Anthony Abeson s actor-training is an amalgam of his work with Peter Brook, Jerzy Grotowski, Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Harold Clurman. Many of his students have gone on to successful careers in theatre, film and television. In his book “Acting 2.0: Doing Work that Gets Work in a High-Tech World” Mr. Abeson discusses the...Read More »
Intended for younger actors, Jon Jory has created a comprehensive book that addresses everything you need to know when auditioning for stage, film, television and even for training programs. Jory offers practical advice on how to fulfill those hopes and defuse their fears with his very clear “Tips” format that is concise and readable-including 75...Read More »
Here also you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues, these for men, from plays which were produced and/or published in the 2014-2015 theatrical season. Most are for young performers (teens through 30s) and some excellent pieces for older men as well. Comic, dramatic, short or long, all represent the beset in contemporary...Read More »
Here you will find a rich and varied selection of monologues for women from plays which were produced and/or published in the 2014-2015 theatrical season. Some are comic, some are dramatic, some short, some rather long. All represent the best in contemporary playwriting.Read More »
As a theatre arts professor, Anne Johnstonbrown uses her personal experiences when teaching character development for roles in comedy, and her clear-cut archetypal method of characterization has expedited that process for countless comedic actors. Anne Johnstonbrown is the author of “The 10-Commandments of Theater,” a Smith and Kraus handbook for method actors. For decades, she...Read More »
from THE WINDY CITY TIMES - THEATER REVIEW In the Time of the Butterflies by Jonathan Abarbanel, April 27, 2016
Playwright: Caridad Svich, from Julia Alvarez's novel. At: Teatro Vista at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: 773-871-3000; www.teatrovista.org; $25-$30. Runs through: May 22
Caridad Svich has written remarkable plays—but I don't think this is one of them.
It does, however, tell a story about remarkable people: the Mirabal sisters, martyred in 1960 in the bloody struggle against Rafael Trujillo, the vicious dictator of the Dominican Republic. Minerva ( Flavia Palozzi ), Patria ( Sari Sanchez ) and Maria Teresa ( Ayssette Munoz ) Mirabal died before Trujillo's downfall, but he was assassinated just six months after having the sisters murdered. A fourth sister, Dede ( Rinska Carrasco and Charin Alvarez ), escaped death and promoted their memory. ( She died in 2014. )
This play is based on a novel inspired by real events ( the Museum Hermanas Mirabal keeps their deeds alive ), so casual observers cannot know what's true and what's fictional. Was their father really within the Trujillo social circle? Did Trujillo attempt to seduce Minerva? Was she denied a license to practice law? What's clear is that the four sisters ( born between 1924 and 1936 ) were from a prosperous family and well-educated, and gradually committed themselves to armed insurrection against Trujillo. Their husbands also were partisans in the Marxist-leaning movement ( and the Cuban revolution was at precisely the same time ). The sisters helped organize underground activities and were known as "Las Mariposas"—the butterflies.
The play is surprisingly free of political dialectics, but this becomes a problem as we don't know why Trujillo targets the rural Mirabals. We learn things that happen to them, but not always why. Minerva is politicized first via her Marxist boyfriend—which may be what earns government scrutiny—and she enlists her sisters with relative ease. History admires the Mirabals as early feminists—the United Nations selected their murder date, Nov. 25, as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women—and the play focuses more on that than on political revolution. Trujillo was a notorious womanizer, two sisters were tortured in prison and traditional Latino society strictly limits a woman's choices, so Svich shows us the gradual road which moved the sisters from standard dreams of marriage and motherhood to a more pointed world view.
