Patrick Lamborn, Michael Jorizzo, Angela Carter, Amanda Schoonover
Oh my, it's been a minute. What a busy (and lovely) summer. Last I wrote, I had just started an internship at the Arden, and I was getting psyched for Is This the End? and Seek and Hide. LOTS has happened since then.
1. Seek and Hide was a blast. My day of glory playing a triking (a viking riding around a playhouse on a tricycle) was....well, glorious. It was great to have a project to work on/to meet some other really terrific artists.
2. Is This the End? went quite well! Thanks to the friends who came out for it. I made all sorts of changes to In Many Ways over the course of rehearsals. HUGE thanks to Sam, and to the terrific cast. I learned a lot - it will come in handy when it's remounted with iNtuitons for ATF this fall. Wahoo! Blurry pic from the reading to the left. (Also congrats to the other writers, and a big thanks to Primary Stages.)
3. All done at the Arden for the moment. Had a great summer there. /Got to check out A Little Night Music and Pinocchio before I left, too. As a non-romantic-opera-lover, I still found Night Music totally enjoyable. And as a non-six-year-old, I was completely enchanted by Pinocchio.
4. I got to be a reader (okay, just stage directions, but shhh) for a reading of a new work at InterAct this past month. The piece, called Two Front Teeth, was written by Katharine Clark Gray - one of the core playwrights there. Really neat, moving, complex piece of theatre - focused on the struggles of a lower-class couple, after the husband accidentally knocks out his wife's teeth in a plumbing accident.
5. I was in a student film project before the year ended, and a final cut was just posted online. Wahoo! I sort of co-wrote the script. (I.e. I wrote it, but then they sort of chopped it down by a factor of ten and rewrote it. Cuz apparently a 30 minute mind-trip-cross-cut-chick-flick "wasn't feasible?") Anyway, Missy Gouverne led the direction, and did a lot of the editing. Still a "student film" project, etc (i.e. not a lot of time/artistic freedom). But I think it turned out rather well! Featuring the super talented Jeremy Berman. Check it below.
6. ......I'm in London now! See pics below. Here for a stint, settling/checking out some awesome theatre. It's beautiful, to boot - so I've been taking some pics. I start at Oxford (BADA) on the 11th. Working a monologue, seeing as we have to re-audition when we get there. Getting lots of good ole' inspiration from all the wonderful stuff I've been seeing here. Oh, and BADA just announced three guest artists for the midsummer program. John Barton, Brian Cox and Fiona Shaw. Apparently there will be more. SO I'm feeling pretty damn lucky right now.
7. Oh! New poem.
Okay, thaz all for now. Cheerio, and stuff!
The school year is winding down, the weather is getting warmer, and the summer is teeming with ALL of the projects.
1.) Just found out I've been selected to direct A Midsummer Night's Dream for iNtuitons Experimental Theatre this upcoming fall! Couldn't be more excited. Check out the announcement on our fb page. And check out this nifty Pinterest page where designers are already brainstorming. I'm going to spend a lot of the summer preparing for September, when we will cast/begin rehearsing the show. It will likely go up in November.
2.) It seems like everyone wants a photoshoot this month. Which is great, cuz I love taking pikchas. Just did a shoot with the lovely Kendra Birdsall (pic below, also more in "Recent Captures" under photography). I have at least two more shoots booked in the coming week for some lovely actresses I work with at Penn. So stay tuned for more shots.
3.) New pome! Check it. Just the audio, plus the text posted below. Feedback always encouraged and appreciated.
4.) Thanks to my friend Zach, I've finally found a crash spot for Gretchen. My drum set. I'm going to start teaching him to play pretty soon. Hopefully this means I can start giving lessons to others as well! I'm all for spreading the percussion. or, whatever.
That's all for now!
Woo! It's been a crazy few weeks. Lots of things, lots to report.
1.) As of about 10 minutes ago, I've been accepted to the BADA Midsummer in Oxford Program! So very excited. Still waiting on two other places I applied, but. This is great. and lovely. Yay acting and making theatre and learning things.
2.) Split No Lightning happened! (Spoken Word show with The Excelano Project.) Video will be up in the next few weeks. The show turned out splendidly. I learned a lot. It's always wonderful to share something personal, and get feedback. Check out this article on the show. (They misquoted my poem, but. At least I made it into the article!)
3.) The Children's Hour! We opened last night, and we run through Saturday. Fb event. Plus, we got some great coverage in GPhilly. Check it! The show came together beautifully. Very heavy, very intense. Not one for the kids.
4.) My incredibly talented friend Missy, who is applying to film internships right now (to edit professionally), posted a bunch of gorgeous lil movies online. (Some of which I'm in.) But watch mostly for the editing. Because she's uber talented. One's a video poem, the other is about MilkMilkLemonade, a show in which I acted this fall. (see below)
5.) My sister Sarah made a lil movie for her Video I class. I am a fool. Enjoy (below). Pay attention to the music. SHE WROTE IT.
