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April Fool's Day came early this year, in January, with an ominous foreshadowing in November, 2016. Yet, sadly for us all, there was no relieving punchline to come either time; there was no assurance that it was all a horribly bad joke rather than bleak reality.


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Closing Today

THE ELEPHANT MAN by Bernard Pomerance, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

The Cast of The Elephant Man

(in order of appearance)

CHARACTER
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Frederick Treves            Patrick Hayes

Carr Gomm/Conductor            Geoff Burkman

Ross/Bishop How            Jim Lockwood

Merrick            Jared Mola

Belgian Police officer/ London Police officer/ Porter            Kevin Grego

Pinhead Manager/ Snork/ Lord John            Mark Reuter

Pinhead/ Miss Sandwich/ Princess            Melissa Kerr Ertsgaard

Pinhead/ Duchess            Meredith Hollingsworth

Pinhead/ Countess            Lorin Dineen

Mrs. Kendal            Heather Martin

The show contains brief partial nudity

The Promocast for The Elephant Man


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I'M NOT AN EXPERT ON MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, NOR AM I THE VICE-PRESIDENT AND ASSISTANT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF A SMALL MANUFACTURING COMPANY -- I JUST PLAY THEM FOR THE BENEFIT OF LAW STUDENTS:
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U.D. Law - University of Dayton School of Law icon

The U.D. Law gig is tonight. I have spent much of the last several days reacquainting myself with the material for this case, which I have done, I believe, twice before; but it has been a few years so I had a bit of refreshing to do. Plus, the law instructor has added some peripheral material that I have to be at least somewhat familiar with. But, I thinks it's all good. At any rate, I have a call to be at the Montgomery County Courts building by 5:30 tonight, so if it's not all good yet, it'd best be close. Yeah.......it is......no worries.

xxxx
Recreating those handy flash cards
soma fm - Groove Salad
Much of the time I've had Groove Salad, via, iTunes internet radio playing on my Apple TV whilst I have studied on the information. The first portion of my "study" was re-doing the flash cards that I usually use to memorize information -- in this case -- or, in most acting scenarios, my lines. I'd had some from past times I've done this particular gig, but I could not find them. I likely tossed them. This time. perhaps I should keep them, hey, just in case? Of course, on the other hand, the act of writing the flash cards helps with the memorization, so perhaps redoing them is not a terrible thing. Except, I really would rather have just read the old flash cards and said, Oh yeah, I remember these facts!


MORE "GOOD THEATRE, DONE WELL":
THE ELEPHANT MAN & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.
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Yesterday, Closing Day for The Elephant Man, I sat as an audience member.

All I can say is we have racked up another mighty fine production in another stellar season. Of the fine work done by the performers in this cast, I must say that a few were simply excellent.

And major congratulations to Jared Mola for his work as Merrick! I am green with envy that he got to step into that role. Any actor worth his salt would relish the challenge; I certainly would, were I thirty years younger. That aside, Jared was just damned great in the role, absolutely up to the challenge, and met it in spades!

*) "Good Theatre, Done Well" has been the DTG motto for decades



OH, YEAH....TAXES:
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Wow.

Two weeks left to do my taxes.

Hmmm.

Better get on that.

Sadly, another year where I don't file as an actor, whatsoever.



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LAST NIGHT'S GIG:
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Of course, last night was the U.D. Law mock trial classes at the Montgomery County Courts. Please allow me to be self-critical, because if you know me you already know your granting or withholding of permission isn't relevant, and in that light to say that my assessment of last night is: Meh.

My response stems from one of my two times on the stand, when I was in the role of the VP of the company being sued. The student who was on the defense team took me down a line of questioning that I was not prepared for, that the material didn't really provide for. It was a legit line for a defense attorney to take his client down, just not one that, based on the fact I don't actually have the professional background or expertise of the character and the things he was trying to glean from me were not covered in the material I was given, I was not versed well. And I was not very fast on my feet at pulling some decent improv out of the air, or my ass, whichever way you want to go with that. I suppose, in the end, it was not all that bad, but I did not clear the bar I set for myself for these gigs.



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"CAN NIGHT" AT THE RACE:
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Last night was Pay What You Can Night (final dress rehearsal) at the Human Race Theatre Company for their production of Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond, and as planned, I attended. One of the cool features of this particular production is Jennifer Joplin and her dad, Joneal Joplin, doing a Henry and Jane Fonda by stepping into the respective roles (Chelsea Thayer Wayne & Norman Thayer) made famous by the more-famous father and daughter in the movie version of the script. The cast also includes Dale Hodges as Ethel Thayer, Kaleb Barlow as Billy Ray, Ken Early as Bill Ray, and Charlie Clark as Charlie Martin.

