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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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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.
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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.


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




Mon, July 16, 2018

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THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON
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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 Banned 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.


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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.




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THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON
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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
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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.

DTG Promocast Production logo
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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.



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THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON
Line study,

dramaturgy,

off-book,

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MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
a weekend at Hocking Hills

THE HOCKING HILLS TRIP:
On the road to Hocking Hills:
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Fire pit, the first night
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Fire pit, the second night
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The second weekend-getaway, mini-vacation was a weekend in the Hocking Hills state park area. Over the weekend of June 29-July 1, I stayed two nights in one of the cabins of the Bluebird Ridge Cottages, with a Logan, Ohio address. I had the "Little Pine" cabin (or "cottage" -- either word works for me). That's it in the image above, and there are plenty more photos below. It was secluded and peaceful and I could have stayed there for a month or several. Perhaps it's not too untrue to say that the idea of living, full-time, in such a situation is not an unpleasant one for me to think about. Needless to say, just staying in that lovely little cabin, in that beautiful and secluded environment, was more than good for my soul, as was the trip to the Columbus Museum of Art the previous weekend. But a weekend like this in this place, or a similar place, is something I am absolutely going to do again, more than once.

How does this relate to "A Diary of Artful Things?" Well, come on now, this sort of a weekend is good for the mind, body, and being of the artist -- good for the soul, as stated above. And then, of course, we go back to my standby response about what subject matter I decide to post here: Whose blog is this? and let me add: What's the subscription rate again? Granted, I'm not sure who else this entry will be of interest to besides myself but here it is anyway.

As you will see in the photos below, the cottage was not at all primitive, which on this particular weekend was a good thing, most especially because there was AC, which worked quite well. But it was furnished nicely with all the modern conveniences save for Wi-Fi; and, frankly, the lack of Wi-Fi was not a problem for me. I tried using my iPhone as a hotspot but my reception was too weak. I wasn't even able to use my phone to receive or post to facebook or to send and receive emails while I was at the cabin nor while in most areas of the park system. Again, not much of a concern to me.

Because I have a silly sense of humor I packed my Banned from Baseball script and my accompanying flash cue-cards under the theory that I might just possibly do some line study at some point during the weekend. When I was in college I would occasionally attend weekend conferences, not related to course work, and I would pack some of my school texts under a similar premise. I never cracked a book during one of those conference weekends and I did not spend one moment on line study in Hocking Hills. It was a hopeless intention.

I got to the cabin on Friday, somewhere around 5:00 pm. I unpacked, fixed and ate dinner, then put on my new hiking boots and took off for a little hike on the trails near the cottage. To be honest, those trails were underwhelming to me, plus, as alluded to above, this was a blistering hot and humid weekend, and though the trails were under a canopy of tree tops, it was a little muggy and so I didn't hike for very long. There also wasn't a nearby river or stream -- like many people, I have a preference to hike along side running water or by lakes, but, more so rivers or streams.

There is a nearby clearing with a fire pit and an open shack with cut firewood provided. I built a fire both nights and spent an hour or two in meditative solitude with the fires. What is it about fire that grabs the attention, the fascination of humans? It's the same with water. As I said above, whenever I hike, I want to be close to water, especially rivers or streams -- flowing water. There's something about these two elements, their vital necessity to our survival and their power to destroy. There's that Earth-Mother connection, too.

So I sat in the darkness and watched the logs burn and listened to the wilderness around me, a practice humans have been engaged in since humans have been humans, since before there was written word or spoken language. I listend to night birds I can't identify the calls of, and hoot owls, and coyotes calling to each other. The first night a coyote was very close by; I'm sure within 50 to 100 yards. I listened to dogs on nearby properties bark back at the coyote calls: camaraderie or warning? Yeah, most probably sentinel warnings.

For me the big surprise was that over the whole weekend, in the area around my secluded cabin, in all of the state park areas I went, in all that forestry, I did not see even one deer. I expected to see some. My assumption was that for the most part this was all non-hunting zones, which would perhaps make the deer less skittish about people. But I only assume there's no hunting; I may be wrong about that. I didn't see any foxes, either, but you can have a family living near your home and never see those stealth little creatures. I'm pretty sure I heard fox barks and "vixen screams" the second night while sitting at the fire pit.

Saturday was focused on the point of the trip: Hocking Hills State park, with the first visit of the day being to the big attraction, Old Man's Cave, which I hadn't been to since I was about five years old, and thus, really have no memory of. I do have a vague, vague, vague, opaque, slender memory of my nephew, Tommy (Tom, now), only a few years younger than I, throwing sand in my eyes. I think, on this trip, I might have identified one of a few spots where this event from decades a go occurred, but then maybe not.

Frankly, because Old Man's Cave is such a popular tourist attraction, it was by nature of that, touristy, mostly in that there were a lot of people there. It was often imposible to get a photograph of some of the great caves and rock formations, etcetera, without getting someone or many people in the frame. It was still worth it. It's an amazing place. And the heat was not much of an issue there because the thick canopy of the trees and the caves and gorges staved off the brunt of it. The heat index for the day was in the upper 90s, perhaps even topping 100°, but it was a good 10-20° cooler under, and in, all that protection, without nearly as much humidity as out in the open.

By the way, if you read the plaque in the photo in the right column as well as the info in the Old Man's Cave webpage you get the story of Richard Rowe "who lived in the large recess cave of the gorge." But several locals claimed to me that there is no actual "Old Man's Cave," that the story is more an apocryphal account than being based in reality. However, the website seems to have some pretty specific historical facts, or things presented as such, so I don't know....

I spent a few hours hiking the Old Man's Cave trail system, and, as evident below, took lots and lots of photos. There was a lot to take photos of. The trails connect to both Ash Cave and to Cedar Falls, the latter which I was halfway sure I might have happened upon during my Old Man's Cave trek. Judging from the photos at the Cedar Falls web page, I didn't, because I don't recall anything like the scenery in those images.

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The bride and some of her party at Ash Cave. A little research reveals that the bride is Jesse and her groom (not in the photo) is Jordan.
At one point, after a few hours, I made the decision that I needed a rest from hiking as well as a brief escape from the heat -- it wasn't as hot under the Old Man's Cave canopies and in its gorges, as it was out in the open, that doesn't mean it wasn't hot. It was going to be a good thirty minutes, at a minimum, to hike to Ash Cave, and that thirty-minute hike was not an attractive concept at the moment. I drove there in my air-conditioned car. But first I bought a heaping big chocolate soft-serve ice cream cone from the truck in the Old Man's Cave parking lot; those ice cream truck people were making a killing, I might add. I didn't get a photo of that ice cream cone, but you'll see some in future posts for upcoming weekend adventures.

Though not quite as many, Ash Cave was also packed full of people. I arrived shortly after the end of a wedding ceremony at the cave, which may have accounted for a good number of the people there, but not all of them. It was also cooler in caves and under the canopy than out in the direct beat of the sun, though the canopy wasn't as protective from the heat as at Old Man's Cave, plus I think the afternoon heat index number was rising. There is also not as much to see at Ash Cave as Old Man's, so with these factors plus that I hadn't eaten save for the ice cream a little earlier and a fruit smoothy breakfast about 7:30, a longer break that included food seemed in order only about an hour or so after I arrived at Ash Cave.

I ate my late lunch in Logan at Pizza Crossing, which serves more New-York-style than Chicago-style pizza. Myself, I'm a Chicago-style pizza guy, but I don't hate NY-style and can eat it with the best of them. Pizza Crossing's veggie pizza was pretty tasty. It's good pizza. I recommend it.

After food, I drove to nearby Lake Logan but didn't stay long. I was looking for a nice trail system and there really isn't one there. I thought about then heading to either Cedar Falls or Rock House, but I started to feel the fatigue of hiking in the heavy heat index most of the day, despite the protections at Old Man's Cave and went back to home base at Little Pines. After dark, as it cooled down, I went for another meditational sit at the fire pit. Cedar Falls and Rock House will be high on the agenda for my return visit to Hocking Hills, because there will, indeed, be one.

Sunday morning after a laid-back start to the day at the cabin, I checked myself out of Little Pines then headed to Lake Hope near Athens, Ohio. The ladies at Hocking Hills Vistors' Information recommended Lake Hope. The Lake, itself, I didn't find astonishing. What I think might have made the day was the trail system. But, it was hotter out on Sunday than it had been on Saturday, and I wasn't confident that the canopy there was going to cool things down as much as at Old Man's Cave. My thought was that I'm a middle-aged man with a heart condition and hiking at that moment in that heat condition seemed unwise. Those trails aren't going anywhere.

I drove into town, had more pizza, this time at Franco's Pizza -- New York style, again. Then, on my walk back to my car I stopped into Whit's Frozen Custard of Athens and got two scoops on a waffle cone. Yes, this is a theme that will reoccur in future weekend-getaway, mini-vacation posts, and in the future cases with photography. Having cheated on my calories and sodium diets, I drove the two-some hours to my humble abode.

