News & Updates
Summer 2014: Lotsa STUFF!
Summer's here! You sure won't hear me complaining. Though it must be the New Englander in me that's too superstitious to pack away the wool socks and long underwear juuust yet. (We should be safe come July.)
Once again, I'll be heading up north to one of my favorite spots for one-week repertory theatre as only a small New England town can do: I've been cast in the Barnstormer's Season as Pauline Clench in One Man, Two Guvnors and as Phoebe in Toad of Toad Hall. If you don't know the Barnstormers, they're well worth a day trip to the Lakes Region or White Mountains of NH, since they're the only theatre in the US still offering a traditional and challenging 8 plays in 8 weeks!
I recently wrapped filming an incredibly fun gig: a supporting role in the indie mockumentary Wheel It Hard. Having grown up a fan of Christopher Guest's movies, I was just giddy at getting to play with this improv-based film style - and on roller skates! Could it GET better? Filming is still underway, but stay tuned for release info.
Like free Shakespeare? Been feeling like skipping over to the NH seacoast for a sunny weekend? Then you won't want to miss The Taming of the Shrew at the Player's Ring, performed by Seven Stages Shakespeare, and oh yeah directed by Andrew Codispoti. All performances are "Free For All, or Pay What You WILL," and this quirky production keeps community at its heart, showcasing the talents of various local artists.
It's been a productive season of pavement pounding. Most recent auditions include Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, SpeakEasy Stage Co, Merrimack Rep, and of course lots going on at Christine Wyse Casting and Boston Casting.
I've also been working on a website redesign, which I hope to launch in the next few weeks.
Get out there and enjoy the sunshine! (And when the sun goes in, get thee to the theatre!)
The snow has melted! Spring is here! Iced caffeine beverages are feelin' like a reasonable thing, and I doubt I'm the only actor who rejoices in no longer changing in and out of audition shoes and winter boots wherever I go.
Richard III positively flew by! Among all sorts of snow-storm chaos, we had a successful run of our imaginative and well-received ensemble-led production, directed by Andrew Codispoti. I'm so thrilled to have a had a chance to play with Dan Beaulieau, Artistic Director of ATTP's good friends, Seven Stages Shakespeare, who played the Duke of Gloucester himself.
An excerpt from a review in the Conway Daily Sun:
“Angela Smith is dynamic as Lady Anne and her barbed-filled exchanges with Beaulieu [Richard III] are a highlight of the production…”
Looking forward to an exciting year!
I'm Nominated! Uh-GAIN!
Wow! Well this just... willikers!
I've been nominated for an IRNE Award! Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Small/Fringe) for playing Monica in Life of Riley with Zeitgeist Stage Company in Boston, who has a total of 9 nominations this year! I'm honored to have worked with this company, and to have had the good luck and privilege to perform with quite a few of these Boston-area nominees. Here's the full list on IRNE's facebook page. Awards night is April 7th.
I'll be migrating north in exactly one week to begin rehearsals for Richard III with Advice to the Players. I've also been squeezing in a few adventures in NYC to get myself to a few EPAs. Audition season in Boston is already starting to percolate, starting with The Huntington's EPAs next week.
Check out Zeitgeist's current show, Neighbourhood Watch by Alan Ayckbourn, running for two more weeks at the Boston Center for the Arts!
So the NH Theatre Awards were Saturday, January 25th at the Stockbridge Theatre in Derry, NH. I went along with four colleagues from Advice to the Players, including fellow nominees Candace Clift, Mark Woollett, and John Schnatterly (Best Actress, Best Director/Best Production, and Best Actor noms, respectively). And.... I won!
I won Best Actress in a Drama/Comedy Professional Production for the role of Cassius in last spring's Julius Caesar with Advice to the Players. The full list of winners and finalists from 2013 can be found HERE.
I'm so proud of this company and the work they do, and honored to have been recognized as a successful part of it! Also proud of them for hopping on the shiny-socialmedia-tech wagon. Check out their new Instagram with a few pics of the awards night!
I'm thrilled not only to have represented this company, but also to have represented Shakespeare - especially a cross-cast production!
And so, onwards, to more of the Bard! Stay tuned for Richard III info, opening in March!
12th Annual New Hampshire Theatre Awards!
I am SO excited: I'm a finalist!
