Christmas is a few days away. How strange and sudden it seems. Stillpointe will be finishing up Return of the 5th Sister this weekend and then it will be time for a swift rest before moving onto Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. Time is constantly moving and so is Stillpointe. We are very proud of our work this year, and excited for the shows coming up.
Our opening weekend of 5th Sister was a success, we had many friends and family members come into a space at the EMP and enjoy the show. A show about love, and family and being….willing to let change happen. Which I think is a perfect way to end the year as a company.
We had a fabulous sit down interview with Peter Davis about Stillpointe and our creativity and vision as a company. Check it out in What Weekly this week. It is truly a pleasure to sit back, look around a table and see people you love and believe in, still there, sitting beside you so many years later.
I always say I remember the first time I saw each member of Stillpointe. Danielle—-wearing blacks and introducing herself as my TA for Voice I when I was 18 years old. She had a severe short black hair cut. And I thought her kindness was beautiful. Amanda—-she was laying in a full straddle split on the floor of the Studio theatre laughing up at someone. And I thought her joy was beautiful. Charlie—-I saw him on stage in Angels in America…there was something foggy about the light he was standing in, and somehow the fog made him magical. And I thought his mysteriousness was beautiful. And Ryan—-he was wearing a scarf that looked like it was 18 feet long, all wrapped around his neck. He looked intensely in the direction he was walking, I wanted to grab hold of the end of his endless scarf and follow him. I thought his strength was beautiful.
It is strange being in love with so many people for so long.
5th Sister closes this weekend. We will have fun, and enjoy and be proud. Break down the set and spend a few days with our close family and friends. And then we will be back.
Come out for auditions for Bubbly Black Girl, tomorrow at the Strand (See the facebook for details!) and come support 5th Sister’s last 3 shows.
I wrote a few weeks ago about “being ready”. I still don’t know what that means. Maybe it just means holding on to the people you love and finding strength in their love to move forward. That’s what 5th Sister is about. And that is what Stillpointe is about too.
For me, I feel like I have to be so ready I’m about to burst out of myself before I even realize I’ve been ready for quite some time. I’m not sure that is a good quality. I’m also not sure if that is something I can change.
Being ready isn’t always accompanied by a good feeling. Is anyone ever really ready to do something frightening? New? Intense? Upsetting? Overwhelming? Probably not. But being ready isn’t about being comfortable. It’s about understanding that you aren’t going to be comfortable until you do whatever it is that you need to do in order to start something new, end something old, try something scary, fail at something big, succeed at something unimaginable.
I wonder about Stillpointe. On that September night 3 years ago—did we feel”ready” to start a theatre company? I don’t think we were. I don’t think we thought about it. We just moved forward because that is what we had to do, we all agreed—lets give this a whirl. Newly college graduates. Friends. Comrades. Sure—-why not? And from that—-we are here now.
Arsenic and Old Lace closed last weekend. I was extremely proud to sit in the audience and watch so many people I care about do justice to a great text. I enjoyed being on the outside looking it. It gave me a different appreciation for Stillpointe and what Stillpointe does. Congratulations to the cast, crew, designers, director and musicians. What a thrill for Baltimore to have a company in its midst who continues to challenge text with new ideas. What a pleasure.
And now Return of the 5th Sister is in rehearsal. A beautiful piece by Kimberly Lynne. For the first rehearsals we’ve had the joy of sitting around and discussing the play, disecting the text and asking questions. Questions like “What does ready mean”. No answers yet. Not sure if we will find the answers to all of them. But the journey so far is a joyful one.
Maybe being ready doesn’t matter. Maybe “being ready” is just a phrase, a catalyst for making you realize something bigger is happening. And ready or not, here it comes.
Insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops.
Hello friends and fans!
This is a very exciting week for Stillpointe. Arsenic and Old Lace opens this Friday and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We hope to see you all out there filling the seats at Gallery788. If you are feeling really fancy (we sure are) pay 5 extra dollars and join us for the Opening Night Event. Music, Champagne, dress up! You know Stillpointe loves to keep it classy at the theatre.
