There is no coherent way for me to write my own post-show wrap-up blog post. Especially now, especially for this show. I could write 10 times my word limit, 100 times, and still not be done. So, I’ll just tell you what I’m thinking.
Here’s what I am thinking now: I think that this show is still not done. I think that every piece was exactly as it needed to be for this iteration. I could never ask for more talented, committed collaborators for this iteration of this project. Each piece fit so unbelievably well. I had a conversation after the show one night with Ted Moore, and he expressed that he thought it was just the right length - that he could not imagine it shorter (but perhaps longer), that things had the proper room to breathe, to develop. I couldn’t agree more - you’ll see above that one of the most used words to describe this show is long, and I don’t disagree, but it takes as long as it takes to tell the story of an entire life.
We came. We played. and now we’ve struck THESE ARE THE MEN. In lieu of the standard post-show ennui, we’ve got a WHOLE GIANT AWESOME weekend planned full of making and playing and cocktail-ing and per ushe, we’d love to have you snuggling up with us under our umbrella and in our for real SPACE!
FRIDAY. We’ve been planning and cleaning and painting to give our SPACE so super fly upgrades in advance of our SPACE warming party! Well friends, we’ve had our first few rentals and the keg is ordered, so come on down to Vandalia Tower for drinks, snacks, and general merriment as we toast a new place that we hope you feel is as much your creative home as it is ours. We want to see you, high five you, hear what you want to do in SPACE, and find out what we can do to make this place awesome for all of us. Please join us!
SUNDAY. We still have a handful of spots left for something that we are SUPER excited for. Amy Ginther of Vocal Context will be teaching a workshop on Acting and Voicing the Archetypes in SPACE! We’re excited to get the chance to do some company training but we also believe strongly that, our friends and collaborators benefit from this training as well! Check out Amy’s brief promo and please, join us on Sunday!
Yes, what you’ve heard is true. THESE ARE THE MEN closes this week. Yes, that means you only have TWO CHANCES left to see it. And yes, we are going to give you a list - the internet loves lists, right?!? - of the top ten reasons you should check out THESE ARE THE MEN this week.
10. Mason’s sassy side eyes.
For the resident companies, ARTshare is all about sharing. We share our rehearsal and performance time, our knowledge and special skills, and we even share our incredible muscle-power to move set pieces and other OMG-why-are-these-so-heavy things. Because seriously, together really is better than alone… especially when it comes to heavy things!
We’ve been so lucky to share our March and April ARTshare slot with two very energetic companies: Blue Water Theatre and Main Street School of Performing Arts.
What would we do without the incomparable Jessica Spivey calling the shots (and the cues)?! THESE ARE THE MEN is Jessica’s seventh project with SU. Seventh! Somewhere in the organised chaos that is show changeover (rep life is hard!), Jessica and I had a chance to chat: