• Keep NY on my Desk

    By Nicki Bloom on August 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM
    Performances / New York

    Well I'm back in the depths of an Australian country winter after spending a glorious three and a half weeks in NYC. The run of TENDER went really well, it was great to see how the play shifted in response to the audience over the course of the week. I feel very fortunate to have met the talented and generous people I met in New York, and thanks to the wonders of modern technology we're not so far apart at all. My first New York visitors arrive in a little over four weeks! 

    New York has wormed its way into my heart and I am sure I'll be back in the not-too distant future. I have a special memento from my time in New York on my desk, a gift from one of my actors, a 'New-York-In-An-Apple' and as I look at it I imagine you all peopling the buildings and the streets, and you're there but here, it's then but now, and everything is in order. 

    Thank you for everything. 

  • Learning

    By Ken Urban on July 31, 2009 at 8:21 PM
    Performances / Life

    I have learned so much from the SPF experience about my play. Things that you cannot learn from a reading. The problem with readings is that have a maximalist aesthetic: they require more. Since there are no visuals, they require more lines to communicate emotion and story. And since there is so little rehearsal for a reading, the actors cannot communicate that much non-verbally, especially not from behind those music stands. But plays in production have a minimalist aesthetic: so much is communicated from a look or a piece of blocking. What the SPF experience did is reconnect me to the play and to allow me to cut it down to its core. I see the play on stage again, not through the prism of a reading. As a result, I have a much better script and most important, I know now what I have. Now I just need someone to produce it. : )

  • Composer Exposure

    By Dougal Irvine on July 31, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    After a very long day.... two shows, a talkback and a photo shoot.... the cast of Departure Lounge performed at Composer Exposure 2009 last night.  I accompanied them with my friend Micah.  You can see Adam Feldman, Time Out New York Theatre Critic, watching us.  He hosted the evening.  Check out a clip:

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    Nick Blaemire, Doug Kreeger, Alex Tonetta, and Jonathan B. Wright performing at Composer Exposure 2009, accompanied by Dougal Irvine and Micah Burgess.

  • The Chequered flag

    By Dougal Irvine on July 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    Performances / New York

    So, the show’s been open for a couple of nights and already the end is in sight.  Can’t quite believe where the times gone. There are many things I thought I would do on this trip, few of which I will probably achieve. Oh well. Just have to come back then.

    I’ve been surprised and very happy with how audiences have taken to Departure Lounge. I genuinely had no idea how Americans would relate to what is a specific aspect of British culture, but people keep telling me they find the boys charming and universally appealing! Amazing how far a few jokes about a potato will get you…

  • The Week is Over

    By Ken Urban on July 26, 2009 at 9:30 PM
    Performances / Parties / Videos

    Some thoughts after the final performance of The Happy Sad:

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    Ken Urban (SPF 2009 Playwright) at THE HAPPY SAD closing.


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