Saturday, February 27, 2010

Crypto Inspiration

While imaging landscapes for the Chicago Cryptozoological Tour, members of the creative team will be either taking awesome pictures of locations all over the city or searching through the net for amazing photography of the city. Later we will use this images to help create our stories for the cryptozoological beings we will discover/create.

Photo by Steve Duncan

Friday, February 26, 2010

How To Stay Connected to Your Friends and Your Artistic Community?

The thing about success is that it can also create isolation. As success reverberates you are enabled to do more. Often, you decide to do just that. But, that means you have less to absorb in the ways you used to. Translation, you see fewer shows, read fewer books, listen to fewer new bands... when your work life or job life or art life starts picking up.

So, how to manage it? Is it merely a matter of smaller bites throughout the day? Reading in smaller chucks? Watching everything on DVR? even the news? Sacrificing your time as an audience member?

Time Management? Self Sacrifice? Less Sleep?
Disappointment? Resignation? Relief? Caffeine? Less Blogging?

I don't know if I have any answers. Anyone else have thoughts, comments, or do you just feel the same way?

If you are working on more than one show at a time, doing the day job thing, rehearsing 5 nights a week, maybe even performing the other 2 nights... what are the things you are willing to let go of? What are the things you refuse to leave hanging?

Cryptozoological Homework Assignment Number One

Chicago Cryptozoological Tour is back on which means that for those of you out there who are interested in this little bit of insanity, the homework now resumes.

Homework Assignment #1

Take interesting pictures of Chicago's many potential landscapes or comb the web for them and send them to me at devilvet at gmail dot com. Once we get 10-20 intriguing photos we can move on to the second homework assignment.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What sort of art do you want - 2

I want art that offers catharsis only when it is earned.

"I want to enter my house justified"
- Joel McCrea in Ride The High Country

What sort of art do you want - 1

I want art that is akin to turning over a rock and seeing what crawls beneath.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Mammals BREED WITH ME closes Sat Feb 13th. For tickets call 866-593-4614!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A bit sexy, dangerous, dirty... it's an adventure and you got one last chance to get in on it!

Ron Kroll and Sara Gorsky as the SHUTTERBUG and the DOLL in BREED WITH ME

One show left! The final performance is Sat Feb 13th at 10pm BYOB
Zoo Studio
4001 N. Ravenswood Ste B-1
Chicago, IL 60613
Suggested donations $15.00.

Call 866-593-4614 for reservations!

Monday, February 08, 2010

The Quickening Race to settle the question of race.

It is tough to keep up with the goings on in theatrosphere as of late. Not so much to time to take it all in. But, it is encouraging to see the conversation, consternation, and community like back in the good old days. The all or nothing days.

Not sure what I could add to the diversity talk that hasnt already been said. I usually don't feel compelled to engage in these sorts of rowdydows.

As a half cuban half gringo who has never read as anything to most folks other than white, I find that just about every audible 'white' voice seems to be aiming for catharsis (even my own)... and that when it comes to race, the white catharsis happens quicker than the minority catharsis.

Finding our catharsis isnt the problem though is it?

I think a direction we need is getting black people and white people to socialize more and better and more deeply.

Can theatre do that? Not white theatre or black theatre... just theatre?

That might not resolve economic inequity enough for the satisfaction of some (or most)... but even if it seems like weak tea, it is the only thing that I can think of right now.

I can't solve racial inequality in theatre or anywhere else. All I can do is examine it, dissect it, tell stories about it, listen to others stories about it.

I think that the best thing to do often is just listen. Don't even repeat. Because the stuff people say just gets revised each time it is repeated by the voice of another 'other'.

Start with listening. Fuck consensus. Listen. Do that first. That and when you see someone get a little steam behind them, get out of their way.

Everytime a minorty voice speaks a story, I wish more 'white' ears would listen. Forget rebuttal, just listen.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010