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Commedia Lear Finishes
Town & Gown Players wraps up another Second Stage season with John Brandt's A Lear and Present Danger. The show is performed in the style of Commedia dell'arte.
Commedia is an Italian style of theater originating in the early Renaissance. The Commedia dell'arte used many concepts that have become vital to Western comedy, such as stereotyped characters, an emphasis on the conflict between parents and their children, and slapstick comedy.
Brandt has been training his performers for three months to prepare for A Lear and Present Danger. The performers will improvise the entire production using only a rough plot posted backstage. Audience members will even get a chance to vote on the outcome of the show.
The essential plot sees two young lovers, Isabella and Leandro, wishing to wed. Leandro's father, Pantalone, is a greedy miser who demands a dowry before the wedding can take place. Isabella's father, Dottore, is broke. Their madcap servants, Columbina, Brighella and Arlecchino, come to the rescue with a plan to earn money for the dowry by putting up a performance of William Shakespeare's King Lear.
"Good times will be shaken, not stirred"
August 4 at Headquarters (disguised as the Town & Gown Theater)
$15.00 per person at the door.
Bond-esque (favorite character, lingerie, bikini . . . go for it)
Heavy hors d'oeuvres before the show; dessert and champagne following.
Beginning at 8:00 p.m. (2000 hours)
Reservations are required
Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Join Town & Gown
Contact the Membership Committee to get an application.
Board Hosts Director Orientation
Vice-President Terrell Austin is organizing a special event on Saturday, July 21: an informational meeting for future Mainstage and Second Stage directors. Since every T&G member is already a prospective director, you are invited to take part.
The curriculum includes a whirlwind introduction to the Production Team Handbook (a free copy of book and CD-ROM to those who sign up ahead of time), a playhouse tour and introduction of department and committee heads, and plenty of time for questions. Board members and veteran directors will be ready to respond with (a) good advice and (b) horror stories about poor souls who didn't take it.
This year's director orientation is slated for July 21, 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the theater. If you have a notion to direct one day but don't know what the gig involves, this is your time to find out!
RSVP by email to Terrell Austin.
Second Stage Still Looking for Proposals
Our Second Stage dance card hasn't filled up yet. There is still barely time to submit your proposal for the first half of next season.
Performance dates are Oct. 5-7 and Dec. 14-16, 2007; Feb. 22-24, Apr. 25-27 and June 27-29, 2008. That's one Second Stage following each of our first five Mainstage productions.
Proposals for the October and December slots are due no later than August 1; those for the second half of the season must be received by November 30. The December 2007 show will be picked to appeal to a winter holiday crowd, so propose accordingly.
Any member of the Players can propose a show for Second Stage. A typical proposal includes a script, identifies preferred and impossible dates and names a director (who must also be a T&G member).
For more information or a proposal form, email Steven Carroll at email@example.com. Hard copies are available in the theater lobby.
T&G Members in the News
Drew Doss and Hadley Cronk had big roles in Kiss Me, Kate at the Highlands Playhouse in June and July. The theater is managed, by the way, by Henry Johnson.
Athens company Stray Productions will feature a cast heavy with Town & Gowners in Yasmina Reza's Art at Instant Theatre, also in Highlands. Steve Elliott-Gower, Tom Tanner and Rex Totty are onstage; Cat Clayton directs. Performances are set for July 18-21 and 25-28. You won't get much satisfaction from the Instant web site, but there's a phone number at least.
There's considerable overlap between Town & Gown and the university's commedia dell'arte troupe, I Commedianti Georgiani. Darla Warnock and Clint Sowell performed in 2006-7. Next year's outfit will feature Carole Kaboya, Martin Smith and Michael Stille. John Brandt, director of A Lear and Present Danger, is a commedia veteran as well. The Commedianti give free shows several times a year, most often on campus; try the drama department's web site for announcements.
Volunteer at Town & Gown
Working on shows isn't the only thing you can do at T&G. Every performance night we have to put three or four people in the front of house to sell tickets and refreshments, guide patrons to their seats, and report broken toilets to the put-upon Facilities Committee. In addition, most committees have open positions for folks who want to help out.
Front of house volunteers get comp tickets, too. Visit the "Volunteers" page to sign up.
What's Coming at T&G
Board and Membership Meetings
The board of directors meets every month; any Town & Gown member may attend. For dates and times, or to propose business for the board, write to President Andy Garrison . . . or collar him at any opening night.
Town & Gown will hold its annual end-of-season banquet on August 4. Read the story.
The annual meeting of Town & Gown Players, Inc., takes place in October. Business at that event includes reports from departments and committees as well as elections of the next calendar year's president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Members will receive official notice of the annual meeting by mail, and it will also appear in the Envoy nearest the date.
Town & Gown Players is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your gifts are tax-deductible.
Town & Gown Players
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