Now for extensive photographic representation of my Weekend at Hocking Hills:
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The gravel road back to the "Little Pine" cottage.
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Take the fork to the right at the Bluebird Ridge sign.
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Seclusion.
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My parking spot
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Little Pine Cottage
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Little Pine Cottage
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Little Pine Cottage
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Little Pine Cottage
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At the Little Pine front door
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Inside Little Pine
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Inside Little Pine
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The view out the Little Pine front door window
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On the Little Pine balcony
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Little Pine balcony corner
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The Bluebird Ridge clearing with the fire pit
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The firewood shack
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The fire pit
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A meadow-like portion of the trails of Bluebird Ridge
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Me in that meadow area
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The Friday night fire
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The Friday night fire
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I stoke the Friday night fire
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I watch the Friday night fire
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Saturday morning fruit smoothy breakfast on the deck
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Storefronts in the compound of stores (mostly antique stores) on I-33 by Logan, Ohio. I dropped by there on the way to Old Man's Cave
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At Old Man's Cave
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At Old Man's Cave
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Me at Old Man's Cave
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At Old Man's Cave: I wonder about the story behind this hole in a rock formation. It's almost perfectly round. My memory of my Geology classes isn't sharp enough to recall if this is a natural phenomenon .
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At Old Man's Cave
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"The Devil's Bathtub" at Old Man's Cave
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I THINK this is another view of "The Devil's Bathtub"
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Ash Cave, itself
*where there is no actual "'Old Man's Cave," there is an actual "Ash Cave"
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At Ash Cave
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Hydrating at Ash Cave
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A loaded veggie pizza (New-York style) at the Pizza Crossing in Logan, Ohio
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A random shot of my front passenger seat. This happened to be Saturday afternoon, but could have been most any time during the weekend.
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The beach at Lake Logan. Wasn't what I was looking for, though it was a hot enough day that a little time at the beach wouldn't have been hateful.
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How to dry out your socks when you washed them, it's uber-humid out, and you don't have a clothes dryer handy
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The Saturday night fire
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The Saturday night fire
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Sunday morning breakfast on the deck at Little Pine
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Time at Little Pine is almost up
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The most depressing photograph of the weekend
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Lake Hope, Athens, Ohio
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Lake Hope
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The other pizza of the weekend, at Franco's Pizza in Athens, right before my drive home.



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ROADTRIP!
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Recounting Weekend-getaway, mini-vacation Number Three is up next. Four is on deck, and Five, FutureFest 2018 at The Dayton Playhouse, occupies this coming weekend.





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As of yesterday afternoon I have secured clearance to use dialogue from the scripts for six of the seven productions of the 2018/2019 season in their respective promocasts. If I get clearance for the last one, it will be the first season that I've had clearance for all of the shows. And thus far no one has stipulated that the DV movie be pulled after the production goes dark, which makes me glad.


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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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You know the drill:

Line study,

dramaturgy,

off-book,

yadda, yadda. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


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MINI VACATION
Tonight I make my annual trek to Dayton Playhouse for the theatre company's annual new play festival, FutureFest (2018). This is a weekend I've done now fourteen times (13 years) straight in a row, counting this weekend, and I am nowhere close to a veteren; there are some who have attended the festival and/or actively participated in productions in every FutureFest since the first one in 1991 -- thirteen years before I entered back into the acting and theatre world. FF is now 27 years old, with 2018 being the 28th festival. So, I have now attended and/or participated in half of the festivals, the last half.

This year, I'm not performing nor otherwise involved in production; I am simply an audience member. Last year I was the sound designer for four of the six shows and co-designer for another. I also was the reluctant sound tech for three of the shows. I had only agreed to run sound for one, but needed to pinch-hit on two others because the official sound tech for the weekend ended up with some unanticipated schedule conflicts. As an actor, the last time I was on an FF stage was 2015 in Rich Amada's Hail the Conquering Hero, which was directed by Fran Pesch.

I could have auditioned, but I looked at the audition specs and I wasn't really typed for any of the roles I could audition for. But I'm there watching the stage this weekend, if not walking it.


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

Meanwhile my previous two weekend-getaway, mini-vacations, both involving zoos, will make their way to blog-posted recounts as soon as I can get them here, with FutureFest 2018 on deck behind them. Then, another zoo trip is on my itinerary for the time between FF2018 and the start of Banned from Baseball rehearsals.





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A week from tonight I'm seeing comedian Jim Gaffigan at the Fraze Pavillion. This will be the second time I've seen his stand-up performance in person. Gaffigan is one of my favorite comics and, if you're paying attention to such things, one of the top stand-ups of the day. And he works clean, or relatively so. There may be a few jokes that skirt with being risque, but he's not the kind of comic who needs to change his material for a network TV appearance. Not that I need a comedian to have a clean set; probably my three favorite stand-ups of the day are, in no particular order, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, and Louis C.K. (despite the latter's problems, which I haven't heard, but I would bet he's addressing) -- anyway, none of these three can be labelled neither clean nor PC. Mr. Gaffigan's approach is much different than theirs, but he is quite a funny comic. I look forward to next Friday evening -- It better not frickin' rain!

August 11, I will see the inimitable David Byrne at The Rose Music Center on his American Utopia Tour. Byrne is an artist I have always had an interest in but have not invested myself in his work, as of yet. His work with Talking Heads, then as a solo artist, is all inventive, sometimes fascinating, and always compelling. I have, in the past owned a couple of his solo records and a few Talking Heads albums, but I have never engrossed myself in his work, why, I am not sure. I do have his new American Utopia album, it was part of the purchase price for the concert ticket, which is a new practice many artists and their record companies are engaged in to boost anemic album sales. I've been thinking that if I can find the time between now and August 11, I should get hold of a lot of his record canon and, more-or-less, catch up some before the show. But, then, going in with something close to a clean slate might be cool, too -- to experience a lot of the music of the evening for the very first time, that might be kind of cool. Based on all I have going on, the clean slate thing is the more likely scenario.



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THE WEEKEND HAS BEGUN:
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So, FutureFest 2018 at the Dayton Playhouse is officially underway. Last night was the openning show, What Are Wordsworth to a Longfellow, a romantic comedy by Carl L. Williams, and it launched us on a good, strong start for the weekend. By-the-way, I was the male lead a few years back in another of Carl's FutureFest entries, A Woman on the Cusp. My character's name was Darren, and I enjoyed the role a lot.

It's good to welcome back this year two regular adjudicators who've not been to FF the last few years, David Finkle and Eleanore Speert, and to welcome new adjudicator Matthew Kagen. And, returning, two other ong-standing regulars, Peter Filichia and Helen Sneed. Helen, in fact, was last night awarded a life-time membership to DPH for the many years in a row that she's been an adjudicator. I confess I forget the exact amount of years, but it's in excess of twenty.

Anyway, the weekend has begun. One down, five to go. In minutes after posting this, I'm out the door to ground zero.


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

coming soon
A Saturday in Chicago
coming soon
A Sunday at the Columbus Zoo
coming soon
Comprehensive account

The whole motif of being vague about what is "coming soon" has started to seem kind of silly and pointless.




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THE WEEKEND WRAPS TODAY:
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Four down, two to go at FutureFest 2018 at the Dayton Playhouse. Yesterday we saw Fettered, by William C. Kovacsik, Late in the Game, by Barbara Snow, and Last Rites -- Detroit, 1967, by Randy Neale, all really fine plays. Today we see the final two plays: Of Men and Cars, by Jim Geoghan and Queen of Sad Mischance, by John Minigan. My full report on the weekend will come sometime in the "near" future.


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

coming soon
A Saturday in Chicago
coming soon
A Sunday at the Columbus Zoo
coming soon
Comprehensive account




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Last night I attended the Equity event I wrote about on July 12, hosted at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: the two hour workshop "Finding Your Best Voice," which was about the Alexander Technique.

It's a method, almost really a philosophy, of being body conscious, of being aware of how one is moving and how one is holding one's body. The idea is to break habits on both scores that are actually causing unnecessary tensions and burdons on one's body. Last night was simply an introduction. It is the sort of thing that one can take sessions on for quite a while. I found it interesting and what I was exposed to last night makes a hell of a lot of sense.


BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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*More line study in the gym during cardio work
The perfectionist in me, let's call him "Mr. P," who is both an asset and a liability, is unhappy that I am not yet off-book. Also on his list of grievances is that I have not yet done as much of the dramaturgy-ish research on John Dowd that I have planned. My line study, in all manners, has not hit the mark that Mr. Perfectionist wants, not cleared his bar, whatsoever.

The first rehearsal, the table read, is August 13, nineteen days from today. That's what Mr. P wants me to be aware of, anyway.

I have been working on the lines*, ya know, Mr. P.