It was a well done production of a very sweet play. The performers were all on their game and Mark Halpin's scenic design is impressive. But the thing that I liked most about the production was the "non-traditional" casting choice of Bill Ray and his son Billy as African-American rather than white. I don't think there was any original intention of that father and son being anything but white; there is however, nothing inherent in the script to restrict them to being white. I am one of those who firmly believes that unless there is a reason, as dictated by the needs of the script, to not open a role up to multiple races or ethnicities that directors and producers ought to do so. I like that it is starting to happen a bit more; my personal thought is that it probably isn't happening as broadly and as quickly as it should, but it is starting to happen more, and that is good.

I think this is true about gender, too. But gender does have far more of a habit of being dictated by the script. And I personally believe it is a cardinal sin to change a character from the dictates of the script without the specific permission of the playwright, or whomever it is that legally controls licensing the script. Although, producers and directors can seek such permission, can't they?

And just to remind, I will again be a student in an HRTC acting class with Ms. Joplin at the helm, (the third time), coming up in May/June. An advanced class with the working motto: "Be Ready, Be Brave."


      
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In other Human Race Theatre Company news, as some already know, HRTC is mounting the world premiere of Daniel Goldstein's stage adaptation of Family Ties, the popular 80's TV show that put Michael J. Fox on the map. The big news here is that the role of Elyse Keaton will be played by Eve Plumb, whom any younger Boomer, and I think maybe a fair amount of Gen-X and younger folk, will know was Jan on the iconic 70's sitcom, The Brady Bunch. I'm sure I'll likely attend the Can Night for this show; and if I get to meet Ms. Plumb, I will NOT say: "Marsha! MARSHA! MARHSA!" -- because, I'm guessing she's heard that two-or-three-million times too often.



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Don "You Hockey Puck" Rickles, May 8, 1926-Apr 6, 2017
Those of my generation and earlier know that Mr. Rickles was The king of the insult comics. Somehow, though, there was no malice. He never seemed to be really mean, he just gave the pretense of meanness. In his own crass way, he was endearing, and damned funny! Ultimately, Don Rickles was beloved.

Rest in Peace, Sir.




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I'd completely forgotten that I had this coming up. Got a good seat, too: seven rows back, first seat on the middle isle.

An Evening with David Sedaris. Apr 25, 2017. Victoria Theatre.



WITH APRIL 17 AROUND THE CORNER:
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DONE

Just past midnight this past Saturday, to be exact.



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TONIGHT
An Evening with David Sedaris. Apr 25, 2017. Victoria Theatre.

So, tonight I will be in the audience to hear Amy Sedaris's brother. Might even get to meet him.


Dorothy Mengering and David Letterman

As many know, David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, passed away on April 11. Mrs. Mengering was an occasional guest on her son's show. Her segments were always so lovely, sweet, and adorable. Her reports from the Olympics were such a treat. She seemed like such a lovely, gracious woman. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.


stay tuned for a link in this spot to the new K.L.'S FINE ARTS VITA
Meanwhile, click here for K.L.'s up-to-date résumé




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DAVID SEDARIS THIS PAST TUESDAY:
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The show this Tuesday was thoroughly enjoyable. My big problem was that when I got to work the next day I wanted to share some of the many funnier moments but all of them were "Not Safe For Work."

David did a book signing and meet-and-greet both before and after the show. I contemplated buying a book and getting it signed -- and meeting him -- after the show but I was feeling a little tired and a little impatient, so I left right after the show to go home. The next morning I regretted it. I could have met him, which would have been cool.


GENERALS AT HRTC:
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I have settled on my program for my appointment this coming Sunday at the general auditions for the 2017/18 season at the Human Race Theatre Company. I'm doing two contrasting monologues. I'm not bringing a song this year.


Showing weekends
May 12-28, 2017
Tickets available...
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WONDER OF THE WORLD & Dayton Theatre Guild combined logo.





email me at KL_Storer@yahoo.com. And visit www.facebook.com/klstorer






Dayton Theatre Guild
forthcoming
AUDITION NOTICES
for the
2017/2018 season

ALL MY SONS, by Arthur Miller

MARJORIE PRIME, by Jordan Harrison

THE CHRISTIANS, by Lucas Hnath



All My Sons
by Arthur Miller

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, June 26 & 27, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993  ;  www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by Debra Kent
Produced by K.L.Storer

Production Dates: Aug 18-Sep 3, 2017

During World War II, Joe Keller and his business partner were accused of knowingly shipping damaged airplane parts that led to the deaths of 21 servicemen. While only his business partner, Steve Deever, was convicted of the crime, Keller was guilty as well. When both the Keller family and the Deever family find out the truth, it damages even further the relationships among the children of both families, resulting in the Keller son's confrontation of his father. This play received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

Casting Requirements:

• Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
• A résumé and headshot are not required but are encouraged.
• Please bring all scheduling conflicts between June 28 & Sep 3, 2017
* Note that time off will be given for Fourth of July holiday

If you are unavailable to audition on June 26 & 27, please contact the director at dannkent@aol.com to schedule an alternate time.