I'm honored to have received my second nomination for Best Actress in a Professional Drama/Comedy for the role of Cassius in Julius Caesar, which I performed last March with Advice to the Players.
This was an incredibly fun show that brought Caesar into the 21st century by including women as major parts of the political and military atmosphere of the story. Some of my favorite memories of it come from post-show talk-backs, hearing students' thoughts on our modern-dress production such as their reactions to a female Cassius and how Caesar is relevant to our attitudes towards leadership today.
I couldn't be prouder of my Advice To The Players family as well, who have a total of five nominees as finalists this year!
Best Production: Much Ado About Nothing
Best Director: Mark Woollett (for Much Ado)
Best Actor: John Schnatterly (for Benedick in Much Ado)
Best Actress: Candace Clift (for Beatrice in Much Ado)
Best Actress: me!
The Awards Show is Saturday, January 25th in Derry NH. I'm so happy to go and celebrate success with friends, and to represent a company that does truly outstanding work engaging their kids and communities with the beautiful language and stories of Shakespeare.
The full list of 2013's nominees are here.
Rehearsals for Richard III start in about a month. In the meantime, I've already had a few fun auditions for 2014, and may have a fun project or two lined up already!
"Jingle Bells, Jingle-Yay, Jingle-Good for you!" ~Leslie Knope
I happen to really love the holiday season. Even if it means driving in snowy-slush-yuck to get to auditions (for which I am incredibly grateful).
Remember the NE Lottery commercial I did this summer? I finally tracked down links to both spots currently airing on TV (that I know of. If you've seen different ones, let me know). So flashing back to summer/autumn, here ya go!
:04 and :21
For my birthday this year, I took the bus to NYC for my first EPA at the Equity headquarters, a seminar with the cool folks at the Actor's Green Room and 30 Rock CD Katja Blichfeld, and some really awesome hot chocolate at Broadway Bites in Herald Square.
And since 2014 is barreling straight towards us - announcement!
I've been cast as Lady Anne in Richard III with Advice to the Players. We've tackled Richard at ATTP before, but in the wacky melodramatic form of "The Life and Death of that Dastardly Villain: Richard III, A.k.a., The Bunchback'd Toad." I'm very excited to tackle Anne's scenes, y'know, dramatically!
Hope your holidays are full of cheer, your winter is full of light, and your new year is full of hope!
Summer Re-Cap and a Game-Changer!
Ah. Chilly nights. Back to school sales (POST-IT NOTES, PLEASE). Pumpkin-spiced EVERYTHING (though I still prefer coconut, even in the dead of winter). Autumn is one of my favorites, and a good time to look back on a productive summer and announce some big news.
First, right to the News! (because the suspense has been killing me ALL summer): I'm now a member of Actor's Equity Association! Yup! Card-carrying union actor, on the loose! Went to my first Equity Principal Audition at the Lyric Stage Company last week, auditioning at Wheelock Family Theatre tomorrow, and there's a stack of resumes and brand-spankin'-new headshots to be mailed riiight next to me. Here goes!
It's been a great summer with old and new friends. A busy audition season led to some fun film work, including playing a Disco dancer in American Hustle, being featured in a New England Lottery Lucky For Life commercial, playing a Mill Girl in a documentary for the Lowell National Historical Park museums, and playing the lead role of Jessica in a short student film directed by Boston University MFA student, Jill Bywell. On stage, it was back up north for a fun few weeks presenting The Life and Death of That Dastardly Villain, Richard III, aka The Bunch Back'd Toad with Advice to the Players. Closed Toad just before returning to The Barnstormers Summer Theatre, where I earned my AEA card playing Annelle in Steel Magnolias with a truly fabulous cast of ladies. Finished the summer with a fun Acting for the Camera class with Michael Fennimore at the Media Performance Institute at Bostong Casting.
I kicked off September with some more on-camera work, first as an extra in another feature film (that I don't think I'm supposed to be naming yet), and filming a corporate industrial spot with Stone Media Productions.
Still ahead: Little Boston Grand has changed the format of Broken Stone from a webseries to a stand-alone film! Production begins in 2014. In the less-distant future, I'll be working with Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson filming a music video in the lovely Lakes Region of New Hampshire, complete with all its foliage.
