Catch-22 Photos now up!!!

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Show opens THIS FRIDAY! Performances are Friday/Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday (6/14 only) at 2pm.

For more information, visit our site at or

Hope to see you there!




OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company, in cooperation with the Greenbelt Arts Center, Announces AUDITIONS FOR Joseph Heller’s “CATCH-22”

*A comedy on the mal-adaptations human beings make in the “Theatre of War”*

Directed by Bill Jones, Produced by Silvia Miller

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company (O2B2) will hold auditions for “Catch-22” as follows:

YOSSARIAN ONLY: March 1, 2009 (by appointment)

Ensemble Cast: March 7 @ 1pm & March 8 @ 7pm

Performance Dates: June 5 – 20, 2009; Fri/Sun
Rehearsal Dates/Times: TBD based on casting

Location (audition & performance):
Greenbelt Arts Center
123 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD, 20770
Down the steps from the Greenbelt Co-op.

(Near C2/R12/T16 bus & Greenbelt Metro Station)


This superb dramatization of the classic spoof of war and those who make it pay as told from the point of view of Captain Yossarian, a pilot convinced his number is up. Every time Yo Yo reaches his quota of missions, the requirements are increased until he flatly refuses to fly.

Production notes and other details are available online at .

Casting 5 m, 3 w, 3 m/w, all ages 20 – 50.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

O2B2 celebrates our rich cultural diversity and encourages actors of all ethnicities to audition. No need to attend both 7th and 8th unless called back to do so.

Note: This is a non-paid production. If You are cast and are not already a member of O2B2, you will be required to join. Membership form is available online at . To schedule an appointment for March 1, or for further information regarding auditions, rehearsals or performances, contact Bill Jones at 301-474-8872 or email .

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OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company, Inc., a 501(3)(c) Educational Non-Profit Corporation, 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 or call 301.922.1865.


Betsy Marks Delaney, Artistic Director
OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company
Voice: 301.922.1865
Fax: 413.751.7320



Well, we’re on the radar now!

Here’s the link to our listing on

From there, you’ll see the link to our review!

There’s another one coming soon, from the Greenbelt Express.

Five performances left, including a matinee this Sunday, at 2pm.

In the immortal words of Bob Barker, “C’mon down!”


From: patches023 2006-07-10 10:19 pm (local)

Maug and I and maybe Lisa D. will be there on July 22. I am sorry we can’t go before then.

Painting tomorrow at GAC

Anyone interested in wielding a paintbrush in the cause of theatre should come to the theatre around noon-thirty tomorrow (Sunday) for some prime painting time.

No experience necessary – nothing terribly fancy being done here.

If you’re planning to show up, or just thinking about it, drop me a line or call my cell just so I know I should expect to see you.


Just a quick reminder, in case you’ve forgotten…

Hi, all!

Don’t forget to make your reservations for George Herman’s A Company of Wayward Saints, directed by Betsy Marks Delaney, produced by Jo Rake.

Opening Friday, July 7 for eight performances at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Old Greenbelt.

Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, Sunday afternoons at 2pm through July 22nd.

Tickets are $12 ($10 Seniors/Students) and are available to reserve now. Seating is limited.

For more information, please visit or call 301-441-8770.

Thanks! Hope we see you there!

Swimming in a sea of water and glue…

But at least the masks are FINALLY getting done!

We have a full layer over the noses now, after some experimentation with the clay-style papier mache stuff (FashMache, I think it’s called).

I’m ready to mix up a bunch of the stuff tomorrow, much wetter than today’s batch, and just use that as a final layer. Doing the paper shred version was a major pain. At the very least, I think that’s how we’ll finish the insides of the masks.

We still have one more to sculpt (the nose for the second Capitano mask), and I’ve got the casing for a bone in the last bodice to sew, but that’s going to wait until tomorrow morning.

All of which is to say, it’s finally time to start pimping the show.

What show?

Why, A Company of Wayward Saints, of course! What did you think I was talking about??? (

And while I’m pimping the show (opens July 7, runs through 7/22 – Friday & Saturday nights at 8pm, Sunday afternoons at 2pm, tickets $12/10 Seniors and Students – flyer online, feel free to print and distribute as necessary, et cetera, et cetera…), we could also use folks to help with the box office and concession sales as well.