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Joe Keller
           middle age, a businessman with common sense
Kate Keller
           middle age, Joe's wife; a smart woman with sharp instincts
Chris Keller
           thirty-ish (give or take), Joe and Kate's son. A nice guy; wants to marry Ann
Ann Deever
           around Chris's age; nice girl, determined that nothing will get in her way of marrying Chris
George Deever
           Ann's brother, an attorney
Dr. Jim Bayless
           mid-30's to mid-40's; next door neighbor who wishes he had followed his dreams
Sue Bayless
           Jim's wife; enjoys being married to a doctor
Frank Lubey
           next door neighbor, nice guy with a wife and kids
Lydia Lubey
           Frank's wife; the girl George should have married
Bert
           a boy around 8 or 9 years old; a neighborhood kid who drops by to visit Joe

For more information please contact Producer K.L.Storer: kl.storer@daytontheatreguild.org





Marjorie Prime
by Jordan Harrison

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Aug 21 & 22, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993  ;  www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by Jared Mola
Produced by Debra Kent

Production Dates: Oct 6-22, 2017

In the not-too-distant future and the age of artificial intelligence, 85-year-old Marjorie is trying to cope with the loss of her deceased husband through the use of a prime, an exact replica programmed to interact with her in human-like ways. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? Would we rewrite the past? This play explores loss and memory, the mysteries of human identity and the limits (if any) of what technology can replace. This play was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Casting Requirements: TBA




The Christians
by Lucas Hnath

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Oct 9 & 10 & 11, 2017, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

The Dayton Theatre Guild at the Caryl D. Philip TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave, Dayton OH, 45410
937-278-5993  ;  www.daytontheatreguild.org

Directed by Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp
Produced by Jeff Sams and Kathy Mola

Production Dates: Nov 17-Dec 3, 2017

Pastor Paul's modest church of twenty years ago now has a congregation of thousands, classrooms for Sunday school, a coffee shop, and much more. But today Paul will preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church's beliefs. What happens when something we believe will always remain the same suddenly changes? A finalist at the Humana Festival in 2014, this play opened off-Broadway soon afterward. In 2016, it was chosen as the eighth most-produced new play by American Theatre Magazine.

Casting Requirements: TBA

*ALL AUDITION DATES ABOVE MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE



PROMOTIONS:

BE OR NOT, a movie by K.L.Storer. Starring Natasha Randall and Craig Roberts. Director of photography, Fred Boomer



Still for sale, 'STILL ME' on DVD, http://brookwoodfilms.com/buy.html
As an actor I was privileged to have a small roll in this multi-award winning, very touching, most poignant short film. I was further privileged to accept the award, on behalf of Beth McElhenny, for Best Family Film at the 2008 Secret City Film Festival in Oakridge, Tennessee. The film has won awards far more than that one time. Click on the image to go to the official site and see the successes, thus far.



AND NOW, TO PROMOTE SOME THEATRE....

THE COMING ATTRACTION AT MY HOME THEATRE, THE DAYTON THEATRE GUILD

Closing the 2016/2017 Season:

WONDER OF THE WORLD by David Lindsay-Abaire, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

The Cast of WONDER OF THE WORLD

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Cass
           Kari Carter
Kip
           Ian Manuel
Lois
           Kerry Simpson
Cap'n Mike
           Scott Madden
Glenn
           Richard Young
Karla
           Marcella Balin
Multi-woman
           Debra Strauss

Note that there will be live gunshots during the performance

The show contains adult language




Dayton Theatre Guild -- announcing our 2017-2018 season

All My Sons
by Arthur Miller

During World War II, Joe Keller and his business partner were accused of knowingly shipping damaged airplane parts that led to the deaths of 21 servicemen. While only his business partner, Steve Deever, was convicted of the crime, Keller was guilty as well. When both the Keller family and the Deever family find out the truth, it damages even further the relationships among the children of both families, resulting in the Keller son's confrontation of his father. This play received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

Directed by Debra Kent
Produced by K.L.Storer

Show runs Aug 18-Sep 3, 2017

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, June 26 & 27, 2017*


Marjorie Prime
by Jordan Harrison

In the not-too-distant future and the age of artificial intelligence, 85-year-old Marjorie is trying to cope with the loss of her deceased husband through the use of a prime, an exact replica programmed to interact with her in human-like ways. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? Would we rewrite the past? This play explores loss and memory, the mysteries of human identity and the limits (if any) of what technology can replace. This play was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Directed by Jared Mola
Produced by Debra Kent

Show runs Oct 6-22, 2017

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Aug 21 & 22, 2017*


The Christians
by Lucas Hnath

Pastor Paul's modest church of twenty years ago now has a congregation of thousands, classrooms for Sunday school, a coffee shop, and much more. But today Paul will preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church's beliefs. What happens when something we believe will always remain the same suddenly changes? A finalist at the Humana Festival in 2014, this play opened off-Broadway soon afterward. In 2016, it was chosen as the eighth most-produced new play by American Theatre Magazine.

