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Mon, Oct 2, 2017

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TECH WEEK HAS BEGUN:
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Yesterday's Tech Sunday went pretty well. The cast call was at 1:00. There was a dry tech in the morning for sound and lights, which, for once, I did not need to be a part of. We actors, not called until later, first had a costume parade, followed by a cue-to-cue, then a dinner break, then a dress run.

As is often the case with that run toward the end of the long first tech day, the energy and the off-book quotient was a bit wonky for the cast as a whole. But it was far more, in terms of our lines, that we were flubbing them. I'd say there were less than a half-dozen instances of anyone calling for lines. Still, overall, the day felt good, or, at least, not horrible.


ACTING CLASS:
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My Human Race Theatre Company acting class has been cancelled for this evening. I was going to attempt to pick my monologue for class (which would most likely be one of Joe Keller's, from All My Sons) during my lunch break today. Now I have a little longer to narrow it down.



Tue, Oct 3, 2017

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TECH WEEK CARRIES ON:
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I'm feeling pretty damned good about this show. I'm happy with my own work, with, of course, a few caveats, yet still, overall I am happy with my work; at least it mostly feels pretty good. I most certainly am in the company of damned good cast mates and production team members.

Last nights tech/dress run went relatively smoothly. I know for a fact that I dropped three lines. I also switched the sentences in another line, and I had to once correct a line because what i said was contrary to what needed to be said. But I did not correct it in a terribly good fashion.

The line is supposed to be, "Do you know your name?" I said, "Do you know my name," then immediately backtracked and gave the correct line. The thing is, I broke character and did an obvious line correction. What would have worked better was for me to stay in character and have Jon correct himself:

"Do you know my name, no, do you know your name?"
That would have kept it in the universe of the play and not have broken the fourth wall.

Overall, however, my work felt good to me, though there have been some times recently when it's felt better. I think all the cast was on this same page with me, so we were all a little surprised when our director, Jared Mola, said it was the best rehearsal thus far. It goes back to that William H. Macy quote, which I regurgitate here -- still paraphrased: It doesn't matter what you (the actor) are experiencing in the scene -- it's what the audience sees your character experiencing that matters.

That goes doubly, or, perhaps, threefold, for the emotional Jon moment, which was the cause of my invoking this thought in the first place in the Sep 29 blog entry. Once again, last night, I did not feel like I was bringing it off successfully. Apparently, i was incorrect, and I'm okay with that.

Also have to say that the design team (Chris Harmon: set; Allen Shotwell: lighting; Gary Thompson: sound; Kathy Mola: costumes; & Kelly Engle*) have worked some lovely stuff for the show, too. And let's not for get that often unsung hero of the theatre, the stage manager -- our's being Ms. Sarah Caplan.

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A couple developments have occurred for the promocast. Last night, Rick Flynn came in and shot stills of Part 1 of the show, during our run. Those will make up the photomontage for the DV movie, with a couple additions that I will shoot tonight. I also have received clearance from Moby, through his Mobygratis website, to use a piece of instrumental music as the underscore for the video. I have used his service a couple times in the past. Tomorrow, I edit the promocast to final cut, and, I'm sure it will be on-line by tomorrow evening.

Marjorie Prime opens this Friday. I'll see you there,
      right?

*It may be Kelly "Wright" now. Kelly married Scott Wright this past Saturday, but I don't know if she is taking his name or not.


Tom Petty, Oct 20, 1950-Oct 2, 2017
Another voice from the soundtrack of my youth has gone silent.
Rest Mr. Petty, in peace.


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ELEVENTH HOUR:
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We reach our Final Dress Rehearsal tonight. Opening Night is only a day away. It doesn't seem like we should be this close, but here we are. I can say that I am most happy with where I am at, and I think the show as a whole is in a great place. Looking forward to getting this thing in front of an audience.

Last night's rehearsal left us all feeling damned good. On the other hand, the rehearsal Tuesday night was what could be called "lame." The energy was at an ebb and we all had more line problems than we have been having. A lot of the chemistry between characters in various scenes was weaker, too. I think it was just that inevitable last-stretch mediocre rehearsal that is quite common. Last night, however, was perhaps the best run we've done thus far. Nah, no "perhaps" about it; it was.

We are right where we are supposed to be: the only element missing is that audience.

