The Immortal Jellyfish Opens this weekend!

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Tonight at 6:30 and tomorrow at 1:00pm, you can catch my latest play, The Immortal Jellyfish, presented by Avalanche Theatre Company as part of the FallFRINGE!

Starring Mary Myers, Alex Alferov, and Johnny, this sci-fi take on an ancient epic combines romance, madness, humor and horror in a 75 minute thrill ride through the human genome… and beyond! Directed by the illustrious Kristen Pilgrim and Stage Managed by the incredible Kathryn Dooley, this piece is the culmination of nearly a year and a half of work and revision.

We hope to see many familiar faces tonight and tomorrow!

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.

Mead Theatre Program Round II!

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March 4 is a pretty exciting day.  Nerve wracking, marvelous, exciting, horrifying.  Kind of like an avalanche.  It’s beautiful from far away, but the closer it gets, the more you realize, ‘man, this thing is a huge.’  And then it hits you.

as subtle as

an avalanche. serene. majestic. cataclysmic.

Now, for a while, March 4 meant the end of our Kickstarter.  It still does, but that’s not all it means anymore.

Because as of two days ago, March 4 also meant my interview with the Mead Theatre Lab Program (aaaagh wahoo excitement blaarggh)

The long and short of it is, Jellyfish has a shot at performing at the Mead Theatre Lab’s space for a few weekends next fall, and in order to secure that spot, I have to have made it past round I and II.  So.  Very exciting.  And a little bit scary…

Here’s the deal.  Even if this project takes off at the Mead, I’m going to need $3k to finance it, most of which will go to actors and artists.  So, if you want to see what the big deal is, help me get to $4000 raised on Kickstarter by Saturday at 5:oopm.

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If you’ve already donated, thank you!  You’re already helping.  Tell your friends.  Tell your families. Facebook it and twitter it.  Pin our video, what have you.  Because if we can get to $4000 by Saturday, I will make an openly viewable and comment-friendly google doc of the Immortal Jellyfish so you can all see just what is getting me so excited.

 

-K

Less than two weeks left!

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And $6k to raise. $4k to match our Kickstarter goal. I think we can do it. I think you can do it. I believe in you.

We’ve raised nearly $3.4k so far. That’s enough to fund A Bid to Save the World, and bolster Apotheosis, after online fees.

If we can match our Kickstarter goal, then Bid is funded, and both Apotheosis and Jellyfish get major boosts to their funding.

If we can meet our $10k goal in two weeks, then that’s $1k to Bid, $3k to apotheosis, and $3k to Jellyfish.

Our season will be fully funded by supporters like you. And most of that money will go right back to actors in the DC area.

So again, let’s look at $4k. For actors. For our season. For yourselves. Let’s do this.

10 Great Valentine’s Gifts that Don’t Require Jogging on Friday

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AAAAAAGGH! Balentine's Jay!

AAAAAAGGH! Balentine’s Jay!

“Oh god god it’s valentine’s day and I didn’t get myself or my significant other a gift!”

and/or…

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“Crap. It’s Valentine’s Day, and I don’t want to jog today off tomorrow. Because tomorrow is Friday.  That’s like, weekly Valentine’s day to myself.”

Life is like a box of these. Delicious, and CALORIC.Don't make your loved one/self do this.

Fear not!  Avalanche Theatre Company may have JUST the solution you need.  Like, 10 of them, for all budgets!

1) A Tweet about your loved one/ yourself.

Cost: $10.  Twitter Immortality: Check.

2) A glitzy letter full of sequins!

Cost: $20.  Sexy Letter to Self: Awesome.

3) A Handknit Scarf!

Cost: $50.  Take that, February.  However you pronounce yourself.  My scarf is handknit by the Liz Hansen.

4) An abstract painting.  

Cost: $50.   Nothing says ‘I love you and/or myself’  like abstract art by Liz Hansen.

5) A thirty second video      

Cost: $50.   Except making a monkey dance for all posterity.  Yours truly would be the monkey.

6) A digital image, done up by yours truly.

Cost: $50.   I’m a very good artist.

7) A Poem!

Cost: $50.  Don’t write yourself/ loved one a poem this year.  Let Jon Jon do it.

8) A Short Story!      

Cost: $50.  Genius!  You get to be the 1% inspiration while Jon Jon is the 99% perspiration!

9) Tickets for two!  

Cost: $100.  It’s a date!  To any of our shows.  Or heck, take yourself out to two of them.

10) VIP Passes        

Cost: $500.  You make it rain, Valentine style.  Impress that significant other of yours.  And/or yourself.

Plus, they all help support an awesome new theatre company.  And look at that, none of these require you to jog on Friday.  Treat Yourself Here.

Rumble Rumble.

-K

Over Three Thousand!

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Lookout, world! We’ve raised over 3000 dollars for Avalanche Theatre Company’s first full season, ‘What is Living Without…’

That’s $1000 per show! Thank you so much to everyone who has helped so far!

Most of our show budgets go to help pay out actors. What better way to say ‘happy Valentina’s day’ to an actor you know and love than by donating to a company that focuses on actors?

Share this post to encourage your friends to support us! Find out more at our kickstarter!.

Kickstarting an Avalanche

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Now that I’m back online, I am going to be all about getting some kicking started. At least for Avalanche Theatre Company. Check out the kickstarter page here – as of right now we are 17% funded, with 42 days left to go! Very excited for our upcoming season.

An avalanche striking

How an avalanche strikes.


Here’s the link to the page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/586208974/avalanche-theatre-company-what-is-living-without-0?ref=home_location

Kickstarter us Online!

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The Kickstarter for Avalanche Theatre Company is up and running!

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Check it out over at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/586208974/avalanche-theatre-company-what-is-living-without-0?ref=live

You can also follow us on twitter at @as_subtle_as