• Americans from a German perspective

    By Sam Levy on April 25, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Alena Smith's play THE SACRIFICES (known as UBER BORD in Germany) was hilariously funny, even to the non-German speakers in the audience. Perfectly cast and directed, too.

    There was a panel this morning about German and American theatre - trends, interests, etc. The Germans seem really interested in the post-Bush era in the United States, and are trying to understand the "change" that has occurred during the first year of the Obama Administration.

  • SPF goes to Germany

    By Sam Levy on April 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    It's Day Two of the Voices of Change Festival in Bielefeld; after the opening night speeches last night,  a production of Thomas Bradshaw's THE BEREAVED (in German), and a drink or two to toast our ability to cheat volcano ash and actually get here, we're about to start a full day of shows. First up, I'll be catching Branden Jacob Jenkins' THE CHANGE (also in German), a couple of plays by Sheila Callaghan and Anne Washburn, and then a musical performance from The Netherlands.
    Tomorrow, it's Alena Smith's THE SACRIFICES (which is UBERBORD in German). Sadly, Alena was caught in the flight drama, so she isn't here to see it, but I promise to report - it's the second SPF play to be part of the Festival (Sarah Hammond's GREEN GIRL was produced in 2008).

  • Summer Theater

    By Alena Smith on July 22, 2009 at 4:58 PM
    Performances / New York

    One of the best things about being part of SPF is the fact that it's a summer festival.  This summer has been particularly beautiful it seems (after we got past our very rainy June).  All the days of my performances were gorgeous -- not too hot, nice and sunny, one perfect summer day after another.  The great weather immediately puts everyone in a good mood -- and of course the ten dollar tickets don't hurt either!  Wandering around the East Village drinking iced coffee during rehearsal breaks, standing outside the Public on a warm July night after watching my show, the relaxed and easy pace of it all even as everything was flying by so fast.  My memories of SPF will always include that special feeling of happiness that comes from doing a play in New York in the summer.

  • Performance #5

    By Alena Smith on July 17, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    Production / Videos

    Four performances down.... four to go:

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    Alena Smith (SPF 2009 Playwright) checks in before performance #5 of The Sacrifices.

  • Water

    By Brittanny Visser on July 16, 2009 at 5:32 PM
    Performances / Videos

    If you are wondering how the water effect in The Sacrifices works, here's your answer:

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    Brittany Visser (SPF 2009 Intern) takes us behind the scenes of The Sacrifices.


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