Tonight’s the night!!! OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Co. performs Week 46 of 365 Days/365 Plays

Did I mention I’m acting in two of these? See me (in a rare onstage performace, with lines, even), plus Jonathen Ezra and five other excellent actors at 7 and 9 tonight!


One Night Only: Two performances to be presented this evening
Friday Sept. 28 at 7 pm and again at 9 pm

365 Days/365 Plays at New Deal Café in Greenbelt, MD – FREE!

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company
presents this week’s Metro DC area performances of the
365 Days/365 Plays International Festival

Week 46 of the cycle (Sept. 24 – 30) includes
Play (Condemned Version), Again Perfect), Reel, A Play for George Plimpton and John Ritter), Selling Out, Splitsville, The Worst, The 1st Constant (Remember Who You Are) and Goodbye New York

365 Days/365 Plays
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Produced by Bonnie Metzger
Directed by Betsy Marks Delaney & Penny Martin

Running time: Approximately 35 minutes total for all 9 scripts.

Caution: Some plays contain adult language and themes not suitable for children.

Reservations are not necessary but are definitely appreciated.

The New Deal Café is located in the heart of Old Greenbelt, at
113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, MD 20770

Please join the cast after the 9pm performance and enjoy the desserts and delectables the Café has to offer!

For more information about the 365 Days/365 Plays cycle, please visit:

www.studiotheatre.org/365 or www.OutOftheBlackBox.org

AUDITION: 365 Days / 365 Plays – 8/12-13, 2007

Hi!

This is your official heads’ up that we’re holding open auditions for our week (September 24-30), on Sunday, August 12 from 3-6pm and Monday, August 13 from 7-10pm at St. James Episcopal Church in Historic Old Bowie, MD.

Casting 3 women and 4 men, teens on up/any ethnicity, for ensemble work on 9-10 very short scripts.

Two performances are scheduled for Friday, September 28 at 7pm and 9pm at the New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt, MD.

Please prepare a short comedy monologue and also be prepared to read from the script. Copies of Suzan-Lori Parks’ scripts are available through Barnes & Noble, Borders and online at Amazon.com, amongst others.

Questions? Please call 301-922-1865 or send email to info at o2b2 dot oh-ar-gee.

Thanks! Hope to see you there!

Ben Jonson’s Volpone Opens THIS Sunday!!!

Hi, Fans and Friends of O2B2!

We’ve been so busy getting ready for our opening night, we forgot to post about it here!

In a stunning show of marketing savvy, we changed the name at the last possible minute to “Ben Jonson’s Volpone” – Works like magic – of 500 shows, we’re listed in the FIRST PAGE on TheatreMania’s ticket site! Our details are here: http://www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/134192

Performances:

Sunday, July 22 @ 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 25 @ 9:00pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 3:20pm
Sunday, July 29 @ 2:00pm

All tickets $15 – available online here: http://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/9891 or by calling 866-811-4111.

We’re in the press, too! We’ve been mentioned on radio, at BroadwayWorld.com (http://dc.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=19523), in Washington’s EXPRESS (http://www.readexpress.com/read_freeride/2007/07/the_bleeding_edge_capitol_fringe.php) and in several radio spots as well.

The show has really come together! Greg and Katie are fabulous as is the rest of our cast.

Besides, our own Rob Perkins, Jonathen Ezra, Thierry Barston, Steven H. Wilson, Steve Kramer, Lise Mendel and their DD2 are ALL involved in the production.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see this show!

Coming soon:

Auditions for 365 Days/365 Plays, by Suzan-Lori Parks (August 12-13, St. James Episcopal Church, Historic Old Bowie, MD); Performance 9/28 or 9/29 at a location TBA SOON!

Performances: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard (October 11-28, St. James Episcopal Church, Historic Old Bowie, MD)

See you soon!!!

VOLPONE Opens THIS Sunday!!!

Hi, Fans and Friends of O2B2!

We’ve been so busy getting ready for our opening night, we forgot to post about it here!

In a stunning show of marketing savvy, we changed the name at the last possible minute to “Ben Jonson’s Volpone” – Works like magic – of 500 shows, we’re listed in the FIRST PAGE on TheatreMania’s ticket site! Our details are here: http://www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/134192

Performances:

Sunday, July 22 @ 5:00pm
Wednesday, July 25 @ 9:00pm
Saturday, July 28 @ 3:20pm
Sunday, July 29 @ 2:00pm

All tickets $15 – available online here: http://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/9891 or by calling 866-811-4111.

