Day Five of the Kansas City Fringe Festival, performance number three of #WTF Happened? On the Phenomenon of Trump.
I arrived late on Sunday, July 15th, met with Forrest Attaway, Artistic Director of Kokopelli Theatre Company, on the 16th, had the tech rehearsal on the 18th, preview night on the 19th and opened on Friday the 20th.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s been fabulous. The staff and volunteers working to make the Fringe possible are truly amazing. The level of organisation required to provide and opportunity for roughly 75 independently produced productions is staggering and they have pulled it off with extraordinary aplomb.
Actors Rep has been extremely fortunate to have Kokopelli as co-producers on the ground, with Forrest Attaway getting five of their productions up and running as well as helping bring #WTF to the KC stage.
I am extremely grateful to all of these people.
The show itself has been enthusiastically received. Somewhere around 150 people have seen the first three shows and we have received very positive feedback — and one standing ovation!
It’s been interesting seeing the difference in these US audiences and the Luxembourg audiences who just saw the piece in early July (and in its previous incarnation last September at Théâtre National du Luxembourg — TNL). Both sets of audiences were and have been great, but there have been differences — laughs coming at different times, moments of recognition landing perhaps in a different way.
As a writer it is enormously gratifying to see that my words have had an impact on both the mixed cultures of Luxembourg audiences as well as the mixed cultures of audiences in Kansas City.
As an actor, the generous and thoughtful response to the work has been humbling and gratifying.
I treasure the many conversations I’ve had with audience members after the shows and look forward to many more.
#WTF Happened? wouldn’t be here without the inspiration and work of Charles Muller, who commissioned the first version last year at Théâtre D’Esch, and without the brilliance of Actors Rep Associate Artistic Director Christine Probst as collaborator and Director in the subsequent productions in Luxembourg and now Kansas City. It wouldn’t be on stage again without the encouragement of Actors Rep Artistic Associate Peter Zazzali and the help of Forrest Attaway and Kokopelli, and the tech support of Matilda Hansson, and Steve and Wallace working in the booths at the Musical Theatre Heritage (MTH) for the Festival. And I wouldn’t be able to do the work without the support of Dena Abbott.
We’re grateful also for the financial support of FOCUNA, whose generosity assisted with the travel expenses of coming to the Fringe, to the Ministère de la Culture of Luxembourg and the Fondation Indèpendance for their financial support of the September production, and to e2advance, who does the tremendous work of the website design and maintenance.
We at Actors Rep hope this show will have a continued life and that we may be able to present it to additional audiences in other cities. The piece seems to spark thought and emotion and laughter in and dialogue with its audiences. We hope to be able to continue sharing it with new audiences. We look forward to doing so and to engaging in the dialogues that result.
In the meantime, we understand President Trump is on his way to Kansas City. We’d be happy to have him see the show.
Filmmaker Mak Wolven came to our tech rehearsal a couple of days before opening (TONIGHT — WEDNESDAY, 30 May 2018 at 8pm) and shot a few minutes of the show as we rehearsed.
Take a look:
Wednesday, June 30th, at 8pm
Thursday, May 31st, at 8pm
Friday, June 1st, at 8pm
Saturday, June 2nd, at 3pm AND 8pm
Monday, June 4th, at 8pm
Tuesday, June 5th, at 8pm
Wednesday, June 6th, at 8pm
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Great conversation today with Marina Lai on ARACITY Radio — Christine Probst and Peter Zazzali, the actors in our upcoming production of THE GUYS, by Anne Nelson, along with director Erik Abbott, talking about the show.
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Actors Repertory Theatre Luxembourg is proud to announce
A Neutral Mask and Clown Workshop
With New York and Paris based actress and teacher
When and Where:
Sunday, 03 June 2018
18A / 18D rue de la Cimenterie
Time: To Be Confirmed
Cost: 100 €
Register AND pay by 12pm (12.00), Saturday, 19 May 2018 and receive a 25 € discount — only 75 € !
(This offer has been extended but will not be again.)
Carine is a professional actress based in New York who has performed in most of the United States. Born in France, She is a dual citizen who grew up in the US (American mother / French father).
As a young actress, she developed a love of French classical theatre and decided to go back to her roots to train at France’s premier acting school, the Conservatoire National Superieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris. Later she received an MFA in acting from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program. Her roles have spanned a large range of types from Lady Macbeth to Brecht’s Arturo Ui to Laura in The Glass Menagerie. She loves transforming and creating roles for all styles of theatre — classical, contemporary, and original.
As a freelance actor, she’s performed Off-Broadway, on tour, and for many major US regional theatres. She’s also been a member of several exceptional theatre companies including The Acting Company, The Flying Machine, and University of Delaware’s Resident Ensemble Players. In related fields, Carine is the award winning narrator of numerous audiobooks as well as an acting teacher specializing in neutral and Commedia dell’Arte mask.
As a teacher, aCarine has over twenty years of experience. During that time she has taught everything from basic acting to Shakespeare to mask work. Her students have ranged in age from high school students and teens to undergraduate students (BFA and BA) to graduate students (MFA) and professionals. Her special passion is teaching neutral and Commedia dell’Arte mask, which she first studied at the Conservatoire National Superieur d’Art Dramatique in Paris. She has taught mask at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, the University of Delaware, and Amherst College among others. Carine has also spent many years as a voice and speech teacher at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York. She coaches accent acquisition privately in New York or via Skype, and is also an audition coach.
This three-hour workshop will focus on Neutral Mask work and will incorporate some Clown work.
For ages fifteen and up.
A Neutral Mask is a Mask with no expression and no opening for the mouth. The work is silent. The exercises we learn will enhance the actors’ spatial awareness, timing, listening, concentration, management of focus, economy of movement, spontaneity, and ability to guide the audience. Students will have a new idea of what it is to be present on stage and a side benefit will be enhanced stage presence. They will discover the expressive potential in the most basic movement and become acutely aware of extraneous or habitual patterns or postures revealed by the simplicity of the Mask. With Neutral Masks actors find their simplest states, devoid of personal character as far as possible. Onto this blank canvas they can later build and add the traits of a brand new character of any style, age or type, while they themselves transform and become unrecognisable. I tell my students that what we learn with Neutral Mask is the skeleton that holds us up on stage, the most basic stage technique.
TO REGISTER or for further information, please contact Actors Rep: ActorsRep.Erik@gmail.com
Please also visit Carine’s website:
Don’t miss this unique workshop with an extraordinary theatre artist!