I'm thrilled to have joined the union and the company of many professionals and friends I admire greatly. I'm also excited for the kind of weather where one can comfortably schlep between auditions in a sweater without melting and/or requiring re-assembly upon arrival.
Remember - the Great Pumpkin is watching!
"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize" ~Clairee
Steel Magnolias has opened! Only three shows left (including tonight) in beautiful Tamworth, NH. Sure it happens to be raining, all the better reason to see a play! I'm so grateful to be playing Annelle, who has been fun and challenging, and to be working with a knock-out ensemble of ladies I adore, as well as my favorite director (who maaay have been my adviser in college, too!). It's been an blast at the Barnstormers this past week and a half. Yes, that's all! One week stock at its finest. There's still time for tickets
Next up: I've been cast as Ana, the Reverend's wife, in the Little Boston Grand webseries, "Broken Stone," a supernatural thriller! Looking forward to new faces and fun material.
Thank goodness there's still some summer left!
Pumkins, Cotton Looms and Hair-dos!
No, it's not a weird corner of your Scrabble game, or an inexplicable (New England?) shopping list, nor is it your list of things to get done for Halloween (though it is coming!).
It's my summer line-up! And it's far more fun than should be possible in this very non-New-Englandy weather.
I can't really tell you what "Pumpkins" have to do with it, but among projects that I've wrapped in the past week, a regional broadcast commercial was one. (Link in due time!)
The other was a fascinating three days of shooting a documentary for the Lowell National Historical Park at the Boott Cotton Mills. I got to play a mill girl in this film that tells the story of how the immigrants and textile mills shaped the city of Lowell. I had a great time on set with the crew from Aperture Films learning about some fascinating machinery and the lives of young women (such as my own great-grandmother) who made history in the Lowell mills. The documentary will be playing at the museum some time in 2014.
"Hairdos:" a challenge! I'm so thrilled (y'all) to be playing Annelle in Steel Magnolias with the Barnstormers Theatre , the only remaing one-week repertory summer-stock theatre in the country! No better way to kick off August than with hot rollers, hair spray and - hopefully - lots of sweet tea! (It certainly feels like Louisiana in New Hampshire this week!)
I've also been having a lot of fun in Acting for the Camera class with Michael Fennimore at the Media Performance Institute at Boston Casting.
And to truly cap off the summer, I'll be working with Academy Award Winner Ernest Thompson this August making a music video in the gorgeous Lakes Region of NH!
The temperature keeps climbing and the humidity just refuses to break, but the year rolls on with exciting opportunities. September will be here before we know it!
Blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark..."
And melt, snow. I'm sure Shakespeare meant that as well.
Life of Riley came to a graceful end after an eventful beginning. With a blizzard deciding to take part in our opening weekend, and a last minute replacement during said blizzard, it was a show that kept us all on our toes, but on it went! Some nice reviews:
The Boston Globe: "David J. Miller’s deft direction finds just the right blend of tragedy and hilarity in Ayckbourn’s play about three couples coping with the news of their mutual friend’s impending death."
Boston Arts Review: "And Angela Smith gives one of the loveliest performances I’ve seen this year as Riley’s ex, lured back by the amoral Svengali."
A great closing Saturday was immediately followed with a first-read-through Sunday for Julius Caesar with Advice to the Players in NH. I play a female Cassius in this contemporary staging, with shows in North Conway, NH, Center Sandwich, NH, and school matinees throughout the Lakes Region. We close with a 2pm matinee tomorrow at the Center Sandwich Town Hall.
As I head back south and tax season comes to a head, I've got auditions lined up for the coming year. Lots to do and much to celebrate, since April also contains a certain 10-year anniversary. (Just sayin' ...)
Happy New Year!
WELL. I may be a bit late on that one, but happy 2013 indeed! The year has started off with quite a bang for me.
First: I've been nominated for a New Hampshire Theater Award for Best Actress in a Drama Comedy for my role of Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Advice to the Players! Wow! I'm quite honored and excited, not to mention proud of the rest of the AttP troupe including my friend and scene partner Christine Titus, who was also nominated as Best Supporting Actress for Nerissa! AttP also has a third nomination for their summer production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona in the Best Production Drama/Comedy category. Check out the website for the NHTAs to see the full list of nominees in both professional and community divisions, and for more information on awards night.
