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July 4, 2018 - Independence Day

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Our Path to Greatness Must Be Restored

"'We hold these truths to be self-evident,' they said, 'that all men are created equal.' Strange as it may seem, that was the first time in history that anyone had bothered to write that down. Decisions are made by those who show up. Class dismissed."
-- President Josiah Bartlet, (as written by Aaron Sorkin), The West Wing, Season 1: episode 22 "What Kind of Day Has It Been?"

painting of the Continental Congress

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
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North Carolina:
     William Hooper
     Joseph Hewes
     John Penn
South Carolina:
     Edward Rutledge
     Thomas Heyward, Jr.
     Thomas Lynch, Jr.
     Arthur Middleton
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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

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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
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New York:
     William Floyd
     Philip Livingston
     Francis Lewis
     Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
     Richard Stockton
     John Witherspoon
     Francis Hopkinson
     John Hart
     Abraham Clark
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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







HEADSHOT CHOICE & LINES:
K.L.Storer
Photo by Nick Falzerano
BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
THE BUSINESS OF ACTING ICON


Monday I sent the new headshot (left), from last week's session with Nicholas Studios, to The Human Race Theatre Company for the program and webpage for the show.

To show my vanity, I must say this fellow over here on the left seems to be a year, or perhaps decade, or so older than the guy sitting at this keyboard. How'd that happen? Alternatively: Who put that picture of the my-dad-look-alike over there? Not that I don't like the photo, or a lot of others from the session.


Meanwhile, line study, more specifically, line memorization, starts in earnest today. I had some intentions to start earlier, such as over the weekend-getaway, mini-vacation I just had, but, the plans to work on the lines then was tentative at best -- and I did not get to it; so-oh-well.


COMING SOON!
MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
coming soon coming soon

The update quicksand is getting looser and is now up to my waist; and I may sink a little lower before it's over. I still have photos from the excursion from the weekend before to sweeten, and now I have photos from this past weekend to deal with next. Then, I'm coming up on the third weekend-getaway, mini-vacations this weekend -- this one being my next Chicago trip, this time to see the new play, The Roommate at steppenwolf.

So, who knows when any of the posts will be up......




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COMING SOON!
MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
coming soon coming soon

K.L.Storer
Last night, at my computer in my hotel room.
Right now I am on my Chicago weekend-getaway, mini-vacation. Technically, as I post this, I am not actually in Chicago, but rather, I'm about 45-minutes to an hour away, in a hotel off of I-65, in Indiana.

THE ROOMMATE at steppenwolf
I get on the road to Chicago shortly after I post this entry. I'll spend the day in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. As I wrote a little while ago, much of my day will be at The Lincoln Park Zoo, then I'll have a dinner with local Chicago actor and theatre dude, Rob Koon, then I'll spend about 100 minutes at steppenwolf seeing the new comedy, The Roommate, directed by Ms. Phylicia Rashad.

The photos and recounting of this weekend is, of course, queued behind the excursions of two weeks and one week ago. I have at least now sweetened all the photos from two weeks ago -- there were a lot of them. Now, on to last weekend as soon as I can get to it. And, of course, I'll be piling photos from this weekend onto the heap.





HAPPY BIRTHDAY RINGO


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COMING SOON!
~~IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE~~
MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
coming soon coming soon coming soon

Third weekend-getaway, mini-vacation down. The pics and recounting of the first one will be up tomorrow or Wednesday.

              unless, of course, it isn't.



















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ROADTRIP!
Signage on front wall of museum that reads, "CMOA - Columbus Museum of Art"

Sunday, June 24, I drove over to the Columbus Museum of Art and spent mid-morning into late afternoon there. That Sunday just happened to be a free admission day, so, since I purchased my admission ticket the day before, on-line, I now have an opportunity to go back. I'll wait until maybe this winter to let what's on exhibit change up a bit.

The featured exhibit up was "A Measure of Humanity, which will end September 16. Some of the photos I post here are from that -- photography was encouraged. *That link to the exhibit may be dead after it closes.

The museum is much smaller than I'd anticipated. There's good art there, I'd just somehow expected more wall space. It seems to me that the Dayton Art Institute has more space and more pieces on display, which surprises me.

At any rate, here is some of the great art I encountered on my visit:

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"Collina," by Sir Joshua Reynolds
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"Female Nude," by Pablo Piccasso
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"Untitled [Urban Scene]," by Hughie Lee-Smith
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"The Sand Quarries at Valmondois," by Charles-Francois Daubigny
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"Topographic Landscape," by Maya Lin
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"Topographic Landscape" from another perspective
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"Topographic Landscape" from another perspective
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"Topographic Landscape" from another perspective
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"Topographic Landscape" from another perspective
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"The Burghers of Calais, First Maquette," by Auguste Rodin
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"Sunflower," by Christopher Ries
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"The Family of Man, Figure 2, Ancestor II," by Barbara Hepworth
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"Torso of Venus," by Aristide Maillol
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"A Gust of Wind (The Seine at Port-Villez)," by Claude Monet
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"Buildings," by Niles Spencer
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"Company for Supper," by Dale Nichols
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"Tutein's Tomb," by Anselm Kiefer
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"Tower Room, Fehmarn Self [portrait with Erna]," by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
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"Brown Girl After the Bath," by Archibald J. Motley, Jr.
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"1 panel from Aerospace Folktales," by Allan Sekula
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"Back of Kelly," by Evan Penny
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"Bathsheba" by Artemisia Gentileschi
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"Freya," by Gerhard Marcks
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"The Knock Down," by Mahonri Mackintosh Young
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"The Knock Down" from another perspective
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"The Knock Down" from another perspective
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"The Knock Down" from another perspective
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"Water Lilies," by Mark Tansey
Full disclosure: This painting is quite wide, about 6 to 10 feet. At the museum, I was not able to stand far enough back to get the whole piece in one frame. This is actually an image downloaded from the web, so you get the whole piece in one frame.
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"U.S. Musical Notes," by Otis Kaye
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"Abduction of Hippodameia," by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
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"Black Flag," by James Guy
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"Landscape at Fehman with Nudes," by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
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"Nude Seated before a Fireplace," by Edouard Vuillard
I have more photos that I could post and that I want to post. I suspect I'll throw some up from time to time. Now, some other pics from that day, on the trip home:

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As is my usual want, I saw no reason to take a major highway home -- in this case, I-70 West -- so I didn't.
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Before I went home, I stopped by Yellow Springs to hang out for a while. This is Xenia Ave. from the POV of a bench in front of the grocery store.
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Same bench, other direction down the street.
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Getting close to home.

COMING SOON!
~~IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE~~
MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
coming soon coming soon

Two past resent weekend-getaway, mini-vacations to post about and another one coming up. This means that I will continue to spend a lot of time sweetening photos, plus I will have more words to write about these last two than I did about the Columbus Museum of Art, and probably will, too, about the one coming this weekend.

And i got a lot of other stuff to do, as well.





THE LITTLE FOXES logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
Tomorrow evening, I meet with Director Kathy Mola for a production meeting, before rehearsal, to discuss sound design.


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EMC Card
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ICON
In a couple weeks I'm going to attend an Equity event, hosted at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The two hour workshop is titled "Finding Your Best Voice," and the blurb in the email notice says it is "designed to introduce the principles of the Alexander Technique*, a method for increasing coordination of your entire self in any activity."

I got the email because I'm an Equity membership candidate and am welcomed to the event along with Equity actors. I'm going because: one, the workshop piques my interest; two, it's the first Equity event I've had the opportunity to attend -- I've received notices of previous events, but one or both of the physical distance or the timing were a hindrance; three, it's close enough and works with my schedule; and, four, why should I not tred into the professional acting universe whenever I can?

*) The link to The Alexander Technique was added by me


COMING SOON!
~~IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE~~
MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
coming soon coming soon

As I find time, I have been working on the recounting of the second weekend getaway, mini-vacation, in terms of writing the prose. The photo sweetening is finished. So the second one should be up just in time for me to take number four while I try to fit working the recounting of number three into my stuff to do.





THE LITTLE FOXES logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
Last night I had a brief production meeting with The Little Foxes director, Kathy Mola, about sound design needs for the production. It should be a pretty straightforward task to get the soundwork for this up and running.

We're going with quite a few organic sound cues rather than SFX -- things like door slams and foot steps. We will be using SFX for rain, thunder, and that of the piano, whenever characters are to play such.

We also discussed the pre-show and intermission music, which we easily agreed will be classical music, most likely chamber ensembles.

There was also discussion about the curtain music. We generally decided what the feel and the tempo should be. I will attend some full run rehearsals in late July and/or early August to get a sense of how the ending of the last act is playing, which will better inform me when I pick choices for that final production music.


THIS RANDOM WORLD logo.
On a related avenue, I need to make an appointment with a particular musician/composer to curate some production music for This Random World. I should do that soon, because I'd like to have much of that sound design shored up before I go into Banned from Baseball rehearsals.



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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON
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Flashcards in the gym

As of yesterday, there's one calendar month until table read.

Between now and then: line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book.


THE LITTLE FOXES logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
While I'm at The Guild doing some other needed work today, I'll also test to be sure that we can get sound to the designated speaker cable for channel 5 of our sound system, which is used for isolated sound that's either back stage or somewhere on the stage rather than from the PA speakers. It's used for such things as TVs or radios or for placing the speaker right outside a window on stage, etc.

There was apparently a problem during a production someone else did sound for. I need the channel 5 speaker for The Little Foxes so I will be trouble-shooting this today after the other work is dealt with.


COMING SOON!
~~IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE~~
MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
coming soon coming soon

Another weekend-getaway, mini-vacation coming up tomorrow. One past excursion about to be recounted.




Mon, July 16, 2018

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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON
Line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book.


THE LITTLE FOXES logo.
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
Around doing some maintenance, with fellow board member Scott Madden, on the microphones for our hearing assistance system at The Guild, this past Saturday morning, I also did a bit of trouble-shooting on one of the elelements of our production sound system.

Like I alluded to in the last post, we have a sound cable, usually dedicated to channel 5 of our sound board, that runs from the booth console, across the ceiling, and drops back stage, with a good length of slack. It's for isolated sounds that we don't want to come out of any of the four house PA speakers. It's so that a particular sound effect can be localized by hiding a fifth speaker somewhere on the stage, usually up stage or closer to up stage. The speaker could actually be inside a TV or a radio, or hidden close-enough that the sound appears to come from said device.

When Ryan Shannon designed sound for Wonder of the World at the end of the 16/17 season, he'd wanted to use that channel 5 setup but reported that he could not get it to work. Since that production, we've not needed it for any shows and I had not gotten around to looking at the problem. Now I want it for our show, and though I will be running a sound effect in channel 5 of the mixer, the signal won't be running though that particular cable.

When I did the trouble-shooting this past Saturday I was able to isolate the problem to the cable. There's clearly a interruption somewhere along the line, a short. The small amped speaker that we've employed for a while does work; I hooked it up to other cables that I ran from channel 5 and it works -- which also eliminated channel 5 as the problem.

I'll need to run new cable from the booth to the back stage area where I need to place the speaker. I'll run it mostly across the floor, but by way of the dressing room to back stage and then onto the stage. I've done it before, especially when we needed not only a channel 5 speaker back there (with the now defunct setup) but and additional speaker running from channel 6.

Immediately, this is for the forthcoming The Little Foxes, but I also have to think long-term. A decision about whether we try to run more cable across the ceiling needs to be made. The other both short-term and long-term issue I had Saturday was the little amped speaker we've been using with channel 5. It's getting old and has a ground hum that can be heard with any significant volume set on the speaker. I know for The Little Foxes, I may want to set the volume higher rather than lower on the speaker. I'll be running piano duets through the speaker for two actors to pantomime playing said music while sitting at a prop-piano. The speaker will either be hidden in the piano or nearby. I want the gain on the speaker higher so there's more room for volume level control from the mixer in the booth. But that ground hum.

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The Eurolive B295D PA/Monitor
For a while I've been saying that we need more of these little amped monitor speakers. Right now a big reason we need any amped speakers is that only the first four channels that come out of the mixing board are run through the main power amps in the booth. The speakers at the other end of those channels don't need amplification at the speaker because they get it in the booth -- these are the four PA speakers mounted on the ceiling in the four corners of the theatre space (The Mirkin). Channels 5 though 8 aren't amplified in the booth so they need to run to amped speakers, usually meaning amped monitor speakers. Saturday, I bought a Behringer Eurolive B295D 150-watt PA/Monitor speaker, from Sound Force, just down the road from us, to replace our current amped speaker. I'll probably buy a few more in the future. The B295D is plenty powerful for our intended purpose. I can't say our old amped speaker will be retired, but it is relegated to back-up status.


THIS RANDOM WORLD logo.
Looking forward into the next DTG production after The Little Foxes, I have an appointment with that musician/composer I mentioned last post to curate some production music for This Random World. The meeting is this evening. This show is, of course, the Marjorie-Strader-helmed production for which I was originally on board to be the AD, but had to bow out of that position when I was cast in Band from Baseball. I was Margie's AD for The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin the season before last, and it was a very good experience. Under the circumstances, as I may have written here before, I'm not too bummed about having to nix this AD work, but, I still will miss the experience. At least I'm still on the creative team.


COMING SOON!
~~IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE~~
MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
coming soon coming soon coming soon

Weekend-getaway, mini-vacation Number Four down (yesterday). The post recounting Number Two is nearing arrival; Numbers three & Four are on the to-do list.



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




Tue, July 17, 2018

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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON
Line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book, line study, dramaturgy, off-book.

Showing Sep 6-23, 2018
Tickets available soon
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COMING SOON!
~~IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE~~
MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
coming soon coming soon coming soon

The recounting and photos of Weekend-getaway, mini-vacation Number Two is just around the corner, with Three and Four in the wings. Of course, this coming weekend will just add to the backlog, as I will attend FutureFest 2018 at The Dayton Playhouse. Granted I attend this every year, but, still it's easy to count this as a weekend-getaway, mini-vacation.





Dayton Theatre Guild
SOUND DESIGNING ICON
Last night I procured what is incredibly likely to be all or most of the production music for This Random World. I met with the musician/composer, whose music this is, and it was clear to me early in the listens that this music is absolutely in line with what I and TRW Director Marjorie Strader are looking for. I may be looking elsewhere for the curtain music, I'm even contemplating using something I wrote and recorded mmmblemmble-years ago. Meanwhile, though some of the curating process has aleady begun, more specific and focused design work on The Little Foxes is, of course, about to commence.

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I also have to follow up on clearance requests to a specific agency to use dialogue from the scripts in the promocasts for two shows, The Little Foxes being one of them and the more imminent one to follow up on, since it's the next production up. The other one being Our Mother's Brief Affair. I have secured clearance for the other five productions of the season.


Showing weekends
Aug 17-Sep 2, 2018
Tickets available...
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THE LITTLE FOXES logo.





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Dayton Theatre Guild
forthcoming
AUDITION NOTICES
of the 2018/2019 season

This Random World by Steven Dietz
The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer
OUR MOTHER'S BRIEF AFFAIR by Richard Greenberg

*Graphics art by Wendi Michael     



This Random World
by Steven Dietz
This Random World by Steven Dietz

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Aug 20 & 21, 2018*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

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

Directed by Margie Strader
Produced by Deirdre Root

Production Dates: Oct 5-21, 2018

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but is that just a myth? Mining the comedy of missed connections, This Random World by Steven Dietz asks the serious question of how often we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing. From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own.

Click here for a quick interview with playwright Steven Dietz about the show.
His summation in five words: Right beside you another life.

