Second Weekend Starts Tonight!

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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


Tonight at 6:30, check out the World Premiere of The Immortal Jellyfish!

You can nab tickets here before 5:30: https://www.capitalfringe.org/fallfringe-2013/shows/265-the-immortal-jellyfish

I’d tell you more about it, but I think Hunter Styles does a fine job here:

http://dctheatrescene.com/2013/11/06/immortal-jellyfish/

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!

Voodoo Macbeth: Magic, Madness, and Murder

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Coming up soon: I play Lennox in The Voodoo Macbeth with TACT!  We’re performing at Gunston Theatre 2 in Arlington, VA.

 

This show is pretty cool – it’s like the original Macbeth, only with Even More Magic.  Hekate’s a bigger character, and the witches appear more frequently, or rather… well… okay:

What I really enjoy about it is that, in our rendition, the combination of roles means that the witches are playing multiple characters.  This leads to the question: are the witches the base character (the root of the other onstage manifestations) or are they a character which imposes itself over another base ( maybe possession, maybe inner id, what have you, take your pick…)?

For our rendition, the witches are not their own base, but more a state of being (to see how we get there, you’ll have to see the show!).  What I love about this is that my base character is a priest.  This means that the witchery he undergoes deals a good deal with a crisis of faith, with the question of prayer versus magic, and from there, the question of madness.  What happens to him in the work, you’ll have to see to know…

I have had a fantastic building this character.  I invite you all to come see me perform, starting the 22nd of March.  Tickets are on sale here!

 

Thanks again for reading!

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

Make Room Everyone!

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For some sick tweetage tomorrow at 2:01! Jon Jon, Liz and I are kicking back for our kickstarter backers and tweeting the poop out of ‘The Room.’ Which, really, means we’ll be fighting a daring uphill battle against the forces of epic poo that the film contains.

For more on poo and its nutritional value, follow this link tomorrow at 2:01 to keep up with us as we scale large steaming piles of cinematic excrement in single tweets!

The link for the video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp6g11A36xA

Our three twits are:

@ravenstreak, @DCJonJon, and @keeganmonstuh.

if you can watch, all the better. if you can’t, count yourselves lucky and just follow along on your devices/ work computer (whaaat)

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

Avalanche $1000 Challenge

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Avalanche Theatre Company has just reached 10 backers on Kickstarter!

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This kickstarter project is an omnibus fundraiser raising money for three shows.  The first show is A Bid to Save the World by Erin Marie Bergman!

The budget for this project is $1000!  Help us reach that goal this week, and help this story come to life:

 

In a world where death has stopped, three stories intertwine.  

                         …Two scientists try to figure out how people used to die…  

…A girl goes to speak to death itself…  

                       …A librarian who catalogs death tries desperately to reconnect with the man she loved…

 

Also, due to the nature of kickstarter, you do earn great prizes when you help make great art. Just saying…

For more information, check out the Kickstarter page here!

Follow avalanche theatre company’s blog!

Follow avalanche on twitter @as_subtle_as!

 

Thanks for reading, everyone!  Help Avalanche reach $1000 this week! (we’re halfway there already!)

-K

What is Living Without…

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Avalanche Theatre Company has just posted their upcoming season!  Check out the info on my theatre company!

What is Living Without….

 

As always, thanks for reading.

-K

…And I’m Founding a Theatre Company.

Theatre Business, Theatrical Process

Are you ready to rumble?

as subtle as

an avalanche. serene. majestic. cataclysmic.

I am helping Liz Hansen and Jon Jon Johnson found Avalanche Theatre Company.

Who is Avalanche?

If you’re a DC fringe goer, you might recall a couple of shows; Sarah Kane’s Crave in the 2011 festival, and Despertar in the 2012 festival.  Having done two years of fringing, Avalanche’s creative team was ready to make the jump to a full fledged company, and brought me on.

Why Avalanche?

The company catchphrases is ‘as subtle as,’ which I find fits my personality.  I’ve always wanted to ‘one day’ have a theatre company, and so, when Jon Jon and Liz asked if I would be interested in co-directing their company, it struck me as an excellent opportunity.

An avalanche striking

How an avalanche strikes.

Why Run Your Own Company?

There are many reasons to run one’s own company, many good, many bad.  Many folks do it so they can select their seasons, which I think is one of the primary (and most legitimate) reasons for founding a theatre company.  It’s a chance for people like me to use all their skill sets at once, rather than work as a token skill set for another company.  For me, it’s a chance to create art in a dynamic, fresh environment with a supportive team.  It’s also a chance to continue developing my theatre admin skills while at the same time getting to flex my creative muscles.

We had our first official meeting as a board yesterday, and we’ve got a slew of exciting plans coming up.  I won’t say what they are just yet, but… you should be excited.  I know I am.

How Do I Find Out More?

A good question, faithful reader, and one that I am prepared to provide links for:

The company website is:

http://avalanchetheatre.com/

We’re also on facebook and twitter.  Check it out!