Second: Having fun working with Zeitgeist Stage Company once more in Life of Riley by Alan Ayckbourn. The show opens February 8th and runs through March 2nd, Wednesdays - Sundays, with two shows on Saturday and a Sunday matinee. For tickets, see Boston Theater Scene, and keep an eye out here and on my facebook page for upcoming ticket deals (hint!).
Third: I'm wicked thrilled to announce that I've been cast as Cassius in Advice to the Players' Julius Caesar this March! I'm so psyched to tackle this role (a villain!) and share the stage once again with fellow AttPers (including this guy, who will be playing Brutus!).
Touring with Chamber Theater Productions was a great experience. (Here's a peek at what I got to do every morning. I'm Katrina in the blonde wig and the school boy!) I got to perform every day, see some wonderful places and gorgeous country side, make some amazing friends, act in some truly beautiful theaters that were once played by big stars and inspiring artists, try some awesome food and all sorts of new things (like navigating a 26-foot box truck through Washington D.C. traffic!). It was a wild ride, but I'm glad to be home and diving in to some new challenges of a different sort.
I hope the new year is good to you!
On The Road! Taking classic literature to the South.
A flurry of events took place once Coriolanus closed, all resulting in my current situation: typing on a tiny netbook in the middle seat of a 15-passenger van with 5 other actors on the way from Myrtle Beach, SC to Augusta, GA. Yep! I'm on tour!
I was cast with Chamber Theater Productions' fall national tour of "Encore!" an adaptation of short stories from classic literature, being performed for schools October through December. Our cast is taking the south eastern stretch of the country, from the Carolinas through Texas. We're just ending week three, and I'm having a blast playing Lenore in Poe's "The Raven," Katrina VanTassel in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Matilda Loisel in "The Necklace," Amelia Morris in "The Monkey's Paw," and the Narrator in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," adapted from Mark Twain.
I'm seeing a whole lot of country I've never even been near before, AND getting to sample every possible incarnation of free continental hotel breakfast the south has to offer. And of course, performing some beautiful stories for kids who may be experiencing theater for the first time in their lives.
I haven't left the northeast completely, though. Soon you'll able able to see me on billboards for Southern NH Medical Center Immediate Care (from this commercial). Cool!
So enjoy the fall leaves for me, and I'll be back just in time for 2013!
Hot August Nights, Looking Ahead to Winter!
If you've made it out to the Boston Common for Commonwealth Shakespeare's Coriolanus yet, you know that the weather is becoming something of a character in itself! The play is open, the Good Luck Red-tailed Hawks (3!) have graced the set, and the humidity is insisting on having some stage time, but it's a great show, and really people seem quite comfortable out on the cool grass (especially with some ice cream in hand). There's one more week of performances, so don't miss it! Bring a chair, a blanket, a picnic, your well-behaved dog - just come! Tu-Sat at 8pm and Sunday at 7pm on the Boston Common until the 12th, near the Parkman Bandstand. Admission is free, chair rental is $7, and reserved VIP chairs are available for a tax-deductible $30 donation. Visit the CommShakes website for more info, and don't miss the Ben & Jerry's truck featuring the C-Oreo-Lanus Sundae (really, don't).
I'm also happy to be working with Zeitgeist Stage Company again this coming winter! I've been cast as Monica in Life of Riley by Alan Ayckbourn. Performances are February 8 - March 2, 2013 (man is that a weird year to write!).
Stay cool, and come enjoy some free Shakespeare!
Socks + Stairs + Summer Shakespeare
I'm excited to announce that I've been cast as Valeria in this summer's production of Coriolanus on the Boston Common with Commonwealth Shakespeare. Rehearsals start in just a few weeks, and the show opens on July 25th! I'm so happy to be involved with this company, and to be able to perform on the Common with them. A lot of new experiences ahead!
Here's the Commshakes website with more info about Coriolanus:
Shakespeare on the Common: Coriolanus
And - a commercial! Preparation was not difficult, since I've absolutely had experience with the particulars of this role:
Immediate Care of Southern NH
Thanks to John Campanello, and the friendly folks with The Troupe and Square Spot Design.
