R-ACT performed a holiday radio show this past weekend at the Merrick Free Art Gallery. The show was performed before a live audience as if we were broadcasting over the air. complete with sound effects.
We performed two different shows. The first was Three Men, a tale of three soldiers on leave in France just after the Great War. And the Second was A Child Is Born, about an Innkeeper and his wife in Bethlehem.
These were performed live in front of an audience but they were meant to be listened to.
This is the complete video of the world premiere production held at Comtra Theatre in Cranberry Township, PA. The video was made from several recordings made between May 9 and May 16th, 2014.
Over the weekend, I joined a team from Gippos Video Studio lead by Nikea and Jamaule to create a 4-7 minute movie in 48 hours. This is my story.
Come see our film. It's playing Friday July 18th. You can buy tickets here - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/769647
So we (the team of writers) were sitting around a table Friday waiting for news on our genre. It was unanimously decided that if we were to draw musical, we were screwed. The only thing we were less prepared for was sci-fi, oddly enough. But I've seen enough episodes of Star Trek to fix that.
We waited patiently. Well, maybe not so patiently; I seem to remember the group chat monstrosity thing going off constantly as we got updates from the Team Leads down at Chatham as well as posts from others, including one poster who felt the need to describe what he was eating. I think it was Tyler and I think it was something with cheese.
And then we got the news - Musical/Western.
And people were excited about it... well, at least those people who weren't going to have to write a musical were excited about it. Oh yes, we went with musical because, seriously, how does one do a western in Pennsylvania in July. The wild west was never as verdant as Pittsburgh.
So tomorrow begins the 48 hours of sleep deprivation and creativity known as the 48 Hour Film Project. I am working with a group as a writer so my contribution starts tomorrow evening after we get our genre. I'm nervous and excited and have no idea what to expect.
If you've never heard of this, it goes something like this.
Production teams choose a genre, a character's name, a prop and a line of dialog at random. They then have 48 hours to create a 4-7 minute film that incorporates all of those things from the writing of the script to the filming of the scenes to post production.
I imagine with so little time will come very little sleep. Although my involvement may not go beyond the initial creative flurry happening tomorrow night as we write our script. I'm way too used to working for live theatre. This will definitely take me out of my comfort zone.
Anyway, wish me luck
I will be appearing in Hobnob Theatre's production of A Midsummer's Night Dream as Nick Bottom. We will be doing it at Preston Park in Butler in various locations, or so I'm told. The idea is to have different sets at different locations and the audience follows along as the play progresses. Sounds interesting. I have no idea how this is going to work but I am always game for an adventure.
I have joined a team to participate in the 48 Hour Film Project in Pittsburgh. This will be my first time working with film and should be quite challenging and interesting. The project will be over the weekend of July 11th. I'm looking forward to little sleep and lots of creative collaborating.
If any of my theatre friends are interested in joining our team, send me a message. The more, the merrier.