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Multi-week Round-up With Side of Tots

Feeling Round Down?  Say no more.  Let’s Round Up.

Procrastinator’s Special:  Several weeks in one.

Week 3: Jeremy Wine and his band of merry Rewrites

Week 3 of our full-length reading cycle continued with a constantly-changing read of Pre-Fabricated Homes, a play about iffy construction, having sex with national parks, and a man curiously called “Jeff”.  Jeremy Wine’s play is the best play ever written in the known world.

Full disclaimer: Jeremy Wine wrote most or all of this.

Week 4: Fearsome Frank, by Tim Duncheon, and his pocket pal, Marbles.

We were whisked away, island to island, to the year 1589.  Fearsome Frank is most likely a true story, or semi-true, but it’s certainly musical and pants-immolatingly funny.  A case of mistaken identity leads inevitably to sword and word play, the immaculate Concepcion, and a spot marked by an X.  It’s a musical with depth.

Ba-dum-dum.

Week 5: Exposing Yourself in Public

The first of several Submission Salons, Lather, Rinse, Repeat’s version of Career Night.  We came, we whiteboarded, we solicited ourselves.  It wasn’t pretty.  We are forming a nice little playwright’s helper system for professional development that will one day be shared with the world at large, solving all of American Theatre’s problems.  And we ate pizza.

Week 6: L’Aubergiste by the always happenin’ Natalie Wilson

This house has a mad crush.  It likes you, Jeanine.  It really, really likes you.  Jeanine.  Sure, Bernadette has been going steady with the house for the past trillion years, but it was a good run.  Jeanine.  This house really digs you, if you know what I mean.

Meanwhile, In a Land Not Unlike This Land…

Lather, Rinse, Repeat playwrights have all kinds of frothy action out there.  Not the least of which:  Caps Lock Theatre’s Pussyfest III: The Reckoning.  This year’s installment features a heady brew of LRR playwrights, including Tim Duncheon, Tim Errickson, Isaac Rathbone, Mila Golubov, Natalie Wilson, Jeremy Wine, and Jen Browne.  The line-up this year is stellar–get your tickets for November 2nd, 3rd, and the 10th or you’ll be THAT PERSON that DIDN’T GO.  Don’t be THAT PERSON.  Buy tickets at THIS PLACE.

This is not a drill.

Furthermore, our most beloved Isaac Rathbone will have his LRR-developed play The Gnome produced at the estimable LORT-tastic Barter Theatre early next year.  That’s a world premiere for those of you keeping score at home.  Many more details to come.

LORTLORTLORTLORTLORTLORTLORTLORT

Next Time, Whether As You Like It Or Not:

Issac “Ike” Rathbone brings in his latest Full-length “Fully” Play for a cast of Seasoned “Salty” Actors to read.  This is about that time of year when we stop showering.  Or maybe that’s just me.  I like art.

MEGA ROUND UP!!!

You’ve read our weekly rounds ups and they were of course entertaining and now we bring you (in a booming echoing voice) MEGA ROUND UP!!!!!!

MEGA ROUND UP!!!!! compiles an entire summer’s worth of happenings, two weeks of long form adventures, and a whole lot of madcapperie in one concise post.  It’s MEGA ROUND UP!!!!

THE BEGINNING:

It all started in June 2014 when Filling the Well: An Artists Retreat took the Lather, Rinse, Repeat playwrights by the hand and led them on an amazing journey at the Dragon’s Egg Studio in Ledyard, CT.   Gorging on healthy, hearty food, sunshine, and inspiration everybody left very full indeed.

SUMMER: A SEASON OF DOING AND THEN DOING MORE

Moving ever deeper into summer, a time when many New Yorkers escape the city, travel, maybe even rest or “chill-out” as the kids sometimes say, but not our LRR playwrights, not at all.   LRR playwrights do not believe in taking it easy.  They laugh at summer vacations.  Their work is their vacation.  When asked what they did on their “summer vacation” here is what some of our playwrights had to say:

Tim Errickson: For my summer vacation I’ve directed the New York premiere of John Patrick Bray’s DONKEY in the Planet Connections Festival, which was nominated for 13 Festival awards, followed by producing A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM in Central Park and LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST in Bryant Park. I also returned to serve on the New York Innovative Theatre Awards Honorary Awards Committee, and am leading NYIT through a six month Board refresh process. Plus I’m getting married at some point.  (and he did, just last week)

