A) that's not my strong suit; B) I don't know the DPH rigging.

I'll be there for opening night tonight.


GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon

Rehearsals officially began Wednesday night with the table read. I dropped in at the top end to discuss deadlines and get the ball rolling on various paperwork.

I haven't really began to work on sound design; that'll happen soon.

In terms of promocast pre-production, I have, at the playwright's request, sent a clearance agreement to his agent. I usually don't have to jump through such a hoop, but, whatever it takes.



Sun, Sep 7, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Today would have been my father's ninety-fifth birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD
My Dad, George Storer, at my college graduation, 1994
George A. Storer
1919-1995






Closing Today

NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD COUNTRY MUSIC by Lee Blessing, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

The Cast of Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music
CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Catherine            Sara Naderer

Eve            Angela Riley

Jason            Noah Walters

Roy Manual            Jared Mola

Jim Stools            Dave Hallowren

The Promocast for Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music


Mon, Sep 8, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon

We had the first of two Skype sessions scheduled for tonight with Dialect Coach D'Arcy Smith, who was once at Wright State University, here in the Dayton, Ohio area, then went to the Toi Whakaari Drama School in Wellington, New Zealand, but now is at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis/St. Paul. However, that session needs to be rescheduled or. D'Arcy has an unavoidable last-minute conflict for tonight. For the rest of this week there are actor conflicts and I have a few conflicts, which are relevant because I am supposed to be there to make the Skype connection -- though it honestly would be possible for the sessions to happen without my direct involvement.

DTG Promocast Production logo
Meanwhile, it's too early in the week to know what's what with clearance from the David Lindsay-Abaire camp to use dialogue in the promocast. His agent won't even receive the clearance agreement I drafted until tomorrow at the earliest, and who knows when he'll actually open the envelope.


SATURDAY IN THE THEATRE:
In the audience icon
SOUND DESIGNING ICON

NICE PEOPLE DANCING TO GOOD CONTRY MUSIC & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
The first show of our 2014/15 season has wrapped with good audience response, overall decent-sized houses, and some fine performances from the cast. I was actually an audience member on Saturday, but it was difficult for me to keep myself from scrutinizing the sound design, so much so that I essentially failed. I was mostly satisfied with the design. Well: another good run at the home theatre.
xxxx
xxxx
A couple shots of cast & crew striking the Nice People Dancing set on Sunday.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
I left the Saturday matinée at The Guild to head to The Dayton Playhouse to catch the 8:00 for How to Succeed. Another nice production with a lot of fine work happening on stage and a lot really good design work. Again, it was difficult for me to keep myself from scrutinizing the sound design, still essentially failed; I hate to repeat myself, but I was mostly satisfied with what I heard.


MONDAYS AT THE CARYL D. PHILIPS CREATIVITY CENTER:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ICON

A week from tonight marks the first session of what I believe is my eighth series of advanced acting classes with Kay Bosse through The Human Race Theatre Company.



Tue, Sep 9, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon

HEALTHWISE ICON
The first dialect coaching session, via Skype, with D'Arcy Smith is tomorrow evening. I however, will not be the "on-duty tech" as was planned. I have a colonoscopy Thursday morning, and in consultation earlier today with the gastroenterologist's office it is clear that being out in public tomorrow night is not a wise option. I will be in the midst of the preparation for the test; if you aren't aware, it involves copious amounts of laxatives, and I have been warned I will need to be close to the restroom all evening.

Staying at the abode seems like the right action to take.

I will drop by the theatre in the early afternoon to set it all up before I get into my personal situation.


AUDITION ICON

I may audition for a show tonight.

Haven't completely made my mind up -- it's mostly a schedule thing.

So stay tuned......


CORRECTION
:

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ICON

My advanced acting classes series with Kay Bosse through The Human Race Theatre Company does not begin next Monday, it begins the following Monday, the 22nd.



Wed, Sep 10, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon
DTG Promocast Production logo

I have set up the rigging for the Skype session with D'Arcy Smith for this evening.