Directed by Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp
Produced by Jeff Sams and Kathy Mola

Show runs Nov 17-Dec 3, 2017

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Oct 9 & 10, 2017*


Stella and Lou
by Bruce Graham

Lou's South Philadelphia bar is the kind of place where the same faces sit on the same barstools seven nights a week, drowning their sorrows into countless mugs of beer. Lou is happy to run the place and enjoy time with Stella when she stops in. But Stella has decided they need to take the next step in their relationship -- or she's moving to Florida. This funny, wise, and tender story is a mid-life portrait of friendship, and maybe more. At the play's premiere at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2013, it was cheered by critics for its humor and honesty.

Directed by Gary Thompson
Produced by Barbara Jorgensen

Show runs Jan 19-Feb 4, 2018

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Nov 20 & 21, 2017*


The Other Place
by Sharr White

Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life is coming apart. She receives phone calls from her missing daughter, has a breakdown while delivering a speech, and believes she has a brain tumor. When she visits "the other place," a cottage on Cape Cod that the family once owned, the pieces start to fall into place. Fact blurs with fiction, past and present collide, and the truth about Juliana comes to the surface. This play premiered off-Broadway in 2011 before running on Broadway, where it received a nomination for the 2013 Tony Award.

Directed by Kathy Mola
Produced by Deirdre Root

Show runs Mar 16-Apr 4, 2018

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Jan 22 & 23, 201X*


Bakersfield Mist
by Stephen Sachs

Maude Gutman, an unemployed bartender, lives in a trailer park and has purchased a painting for $3.00 at a thrift store that she believes to be an unknown painting by the great Jackson Pollock. She hires an art expert to verify the painting. Lionel Percy, a stuffy New York arts expert and a self-described connoisseur, goes to Bakersfield, California, to render his verdict as to whether Maude has a Pollock or a fake. This smash-hit comedy premiered in London in 2016 and has already had several productions across the United States.

Directed by Doug Lloyd

Show runs May 11-27, 2018

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Mar 19 & 20, 2018*


*AUDITION DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Season ticket packages go on sale at the opening of The Elephant Man, Friday March 17, 2017

Individual ticket sales: To be announced



The Dayton Theatre Guild
at the
Caryl D. Philips TheatreScape
430 Wayne Ave.
Dayton, Ohio  45410
937-278-5993

www.daytontheatreguild.org




And, if you live close by or will be visiting soon, check out these other theatres in the greater Dayton Ohio area for their upcoming or current productions:

  • Beavercreek Community Theatre
  • Bespoke Theatre *(facebook page) -- Dayton
  • The Black Box Improv Theatre -- Dayton
  • Brookville Community Theatre
  • Caesar's Ford Theatre, Inc -- Xenia
  • Cedarville University -- Cedarville
  • Clark State Community College Theatre Program -- Springfield
  • Dare to Defy Productions -- Dayton
  • Dayton Playhouse
  • Encore Theater Company -- Dayton
  • Epiphany Players Drama Ministry -- Dayton
  • Human Race Theatre Company -- Dayton
  • Lebanon Theatre Company -- Lebanon
  • La Comedia Dinner Theatre -- Springboro
  • The Magnolia Theatre Company -- Dayton
  • The Playground Theatre -- Dayton
  • Playhouse South -- Kettering
  • Sinclair Community College Theatre -- Dayton
  • Springfield Civic Theatre
  • Springfield StageWorks
  • Tipp City Players Community Theatre
  • Town Hall Theatre -- Centerville
  • Undercroft Players -- Dayton
  • University of Dayton *U.D. link is here, but it seems difficult to find the season at the site
  • Victoria Theatre Association -- Dayton
  • Wright State University -- Beavercreek
  • X*ACT: Xenia Area Community Theater
  • Yellow Springs Center Stage -- Yellow Springs
  • Young at Heart Players -- Dayton
  • tHe Zoot Theatre Company -- Dayton
  • KNOW OF A LOCAL THEATRE COMPANY THAT SHOULD
    BE ADDED? LET ME KNOW AT KL_Storer@yahoo.com

    That is, one within a 60 minute
    drive from the Dayton, Ohio area




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