Thursday, January 21, 2016

Grateful

Every night, as we were waiting for the places call back stage, I turned to Olivia and said one word:

Grateful

And I meant it. Grateful for the space, for the audience, for such a wonderful scene partner and cast, for health, for just being there about to share this story with people. Grateful. So grateful in so many ways to so many people who made it possible. This list is incomplete. It must be of necessity. I am sure I will forget some things. But I wanted to express my gratitude to some folks publicly here.

First, I have to give a huge thank you to all our supporters on Kickstarter. Without your help, and especially those of you who gave a bit extra. Our Stringers, Editors, and Publishers, without you we would have been in a pretty big hole on this one. I love theatre, and I don't mind the fact that I'm probably going to contribute as much financially to this show as most. But your help really makes this possible. And I'm very grateful to you.

Now, on to the personal thanks. I have thanked some of these folks already in a separate post, but it bears repeating.

Michelle and Josh at Sonorous Road. Thank you so much for being amazing hosts to our little show. Incredibly supportive and helpful at every turn, I hope the space continues. Raleigh needs it and it couldn't have better stewards. They even shot and edited our kickstarter video!

Kevin Ferguson and Cardinal Gibbons High School. Wow. For three years you have made the single biggest contribution to our bottom line. Rehearsal space. if we had to pay even $10 an hour (a fairly nominal sum) for rehearsal... our budget would have had a huge hole in it. Your unwaivering support for our little productions have really made them come to life.

Thanks to the other companies in the theatre community that helped make this show happen. To Cary Players for letting us use their flats and warehouse space, to Theatre in the Park for letting us borrow props and furniture. And thanks to NCSU for letting us borrow the baby bump!

Thanks to some special people. Jeff Nugent for painting the platforms so I could sleep and doing so much behind the scenes. Thank you. Thank you to Elaine for your amazing help with load in. We would have been in very bad shape without you.  Ami Kirk Jones for helping us get the great "distressed concrete" look for the walls, we would have been on a very grey set without you. Jason Bailey, thank you for helping with the photography and graphic design. We needed you a couple of times on short notice and you came through. Thanks. Mario Griego, thank you for your work on makeup. It can't have been easy disfiguring your daughter like that every night.

Thanks to our designers. Nora Kelly on props. WOW. You put in so much work to get the props just right. I really appreciate it. We were so lucky to have you help us. Will Mikes, thanks again my friend for helping with sound. It's always great to work with you. And Todd... well what can I say. The hardest working man in local theatre. Todd has helped us put together every show we've ever done, and we'd be lost without him.

Thanks to two amazing people who were our running crew. Alyssa our ASM - this show could not have happened without you. Someone who knew what she was doing each night because she made a check list and rehearsed each scene change. And not just the scene changes, but the work that happens before and after the show. Especially the making of coffee. Always making coffee. And Betsy - thank you so much for taking this on. For being there night after night. For putting up with our craziness. I'm so glad I met you on Deathtrap, and I'm so glad you agreed to work with us on this show.

Thanks to our director Andy. You have been a good friend for a long time, and I'm so glad to be working with you as a director again. You got a lot of praise for this show in the reviews, and let me tell you, it was well deserved. Your eye and your ear and your passion for this story and this journey made it ring true. I'm so grateful for all the work you put into this.

Katie - thank you for being a wonderful actor. Always present, always willing to throw yourself into the moment. And thank you for being such a strong supporter of this show from the start. I knew I wanted you for this part because you... well you were perfect for it, you're a great performer, AND you are a great person and fun to be around. And when you're building the cast of a 4 person show that's important.

Olivia, thank you for ... well for everything. For being a good friend, an incredible scene partner, and sometimes a reality check. For reminding me what I can and cannot control, and for when it's time to "turn off the producer brain" and just be present. Thank you for insisting on that presence. And for your trust, and for building a bond of trust with me that allowed me to give a more honest performance.

And John ... we did it again! Not as financially successful, but I am so, so, SO proud of this show. I loved it every night. Thank you for working with me. Who knows, maybe next January it will be show #5.

Until next time. I am. Grateful.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Show Information!

(this post will remain at the top of the blog until the show closes, for more recent content scroll down)

Tickets:
Available through Sonorous Road box office. GO HERE!!!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Thursday, Jan. 14, Student Special
Tickets only $8 with a valid student ID (AT DOOR ONLY, NO PRESALES)

Where (click address for Google Map):
Sonorous Road Theatre
209 Oberlin Road, Raleigh

That's on Oberlin Road between Cameron Village and the NC State Bell Tower. Here's a map:



When:
The first three weekends in January! Yes, that means we open January 1st!

Show dates and times:
January 1 & 2, 7:30 PM
January 3, 2:00 PM
January 7-9, 7:30 PM
January 10, 2:00 PM
January 14-16, 7:30 PM
January 17, 2:00 PM

Parking:
There is a small lot at the theatre. There is also additional parking on nearby streets and in the lot at 2270 Hillsborough Street. Here's a map:


More about the play:
Wikipedia page for the play.
New York Times review of the 2010 Broadway Production.

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Reviews Are In!

We don't do theatre for reviews. We do theatre to connect with an audience, to have a real immediate and honest moment of art with our fellow people. That said, good reviews are good because they can convince more folks to come out and be part of that experience.

