Hello friends and loyal supporters!
Well, the temperature has dropped and I'm in my sweater and fuzzy socks, so I guess the summer hiatus has officially ended. It's time to get back to work.
A belated thanks to those who came out to The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman... at the beginning of the summer. The audience response was overwhelming, and it made all our hard work feel worthwhile. See below for more info on that show. And now...
On with the announcements!
Still Crazy After All These Years: Yes, my friends. I've been roaming the streets for far too long, and I've been summoned back into the looney bin that is Shear Madness. Yay! If you're in the mood for a bit of fun, pop down and join me.
I'm in the show for the next two weeks, from Tuesday, September 18, through Sunday, September 30. Performances are Tuesdays through Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 6pm and 9pm, and Sundays at 3pm and 7pm. Shows are at the Charles Playhouse in the Theater District. Tickets are $40 each (but you can often get half-priced tickets on the day of the show at BosTix). Check out the website or call the box office (617/426-5225) for information, directions, and to reserve tickets.
That Sounds Drafty: Immediately following my Mad romp, I begin rehearsals with the New Repertory Theatre for its upcoming production of A House With No Walls. (You may have seen my picture in the paper last weekend as part of the Boston Globe Fall Arts Preview.) I'll have the pleasure of working with illustrious director Lois Roach, and a really solid cast (in fact, I'm not entirely sure how I made it into the cast!). Show dates are October 24 through November 18; I'll get back to you later with specifics. For those of you who prefer to plan ahead, you can get full details on the New Rep website.
Halloween Hijinks: Long-time fans may remember that a couple of years ago, I directed a short play called The Rental for a local play slam (a play slam is a competition where playwrights can show off their new works--in this case, works by and about women, gays, lesbians, and people of color). We won not only the monthly competition, but also the Grand Slam for the best production of the year. We'll see if lightning strikes twice. This time around, I have the honor of directing Pumpkin Patch, a new play by talented local playwright Pat Gabridge, as part of Slam Boston, which will be held Tuesday, November 13 at the BCA Plaza Theater. Further details closer to the date, but in the meantime you can get info here.
News & Reviews
Pass the Parmesan: In the mood for pizza? You will be after watching my Papa Gino's commercial. Good news for those of you who live outside New England: you can check it out on YouTube!
On Broadway is Unstoppable!: Last month, I managed to get myself down to the Cape to catch On Broadway at the Woods Hole Film Festival. And what a great time it was: after playing to an oversold house, our flick won Best Narrative Feature Film! Best of all is that I really enjoyed the movie, and I'm glad to be part of a project I can so unreservedly be proud of.
On Broadway has been steadily accumulating awards and honors, including a major award at the Galway Film Fleadh, and accolades at the International Film Festival of Boston, Waterfront Film Festival, Hoboken International Film Festival, and Wine Country Film Festival (sorry Californians, I didn't find out about that last one until after the fact). As a reminder, you can always get the latest news and info about the movie at the film's official website and MySpace page. Here are the upcoming screenings I know about:
I'll keep you posted on further screenings as they are announced.
New Hampshire Film Festival
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The Verdict is In: Here are excerpts from some of our amazing reviews for The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman...:
“Director Jacqui Parker has a stellar cast to inhabit these stories... Kortney Adams finds the heart in her character as the modern, high-powered career woman.”
I think my favorite piece of feedback may have come from an audience member who was completely blind, but said that she found the production so clear and so moving, that she felt she could "see" every single moment. That made me smile.
--Beverly Creasey in The Theatre Mirror
“Here's courtroom drama as riveting as anything you'll see on TV... The enlightening "The Trial of One Short Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae" gets a superior production from director Jacqui Parker and virtuoso performances from the outstanding cast... With capable actress Kortney Adams as the fashionably coiffed and clothed Ms. Dryer, the drama is perfectly centered... Adams hits all the right notes with her well modulated performance.”
--Kay Bourne in the Kay Bourne Arts Report
“it is, really, a scholarly, honest, and profoundly moving exploration of the legacy of slavery, african-american identity, and the perennial problem of the "color line" (as w.e.b. dubois termed it) in this country. it has very funny as well as very sad moments; its characters are richly developed. from writer to producer to director to actors, everyone gives his/her soul to this production... although i am not a frequent theatre goer, i have seen my share of plays over the years. i can tell you, without exaggeration, that this play moved me in ways that i had never been moved by a work of art, dramatic or otherwise. based on the reaction of very enthusiastic and appreciative fellow audience members, i don't think my reaction was atypical... please do your soul a favor and go see this play.”
--audience member Pedro Garrido-Castillo in a quick-take for The Theatre Mirror
That's it for this edition. Thanks for reading and thanks, as always, for your support!