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

coming soon
A Saturday in Chicago
coming soon
A Sunday at the Columbus Zoo
coming soon
Comprehensive account



Fri, July 27, 2018

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There's another Equity workshop in Cincinnati this coming Monday evening and I hope to make it. This time it's at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (AKA: Cincyshakes) and the topic is Making the Most of Social Media.

If I attend, the question then becomes: how long before I end up with a twitter account?


TONIGHT!
Jim Gaffigan - The Fixer Upper Tour - Fraze Pavilion - July 27, 2018
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Tonight I see Mr. Gaffigan's stand-up performance live at The Fraze Pavilion.

It's not supposed to rain.


THIS WEEKEND
Dayton Theatre Guild
Dayton theatre Guild Murphy Awards
Daytonys - Dayton theatre Hall of Fame

I don't consider this a weekend-getaway, mini-vacation, but tomorrow and Sunday are pretty much tied up with theatre stuff, including two theatre award events.

It's starts tomorrow morning with the monthly board meeting for The Dayton Theatre Guild, followed immediately by our annual meeting where the 2018/2019 slate of the board of directors will be voted on. As well, our current president, Kathy Mola, will give the State of the Theatre Report.

Tomorrow evening will be the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame and DayTony Theatre Awards. This year John Falkenbach, Michael Kenwood Lippert, and Douglas Merk will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Then Sunday afternoon will be the annual Dayton Theatre Guild picnic (or, more appropriately, smorgasbord) and in-house Murphy Theatre Awards.

I'll probably spend some portion of the weekend working on sound design for The Little Foxes; probably Sunday morning, maybe Sunday evening. Line study for Banned from Baseball will likely make some sort of an appearance during the weekend, too.


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

coming soon
A Saturday in Chicago
coming soon
A Sunday at the Columbus Zoo
coming soon
Comprehensive account


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MINI VACATION
ROADTRIP!
A Saturday in Chicago, July 7, 2018

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The photo, again, which I posted on July 7, of me in my hotel room in Merrillville, Indiana.

The weekend after the Hocking Hills trip, I trekked to the Chicago area for the weekend. As I did the last time I went to Chicago for a day, I spent the night before in a hotel in Merrillville, Indiana, which is about forty miles south-east of Chicago. I arrived at my hotel in the late afternoon/early evening on Friday, then drove into Chicago the next morning, July 7, as the banner indicates, to spend the day.

Again, as the last time I came to Chicago, I parked at an all-day garage close to steppenwolf, then traversed Lincoln Park, with pretty close to the same trajectory this time as that last time. That last time, by-the-way, was coming in for the day to see Tracy Letts' Mary Page Marlow at steppenwolf, that theatre which would be my final destination for this day, to see, of course, The Roommate.

After I parked my car, I hit the pavement for a leisurely thirty-some-minute strole through the Lincoln Park neighborhood to my first mini-vacation destination of the day, the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Some photos, one taken on the way into Chicago, the rest, during my walk through Lincoln Park to the zoo:
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Coming into Chicago Saturday morning
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W. North Avenue
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A courtyard area on a side street, not sure which. Looking at the satellite picture on Googel, it might be the corner of North & Cleveland, but I'm not positive.
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Great sign on the lawn of the Church of the Three Crosses on W. Wisconsin St.
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Close to the Zoo. In memorium of David Kennison, the last living participant of the Boston Tea Party.

Lincoln Park Zoo

It was about 10 a.m. when I got to the zoo. I had actually done a short visit to this zoo in April 2016 on that trip to see Mary Page Marlow. I'd parked at the self-same garage and had walked to the Lincoln Park Conservatory Gardens, which sets right next to the zoo. When I was done in the conservatory, I walked inside the zoo; it was a chilly day and a lot of animals were not out and I was getting hungry, so I wasn't there long. Besides I was going to see a mantinée that day, so time was a little tighter, and I had to walk back to steppenwolf. I did drive back over later that day, but the zoo had just closed.

This time the show I was seeing had a 7:30 p.m. curtain so I had most of the day to explore the zoo. Here are some photos of my day. Sometimes the animals aren't identified because frankly, I can't remember what they all are, or the exact variety of species. But here are the pics:

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Carlson Cottage. I did not go inside, though I think it was open to tour.
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Hans Christian Anderson. I haven't even made it to the animals, yet.

And.....the animals:
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Well, this one's easy: zebra, I believe.
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I know damn good and well I should know the name of this monkey's species, but it escapes me
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99% sure this is a Bonobo Monkey, which is what the last one might be, too.
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Puma
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Remember from the Hocking Hills post, when I bought ice cream and I told you that there'd be more, and with pictures?
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Giraffe
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Can you say, "Lions"
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Polar bear
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Penguins
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Some kind of bird of which I'm sure I should know the name.
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Another bird of which I probably should know the name.
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Dwarf alligator
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You know, I read the sign that said what this was when I was there, but now: who knows!
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Meer cat -- I think.

Lincoln Park Conservatory Gardens
I revisited the greenhouse at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, right next to the zoo, that which, as I mentioned, I'd visited last trip to Chicago, in April of 2016. Here, from this latest trip, are some random photos:
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Just like at Ash Cave, I came across a bride. This time I don't think I happened upon the end of the wedding, rather upon a bridal photo shoot. This, just outside the zoo and the conservatory, as I made my way back toward the steppenwolf area.
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A view at the South Pond Nature Walk, taken, again, as I was making my way back toward steppenwolf.

On my walk back to the steppenwolf area that afternoon, not too far from the zoo, etc., the GPS on my iPhone told me to turn right, but my mind said, "go straight." I went straight. Here's what I happened across because I listened to me and not Siri:
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Back at ground zero -- i.e.: the garage, where I parked for the day, and the whole steppenwolf area -- I hung out for a little while in the open plaza between the North/Clybourn L Red Line station and the Lincoln Park Apple Store, at North and Halstead, near Clybourn. There, I was meeting a Chicago friend, playwright and actor, Robert (Rob) Koon, to have dinner and chat some before I saw the play just down the street.

There was a bit of time to kill when I got back from the zoo. I went up to my car and changed from a sleeveless t-shirt, khaki shorts, short athletic socks, and baseball-style cap, into long jeans, dress socks, and a black flat cap, with my black steppenwolf t-shirt under a dark gray dress shirt, worn open. I kept my new, attractive and ultra-confortable two-strap tan-brown sandals on. I tell you this wardrobe stuff because I know there are a lot of people out there who would give a rat's ass what I wore, right? The actual important thing about this "time to kill" is that I was meeting Rob at a plaza next to an Apple store. And I had time to kill. Next to an Apple store.

Next to an Apple store with time to kill.

It could have been worse. It only cost me $40.00. I bought a Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar™, made by Belkin. It allows the user to both listen to audio and charge the battery at the same time on a newer iPhone or iPad, because the audio jack on such is now the same jack as that for the charger. I've been meaning to get one for a while, so at least it can't be completely called an impulse buy.

Then, after making my already steaming credit card, just a tad hotter, I sat in the plaza and actually took some time to do some line study for Banned from Baseball. Of course, eventually Rob showed up and we ate pizza at Sono Wood Fired Pizzaria just across from the plaza. Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of the two of us, so I guess Rob can deny that it happened if he wants to. I had originally planned to eat at Trattoria Gianni, on Halstead, not far down the street from steppenwolf. I've eaten there several times before and had made pretty solid plans to do so again. But, I went with the flow and decided to change things up. Anyway, I had a nice dinner and good conversation with Rob, then it was off to the show.

But first, more photos:
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The Lincoln Park Apple store
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Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar™
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Workin' on those Banned from Baseball lines
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A view of the plaza
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The North/Clybourn L Red Line station
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Didn't get a picture of Rob and me, but I did get one of the restaurant, Sono Wood Fired Pizzaria
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Then it was time for a show

THE ROOMMATE at steppenwolf, July 7, 2018

After my nice hour or so with Rob Koon I walked over to the event that initiated the trip to Chicago, in the first place: Jen Silverman's The Roommate showing at steppenwolf. It was nice evening of theatre.

Someone I talked to who had already seen this production told me that the script has a few problems but that the production was still good due to very fine performances by Ora Jones as Robyn and Sandra Marquez as Sharon, as well as Phylicia Rashad's strong directing. I agree with this.

Without getting too specific, because the play is worth seeing, whether it's this production or some future production, I'll say that I had trouble with one aspect of the script. One character becomes enthusiastically interested in something, and I found that the enthusiasm and the interest was far too quick, that I had a difficult time believing that the character got there when and as she did. There needed to be more development, more build to that place. But going back to the production aspects, this was an excellent production in terms of performance and staging, to the credit of the two actors and the director. The set was pretty damned impressive, too -- Scenic Designer: John Iacovelli. Further, as per the script, mostly I liked it a lot. There's some wonderful dialogue and lots of funny moments.

