LE PROBLEME KICKS OFF ARACA PROJECT 2015!!!

Sarah Krasnow and her team from Yale University open the U.S. premiere of Le Probleme tonight at the newly renovated American Theater of Actors!

“I’m going where I’m still desired,” says Annie, explaining to her husband and children why she is leaving them for a man she met at work. Capturing one hour in the life of a family in crisis, Le Problème examines mother, father, son, and daughter as they navigate the responsibilities they have to themselves and each other. When a relationship changes, what is the solution? Or is there even a problem?

Buy tickets here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/6523

and visit their website: www.leprob.com

Exciting News in ATA

This past month, The Dad Shop, comprised of Sky Burks and Nate Frieswyk, has undertaken the enormous task of replacing the entire seating deck in the Chernuchin Theater at The American Theater for Actors. The remodel of the seating will be finished just in time for Araca Project 2015. 

Check out some photos below from The Dad Shop's Instagram (@thedadshop). 

They're KILLING IT! Looking forward the completed renovation. 

2015 Projects SELECTED!!

The 2015 Projects are confirmed. Check them out!

Tarrytown - Syracuse Univ. - Producers: Tyler Spicer, Carmen Quinones & Matt Tolbert

The Lilliput Troupe - Northwestern Univ. - Producers: Jack Eidson & Sally Lindel

Le Probleme - Yale Univ. - Producers: Sarah Krasnow & Brian Dudkiewicz

Hopeful Soul - Syracuse Univ. - Producers: Robert Axelrod, Anto Pereira, Dustin Kahn & Annie Wilkins

Lady -  Northwestern Univ. - Producers: Sofya Weitz, Will Arbery, Will Dagger & Katie Cochran

Urinetown: The Musical - Syracuse Univ. - Producers: Seth Landau, Ethan Butler & Tim Simon

CONGRATULATIONS to all project selects!

With the Bootcamp only 6 weeks away, this year's Araca Project is underway!

Update Friday; Week 1 in the theater!

You, Me & That Guy opened last night and have 4 more performances!

Sea Legs:

The team of Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical is so excited to move into the theater on Sunday!  We are having a great time finishing our last week of rehearsals before tech week, and we can't wait to open next Saturday. Don't miss the boat- get your tickets now at BrownPaperTickets.com!

Check out our recent article on Playbill:

http://m.playbill.com/news/article/university-of-michigan-alums-bring-their-sea-legs-to-ata-330343

And on Broadwayworld:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/New-Musical-SEA-LEGS-to-Begin-920-at-the-American-Theatre-of-Actors-20140909

Bones in the Basket:

Bones in the Basket had a great week…our indiegogo campaign completed and we started rehearsals on monday!  Only a week into rehearsal and we have already seen some exciting new additions to the show (shadow play of skulls eating little girls, 15 foot tall witches, and a very naughty fox).

Mare in the Men's Room:

We started off this week with an extraordinarily excited full-company production meeting and are finalizing the next stage of our marketing plans after doing a wonderful photo shoot with our leading lady. Tickets have begun to sell and rehearsals start next Wednesday! Tickets are on sale: www.MareInTheMensRoom.com

The Woman in the Basement:

The show is cast!

Cast List:L James: Amos Vanderpoel

Keisha: Umi Shakti

Tucker: Carson Higgins

Dylan: Dario Caudana

Stevie: Jomack Miranda

Buck: Pete Hourihan

Nick: Cornelius McMoyler

Daniels: Tony Del Bono

Officer 2: Revin Kittles

Keisha: Gwenevere Sisco

We have over half of our funds raised. And we're gearing up for rehearsals. Woohoo!

October in the Chair:

Greetings from the Netherlands! This week Old Sound Room premiered "October in the Chair..." at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. We've learned a lot and had the luxury of workshopping some changes based on the audience response. After our fill of bike rides, canal tours, and wheels of cheese, we are feeling exhilarated and ready to bring the show back to NYC. 

InterVIEWs-day Tuesday: Rachel Slotky

Welcome to InterVIEWS-day TUESday! (Say it out loud. It rhymes.)  Each week, we’ll feature a different Araca Project participant answering questions on all the hard-hitting issues, like what celebrity encapsulates their show.  This week, we’re celebrating the team behind The Woman in the Basement, Rachel Slotky!  Seat belts fastened?  Good.  Let’s go.

