By Bridget Anderson, Theatre Games Dramaturge
I sat down with three of the actors in the new play Theatre Games to learn a bit about their process, their relationships with their characters, and their thoughts on the material presented in this play. I had the pleasure of speaking with Glenn (Titus), Greg (Bill), and Alexis (Princess).
The three actors, united with a common interest in theatre, cover a spectrum of experience and personalities.
Each actor has developed a special relationship with the character they play.
Each actor takes a different approach to preparing for the show and finding their character.
I asked each actor to reflect on the evil portrayed in the play.
Finally, the actors each have a final reaction they hope to get from their audiences this weekend.
For our next upcoming show, Theatre Games, we decided to ask the playwright, Pharyne Stephney, a few questions about her play. This is Pharyne’s debut play and Voices Found Repertory is proud to put on the world premiere of Theatre Games, running May 3rd-7th, 2017!
When did you first get the idea for Theatre Games?
I’ve always been a sucker for revenge tragedies, so the summer after I graduated from college I began drafting one of my own. Very early on I decided to set the play in a theatre, so a lot of the initial exploration focused on creating ways to use the actual theatre space as a character. It was really fun writing for actors who aren’t confined to the boundaries of the stage. They use the backstage, light booth, lobby, and even the restroom in realistic ways that make the world of the play extend much farther than what we see right in front of us.
What was the process for creating each character?
It really came down to picking which Shakespeare names I wanted to use, and then building them out from there. Othello was first; I knew immediately that I wanted to have a white Othello, and that irony helped fuel a character who ultimately acts as our window into the quirky world of theatre. I thought it’d be fun to pair a theatre nerd with Macbeth, which created the perfect opportunity to introduce the idea of the “curse of the Scottish play.” The names Titus, Brutus, and Romeo were picked and their roles expanded based on themes from their namesakes’ plays. Princess was probably the most difficult to design. Her personality went through several incarnations. Unlike the men of the show who were fleshed out and then constructed into the plot, Princess’s character was more heavily shaped by the storyline itself.
Taming of the Shrew opens January 18th in the Underground Collaborative's Arcade Theatre. Here's some information about how to get there and how much to bring to the box office!
Getting to the Underground Collaborative
General Admission: $12
Tickets are available online or at the box office. The box office is open one hour before show time and accepts cash and all major credit cards.
January 18, 19, and 21 showtime: 7:30pm
January 20 showtime: 11pm
January 22 and 23 showtime: 2pm
Our pay-what-you-will night will be on January 20th for our special "unrated" late-night performance. Showtime is 11pm. Think Shakespeare meets Adult Swim - louder, lewder, and shrew-der, not recommended for kids or the feint of heart. Tickets for this performance are available at the box office.
Dinner and Drinks
The Arcade Theatre is located just a block away from the Riverwalk, with plenty of places to grab food, snacks, and beverages. To name just a few in the immediate area:
The Arcade Theater is in the Underground Collaborative, in the basement of the Grand Avenue Mall.
(Also, it's very cold in the theatre. We recommend you bring a sweater or jacket. Maybe your sled dog team.)
THE UNDERGROUND COLLABORATIVE
Money's tight, and with the seemingly endless opportunities you have to see shows on a weekly basis we want to help make it easier to support the arts. That's why we're offering the following ticket rates:
Pay What You Will
And to recap, standard general admission is $12.
Each discount applies to one ticket per customer unless otherwise indicated, while supplies last.
If you want to take advantage of these awesome discounts, RSVP to our Facebook event and let us know you're coming!
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