My home theatre, The Dayton Theatre Guild is always on the lookout for a good contemporary comedy, so I went with that in mind. I came to the conclusion that the script was probably worth suggesting to our play reading committee (the body that reads and debates the potential plays we might put up). I also thought it was likely that the committee wouldn't select it, but you never know. Turns out they had already read it, last year or the year before. The play had been a finalist at the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky. One of our board members, Carol Finley, attends Humana every year and she had suggested the script, already.

Well, anyway, despite that flaw in the script, given the right set of circumstances, it could end up on one of the DTG seasons. This especially since it's a female two-hander, and I can see us easily selecting it for that reason if there is a male two-hander in the season and we want some parity. We have done such in the past.

Despite my one complaint, I didn't feel like it was a waste of my time to trek to Chicago to see the play. Of course, the trip was about more than the play, so that helped. But I was not sorry that I saw the play itself, especially that particular production.

Going home:
I'd made mental notes of where I was whenever I took one of these photographs. Of course, I remember few of those mental notes. They were taken on the way home, though.
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One thing for sure, this is not I-70 East.
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Whether this is in Indiana or Ohio (I think it's Indiana), it's most certainly in the mid-west. Not that you might not see similar real estate in, say, Vermont.
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Again, no clue where this was on my route, save that it's close to or into Ohio. I don't think this is an Indian mound, either. My memory is that it's at a sand & gravel quarry company, a fact I discovered moments after taking this photo.
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I remember that I made a special mental note to remember what little town this building is in, to no avail. Can't tell you.
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Stopped by the Englewood Reservoir as my last little stop of the trip. Just a short drop-by, no hiking or anything. I was kind of ready to get home, but had to stop if only for a little while. I think a proper visit with this location as the focus, is in order....



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COMING SOON!
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Jim Gaffigan - The Fixer Upper Tour - Fraze Pavilion - July 27, 2018




Daytonys - Dayton theatre Hall of Fame
Daytonys - Dayton theatre Hall of Fame
As previously stated, tonight I attend the 2018 Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame ceremony, where the following people will be inducted:

• John Falkenbach

Michael Kenwood Lippert,

• Douglas Merk

As well, the DayTony Theatre Awards for the 2017/2018 Dayton theatre season will be awarded.



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Jim Gaffigan - The Fixer Upper Tour - Fraze Pavilion - July 27, 2018
image of ticket to see Jim Gaffigan on July 27, 2018 at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio

Friday night I attended Jim Gaffigan's stand-up comedy concert at the Fraze Pavilion. This is the second time I've seen him live. The first was just shy of ten years ago, in October of 2008, at the Nutter Center. He was quite funny then; he was quite funny Friday night.

With the exception of a variation on one past, popular routine, this was all brand new material that I've never heard on any of his cable or Netflix specials. He opened with material tailored for the crowd here in the Dayton area, making reference to different suburbs and their economic and cultural biases -- in a very fun-loving, ribbing, manner, I might add; not in any mean-spirited or inappropriate way. He'd clearly talked with some locals about our local communities and cultures.

I certainly cannot remember all of his sixty-some minute show, but one joke that I will relate (and I can guarantee you, not verbatim) was one about how humans came to eat goat cheese. In part of the bit he wondered how we ended up making and eating it. That part went approximately like this:

        Did somebody one day say, "Well, you know, cow cheese is fine. But, you see that weird-lookin' dog that looks like it's on meth? Let's milk that and see what happens."

He had an opening act, a comedian from Cincinnati who did about 20-30 minutes. He was funny, too. I didn't catch his name! I will be doing research to find out who he is and will update this entry when I do. There is a picture of him, below.

Jim ended his hour with what I call his "Hey Jude" material. He actually did it as an encore the first time I saw him. This time it was the closing bit, and it was actually the same theme but with a bit of a new twist. It was:

HOT pock-ets

If you are familiar with that routine, admit it, you just heard him sing it in your head, didn't you?

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The stage from my seat, 7 rows back
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The opening comedian -- to be named as soon as I can identify him
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Mr. Gaffigan



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Daytonys - Dayton theatre Hall of Fame
Daytonys - Dayton theatre Hall of Fame
CONGRATULATIONS!

To last night's 2018 inductees into Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame:

• John Falkenbach

Michael Kenwood Lippert,

• Douglas Merk

Congrats also to all the directors, designers, and performers who took home DayTony Theatre Awards for the 2017/2018 Dayton theatre season.
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Several members of the Dayton Theatre Guild Board of Directors last night at the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame/DayTony Theatre Awards



Dayton theatre Guild Murphy Awards
Dayton theatre Guild Murphy Awards
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To all the directors, designers, and performers of the 2017/2018 Dayton Theatre Guild season, some of whom will take home our in-house theatre award, The Murphy, later today at our annual DTG smorgasbord and Murphy Awards.



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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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Lunchtime is for line study: a fews days ago outside the office at the rent-payer.
Ten days until table read and the beginning of my temporary part-time appearances at the rent-payer. I won't actually be on "part-time" but I will be utilizing quite a bit of vacation leave during the six weeks of rehearsals and performances. I'll use more vacation hours during the three weeks of rehearsal. They'll be 30+ hour rehearsal weeks; I am not doing that and working 40 hours at my day job.

In terms of line study, I've been working more in. I'd say I'm somewhere between 50% and 75% off-book, which gives me strong hope for Aug 13, the first day of rehearsal. Last night I finally recorded my lines and their cue lines -- which, in this case, is the entirety of one specific scene. My line-study recordings are rather odd to the ears of anyone but myself. I do the cue lines in an affected, monotone voice and my own lines in a monotoned voice, just more natural in tonal quality. The focus is one what the words are, not ON what the reading should be -- hence the monotone. I do however often recognize what many specific line readings should (or could) be, and I think the monotone quality of the recorded lines lends itself to help me be open to possibilities by not influencing me with a recorded line reading. Whenever I make these recordings I tend to, as well as listen to them at the rent-payer, I also stick them on a loop and play it overnight while I sleep. I can't prove that this practice works, but I cannot believe it hurts anything. Of course, all the listening to the recording is in addition to, and not a substitute for, my other forms of line study, those with the script and with my flash cards.

Meanwhile, I dropped by the HRTC costume shop, last night, for an initial fitting for the photo call that happens the second day of rehearsals.


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I could not make that Equity workshop in Cincinnati this past Monday evening. My car was acting up and driving for more than an hour, each way, before getting the problem repaired seemed like a bad idea. But, $668.01 later, the car is in tip-top shape. To refresh the memory of anyone who might have read the original post about the workshop, it was hosted at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (AKA: Cincyshakes) and the topic was "Making the Most of Social Media."

The question for me was to be: how long before I end up with a twitter account? -- well, that quandary is on hold.


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Momentum is picking up on the Little Foxes sound design. The final decisions on production music have not been made yet, but will be between tonight and tomorrow evening. I've put together my initial sound plot, and should have it locked (or mostly so) by end of day, tomorrow.

There are really not a lot of decisions to make about production music, and there are sparse sound effects, so it's not impossible that I'll have the first configuration of the Show Cue System project file finished tonight -- but I'm giving myself until tomorrow night to have it done.

Also, either tonight or tomorrow, I'll run sound cable from the booth to the back stage area, then onto the spot on the set where I need to place our new Behringer Eurolive B295D 150-watt PA/Monitor, which I'm running several piano duets through for two actors to pantomime playing said music while sitting at a prop-piano. To remind those who've read the previous blog post about this, that speaker will either be hidden in the piano or nearby, behind it. I have estimated I need about 75 feet of sound cable -- I've run that much before, so we're good, I know we have the cable on hand.


THE DTG AWARD WINNERS FOR THE 2017/2018 THEATRE SEASON:

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CONGRATULATIONS!
To all the directors, designers, and performers of the 2017/2018 Dayton Theatre Guild season who, this past weekend, took home DayTony Awards and our in-house theatre award, The Murphy.