Isaac Rathbone: For my summer vacation my play “The Gnome” received a staged reading at Barter Theater’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights in Abingdon, VA on 7/8. I attended the festival and met some wonderful people, including the other amazing playwrights associated with the festival. (he also just remounted an amazing play called March of the Bonus Army, if you missed it, well, you missed out, didn’t you)

Lauren Ferebee: For my summer vacation I finished up a six-month residency in South Carolina with a workshop production of my play The Reckless Season (my first round Lather, Rinse, Repeat play).  In July,  I was a juried fellow at the Saltonstall Arts Colony, where I wrote, read and ate delicious food in Ithaca, NY. My play Sexual Geography (third round play for LRR) was selected for March Forth Productions’ Summer Salon in August. As the summer wraps up, I’ll be spending time with family in Dallas and bringing pages in for the brand new Dallas play incubator The Aviary.

Amanda Keating: For my summer vacation I spent a few wonderful weeks out of town workshopping my play GO THAT WAY with the Williams College Summer Theater Lab. Highlights include a) kicking it all day every day with smart, cool, seriously talented students and fellow artists, b) seeing the play on its feet for the first time, and c) eating, hiking, and biking my way through the pastures, farms, and fields of Williamstown MA. Aside from these glorious days of writing and drinking copious amounts of beer in the great outdoors, I sweated my way around the city working my myriad jobs and lamenting my lack of air conditioning. It was a killer summer.

Who’s That Girl?:

Woah, Amanda Keating, who is that?  WELL, if you haven’t been paying attention, Amanda Keating is our newest, shiniest member.  LRR member Lauren Ferebee is off sowing artistic seeds south of the Mason Dixon line and will remain a member at large (#lrr4eva) so we needed another amazing playwright to round out the team.  We held an open call and received an astonishing amount of submissions all of which were really, really fantastic.  So after reading loads of plays and talking it through all signs pointed to Amanda and we couldn’t be more excited to have her!  Keep an out for more from Amanda, a #selfie interview could be on the horizon…..

ALMOST DONE:

Now, to round off this, our first ever MEGA ROUND UP!!! (don’t forget the voice) Let us reflect on the last two weeks of long form plays.

Kicking this cycle off was none other than Mariah MacCarthy, she brought us the beginnings of what will no doubt be an amazeballs play filled with plotting teen girls, a dead dog, magical You Tube videos and thousands and thousands of dollars.  Week two Jen Browne brought in an updated version of a play we’ve seen before that may or may not be about a mermaid, the jury is still out but let’s just say there were a lot of questions about mermaid rules and habits.

THE FUTURE:

The future, oh yes the future holds many things, eight more weeks of brand new plays, new LRR workshops, parties, adventures, and more, literally more and more.   Check in and often, you never know what we’ll be throwing down.  You don’t, you just never know, there may even be another MEGA ROUND UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Weekly Round-Up 3.6

Mila

Yes.  That’s right.  It’s Mila Golubov week.  It’s March 11th and I found myself skipping down Ludlow St. like a Sochi ice dancer.  I’M THAT EXCITED.  Word on the street was shadow puppetry might be involved.  Do you know what?  It was.

With well-coiffed director Brian Gillespie as our special guest, Mila took us down a dark, robotic noir turn where shadow wolves and bears spoke for the inner nature of the denizens of a kind-of-future.  The play–a kiss before dying battery: a shadow play.  I never thought of androids and film noir together.  Now they’re motherfucking inextricable.  It was future-tastic, con-or-be-conned, and downright stichomythic (Look it up, people).

Notes of note:

  1. Dicks should be Private Dicks
  2. In the continuing, yet unplanned Lather, Rinse, Repeat Continuity Project 2.0, this week’s play was once again linked by total happenstance to the play before it.  This time, by virtue of the delicious and fruity mai tai.
  3. “Then what are we doing here.” “Rubbing parts.”  Didn’t I tell you?  Robosapiens and film noir!  Like Peaches and Herb!
  4. Mike Pitsikoulis basically is a robotic bartender.
  5. Carson Lee basically is the most handsome Dick in every room.

Stay tuned for the next Weekly Round-Up; a very special homecoming for our very own Lauren Ferebee, playing hookey from her residency in South Carolina, to treat us to her newest stack of tremendous.  That puts the happy in a 5:00pm – 9:00m $3 pint happy hour(s) at Local 138.

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…