Archive for April, 2008

April 21 – Pay What You Can

Posted in Acting, actor, Art, Theatre with tags , , on April 21, 2008 by actingchick

I went and saw the Highest Tide by James Lynch at Book-It Repertory Theater the other night.  I’ve been trying to hit the pay-what-you-can nights and the different theater’s in town.  I feel like I need to see more theater since I am trying to be an actor and all.

I feel a little insecure because I am not theater educated, the way a lot of people in my classes are.  They have either done theater since high-school, or went to college and got their BA in theater, or they’ve been doing community theater for years.

Me, I sort of just decided last year that I might like to try an acting class as a tool to get over being uncomfortable in front of people.  I didn’t realize that I would like it so much.  I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to get through the first class.

People in class will start talking about plays and playwrights and others will nod knowingly.  I sit there and listen quietly, thinking to myself, I have no idea what they are talking about.   I should read/see more plays (and movies for that matter).

So I’ve looked up the pay-what-you-can nights at many of the theaters in town.  IntimanSeattle Rep, ACT, Book-It all have PWYC nights.  Most only let you buy tickets the day of the show at the box office, some are cash only.

Here is my partial list (I’m sure there are more that I haven’t found yet)

May 8 – Father & Sons – ACT
June 5 – Namaste Man – Intiman
June 15 – A marvelous Party (Noel Coward Celebration) – ACT 7pm
June 26 – A marvelous Party (Noel Coward Celebration) – ACT 2pm
July 10 – Streetcar Named Desire – Intiman
Aug 17 – Intimate Exchanges – ACT 7pm
Aug 21 – Little Dog Laughed – Intiman
Aug 28 – Intimate Exchanges – ACT 2pm
Sep 7 – Eurydice – ACT 7pm
Sep 18 – Eurydice – ACT 2pm
Oct 2 – All the King’s Men – Intiman
Oct 19 – Becky’s New Car – ACT 7pm
Oct 30 – Becky’s New Car – ACT 2pm
Dec 4 – Black Nativity – Intiman

Anyway, you can see some good theater on the cheap. Most places have a minimum of 5$.  I always pay try to pay more than that (10 – 20$ depending on that week’s cash flow), because I can, it’s the 40$ I have trouble with, especially if I am trying to go to a show a week.

I take my mom with me, who is on disability and a fixed income, and she always pays the 5$. The PWYC nights definitely draw the senior crowd.  I am always surprised I don’t see more young people.  I figure this would be perfect for high school and college students, but mostly it is the gray haired group I see.

So go see some theater, there is no excuse not to at these prices.

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April 7 – Up Hill Both Ways

Posted in Acting, actor, Theatre with tags , , , , on April 7, 2008 by actingchick

This weekend I returned to the world of Stage Combat.  After almost a month off, I was a bit rusty.  All of us were.  But we picked back up on the choreography pretty quickly.  I was a little worried about my shoulder, since I had torn my biceps tendon a bit just two weeks ago.  I could feel the shoulder, but it didn’t hinder me any.

Since Freehold was forced to move out of their home of sixteen years just a few weeks ago, we had our class at the University of Washington in the Drama Department building.  In some ways this is kind of nice, since I can ride my bike to class.  It is two miles exactly from my driveway to class.

The not as nice aspect is that I don’t ride my bike all that often, because I am lazy, and Seattle has a lot of hills, one of which has my house on top of it, and another which has the building my class is on top of it.  Going to class was pretty good since it is all down hill until the last half mile, which is then up hill.  And of course mostly up hill on the way back.

Now if you are a serious biker, as most bike people in Seattle are, this hill wouldn’t be any big deal, but if you are me, this hill is a big deal.  I rode about half way up and then I had to get off my bike and walk, quadriceps burning and legs of jello.

I reached the top, found the building and room.  It was a nice open space, bright and sunny with white walls, really high ceiling, and hardwood floors.  So much nicer than the black box theatre/oven we were in before.

Even though it was a different space it felt like home.  Why?  Because there were acting cubes.  Ah, acting cubes, how can I sing your praises?  There were acting platforms, and step platforms, and random furniture bits, a piano.  It looked and felt like acting school. There were weird noises coming from other rooms where people were rehearsing.  Some stuff I couldn’t make out, and some opera singing, which seemed appropriate since we started off with some rapier and dagger work.

We ran through the final rapier and dagger bits all the way to the kill, which we hadn’t done before.  A little stabbing, a little throat slitting, bada-boom bada-bing.

We were assigned our partners that we will have for our SAFD certification test.  I got one of the two boys in class, who we will call Quinn to protect his anonymity.  He is pretty good, but sometimes he gets a little excited in that “I am a boy who likes to play  with swords” way, and I want to say (and do), hey, slow down a bit. Not because I am necessarily worried about him hurting me, but because we won’t pass the test if we don’t do it according to the safety procedures.

We have to find three scenes, one for each of our fights.  We have an unarmed fight, a rapier and dagger fight, and a broadsword fight.  I think finding one scene is hard enough, but now three.  Plus, now we have to talk and fight, which is something we haven’t done yet.  I’m starting to get nervous about this test