Hello, friends. Sorry I missed you last week. But don’t fret! I’m back to share all the wild and wonderful headlines that probably wouldn’t have made it into Stage Door Live if we were on air this week. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
I’m bringing you only good news this week, starting with continued online offerings from the brilliant Old Vic, one of my Top 5 favorite London theatres. Though I had mixed feelings about the staging of ‘Lungs’ earlier this year, I’m looking forward to seeing how the Old Vic: In Camera series has evolved over the last few months.
And ringing in the festive season is Jack Thorne’s A Christmas Carol. For any of you who aren’t familiar with Jack Thorne, he’s had a hand in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, His Dark Materials for the BBC, Let the Right One In, Skins, and much much more. He’s prolific and stupidly talented. So…yeah, take my money, Old Vic.
Okay, full disclosure…I’m not really familiar with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. I know, I know, I will remedy this ASAP. But even though I haven’t got the score committed to memory like I do for many other musicals, I’m still really excited about this.
Musical theatre gets a bad rap but I’m hoping that the trend of adapting musicals for the screen (like for Dear Evan Hansen) might help musical theatre move towards mainstream acceptance. Obviously there have been hits (West Side Story) and misses (CATS) when it comes to putting Broadway on film but Hamilton proved that there is a tremendous appetite for contemporary musical theatre.
I know I never would’ve been able to see Hamilton if it hadn’t been released on film to Disney+. But now I’ve seen it three times! Broadway and the West End is more often than not a highly exclusive club for those who can afford tickets; perhaps this move towards releasing filmed versions or adaptations will make my most beloved art form more accessible.
Two audio-immersive pieces that just sound really freakin’ cool. Human Resources and KlaxAlterian Sequester both sound like the kind of audio drama that will give me a lot of feelings. Probably frustration as well as joy? Maybe with a pinch of sadness and a sprinkle of rage?
“Human Resources,” an aural experiment created by the Telephonic Literary Union and produced by the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, uses the form of an automated phone system to speak to themes of aloneness and disorientation many of us feel. So in its way does “KlaxAlterian Sequester,” an immersive audio work that tries to make you feel better about pandemic life by positing an even grimmer alternate reality. These are pieces about trying and likely failing — no matter how many signal bars your phone shows — to connect.www.nytimes.com
I’ll definitely be tuning in to at least one of these unusual sounding shows. Will you?
More great news for accessing high quality art! Emilia will stream with pay-what-you-can tickets starting at just £1. £1!! And the show sounds incredible. It’s about Emilia Bassano, a Rennaissance poet suspected to be the ‘dark lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
“We are releasing a filmed version of our beloved production so that Emilia can provide much needed hope and inspiration during this most difficult of times for our industry. From the Globe to our West End run, Emilia’s story has empowered audience members, provoked an unprecedented online feminist movement for a theatre production, and even inspired tattoos! It felt the right time to make our show available to fans, writing Emilia Bassano into her rightful place in history.”Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, www.whatsonstage.com
And bonus good news for text nerds like myself, when you get a ticket for the stream, you’ll also get a 30% discount on the playtext! WhatsOnStage called Emilia an “outright feminist triumph and a brilliant call-to-arms.” So…looks like I’ll be adding another script to my already out of control collection.
It just wouldn’t be a Hillary Dziminski blog without at least one very strange headline! This is from a few weeks ago but I’ve just learned about it now and couldn’t not share it.
There’s an age-old question that hangs over every single work ever created in every genre, be it theatre or music or painting or sculpture. And that question is: but is it art???
And the answer is never binary, rarely clear, and always debatable. Case in point: Grounding by M.F.A. candidate at Goldsmiths University in London Rafael Pérez Evans. Thine eyes do not deceive — the piece is, indeed, a very large pile of carrots. (Or as George Greenwood calls it: ‘a significant volume’.)
Evans’s piece alludes to the large piles of produce that are dumped in urban areas, sometimes outside government buildings or on busy intersections, forming barricades. In 2009, after complaints by European dairy farmers to freeze production quotas amid a drop in prices went unheard, protestors in Belgium poured three million liters of milk over fields in the country. Protests later spilled into the capital Brussels, as milk was poured over streets and eggs hurled outside the E.U.’s headquarters.www.artnews.com
I had no idea that dumping was a thing in the world of protesting but it is…VERY interesting. What do you think, readers? Is it art? What would you do if you came across 32 tons of produce lying around?
I’ll leave you to ponder that.
See you next week!