Theatre is such a funny thing, one minute you are performing a show and before you know you are somersaulting into the next rehearsal process. It feels like just yesterday we were performing The Country Wife at Artscape, and now here we are in October, Halloween time really, and Arsenic is descending upon us.
If you haven’t had the chance, make sure to check out our website—www.stillpointetheatre.com AND on our facebook look at the AMAZING photos of the cast taken by Britt Olsen-Ecker.
This is tech week, lots to do! But we look forward to seeing you all over the next three weekend. Come out and check out what Stillpointe is up to! We look forward to seeing you!
Katie O (And the Stillpointe Family and the Arsenic Cast)
Stillpointe Theatre Initiative presents this classic american comedy, written by Joseph Kesselring, like you’ve never seen it before!
JUST ADDED! BIG OPENING NIGHT PARTY featuring the hilarious BEN LERMAN!! PAY $5 EXTRA TO EAT, DRINK, AND CELEBRATE OUR OPENING! Details on the website!
Directed by Grace Anastasiadis, Arsenic and Old Lace is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he deb
ates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein, to conceal his identity. And you thought your family had problems…
Featuring the acting and design talents of:
Ryan Haase Amanda Rife Danielle Robinette Charlie Long Lisa Wooten Jack Sossman Andy Wiley Jon Kevin Lazarus Phillip Doccolo Jayne Harris Maddie Hicks Daniel Benbow Joe Beitman Adrienne Gieszl Madison Bahr
Arsenic and Old Lace runs:
October 26-27 November 2-3 & 8-10 All shows at 8pm Tickets: $20
Guess who has been the VERY worst at updating the tumblr the past few weeks? That would be me, Katie O, but here I am and I’m back with some great exciting news.
First—-this weekend The Warren Sister’s are back in town!The Warren’s are breaking in to steal back a family heirloom and you can bet you bottom dollar there will be singing. And jokes. And new characters. So, get your butts down to see them! Or they will hunt you down and capture you for their human menagerie.
Here’s the info—— FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th & SATURDAY October 6th 8pm GALLERY 788@MAP 218 W. Saratoga St. $15 CASH ONLY Tickets may be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (410) 236-5773
Secondly, we just finished a fabulous weekend at Center Stage’s 50FEST. Stillpointe helped celebrate Center Stage’s 50th Birthday by creating an interactive tent based around Little Red from the musical “Into the Woods”. Center Stage even let us borrow some of the costumes from their production, how kind they are. We had a great time, especially doing a little guerrilla theatre in the lobby when no one expected it.
Thirdly, Arsenic and Old Lace opens THIS MONTH! We are so thrilled to bring you a classic with a Stillpointe twist. More details as the opening date approaches (the 26th!). But, what a great way to start your Halloween weekend. A little poison, a little secret, a little Stillpointe. Please contact us if you would like to reserve tickets.
What else can I tell you that I haven’t told you yet? We are thrilled to be back and in the groove and we so look forward to seeing all of you out and about. This season is going to be our best yet, and if you have any doubts just look at our killer new website.
To kick off their sophomore season, Stillpointe is reviving an old theatre favorite, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring. But, if you know anything about Stillpointe, this promises to be unlike any production you have ever seen.
WANT TO BE A PART OF IT?!?!
Stillpointe will be holding auditions Monday, August 27th and Tuesday, August 28th for ARSENIC, and we would LOVE to see you there!
WHEN?! - Monday, August 27th & Tuesday, August 28th 7pm-9pm
WHERE?! - Gallery 788@MAP, 218 W. Saratoga St. Baltimore, MD (the old MAP building)
WHAT DO I BRING?! -Headshot and Resume -No monologue will be required -Expect to do cold readings from the script, as well as some mild improvisation and movement work.
Parts are available for males and females, ages 20+ **All male actors are strongly encouraged to audition.
Auditons will be held on a first come, first served basis. No appointment is necessary to audition.