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DAYTONY AWARDS FOR THE 2017/2018 SEASON
There were, by-the-way, 47 awards for DTG productions
      PRODUCTION DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

            *MERIT*

    • Amy Wamsley - lighting design, The Christians
    • Carol Finley - costume design, All My Sons
    • Tim Guth - lighting design, The Other Place
    • Scott Wright - lighting design, Stella and Lou
    • Deirdre Root - propoerties, The Other Place
    • Deirdre Root - propoerties, All My Sons
    • Chris Harmon - set design, Marjorie Prime
    • Chris Harmon - set design, The Other Place
    • K.L. Storer - sound design, Bakersfield Mist
    • Gary Thompson - sound design, The Christians
    • K.L. Storer - sound design, The Other Place
    • Gary Thompson - sound design, Marjorie Prime
    •       *EXCELLENCE*

    • Carol Finley - costume design, Bakersfield Mist
    • David Senatore - costume design, The Christians
    • John Falkenbach - lighting design, Bakersfield Mist
    • Deirdre Root - propoerties, Bakersfield Mist
    • Heather Martin - propoerties, Stella and Lou
    • Chris Harmon - set design, All My Sons
    • Gary Thompson - sound design, Stella and Lou
    • K.L. Storer - sound design, All My Sons
    • D. Tristan Cupp - set design, Stella and Lou
    • DIRECTION

            *MERIT*

    • Gary Thompson, Stella and Lou
    • Debra Kent, All My Sons
    • Kathy Mola, The Other Place
    • Lorrie Sparrow-Knapp, The Christians
    •       *EXCELLENCE*

    • Doug Lloyd, Bakersfield Mist
    • PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

            *MERIT*

    • Jackie Anderson, The Christians
    • Jamie McQuinn, The Other Place
    • Jill Evans, The Christians
    • Rachel Oprea, All My Sons
    • Thor Sage, The Christians
    •       *EXCELLENCE*

    • Mike Beerbower, All My Sons
    • Kayla Graham, The Other Place
    • PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE

            *MERIT*

    • Rachel Oprea, Bakersfield Mist
    • K.L. Storer, Marjorie Prime
    • Geoff Burkman, Stella and Lou
    • Chuck Larkowski, Bakersfield Mist
    •       *EXCELLENCE*

    • Amy Askins, The Other Place
    • Dave Williamson, All My Sons
    • Jeff Sams, All My Sons
    • Richard Young, The Christians
    • ENSEMBLE

            *MERIT*

    • The Christians
    • Stella and Lou
    • All My Sons
    • The Other Place
    • OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTIONS

    • The Christians
    • All My Sons

Dayton theatre Guild Murphy Awards
DAYTON THEATRE GUILD MURPHY AWARDS FOR THE 2017/2018 SEASON
    • Best Costumes - Barbara Jorgensen, The Other Place
    • Best Properties - Deirdre Root, Bakersfield Mist
    • Best Sound Design - K.L.Storer, All My Sons
    • Best Lighting Design - John Falkenbach, Bakersfield Mist
    • Best Set Design - Chris Harmon, All My Sons
    • Best Supporting Actor - Mike Beerbower, All My Sons
    • Best Supporting Actress - Kayla Graham, The Other Place
    • Best Actress in a Leading Role - Rachel Oprea, Bakersfield Mist
    • Best Actor in a Leading Role - David Williamson, All My Sons
    • Best Director - Debra Kent, All My Sons
    • Best Ensemble - Bakersfield Mist
    • Best Overall Production - All My Sons



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So the Columbus Zoo entry is close to ready, but with my forthcoming schedule I cannot be at all sure how soon the Coming Soon will be. Then add that I'm doing one more little weekend-getaway, mini-vacation, on Sunday, sort of a "Sunday at the Columbus Zoo: part 2," but not exactly. Sunday, I'm heading to The Wilds, owned and operated by the Columbus Zoo. It seems to be a sort of domestic safari and I am looking forward to it. When I will be posting pictures from, and text about, the experience is not at all certain, as I have two events in front of it -- and a pretty heavy rehearsal schedule on the cusp of beginning.




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THE FINAL STRETCH TOWARD REHEARSALS:
BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
THE ACTOR PREPARES ICON
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More of that line study stuff at lunchtime

I am gearing up for next Monday's first rehearsal, the table read. Of course, I've been fitting in line study as much as possible, in between the sound work for DTG and various and a sundry other things, heading toward my goal of being at, or close to, off-book for this show when rehearsals begin on Monday.

The pace has not been intense, but, the pressure hasn't been on, really, and I'm not in a bad place with the goal, right now. In other words, I'm not off-book, yet, but I'm not feeling a panic about next Monday, either. My progress is in a good zone. And, you know what, if I'm not perfectly off-book, it won't be a crime. Monday's a read, anyway, and I will have the book in my hands for a few on-your-feet rehearsals after that. But the closer to off-book, the better.

It would have been nice if I could have managed a little more time for that dramaturgy, that research into John Dowd. I cobbled together a little bit of information early on from some web sites, but the search was more cursory than in-depth, and I haven't actually looked yet at what little I have. So there's that to get on to.

I also have the David Alan Stern Boston dialect CD, from the Acting with an Accent series, because Dowd is a native Bostonian. However, I think that he likely has more of a south Boston accent, rather than the Kennedy-eque one that the CD focuses more on. But, I haven't listened to it for a long time. Need to get to that. I've looked for sound bites of Dowd speaking and found only one snippet, which suggests the south Boston. This is something else I need to look better into. But then, I don't yet know where our BfB director, Margarett Perry, lands on the need for my Dowd to have a Boston accent.

By-the-way, at this point I have learned who all my cast mates are, but I have seen no official posting by HRTC, and I will hold off naming names until I know the information has been officially released by the theatre company.

On another note we have a photo call next Thursday afternoon, as artists, not characters, well, except for our Pete Rose, who will get some solo shots, in costume, after the group shots. When we told about the tone of the shoot we were told to think Vanity Fair, I couldn't help myself but to ask: "Can we have a fan on the side to get that GQ blowing-tie thing?"

MEANWHILE:
BANNED FROM BASEBALL Meet & Greet, Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018, 6:00 pm.
If you are, or will be, in the Dayton, Ohio, area at the time, please join the cast and crew at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 21 at the Loft Theatre for the Meet & Greet and get the first public look at the production.

126 N. Main St.
Suite 300
Dayton, OH 45402-1766

Talk to the director and playwright, meet the entire cast, see design presentations, learn about the special events surrounding the run of the show and hear a reading from the play.

After the Meet & Greet, treat yourself to a post-event dinner at Uno Pizzeria & Grill downstairs and enjoy 15% off your bill.

Bring a friend.
Attendance is FREE, but RSVP's are required:
Contact Chad Wyckoff at 937-461-3823 x 3110
or chad@humanracetheatre.org
Contact Chad by August 17 to reserve your place.




THE FINAL STRETCH TOWARD TECH WEEK AND MY DEPARTURE FROM THE "ACTIVE" PRODUCTION TEAM:
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The Behringer Eurolive B295D 150-watt PA/Monitor, hooked up and on-set for the "piano playing," though not in place and, obviously, not masked.
The Little Foxes Tech Week is next week. As the sound designer I would prefer to be there during the tech/dress rehearsals next Monday through Thursday, but, it seems I have my own rehearsals, as an actor, starting this coming Monday -- I believe I mentioned this above, perhaps. Thus I got the sound design, the sound plot, up and running this past weekend, and am running it during the rehearsals this week -- so, we're teching the sound a week earlier than usual.

I will be at Tech Sunday, but that'll be it for me. As of Monday, I am no longer available as a production team member at rehearsals. I might be able to pop in and tweak something at off hours, but I'm hoping it doesn't come to that.

In fact, I usually am the house manager on Opening Night; this time, I'll be "in the audience" as that will be the only night I will be able to get to a performance. Technically, I could make the next night, the one 8:00 Saturday show of the run, because my BfB rehearsal wraps at 7:00, and the theatres are only about a five-minute drive apart, but I think I might not want to go see a classic, two-and-a-half-hour drama after a full day of rehearsal. Besides, BfB cast/crew might want to go out and I might just want to join them.

The production is still waiting on procuring a baby grand prop-piano for the set, thus, there is still a question of precisely how we will mask the small speaker I am putting on stage to run the sound of the piano playing through -- we have to see the piano in the space to best judge this. Clearly, the sooner the better on these issues.

Will it be surprising to read that the sound design is not locked down yet? Last night the director requested that I add two sound effects to the sound plot. I am also seriously reconsidering the curtain music I have chosen. Last night was the first time it was played during a run and, as one actor remarked, it comes off a little too melodramatic, which does not fit the end of the play. I had chosen Beethoven's "Piano Sonata no.23 in F-minor, Opus 57," and it's coming off too spastic and a little too comedic to suit the end of this drama.

Back to Tech Sunday, the sound tech for the production, Sarah Saunders, who is my current preferred sound tech for shows I design, will be there early but will have to duck out before things really get up and running. She's the SM for the Undercroft Players' production of Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes, which is in Tech this week, so she could not come in to run while I am present. Sunday I'll show her the sound plot and a few other things, but by the time the actual tech rehearsal begins, she'll be off to stage manage the final performance of the Undercroft show. But she will be in for our tech, starting this coming Monday. Still, she won't run our show at all with me present because our schedules conflict. But, two things: 1) it a very easy show sound-tech-wise, and, 2) Sarah is an excellent sound tech, so she's gonna have no problems, or none that she can't deal with.

I will be showing her in more detail how to adjust volume settings in the Show Cue System software. She's expressed a serious interest in learning to become a sound designer, a prospect I welcome with wide and enthusiastic arms. So, this situation is serendipitous as far as I am concerned. It's just fine with me if she has the responsibility to tweak the sound a little during Tech Week.


