Thursday, August 30, 2012

scenes from Tampa

Here's a little cross-promotion.

Or some kind of cyber shell game.

Or something, I don't know.

This social media biz is a strange road.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

lines of flight

"There is nothing imaginary, nothing symbolic about a line of flight.  There is nothing more active than a line of flight, among animals or humans.  Even History is forced to take that route rather than proceeding by "signifying breaks".  What is escaping in a society at a given moment?  It is on lines of flight that new weapons are invented, to be turned against the heavy arms of the State. "I may be running, but I'm looking for a gun as I go" (George Jackson).  It was along lines of flight that nomads swept away everything in their path and found new weapons, leaving the Pharaoh thunderstruck.  It is possible for a single group, or a single individual even, to exhibit all the lines we have been discussing simultaneously.  But it is most frequently the case that a single group or individual functions as a line of flight; that a group or individual creates the line rather than following it, is itself the living weapon it forges rather than stealing one.  Lines of flights are realities; they are very dangerous for societies, although they can get by without them, and sometimes manage to keep them to a minimum." 
 Deleuze and Guatarri,  A Thousand Plateaus

Emphasis mine.

This is why I'm thrilled that Transient Theater exists.

And very happy that their inaugural show, The Egg Play, rocks.

Only three more shows, don't miss it.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

nomads, transients and other fine people

Transient Theater rolls into town

It's a busy summer here at the Museum.

Glad we bought all that discount black market "Mountain Deau" back in the spring.

So here's what's next.

They open on Saturday, 7 PM at the Cherry Lane, part of some festival that goes on downtown.  Fringe?  New York Fringe Festival?  FringeNYC?  

Something like that.

I can pretty much guarantee you that you've never heard anything like this play.  And Candice and the crew are people you really want to meet.

So let's pack their opening, give them a true Rat City welcome, buy them drinks afterwards and ask them to tell us some stories from the rowdy Road.

Monday, August 06, 2012

people of philadelphia!

Your hosts Kelsey and Rachel.  And some guy.

 Go see this tomorrow.

And check out this for the whole story.

Very radical and beautiful and might just pave a Road for all of us.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

random great idea

Somebody please steal this, but let me be involved in some way.

So I'm talking with Randi Berry of wreckio ensemble, Executive Director of the LIT Fund, just hanging in our fabulous donated office space at NYFA, right in the hipster, beautiful people heart of DUMBO and we're drinking the free coffee and being all cool and righteous because the Fund launched yesterday morning and it seems like we didn't forget anything major, things are launching, as they used to say down at NASA, and we start talking about wreckio's next project.

And Randi says something like, 

"Well, we're supposed to be writing this new thing, but half of us have toddlers now and someone else just got pregnant and..."

And it hits me like a brick tossed from the back of the crowd:

Baby Theater.

You see all these kick-ass women in New York theater who have to take a couple of years off to make sure the little one doesn't climb inside the oven or try to eat a steak knife.  So, organize them and put on a production of King Lear or the Trojan Women or something where you don't have to pay royalties and cast the babies.  It's OK if they can't really talk yet, because the mothers (and fathers if they want to play) do all of the smaller roles and maybe you create a narrator character who can keep the plot moving along.

You do serious design, cool costumes and lighting and then you figure out how to incorporate their favorite toys so they stay interested.  It would be cool if the lighting designer, set designer and running crew also had to be there with their kids.

You rehearse it, not too long or they'll get bored, you perform it around 2 in the afternoon or whenever they're up from their naps and you pitch it to...right?

You pitch it to all of the other mothers who want to do something but have to be with their kids.  And you can have group crowd scenes, so if you show up with your kid, she gets to be onstage too.

Baby Theater.  
Because the Play is the Thing.