Hello again, and greetings from Wycherly Gulch. This is our final week here. The Gulch has been built, taken down, rebuilt, rained on, taken down, and rebuilt a final time for the last Hoorah of this project. We were at Artscape last weekend, and although the rain came in we still had an amazing time. The band set up to play wherever there was dry space. We did living tableau and had tons of people come and take pictures with us; we had many compliments and got to experience what it really would have been like to do Restoration Comedy outside with a live pit (both as in live music and a full live audience). We had hecklers, and weather and competing noise. The only thing missing were the girls selling oranges in the crowd.
So here we are almost at the end of the line with our very large and complicated piece. And I have to say I am looking back on it today very proudly. We assembled a cast that we are proud of, who are full of energy and life. They will stand outside, shin deep in rain water holding a tarp over top of a wooden structure hoping it will save at least a little bit of the set dressing. They will stay late into the evening moving the set, and re-building. They will jump right into singing live with the band, or will easily be choreographed into a large bar fight. They will stand in the sun, and bring you cold water, and pass the sun screen when you ask for it—-sometimes even before you ask. They will learn their lines, and feed you lines and roll with the punches that come with mounting a large show at a festival and then moving it into a gallery space. They will do all this, gladly and at the end of the day they will thank YOU for inviting them to be part of this. And all we can do is be in awe of their grace and understanding.
We are proud of this show. Of the cast, the crew, the direction, the costumes, the massive set, the ability of everyone to take a deep breath in the middle of their Summer and give up so much time to us. We are very grateful. We are very humbled.
And we are very tired.
After this show closes, and the bit of wooden pallet is gone, the floor swept, the burlap folded away for the next time, Stillpointe will be taking a breather. We feel good about what we did and we are ready for the next challenge. More than anything, I think we feel like we’ve really taken a huge project head on and succeeded. And—-that is no small or easy thing.
These thoughts and feelings are premature however. There is still work to be done, there are lines still to be stuck further into the brain, there is tempo and pace and makeup and hair and an array of last minute things that will need to get done tonight—-because tomorrow you all get to see it. And we hope you do. We’ve worked hard and we want you to come and laugh and enjoy a Country Wife weekend with us.
Because like the summer, before you know it, it will be gone. The Country Wife will be done and Wycherly Gulch will be a hazy summer memory.
After a soggy whirlwind weekend at ARTSCAPE 2012, Stillpointe Theatre Intitiative is at it again, bringing THE COUNTRY WIFE to GALLERY 788@MAP THIS WEEKEND ONLY!
This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (July 26th-28th), Stillpointe will present a production of William Wycherley’s English Restoration Comedy, THE COUNTRY WIFE, set inside their very own fontier town, WYCHERLEY GULCH, currently seen at ARTSCAPE 2012. The Country Wife tells the story of Horner, a notorious and lascivious man-about-town and his ingenious scheme for the rampant and mass seduction of the women of London society. By spreading the false rumor of his own impotence, he gains the sympathy of the husbands of the town and, more importantly, free access to their wives. Meanwhile the newly-married Pinchwife desperately attempts to keep his naïve country bride from the clutches of predatory London bachelors. When she and Horner meet, events spiral out of his control, and all hell starts to break loose.
Directed by Raine Bode, and featuring performances by: Amanda Rife Andy Fleming Caitlyn Joy Charlie Long Dana Whipkey Danielle Robinette John Benoit Katie Brynes Katie O. Solomon Maddie Hicks Phillip Doccolo Russell Imwold Sarah Heiderman Steven Bainbridge
All performances are at 8pm.
GALLERY 788@MAP is located at 218 W. Saratoga St., between Park Ave. and Howard St.
Tickets are $15/reserved in advance & 20/at the door.
Tickets may be reserved my emailing Stillpointe at email@example.com or by calling (410) 236-5773.
**Tickets may be reserved until 2 hours before showtime. After that time, tickets must be purchased at the door.**
DO NOT MISS THE MOST BAWDY AND BOISTEROUS PLAY OF THE SUMMER!
It is way to early to be up this morning, but I am. And not only am I up but I am sitting at my desk at work with a pit in my stomach the size of a grape fruit. It isn’t the result of a long night of drinking, a fight with a friend or a death in the family. This goes far beyond the realms of anything tangible and this cause only has two words:
Even reading them just now makes me grind my jaw and wish I could come up with some sort of ancient resurfacing disease so I wouldn’t have to do it this evening.”Oh I’m sorry Raine, but I have St.Vitus Dance and I cannot do this without my script…SORRY, DOCTORS ORDERS”. Do you think she’d let me? I’ll ask just in case…
There is a charged energy that will be in the rehearsal room because all of the sudden—-blocking, character choices, words and tempo are NOT WRITTEN IN FRONT OF US. If we get stuck, well we have to find our way out, if we mess up a line—we have to fix it. Wrong side of the stage for your entrance? Too bad. Not paying attention to where we are in the script while you are off stage and miss a cue? Oh shit, you lazy schmuck. And on and on the list can go.
Before this day, holding a script in hand was a safety net that will now be ripped out from under us. Flying and definitely falling on our faces. Getting back up, stumbling over yet another difficultly worded monologue only to trip on an entrance cue 2 minutes later. Everything will move slow. Everyone will be irritated and nervous and overwhelmed.
There will be a moment when you will stand on stage, look deep into the eyes of your scene partner who will be staring at you like you’ve just spoken a foreign language—-the silence will stretch before you both like a great ice cold pool on the coldest day in January and finally, when the seconds have ticked by slower than humanly possible, and your blood is rushing in your ears, and your hyperventilation becomes noticeable to the point of fainting. One of you will dive in, turn, in all your glorious actor bravado, and say in the smallest voice ever uttered on earth:
And your stage manager will feed it you, with a raised eyebrow. And you will instantly feel like an idiot because you dropped the ball on something as simple as “Yes, indeed bud”, curse yourself inwardly and try to get back into character. Meanwhile you have completely killed the tempo of the entire piece. Backstage the ladies will whisper that you are not as good as you use to be in college and the gents will shake their head in pity. Your scene partner will be flaring his nostrils in anger for making him wait to continue on. Your director will consider re-casting. You, will be horrified, mollified and sweating through your costume, which was already making your left hip itch so horribly you have welts from where your chewed up fingernails scratched the spot 30494 times in the past 15 minutes.
And that will continue ever 6 minutes or so til about 11:00 when you will go home, bruised ego and busted fingernails and blushing with shame. As you walk out however, someone will sling their arm around your shoulder and say “Great job! That didn’t go as bad as I thought, we are totally going to be ready for Friday.” You will think they are joking until you see someone nod in agreement and utter the four greatest, most powerful acting words:
"We’re gonna be fine."
And you will. We all will. The scripts must go. You cannot do a show with them in hand. And it will be rough, yes, but that will pass. And although it will be frightening, and other worldly and the show will feel foreign for a day or so, you will get your footing. Are you sure? Will I get it? Will I be okay? You ask yourself over and over. And the answer resounds: you will. Yes, indeed bud. You will.
Katie O here—-just reminding you that our event for June 29th is coming up! Don’t you want to come out and dance? And see the Warrens? They sure want to see you. In fact, we all want to see you. So dig out your grass skirt and buy your tickets! We promise to make it a perfect Friday.
The Country Wife goes into rehearsals next week and we can’t wait to sink our teeth into a wonderful new production. Keep you posted on all the details, and we hope to see you all very, very soon!
Stillpointe and company had a little read through of the Country Wife on Monday night. We sat around and read the play aloud, with very funny accents. Amanda showed off her best Russian, and I got to live all of my Eliza Doolittle dreams—-as well as a few other fancy accents from the boys including Nick as…himself (he was born to be a Fop), we had a great time giving the words color and emotion aloud (some of them are not so easy to say, restoration drama—you are so clever!) .
No wonder people would sit and read aloud by candle light, it is entertaining…not to mention a lot of fun.