      
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Been a little bit of preproduction for the promocast, at least in terms of getting some graphic panels ready, and gathering together the closing credits info. As is now the standard, principal photography will be Tech Sunday, and again the actors will perform for the camera(s) rather than me shooting as they rehearse. It will, of course, be a three-camera shoot. I have not yet chosen the portions of the play that will be shot. I do know that I am not going to be able to include all actors in the DV movie; there's too limited a time period on the aggregate of material we are allowed to use, and too large a cast. I am going to base what I use on what is the best material for a promotional video -- what is compelling, interesting, but not spoilers. I always do that, but, usually I try to find a good balance so the whole cast gets recognized. I just don't think that can happen this time.

Before the shoot on Sunday, I'll have the opening sequence and the closing credits sequence edited already, so that all I'll have to do is add the footage I shoot Sunday as well as the group cast photo. I've been doing this the last few promocast productions so I can get to the final cut ASAP after principal photography. I haven't found the underscore music yet. I may have some royalty-free music in my library, already, that will work, or, I may be on-line this week, on the hunt at the royalty-free music sites.


FRIDAY NIGHT:
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As for the Undercroft Players' production of Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes, I will attend that this Friday evening, since The Little Foxes is dark that evening. I know a few people in the cast, as well as SM Sarah, and the director, and Undercroft founder, Teresa Connair. There's also a coworker of mine from the rent-payer in the cast, Mandy Shannon, whom I'm trying to persuade to audition at The Guild.


SATURDAY NIGHT!:
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The next night, it's the incomparable David Byrne in concert at one the area's newer concert venues, The Rose Music Center at the Heights. As I mentioned before, I haven't kept up with David's music. It's likely I'll not recognize most of the show. You know, that's okay. I still have no doubt that I'll have a great time and that David will kill it.


COMING SOON!
~~IN ORDER OF OCCURRENCE~~
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ROADTRIP!

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A Sunday at the Columbus Zoo
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A Sunday afternoon at The Wilds




Mon, Aug 13, 2018

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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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I'm only a few minutes from heading to day-one of rehearsals and meeting the rest of the cast.

Tonight will be the read-through and the AEA meeting, which, as I am only an EMC, I will not be involved in. In fact, I believe I am the only non-union actor in the show.

There's also supposed to be some more costume fitting. And I think there might be an on-your-feet rehearsal.


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The Little Foxes Tech Week is underway, and I am now essentially a non-active member of the production team. I do hope that sound design is done. I was there yesterday for Tech Sunday but my only other attendance, as I wrote before, will be this Friday for Opening Night as an audience member.


      
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I did shoot the principal photography for the promocast. It went well with one unfortunate mishap. As always this was a three-camera shoot. During the shoot I dropped one of my cameras rendering it inoperative. I was able to shoot the rest three-camera by substituting my iPhone as my camera A. In editing I found that I could not even grab the footage from the damaged camera, so a few sequences lost a few POVs but because I had good coverage from B & C I was abl to get a good final cut.

Click here for the promocast of the show


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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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Tonight is day three of the rehearsal period for Banned from Baseball. In this early phase we are doing table work, which our director, Margarett Perry, professes is her usual modus operandi, to start at the table for a little while and work on script analysis as a group, (cast and production people). The last time I worked with her she said something along the lines that when the actors start to want to get out of their chairs, she knows it's time to block. I don't know how much of that is hyperbole, but we have been doing some pretty thorough table work thus far, and I am willing to be we don't get to the on-your-feet rehearsals until next week.

Our playwright, Patricia O'Hara, is in the room, and script changes have being made, already. In fact, Monday evening, when we got there, our production stage manager, Jacquelyn Duncan, gave us our packets, and included was the newest draft of the script. As I came in, perhaps foolishly, at about 99.5% off-book, I was relieved that my scene (I have one scene) was not changed. But by the end of the night a decision was made to cut part of two lines, a decision that I am fully on board with, I might add for whatever that's worth. One particular line that had parts of it cut, may get new words added to it, as well.

The first two nights have been great and I really like the talent in the room both for their skill and that they all seem like really good people. It was also gratifying to have Ms. Perry validate the choice I've made in my approach to Dowd. She told me she loved what I was doing and she hoped I didn't get bored with it because then I might start fussing with it and she does not want that. So, yay. Margaret is also bringing in a dialect coach for some of us, and I am all for that because I want to get some of Dowd's Bostin accent at least suggested in my speech pattern. Margarett has provided me with a link to a full lecture that Dowd gave, on this whole Pete Rese affair, which I have not yet fit in the time to watch -- it's about 90 minutes. I am scrutinizing my schedule to find an open space. Sometime over the week, I would imagine, will be my chance.

Also, HRTC has officially put the cast list out there, so I feel okay to give you the rest of the cast now:
CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Pete Rose
           Brian Dykstra
Bart Giamatti
           Doug MacKechnie
Fay Vincent
           Scott Hunt
Reuvan Katz
           Marc Moritz



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Thu, Aug 16, 2018

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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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Tonight the rehearsals move into the on-your-feet stage, more or less. Director Margarett Perry says that we'll more or less still be doing table work, but on the set -- or, at this point, actually the facsimile of the set we will be on for the next week or so. But actual blocking is not happening just yet.

I actually have a light BFB day. I am there for the photo call in the late afternoon but I am not called for the actual rehearsal, I am wrapped after the shoot. This development means I just may go into work earlier tomorrow morning than I had planned and thus burn up a little less vacation time, though I'm quite likely to drop into the Little Foxes c, especially since, as you've read before if you're one of the five(?) regulars, the sound designer in me is anxious that I haven't been there during most of Tech Week.

But on other BFB fronts, Margarett talked about our dialects last night and her thought is that I don't really need to do anything, except for maybe soften or drop the Rs at ends of words. She had previously sent me a link to a one-hour class forum at Emory University that Dowd participated in a few years ago, one which focused on the Pete Rose gambling affair and Dowd's investigation. There's some great information and insight there. My big interest was hearing Dowd speak. Having heard him now, I am not going to attempt to match his vocal quality because it's so different from mine that I either must master it 100% or risk sounding like an actor doing a voice on stage. I expressed that last night and she did not object -- I don't know her terribly well, but I know her well enough to know that had she disagreed I would have known that.

The other dramaturgy I'm doing is to look at, at least, sections of the book Hustle, by Michael Sokolove, a biography of Rose. I only received it through the OhioLink library borrowing network, so I've not looked through it yet. I am obviously most interested on any information about Dowd and his work on the case, if there is any. And I still have some info on Dowd I gathered earlier and as of yet have attended to.


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Again, I am 99.99% likely to be at tonight's final dress rehearsal. There have been no problems reported these last several nights I've not been there, but as the sound designer I will rest much easier if I can be at this last tech rehearsal.


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Opening Today

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

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I did attend Final Dress last night as the sound designer and did make a couple tweaks: all volume. Plus I clarified a cue and made a slight change to another cue. There was also one miscommunication about the playing of a cue because my note about it in the sound tech script was only clear enough for the one who wrote it to understand. I needed to hear the execution of that cue from the audience, which was not possible last night -- it's got to do with a command for a sound to switch speakers -- so we are going to run that cue before the house opens tonight.

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Tonight, rather than being the Opening Night house manager, as I usually am, I will be only an audience member. I think I wrote about this a little while back. I think also in the earlier writing I admitted that there's little chance I won't have my sound designer's hat on, either. In fact, since I had been absent for most of Tech Week, there's no way I won't be wearing it.


One thing I can say from last night's viewing of the final dress is that this is another DTG production worth the ticket.

Click here for the promocast of the show


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Aretha Louise Franklin, March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018
There are a handful of recordings from the arch of pop history that have the absolute signature vocal performance of the song, whether it be the original perfomance or not, ones where once you hear that version, that vocal, you find it so pristine, you find it flirting so close to perfection, so grazing the surface of perfection, that you must ask yourself why any singer afterward would even bother to attempt the song. To me, Aretha's performance of "Natural Woman" was one of those. She gave us so much through her long and celebrated tenure as The Queen of Soul, but just her amazing vocal on that one song, would be enough.

That she gave us so much more is just so much more astounding.

Here's to you, Aretha, may you rest in peace.

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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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I wasn't called either Saturday nor Sunday to rehearsal. Since Friday was the Equity day off for last week, and since I wasn't called to rehearsal after Thursday's publicity photo shoot, I haven't been in rehearsal since last Wednesday. I have mixed emotions about this. There's been an opportunity to do a few things but I also feel a little left out. It's been suggested that I can probably sit in on any future rehearsals I am not called to, though there probably are not going to be a whole lot of those, if any. But, if there are, I might try and sit in, just to stay closer connected to the process.

There's no question I'll be called for tomorrow night's rehearsal, since the Meet & Greet is 6:00-7:00. I'll at least be called to that. I'm making an assumption that my scene will get worked tomorrow, after the Meet & Greet, about which I'm betting I am correct.


