Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Theater Blogging

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde
by Moises Kaufman
directed by Dawn Wittke-King
June 22, 23, 29, 30
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde dramatizes the scandalous sex trials that destroyed Oscar Wilde's flamboyant career as an artist. The play is based on the transcripts of the three trials that resulted in Wilde's conviction, as well as statements made by Wilde before, during, and after the trials. The characters range from Wilde himself to important figures of the time, including Queen Victoria and George Bernard Shaw. This tragic play uses humor to illuminate the consequences of transgressing social mores and explores the universal issues of art, sexuality, and censorship.

I know Dreamwell's been waiting to do this one, and it looks like it will be worth the wait. Check out the articles in the Press-Citizen and the DI, and hit the Dreamwell site for tickets and info.

I also got this tidbit in my inbox from Rage Theatrics:
We are very pleased to announce that not only are rehearsals well under way for our upcoming production of "Your Swash is Unbuckled: Three Pirate Plays by Jeff Goode" at the I owa Fringe Festival in Des Moines, but that you will also have a chance to see these three hilarious fight-filled plays on July 28th at The Englert Theatre. Joining us are the folks from Dreamwell Theatre who will present their own Fringe production, Greg Aldrich's "Typing Lear." More details coming soon!

Dreamwell's current project is "Gross Indeceny: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde." The show opens runs through June 30th at the Unitarian/Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City. Tickets are $12, ($10 for ages 65and older and $8 for students with I.D.) For more details, visit http://www.dreamwell.com/dreamwell/2007/ or call 541-0140.
I can't find Rage's website anymore, but check out the Fringe Fest website for this year for more details, basically because: 1) From what I've seen, the Rage show should be a blast; 2) Greg Aldrich's script last year was hilarious, and I hear this one could even be better; 3) Fringe Fest is just a good time, period.

Finally, it looks as though auditions for fall shows are starting soon. ICCT has this announcement up:
Crimes of the Heart
By Beth Henley
Directed by Rich Riggleman (r.riggleman@mchsi.com)

Auditions will be held at the Iowa City Public Library
Friday, July 27, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 28, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

As their Granddaddy lies dying in the hospital, the Magrath sisters must cope with the latest series of events in their dysfunctional family. The play is a heartwarming and humorous tale of how the family moves through the numerous crises in their lives.

There are roles for 4 women and 2 men ranging in age from late 20’s to early 30’s.
Performances are September 14-16 and 21-23. Scripts are on reserve at the Iowa City Public Library Reference Desk

City Circle's still working on the rights to The Well, but says they'll have auditions sometime after the 4th:


(rights pending)
written by Lisa Kron
directed by Pauline Tyer

September 7-9 & 14-16, 2007
Fri/Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:30

Venue TBA

Award-winning playwright Lisa Kron was nominated for two Tony Awards for her outrageous comedy Well, the semi-autobiographical story about her mother’s ability to help her neighborhood survive changing times while lacking that ability to heal her own illness. The New York Times calls Well Kron’s “richest achievement…a deeply affecting play.”

Auditions will be sometime after July 4th. Check back for details!

I've also heard that Catalyst Acting Company is being revived and will be staging Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein at the Wesley Center to run August 17th-19th. I've got no links for that one yet.

That's everything I know so far. . . . looks like lots to choose from, though. And I should be back in town just in time to do something.


Matt pointed out that Dreamwell's auditioning for That Day in September: "I'll add one more to your list. Dreamwell is doing That Day in September by Artie Van Why the two weekends surrounding September 11. It's a powerful story about one person's experience on that day. I'm directing this one and I'd love to see you at auditions. Auditions are tentatively scheduled for July 14 and 15." From the Dreamwell site:

That Day in September
by Artie Van Why
directed by Matthew Falduto
From The Los Angeles Times: "Artie Van Why's recounting of his experience . . . is admirable in its dedication to chronicling the terrorist attacks firsthand. [His] recollections of the attacks and their aftermath are harrowing, marked by an eyewitness perspective that has the sober authenticity of diary entries. This recounting of what one American encountered on Sept. 11... commands unalloyed admiration for its dedication to chronicling the terrorist attacks from firsthand experience."

NOW I think I've hit everything(?)


Jeff has kindly provided me the new link to Catalyst. The audition info from the site:


Auditions for Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein are now scheduled!
Directed by Jeff Shields and assistant directed by Jason Millsap

Auditions will be Monday, July 2nd at 6:30PM at the Iowa City Public Library in meeting room A

Alternate times can be arranged with the director by calling 319-594-6411 or
e-mail at admin@catalystacting.org.

Roles available are:

3 Women (40s-early 60s)
3 Men (40s-early 60s)
1 college age looking male (17ish-22)
1 college age looking female (17ish-22)
Production dates will be August 17-19th at the Wesley Center in Downtown
Iowa City


Winner of the 1993 Outer Critics Circle award for Best Broadway
Play. Sara Goode, an enormously successful American woman working as
the British representative of a major Hong Kong bank, is about to celebrate
her fifty-fourth birthday, and she isn't exactly too happy about it. Firmly
ensconced in her lovely London home, she leads a quiet, almost cold,
expatriate life with her daughter, Tess. For the birthday celebration, her two
sisters, Gorgeous Teitelbaum (Dr. Gorgeous, loving housewife and mother,
of Newton, MA, who has her own call-in radio advice program and hopes to
make the leap to TV), and Pfeni Rosensweig (peripatetic third-world travel
writer, alas, unmarried), are expected to arrive at any moment. As if this
weren't causing Sara enough stress, Mervyn Kant shows up at her door, and
she doesn't even know the man, who, at first sight, is instantly smitten with
her. Mervyn is a furrier, and a friend of Geoffrey's, the on-again, off-again, bi-
sexual lover of Pfeni. After her sisters arrive for the celebration, Tess, and her
boyfriend, Tom, turn up and advise her that they're planning on rushing off to
his ancestral Lithuania for reasons of political protest. Next to arrive is
Nicholas, the stuffy Brit whom Sara has been "seeing" although he seems
somewhat anti-Semitic. All of this adds up to a rather interesting evening,
which leads to unexpected romance, suspected partings, recriminations,
reconciliations and, above all, newfound love and acceptance. (taken from

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Rabbit of Caerbannog . . .

Hat tip to Leo

Even Cuter

The littlest Falduto. Congratulations!!!!

Too Cute

My favorite comment:
Authentic new West Coast sound: Tessa, the reigning princess of Asian-Bavarian punk fusion!


FYI - I've had a nasty cold, so I'm home in bed (well, on the couch) today and I thought I'd continue the tedious project of hand copying posts from the old blog to this one. As far as I can tell, there's no way to import/export them in droves (dammit) but I've been working off and on to copy/paste each by hand, with the idea of eventually having one unified blog. So if you see a bunch of new posts on the aggregator but get a distinct feeling of deja vu while you're reading them . . . yes, you've probably seen them before. August of 2005, to start with, and we'll see how far back from there I get.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Saturday Stuff

I'm blogging while watching history stuff (Roman building of Hadrian's wall) and Don's spoiling me by making pancakes and bacon for brunch. And I'm reading The Onion articles out to him. Check these out for a giggle:

Unconventional Director Sets Shakespeare Play In Time, Place Shakespeare Intended

Al Qaeda Also Fed Up With Ground Zero Construction Delays

Once this is done, we've got to start packing. Again. Oh, well, at least I know I'll stay put for at least a year this time.

Oh, and Nelle's got a blog. Check it out. Yes, I'll eventually update the sidebar, which is horribly out of date.