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|Thursday, June 29th, 2006|
NEIL GAIMAN'S NEVERWHERE is going phenomenally well!!! We sold out every night last weekend and this weekend is going really well also! The show has really gelled - the actors are clipping along and the show is so wonderful.
I am so proud of them. I am really amazed and couldn't be happier. All of it, lights, sound, the costumes the acting, I couldn't have chosen a better first show.
It seems like this theatre thing just might work.
much love all!!!
Sasha Current Mood: ecstatic
|Thursday, June 22nd, 2006|
|Actually, it's 'Lay on, Macduff'
Here we are on opening night, and what a night it is. Savannah is making friends with us through the use of the sun, and its warm embrace has left us all a little flushed and coyish in our actions. There are over fifty incredible people inside this building and while the air conditioner seems to be a little nonplussed by our presence, we are going to have some sort of a show tonight. I can feel everyone else feeling it.
Truth in words and the truth of storytelling are two of my big things for theatre, and we have both of them in our source material. I am most excited for people that do not know this story to see this play, as every new arrival of every new character is bound to throw people off of any expectations they can think to bring. Enjoyable indeed is the back curtain, because behind it are over twenty actors becoming fifty characters and yet the stage always seems to be the extension of the environment being described.
Connect Savannah wrote a terrific article on us that has terrific pictures and said some very nice things. Thank you, Connect Savannah!
Neil Gaiman linked to the Connect Savannah article from his journal and made commentary. Thank you, Neil Gaiman.
In the second act of this piece during Richard's return-trip vignettes, there is a startling fear that overcomes me - and it is the uncertainty of whether he will ever see his consorts again. I know this book rabidly well and got the biggest kick from the miniseries (Brian Eno score, natch) and each new adaptation still brings me a gut-clencher at the end.
Please come and join us for our very special gift to Savannah, the power of intent, and most importantly Neil Gaiman. For without the story the teller curls up in the sleeping bag and dreams sadly of the next day. And the sleeping bag isn't the right temperature control for the environment, so the teller is chilly, too. Current Mood: thankful
|Sunday, June 18th, 2006|
| Potential corporate sponsors, please call me (Ryan McCurdy) personally at 912.232.6080 and I can tell you why our new theatre is so important to keep.
|Thursday, June 15th, 2006|
| We have a beautiful new building and a lot of talented people working on it. In fact, the hours some of our associates are pulling are staggering - in at 8 a.m. and out at midnight. Moving into a non-proscenium space is certainly a wakeup call to the detail work that has to be done to make it 'theatrical'. The platforms for the seats did a great deal, though, and the back curtain's habit of sagging in the middle is nothing if not mysterious and (in my opinion) highly French. With the bay doors open it feels as if a silver-plated street mime could walk in at any time and dispense non-verbal witticisms to the audience.
The money's not coming in as fast as we had hoped and are quite optimistic for. I believe the Friday gala is going to bring interest and funds - at the risk of saying the word relief, I believe that's approaching something I'll feel when the eleven months are paid for. A lot of work can be done in eleven months. Work that I can focus on and think about!!! The business side of me is having an absolute ball being an ultra-resourced and incredibly well organized manager of funds and property, but the theatrical side of me feels a little quashed. The ideas are all there, per usual, but I think I need to take them to the gym a little more.
I tell ya, though, 'Neverwhere' is going to be a trip of the best kind. Speaking of trips, I hereby offer to fly Neil Gaiman here and back from wherever he would like to come from - out of pocket - because I am very proud of Sasha's work and darned if this play doesn't have all the humor and drama of what is a very great book.
Two pictures out of my amusement (and USB cord):
First we have the evervescoisity of the Earl (dressed, rather ironically, as Gary) with several of his attendants:
and a quite candid (and surenuffwedid!) photo of Giles Gonnsen and myself singing what we hope will be the next Pop British hit, 'Alright' - (receiving its world premiere in 'Neverwhere'!)
Pleasant thoughts take you all! Current Mood: amused
|Sunday, June 11th, 2006|
Greetings!! Sasha here!
We are having a blast working at the theatre. it's super hard and super nasty because it is soooo hot and sticky with no A/C but things are getting done and i am overwhelmed by the amazing response to our need for assistance. There are always at least three or four people here who are just volunteering their time to paint, sew, swee, build stuff. . . etc. Toby Thelin has saved our tucases (is that a word?) with the building. He has built us AMAZING platforms so that when we have chairs *sigh* someday, they will have a place to go and the audience will be able to see the stage. YAY see what the actors are doing !!!! YAY!!!
Today is the beginning of wrapping things up - well - starting to - nevermind. but we are cleaning today and it feels wonderful. The set is almost done!! It looks amazing! Corey Ben-David and her crew are almost finished with the costumes, hopefully we'll start rehearsing with them tomorrow night. Props are coming together. The jury is still out on the lights, but we are working on it. It is all so exciting!