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 Aug 22 and Oct 21, 2018

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Scottie ward
           a woman in her 70's
Tim ward
           Scottie's son, (late 20s, early 30s)
Beth Ward
           Scottie's daughter, (late 30s, early 40s)
Bernadette Mitchell**
           Scottie's aide, (30s)**
Rhonda Mitchell**
           Bernadette's younger sister, (late 20s)**
Claire
           Tim's ex-girlfriend, (late 20s)
Gary
           Claire's ex-boyfriend, (30s)
A man
           flexible age - *one scene
**The director is interested in casting non-white actors for these roles

For further information, including perusal script, please contact Director Marjorie Strader at:
mstraderia@gmail.com





The Shadow Box
by Michael Cristofer
The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Nov 19 & 20, 2018*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

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

Directed by David Shough
Produced by K.L.Storer
Assistant produced by Ryan Shannon

Production Dates: Jan 11-27, 2019

The Shadow Box made its Broadway debut in 1977, winning both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Joe, Brian, and Felicity come from different walks of life, but all three are spending their final days with family in hospice cottages on the grounds of a large California hospital in the mid-1970s. Joe’s wife Maggie is in denial, as they both struggle to accept the truth. Agnes dutifully cares for her mother Felicity, who pines for the return of her other daughter, and Brian must play referee between his brassy ex-wife and his male lover. Each day, the residents are observed and counseled by an invisible Interviewer as they explore their emotional and physical struggles.

Casting Requirements:

  • Auditions will consist of selected readings from the script.
    Audition selections will be available for download in early November.
    Familiarity with (but not memorization of) the selections is requested at the audition
  • Please provide a résumé if possible.
  • Please bring all scheduling conflicts between Nov 21, 2018 and Jan 27, 2019.

    Note: the rehearsal schedule will accommodate the holidays, but extended vacations (more than a week) could be a problem. Contact the director with any concerns -- see contact info below

THE CHARACTERS: These are strong roles for strong actors. Race is not relevant to the story so casting will be done without consideration of the actor's race. Stated ages are the ages the actors must be capable of appearing, not the actors' actual ages. Listed in order of speaking.

CHARACTER
           NOTES
The Interviewer
           30+, unseen, either gender. A therapist who speaks with the patients and caregivers. A calming, empathetic voice.

Joe
           40-55. A burly, pleasant, working class man, full of energy; New Jersey born and bred (but go easy on the accent). Husband of Maggie. Dying soon, though not apparently ill at this time. Puzzled, and a bit angry.

Steve
           14-year-old son of Joe and Maggie. Bright, active, loves his parents. Knows something is off, but does not know his father is dying. Some ability to play guitar (or to learn to do) is a plus for this actor.

Maggie
           35-50 (old enough to have 14-year old son, young enough to have a 75-year-old father). Wife of Joe. A strong, loving woman struggling to accept a frightening truth.

Brian
           40-60. Athletic, intelligent, educated, a writer. Formerly married to Beverly; now has a young male lover. Dying soon; in some pain that he tries to ignore, and with occasional episodes that embarrass him. Trying to be philosophical, but frightened more than he wishes he were. Working hard not to waste his remaining time.

Beverly
           35-45s. Beautiful, brash, frank, loves a party, a serial adulteress and ex-wife of Brian, whom she still loves.

Mark
           Late 20s. Attractive, intelligent. A former male hustler, now Brian's lover and, under the circumstances, his caregiver, a role he may not relish but performs out of duty, or love.

Felicity
           Elderly. Wheelchair bound, suffering from dementia and numerous physical problems. Dying soon, and angry, either that she is dying or that she is still living. Fixated on the return of her long lost other daughter.

Anges
           35-45. Felicity's daughter and caregiver. The playwright describes her: "Agnes is a plain looking middle-aged woman -- very neat, very tense, very tired. . . . She has tried all her life to do the right thing, and the attempt has left her confused, awkward, and unsure of herself."

For more information please contact:
Director David Shough at davids@pbstudios.com
Producer K.L.Storer kl.storer@daytontheatreguild.org





Our Mother's Brief Affair
by Richard Greenberg
OUR MOTHER'S BRIEF AFFAIR by Richard Greenberg

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Jan 14 & 15, 2019*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

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

Directed by Patrick Allyn Hayes
Produced by Christina Tomazinis

Production Dates: Mar 1-17, 2019

Anna is in the hospital having the latest of her frequent deathbed scenes, and this one looks like it may be the real deal. She makes a shocking confession to her grown children about an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother's Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.

Casting Requirements:

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Anna
           to be announced

Seth
           to be announced

Abby
           to be announced

Lover
           to be announced

Dad
           to be announced


*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

BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
*The graphic configuration here, by-the-way, is my creation and is not an official graphic banner from HRTC, though some elements (the illustrative graphic, the show title graphic, and the HRTC logo graphic) are from HRTC; just to be clear -- K.L.
I will be making my fourth appearance on the Human Race Theatre's boards with this production, my second there in a straight play, the other straight play being Gingerbread Children, by Michael Slade, which was a staged reading, coincidentally also directed by Ms. Margarett Perry, who is directing BfB. I will be in the role of John Dowd, who was special counsel to Major League Baseball during the investigations of Pete Rose for gambling on professional baseball. As of the present I do not know the rest of the cast list, but this will be updated as I get more information.


Directed by Margarett Perry

It's 1989 and a battle for the soul of Major League Baseball is brewing between Commissioner Bart Giamatti and Pete Rose, the reigning Hit King and manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Rose is accused of betting on baseball -- even on his own team -- an allegation he denies despite the mounting evidence. The intellectual Giamatti wants Rose's confession, while the larger-than-life Rose wants the Commissioner to believe his denials. This collision of wills comes to a head as they meet face to face. If the charge proves to be true, "Charlie Hustle" could be banned from the game -- for life -- leaving a black mark on the sport both men love and forever tarnishing a living legend.

tickets on sale later this summer:

box office: 937-228-3630
www.humanracetheatre.org/tickets/order

The Cast of Banned from Baseball

to be announced

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

Opening the 2018/2019 Season:

THE LITTLE FOXES by Lillian Hellman, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Kathy Mola
Produced by Debra Kent

In a small Alabama town in the year 1900, a southern family's selfish pursuit of the American Dream ends up destroying them and those they love. Three siblings -- the manipulative Regina, the cruel and arrogant Oscar, and the possessive Benjamin -- have decided to partner together to increase their already substantial, ill-gotten wealth. But Regina's terminally ill husband, Horace, refuses to give them the money they need. In the end, blood and money mix with money coming out on top, leaving a broken family behind.

The Cast of The Little Foxes

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Addie
           Gail Andrews Turner
Cal
           Steve Easterling
Birdie Hubbard
           Libby Holley Scancarello
Oscar Hubbard
           Saul Caplan
Leo Hubbard
           Maximillian Santucci
Regina Giddens
           Cheryl Mellen
Horace Giddens
           Don Campbell
Alexandra Giddens
           Hanna Stickel
William Marshall
           Jeff Sams
Benjamin Hubbard
           Dave Nickel

And following The Little Foxes at the Guild
THIS RANDOM WORLD by Steven Dietz, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Margie Strader
Produced by Deirdre Root

We want to believe that serendipity brings us together, but how often do we travel parallel paths through the world without noticing? From an ailing woman who plans one final trip, to her daughter planning one great escape, and her son falling prey to a prank gone wrong, this funny, intimate, and heartbreaking play explores the lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own. Following a web of characters whose interwoven lives collide but never quite connect, This Random World shows us that, through the power of chance, we might be closer to each other than we know.

Click here for a quick interview with playwright Steven Dietz about the show.
His summation in five words: Right beside you another life.

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Aug 20 & 21, 2018*, starting at 7:00 pm both nights.

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 Aug 22 and Oct 21, 2018

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Scottie ward
           a woman in her 70's
Tim ward
           Scottie's son, (late 20s, early 30s)
Beth Ward
           Scottie's daughter, (late 30s, early 40s)
Bernadette Mitchell**
           Scottie's aide, (30s)**
Rhonda Mitchell**
           Bernadette's younger sister, (late 20s)**
Claire
           Tim's ex-girlfriend, (late 20s)
Gary
           Claire's ex-boyfriend, (30s)
A man
           flexible age - *one scene
**The director is interested in casting non-white actors for these roles
For further information, including perusal script, please contact Director Marjorie Strader at:
mstraderia@gmail.com

Dayton Theatre Guild -- Family Ties - 2018-19 Season

the rest of the season....

THE MAN WHO KILLED THE CURE by Luke Yankee
SEASON EXTRA:
The Man Who Killed the Cure
by Luke Yankee

The Man Who Killed the Cure, a controversial new play by The Last Lifeboat playwright Luke Yankee, is based on the life and death of Dr. Max Gerson, one of the fathers of natural healing. Two doctors, who are colleagues, friends, and men of science, survive Nazi Germany and make their way to America. Dr. Max Gerson believes in natural healing techniques while his former best friend and new adversary gets rich trying to stop him. This play is about the times we live in, one man's betrayal of another, and a timeless investigation of the hypocrisy that poisons the world of modern medicine.

Directed by Jeff Sams
Produced by Debra Kent

Show runs Nov 16-25, 2018

This show will be precast


THE SHADOW BOX by Michael Cristofer
The Shadow Box
by Michael Cristofer

The Shadow Box made its Broadway debut in 1977, winning both a Tony Award for Best Play and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Joe, Brian, and Felicity come from different walks of life, different parts of the country, and are each dying of cancer. They are living their final days with friends and family in a hospice cottage on the grounds of a large California hospital. Joe's wife is in denial, Felicity awaits a visit from her daughter, and Brian plays referee between his ex-wife and his male lover. Each day, the patients are observed and counseled by an invisible Interviewer as they talk candidly about their emotional and physical struggles.

Directed by David Shough
Produced by K.L.Storer
Assistant produced by Ryan Shannon

Show runs Jan 11-27, 2019

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


OUR MOTHER'S BRIEF AFFAIR by Richard Greenberg
Our Mother's Brief Affair
by Richard Greenberg

Anna is in the hospital having the latest of her frequent deathbed scenes, and this one looks like it may be the real deal. She makes a shocking confession to her grown children about an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother's Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.

Directed by Patrick Allyn Hayes
Produced by Christina Tomazinis

Show runs Mar 1-17, 2019

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Jan 14 & 15, 2019*


NICE GIRL by Melissa Ross
Nice Girl
by Melissa Ross

In suburban Massachusetts in 1984, thirty-seven-year-old Josephine Rosen has a dead-end job as a secretary and still lives at home with her hypochondriac mother. She started college but never finished, and has settled into a life that doesn't offer much hope for the future. But when a new friendship at work and a chance flirtation with an old classmate give her hope for the possibility of change, she dusts off the Jane Fonda tapes and begins to take tentative steps towards a new life. This is a play about the tragedy and joy of figuring out who you are and letting go of who you were supposed to be.

Directed by Debra Kent
Produced by K.L.Storer

Show runs Apr 19-May 5, 2019

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Mar 4 & 5, 2019*


THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE by Jethro Compton
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
by Jethro Compton

Journey into the Wild West in the year 1890, in this classic story of good versus evil, law versus the gun, one man versus Liberty Valance. When a young scholar from New York City travels west in search of a new life, he arrives beaten and half-dead on the dusty streets of Twotrees. Rescued from the plains, the town soon becomes his home. A local girl gives him purpose in a broken land, but is it enough to save him from the vicious outlaw who wants him dead? He must make the choice to turn and run or to stand up for what he believes.

Directed by J. Gary Thompson
Produced by Rick Flynn
Assistant produced by Scott Wright

Show runs June 7-23, 2019

Auditions will be held Mon & Tue, Apr 22 & 23, 2019*


*AUDITION DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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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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