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The promocast, featuring the still photography work of one Rick Flynn and the music of Moby (courtesy of Mobygratis), has come to final cut and has been posted at the DTG YouTube channel as well as the DTG website and our DTG facebook page. As is usually the case, I took a vacation day from the rent-payer to edit the DV movie (yesterday). The edit went essentially pretty well, but there was one hitch. I got it edited to a final cut, had created the compressed version for the YouTube and was in the process of uploading to YouTube when I realized the dates of the run were nowhere in the movie. I had to add that information, then again go through the process of rendering the master filee and the compressed file. Set me back just long enough in my day that I could not make the gym as I had planned. But, it's done and it's out in the world.

Click here for the promocast



Fri, Oct 6, 2017

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Opening Today

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Opening Night is upon us!

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Our Final Dress last night went quite well. Yes, there were imperfections, mostly line flubs of one sort or another, but, that's live theatre, with or without an audience. But the bottom line is that we are most definitely ready and eager to get this thing in front of a large group of eyes, and tonight.....:

AN AUDIENCE!

Hey! Come see the show tonight and you get to attend the Opening Night Gala, featuring gourmet pizza from Wheat Penny Oven & Bar, and wine!



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LAST NIGHT'S OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE:
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We had a good opening night. We all felt very good about our performance. We didn't quite have the virtual sold-out audience we thought we would, because some season ticket holders didn't show for their designated opening night slot -- which is not uncommon -- but we did have somewhere between a half and a three-quarter house, and it was a good, responsive audience. The audience members were quite complementary to us afterward, too.

There were, of course, the inevitable line flubs, but no catastrophes. My worst was toward the beginning of my first scene where I went up on a phrase and stumbled a little verbally to recover. In my mind I struggled to come up with a word or a substitute phrase to get the point across, and I managed to save it, and I think, in character. I did a straw poll later that supported what I suspected: that the actors in the audience could tell I'd gone up but the other audience members detected nothing amiss. A few other times I was less than verbatim from the script with my lines, but no cardinal sins were committed.

In the end I feel good about my performance, and I certainly think my cast mates did good work. I received a lot of kudos and praise from audience members. post-show, as did the rest of the cast.

So the ride has started, in earnest. This weekend you you have tonight at 8:00 and tomorrow at 3:00 pm to catch it.


ACTING CLASS:
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This weekend I have to make my decision about the monologue for the Human Race Theatre Company acting class so I have it ready by this Monday evening. I'll probably do that this evening after the show -- well, after the cast and crew have gone out after the show. A Joe Keller monologue from from All My Sons is still the likely choice.


AUDITION ICON
I'll be reading a script over the weekend for an audition coming up shortly. Seems like I have to allot tomorrow morning for that. Plus I have received in the mail another script that I ordered for a future audition.



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FRESHMAN WEEKEND:
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fb post - "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -- Let’s just say the perfectionist in me is pissed right now.

The screen shot is of facebook posts of mine, in between scenes, during the show Saturday. I had gone up on a word during my scene with Barbara Jorgensen and it clearly frustrated me. The line is: "Honesty, the secret weapon of the elderly." My brain would not grab hold of "secret." So it was:

Honesty, the secret...(pause of about 2 or 3 beats)...
The secret of the elderly.

I suppose it wasn't a horrible thing, and it's likely that the audience didn't pick up on it, that it probably seemed like written dialogue from the script -- but it was the second night in a row that I had something like that happen -- and I hate that crap.

Verbatim from the script is the name of the game for me and though I suspect that there will never be a 100% perfect performance by me, in that respect, it's my goal to come as close as possible. When I err on this, I'd much rather it be some sort of slight paraphrase or some slight syntax change.

That being said, or "bitched," if you will, it was a good performance for all of us and for myself, despite that irksome moment. I suppose I should also admit that I dropped a line, too, but at least it was one that was close to a throw-away, and that the absence of it did not hurt the moment, nor the scene.

The Sunday show was solid, too, and none of that annoying going up by me. The closest I can remember is that I switched two words around, saying, "Tess always got the sense he was a little...." rather than "Tess got the sense he was always a little...." Again, though I'd rather not make such an error, it's the kind I am far more accepting of. But the Sunday show, all in all, felt really very good to all of us.