This may not seem important, but I've been letting my hair grow out. I'm not going to dive into new headshots just yet, but I'll be updating my gallery with some more recent photos soon. (Meantime, I've got some do-fers from a month or two ago over on my Boston Casting page.) I find this very important myself, since it is in fact getting hotter around here, and I'm remembering why long hair was never any fun in the summer.
"As a vegetable it is obviously one of God's mistakes, but as a name it passes, I think."
Weeks (months?) ago, I was cast as Miss Framer in Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage with The Next Door Theater Company in Winchester, MA. Opening night is next week! Friday, the 20th, at 8pm at the Next Door Center for the Arts. Tickets are $25. See their website for more info (the show runs for only two weekends, don't miss it!): www.nextdoortheater.org
Speaking of the exciting world of English history - more Shakespeare is on the way!
I've been cast at Portia in The Merchant of Venice, once again with Advice To The Players in Sandwich, NH. Some info is available (but will also soon be updated) on AttP's website, which you may notice looks a tad different as a result of a recent collaboration with the Arts Council of Tamworth.
Hope you are taking advantage of this baffling lack of snow. No doubt it'll be here by the time I'm heading off to "Venice."
Happy New Year!
New Art Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie has been cancelled. As I understand it, the recent Nor'Easter had a lot to do with several schools having to change their plans and cancel. There was only one public performance, but I do hope that this doesn't cause any inconveniences. It seems like the venue's website is not yet updated to reflect the cancellation, or with any information for those who may have already bought tickets. I recommend calling the Dana Center if you fall into this category. Here's their website again:
We're all disappointed - that the kids miss out on another arts opportunity (and it's no secret that those are quickly evaporating from schools these days), and that we miss out on tackling Williams' beautifully haunting story of Amanda, Jim and Laura. Well, sometimes life just throws snowstorms at you in October, I guess. Maybe someday we'll get to come back to the Menagerie.
Tonight I'm auditioning for Next Door Theater Company, and on Wednesday I'll be bringing my oats and beans to Meals for Monologues with CP Casting and LDI Casting.
I may have more exciting news, but I'll save it for after the holidays which, for me, start rolling this weekend.
See you after all the pie and turkey disappears! (Right? Isn't that what happens; it eventually just disappears? I certainly don't eat it all, that's for sure.)
Autumn in New Hampshire
Autumn is the beginning of my favorite time of the year. The trees are turning beautifully, the air is colder, but with all the distraction of nature I've been managing to get a lot done.
But first, flash back to August:
Shortly after A Midsummer Night's Dream with AttP (and a crazy week of overlapping rehearsals and performances), I opened Bedroom Farce at the Barnstormers. British accents, marital troubles and bell-bottoms were to be found in abundance, and the cast made it all merrier. Summer theater up north is always such a quick blast of fun, and man does it leave an empty space behind when it ends just as quickly.
I've had some auditions, one of which resulting in the first bit of happy news:
I've been cast as Laura Wingfield in New Art Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie!
You can probably imagine how excited I am for this, and as usual, the NAT rehearsal schedule is a highly concentrated one! More details to follow.
I've taken a few classes with CP Casting this month, "Auditioning for Film & TV" with Tom Kemp, and "Getting Started in the Business of Acting" with Carolyn Pickman, just yesterday! Ironically, and happily, I got the voicemail from NAT during this last workshop. :) These are film-focused classes, a medium that I am new to, and I'm getting pretty revved up to branch out into this exciting work that seems to be everywhere in Boston now.
I recently had new headshots taken by Lynn Wayne Photography. I found out about her discounted Headshot Day thanks to New England Actor. These days offer about a half-hour shooting session at a steal, and though it went by quickly, I had a blast with Lynn and Donna, who made me feel right at home, and I love the new shots. I'm picking the one to have retouched this weekend, so be on the lookout for new photos in the gallery soon!
Hope you're enjoying the leaves, the apples, the sunsets, the pumpkins - all of it!
A little comedy never hurt anyone...
... but you may get pretty sunburned. Yup! Advice to the Players is in full swing under the sun at the fairgrounds. We just finished our first weekend of performances, and there are still plenty of chances to see A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Tuesday 8/9 - 7:30pm at the Center Sandwich Town hall (gotcha! This one's an evening performance, AND indoors. I know, it's not right, is it?)