As for the pre-production on the promocast, I would imagine David Lindsay-Abaire's agent has just received the dialogue clearance agreement in the post. I probably will not know about a "yes" or "no" until Friday, and that at the very earliest. Next week is more likely.


AUDITION ICON
George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.

Well, I had contemplated auditioning for the Geoff Burkman helmed production but I ended up not making it to the audition. For one thing, the only character in the specs that I came close to typing in for is more than ten years younger than I, though I suppose that would not have completely counted me out. Regardless, I'm a designer for the show. Plus, there are always all those projects on the back burner that ought to have my attention.


On a Personal Note icon
HEALTHWISE ICON

I'm a good twenty-four hours into fasting for my scheduled colonoscopy tomorrow morning. Yeah, I'm feeling a bit hungry, but I have been drinking hefty amounts of water and clear juices today. Did some chicken broth for lunch, too. So I don't feel like I'm starving. I'm about to start all that prep with Dulcolax, Miralax, and Gatorade. I'd give you a post-game report on that, but I suspect no one is interested.



Thu, Sep 11, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



91101 Emblem

NOT JUST
poems and essays on
September 11, 2001


Not Just

Anne Foxbank
[annefoxbank@yahoo.com]

It's not just New York
It's not just Washington
It's not just Shanksville
It's not just the buildings
It's not just the airplanes
It's not just the field
It's not just the symbols
It's not just the pictures
It's not just the dead
It's not just the heroes
It's not just the hearts
It's not just the sorrow
It's not just the nation

originally posted at the WriteGallery on September 13, 2001

About the Author (click here) Poem revision © 2002 Anne Foxbank, all rights reserved
 appears here by permission



Fri, Sep 12, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
xxxx
The Skype rigging I set up Wednesday, using the DTG laptop hooked into the 50" TV that will very shortly be in our lobby as an information kiosk and a monitor of the performances happening on the L. David Mirkin Mainstage

DTG Producer icon
Skype icon - http://www.skype.com
The report is that the first Skype dialect session with D'Arcy Smith went quite well. This was, of course, Wednesday evening. You five will know that I came in Wednesday afternoon and set it all up, but by the time the session began I had a date with four tablets of Dulcolax and 238 grams of Miralax mixed into 64 oz. of Gatorade as prep for my colonoscopy appointment, yesterday.

As promised, I won't be reporting in any detail on my Wednesday evening, save to say that it was good that I was not at the theatre.

Director Debra Kent did text me yesterday to say that the session "worked out great." There will be one on Saturday afternoon with a cast member who couldn't make the Wednesday evening session, which you may remember was a last-minute reschedule from what was to have been this past Monday night. Next Wednesday (the 17th) is the next Skype session with all of the cast, save one, whose character is not Bostonian.

WAITING
DTG Promocast Production logo
I have received no email communication from David Lindsay-Abaire's agent concerning the dialogue clearance agreement that I mailed in hardcopy form to his New York William Morris Endeavor office. I really don't know that I would get an email from him. The agreement has a self-addressed, stamped envelope to send back a signed copy of the agreement to me; I did not address it to my home but rather the theatre. I have to be there Saturday, so perhaps the envelope will be waiting for me when I arrive.


In the audience icon

Should be able to see up to three different shows this weekend:

1) Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, which opens tonight at Beavercreek Community Theatre.

2) Our Town, running at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater.

3) Miracle on South Division Street, at The Human Race Theatre Company.

I'm probably doing the Beavercreek show tonight; though as I type this I have not looked at ticket availability for any of the shows.



Mon, Sep 15, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



Dayton Theatre Guild
xxxx
Saturday morning several of us members of The Guild board of directors attended a class for First Aid, CPR and AED Certification from The American Red Cross. This was brought on first because, through the instigation and financial contribution of a former board member and a long-time patron, Cindy Raymond and her husband, Skip, as well as collaboration and matching contribution from Lois and Don Bigler, we recently acquired an AED (automated external defibrillator). Also, it otherwise seemed like a good idea.
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
xxxx
Shawn & Rachel do a dialect session via Skype with D'Arcy
DTG Producer icon
Skype icon - http://www.skype.com
Saturday afternoon was a second Skype dialect session with Dialect Coach D'Arcy Smith. Only two of the cast members were at this one, Shawn Hooks and Rachel Wilson. There's another session with all the cast members this coming Wednesday.

