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Weekly Round-Up 3.5

Jeremy Wine knows how to make people laugh, whether it be tickling them with his amazing handlebar moustache, or with his amazing words. On March 4th, Jeremy presented his hilarious full-length play Pre-Fabricated Homes. It’s a piece that explores the bizarre life of Ralph, Meredith and their son Standley, who brings his college girlfriend home to meet the fam. It is a dark and hilarious look at modern suburban philosophies about acceptance and tolerance. Our guest star for the evening was the talented Kevin Free, who offered his wisdom and life experiences during our feedback.  The evening included highlights such as:

1) Checkers, Mai Tais & Incest: Yup. It’s Jeremy Wine Night.

2) Some of us are into that sort of thing: This was our second consecutive play that included a “safeword.”

3) Beet Salads: Nothing beats a beet salad, especially one shared between friends.

4) How do you like them Apples?: A simple typo in the text brought up the question of whether the character Apple Adams was in fact a transgender TV personality. Take the time to edit your work, people!

5) It was really [expletive]ing cold: Old Man Winter either needs to die or be put in a home, because this ornery bastard is now messing with our art.

6) Sketches of a Prostitute: Though this could be the title of one of our plays, but it actually was what Mila Gublov doodled during our feedback.

7) Lifting each other up: We all agreed that Jen was too good to be the wife of the character Jeff.

8) I bring you….KONG!: The character of Ralph has a dark past, which involves going into a beastlike, uncontrollable rage called “Going Kong.” Which begged the question: Can you “Go Kong” twice in one day? And how does one’s age affect how many times one can successfully “Go Kong.”

9) Costco: A great place to buy Raman in bulk, power tools and sea bass as well as have an existential crisis.

10) Working up a good lather: We are now officially past our halfway point of our first cycle. We feel so clean……………

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Weekly Round-Up 3.4

It’s Tuesday night, friends! So it must be Lather Rinse Repeat time. On Feb 25th, we heard Mariah MacCarthy’s new play Sweet Fantasy or the Insomnia Play (possible new title: “Safeword”). Lots to talk about in this one…sex and domination and trust and intimacy and the possibility of healing. The gang dug into the work with zeal, prompting lots of interesting discussions like:

1)     What are the rules of “Strip Board Games” nights, and can you play “Strip Risk”

2)     How you might have to register for a china set when you get married, whether you want it or not.

3)     What are the challenges and advantages of a 45 min “real time” play.

4)     Where would you write your safeword, and what could it be (Jen B writes hers on her palm)

5)     Can a single mom be a sexual being, and how hard is that to accomplish

6)     And the topic of all topics: Masturbation while female (yeah, it was a fun night)

In addition to these topics, we also learned of everyone’s favorite sandwich options, and who might be compatible “sandwich friends”. This was partly brought on by the food in the room, and yes at a LRR event, there was plenty of eating and drinking. Our guest star Denise Lum was in attendance from the Philly Fringe to witness all of this creative magic.

Mariah’s draft is already a tense, sexual, erotic play full of empathy and the need for more that the physical. It was often mentioned during feedback that the play is super compelling and intimate. Skin plays an interesting part in it, in terms of what is exposed and what is kept hidden from each other. And as usual for LRR, we had two terrific actors reading the play which elevated the material even further.

Til next time…

Weekly Round-Up 3.3

On Tuesday, the LRR team had a delightful evening reading through Isaac Rathbone’s whimsical play Chub. It’s about how difficult it is to be a parent. It’s also about a secondhand puppet named Chub that (slight spoiler alert) is not actually named Chub.

Jennifer Conley Darling, the producing artistic director of the amazing terraNOVA Collective, was our guest star this week. See below how happy she was to spend an evening with us (or, at any rate, an evening with Chub).

We were very concerned about Chub’s puppet feelings and asked a lot of questions:

  1. Why does Chub smell?
  2. Does Chub know he smells?
  3. Can Chub feel pain?
  4. Does Chub know he’s going to die?
  5. How does Gary feel about his chub?

Etc. etc. (no, but for real, this was a good 45 minutes of our discussion…)

The play also included a character who goes only by the moniker BuffBillsFan12. We thought this was very telling, because it means there are also BuffBillsFan1-11. They, however, are not featured in this play, or any other play that we know of.

NEXT — Check out this picture of Jenn raising her left hand! She’s so riveting that Jeremy can’t help but stare.

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Other things you should know:

1. $8 divided by 10 is NOT $1.25. If you think it is, you might be having money problems just like the people in Ike’s play.

2. Mila is, in her words, “not invested in hope.” (You probably already knew that.)

3. We decided on our theme for our evening of shorts this cycle (coming up in June)! We are SUPER excited about it, and we think it’s going to be the most cohesive and awesome evening Lather Rinse Repeat has put on yet! I’m not sure if I’m allowed to reveal anything yet, but suffice to say that when it is revealed, you will be approximately as excited as we are.

4. We took more pictures of ourselves. Hooray!

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Weekly Round-Up 3.2

Here we are a week after our last gathering and I have to say it was a cock-knocker of a night (Tim E. please confirm proper usage of cock-knocker, can it be used positively, I mean it positively).

Feb 11 marked the 2nd week in our newest lather round and featured Tim Errickson’s lovely play Warm Roses and special guest Leta Tremblay, yep THE Leta Tremblay. Hot night.

This week we learned many things:

1) Epiphany #1: The secret to life’s happiness is becoming a pharmacist. Too bad none of us went to pharmaceutical school. (I do have two in my family so maybe they’ll have some happiness to share.)

2) According to playwright Mariah MacCarthy plays are allowed to be cockteases, they don’t owe you a damned thing. So just keep that in mind and you might be almost as happy as a pharmacist.

3) We all know that Lather, Rinse, Repeat is full of talented playwrights but for the record we are also all ruggedly handsome and last week Isaac Rathbone was voted most rugged.  Congratulations Isaac your certificate is in the mail!

4) Thanks to Tim’s play and Brandon we all know a lot more about probate. Don’t leave your family homes in purgatory folks.

5) According to 30 year olds, 40 is the new 30.

6) We may have established this last week but Local 138 is a great place to read plays and enjoy a sweet happy hour.  Let’s hear it for the bars!

A Moment to Remember:

The moment you’re waiting for an uptown F train just so you can catch a train to Brooklyn and you make eye contact with a tiny black rat drinking track water three feet beneath you. #preciousmomentsindeed

Tonight Lather, Rinse, Repeat meets once again as  it’s Mr. Rathbone’s turn to unveil his new work, we’ll have yet another special guest and of course hold our weekly walk-off for the title of most rugged.   Keep an eye out for next week’s Weekly Round-Up for all of the juicy details.

 

Leta and Tim discuss Tim's play Warm Roses.

Leta and Tim discuss Tim’s play Warm Roses.

Ike celebrates his win as most rugged.

Ike celebrates his win as most rugged.

Guest Star Selfie #1: Leta Tremblay

On Tuesday Feb 11th, Director/Producer Leta Tremblay joined us as a GUEST STAR for Tim Errickson’s play Warm Roses. LRR playwright Natalie Wilson sat down with her after — electronically-speaking — to learn more about her and share some of her fabulousness with y’all.

1) What is your role in this crazy world of theater, and what first inspired you to pursue that role?

I am a director and producer in the New York Indie Theater scene. I started down that path when I first moved to NYC in 2007 and founded my theater company, FullStop Collective, with a group of my peers from the Eugene O’Neill National Theater Institute. We began as a group of artists just trying to get our work produced and seen so we came together to support each other in that endeavor. I have a stage management background so I organically came into the role of Producing Director and have really found my way by doing. Producing the work, making mistakes and learning from them. Directing though is my true love. I love finding those magical moments with collaborators when something just fits. A line spoken with grace, a gesture that surprises, music that weaves into a lit stage scape. I love sitting in an empty theater before something is about to happen. The promise of those opportunities inspires me.

2) From your resume, you clearly love working on new plays.  What do you love about the new play development process?

I love the possibility that a new play holds and the excitement of actively working with a living playwright. I love to collaborate with other artists over this new living, breathing thing and helping it to grow into something that none of us ever expected when we started. For me, a new play comes to life when we put it on it’s feet. It might stumble in the beginning but hearing the words come out of actors mouths is the only way to see what you’ve really got. And who doesn’t love a world premier, am I right?

3) What is a favorite new play you’ve helped bring to life, and why?

Wow, that’s a tough one. There are so many! Most recently, Mariah MacCarthy’s MRS. MAYFIELD’S FIFTH GRADE CLASS OF ’93 20 YEAR REUNION (production June 2013) is a favorite and a totally unique process. We didn’t start with a script but rather an idea and a bunch of actors who we both wanted to work with. From inception to closing night the whole process was only about five months long and a whirlwind of improvisation, writing, rehearsing, and performing. It was so alive and invigorating! On the other side of the spectrum, I engaged in a nearly 7 year long collaboration with FullStop company member Megan Weaver on her play, CAUSE OF FAILURE, which we mounted at FringeNYC in 2012. Both projects are very near to my heart because if the characters that emerged and the tremendous artists that I had the pleasure to work with. Both are funny, heartbreaking, and epic in their own ways.

4) Let’s get serious for a moment. What is the hardest thing about getting new works developed currently in the US? Any brilliant ideas for how that could be fixed/changed?

Space and money. That’s really what it all boils down to. And that applies not only to actually producing new work but also for individual artists to be able to live. Playwrights can write, they can collaborate with directors, they can have informal readings with actors, and they can take classes and receive feedback from peers, but only if they have a space to work in and money to feed/cloth/house themselves. I am very much of the opinion that an artist doesn’t need to wait for opportunities to develop they work. Residencies and festivals are great but you can also self produce and create an environment where work can thrive as long as you are willing to raise the money to acquire the space to do so. Brilliant ideas? Affordable space for artists? More monetary support that’s not so difficult to access? A government that supports and appreciates artists and their importance in society. All big goals. I’m still working out the details.

5) Enough about you. How about us? How was your experience being a guest star with Lather Rinse Repeat? What did you enjoy? What do you think we could do better?

I loved spending an evening with the Lather Rinse Repeat crew! I could tell right away that you all are a close knit group and you were so welcoming that I felt at home right away. In our talk back session, after reading the great Tim Errickson’s delicious new play, I enjoyed the structured candor of the discussion and feedback. There was no ego which was a huge plus for me. Really, the only thing that could make it better would be if there were snacks. Although I did get some french fries out of the deal… 😉