Auditions for Theatre Arts Spring Production: WELL by Lisa Kron
Lisa Kron seems to be everywhere this fall: She has been featured in the New York Times no fewer than four times in the last two months. A performer and playwright, she has recently written the book for the musical Fun Home, which is now playing at the Public Theater—she is also performing at the Public in The Good Person of Szechwan. And this spring, she’ll be featured here at Penn in our production of her autobiographical 2006 play, Well.
An ensemble of six will perform in this metatheatrical play that the lead character describes as: “a multicharacter theatrical exploration of issues of health and illness both in the individual and in a community.” The work has also been described as “a surprising and riotously funny play that ultimately acknowledges the heartbreaking challenge of true empathy, even toward those we love the most.”
Well will be a Theatre Arts 350 project, to be performed February 28-March 2, 2014.
Auditions will be held in Annenberg Center Room 511 at the following times:
Thursday, December 5 from 7 – 9 p.m.
Friday, December 6 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Callbacks, if needed, will be held by appointment on Saturday afternoon, December 7th.
One of the issues the play explores about “community” is the subject of racial integration. Accordingly, this production seeks specifically the following ensemble members, who ideally will be “traditional” undergraduates:
1 black man
1 black woman
1 white man
2 white women
(Note: The role of “the mother,” Ann Kron, will not be auditioned at this time.)
No preparation is needed for auditions; if you are interested but unable to be there on the 5th or 6th, please contact Dr. Rose Malague: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Penn Plays Fellowship
New Theatre Arts Program
Theatre Arts Program and Kelly Writers House are pleased to announce a new collaborative project open to current students, faculty, and staff at the University of Pennsylvania. The first annual Penn Plays Fellowship features a $500 award and the opportunity to develop the winner’s playscript through critical feedback by Penn faculty, professional writers, and dramaturgs. The Fellowship will culminate in a workshop production of the winning work as part of a two-night play festival to be staged in the Bruce Montgomery theatre in early April, 2014.Project Timeline:
and Kelly Writers House
Deadline for play submissions: NOVEMBER 20, 2013
Award announced: DECEMBER 20, 2013
First public reading of winning script: January 24, 2014, 3pm (Kelly Writers House)
Period for critical feedback/play development: JANUARY 25-MARCH 15, 2014
Rehearsal process: March 24-April 3, 2014
Play festival performances: Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014
Play submission guidelines:
- Submission Deadline: NOVEMBER 20 (midnight)
- This competition is for one-act length playscripts (approximately 30 minute plays) to be submitted in English, one inch margins all sides, 12 point Times New Roman Font. No screenplays, please.
- Please submit your play ELECTRONICALLY, as a PDF, to Jessica Lowenthal (email@example.com), with PLAYWRITING FELLOWSHIP CONTEST ENTRY as the subject line. Your name SHOULD NOT appear on the manuscript. Please include your contact information, including name, phone, email address, and title of submission in the body of the email.
- Please feel free to send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
IN THE NEXT ROOM
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Dr. James F. Schlatter
November 20-23, 2013 7pm
Bruce Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The Theatre Arts Program’s first production of its 2013-2014 season is In the Next Room, by Sarah Ruhl, one of America’s most imaginative, theatrically inventive, and intellectually stimulating playwrights working today. Subtitled Or the Vibrator Play, Ruhl sets her story in the genteel Victorian world of 1880’s New York, a world about to be changed utterly with the arrival of modern scientific, industrial, and electrical power. The play deals with the introduction of the vibrator into American medical culture as an instrument for “healing” sexual dis-function, hysteria, and neurasthenia in women (also in men). With unsparing honesty and great humor, but without condescension, Ruhl dramatizes very personal issues: gender discrimination, the relationship between sexual and emotional intimacy, and the link between the body and personal identity. Her characters are deeply human, with rich and complex emotional lives, and engaged in profound journeys of discovery, of themselves and of their relationships with spouses, lovers, and friends. In the Next Room offers student actors, designers--and audiences-- an unmatchable theatrical experience. Theatre Arts faculty member Dr. James F. Schlatter directs.