Thursday 8/11-Sunday 8/14 - 2pm Sandwich Fairgrounds Amphitheater, Quimby Rd. Center Sandwich NH
As always, the URL for more ticket information (I may be single-handedly making their website more googleable):
Tomorrow is the first day of Bedroom Farce rehearsal with the Barnstormers, and the start of a pretty crazy week of volleying myself back and forth between Tamworth and Sandwich at lightning speed. A giant slingshot would come in handy right about now.
Here Comes the Boom... and strawberry season!
I spent all of yesterday as an extra (or "background," or specifically a "Patron") for Columbia Pictures' Here Comes the Boom. What an educational day! It was my first experience as a extra on that kind of scale (well, maybe not the Battle at Helm's Deep scale, but there were a lot of us).
I am spending today deliberately not clapping. :)
Also gearing up for a summer in New Hampshire, excited to see familiar faces and mountains! Oh, and there's this awesome farmer's market that I may or may not dream about in the bleakest, most barren days of winter.
Back to the Barn!
I've been cast as Susannah in Bedroom Farce with the Barnstormers this summer! I guess I'm on a bit of an Ayckbourn streak!
Performances are August 16th-20th at the Barnstormer's Theatre in Tamworth, NH. For more details visit the Barnstormers website.
I'm so excited to be returning to this beautiful little town (and some of my favorite hikes)!
Elliot Norton Nomination
My Wonderful Day has been nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production in the Fringe Theater category! Woo hoo!
Full list of nominees here:
The awards ceremony is Monday, May 23rd, 7pm at the Paramount Mainstage.
Ticket info here.
A great way to close a play, I'd say. :)
My Wonderful day has received some good press already, and there are still two weekends left to see it! Hurry Hurry!
It's nice to get a sentence or two:
- "And Angela Smith's Paula, alternately berating and coddling Winnie, is a chicly avenging fury — as well as one more example for the child of how promises, like adulterers' heads, are meant to be broken." ~ The Phoenix
"Smith strikes just the right note of calm confidence, and the moment when she promises Winnie she will not lose her temper becomes the perfect setup for her eruption in the play’s climactic crescendo." ~ The Boston Globe
For your clicking convenience, tickets can be found here. $25 online (though a convenience fee applies), or $30 at the door. Wednesday the 23rd is your last chance to pay what you can - $7 minimum!
Had a fun audition today for Commonwealth Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well. I did Katherina from The Taming of the Shrew and Suzanne from Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
Spring is finally peeking her head out from the muddy piles the snow banks left behind. (At least that's where I like to imagine she's been hiding, tangled and trapped by the debris, not really wanting to keep us waiting so long...) I'm excited to watch things unfurl in the parks.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Rounding the bend of February
Spring is almost here! Who can't use a good laugh to get them through these last frigid weeks? (Especially with the 50-degree teasers we've had here in Boston.) Well, Ayckborne might be just the thing.
Tickets are now on sale for My Wonderful Day here!
If you're like me, you might want to take note of the Pay-What-You Can Wednesdays ($7 min). Also, March 4th-6th are previews, priced at $20. Just sayin'...
I've been having a blast getting to know the cast and crew, and am thrilled to open in about two weeks!
On top of rehearsals, it's certainly been an eventful winter. My husband, Andrew, and I got married on January 2nd, and soon after made the long-awaited move to Boston. All settled in and enjoying Jamaica Plain, even in its presently icy state!
Stay warm, and hang in there! March is just around the corner.
My Wonderful Day
Zeitgeist Stage Company has updated their website with some publicity shots of My Wonderful Day.
Take a look!
You can click through all the available pictures using the thumbnails at the top of the page.
Publicity photos by Joel W. Benjamin.
I'll also be adding some new pictures to my photo gallery shortly. Keep an eye out for photos by Katlyn Reilly of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Roxbury Latin Summer Theatre.
Ayckborne at the BCA
I've been cast as Paula in Zeitgeist Stage Company's production of "My Wonderful Day" by Alan Ayckborn! I'm so excited to be debuting in Boston, and at the BCA, to boot!
The show will run March 4th-26th 2011, on Wednesdays-Sundays with two shows on Saturdays at the Plaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion. Talkbacks will follow the Sunday 4pm shows.
We had a dialect coaching session last night, and a read-through and photo call are still to come next week. It'll be nice to have a month or two to work over the accents.