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I was in the audience for The Little Foxes both Friday and Saturday evening. The cast gave really stellar performances both nights. There's not a weak performance in the cast, and there are a couple excellent performances.

Naturally, as I stated before would be the case, I was not simply an audience member either night, but also scrutinized the sound levels and such during both performances. Naturally, I tweaked some things, after the Friday show only, though. Saturday I was satisfied with things.

That frikkin' gremlin did show itself both nights, interferring in different manners each night. Friday evening it made a sound fade abruptly that is programmed to be a slow fade. I was not able to determine why, either. I did trouble-shoot the problem after the show and was able to get it to execute correctly, but it was by doing the stereotypical shut-it-off-and-turn-it back-on gambit.

Saturday evening it was the audio for the hearing assistance devices. There was broadcast but the mixer wasn't reading nor send a signal. Turns out that it had been inadvertently set on stand-by.


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Since I wasn't called for Banned from Baseball yesterday I was able to attend a production meeting for This Random World late morning. Not really a lot to report, save that there are some pretty cool artistic concepts floating around for the production.

Also a reminder for those who read this in time that open auditions for the show are tonight and tomorrow night. There will be audition specs just below the latest blog entry here until the auditions are over.


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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara, Meet and Greet at The Human Race Theatre Company, Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 6:00-7:700 pm.

BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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BACK ROW (L-R): Marc Moritz (Reuvan Katz), Doug MacKechnie (Bart Giamatti), Brian Dykstra (Pete Rose).
FRONT (L-R): K.L.Storer (John Dowd), Patricia O'Hara (playwright), Scott Hunt (Fay Vincent).

The Meet & Greet is tonight at 6:00. I am called for that, of course, but, I am once again not called for rehearsal. I'd actually see if I could stay and observe, but, this does give me the opportunity to attend night two of This Random World auditions. It's not unexpected that I haven't been called ever night while scene work is being done; still, I hear John Fogerty's "Centerfield" in my head.

I assume that I will be called tomorrow night. It's clear that my scene will not be one ran for the audience tonight at the Meet & Greet, but I had never expected it would be.

The photo above is one from the publicity shoot last Thursday.


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I was able to sit in on auditions last night and will pop over again tonight as soon as the Banned from Baseball Meet & Greet is over.

We are especially hoping for more women in their 20's & their 30's-40's, as well as men in their 20's and 30's. If local theatre people happen to read this in time -- Spread the word!

Again, there will be audition specs just below the latest blog entry here until the auditions are over.


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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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The Meet & Greet Tuesday went well. I didn't do much beside be present on stage as a cast member. Most of the event was streamed live on-line and is available for those with a facebook account at: www.facebook.com/humanracetheatre/videos/504198036688626/.

I was called last night to rehearsal for scene work, but my call was not until 8:00. Not having rehearsal Tuesday night meant that I could have gotten to bed when I normally do (though I didn't exactly), which in turn meant that I could have come in to the rent-payer at my usual 7 a.m., though I actually didn't make it in until 9:00. Still, that I had a late call last evening meant that I could work later at the rent-payer beforehand. My scene work ended about 9:30, which meant that I was again able to get to bed at my regular time. That again meant that I had the chance to go into day-job work earlier today. This all boils down to the opportunity to burn up less vacation leave, which is always good. I still will end up using one hour of vacation time today because, despite that I was wrapped by 9:30, I was up late doing some line work, which included rerecording my dead-pan recording of mine and the other characters' lines in my scene; the new recording reflects the changes in the script since last I recorded the scene.

I'm not called this evening, but I will probably spend the evening working the scene, both on firming my verbatim delivery of lines and working on some prop business that I got at rehearsal last night. I will be handling and messing with document evidence a bit during the scene and I need to get comfortable with the movements and the specifics of each prop use.

There's a possibility that the weeknight rehearsal times might be moved up a bit to late afternoon into mid-evening. Tonight's is by an hour, but it's not relevant to me since I won't be there. But I can actually accomodate this change at the rent-payer -- I'd just both come in and leave earlier. The only hick-up for me is that I have just hired a brand new student employee who primarily should be working afternoons for me, and at least next week, if rehearsals are moved up in the day, I would not be at the rent-payer in the afternoons for her training, so her first week on the job may have some slightly screwy work hours. C'est la vie.

Oh, yeah! One other great piece of news to announce: There are some sports caster voice-overs in the show. Kevin Moore reached out to the legendary Cincinnati announcer Marty Brennaman to record them, and, after reading the script, Brennaman has come on board. How cool is that?

PLUS:
This coming Monday, our Equity day off, will be an HRTC outing to a Dayton Dragons baseball game, obviously, a tie-in event with the production. For those from out of the area reading this -- if there are any -- The Dayton Dragons is the farm team for the Cincinnati Reds, and the team's home park is Fifth Third Field, which is not too far of a walk from the Human Race's Loft Theatre. This will be the first professional baseball game I've gone to since I was a wee little one, maybe ten or eleven, and I went to see the Reds play at Crosley Field, not long I think before it was closed down. Both Pete Rose and Johnny Bench were in the line-up. But we were practically in the rafters and I remember that I didn't enjoy myself much because I felt so detached from the action.

Meanwhile, here's another publicity photo of the Band from BaseBall cast and the playwright:
BANNED FROM BASEBALL cast and playwright,.
Same configuration as the last one:
BACK ROW (L-R): Marc Moritz (Reuvan Katz), Doug MacKechnie (Bart Giamatti), Brian Dykstra (Pete Rose).
FRONT ROW (L-R): K.L.Storer (John Dowd), Patricia O'Hara (playwright), Scott Hunt (Fay Vincent).



THIS RANDOM WORLD logo.
Tuesday night wrapped the open auditions for This Random World. Director Margie Strader has not yet cast the entire show. Her hope is to do the read-through this coming Monday evening, so the cast list should be coming soon.


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I again was not called to rehearsal last night. Since the scene work Wednesday I've been off again. But I am called for today. I still need to master the prop business that was introduced Wednesday. But, that's what rehearsal is for.


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This Random World. Director Margie Strader has not cast the show yet. Stay tuned. She is still hoping for a full cast for the read-through this coming Monday evening.


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A Sunday at the Columbus Zoo, July 15, 2018

There really doesn't seem to be a lot of reason for a wealth of prose text here. There's not much to say, save that on the day I went the weather forecasts were threatening some showers during the day. It was intermittently overcast throughout the day but I was able to spend several hours at the zoo with no rain falling.

It was my first time at the Columbus Zoo and I liked it, but, to be honest, I enjoyed my trip to the Cincinnati Zoo, back in July of 2016, just as much. Still, the Columbus Zoo was a nice day with some good stuff.

Here are some photos, okay, maybe more than "some," and again as in the past, with me not recalling exact species in many instances:

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These are easy; these are flamingos.
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Zoo staff with the flamingos.
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More turtles
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This turtle could only be more pre-historic if it were a fossil
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Big turtle
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Memorial bust for Colo, the first gorilla born in captivity. He lived to be sixty years old.
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Gorilla
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Adolescent gorilla peaking over a ledge
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Big-ass male gorilla who had just done a dominate run in the inclosure
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The Columbus Zoo has some great signs!
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African lionesses
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Cheeta
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See, big-ass snake
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American buffalo
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Polar bear
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One more African lion shot
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Bullwinkle!!
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The obligatory vacation ice cream cone
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On the way out
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Garlic bread and chicken parmesan at Iacono's Ristorante before I headed back home



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Yesterday we did our first stumble-through, mostly for the benefit of the designers. I did not have my script in my hand, or in this case, on my desk, and I didn't call for line, but I did "reinvent" (read: paraphrase) a couple lines. So, off-book?: yes, but not perfectly. I also was not as quick on some cue pick-ups as I could or ought to be because the recall of the lines was not as swift yet as it will be.

This evening most of us do the tie attendance at the Dayton Dragons baseball game at Fifth Third Field, a few blocks from the theatre. Again, if there happens to be a non-local person reading this, The Dayton Dragons is the farm team for the Cincinnati Reds, a team that figures into the play just a little bit.

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I came in earlier than my call yesterday to do line work and to practice some with my props, in the front lobby area of The Loft.
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The rehearsal version of the Dowd/Rose table, in the rehearsal hall.



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The Cast has been finalized:

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Scottie ward
           Jane McBride
Tim ward
           Ranger Puterbaugh
Beth Ward
           Susie Gutierrez
Bernadette Mitchell
           Teresa Lynn
Rhonda Mitchell
           Erin McGee
Claire
           Sara Duibley
Gary
           Matthew W. Smith



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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
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BEEN DOING STUFF

I am typing this in the dressing room at The Human Race Theatre Company during the midst of a tech rehearsal where specifics of moments are being worked out and refined. We started tech yesterday. There's also a bit since last I wrote here about rehearsals; Probably will be a long entry tomorrow to catch up.