We might be getting a theatre cat who looks like an alien. Current Mood: crazy
|Friday, June 2nd, 2006|
|Walkin' After Midnight
This new space is absolutely incredible - we showed 'Neverwhere' Production Designer Danica around this evening, and it was so wonderful to have some time to gaze lovingly at the four wall. SCAD had several of its senior shows tonight, and Mom and Dad and Sasha and I took in four... they were really worth checking out. There's always an eclectic mix of ideas and themes in the course of one evening, and there is always a lot of raw energy to be found coursing through the veins of the stageboards and those who walk above them.
Here's the press release for our gala - I hope everyone can come! -
Savannah Actor’s Theatre Opening Gala!
Savannah Actor’s Theatre will celebrate its brand new theatre space with a fundraising gala on Friday, June 16th, at 8:00 p.m. at 703 Louisville Rd, Suite D (one block west of the Savannah Visitor’s Center on Louisville Rd). Desserts will be served, a silent auction will be conducted, and resident improvisational comedy troupe Opposite Of People will perform. Admission is free, but a minimum ten-dollar donation is requested.
For more information, please contact Savannah Actor’s Theatre at 912.660.0795 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Savannah Actor’s Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theatre company.
### Current Mood: ecstatic
|Thursday, June 1st, 2006|
|THE NEW SPACE
Today is the first day Ryan and I will be moving into our new space! The place is fantastic.
if you haven't read a copy of the June 1st Savannah Morning News, let me know, I'll try to
put it all up here for people to read. We were on the FRONT page!!! John Stoehr has been
so absolutely wonderful to us. He's always been so supportive. In fact, everybody has. I
have been blown away by the response to the news paper article. We started getting calls
at 6:46 AM yesterday! It is so exciting. All day yesterday I felt like I was going to explode.
Basically: we have to raise $17,000 in the next month to keep our amazing new space.
That doesn't include utilities or any equipment, or *shrugs* chairs.
I know we can do it. There is a hunger for theatre in this town, and I hope Savannah
Actor's Theatre will be able to satisfy (at least) some of it. We wouldn't want to
satisfy all of it because this town should have more theatre!!!
much love all and God Bless,
Artistic Director and all that Current Mood: ecstatic
|Tuesday, May 9th, 2006|
Okay ! ! so it would seem that I am sending you to
the website and it has absolutely NO useful
information about NEVERWHERE . . . But it will
Quick! To the Bat Fax!
Savannah Actor's Theatre will be hosting auditions for
This friday and saturday at Crites Hall in Room 13
from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM both days.
Please have a monologue prepared and bring us
a picture - it doesn't have to be a headshot, you
playing in the sprinklers in the back yard will work
For more information
ps. we just got our 501(c)3 . . . non-profit thingie!!! Current Mood: enthralled
|Tuesday, February 21st, 2006|
|Every Last Day
Ryan here, in his blue font of tranquil delight.
It seems like every night could very well be filled with the most ingenious thoughts and actions -
Please come support Tybee Theater Café and Savannah Actor's Theatre in March with 'Small Craft Warnings'. This is a slam-bang piece of theatrical energy and a top-notch cast.
And I am certainly byast.
A much-edited schedule for the performances of 'Small Craft Warnings' I will post here soon. It seems as though 12:30 a.m. is the time of the morning when I can begin to casually work on this journal, and so I never seem to write as many words as are brimming in me.
Hope this week has started well! Current Mood: creative
|Friday, January 20th, 2006|
We're up and running and in full swing!!!
Earthen Heroes opened yesterday, and while it is not a Savannah Actor's Theatre
production, Ryan did direct it AND it is hysterical. I am so proud of the actors
and the tech for all of the hard work they have been doing for so long...
We also have a few projects coming up . . . First and foremost we are going to
be a part of the Tennessee Williams Festival out at Tybee - -
Tybee Theater Cafe announces auditions for 'Small Craft Warnings',
written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Savannah Actor's
Theatre’s Ryan McCurdy and Sasha Travis.
Six male and two female roles of varying ages will be cast.
The play will rehearse in February and run Sundays in March as a
part of Tybee Theater Cafe's Tennessee Williams Play Festival.
Those auditioning should prepare a one-minute contemporary
monologue and anticipate cold readings.
The auditions will be held Saturday, January 28th, 2006, at 6:00 p.m.
in Tybee (Tybee Theater Cafe, Hwy 80 & Jones Ave, 2nd stoplight on
Tybee) and Sunday, January 29th, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. in Savannah
(Crites Hall, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.).
Come and audition! It's TennWillie!!
|Saturday, November 26th, 2005|
Happy Holidays From Sasha, Ryan, and Savannah Actor's Theatre!
|Saturday, October 15th, 2005|
|A Great Wait
Hi, everyone! We re-opened "An Apology..." tonight at The Sentient Bean and it was some sort of incredible for me. I felt up until almost the last fifteen minutes that I was not making my part work, but by golly when it was over it felt the best it ever has. With the slight complications of the gentleman who entered off the street and began to shout at me, the children who ordered coffee with voices a few decibels too loud, and the fact that: 1.) I quite unintentionally dropped the cage gate while I was getting Zowie and 2.) I beaned one of our patrons with future potatoes - it felt wonderful!