We’re in the press, too! We’ve been mentioned on radio, at BroadwayWorld.com (http://dc.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=19523), in Washington’s EXPRESS (http://www.readexpress.com/read_freeride/2007/07/the_bleeding_edge_capitol_fringe.php) and in several radio spots as well.

The show has really come together! Greg and Katie are fabulous as is the rest of our cast.

Besides, our own Rob Perkins, Jonathen Ezra, Thierry Barston, Steven H. Wilson, Steve Kramer, Lise Mendel and Dorothy Kramer are ALL involved in the production.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see the show!

Coming soon:

Auditions for 365 Days/365 Plays, by Suzan-Lori Parks (August 12-13, St. James Episcopal Church, Historic Old Bowie, MD); Performance 9/28 or 9/29 at a location TBA SOON!

Performances: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, by Tom Stoppard (October 11-28, St. James Episcopal Church, Historic Old Bowie, MD)

See you soon!!!

Additional Audition Date Added for O2B2’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, 7/17 at 7pm

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company Announces additional AUDITION Date FOR Tom Stoppard’s “ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD”

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company (O2B2) will hold auditions for “R&G” on Tuesday, July 17 from 7-10pm at the Glenn Dale Fire House, 11900 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale, MD 20769. Directions may be found here: http://tinyurl.com/yru9x7

For questions regarding auditions, please call 301.922.1865 or send email to .

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and from HAMLET. Be prepared to move – this is a very physical play! Looking specifically for “Hamlet” but all roles remain open.

Casting:

5 men
2 women
4 flexible (either male or female)

All ethnicities encouraged to audition. This is a non-paid community theatre production.

R&G is tentatively scheduled to be performed from October 11 – 28 on Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. There will be no matinée on the first weekend. Performance location (to be confirmed, subject to change): St. James Episcopal Church, Bowie, MD.

Also seeking: Property Master & House Manager/Box Office Assistants.

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company was formed in 2004 as a Bowie-based company dedicated to the art of performing theatre about theatre. For more detailed information, please visit our web site at http://www.OutOftheBlackBox.org/ or call 301.922.1865.

CONTACT:

Betsy Marks Delaney, Artistic Director
OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company
Voice: 301.922.1865
Fax: 413.751.7320
Email: info@o2b2.org

Web: http://www.OutOftheBlackBox.org/

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Reminder: AUDITIONS for “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead” today (7/2) from 7-10pm

REMINDER:

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company Announces AUDITIONS FOR Tom Stoppard’s “ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD”

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company (O2B2) will hold auditions for “R&G”on Monday, July 2 from 7-10pm. Auditions will take place at a private residence in Bowie, MD. For directions or questions regarding auditions, please call 301.922.1865 or send email to .

If necessary, an additional audition date may be scheduled for July 17, 7-10pm, location TBA. For information about this audition date, please send email to the address above and we will include your address in the list of people to be notified.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Be prepared to move – this is a very physical play!

Casting:

5 men
2 women
4 flexible (either male or female)

All ethnicities encouraged to audition. This is a non-paid community theatre production.

R&G is scheduled to be performed from October 11 – 28 on Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. There will be no matinée on the first weekend. Performance location (to be confirmed, subject to change): St. James Episcopal Church, Bowie, MD.

Also seeking: Property Master & House Manager/Box Office Assistants.

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company was formed in 2004 as a Bowie-based company dedicated to the art of performing “theatre about theatre”. For more detailed information, please visit our web site at http://www.OutOftheBlackBox.org/ or call 301.922.1865.

CONTACT:

Betsy Marks Delaney, Artistic Director
OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company
Voice: 301.922.1865
Fax: 413.751.7320
Email: info@o2b2.org

Web: http://www.OutOftheBlackBox.org/

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Whoa….

Got a secret desire to own clips from every Broadway show ever?

Ok, so that isn’t possible. But check this out: http://ovrtur.com/video

(It’s censored, which is good because I just had a 3 year old watching over my shoulder as I checked out “It Sucks to Be Me” from Avenue Q.) Which makes it mostly safe. And yes, it was the whole song, not just a teaser clip.

And it’s all freeeeeeee!!!!!!!

(Real content coming later. Gotta run…)

Good Reviews R Us: Murder Takes the Stage!

Plot thickens in staging a ‘Murder’ at St. James

By ANNETTE ESTERHELD Staff Writer

When playwright Drew Pelman snags theater star Hazel Laverne for the summer theatre opening of his new play, he’s assured of a hit, or is he? It’s quickly clear in OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Co.’s production of James Reach’s “Murder Takes the Stage” that most in the cast have reason to dislike Hazel intensely and there’s very little about Hazel to like.

Even the audience finds her character hard to take and when Hazel is shot and killed for real on stage during a scene where her character is supposedly shot with blanks from a gun, the plot thickens as the other actors tell their tales of jealousy and blackmail in relationship to Hazel. It’s up to the local sheriff and Mitzi, the college student who loves true crime, to set a trap for the murderer.

The play is set in the late 1950s, but director Jo Rake said that the cast “is representative of today’s theatre community and adds a modern touch to the play.” There are 13 actors in the play and each has to establish his or her character before Hazel is killed. The cast, a blend of seasoned and new performers, does a good job of that. Some that are especially noteworthy include Sandra Cox True, who plays Miss Liz, owner of the theatre; Steve Kramer as Hazel’s promoter Larry Strickland; Jo Klein-Duke as Sara Farnham, an actress whose career has seen better days; Penny Martin as Jane Bond, who runs the summer theater; and Michael Parker, as the wily, down-home-style Sheriff Wiley.

Mitzi is played by Angela Abadir, 15, a Bowie High School student. Abadir shows us an overzealous Nancy Drew character who won’t give up until she solves the mystery.

Kudos to the entire cast for making their characters believable and for keeping the audience’s attention as first one then another is considered for the murder of Hazel – and all of this on a bare stage with no props or sets, only folding chairs and one small table where the director sat. The taped interlude music prepared by Rake and artistic director Betsy Delaney adds to the atmosphere as the story builds to its conclusion and the murderer is identified.

“Murder Takes the Stage” is the third production of the relatively new theatre company OutOftheBlackBox and its first presentation in Bowie. The company seeks to offer an environment where performers and production staff can experiment with all different aspects of production from acting to technical support to administration. For information, visit www.OutOftheBlackBox.org.
Published 05/03/07, Copyright © 2007 The Bowie Blade

Way to go, cast and crew (and director)!!!

Shows remaining: Friday/Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm through May 12. Tickets: 301-922-1865 or tickets at o2b2 dot oh-arr-gee!

Murder Takes the Stage opening TONIGHT!

Yes, folks, in just 18 and a half short hours, James Reach’s Murder Takes the Stage opens at St. James Episcopal Church in Historic Old Bowie, MD.

There’s a wonderful article in the Bowie Blade-News (http://www.bowieblade.com/vault/cgi-bin/bowie/view/2007B/04/26-37.HTM) and the Gazette (which hasn’t updated its web site yet, so phooey on them).

There weren’t all that many people in the house tonight, but from what I saw through the cracks in the curtain from the kitchen, the show was working. I’d really LOVE to have people in the house this weekend. We’re already two-thirds sold out for the second matinee on May 6th.

Performance dates are: April 27 – May 12, 8pm Friday and Saturdays, Sunday 4/29 and 5/6 at 3pm. St. James Episcopal Church in Historic Old Bowie, MD.

You can reserve your tickets by calling 301-922-1865 or sending email to tickets at o2b2 dot org. We just need to know who’s reserving, a contact number, the quantity and type of tickets being reserved ($15 General Admission, $12 Seniors/Students, $10 prepaid for groups of ten or more.

For directions, visit our web site at www.OutOftheBlackBox.org!

Hope we see you there!

Tickets on sale NOW! Murder Takes the Stage – Opening this Friday, April 27!

WHERE : St. James Episcopal Church, 13010 8th St., Bowie MD  20720
WHEN :  Fridays and Saturdays 4/27, 4/28, 5/5, 5/6, 5/11, 5/12 at 8 pm, Sundays 4/29. 5/6 at 3 pm

To reserve tickets for the show, please call 301/922.1865 or send email to tickets at ourdomain.org and we will add you to our list.

Tickets are $15, $12 for Seniors/Students, and $10 each for group orders of 10 or more. Cash or check accepted. We are unable to accept credit cards at this time!

For more information on the show, please visit our web site: http://OutOftheBlackBox.org//0607/Murder/index.shtml

ALSO: Looking for individual(s) to assist with usher/box office. If you are interested in helping out, please send email to info at ourdomain.org and we’ll work out the schedule!

Thanks!!!