We have two more rehearsals at Jo Rake’s house and then we move into the theatre.

Saturday night, Equus strikes. I’ll be at the theatre around 10:30, to make sure they don’t take down more set than we want them to. Sunday, we head over to Jo Rake and pick up all the set pieces, props and costumes and move them (lock, stock and barrel) to GAC. Then we construct the set and get about the process of making whatever adjustments will have to be made.

Monday will be our first rehearsal in the new space. YAY!!!

If you want to participate in the move-in process, or you’re willing to help during the run of the show as a house manager, usher, or box office assistant, PLEASE let us know ASAP!

Email to info at o2b2 dot org will do the trick!

Hope we’ll see you there, one way or the other!

A long overdue update on OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company…

Hi, folks!

Hope you’re surviving the holidays!

Here’s what we’ve got so far in the way of progress.

First, I’ve gone in and adjusted the first draft of our by-laws to include input from several sources. If you’re getting a second copy of this message, it’s because I’m including you in the list of folks who should go read the new draft, noting that your comments came from LJ and not from our Yahoo Groups mailing list. You should consider joining at least the discussion list at The new draft is located here:

I think I caught everything people noted. Articles have been renumbered from the second IV on down, some additional language has been included to clarify some initially fuzzy logic. Please review this document and provide your comments ASAP! I’d like to see any comments returned by January 9th, if possible. Please feel free to pass this info on to anyone you think might have a meaningful contribution to this process.

Second, I spoke to John Pomeranz (Hi, John!) about our paperwork, and here, in paraphrase, is what he said to me. (He’ll correct me if I’m wrong, I’m sure…): We have approximately 27 months from the date of incorp to complete the paperwork and be accepted as a 501(c)(3), but we should be acting like one now. There is an online publication available to outline things like when letters need to be provided for donations of cash or goods, and so on.

I am interpreting this to mean that we could, in theory, begin to accept supporting donations now, without having the federal nod in place, but I’d still be a lot happier with the paper in our hands. It also means we have a little wiggle room for compiling this paper, but we should definitely consider filing our first set of tax forms as if we’re already a 501(c)(3).

Third, we have submitted /A Company of Wayward Saints/ to Greenbelt for consideration as a co-production during the month of July, 2006. Should our proposal be accepted, we will be holding auditions for the show this coming April. I have agreed to direct, with assistance from Jonathen Ezra (as Asst. Director) and Sean Eustis (as advisor/dramaturg). All other roles/positions are open with the exception of COLUMBINE, which is spoken for by the provider of the script, Jo Rake.

I have been told that the committee will not consider any script submitted for next GAC season until 1/6 at the earliest, so I will not know for at least a week whether or not our proposal has been accepted. If not, we can possibly submit elsewhere, but I’m not sure where yet.

Fourth, in today’s Gazette, Judson Berger had an article about the continued stasis of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. No progress has been made in signing the paperwork. I wish it were otherwise. It would have been a wonderful present. Sadly, we’re still waiting for word. I can take comfort that we aren’t alone…

Finally, I have received two additional scripts for consideration: /Moore with Les and Les/, an unproduced play, and a new version of /Volpone/ (The Fox), newly translated by Bill Jones. These are new projects which are being reviewed for future slots. We also have a possible production of “An Evening with Edgar” which Jaimee would like to direct, and there are other scripts out there which may work well for us once we have a place to produce them.

/Alice in Wonderland/ is effectively dead, for at least the next year and possibly longer. I love the script, but I feel that without having a firm grasp of the talent available and at our disposal, committing to the avant garde production is a bit too far out on a limb for us at this early stage. And we can add a final nail in that coffin by confirming that another local company is tackling the same exact script in this coming year.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve! (I’ll be attending a local party with a Musicals theme and am trying to choose my character from a vast array…). And I would encourage folks to plan a trip to see Cabaret at GAC in the next few weeks (they open on 1/6). In addition to the new, interesting way the space will be laid out, you’ll get a chance to see the show that sucked me into theatre in the first place.

Come visit our web site, now conveniently located at:

OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company

I’ll be updating it soon, to coincide with announcements of future productions.

Thanks for your continued support and interest! See you soon!!!

Betsy Marks Delaney
Artistic Director
OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company, Inc.