The Great March has ended

Eulalie and the Great March

It’s finally over! “Eulalie and the Great March” drew a decent crowd and some thoughtful comments during the talkback. The playwright should be pleased.

I taped the show but I have been having computer problems that prevent me from editing it and making a DVD. Soon. The computer goes back into the shop Monday.

In the meantime there is one more week of shows and the cast party to look forward to.

This week I have been March ‘breaking’ with my son so no book reviews. I have been reading a bit but not blogging. My current reads have been pretty forgettable so why bother. I’m not one to write a bad review just for the evil fun of shredding someone else’s hard work.

Eulalie Confronts Philip Kgosana

These promo photos for “Eulalie and the Great March,” by Flora Stohr-Danziger, were taken by Duncan McAllister.

I am directing the Saturday ‘Experiment,’ part of the New Ideas Festival 2007. For more information about my show on March 10, or on the other shows in this three week series, go to the website: New Ideas. You will find links to photos from all of the shows as well as ticket information.

New Ideas is a venue for new plays of all kinds. There is a mix of humour and drama. If you are a playwright, talented in penning short works, you might want to submit a script next year.

The Saturday experiment is unique, a staged reading done expressly for the purpose of inviting audience feedback. Our reading is not a static reading of lines but it is experimental. The artistic producers asked us to put on “Eulalie and the Great March” twice: once in monologue form as it was originally written, and once in dialogue form. Flora Stohr-Danziger did the rewrite and we consulted (and ate some lovely lunches together) before she left for South Africa.

Now listening to — Monologues

I haven’t been blogging lately due to computer problems. They are not completely fixed but I’m posting anyway.

I spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening plus all day today casting a play.

I haven’t been reading much, but I did listen to over 85 prepared monologues plus another 80 or so cold readings. I’ve found myself thinking in monologues, while brushing my teeth, while taking the train… In fact, since I’m shamelessly writing about myself here, I guess you could call this a blog-o-logue.

My callbacks are Wednesday. Heck, I almost feel like a big shot director! 😉 Well, not really… but I’ve seen a lot of humblingly good talent. One of the highlights has been hearing different interpretations of the same pieces.

For the New Ideas Festival, directors choose their favorites from the open casting call and then arrange callbacks. There is no guarantee that the actor you like best will not choose a different show in the festival. The organizers have the final say, however, and they take great pains to keep it fair. So far I’ve been extremely impressed by the Alumni Theatre’s organization and welcoming attitude. I can’t commend these volunteers enough.

Happy reading!

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