The Zeitgeist website:
And the BCA website:
Tickets are not available yet, but check back soon!
Oedipus Rex - New Art Theatre and... casting!
The leaves begin to fall, the air gets crisper, apple season comes (and goes - hey wait a minute! Come back here!) and NAT gears up for another round of classical theater!
I'll be performing as the Messenger of Corinth and the Servant in New Art's small-cast production of the Clay & Diskin translation of Oedipus Rex. There will be five (early!) morning matinees for students November 1-5th at 9:30am at St. Anselm College's Dana Center for the Humanities in Manchester, NH. Our public evening performance will be Thursday, November 4th at 7:00pm. Tickets can be bought at the Dana Center's website: http://www.anselm.edu/dana/sea_perf_04.aspx.
If you went to the Sandwich fair last weekend, you may have seen some curious players strolling about with signs and pamphlets telling you (over the din of the oxen pull) to be at the Fairgrounds Stage by 4:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday we performed The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisby, a re-telling of the beloved Mechanicals from a Midsummer Night's Dream and their famous dramatic endeavours. If you missed it, shame on you! Besides, the leaves and weather were absolutely perfect all weekend.
This weekend I had the good fortune to attend the Shakespearean Character on Trial symposium at Wellesley College, and to see Tina Packer's Women of Will on Friday night. It was an enriching day of discussion, performance and even participation. Many thanks to the Newhouse Center for the Humanities for providing such an opportunity - and all for free!
Well, soon we'll be digging out the scarves and woolly sweaters, drinking hot spiced things and eating more winter squash than one would normally care to. What better time to pay a visit to Thebes?
See you on stage!
Over hill, over dale, through bush, through briar...
Well, Barnstormers and Advice to the Players have come and gone, and what an unreasonable amount of fun they were! Such a breathtaking region and some fast-paced comedies that often left us breathless, of course the month just whirred by. Next on my plate is - more Shakespeare! I am indeed one happy girl.
Earlier this summer I was cast as Hippolyta and the First Fairy in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Roxbury Latin Summer Theater, and now, one week into rehearsals, I'm finally posting about it! (But with the rehearsal-packed whirlwind that was July, can you blame me?)
Midsummer opens next week, August 26-29, at the Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, MA (100 St. Theresa Ave).
Sunday- 5:30 pm
"Roxbury Latin Summer Theater is a new and exciting professional theater project sponsored by The Roxbury Latin School. It will be a production that promises to delight and enthrall audiences of all ages, and theatrical experiences."
We'll also be hosting public workshops on Saturday and Sunday the 28th & 29th. More information about those should be available soon. Check out the links above for more information.
As August winds down, I hope you've had a fun, satisfying summer, and are perhaps enjoying these stray whiffs of cool autumn air as much as I am!
More Summer Theater!
I'm very happy to add to the previous list of goings-on this summer that I'll also be playing Dame Claude in The Miser by Moliere at The Barnstormers Theatre.
7:30pm nightly, and a 2pm Saturday Matinee
See the previous news posting for more Barnstormers info, including a link to the box office.
This also means that my move to the Lakes Region has been moved up to - well, Monday! Never at a loss for mobility, I am.
Stay cool, or at least come see some cool summer theater!
A busy summer ahead!
First, I'm delighted to have been cast as Hilda Manney in The Barnstormers Summer Theatre production of Room Service.
August 3-7, 7:30pm and a 2pm Saturday matinee
The Barnstormers Summer Theatre
Main St. Tamworth NH
Visit the Barnstormers' website for ticket information:
And of course, more summer Shakespeare with Advice to the Players! I'll be playing the Courtesan in The Comedy of Errors.
August 10-15, 2pm matinees
The Sandwich Fairgrounds Amphitheatre
Quimby Field Rd. in Center Sandwich, NH (turn at the tennis courts just after the Post Office)
And don't forget, this is an outdoor venue! A shade/rain tarp and a limited number of seat cushions are provided but plan and pack accordingly.
Well, after a late winter/spring full of heavy Shakespearean tragedy I'm certainly looking forward to some more mirthful fare! See you there!
Angela will be performing as an ensemble member in Othello with the North East Shakespeare Ensemble in New London, NH.
Performances are May 21-30th at Colby Sawyer College's Sawyer Center Theater.
See NESE's website for more details and to order tickets: