Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Busy Fell Swoop Day today

We're working on our fundraiser (RSVP here) and had a helluva great audition for The Miss Julie Dream Project. The turnout was really exciting and we even got in and out of the space on time!

And then I had a great meeting with director Katie Chidester to talk about all the impressive actors we have to choose from, and then I went home and had to power through and work on rewrites, which are coming along well, I think. And my taxes.

I have this ambition to blog about my producing experience, but between the full time job and all the stuff I have to do as both the primary writer (with eight co-writers having contributed to the script) and the lead producer on the project, my to-do list freaks me out on a regular basis. But I am getting things done. Hopefully I won't neglect FWL too much in the meantime.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Calling all actors!

Hollywood Fringe Festival Production
April 14, 12-3pm
New Collective, 6440 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Nine members of Fell Swoop Playwrights, an L.A.-based playwrights collective, collaborated to riff on two of August Strindberg’s most famous works, MISS JULIE and A DREAM PLAY.

Starting with no outline and very little plan, they’ve written an actor’s nightmare of epic proportions. THE MISS JULIE DREAM PROJECT is the story of one dedicated performer determined to make sense of a wildly rebellious character in an ever-shifting dreamscape.

In the play actress and character split, with Miss Julie refusing to succumb to the suicide she's been doomed to on a loop for over a century. The actress and dreamer, Mina, wants to do the play and do it right; she chases Julie through the corridors of her dreams in hopes of guiding her to her fate. On her way she's confronted with her own fantasies, fears, family and friends, with five actors playing multiple roles either aiding or obstructing her ability to tell Miss Julie's story. 

Director and writers are looking for a flexible group with a sense of adventure and a willingness to play. All actors must be versatile, with several required to shift in and out of multiple roles. Ensemble role distribution may be subject to change. 


MINA, female, 30s, dedicated actress. Sharp and clever but slightly insecure.

JULIE, female, 30s, August Strindberg's Miss Julie. Proud, feisty, eager for independence and to be understood.

PAUL, male, pompous theater director, defensive of his concepts. Actor will also play SERGEANT, a tough military man, and other roles.

LORETTA, female, an ambitious, opinionated actress. Actor will also play DOCTOR, a Swedish OB-GYN, among other roles.

SAMANTHA, female, a sarcastic but dedicated actress. Actor will also play androgynous soldier named FRANK, among other roles.

TRENTON, male, self-involved, a would-be leading man, father issues. Actor will also play other roles.

BACHELOR #2, a scholarly gentleman, among other roles.

Auditions: April 14, 12-3pm.
Monday, May 6th: Rehearsals begin
Tuesday, June 11th 5:15pm: Preview Performance at Three Clubs Cocktail Lounge
Friday, June 14th, 7:45pm: Opening performance
Sunday, June 16, 2:15pm: Performance
Thursday, June 20, 5:15pm: Performance
Saturday, June 22, 7:45pm: Performance
Wednesday, June 26, 2:15pm: Final performance

This is an Equity Waiver production and all cast members will be paid an Equity Waiver rate.

Actors may bring a one-minute character monologue and should be prepared to read from sides. Dress comfortably and be able to move.
Casting location: New Collective, 6440 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

In case you hadn't seen it

Steven Leigh Morris profiles Jennifer Haley, Michael Sargent and Doris Baizley in an article about being a playwright in L.A. Here's an excerpt.

L.A. is a seductive place to put on a play. The city attracts some of the world's finest actors and directors. Audiences here are reputed to be open-minded and openhearted. Production costs remain a fraction of what they are in "theater cities" such as Chicago or New York.
But compared to those cities, play production here remains an activity, not an industry. There's a comparatively feeble marketing machine, which leaves most L.A. theater productions unrecognized by the nation's premier play publishers and producers. Putting on a play in L.A. has been equated with trying to build a snowman in the desert.
  I especially appreciate this assertion-- 
But dozens of top-flight playwrights have chosen to build their lives in Los Angeles. The main reason these writers remain here might seem at first glance to correspond to that old joke about why people rob banks: That's where the money is. Hollywood work is a great way for a writer to pay the bills.
While movie or TV writing as a means to prosperity may conform to a stereotype of why people stick around here, it doesn't complete the portrait. Other forces include artistic satisfaction, a sense of community, creative opportunities, having a family and friends, and belonging to a place almost all the playwrights interviewed called "home."
Read the rest here.