So, if any one has NOT read The Country Wife yet, you are in for a treat—there were moments of all around laughter from the whole table, the banter is witty and the subject matter is cheeky. I think we are really going to bring a lot of spirit and fun to Art-scape this season! Not to mention the entire frontier town that will be a fun interactive way to see Stillpointe play. (Don’t forget—if you wanna come and play with us, just whistle (and when I say whistle, i mean email/facebook/tumblr)
For those of you waiting to hear about casting—fear not! We will be contacting you shortly, we are finalizing everything as I’m writing this.
And now—good sirs and ladies—adieu! Katie O (And the Stillpointe Family)
Hello everyone! In the spirit of the fast approaching Artscape and Stillpointe’s grand production of a frontier town (with the Country Wife capping off each night) I am now dubbing this tumblr—-the tumblr weed! Get it! Like those branch things in old western towns? GET IT!!? GET IT! Stillpointe is witty, everybody.
So—I’m gonna kick off the tumblr weed with some fun youtube clips of what we feel like this summer will bring you Baltimore. A little bit french, a little bit english restoration, a whole lot of cowboys and bank robbers. Are you excited? We sure are!
So, Baltimore, do you wanna get involved with Stillpointe, come and build and paint and create the Artscape masterpeice? Well, we’d sure love to have you—-please contact us via our facebook page (or tumblr) or our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) andwe can take it from there. We are always looking for fun people to hang around (as well as help) so please, please don’t be shy. We promise we don’t bite…well actually…
Anyway—-facebook or tumblr or gmail. We’d love to work with you. And now—some fun clips—
Hello everyone, it feels good to be writing to you all again!
35MM has been over now for two weeks (not including our encore performance at the WINDUP Space) and we are proud to say that it was a huge success. Everyone who came to see it loved the music, loved the movement and really felt that the performances were all equally matched. Everyone was a star in 35MM which if you think about it, is not an easy thing to do! So bravo to the cast!
We really want to give huge thanks to our audience who came and supported us and checked out new musical theatre even when they had no idea what it was about. We truly hope it was as special for you as it was for us. There is something to be said about performing in front of a small group of people that really connects the player and the people watching. A sense of intimacy you can’t find in large spaces.
And speaking of spaces, all of this would not have been possible without our new friends at the Gallery 788 & La Caja Estudio. (Or as I will always call it The Bath Hourse, or The Courtyard—-I had a lot of names for it). Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to take over your space for a time being and being patient and understanding as we converted it into a mini theatre. You guys are the best!
Last we cannot forget to thank our incredible band,our musical director, Mandee and our conductor—Joe. You all really held the piece together and even when we got off beat, forgot a lyric, didn’t sing, couldn’t breathe, sang to fast or to sharp or flat you were always right there following us. THANK YOU, you are a huge reason why the piece was such a success.
Now we are onto the Summer and with it comes the Country Wife and the lovely Raine Bode. We look forward to seeing you all soon, keep your eyes on our facebook for upcoming events and auditions. And as always, stay tuned to the tumblr!
Stillpointe Theatre Initiative is pleased to announce the Regional premiere of
35mm: A Musical Exhibition
This groundbreaking musical, with music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver and photographs by Matthew Murphy pushes the limits of artistic expression and interpretation by weaving and melding visual art and song. A collection of “small stories”; each centering on it’s own original photograph, are intertwined in a score that blends musical theatre with pop, rock, and even a little country. With a sharp wit, touching stories, and hard-hitting, makes-you-wanna-boogie score, 35mm brings the connection between pleasures visual and aural into razor-sharp focus. 35mm originally premiered in March 2012 at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY.
Stillpointe is also pleased to announce a new venue for this show! 35mm will be produced at the BEAUTIFUL Gallery 788/ La Caja Estudios, located steps from the historic Hollins Street Market in Southwest Baltimore. Previously a turn-of-the century bathhouse, Gallery 788/La Caja Estudios will provide an enchanting backdrop to bring these photographs and songs to life.
The Cast of 35MM is…
Alex Cecchetti Nicholas Staigerwald Britt Olsen-Ecker Amanda Rife Jayne Harris Katie O. Solomon Corey Hennessey Michael Perrie Jr. Karina Ferry Danielle Robinette
Directed by Ryan Haase with Musical Direction by Mandee Ferrier Roberts
Wednesday April 11th - Sunday April 15th all performances begin at 8pm
ADDRESS: GALLERY 788/LA CAJA ESTUDIOS 1111 Hollins St.
TICKETS: $15 cash only Tickets may be reserved by calling (410) 236-5773 Price of ticket includes a complimentary beverage to enjoy during the performance
Please excuse the fact the tumblr has been a little on the lax side, as you know we opened and closed Shovel in the Dirt last weekend and next week we open 35MM. Although these projects are taking up most of our waking hours—we are beyond excited to bring all of the musical theatre to the Baltimore area! So please forgive me laxidaisy blogging! (laxidaisy…good word, did I just make that up?)
Let me tell you a little of what we are up to…
Shovel in the Dirt had a fantastic run. We are so humbled and grateful to the entire cast and band. Thank you for your incredible talent and ability to roll with the punches. Also, to our amazing friends, family, co-workers and Shovel groupies who have seen the show muliple times—THANK YOU! You are the reason we do what we do. For all those new audience members, THANK YOU for taking a chance on a new peice of work. A peice we are proud of and working on. We can’t wait to see what will happen next with it.
And now we are getting ready for the REGIONAL PREMIRE of 35MM. We are so thrilled with our cast, and the sound that we are creating. Our band is going to be out of control amazing as well. And all the stage pictures are truely coming together. We open on the 11th, A Wednesday, and run the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th all at 8:00. One week only, so start reserving your tickets!
Questions? Concerns? Comments? You can contact me through the tumblr. Or contact a Stillpointer through the facebook. Please friend us, add yourself to our events page and pass along our information to your friends. We look forward to see you all next week!
Hello! You know what I’m here to say…Shovel in the Dirt is coming at you next week! Stillpointe is more than ready to raise the dead next weekend. Thursday, Friday and Saterday the 29th, 30th, and 31st at the EMP.
We have been furiously re-constructing, de-constructing, sewing, gluing, cutting, writing, singing, and working the kinks out of our fabulous peice. We are thrilled to be bringing you a more pulled together, grander production of Shovel. We had such a positive response from Baltimore that we knew we had to bring it back this spring (and better than ever).
Beyond the hustle of getting a show back on it’s feet there is a sense of joy. We are going to re-visit Henry, Cecile and the town. We get to go back to “The Ground” and Miss Lady Boss Lady and Strang. All the characters we loved to play and watch each other play are getting to stretch their limbs after the’ve been sleeping for a while. It’s like waking up from a nap, disorienting at first and then—-clarity comes and with it the comfort of a character you know how to play. Like putting on an old favorite sweater, or a great pair of shoes.
At our first music rehearsal not too long ago almost the entire company and band was brought together to give it a go. Within the first 5 minutes, the haunting melody of music that we hadn’t heard in 6 months with full voices was brought back to life. And in the blink of an eye we were back, and sounding rather great. In that night you could feel the excitement mount and by next week we will not be able to contain it. (So watch out facebook.)
Please come and check us out. Please come and support Baltimore Theatre. Musical theatre. Theatre with music. And young artists. We promise not to disapoint you, and give you a magical evening. If you know you want to make it—-reserve you’re tickets! I’m not kidding! We are selling out, already…so please, please don’t let the Shovel in the Dirt parade pass you by!
We only have a week to throw all the ingredients into pot and pray it turns to a delishious stew (It will, we know the recipe by heart). And beyond our sense of excitement and our sense of joy is the realization that we have given this peice wings (more than you know—-Charlie and Amanda have been cutting feathers for ages!) and now we must let it fly.
Shovel in the Dirt—reblooming next weekend. Get INTO it!