Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Just finished up a remarkable time @ the O'Neill - Wendy Goldberg is running THE place for new developmental workshops. (it didn't hurt that the Scissor Sisters were there working on a new musical). Amazing artists, delightful view and a little bar that knows what it's doing = total adult theater camp. It also may have been the fact that i was working on a stunning new play - FIREWORK by Lauren Gunderson - it's a sexy/funny/political three-hander (programming gold).
Fun fact - I have known Lauren Gunderson since she was in high school, coming to Dad's Garage as a young lass. I even saw her perform as the lead role in "The Snow Queen" for Onstage Atlanta when she was in 11th grade - ah, our little Lauren is all grown up now, and luckily I have stayed the exact same age.
We were outside, and during our opening night, there was a giant drunken beach frat party AND the special needs camp next door was playing TAPS - as you might guess, our sound designer, Ryan "i'm lying' Rumery, had what looked like cardiac arrest, but I think it made the audience listen even harder....a little us vs. them never hurts a piece of theater.
A pretty great time.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
So, I have been remiss in posting about one of my favorite theatrical experiences ever. BRINK! Written by Greg Kotis, Deborah Stein, Peter Nachtrieb, Deb Laufer, Lydia Diamon and Kristoffer Diaz.
I have long been obsessed with rights of passage, and what does that mean in today’s American culture. I’m also curious about rights of passage thru time – what did it mean to finally be a man in Mesopotamia? Did you get some new exciting spices? So, I tossed that prompt out to our writers and they ran with it….and created one of the most endearing and charming pieces I’ve gotten to work on.
I think probably the best thing to come out of it was getting to know that these writers are really my people – we preach a lot about how, as artists, you are supposed to find “your people” – and as a director, you’re always trying to find playwrights who you share a common language with What was really great about this, is by the end of this, I totally felt like all six of these writers were my people.
Granted, they are all very twisted, and I wouldn’t trust them around children. But I would have a hell of a lot of fun making shows with them.
Listen To Songs From The Show
Diaz hits some of the reviews
Scroll down for Peter's thoughts
Monday, January 26, 2009
Some tidbits from opening weekend:
Friday: Davids guitar went down at the end of Act One during Thunder Road - during
intermission Paul Doyle actually took his guitar apart and sautered parts of it then put it back together to be ready by the start of Act Two. Rather impressive.
Saturday: My parents came, which was incredibly sweet as the Parkinson's monologue is my Dad. And true to form, at the end of the show, he was the first person to stand up and start dancing. He said he was tempted to toss his cane on stage!
Monday, January 19, 2009
A little light press
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Amazing Animation for Rock and Roll
Narrated by Fatt Stampon
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Johnny's Guitar Skool featuring tech guy Gary
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
Pirate Johnny's Guitar Class for those of you that want to learn how to shred 80's style
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Can I have this dance?
A rendering of the set - except where you see album covers on the back wall - that's the rock altars - WHICH LOOK AMAZING
2 p.m. at ear X-tacy (1532 Bardstown Rd)
9:30 p.m. at 21C Museum Hotel (700 W Main St)
Should be a grand old time - if by grand you mean full of amps, then yes.....
Friday, December 19, 2008
Some Rock and Roll Links
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Our song list for Rock and Roll: The Reunion Tour
2. That’s All Right
3. Low Self Opinion
4. Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)
5. White Rabbit
6. Us And Them
7. Proud Mary
8. Earn Enough For Us
10. Autumn Comes to Those Unprepared and Unrequited Far Too Quickly
11. Lust For Life
12. London Calling
13. Thunder Road
14. Only You (And You Alone)
15. Street Fighting Man