The whole weekend was a good weekend, in fact, though it would have been nice to have had bigger audiences. The audiences we did have liked the show, some quite a bit. One facebook comment I'll share, leaving the writer's name off, said, in part:

Just saw this spectacular show at the Dayton Theatre Guild. SO much in this short play to think about and to unpack. Everyone needs to go see it SO I CAN TALK ABOUT IT!!!!

The funniest complement (as in humorous, and a little cute) came after the show yesterday. I left through the stage door and there was a young lady standing there, under the little roofed area, out of the rain, and she said how much she enjoyed my performance. Then she said she also liked me in All My Sons. She was, of course, confusing me with David Williamson, another bald, middle-aged white-guy actor. Hey, not at all a bad talent to be mistaken for!

In conclusion: despite lower than desired attendance (SM Sarah Caplan reports 178 in total attendance), our opening weekend was otherwise artistically successful.


ACTING CLASS:
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To the best of my knowledge, at this moment, the class session is still on for this evening.

Full disclosure, I have not yet picked my monologue. I will by class this evening. Something from Joe Keller in All My Sons is, frankly, the only contender, so now it's just a question of which chunk from which act. There are two that are at the top of the heap.


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Just this morning I sent an email to Lucas Hnath's agent seeking clearance to use dialogue in the promocast. Over the course of the last several weeks I've tried several avenues to contact Mr. Hnath, himself, but those have not been fruitful endeavors. I always like getting hold of the playwright his or herself, because my experience is that the playwright is more apt to grant clearance; the agents are often reluctant or downright opposed.



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ACTING CLASS:
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The Human Race Theatre Company acting class with Jennifer Joplin did have the regularly scheduled session last night. In terms of the monologue for class, I did, as expected go with a Joe Keller monologue, one from Act III of All My Sons. Though at the last minute something from another play became a contender: a rather well-known monologue by a character I will be auditioning for later this season. I ended up going with the Keller monologue, anyway, because there are more beat changes.

We all did the cold reads of our monologues, then got feedback from Jennifer and classmates, as well as some direction from Jennifer, which included blocking.

And now, that I'm off-book for Marjorie Prime, I have to get off-book for this monologue. At least it's not the whole play. But, who knows, I may have to start getting off-book for a whole play sometime soon.



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MARJORIE PRIME logo.
MARJORIE PRIME: THE MOVIE

As soon as possible after our production is wrapped, I want to check the movie version out. It stars Geena Davis (Tess), John Hamm (Walter), Tim Robbins (Jon), and Lois Smith (Marjorie). But it's in limited release and it may prove to be difficult to locate a theatre screening it. I'm hoping it shows up at one of The Neon, in Dayton, or The Little Art Theatre, in Yellow Springs; they both show the small-release films. Thus far it doesn't seem to be on either theatre's agenda in the near future.

Meanwhile, we have a brush-up rehearsal tonight -- no tech or costumes, but we will run the blocking.


AND IT'S ON TO THE NEXT AUDITION ICON
Tuesday evening I auditioned for the role of Pastor Paul in our third DTG show for the season, The Christians. I was not cast, and I didn't expect that I would be. My reading was okay, but I just got the vibe that I wasn't what was being looked for. There might also have been some problem with my Monday evening availability for the next several weeks due to the HRTC acting class, which would have pushed my arrival at rehearsal to past 7:30 -- and since I put on my application that I would only accept Paul, a role that dominates the script, that could very easily have contributed heavily to not getting cast. But, you know what, I was fully prepared to not be cast and I have my eyes on some other plays this season, so it's all good.


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Since we're on the subject of The Christians and its auditions, here's the list of those whom were cast:

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Paul
           Richard Young
Elizabeth
           Jill Evans
Joshua
           Omar Shah
Jay
           Steve Strawser
Jennifer
           Jackie Anderson


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THE SOPHOMORE WEEKEND IS UPON US:
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We had our brush-up rehearsal last night. As planned we were on our feet as opposed to just doing a line run rehearsal. One of these days I will have a one-hundred-percent perfect verbatim off-book line delivery for a whole script! That day has not arrived as of yet.

Second weekend starts this evening. Live close by? See you there?


HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY ACTING CLASS:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ICON

I have my flash cards done up to start memorizing my All My Sons Joe Keller monologue. Our instructor, Jennifer Joplin, has designated this coming Monday's session as that which covers script analysis, and I think she's going to cover its close sibling, line study.