Much of the 90-minute play, therefore, restates the mindset of patriarchal society. Since we barely see or hear the husbands or Papa Mirabal, our entire perspective is from the women and they split our attention four ways. The Mirabal story is powerful and begs for more effective presentation. ( Note: I had three cousins who were Cuban-born sisters—exactly the age of the Mirabals, who went through many similar experiences. )
The staging by Ricardo Gutierrez is lively and passionate and surprisingly bright given the subject matter, thanks to costume designer Uriel Gomez's myriad formal gowns and floral-pattern dresses, a warm Caribbean-influenced set ( Andrei Onegin and Seagull Works ) and Liviu Pasare's lovely projections.ff ... See MoreSee Less
GLENN ALTERMAN sets record - WORLD RECORD for THE MOST PUBLISHED AUTHOR OF ORIGINAL MONOLOGUES FOR ACTORS! His previous record in 2013 was 586, now it's 740 published monologues. The Guinness World record announcement will also be coming out later this year. RecordSetter.com prepared a video of all the books with the monologues. Most of these books are books published by Smith and Kraus. Alterman says "It was like watching my life go by; kind of surreal, but very satisfying!" Take a look at the video. !https://recordsetter.com/…/published-original-monolog…/40425 ... See MoreSee Less
from TAMPA BAY TIMES - April 15, 2016 Andrew Meacham, Times Staff Writer
TAMPA — Jobsite Theater has announced its lineup for the 2016-2017 season, with dramas not often seen and comedies the theater's leadership believes cut below the surface.
news answers a question posed in February, when Jobsite postponed its scheduled unveiling due to a crisis of artistic conscience. On the theater's website, producing artistic director David Jenkins said he could not stomach the idea of putting on "trite fluff, safe but tasteless garbage that may be easy to sell tickets to, but that leaves me feeling empty." (Read the Times story about the theater's struggle at tbtim.es/xb2.)
The picture has brightened since Jenkins' outpouring, covered in the Times, and the theater has revised its lineup. Financial worries that factored into the original schedule have also eased somewhat, and Jobsite is now more than one-third of the way toward reaching its fundraising goals for the fiscal year, Jenkins said.
"We're definitely still impacted in some way by economic things," he said. "But at the same time, I'm comfortable now that the season hopefully as presented will be of general appeal, and that it honors our mission."
That mission stresses work aimed at younger audiences, said Jenkins, 42, a priority that doesn't always fill seats. His audiences know that and wouldn't have it any other way, sending him supportive emails.
"A lot of people wrote in and said, 'We don't want you to change what you are doing; we go to you for those plays that we can't see anywhere else,' " Jenkins said.
The adjusted 2016-2017 season at Jobsite opens with The Underpants, a farce by comedian Steve Martin (Sept. 9-Oct. 2). The show "pokes at issues; it's not all light fluff," Jenkins said.
Another interesting choice: Lizzie by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer, Tim Maner and Alan Stevens Hewitt (Oct. 14-Nov. 6) is a rock musical about Lizzie Borden. While Jobsite plays are usually held in the Shimberg Playhouse, this one will run in the adjacent, larger Jaeb Theater.
There follows William Shakespeare's As You Like It, set in present-day Tampa (Jan. 13-Feb. 5); A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh, a dark comedy about an Irish mortician (March 17-April 9); and Gloucester Blue by Israel Horovitz, about the relationships between house painters in a fishing village and a couple who are renovating the home (May 19, 2017-June 11, 2017). Horovitz, an internationally celebrated playwright and one of the world's most prolific, visited Jobsite for the January production of his Holocaust-themed Lebensraum and in early 2015 for a staged reading of his play Sins of the Mother.
The season closes with Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill (July 14-Aug. 6), which satirizes Victorian society and British colonialism in Africa.
The tweaked lineup also solves another problem: Up until a few months ago, Jenkins had hoped to produce Full, a musical by local playwright Katie Berger with music by Berger and Alan Blake Conley. Jobsite hosted a reading in 2015 for the show that touches on eating disorders and fighting inner demons.
Concerns about raising the money for a musical forced Jobsite to scratch it from next season's card. Full has since been accepted to the New York International Fringe Festival, Jenkins said, and he looks forward to producing it in the 2017-2018 season.
Contact Andrew Meacham at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 892-2248. Follow @torch437.
.FAST FACTS - Jobsite Theater - To read more about the upcoming season, go to jobsitetheater.org/2016-17-season.