   

 

 

 

What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?

I am the General Manager for RADD Theatre Co., the company that is producing The Woman in the Basement.

Describe your show in 17 words. 

A scary, sometimes funny, always exciting journey down the rabbit-hole of masculinity and it’s consequences.

If your show was a celebrity who would it be? 

Tucker Max, the author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. Apparently he is now undergoing intensive therapy after writing about all of his sexcapades with women, which makes it even more fitting that our show would be him.

If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?

I would be Keisha because she is intelligent and knows how to hang with he guys, but she can also hold her own.

What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?

I think it was The Little Mermaid at some community children's theatre when I was 6. I was Fifi, the french cook who took a pie to the face at the end of the show. The pie was made entirely of whipped cream (which I loved!). So have a face full of whipped cream every night was a dream come true for 6 year old Rachel.

What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?

The first time I had to kiss a boy onstage was my freshman year of high school, and the guy was a junior. My dad kept joking that he would come see the show but that I had to get an extra ticket for his shot gun (don’t worry he doesn't actually have a shotgun). Because thinking about my dad watching me kiss someone wasn't stressful enough, my boyfriend at the time decided to sit in the very front row where I could see him so perfectly. Anyway, I was so nervous that what was supposed to be an intense kiss turned into a small peck on the lips. The rest of the scene made no sense because of it. After that, my director made me count to like 5 mississippi before I was allowed to end pull away. 

What are your top 3 (Yes only 3)  theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?

1)At the Firnge festival in Edinburough Scotland, I saw this amazing one man show about a gay man going to Kenya to adopt a baby. There were no more than 5 people in the audience and this man gave us the same show he would have given a sold out performance. 

2) Going back to that time when I was 6 and got hit in the face with a pie, every time that would happen everyone laughed hysterically (including my older sister who was also in the show and on stage at that time). It was the first time I made that many people laugh at one time and it was a pretty amazing feeling.

3) I was 10 the first time I saw Rent and when Angel dies (Spoiler Alert) tears just started streaming down my face. It was the first time I was moved to tears at a show. Now I cry at shows all the time! But the first time is always memorable.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

Sister Wives. Don't judge me until you watch it! Its fascinating!

What is your internet and/or social media obsession?

Buzzfeed, I can spend wayyyyy too many hours lost on buzz feed. 

What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?

Good Will Hunting, but the show would have to be dedicated to Robin Williams and done in a very tasteful way.

Lighting Round!

Musical or Play?

Play.

Too Hot or Too Cold?

Too cold

Wine or Beer?

Beer

Olympics or X-Games?

Olympics

Proscenium or Thrust?

Proscenium

UPDATE FRIDAY: KICKOFF WEEK!

You Me & That Guy:

This is a big update! 'You, Me & That Guy' has surpassed our Kickstarter goal! Thank you to everyone who supported us throughout our campaign. We are still laughing as we finish up our last week of rehearsal, leading up to our OPENING NEXT WEEK, so don't forget to pick up your tickets at www.youmeandthatguy.com!

Also, check out our article on Theatre Mania!
http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/you-me-and-that-guy-opens-araca-project-season_69763.html
And Broadway World!
http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Pink-House-Productions-YOU-ME-AND-THAT-GUY-to-Open-the-2014-Araca-Project-20140903

Sea Legs:

Rehearsals for Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical are continuing to go well!  We are looking forward to our Sitzprobe with the band next week as well as getting ready to move into the theater next Sunday.  Tickets are selling fast- our Closing Night is almost sold out- so be sure to reserve your tickets now! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/791420

Fatal Eggs:

Bones in the Basket had a solid week, we are wrapping up our indiegogo campaign in about 4 days, at the same time we moved into our new rehearsal space as we begin full rehearsals on Monday.  We are looking forward to both getting really dug into the process next week both in rehearsal, and because we can watch the first show of the Araca Project open!

Mare In The Men's Room:

This week: TEAM MARE has a cast! After searching high and low for the perfect queens we have an incredible cast signed on for our October run. Additionally, our creative team is putting together the final pieces of our designs. The Mare marketing campaign is prepping for a big facelift and should be running on the web next week. 

UPDATE FRIDAY: ONE WEEK UNTIL KICKOFF!

You, Me & That Guy:

'You, Me & That Guy' has been working hard at rehearsals, and it has been a hilariously good time. We are also extremely excited to announce that we have surpassed our Kickstarter goal! So thank you to everyone for all of the support. Don't forget you can buy your tickets for the show at www.youmeandthatguy.com
Also make sure to be there at the launch party on the 11th!

Sea Legs:

Rehearsals for Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical are well underway!  We have been having a ton of fun in rehearsal and have enjoyed seeing this production come to life!  Feel free to visit our website, www.sealegsthemusical.com, to sign up for our email list and receive exclusive updates and sneak peeks.  Tickets for the production are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/791420.  

The Fatal Eggs:

The Fatal Eggs is nearing the end of our fundraising timeline - and we've already successfully achieved all our goals! This week all the designers will meet together and finalize decisions on the designs. We are prepping for rehearsals to begin, press releases are being sent out daily, marketing images are almost completed, and we've got a great list of VIP invites in the making! AND TICKETS ARE ON SALE!

Mare In The Men's Room:

We at Mare have officially closed our first show as Goldfish Memory Productions! We’ve been using that energy by diving full-on into Mare. We’ve got a full team assembled and we are starting to gather set/costume materials. We’re also finishing up casting, check out our posting here: (http://www.backstage.com/casting/mare-in-the-mens-room-off-bway-43952/). Let us know if you have anyone in mind!

The Woman In The Basement:

After auditioning about 140 incredible actors out of 2000 submissions, we have a cast! We're holding final callbacks Friday for our last two roles, and then we will announce our talented cast! So excited for rehearsal. Also, if we haven't shared yet, our play went through rewrites and now has a "justice filled" ending and setup. We're very pleased. 

On to hardcore fundraising!

October In The Chair And Other Fragile Things:

This week, Old Sound Room wrapped up rehearsals for our initial run of "October in the Chair..." at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival, where it will preview before Araca. Incorporating costumes, puppets, live music, and requesting gluten-free airline meals made this week a long yet fulfilling one. We are also beginning work with our publicist to get things rolling for the Off-Broadway run. Bon Voyage!

UPDATE FRIDAY: 2 Weeks Til KICKOFF

BONES IN THE BASKET

Bones has had a solid week…we are deep into designer meetings right now, and there are a lot of new and exciting ideas being generated by the American Theatre for Actors for both scenic and costume design.  We are about a month from rehearsals proper beginning, but the ensemble has begun to work on ideas for the story that we are adding to the show for this fall…I don’t want to spoil anything but I can say it involves a crying hare, a bloody sickle, and a vaudeville routine.  Beyond that, fundraising continues…we just achieved 25% of our goal on Indiegogo!  With more than a month of the campaign to go!

 

THE FATAL EGGS

The Fatal Eggs is happy to announce that our team received a prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Special Project grant which provides funding for a significant amount of our budget and adds to word of mouth! We're gearing up for rehearsals to begin at the start of September and our Scenic Designers, Kate Noll and Carmen Martinez, made a model of the theatre!! Check out more info at www.fataleggs.com!

 

MARE IN THE MEN'S ROOM

Happy Friday! The Mare in the Men's Room team is still hard at work and getting very excited for things to kick into high-gear next month. Designs are being finalized and a new marketing design is in the works - STAY TUNED!  

InterVIEWS-day TUESday: Taylor Norton!

Welcome to InterVIEWS-day TUESday! (Say it out loud. It rhymes.)  Each week, we’ll feature a different Araca Project participant answering questions on all the hard-hitting issues, like what celebrity encapsulates their show.  This week, we’re celebrating the team behind Sea Legs with Taylor Norton! Hope you enjoyed your dinner, here's desert!

1) What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014? I'm the director of the second Araca show (Sept 20-27), "Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical".  We're the only musical!

2) Describe your show in 17 words. Finding oneself can be more of an adventure than saving a harbor town from a power-hungry Englishman.

3) If your show was a celebrity who would it be? Gene Wilder.  Quirky, hilarious, full of heart.

4) If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why? I'm torn.  I'd either be Myrtle, the basically invisible girl who is the most loyal friend anyone's ever had, or Galleypepper, the town harbinger of doom who's covered in seagull poop.  Why?  I think Myrtle's pigtails could really work for me.  And I love seagulls.  I.  Love.  Them. 

5) What was the first show you worked on in any capacity? When I was 10 years old I was a member of the "Lullabye League" in "The Wizard of Oz" at my sister's high school.  I think I nailed it.

6) What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off? In my sophomore year I directed a production of "The Who's Tommy" at the University of Michigan.  A week before tech began, there was a huge storm (complete with a tornado) and the scene shop where we were building our set and storing costumes flooded.  That was the first of many catastrophes that plagued the show and proved Murphy's Law.  We had shirts made that said "I Survived Tommy Tech Week".

7) What are your top 3 (Yes only 3) theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?

- I grew up acting out scenes from "The Lion King", so when I finally saw the show in London, the animals came down the aisles and I wept.  I was 16.

- I saw Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen do "Waiting for Godot" in 2009, and just watching McKellen take his boot off remains the most compelling moment of theatre I've ever seen.

- I was understudying a friend in a community theatre show when I was in high school, and she went home puking, so I had to go on as the "Moth Queen" in "Babes in Toyland" and I was AWFUL.  It was a blast.

8) What is your guilty pleasure TV show? Judge Mathis.  Only I'm not that guilty about it.

9) What is your internet and/or social media obsession? Texts from Parents sites.  They just kill me.

10) What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show? Honestly I'm really excited for "Finding Neverland".

 

Lighting Round!

Musical or Play? Musical if funny.  Play if not.

Too Hot or Too Cold? TOO COLD.

Wine or Beer? Tequila is my lady.

Olympics or X-Games? Olympic gymnastics.

Proscenium or Thrust? Thrust.

UPDATE FRIDAY: WEEK Six (AUGUST 4th - 8th)

BONES IN THE BASKET

Bones has had a solid week…we are deep into designer meetings right now, and there are a lot of new and exciting ideas being generated by the American Theatre for Actors for both scenic and costume design.  We are about a month from rehearsals proper beginning, but the ensemble has begun to work on ideas for the story that we are adding to the show for this fall…I don’t want to spoil anything but I can say it involves a crying hare, a bloody sickle, and a vaudeville routine.  Beyond that, fundraising continues…we just achieved 25% of our goal on Indiegogo!  With more than a month of the campaign to go!

FATAL EGGS

Tickets for The Fatal Eggs will be available starting next week! www.fataleggs.com

OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR AND OTHER FRAGILE THINGS

This week, Old Sound Room's Kickstarter campaign came to a close at $2000 over our base goal! And with that, we kicked off rehearsals on Tuesday. Equity contracts signed, lunches in the fridge, and costume designs on the wall. It begins!

THE WOMAN IN THE BASEMENT

RADD Theatre Co. went live! Our IndieGoGo was approved by Fractued Atlas, so we launched our compaign and got our first few donations! We also had intital meetings about casting, which will be starting soon. And our play is revised and finished; thank god for all the feedback we got at the bootcamp. 

SEA LEGS

Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical starts our audition process tomorrow!  With two full days of auditions and callbacks on Sunday, we are looking forward to having a full cast by next week.  

YOU, ME & THAT GUY

Pink House Productions is planning a reading of "You, Me & That Guy" at the Barrow Street Theatre on August 16th, from 7PM-9:30! Come down for a free reading with complimentary tickets with admission (21+ to participate in drinks). We've also had a very successful fundraiser in San Diego, California, which has brought us closer to making this show a reality! 

MARE IN THE MEN'S ROOM

The Mare in the Men's Room team is opening their FringeNYC show this weekend (check out our Theatre Mania press - http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/08-2014/7-shows-you-should-see-at-the-2014-new-york-intern_69407.html),  so we've been busy bees getting all set up! We are even further into design talks for Mare, our set designer Shelley Barrish sent over some incredible renderings this week.  We are getting really excited to see all of these ideas beginning to become real! 

InterVIEWs-day Tuesday: Jenny Leon!

What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?

I’m directing the first show in the Araca Project 2014 season 'Sept 10-14' -- You, Me & That Guy by Stephen Sanow 

Describe your show in 17 words. 

Post-grad panic can make you selfish, but if you practice listening to your world, it’ll surprise you. 

If your show was a celebrity who would it be? 

Mid 2000’s Kate Nash - like the “Made of Bricks” era - crossed with both Abbi and Ilana from Broad City. 

If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?

Even though I’m most like Sarah (aren’t we all?) -- I would love to play Sarah’s Mom, she’s wise in a totally insane way. 

What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?

I’m pretty sure I played Lucy in “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Jr” when I was 6. 

What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?

I’ve prepared a classic and a contemporary example (thanks, BFA!). Growing up, I spent my summers at an amazing theater camp called French Woods Festival, and the last show I did there as a camper was the musical Children of Eden. Our set was centered around this giant tree. During Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden, our director thought it would be a great idea to have a flashpot explosion at the climax of the number. During dress rehearsal, though, the explosion was a bit wimpy, and the director asked tech to amp it up. Opening night, the explosion happens, and the tree catches fire. Stage crew nailed it with the fire extinguisher, but the moment when we all realized what was happening behind us was hilarious. And recently, I was acting in a 2-person 10 minute play, and, while on-stage, my scene partner’s phone went off in her pocket. That was the biggest laugh we got all night. 

What are your top 3 (Yes only 3)  theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?

I remember after seeing War Horse in London, I literally called my Mom long-distance to tell her that if she ever got the chance, she had to see this show. I felt similarly about Kneehigh Theater’s The Wild Bride, which I saw at Berkeley Rep -- it was so beautiful and inventive. And, I know some purists will fight me on this, but I was so affected by John Doyle’s Sweeney Todd -- I give that production credit for the insane amount of time I currently spend fantasizing about high-concept re-imaginings of classic musicals. 

What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

I’m not even guilty about having watched 30 Rock from beginning to end... more than a few times. 

What is your internet and/or social media obsession?

Instagram. I recently got 26 likes on a picture of a sandwich, which is pretty huge for me. 

What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?

Can we just make original theater instead? But, like, A League of Their Own. And Anastasia. 

Lighting Round!

Musical or Play?

~*play with music*~

Too Hot or Too Cold?

Too cold. I mean... Syracuse. 

Wine or Beer?

Wine, true to my bougie nor-cal roots. Or bourbon.

Olympics or X-Games?

Cuse basketball. 

Proscenium or Thrust?

In the round, you cheeky bastards.

UPDATE FRIDAY: Week Five (July 27th - August 1st)

 

MARE IN THE MEN'S ROOM

This week the Mare in the Men's Room has been digging deep into the design process. Our artistic team is hard at work designing and preparing the details for our set construction all while continuing our fundraising effforts. Goldfish Memory Productions is also mid-way through rehearsals of their show MMF which opens August 10th. Tickets are on sale! Check out www.GoldfishMemoryProductions.com for more info. 

OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR & OTHER FRAGILE THINGS

Old Sound Room made our Kickstarter goal this week! With one more fundraiser in the works (a dance party on August 21st, check out www.oldsoundroom.com for details), we're getting our ducks in a row to start the creative process. This week was full of scheduling, publicity, and AEA business; this upcoming Tuesday we switch out our producer hats for stretch pants and masks as the rehearsal process begins!

YOU, ME & THAT GUY

Pink House Productions is proud to officially announce that we have finalized our cast! We have a production team in San Diego that is spreading the word, and successfully finding backers. We are also hard at work with organizing a Fundraiser in partnership with The Barrowstreet Theatre! Which is gonna be awesome! We'll keep you posted on our Facebook Page.

THE FATAL EGGS

We're at 60% of our Indigogo campaign with still a month to go. Designers are meeting. We're working on script changes. Rehearsal space is booked. We've met with producers and interested parties. Got insurance. The website is still up and being updated. We got great news that we aren't allowed to announce until mid-August. We had to replace one actor.

WOMAN IN THE BASEMENT

We are going live Friday night! Launching our website, IndieGoGo campaign, and ticket sales!

BONES IN THE BASKET

Another busy week for bones in the basket, our crowdsourcing fundraising is in full swing, having begun over the weekend (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bones-in-the-basket).  We are continuing with design meetings, and the ensemble is meeting this weekend to have our first pre-rehearsal day of workshop / goofing off.

InterVIEWs-day Tuesday: Fisher Neal!