WAITING
DTG Promocast Production logo
Still waiting for the signed dialogue clearance agreement to arrive in the postal mail or some other communication from David Lindsay-Abaire's agent.


In the audience - Not in the audience animated gif icon

fb post - "Going to a show? No. Leaning against my car on a country road, waiting for a AAA tow truck...........Yay!"

I had originally bought my ticket for the opening night of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof at Beavercreek Community Theatre this past Friday. However, on the way to show Friday, my car had convulsions a couple miles from my apartment. Fortunately, it was a minor thing. The spark plug wire that was recently replaced had come loose. The tow truck driver actually fixed it at the scene. Unfortunately, it was almost and hour into Act I. I had already left message on the box office voice mail explaining the problem and asking to change my reservation to yesterday afternoon, and BCT was more than happy to move my ticket. All I can say is what I said on facebook last evening:

fb post - "Congrats to Michael J Boyd, Saul Caplan, Scott Knisley, Megan Cooper, Sarah Caplan, Cheryl A. Mellen, Dave Gaylor and the rest of the cast/crew for a fine presentation of a classic of American theatre, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at Beavercreek Community Theatre!"


The night before, I saw Our Town at X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater and all I gotta say for this one is kudos to Amy Taint for her fine work as Stage Manager!


Tomorrow night I see Miracle on South Division Street at The Human Race Theatre Company.


George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
Without going into detail, the nature of what I do as sound designer may have to change based on the licensing of the show. I don't know what that all means at the moment. But, it'll be clear sometime soon, I'm sure.

I am attending the first rehearsal, the read-through, tonight.



Wed, Sep 17, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon
Skype icon - http://www.skype.com
Tonight we do the last Skype dialect session with Dialect Coach D'Arcy Smith for Good People. It's all the cast that must commit to a Southie dialect (South Boston dialect).

WAITING
DTG Promocast Production logo
An-n-nd still waiting for the signed dialogue clearance agreement to arrive in the postal mail from David Lindsay-Abaire's agent, or for that other unfortunate communication from said agent -- the other being likely unfortunate because it would probably be a "No" via email.


George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live & Dayton Playhouse combined logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
I attended the first rehearsal, the read-through, Monday night, for George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead Live, took some notes, and laughed....laughed a lot.

This is a funny damned show, campy, silly and lots of fun.


In the audience icon

Last night I saw Miracle on South Division Street, the really sweet little comedy playing through Sunday at The Human Race Theatre Company. Another fine performance from Jennifer Joplin. More fine performances from her castmates, too: Wendy Barrie-Wilson, Lauren Ashley Carter, and Kyle Nunn. Again, the show runs the rest of this week and closes with this coming Sunday's matinée -- there are still chances to catch this entertaining comedy.


Note Addendum PS icon
Here's one....

Ms. Carter appeared in Lewis Black's play, One Slight Hitch. The significance in this context is that Mr. Black, who's better known as an A list stand-up comic, was at the performance last night to support Ms. Carter. So, I got to shake the hand of one of my absolute favorite stand-up comics and tell him I love his work. Not much of a real conversation ensued, but to be able to express my appreciation to a great comedian for his good work was a privilege to me. Believe me, I wanted to corner him and take him hostage for a conversation about his work, but, you know, that's not polite or cool. But it was so damn cool to be able to say, "I love your work," to his face!


PROFESSIONAL GIG ICON
AUDITION ICON

Recently received a casting call for a short film being produced by Burnmill Productions, of which Lana Read is associated. Lana was once in the PC-Goenner Talent Agency office as an associate agent, which is where I met her.

The open casting call is this coming Saturday, which I cannot make due to obligations at The Guild. But they are accepting DV movie submissions for the audition. I have the sides for a monologue by the character I am going after. I'll probably shoot and process it Friday evening and get an MP4 headed to the producers that night.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ICON

Well, I may start another six-session acting class with Kay Bosse at The Race on Monday. Unless the enrollment is too small. In that case it'll all get cancelled.



Mon, Sep 22, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon
Skype icon - http://www.skype.com
The Skype dialect session, last Wednesday, with Dialect Coach D'Arcy Smith went as well as the other two went. This was the final coaching session with D'Arcy, but the cast has plenty of audio files for reference. Also, at the request of the director and cast, D'Arcy has provided some phrases for the cast to use as warm-up and practice -- some phrases specific to needs of individual actors. The director reports that the cast is doing good work at perfecting their Southie (South Boston) accents. So when you see the show, prepare to get the urge to look around the theatre to see if Click and Clack (the Tappit Brothers) are in the house.
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx

As producer I still haven't completely filled out the technician crew, either.

SOUND DESIGNING ICON
Sound design got set back somewhat. I was to spend all day yesterday working on it, but barely got to it as I was debilitated by another crushing headache that I am sure is connected to what I believe is a bad prescription for my eye glasses. So I need to jump on sound design heavy tonight and the next couple days -- Tech Sunday is next Sunday, less than a week from now.

I did, however, the bulk of the pre-recorded voice over we need; that being Saul Caplan, playing the role of the priest calling the Bingo games. Or, as Debra has dubbed him, the Jewish Boston Irish Catholic Priest.

WAITING
DTG Promocast Production logo
Still waiting for the signed dialogue clearance agreement to arrive.


DONE
AUDITION ICON PROFESSIONAL GIG ICON
THE BUSINESS OF ACTING ICON
VIDEO PRODUCTION STUFF ICON
Friday evening I did shoot the planned DIY screentest for an upcoming short-subject narrative film being produced by Burnmill Productions, and for which past PC-Goenner associate agent Lana Read is attached. I gave the producers two different reads on the sides I was sent. Of course, my hyper self-critical tendencies were escalated since I had to edit on the DV movie, so I was witness to my performance in the audition. I shot it two-camera mostly so i could better control the pacing by trimming unnecessary pauses out by cutting from one shot angle to the other. I don't consider this cheating since any good movie editor does this on a regular basis: that is, manipulates the pacing of the scene. This is an audition for a movie, what counts is how the actor comes off in the final cut.

Who of you five will be surprised to read that I am not overly impressed with the performances in either reading of the sides? I also did not have a chance to fine-polish the final cut of the screentest. It was getting late and I had a morning board meeting at The Guild, so I did not match the color between the footage from each camera nor match the dynamic of the audio for each. Thus, though slight, there's a mismatch between the cuts from one angle to the other. I also converted the .mov original final cut to compressed MP4, which was still a little bigger of a file that I would have preferred: 25 megabytes. Hey the original file was 3 gigs, so the 25 mgbs is not what could be called a major problem.

Honestly, I am not wholly sure that I am actually correct for the role, but I did this anyway, for several reasons:

  1. He, she, or they who are casting the project get to make the final decision about who is right for the role; and unless I am clearly the wrong type -- for instance: the character is a special forces Marine in his mid-twenties -- I need let those who are casting decide what they want and don't want.
  2. In conjunction with that, Sometimes the specifications for a role as listed in the casting call does not wholly or perfectly communicate what the casting people are really looking for. Moreover, sometimes those casting a project may stumble across a quality, a look, or something in the actor or the actor's audition that they were not looking for but suddenly see as perfect for the role.

  3. I haven't auditioned for any movie projects for a while, and so I need to just flex that muscle just for the sake of doing it.
  4. In follow-up to the last point, I need to rehearse auditioning. I was once told that actors should consider each audition a dress rehearsal for the next one.
  5. I need to start and get into the practiced habit of DIY screentests. There's a big and growing trend in such auditioning, not only for movies and television but for theatre productions. Every time I have done a professional theatre production, at least one out-of-town cast member has shot and sent an audition video to a theatre casting call, usually for producers in New York but not exclusively.
  6. I want to act in front of the camera again. Might as well give this a shot.
xxxx
xxxx
xxxx
Still frames from the DIY screentest for the Burnmill Productions casting call.



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ICON
Boo Face in blue and "BOO!"
I am sad to report that the Advanced Acting Techniques class that was to start tomorrow night and run a total of six Mondays at The Human Race Theatre Company, under the tutelage of Kay Bosse, has been cancelled due to under enrollment. Though in reality, a smaller class size could have been more beneficial for those of us in that smaller class; but, I recognize, of course, that the theatre company needs to take in enough tuition to justify the course. So-oh-well.


In the audience icon
Saturday evening I saw the debut of the original play Plenty of Reasons, written and directed by Shannon Lewis, that was produced over the weekend at the South Charleston Opera House. It was nice collection of vignettes about love relationships in various states of "problem." I don't have the playbill with me as I write this so I can't list all the cast, but there were several actors on stage I have worked with: Ryan Deity (whom I have appeared with in three productions, American Buffalo< Catch 22, and C.C. Bond's Sweeney Todd -- all for Springfield StageWorks), Jessica Broughton (also in Sweeney Todd at StageWorks), and Tony Weaver (who was one of the actors in the staged reading of St. Augustine Was a Swinger, written by Natasha Randall's friend Bob Garvin, and of which she arranged the reading to be done at The Guild late in the summer of 2012).

One really interesting story about this production of Plenty of Reasons is that it was expelled from the original venue due to the language and content. See the article about this "Play cast asked to leave Clifton theater," by Tiffany Y. Latta for the Springfield News-Sun. My favorite source quote from the article: "This kind of thing may be OK in Yellow Springs, but not in Clifton." The quote is rendered classic when you realize that Clifton is about a five-minute drive from Yellow Springs, maybe ten minutes.


By the Way MacBook pro with Retina Display ICON GENERAL TECHIE STUFF ICON
You five may remember back on August 25 I posted about my laptop suffering from a known infliction: screen flicker. Like I wrote then, it's a common problem with Retina Display MacBooks. Well, several days ago it went away. I did nothing, at least not purposefully, yet it simply stopped flickering. Then, a few days ago it started again until I knocked, with my knuckle, on the component that attaches the screen to the computer. It stopped and has not started back up, yet. That being clear evidence that it is a hardware problem that has to do with some sort of shorting out.

The relevance to this "Diary of Artful Things" is that my laptop plays a big role in much of what I do outside of straight-out acting. It also plays some role in acting on occasion, such the editing and processing of the screentest I just DIY'd.



Fri, Sep 26, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
DTG Producer icon
We are entering into Tech Week, with Tech Week, in two days. I must admit I have not been around as often, on site, during rehearsals. It's usually my practice as a producer to drop in frequently, especially in the second half of the rehearsal period.

SOUND DESIGNING ICON
This week I recorded the two other off-stage voices, the six-year-old daughter of one couple in the play, and the sound of an elderly lady winning at Bingo.

A very sweet little six-year-old was referred to me and I went to visit her and her mother early in the week at their home and record said little girl. Unfortunately that did not work out. The little girl was overwhelmed by this strange man coming into her home with strange equipment. Her mother worked with her for about a half hour or so to help get her stress level down. Mom had to take Daughter into a stairwell so I was out of view to get her to do it. They had a mic, but I had given it to the child so she could see it, hold it, and get used to it; it wasn't plugged in. The little girl got to a point that she overcame her shyness and stress enough to say the lines, but she was doing it into the dead mic, and it really seemed to me if I interrupted to plug that mic in, she might slide back into her earlier stress level. So I hooked another mic in and got as close as I could without showing myself. So while she was saying the lines into the dead mic, I was recording her on another mic, from a little bit of a distance.

When I listened back to the recording on site, through headphones, it sounded usable. But when I got home, I discovered that when I pulled the gain (volume) up enough for a good level on her voice, there was too much room tone that I could not filter out.

The child was really very sweet; she was just too intimidated by the situation. With what I had recorded being ultimately unviable, and with the Tech Rehearsals looming in a few days, I had to move on in production. I was also a little concerned that going back and having her do it again might be too much of an ordeal for her.