STAY TUNED!!!


Closing Today

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

Directed by Kathy Mola
Produced by Debra Kent
Assistant Produced by Scott Madden

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

The Promocast for THE LITTLE FOXES


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LABOR DAY, 2018

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Happy Labor Day



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PLEASE STAND BY

Catch-up is on the way!


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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
In REHEARSAL icon PLEASE STAND BY On Stage icon
Well, tonight is the official Opening Night. We've had two performances already before audiences -- last night, the preview performance, and Wednesday night, our final dress rehearsal in front of the Pay What You Can Night audience. Of course, there have been some rehearsals since last I reported, so there's lots to tell ya about; I just gotta set the time aside to write it.


Paul McCartney logo -- Extreme close-up of his eyes behind his autpgraph signature
Paul McCartney - EGYPTIAN STATION

It's a Paul McCartney day today, as well as other things. This morning I downloaded his new album, which released today. I am only listening to it for the first time as I write this, so no response yet.

I do like it, but I reserve more critical response until later.

Paul McCartney - Freshen Up Tour - Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY - June 1, 2019
Meanwhile, a little later this morning, I bought a ticket for my eleventh time to see him on stage. This time I bought a VIP ticket -- for A LOT of money!

What does one get for a VIP ticket? Well, I bought the premium VIP ticket, so here's my June 1, 2019:

    - One (1) premium ticket
    - Priority check-in and entrance
    - Invitation to Sir Paul McCartney's sound check
    - Pre-show hospitality reception
    - Commemorative Ticket
    - Limited edition numbered lithograph
    - Merchandise item designed and created exclusively for package purchasers
    - Collectible laminate to remember your evening
    - Onsite check-in staff

*NOTE THE "INVITATION TO SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY'S SOUND CHECK."


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

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



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Meanwhile, click here for K.L.'s up-to-date résumé




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BANNED FROM BASEBALL by Patricia O'Hara at The Human Race Theatre Company.
CATCHING UP


Tonight we start the second week of the run. We've gotten through our opening week of this great show. I think we have something here! Great script! Great direction! Great work from all my castmates! Rocking crew and designers!

You have through the Sep 23 to come see us!

Under The Weather Pretty much since the start of tech rehearsals, I've been battling with a cold, or perhaps a mild case of the flu. Probably it's just a sever cold since I didn't have any fever spikes or such. But it's hindered my voice some, yet I have made it through. I'm almost over it all now and hope to be 100% soon.

In REHEARSAL icon
Now for more specific "catch-up," we survived tech, and there were many minute specifics to many of the scene transitions, not so much for me -- but certainly for the other actors. There definitely a lot of specifics for both Lighting Designer John Rensel and Sound Designer Jay Brunner. They both had a bit or adjusting to do, and then whenever the movement of cast and crew was altered during scene changes, they both had more adjustments to make, especially John.

For my scene (scene 5), I am involved in placing set pieces and props and then also striking some. During the transition from scene 3 to scene 4, I bring out one of the two chairs for my scene -- the one that Pete Rose (Brian Dykstra) uses. Meanwhile our two crack PAs (Morgan and Kamryn) are bringing out the table that Rose and my Dowd will sit at for the deposition. During the transition into scene 5, I then bring out my own chair. I was also, at that point, distributing documents across the table, trying to beat the "lights up" cue -- but see below, because that changed. When the scene's done, I then strike my chair and my briefcase which has been setting on the floor next to me. To be honest, because both Brian and I are in tight spots with the rest f the stage dark, I am not too sure the audience even notices brief case during the scene. But it serves a practical purpose when we are setting the stage, because as the PAs bring the table out, it sets across the documents on the table and keeps them from flying off. Once the PAs have place the table, Kamryn then places it at its location on the floor next to where I will sit.

I also set a lectern for Commissioner Giamatti (Doug MacKechnie) close to the end of the show, mostly because I am free and there's no one else to do it.

In terms of the development of Dowd during the last stretch of rehearsal, Margarett had me ram p up the aggression of the questioning. I think we actually have our Dowd a bit more theatrical in his aggression than the real Dowd would be. That's our dramatic license which works well for the show. I had abandoned the idea of doing an authentic representation of Dowd, already, because his voice and physicality is much different than mine, and to try a duplicate him would have resulted in an actor doing an imitation on stage, which just simply does not work. So, I have just gone with what I did in my audition video -- it is what landed me the job, after all -- but have amped up Dowd's attack on Rose.

The other big thing for most of the cast has been, of course, to get off-book, which is a bit more complicated with a new play, because the playwright, Patricia O'Hara, was re-writing things almost up to tech. There have been things cut, things added, things cut then restored. That's the nature of the beast with a new work, but, it's made off-book more difficult to get to, especially for the other cast members. I have one scene and there were only minor alterations to the text, so I have not had the burdon the others share.

I will say that during our last rehearsal before we added an audience, which was last Tuesday, I had a couple line trip-ups and did go up for a moment on a line. The worse part about it was that I broke character, and at that stage of the game I don't find that acceptable, at all, not at the second-to-last dress. I made myself very unhappy.

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Last Wednesday being Pay What You Can Night, it was both rehearsal (Final Dress) and our first performance in front of an audience and it went well. Thursday was the full-ticket price audience, for preview, and Friday was the official Opening Night. The six performances between Wednesday and Sunday went well.

I've been pretty satisfied with my work.I've had a few minor line flubs, but nothing that the audience would know, or if they would know, would not disregard. The biggest potential jackpot was a performance where I went up for an instant on a line but the only person who knew, besides myself, was my scene mate, Brian (Pete). It was a situation where I blanked for just a fraction of a moment, which, of course, seemed like ten seconds or so to me. Brian verified later that it was not a discernible amount if time. The only reason he knew was because of my usual rhythm and timing on that line.

Other than these minor blips that one can't avoid in live performance, the first installment of the run has been good for me, It's been good for the whole ensemble. Tonight we start installment number two.

Showing Sep 6-23, 2018
Tickets on sale now
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A photo of Paul on my TV playing at the Grand Central Station show on YouTube.

Paul did a live-stream of a free, "surprise" concert at Grand Central Station in New York City Friday evening. I, of course, was not able to see the live stream because I was sort busy at the theatre. I watched it the next morning.

Nice show. It made me even more anticipatory for next June, when I see him closer than I ever have before.

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Here's where my seat is for Paul next June 1. I think the seat is closer to the stage than it seems on the chart. It's row G, 7 rows back.



Ringo Starr icon

Tonight, Ringo and His All-Starr Band will be going on at the Fraze Pavilion without me in the audience. Of course, as I wrote before, I had a ticket but then I got cast in Banned From Baseball which has a performance tonight, so I had to sell my ticket.

Hope Sir Richard is able to go on without me.


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

The Shadow Box by Michael Cristofer
OUR MOTHER'S BRIEF AFFAIR by Richard Greenberg
NICE GIRL by Melissa Ross

*Graphics art by Wendi Michael     



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






Nice Girl
by Melissa Ross
NICE GIRL by Melissa Ross

Audition Dates: Mon & Tue, Mar 4 & 5, 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 Debra Kent
Produced by K.L.Storer

Production Dates: Apr 19-May 5, 2019

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.

Casting Requirements:

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Josephine (Jo)
           somewhere around mid-30's or so

Francine
           Josephine's mother

Sherry
           mid-30's

Donny
           Josephine's co-worker, late 30's, a butcher

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

*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 am 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.


Directed by Margarett Perry
Produced by Kevin Moore & Tara Lail

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 now:

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

The Cast of Banned from Baseball

CHARACTER
           ACTOR
Pete Rose
           Brian Dykstra
Bart Giamatti
           Doug MacKechnie
Fay Vincent
           Scott Hunt
Reuvan Katz
           Marc Moritz
John Dowd
           K.L.Storer
VOICE WORK:
Radio Sportscaster ‐ Marty Brennaman
Michael Bertolini ‐ Patrick Allyn Hayes
Paul Janszen ‐ Jay Brunner

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

Continuing the 2018/2019 Season:

THIS RANDOM WORLD by Steven Dietz, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Marjorie 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.

The Cast of This Random World

CHARACTER
           NOTES
Scottie ward
           Jane McBride
Tim ward
           Ranger Puterbaugh
Beth Ward
           Susie Gutierrez
Bernadette Mitchell
           Teresa Lynn
Rhonda Mitchell
           Erin McGee
Claire
           Sara Duibley
Gary
           Matthew W. Smith

And following This Random World at the Guild
THE MAN WHO KILLED THE CURE by Luke Yankee, at The Dayton Theatre Guild.

Directed by Jeff Sams
Produced by Debra Kent

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.

The Cast of The Man Who Killed the Cure

to be announced

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

the rest of the season....

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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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
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    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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