Welcome to InterVIEWS-day TUESday! (Say it out loud. It rhymes.)  Each week, we’ll feature a different Araca Project participant answering questions on all the hard-hitting issues, like what celebrity encapsulates their show.  This week, we’re celebrating the team behind October in the Chair and other Fragile Things, Fisher Neil!  Seatbelts fastened?  Good.  Let’s go.

 

photo taken from oldsoundroom.com

photo taken from oldsoundroom.com


1. What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?

I am the Managing Director of Old Sound Room, so that means that I’m doing a majority of the administrative paperwork involved in producing “October in the Chair and other Fragile Things”, from negotiating our LOA with Equity to handling our money to writing and signing contracts with designers and such.

2. Describe your show in 17 words. 

“October” is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s short stories which are as imaginative as they are fun.

3. If your show was a celebrity who would it be?

It’s already a celebrity: Neil Gaiman.Duh.Unless you’ve never heard of him, in which case it is a love chlld between Michael Caine and Tim Burton.

4. If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?

I would like to be October because of the wisdom and depth of the little thing he says to November at the end of our play.

5. What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?

I would have to say that was when I played Percy in the play version of “The Beverly Hillbillies” in high school.

6. What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?

There are so many!The biggest is probably from a recent production of Titus Andronicus at Yale in which I played both Chiron and Quintus.My first big entrance as Chiron was an epic two minute long sword battle with my brother, and in the first phrase of the first performance on a two show day the other actor caught my hand with his broadsword and smashed my pinky open right in front of the audience.I continued with the fight, and in the section where we fought on the balcony I stepped off the edge and very badly grated my shin against a steel I-beam.I was unable to leave the stage for several minutes as I switched back and forth between characters, limping and bleeding all over the stage.When I finally got off I had about 60 seconds to tell the SM I could finish the show, tape the thing up, and get back out there and attack Lavinia, who did not know that I was injured and fought me accordingly.The second show started 45 minutes late because I was getting stitches, and the fights went off without a hitch despite having a huge splint on my fingers, but the carnage wasn’t over.To top it all off, my final death moment utterly failed.I was tied up to a pole in my underwear with my hands above my head, holding an IV bag that would cover me in blood when Titus slit my throat.Instead of working, the blood exploded onto the ceiling, then splashed on top of my head, dripping throughout the remaining scene.The audience was in stitches, and being naked and stuck in that position I had no way to hide the fact that I was thrown by all of this, so the audience laughed even more, and finally I started laughing uncontrollably despite supposedly being dead.It was quite a day.

7. What are your top 3 (Yes only 3)  theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?

The time I saw “Once on this Island” in high school that made me want to try acting.The time that I unexpectedly met Arthur Miller at a show I was in at Williamstown the same day that I read “Death of a Salesman” for the first time.The first time I felt I was in control of the audience from the stage, which was during the Jud Fry’s Cabin scene in “Oklahoma” during my senior year in high school.

8. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

You ‘ve probably never heard of it:The Crush with Lee and Tiffany

9. What is your internet and/or social media obsession?

Google Maps.I like to know where things are, and I can’t get enough of the satellite imagery.

10. What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?

For the longest time it was “Bullets Over Broadway”, and now that this has failed, I feel responsible and think the best thing for everyone is that I should stop thinking of movies I’d like to see on the stage.

Lighting Round!

1. Musical or Play?

Play

2. Too Hot or Too Cold?

Too Cold!

3. Wine or Beer?

Beer

4. Olympics or X-Games?

What-games?

5. Proscenium or Thrust?

Definitely Thrust.The only way to do right by Shakespeare in my opinion.

UPDATE FRIDAY: Week Four (July 21st - July 25th)

Welcome to Update Friday! Every week, we will be sharing the progress of various Araca Project 2014 groups(/pods/teams/etc.) with you -- so grab some popcorn (or the snack food of your choice), and celebrate the wondrous journey that is summer theater production!!!


MARE IN THE MEN'S ROOM
Mare in the Men’s Room is currently deep in designer discussions and having a blast with our creative process! We held our casting and are now in the callback phase. We, as Goldfish Memory Productions, are also in the midst of putting up our FringeNYC show, MMF! Check out our listing at http://www.fringenyc.org/basic_page.php?ltr=M#MMF!
 

OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR & OTHER FRAGILE THINGS
Fundraising continues for Old Sound Room! Our Kickstarter campaign came running out the gate, and with 2 weeks left we're 80% to our goal (check it out for some great Neil Gaiman-related rewards!). A dance party fundraiser is in full planning mode, set for August 21st in Bushwick. And as rehearsal dates are being set, creative juices are flowing! Details on the fundraiser and Kickstarter can be found on our website, www.oldsoundroom.com. 
 

YOU, ME & THAT GUY
You, Me & That Guy' officially has their completed cast! We also had our first official fundraiser, which created great buzz for the show, along with giving local bands, and bands connected to our show, publicity. We've also reached our first benchmark with our kickstarter! Things are going pretty well at the Pink House. 

InterVIEWS-day TUESday: Stephen Sanow!

Welcome to InterVIEWS-day TUESday! (Say it out loud. It rhymes.)  Each week, we’ll feature a different Araca Project participant answering questions on all the hard-hitting issues, like what celebrity encapsulates their show.  This week, we’re celebrating the team behind You, Me & That Guy by bringing you this top-notch interview with the show's heavenly writer, Stephen Sanow.  Seatbelts fastened?  Good.  Let’s go.

1. What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?
I wrote You, Me & That Guy with my own two hands.

 

2. Describe your show in 17 words. 
SEVENTEEN WORDS!? You want me to describe my amazing, beautiful, luscious show in SEVENTEEN WORDS!? IT’S FUNNY!

 

3. If your show were a celebrity who would it be?
Zooey Deschanel.

 

4. If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?
I would be Sarah’s Mom because I love pretending I’m Frank Underwood from House of Cards.

 

5. What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?
When I was 7, I put up my own Saturday Night Live for my family at Thanksgiving (which I still do).  I wrote the skits, cast my cousins and directed the show.  Then I would ask for money after- everyone gave me something except my Aunt Carol, who said, “You get paid in love” and then I replied “Bull Sh*t” and that was the first time I ever cursed in front of my mother.  

 

6. What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?
I missed an entrance in Little Women in high school.  It was a catastrophe because I only had one line the whole show.

 

7. What are your top 3 (Yes only 3) theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?
Ragtime at the Kennedy Center.  Cabaret at SU Drama.  Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC.

 

8. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

South Park.

 

9. What is your internet and/or social media obsession?

Snapchat.

 

10. What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?

AUSTIN POWERS: THE MUSICAL!!!

 

 

Lighting Round!

1. Musical or Play?
[play with music]

2. Too Hot or Too Cold?
Too Cold.

3. Wine or Beer?
Beer.

4. Olympics or X-Games?
Seriously? Olympics, duh.

5. Proscenium or Thrust?
That’s a cheeky question, but thrust.

 

That's all for now! Be sure to tune in every week to learn more behind the scenes of the Araca Project 2014.

UPDATE FRIDAY: Week Three (July 14th - July 18th)

Welcome to Update Friday! Every week, we will be sharing the progress of various Araca Project 2014 groups(/pods/teams/etc.) with you -- so grab some popcorn (or the snack food of your choice), and celebrate the wondrous journey that is summer theater production!!!


BONES IN THE BASKET (Yale University):

Bones in the Basket has had a busy week fundraising.  Our website is updated, and our crowd funding campaign will go live next week!  We’ve also begun our second round of design meetings, as the designers got a chance to see the American Theatre for Actors and we began to brainstorm ways to make this unique space even more interesting (i.e. strange).
 

THE FATAL EGGS (Yale University):

The Fatal Eggs has launched its Indigogo Campaign and is already 25% to their funding goal. Won't you help us drop chickens from the sky and build a giant actor-eating snake??? All donations are tax-deductible! (www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-fatal-eggs) We're also profiling an actor and designer on our website every week. This week it's Ceci Fernandez! We will also be announcing some really, really, really exciting news in early August, but have to keep it under wraps until then... so stay tuned on the News & Media page of our website http://www.fataleggs.com/news--media.html.
 

