Jellyfish is done!

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…But the show rolls on. I owe so much thanks to Mary Myers, Johnny Day, Alex Alferov, Kate Dooley, and Kristen Pilgrim. They made my play look good. They made it look darned good. Also, a huge thanks to the craftsfolk of the show: Tim Nielsen, Katelin Lee, Mary Keegan, and Adam Johnson. Finally, a huge high five to Jon Jon Johnson and Liz Hansen for their first full season with Avalanche Theatre Company.

Thanks, everyone, for helping this show come to life!

If you missed it, then you should really read the script. It’s available at http://blur.by/1eMxxa1, which is a pretty excellent self publishing site. I’m publishing this as the ‘world premiere edition,’ though I fully intend to keep this thing circulating and improving as I do so. We’ve come a long way, and I think we can get even better.

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

Alright, back to making DVDs of the show. Thanks again to everyone who came, who read for the show, who acted, who directed, who helped turn this text into something alive and real.

You all rock.

-K

Final Weekend of the Immortal Jellyfish, Scripts are now available!

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Couple of big items this week!  The Immortal Jellyfish performs its last weekend at the FallFRINGE!  Check out Alex Alferov, Johnny Day, and Mary Myers as they rock the socks off this new, original script… that I wrote!  Holy moly!

Speaking of new and original scripts, the Immortal Jellyfish is available for purchase online at http://blur.by/1eMxxa1!  Follow that link  to nab your copy of the World Premiere Edition of the Immortal Jellyfish!

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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/

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!

Jellyfish and e-Book-ery

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So, the fun thing about publicizing my own show and book is what happens when I look at making an e-book…   ebook image     And what I’ve found from several sources is that you can make really interesting productions out of these things!  Now, I’m used to an ‘e-book’ being a digital rendition of  a book, but I was definitely wrong! “More Movie Than Book” In her 2011 article, “Are e-Books Any Good?” Lisa Guernsey discusses the impact of e-books on children’s learning, and while I ignored the quagmire of benefit versus bane to education, I just kept getting increasingly fascinated by the descriptions of what e-books could do! “huge, easily readable words, brilliant graphics, and an engaging recorded-voice narrator.” Uh. Please and thank you. I was already planning on making DVDs of my show.  I was also planning on publishing hard copies of my play.  But if I could make a published DVD-audio-book of my play?  How cool would that be?! Snap Back to Reality Now, the world premiere of The Immortal Jellyfish opens in just 7 days, so I have a lot of work on my plate already.  We’ve got lights, projections, sound, a set, some props, costumes, and actors to work with in our upcoming tech week.  Holy hannah. All that said, as appealing as an e-book is, I don’t think I’ll have it ready for the run of the show.  But something tells me that after show, after the DVDs are made and the scripts are delivered to Kickstarter backers, there may well be an e-book in the works. The Immortal Jellyfish will premiere Nov. 1 at 607 New York Ave NW, Washington DC at Fort Fringe – The Shop as part of the fallFRINGE.

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.

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!

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.

Weekly Appeal: Jan 28

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Kickstarter’s here: http://kck.st/ULb8iX

So we’re just about to head into February, and Avalanche Theatre is rounding out our first month of Kickstarter fundraising with about $1600 out of the $10,000 we need to fund the season.

I would like to set a goal of $2000 per week raised for the Kickstarter, starting this week. I think we can do it.

Let’s do some simple math. 200 people giving $10 will get us there. 20 people giving $100 will get us there. 2000 people giving $1 will get us there.

There’s a safe mix as well. Whatever you can give, give at your ability. I am issuing my newest $2000 challenge. I think that together, we can definitely achieve that.

Thanks again for reading!

-K

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