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OUR SECOND WEEKEND IS WRAPPED-- SIX DOWN; THREE TO GO:
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This weekend felt as good for all of us as the first weekend. Unfortunately we're still getting some rather skimpy audience sizes, which is a shame because perhaps I'm bias but I think this show deserves bigger audiences. We did have two two-thirds full houses over this past weekend, so the situation is not dire, but I know I speak for the whole MP company when I say we'd love to have still bigger houses, and a couple performances have had most disappointing audience sizes.

I am perplexed that we are getting these positive responses after the performances from audiences members, yet I'm not seeing a lot of endorsement posts on facebook, or have heard of such on other social media formats. Especially from particular individuals who were most complimentary -- in manners that did not seem disingenuous -- after the show and whom I know post about shows on fb.

There are a few good responses on facebook however, such as the following:

Go see 'Marjorie Prime' at the Dayton Theatre Guild next weekend. It is such a thought-provoking story. The performances are beautifully restrained and will leave you both loving and feeling a little creeped out by (in the best way) the most unusual family. Bravo Jared Mola, KL Storer, Wendi Michael, Barbara Jorgenson, Ryan Shannon, and Sarah Caplan.

As for my obsession with the perfectly-off-book target, I remember that I had some sort of line flub Friday, but I can't remember exactly what it was, but I do remember that it was minor. I do know I went up on a line for a split second that night, but that only resulted in about a half beat pause before I delivered the line. The exact same thing happened with a different line on Saturday, then again with the same line Sunday. I also dropped a portion of a line Saturday night. None of these were things that the audience would know, however.

The ol' ego has been sufficiently petted with positive strokes about my work as Jon. The best of the weekend coming from a person whose opinion I respect greatly, who said, "You just keep getting more and more monumental." I think "monumental" was the word used, if not, then something similar. Anyway, it's hard not to like that! I, of course, have my introspective complaints, but I'm going to attempt to ignore them for the moment.


HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY ACTING CLASS:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ICON

So, I did get my Joe Keller, All My Sons monologue down on the 3x5 index cards (my flash cards) a few days back, but I have to admit I have not done much to start the memorization process. I started last night when I went to bed but fell asleep not to long after I'd started.

I discovered today after I arrived at the rent-payer that I had left the flash cards by my bed. But I have my rehearsal bag with me, with both the side that has the monologue and a good supply of blank index cards, so I just re-created the flash cards, and did some work during part of my lunch break.

On a side note, a couple of my class mates came to see Marjorie Prime over the weekend.


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HUMAN RACE THEATRE COMPANY ACTING CLASS:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ICON

Monday night, Jennifer Joplin took us through script analysis, as was planned. There were specific focuses on beat changes and on acting verbs. The point is to identify where changes in mental, emotional, or attitudinal state occur and to attach descriptive verbs to those states, like: manipulative, or fury, or intimidated, ad infinitum. We are charges to put little slanted slashes in the script at the points within a line that these beat changes occur, then to write the chosen verbs close by. This isn't a new tool to me but I must admit I don't do it; I make these decisions intuitively and make mental notes. It certainly can't hurt to give the tactility of the slashes and the writing of the verbs a try. It may not make a difference, but who knows, I might find myself getting grounded in the moments sooner than I am used to.

We most definitely are charged to be off-book by next Monday's class. That means a lot of tonight is about that. Though I do also have a social engagement that I don't want to miss. It looks like it's time management time. I do have some gym time scheduled on the elliptical machine, which is a time and place for both memorizing lines and for running lines. I've been running my Marjorie Prime lines on the machine here the past few weeks. I'll sacrifice today for the Keller monologue. I'll be running the MP other times today, anyway.


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I have heard back from Playwright Lucas Hnath's agent, who has granted clearance to use dialogue from the script in the promocast DV movie for The Christians.

The conditions are, as usual, that we only use so much material -- I always use less than is allowed -- and that the promocast goes off-line when the show closes; the latter is a stipulation that I occasionally get. I like leaving the DV movies up, but, sometimes that can't happen, and at least we have the clearance to use dialogue, which is always better, though I can make a promcast work without it, and I think sometimes quite well, as in the Marjorie Prime promocast.