MARE IN THE MEN'S ROOM (Florida State University):

This week, we of Mare in the Men's Room and Goldfish Memory Productions have been hard at work laying the ground work for our company. We are developing our website, thanking our donors, and preparing for casting. In addition to 'Mare', we are also producing a show in the NY Fringe this year. The play is called MMF and opens on August 10th! Tickets go on sale next Friday and you can read a bit about the show through this interview that David did! Additionally, Florida State University (our Alma Mater) made a lovely little write up about us and The Araca Project!
 

OCTOBER IN THE CHAIR AND OTHER FRAGILE THINGS (Yale University)

Old Sound Room is in full-blown fundraising mode! This past Monday night, we had a successful fundraiser event full of wine, sushi (donated by the amazing Bun Lai of Miya's Sushi), and a performance of Machine Makes Man, our company's most recent production. The following morning, we launched our Kickstarter page. Neil Gaiman, author of "Fragile Things" (the piece we're adapting for Araca), generously signed and illustrated various copies of his work as rewards for the campaign. You can check it out here. As the numbers rise, our creative juices continue to flow! 
 

SEA LEGS (Michigan University):

This week, Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical reached our fundraising goal a full seven days before the end of our Indiegogo campaign! We look forward to continue fundraising so that we can focus on creating an even stronger production than we originally imagined.
 

YOU, ME & THAT GUY (Syracuse University):

You, Me & That Guy launched its Kickstarter yesterday, and has already gotten 5% of its total pledge! The production team is also holding a fundraiser open mic at Rockwood Music Hall on the 23rd of July.

InterVIEWS-day TUESday: David Siciliano!

Welcome to InterVIEWS-day TUESday! (Say it out loud. It rhymes.)  Each week, we’ll feature a different Araca Project participant answering questions on all the hard-hitting issues, like what celebrity encapsulates their show.  This week, we’re celebrating the team behind The Woman in the Basement by bringing you this top-notch interview with Director David Siciliano.  Seatbelts fastened?  Good.  Let’s go.


1. What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014?
I am part of RADD Theatre Co., the producing company of The Woman in the Basement, and I will be directing the piece as well.


2. Describe your show in 17 words.
A scary, sometimes funny, always exciting ride down the rabbit hole of masculinity and its consequences (ooOOOooOOooOO).


3. If your show were a celebrity who would it be?
Tucker Max, at his little sister's birthday party.


4. If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why?
Hmmm... I would be... I dunno. I really like our police officer, Officer Daniels. He's sassy. And he shoots a dude. 


5. What was the first show you worked on in any capacity?
In second grade, we did a class play for our assembly and I played the Devil. I had this little 8 year old laugh (how old are you in 2nd grade?) and I had all my lines memorized. I was really cocky and thought I had it made, but then on the show day I kept starting on the wrong line and then stopping and correcting to the right line. I was mortified. I nailed the laugh though. :) 


6. What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off?
Oof, I was in Into the Woods, playing the Baker. I was supposed to come on stage and have some solo scene and then leave the stage in search of the cow. I came on stage, and just completely blanked. Comletely forgot what I was there for. So after a few pregnant pauses I looked stage left, yelled "COW!" and ran off.


7. What are your top three (Yes, only three!) theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?
- Spring Awakening. Saw it five times. I was a little christian school boy growing up, so when that show came out I was like, "yes, my lifeeee." Except not my life at all, but whatever I was an angsty rebellious teenager, It's fine.
- Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, with Tracy Letts on the b-way. Perfection. It was perfect.
- My "senior thesis" (for lack of a better word). I played Johnny in an independent production at school of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune. It was a "stretch" piece and simultaneously way too close to home. It was terrifying and gratifying to display a very personal side of myself in front of family and friends.


8. What is your guilty pleasure TV show?
Grey's Anatomy. Yup, shut up, ok. 


9. What is your internet and/or social media obsession?
Someone a couple classes below me at Syracuse created Mary Todd Lincoln on Facebook and comments/tags herself all over everyone's pages on Facebook. It's hysterical. 


10. What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show?
Beverly Hills Chihuahua. 



Lighting Round!

1. Musical or Straight Play?
Straight Play.

2. Too Hot or Too Cold?
Too Hot.

3. Wine or Beer?
Wine.

4. Olympics or X-Games?
X-Games!

5. Proscenium or Thrust?
Thrusty thrust thrust.


That's all for now! Be sure to tune in every week to learn more behind the scenes of the Araca Project 2014.