And boy howdy did we get some good reviews!

Roy Dicks gave us a great write up in the News and Observer and had plaudits for the entire cast.

Byron Woods in the Indy gave our production 4 stars

Triangle Arts and Entertainment gave us not one, but two great reviews. 


Followed by this one which I believe was posted by Robert McDowell but I believe was written by Kurt Benrud:

Finally, Allan Hall weighed in with more praise at CVNC.

I may at some point go through and try to pull some choice promotional bits, but suffice to say: 5 out of 5 critics agree, it's a good show. But don't take their word for it. Come see it yourself!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

It Takes A Village

New Year's Eve. Here we are. And what a big day it was for us. Final Dress!  Thanks so much to the folks who came out to our invited dress on New Year's Eve. But I want to take a minute to reflect on this project, and especially to thank those that helped us this year put this production together.

Our theatre community is incredibly supportive and co-operative. There's been some talk recently about local theatres needing to work together more, and I suppose there is always room for improvement in that area, but I'd like to recognize the many theatres and theatre-folk in the area who helped make our production happen.

First, I have to say a huge thank you to Cardinal Gibbons High School, and their drama teacher Kevin Ferguson. They provided us with rehearsal space, which is huge. HUGE huge. Without having a theatre to rehearse in it is very difficult to put on a show. Cardinal Gibbons has a great facility, and Kevin's philosophy is that it should be used as much as possible. If his program isn't using it, he provides space to others. This is the embodiment of the cooperative spirit of our community.

Second, a thank you is in order for Cary Players. They let us borrow the platforms and flats to construct our set. They also let us use their scene shop to paint and store the flats before we loaded in. Itinerant companies like mine can't afford to invest in creating flats and platforms, the basic infrastructure of set building, because when you produce one show a year, what do you do with that stuff? Being able to use this material and the space to prep it in is an enormous help.

Third, big thank you to Theatre in the Park for letting us borrow props, furniture items, and Jeff Nugent. Larger theatres in the area serve as store houses for things like furniture. Some of the stuff on the set is from my house, but there's a limit to what I can bring. TiP is the reason I'm not sleeping on an air mattress!

Fourth, theatre folk. We had huge help from the hardest working man in local theatre (along with Jeff) Todd Houseknecht, our tech guru. We also got enormous help from Elaine Petrone (who helped us re-rig the lights and generally was a huge help at load in). Elaine works all over the triangle including RLT, NRACT, and Forrest Moon Theatre. And our sound tech, Will Mikes, in addition to being a great friend is a veteran of local theatre in the sound department (you have heard him at TiP and Theatre Raleigh).

Finally, but certainly not least, huge thank you to Sonorous Road. Michelle Wells has gone above and beyond simply renting out a space to us. She and her husband Josh have been incredibly welcoming of us and have helped us every step of the way, from filming and editing our kickstarter, to helping us set up sound to just answering a hundred questions that come from producing in a new space. They love local theatre and have done everything they can to make our production a success. Having Sonorous Road is a great asset to the theatre community, and I certainly hope they succeed in the new year.

So Happy New Year everyone! And if you resolve to see more local theatre in 2016, why not start day one? We open the show New Year's Day!


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Our Backers!

This is up on it's own tab up at the top of the page, but I wanted to make a post too.

HUGE thank you to our Kickstarter backers who helped make this show possible! These donors gave above and beyond what was required for a ticket because they care about the show and want to bring it to you. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

Without the help of these people we wouldn't be bringing this show to you.

Publisher
Kristie and Kevin Clarke
Lane Liston
Chris and Diana North
Jeanne Sellers
Al Tran

Editor
Joseph and Venus Bradley
Jon Finkel
Del Flack
Gabrieal Griego
Benji and Gene Jones
David Klionsky
Diana Cameron McQueen
Elaine Petrone
Ken Walsh

Stringer
Debra Kaufman
Dan O'Mahoney-Schwartz
Chris Pikula
Kim Romero
Matt "Catapult" Wang

Thursday, December 24, 2015

KICKSTARTER SUCCESS

You did it!

Our Kickstarter has made it's goal!  Thank you!!

I really am humbled by all the support you have shown us. I hope we can live up to your expectations!

If you got a ticket on Kickstarter, we will be sending you an email soon.

If you did not, tickets are available at the Sonorous Road Box Office HERE!

Thank you again, we couldn't do it without you.

-Brook

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Postering, or "I Love Starbucks"


I love Starbucks. I mean, their coffee is pretty good. Some people say it's burnt or it's too expensive or whathaveyou. But really, it's a pretty decent cup of coffee. Their quality is consistent. They managed to make a cup of higher quality coffee and specialty drinks ubiquitous in America. But that's not why I love Starbucks.

I love Starbucks because every single stand alone location (and some of the ones in grocery stores and hotels) has a community board. And they're pretty spread out across most urban/suburban areas. So if you have a map of Starbucks locations, you have a pretty good guide to where you can go to put up posters for your show.

Now look. This doesn't mean that I'm hating on local coffee shops. They're great too. And most of them have community boards or let you put up a poster in the window. But some don't, and it's really not worth driving somewhere if you don't know you can put up a poster. So having a corporate chain with lots of locations where you can know you can spread your message out geographically is really an asset.

Shout out to Bruegger's Bagels and Panera Bread for the same reason.