Dr. Givings…………….Frederick Adler
Mrs. Givings…………..Nicole Sadaniantz
Mr. Daldry……………..Josef Hoenzsch
Mrs. Daldry…………….Mira Taichman
Director………………..Dr. Jim Schlatter
Stage Manager……….Tracy Hawkins
Lighting Designer:.......Peter Whinnery
Assistant Lighting Designer......Thalia Stanberry
Costume Designer......Lizzy Pecora
Sound Designer:........Tony Baruffi
Scenic Designer/Production Manager....Eric Baratta
September 20, 27 & October 4: Performance Workshop: Original Performance Creation
Workshop Dates & Information
September 20, September 27 and October 4, 2013
Room 511, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Participation is free and open to the entire Penn community of students, staff and faculty.
Register by email: email@example.com by 5pm on September 15, 2013. You will recieve a confirmation email of registration.
Instead of starting with a script, some shows start with a wild idea and a group of imaginative artists. Devised theater is the catch all term for this kind of original performance work and the end result can take a variety of forms. Creating original work means that you can follow your own creative impulses, your particular tastes, interests, questions, and fears. This class will empower individual artists to make something that is uniquely theirs. These three sessions will present opportunities to germinate an idea that could later bloom into a full blown performance piece.
Philadelphia is home to a great number of original performance makers, many of whom present new works every year as part of the Philly Fringe Festival. This workshop will run at the tail end of the Festival and will introduce some of the tools that Festival artists use to create original performance material. It is an interdisciplinary approach that will draw from theater, voice, dance, and scripting techniques. Each day will start with a warmup and include exercises, creative assignments, improvisation, and discussion. The focus will be on unlocking skillful and spontaneous creativity.
We will connect body and mind with breath, wake up our senses, lift and throw each other around, and cultivate the skill of surprise. We will learn how to discuss our work and other artist's work. We will explore rhythm, research, perpendicularity, and layers. We will practice collaboration. We will make the familiar strange, the ordinary extraordinary, and the invisible visible.
Bio of Mason Rosenthal
Mason Rosenthal is an actor, dancer, director and teacher from Skokie, Illinois. He holds a BFA in drama from New York University where he studied with The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Mason joined the faculty at The Atlantic in 2007 and has taught many aspects of their core curriculum including voice, movement, script analysis, and acting technique. He has studied improvisational dance techniques with his mentor George Russell, since 2006 and is a practicing martial artist. In 2011 he moved from New York City to Philadelphia to be the Headlong Performance Institute's first ever teaching fellow. His original work has been supported by Fringe Arts as a 2012-2013 LAB fellow and by the Wyncote Foundation.
Since moving to Philadelphia he has created over 15 original performances that have seen him transforming into a Cockney skinhead, leading audiences on a guided meditation in his bedroom, chugging a six pack of beer before fighting a professional boxer, and developing his very own TED talk gone wild on the science of human consciousness. His next piece "Go Long Big Softie" will explore the hard and soft questions of contemporary masculinity and will premiere as part of the 2013 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
August 30: Welcome (Back) Picnic
New at Penn? Join Us!
Join members of the Theatre Arts Program faculty, staff and student body in celebrating the start of a new academic year and
Come meet new friends, see old ones, find out about Theatre Arts classes, learn about production opportunities (onstage and offstage), enter our free raffles and partake of free food and beverages .
Specific information on auditions for the fall mainstage production will be released, and you will have the opportunity to speak with the director of this production and also find out about backstage opportunities.
Come and find out what Theatre Arts has to offer you!
All members of the Penn community are welcome.
Place and Time:
2pm, Friday, August 30
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts rear Plaza
(rain location: Theatre Arts Suite, Annenberg Center
September 6: First Friday Theatre Outing
Put on your absurdist hat, Theatre Arts will be sponsoring discounted tickets to The Ideopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium's The Castle, adapted from the novel by Franz Kafka. Join us at the theatre or bring a friend--all Penn students, staff and faculty are welcome to join this very unique theatre outing.
Discounted tickets ($8) will be available in Kevin Chun's office in the Theatre Arts suite Mondays through Fridays starting on September 2nd most times between 10am and 4pm--while supplies last. Supplies are limited!