Hell week for The Excelano Project spring 2013 show - Split No Lightning - starts tonight! So very stoked. Show is this Friday and Saturday, 8 pm, in Dunlop Auditorium (3450 Hamilton Walk). Get hype! But mostly, get there.
Fb event for the show is right here.
In other older news: all of the poems from our fall 2012 show (Mother Tongue) are now uploaded on youtube! Check out the full playlist here. I performed a solo, two collabs, a senior tribute and a short poem. yeet. video footage for the solo, the two collabs and the tribute is below.
Oh boy. All of the things are happening! I think I'll go ahead and just make a list.
1. Poems! (The Excelano Project Show is in a week in a half. "Split No Lightning.")
2. Lines lines lines! (Children's Hour opens in 2.5 weeks. Cloud 9 opens in 4.5. BADA audition in 1.5)
3. Summer Apps! (Finishing up my very last application for summer acting intensive programs.)
4. Thesis! (Working on a proposal for an honors English thesis for UPenn.)
5. Playwriting! (Something I'm totally new at. Submitted a short piece to a Penn contest, for funsies)
In my spare time, I'm writing little short poems, and taking too many pictures. Check out the view from where I'm staying.
Other things: I just watched a documentary called "The Artist is Present," about a performance art piece at the MOMA by Marina Abromovic. Check it out. One of those changes-the-way-I-think-about-humanity type things. I also just watched Amanda Palmer's TED talk. (Fun fact: I was at the gig when she first "practiced" the talk. If you track down the video, I'm sitting in the front row in an awkward green tank top.) Anyway, it was super inspiring. It's about the music industry, but also how art functions as an honest/personal exchange between artist and audience.
In other news, here's a video I acted in for a friend last year. (See below.) It was one of those "final project" type videos for a Video I class. I.e. all of us working on it agreed it was totally abysmal. But....The music! Is spectacular! And written by my extremely talented older sister, who wants to score films professionally. Check out that film score. And check out her website.
It's official! EP raised $1,100 for WE CAN at our Cape Cod gig a few weeks ago. Super proud of The Excelano Project. Making money while making art to raise money to help other people make a change? Kind of the best thing ever.
In other news - went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Today. And spent 45 minutes sitting in the Cy Twombly Trojan War Room. Anyone who's into contemporary (or really any) art - check that shiz out. It's breathtakingly beautiful. (See below photograph of one Lauren Yates, in said room. And one VanJawn, looking like a 12-year-old outside the museum.)
In other news - rehearsals for Children's Hour and Cloud 9 are progressing swimmingly. So very excited.
In other news - I recently lined up an audition for the BADA Summer in Oxford program, and an interview with the Stella Adler Studio in NYC for their Summer Conservatory program. *fingers crossed* I can study theatre somewhere this summer.
In other news, there is no other news.
A few days ago, it was warm outside! So I wrote a happy lil' pome about it. (The warm front passed - it's been bitter cold ever since. Alas.) Anyway, check out the new poem! "Today." Featuring music by The Album Leaf.
In other news - the reading for 8 The Play went swimmingly. Some people told me, "We hated you!" on the way out. I took it as a good sign. I was playing Maggie Gallagher, after all.
Love Talk and Slow Jams, Pt. 5, was this Saturday - a night of a capella, courtesy of The Inspiration, and spoken word poetry, courtesy of The Excelano Project. I spat Cheshire Cat, wore a dress, and according to the DP, disrupted the vibe. +10 points por moi. "Despite the sensuous atmosphere, there were some quirky performances from students such as College junior Hannah Van Sciver, who recited a poem describing love as “the dirtiest four letter word I know.”" Read all about it!
In other news, The Pigeon (a fabulous venue for Poetry Slams in Philly) just posted the latest episode of their street slam series. It features EP member Richard Thomson + muhself, facing off against EP alumna Lauren Yates. It's fun. Check it (below). ALSO, that same Lauren Yates just published a chapbook. Which is fabulous. Yall should stop by her tumblr and buy it. Seriously. Go buy it.
Some other tid-bits....There's a staged reading of 8 The Play this Friday, at the Platt performing arts house in Philly. I'll be playing Maggie Gallagher. And I'm on the wait-list for the Philly Live Arts Jumpstart 2013 program. *fingers crossed.* (..I've been writing plays lately? The piece I submitted is a 10-minute something I'm developing with a friend. But more on that later...)
The gig with The Excelano Project on Cape Cod this past weekend was a smashing success. We had a wonderful time at Cape Cod Academy teaching/performing, and absolutely loved putting on a show at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. To the left is a picture of us with the lovely director of WE CAN (the beneficiary of the show), They gave us t-shirts! Check out some other pics from the weekend.
Other exciting news....
I'm applying to play in Spring Fling this year, with a band tentatively titled "Wonder Bread." Very exciting. (FYI Spring Fling is a weekend during the spring semester at UPenn, featuring lots-o-bands, shows, parties, etc, and the like). Will post updates once I know if we're in!
And also....I will be performing this Saturday at the Late Night with some other Excelano Project poets! Will probably be spitting "Cheshire Cat," or another oldie. Check it out. A great lil night of poetry, music, and all around sexiness.
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