Planning My Work, Working My Plan, But Still Can’t Do Everything…

Storyteller Bill Harley

I saw and enjoyed “The Foreigner” at Beef and Boards on Thursday night.  I am working on a detailed review, which I plan to post tomorrow (Sunday.)

After that I plan to share some detailed news from my email box.

But first I want to quickly share what else I’ve done, and would like to do if I could be several places at once, this weekend:

This morning I got to interview double-Grammy Award-winning storyteller Bill Harley for a review I am writing for Storytelling, Self, Society: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies.  (The photo of him, above, was provided to me by Ellen Munds of Storytelling Arts of Indiana.  I am not sure who actually took it, however.)

Bill gave me a lot of good food for thought – not just about the program for adults that he will share tonight at the Indiana History Center, but about solo performance art in general.  I am very grateful for the hour I got to spend with him.

I am looking forward even more eagerly, now, to hearing his stories again tonight.  His program for families last night – “My Brother, My Sister and Other Problems” – was SO! MUCH! FUN!

This morning I heard that tonight’s show for adults is very close to selling out, so if you have been thinking of going, I would urge you to call the Storytelling Arts of Indiana office right away to make a reservation (317-576-9848) or get to the Indiana History Center tonight well before the start time of 7:30 p.m.

There are a lot of other appealing arts events going on around Indianapolis this weekend as well – more than I can even physically get to, unfortunately, let alone see and write about.  If I could be several places at once, I would like to see:

*****  “Richard III” by the No Holds Bard theatre company at the Indy Fringe building. 

Producer/actor Josh Ramsey contacted me back in November about getting this show on my reviewing calendar.  He offered me media passes, which I appreciated, but I had already committed to seeing the B&B show and Bill Harley this weekend.  NHB’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play was written by local playwright/actor Tristan Ross.  Each actor in the show takes on two roles, and Josh promised me there would be lots of fighting.  I love a good on-stage battle, don’t you?

“Richard III” (or “Dick3” as actor Casey Ross has taken to calling it affectionately in her Facebook status updates) runs through January 24, 2010.  Be sure to dress warmly if you go (the Indy Fringe building is often chilly in winter) and please let me know what you think of the show!

 

*****  “My First Time” at Theatre on the Square.  Here is an excerpt from the press release that Ron Spencer sent me:

Theatre on the Square presents the Indianapolis premiere of the successful Off-Broadway hit, My First Time by Ken Davenport “and people just like you.” Based on the web site MyFirstTime.com, originated in 1996 by Peter Foldy and Craig Paddock, the site now boasts over 40,000 stories from people around the world. The show is a hilarious, frequently poignant and occasionally dramatic distillation of people sharing their first time sexual experiences with TOTS’ Stage 2 audience. The audience even gets involved by filling out a questionnaire handed out prior to the show which then becomes part of the play. No names are given, to protect the guilty.

The show, staged by Executive Artistic Director Ron Spencer and Assistant Director Dannon Crews, features TOTS favorite Nikki Hurley Warner, who will return later in the season to reprise her role in The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and newcomers to TOTS Carrie Morgan, J. Nicholas Shoemaker and Zachary Joyce.

The show premieres on Friday, January 8^th at 8:00 P.M. and runs through Saturday, January 30^th , 2010 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M. and Sundays at 5:00 P.M./

*THIS SHOW IS ADULT IN NATURE. *

Tickets are $ 25.00 for adults and $ 20.00 for seniors 62 and over, fulltime students and military personnel. Tickets ay be purchased at the Box Office 317-685-8687 or by going to www.tots.org <http://www.tots.org/> and clicking on Tickets Online.

This show sounds like storytelling to me, even though they are not calling it that, and you know I love storytelling.  Also, it’s about sex…

“My First Time” runs through January 30, 2010.  If you go, dress warmly (the TOTS building is sometimes chilly in winter) and please let me know what you think of the show!

 

***** “Epilogue’s January Bonus Show” put on by the Epilogue Players at 1849 N. Alabama.  I did not receive a press release for this all-volunteer community theatre show (I might have received a paper post card), but I mention it because I saw on IndianaAuditions.com that this collection of 8 short plays written by local playwrights is directed by two Encore Association judging buddies of mine: Marsha Grant and Norris Wright.  Mostly, though, I am always interested in seeing new plays staged, period.

“Epilogue’s January Bonus Show” runs through January 17, 2010.  It is free to Epilogue season ticket holders (hence the name “bonus show”) and only $10 or less to everyone else.  Reservations are required because the space is very intimate and they sell out quickly, especially on Sunday afternoons.  To make a reservation, please call 317-926-3139 at a reasonable hour.  (The “box office” is someone’s home.)  Be sure to bring cash to pay for your ticket at the door; they do not accept credit cards.

If you go, dress warmly (Epilogue is often chilly during the winter) and please let me know what you think of the show!

 

*****  I still haven’t seen (or received photos for) “Love Letters” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.  It has only this weekend and next left in its run.  Unfortunately, I do not think I am going to be able to make it to this show after all, darn it.   One weekend of sickness (I missed this show’s opening weekend due to illness) really messes up my reviewing schedule.

If you go to see it, dress warmly (even the IRT can sometimes be chilly during the winter) and please let me know what you think of the show!

 

*****  If I could, I would also be at Dance Kaleidoscope to enjoy “World Music Carnival”, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky in the ISO’s “Hits” series, and at The Theatre Within to hear Bill Myers tonight as part of the “Indiana Avenue Jazz” concert featuring Clifford Ratliff & the Indy Jazz Company.   

I already know that I love DK, I would like to go to the ISO more often, and I met Bill Myers at a party last month.

Unfortunately, these events are only this weekend.

If you go to any of these events, dress warmly because it is supposed to be below zero tonight!  And please let me know what you thought of the shows!

See you at the theatres…

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

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