Immortal Jellyfish at the FallFRINGE!

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Hello Interwebs!

It’s Keegan Cassady, your friendly neighborhood playwright.  I wanted to let you know that I’m producing my second self-written work, The Immortal Jellyfish through Avalanche Theatre Company as part of the FallFRINGE.

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Having lost his closest friend, Will is obsessed with finding a cure for death, and the answer just might lie in the genes of the immortal jellyfish.  But his fellow scientists have other ideas….

The show performs at:

Fort Fringe – The Shop

607 New York Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

During the Festival, the Box Office at Fort Fringe will be open starting one hour before each day’s first performance – times are available below and at: https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/box-office

Friday, November 1, 6:30-7:45

Saturday, Nov 2, 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Friday, Nov 8, 6:30pm to 7:45pm

Saturday, Nov 9, 3:30 to 4:45pm

Saturday, Nov 16, 10:00PM to 11:15 PM

Sunday, Nov 17, 1:00PM too 2:15PM

Under the direction of Kristen Pilgrim and featuring Alex Alferov, Johnny Day, and Mary Myers, this sci-fi thriller explores the epic of Gilgamesh through the lens of modern genetics.  With Kate Lee designing our costumes, Tim Nielsen developing our soundscape, and Kathryn Dooley stage managing, our production is attempting to create a clean, clear and complete world meshing science and myth.

We’d like to invite you to take part in our latest adventure, starting this November in Washington, DC.

Tickets are $15 with a $5 fringe button, and are currently available at the Capital Fringe site; https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/shows/265-the-immortal-jellyfish

Tickets are also available by phone, calling 866.811.4111.

Thank you all for your support – I look forward to seeing you at the show!

-Keegan Cassady

Playwright, The Immortal Jellyfish

B: Bloom

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In preparation for The Immortal Jellyfish at the Capital Fringe, The Jellyfish alphabet continues!

Bloom:

Drifters-in-the-sea: salps bloom off the coast of New Zealand. Credit: Seacology

Drifters-in-the-sea: salps bloom off the coast of New Zealand. Credit: Seacology

A flock of seagulls.  A bunch of bananas.  A parliament of rooks.

Groups of animals have curious names.  Some make a pack, some a pride, but Jellyfish bloom.   Like a cherry blossom festival, but with carnivorous, occasionally immortal, hydrozoans.

While a flock or a bunch might contain some tens of members, jellyfish blooms number in the thousands and millions.

To be fair, jellyfish are much smaller than other species, and blooms form only on a seasonal basis.

As discussed in the Anatomy post, jellyfish are more stomach than brain.  Some contend that jellyfish lack the sentience to intentional cluster into groups, so the size of blooms depends on water temperature, salinity of water, and ocean currents.   Because jellyfish are more adaptable to salinity and temperature than many of their competitors and predators, the sizes of their blooms may only grow larger, season by season.

Tomorrow’s post will be on C: Cytosine.

For more on The Immortal Jellyfish premiering as part of the FallFRINGE, check out our show page!

Thanks for reading!

-K

A: Anatomy

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A: Anatomy

What is the anatomy of an immortal jellyfish?

As a multi-stage organism, the jellyfish’s anatomy changes through its life cycle.
Beginning as a polyp, the immortal jellyfish is formed as a polyp in a colony of such forms, called hydroids. These hydroids have stolons to connect them to their resident surface, and upright branches which bloom medusa buds, which eventually are released from the main colony.
The immortal jellyfish’s medusa form can reach an even 4.5 millimeter diameter, making a circular bell shape. This bell is made of a jelly, or mesoglea, covered by two layers of epidermis (like a peanut-butter jelly sandwich, minus the peanut butter). This mesoglea is somewhat thicker at its topmost part, and replaces a respiratory system in that the ‘skin’ of the jellyfish is thin enough for diffusion to deliver oxygen to the body. Also contained in the skin of the jellyfish is its nervous system, a kind of ‘nerve-net’ starting at the ‘rophalial lappet,’ the ring around the base of the jellyfish’s bell. This jelly-skin encapsulates a bright red, cross-shaped organ called a manubrium. The manubrium is a mixture of stomach and mouth, where a stalk protruding from the bell’s interior dangles down to a mouth at its base. The mouth opens into a gastrovascular cavity, which digests nutrients for the rest of the body. The smaller renditions of this creature have but eight tentacles, whereas the larger, older specimens have ten times that number.

October Challenge! Jellyfish Alphabet Bl

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October Challenge! Jellyfish Alphabet Blog
Alphabet blog time – taking one Jellyfish related word from the dictionary and making a short post about it (short story/ definition/ what have you). My challenge is to post 26 of these from now through the start of November, when my play, the Immortal Jellyfish, opens at the Capital Fringe! http://ow.ly/pAned

Today’s the Day!

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Help ETC raise $3000 to help Change Lives Through the Arts!

You can help today by doing any of the following:

Today is the day! Educational Theatre Company is teaming up with DoMore24 to raise $3000 for their programs, and the first $750 raised will go to bring an ESOL afterschool class to a Title 1 Northern Virginia school.

You can help us today by:

… donating $12, $24, or $48 at our page on Do More 24,
… sharing this blog post with at least 10 contacts,
… ‘liking’ their Facebook account,
… following ETC’s twitter handle @community_etc , and mentioning and retweeting it using #domore24,
… following ETC’s youtube channel etconfilm,
…. and following their vimeo site etconfilm.

Thank you for all your help, blogosphere!

Help out a Great Local Theatre Company!

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So for the last two summers, my days have been filled working with a wonderful company called ETC, the Educational Theatre Company. They run a host of summer camps and year-round programs which offer excellent opportunities for children of all ages to take part in the performing arts in Arlington and Falls Church. This year, they are taking part in the United Way’s Do More 24.

Do More 24 is a one-day, 24-hour fundraiser encouraging donors to give to charities in the Greater DC area. At 12:00am on June 26th, the campaign will begin, and will run until 11:59pm that night. In that span, ETC is trying to raise $3000 to help support our various programs throughout the year.

These programs range from from helping students at ESOL schools build confidence through their Mainstage Residency Programs to collaborating with the community through our Creative Age courses with various senior programs. As we gear up for our intense summer season, we’re looking at over a dozen different camps, ranging from one to two weeks, with students ranging from pre-K through high school.

They’re an excellent program with the central goal of Changing Lives through the Arts. If you’ve got time this Thursday, spread the word, and help this excellent Arlington based organization reach its goal of $3000.

I am an MBA!

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It’s been two long years, but I am officially an MBA from George Mason University.  Thank you to the School of Management at GMU and to the wonderful Flyers cohort for four lovely semesters!  Also, thanks to the members of all the myriad cohorts who are game enough to play a fine round of Catan, or to discuss the finer points of engaging presentations, or even those who simply enjoy shooting the breeze after a leisurely three hour lecture.

 

Here’s to Mason, and to the wonderful businesspeople it creates.