It was so nice to be working with David again too. I have enormous respect for him and enjoy working with him so much.
We have auditions on Tuesday for "Earthen Heroes". You can call us at 912.236.2341 for more on that, or join the mailing list by writing email@example.com with your information.
Expenses: spent $17.14 on the groceries for this weekend's two performances, and received $35.05 in donations. Please come tomorrow if you would like! Current Mood: of adoration
|Sunday, September 25th, 2005|
|And round and round
Update for today is a new addition for the website: a folder of reports from each production with expense/income and project status records. Up now is the project status report of the Starland run of "An Apology..." Additionally, I have just uploaded all of the .pdf files that the IRS and the state of Georgia require for the incorporation of a non-profit in the state of Georgia. Those files, with instructions forthcoming, can be found here. Hope everyone's weekend was wonderful!
|Saturday, September 24th, 2005|
|A loop beyond the ordinary.
How is everyone's September? Per usual, in the rush of setting about to accomplish things, the postings in the wonderful journal go somewhat by the wayside. But not for long! By Monday I hope to share a useful series of phone number and IRS forms for those interested in the forming of a non-profit corporation in the state of Georgia.
In the meanwhile, we have added performances of "An Apology...", which does my heart good. I'm excited to do the piece in a new space with a new environment (and an open cappucino and coffee bar). The productions are the 14th and 15th of October, 8 p.m. both nights at the Sentient Bean. Drop a line if you need help finding the location or would like for us to hold tickets (both shows are free).
|Saturday, September 10th, 2005|
|Morning of this 10th
Good morning! Had a wonderful evening last night with our first night of the second weekend of "An Apology..." My father shot some wonderful photography after the show, and the results may be viewed here. Please enjoy, updates forthcoming!
|Thursday, September 8th, 2005|
|More Excitement to Come!
hello hello hello!
so much has been going on. i know ryan has written a boat-load about the exact
details of the last week, he'll be posting them soon, i'm sure. i just wanted to post
about the pick-up rehearsal we had today. It was hysterical. I haven't laughed so
hard in quite a while. It was absolutely grand to see david and ryan coming up with
new moments. there is a possibility that taking a few days off was really good. david,
who is playing Mephistopheles, is one of the funniest humans i've ever met. it goes
without saying that i find ryan brilliant. i wouldn't have wanted to direct him
i am extremely proud of this production. it looks like we'll be running this show
for a little while.
more to come in the next few days....
"An Apology for the Course and Outcome of Certain Events Delivered by Doctor
John Faustus on this His Final Evening" written by Mickle Maher and directed by
Sasha Travis will be playing again this weekend. Friday, September 9 and
Saturday, September 10. 8:00 PM curtain, the cast will be ascending from hell
after the production to mingle this time. leaving them in hell last week turned
out to be a very bad idea. oh! it's at the Starland Theatre again, on the corner
of Bull St and Maupus.
|Saturday, August 27th, 2005|
|Turn On All The Lamps!
Just finished logging three hours (1a.m.-4a.m.) of work on the website. I haven't done that sort of coding time since I was designing for the somewhat less visible website of Introspective Films. At Waffle House it occurred to me that here was my computer with Dreamweaver MX and myself with few skills on it. This led to the radical and, I can assume, continuous learning of Dreamweaver MX 2005. Sweet dreams!
Took a late night sojurn to the convenient Waffle House one exit up I-16 this evening, bought a copy of the Savannah Morning News on the way, saw both the calendar entry for "An Apology For The Course And Outcome Of Certain Events Delivered By Dr. John Faustus On This His Final Evening" and the trade name registration listing for Savannah Actor's Theatre. Certainly computers have changed the way we communicate, but there is still such power in seeing your name and interests in the local paper (and a paper that you fairly well know was read by fifty thousand others that day). After leaving the Waffle House, sated (too sated, really, two waffles can set me for the whole day), and just before arriving back at the domicile, Sasha spotted an armadillo. This caused us to leap from the car with quiet passion, camera in and, and follow it around for a while, looking for photo opportunities. And now, to share this armadillo with you:
Live theatre and live armadillos are two good things to talk about in one evening. Good night!
P.S. Starting A Live Theatre Business is like reaching Chimney Rock in The Oregon Trail.
|Friday, August 26th, 2005|
|Great Tidings of Koi!
From 1p.m. - 3p.m. today David, myself, and Sasha worked on "An Apology For The Course And Outcome Of Certain Events Delivered By Dr. John Faustus On This His Final Evening"; there was a full walk-through and copious notes after. I had a wonderful time and really, upon hearing several of the passages, connected in a much more emotional way than before.
I am posting information on Friday's production on the SavannahNOW Message Boards today in an attempt to widen the reach of our publicity.