I went with my back-up plan and recorded Natasha Randall the next day, as she lives close and I knew we'd get a good take. It took about fifteen minutes, including setup and teardown Natasha already has a high pitched voice; for this, she pitched her voice up as high as she could, then I used a pitch filter to take it a little higher.

I contacted the mother to explain the unfortunate situation. I really wish I'd had time to go back and have the little girl try it again, but it was too late in the pre-production period. I couldn't risk taking the time if she was going to be too stressed to deliver again, or if it would take some big chunk of time I need to do other things. Right now, time is premium. I hated making the decision to move on, and I hated making the call to Mom; I really liked the idea of using this little girl.

As for the old lady, that voice work was done by an anonymous actor being credited as Georgette Spelvin.

SOUND DESIGNING, NO, SOUND TECH ICON
It's highly probable that I will end up being in the tech booth for this production, but only because I have not been able to secure a lighting tech. I do have a young lady who has come on board to be a tech. She was originally slated to be sound tech, but if I don't get a "yes" from one of the many people I have solicited to run lights, she will be moved to lights and I will operate the sound board.

WAITING
DTG Promocast Production logo
Though I was in the theatre yesterday to take a photograph that will be altered to become a stage prop for the show, I forgot to check my mailbox to see if the dialogue clearance agreement from David Lindsay-Abaire's agent happened to have arrived, and arrived signed.


By the Way
AND IT'S ON TO THE NEXT AUDITION ICON

I was not cast in that short-subject, narrative movie I did the DIY screentest for last weekend.



Mon, Sep 29, 2014

OCT-DEC, 2003
JAN-MAR, 2004
APR-JUNE, 2004
JULY-SEP, 2004
OCT-DEC, 2004
JAN-MAR, 2005
APR-JUNE, 2005
JULY-SEP, 2005
OCT-DEC, 2005
JAN-MAR, 2006
APR-JUNE, 2006
JULY-SEP, 2006
OCT-DEC, 2006
JAN-MAR, 2007
APR-JUNE, 2007
JULY-SEP, 2007
OCT-DEC, 2007
JAN-MAR, 2008
APR-JUNE, 2008
JULY-SEP, 2008
OCT-DEC, 2008
JAN-MAR, 2009
APR-JUNE, 2009
JULY-SEP, 2009
OCT-DEC, 2009
JAN-MAR, 2010
APR-JUNE, 2010
JULY-SEP, 2010
OCT-DEC, 2010
JAN-MAR, 2011
APR-JUNE, 2011
JULY-SEP, 2011
OCT-DEC, 2011
JAN-MAR, 2012
APR-JUNE, 2012
JULY-SEP, 2012
OCT-DEC, 2012
JAN-MAR, 2013
APR-JUNE, 2013
JULY-SEP, 2013
OCT-DEC, 2013
JAN-MAR, 2014
APR-JUNE, 2014
JULY-SEP, 2014
OCT-DEC, 2014
JAN-MAR, 2015
APR-JUNE, 2015
JULY-SEP, 2015
OCT-DEC, 2015
JAN-MAR, 2016
APR-JUNE, 2016
JULY-SEP, 2016
OCT-DEC, 2016
JAN-MAR, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
APR-JUNE, 2017
JULY-SEP, 2017
OCT-DEC, 2017



I repeat myself when I'm under stress I repeat myself when I'm under stress I repeat myself when I'm under stress I repeat myself when I'm under stress I repeat myself when I'm under stress I repeat myself when I'm under stress I repeat myself when I'm under stress

GOOD PEOPLE & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
Things to blog about. When I can carve the time....

On a Personal Note icon
Not for nuthin, but today I reached thirty-two years free from alcohol and drugs.




click here for the start of the diary
click here for the top of this page

K.L.'s Blog © 2004-2017 K.L.Storer -- all rights reserved

email me at: KL_Storer@yahoo.com

NEXT (OCT-DEC, 2014) --->

For the index of K.L.'s creative writing and essays, click here.