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Honestly, this is not an I was in the audience, it's an I will be. Last night I went to the Meet & Greet for the next HRTC production, The House, by Brian Parks. It's directed by Margarett Perry, who seems to direct at least once a season at The Race, and in fact, directed me a few years back, there, in the dramatic reading of Michael Slade's Gingerbread Children.

The show is a comedy that features (in alphabetical order) Vince Gatton, Caitlin Larson, Scott Stoney, and Alex Sunderhaus. Vince I met last summer at the new play festival, FutureFest, in which the play he wrote, Wake, was one of the six finalists. I have worked with Caitlin twice, once in the aforementioned Gingerbread Children and also in the HRTC production of Fiddler on the Roof. Scott, I have worked with twice, once as a fellow actor in, again, Gingerbread Children and then once when he directed me in Caroline, or Change -- my first professional theatre credit -- also at HRTC. Alex, I have not shared a production with, but I have seen her several times on The Loft stage. She and I also share Wright State University as our alma mater.

Margarett and the cast talked some about the play, careful not to share spoilers, then the cast did a short staged reading of several pages of the show, as a preview and teaser. It looks to be a funny show. I plan to catch it on Pay What You Can Night, and who knows, I might go back later in the run.


Showing weekends
Through Oct 22, 2017
Tickets still available...
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Dayton Theatre Guild
forthcoming
AUDITION NOTICES
for the
2017/2018 season

STELLA AND LOU by Bruce Graham
THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White
BAKERSFIELD MIST by Stephen Sachs

*Graphics art by Wendi Michael     



Stella and Lou
by Bruce Graham
STELLA AND LOU by Bruce Graham

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Nov 20 & 21, 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 Gary Thompson
Produced by Barbara Jorgensen

Production Dates: Jan 19-Feb 4, 2018

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.

Casting Requirements: TBA




The Other Place
by Sharr White
THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Jan 22 & 23, 2018*, 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 Gary Thompson
Produced by Barbara Jorgensen

Production Dates: Mar 16-Apr 4, 2018

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.

Casting Requirements: TBA




Bakersfield Mist
by Stephen Sachs
BAKERSFIELD MIST by Stephen Sachs

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Mar 19 & 20, 2018*, 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 Doug Lloyd
Produced by Rick Flynn

Production Dates: May 11-27, 2018

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.

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....



FIRST A PRODUCTION I'M APPEARING IN AT THE DAYTON THEATRE GUILD
K.L.Storer's next appearance on stage - MARJORIE PRIME, by Jordon Harrison, at the Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave, dayton, OH 45510, 937-278-5993. Join me and my wonderful castmates, Barbara Jorgensen, Ryan Shannon, and Wendi Michael in the Pulitzer-nominated paly, which also offers up Jared Mola's directorial debut. Showing weekends, Oct 6-22, 2017.
see below for more details about the show



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

Continuing the 2017/2018 Season:

MARJORIE PRIME by Jordon Harrison, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Jared Mola
Produced by Debra Kent

In the not-too-distant future and the age of artificial intelligence, eighty-five-year-old Marjorie is trying to cope with the loss of her deceased husband through the use of a prime, an exact replica of him 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. Marjorie Prime was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The Cast of MARJORIE PRIME

(in order of appearance)

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Marjorie
           Barbara Jorgensen
Walter
           Ryan Shannon
Tess
           Wendi Michael
Jon
           K.L.Storer

The Promocast for Marjorie Prime



And following Marjorie Prime at the Guild
MARJORIE PRIME by Jordon Harrison, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

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

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.

The Cast of The Christians

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Paul
           Richard Young
Elizabeth
           Jill Evans
Joshua
           Omar Shah
Jay
           Steve Strawser
Jennifer
           Jackie Anderson




Dayton Theatre Guild -- announcing our 2017-2018 season

the remainder of the season....

STELLA AND LOU by Bruce Graham
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
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 1 , 2018

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Jan 22 & 23, 2018*


BAKERSFIELD MIST by Stephen Sachs
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
Produced by Rick Flynn

Show runs May 11-27, 2018

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


*AUDITION DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


DTG Buy Your Tickets Now click for information
on purchasing tickets


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

www.daytontheatreguild.org

*Graphics art by Wendi Michael     




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
  • Troy Civic Theatre -- Troy
  • 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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