Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

SPANDEX at Clemson University, Fall 2014

Here at Wishbone, we are so excited to be returning to Clemson University this fall! They have graciously given us the opportunity to restage Spandex, our hit show on superheroes and the nature of the American dream, which we performed at Fringe Festivals in Chicago, IL and Edinburgh, Scotland.


This opportunity is particularly exciting because most of Wishbone’s founding members are Clemson University Alumni. Clemson was the place where we learned so many of the skills that we needed to work in the theatre professionally. It was where we began dreaming about possibilities, and were captivated by the magic of art and community. Our training there was a solid foundation upon which we were able to build our company and our friendships as an ensemble. So we are thrilled to be able to show our university what they helped us to create, and, also, to work with the students, to show them just one of the potential paths where their performance training can lead them.

We will also be using our time at Clemson as a residency. Given that Spandex has a simple and streamlined technical setup, Wishbone is using our additional time to create new work. After many seasons of doing a mix of scripted, adapted, and original work, we have realized that we have the most interest and the most audience enthusiasm from the original work we produce. This is very exciting, as it is somewhat uncommon, and gives us the confidence to create shows that really speak to the issues and stories that we care about, while still retaining our humor and whimsy. We can’t spill the beans about our new project just yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know soon.

In the meantime, especially if you’re in the Greenville/Clemson area, please watch for updates about Spandex and join us in investigating and fighting for a better country and a better world. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Annoucing our 2014 Chicago Fringe Show!

Wishbone is beyond thrilled to return to the Chicago Fringe Festival this fall! We took a hiatus this past year to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (which was AWESOME), but let me tell you, it feels great to be back on our home turf.

I'd like to take this opportunity to officially announce our new production A Play About You and Me. It's a new play from company member Mandy Stertz. (That's me!) The genesis of this play was a really bad breakup between myself and someone you probably don't know. I think almost everyone has a natural inclination to write about their break-ups. That's why diaries were invented, right? Well, instead of treading down the sappy "Dear, Diary..." path, I instead chose comedy. Comedy is comforting.

I've always enjoyed writing sketch comedy for Wishbone, so I decided to take a chance and start writing a really long sketch about myself and someone you probably don't know. I think my greatest goal for writing this play was to create a story and characters that everyone could empathize with. My second greatest goal was to seek a teeny tiny bit of revenge. I'd like to think of myself as the Taylor Swift of playwrights, and this play, my friends, is my ultimate break-up song. (Ha!)

So, what's the premise? Well, you’re stuck on the “L”. You’re not moving. On an average day this would truly stink, but on this day, you look up and the one person you never ever want to see again is stuck on that train with you. Alone. 


I'd also like to take this opportunity to introduce the artistic team that will be working on this fun and fantastic play that you all are coming to see. Well, there's me. Obviously.
Mandy Stertz, Writer
My pal, Laura Baker, is directing. Laura rejoins us after previously directing a 10-minute play for our 2013 Merrythoughts Play Festival.
Laura Baker, Director
Also joining us from the 2013 Merrythoughts Play Festival is Colin Hudson who will playing the role of GUY.

Colin Hudson, Actor
And rounding out the cast is our lovely Artistic Associate, Erin Lovelace, who will be playing the role of GIRL. 

Erin Lovelace, Actor
The 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival takes place August 28th - September 7th in Jefferson Park. Performance dates, locations, and ticket information is forthcoming. Be sure to check back often for more information! We're looking forward to seeing you there!
Love,
Mandy + WTC

Friday, April 4, 2014

AUDITION NOTICE

Wishbone Theatre Collective returns to the Chicago Fringe Festival this fall with a brand new play! A funny and quirky piece about love, loss, and the CTA. Wishbone has previously performed at the 2011 and 2012 Chicago Fringe Festivals, as well as the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Casting one male. Mid-20's to early-30's. Show will be partially devised, so strong improv skills are a plus. The play will be work shopped during May/June. Regular rehearsals will resume in early August. Must have Thursday and Sunday evenings available during those times. Performance dates are TBD, but will occur between August 28th and Sept 7th.

Auditions will be April 20th from 7pm-9pm at the Cornelia Arts Building. Auditions are by appointment only. Please email headshot/resume to Mandy@wishbonetheatre.org by April 17th for consideration. Sides will be provided with appointment slot.

There is no pay; however, actor will receive a festival pass. Transportation to and from performances in Jefferson Park may be arranged.

For more information about Chicago Fringe, please visit www.chicagofringe.org.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Definition of Magic: By Katie Jones


 
I just had the privilege to direct The Definition of Magic, a thesis project for Kebrina Josefina DeJesus, who will graduate from Naropa University’s MFA/Contemporary Performance program in May. It was an amazing experience, for several reasons. First of all, I was collaborating directly with Kebrina to do research, devise theatrical moments, and create a script. It was a daily battle over ideas and images, but in the best way, because we both cared about the piece, and the people we were representing within it. Kebrina and I also have balanced strengths and weaknesses – she is a movement/dance genius and a courageous actor, and I have a more dramaturgical and storytelling mind. So we achieved something together that neither person could have done alone. We also worked with an ensemble of nine people in the Boulder community, to train them in Naropa’s post-modern theatre techniques – Viewpoints, Somatic Movement, Roy Hart Vocal Work, Suzuki, Presence Work, etc. And, along with music director Ben Christiansen, the ensemble also learned Bomba.

Bomba is a music and dance tradition of Puerto Rico that originated in the 1700s. At that time, there was a convergence of cultures between the Tainos (natives of the island), the Spanish settlers, and their African slaves. Eventually, as these cultures meshed, the Boriqua race, and Bomba, were born. In Bomba, one can see elements of Flamenco, African drumming and hip movements, and elements of native ritual embedded in the dance. The singing is all done in Spanish, with Puerto Rican dialect, and some words are Taino or even Creole. To me, what is so amazing about this form, is that it allowed three groups to actually join together and create something beautiful, even though their history is full of tribulations.

Even more surprisingly, is that the concepts of Bomba, in addition to the post-modern techniques and the Shambala Buddhist traditions of Naropa, began to affect our rehearsal process, and our identity as an ensemble. Everyone who participated in this show was excited to be at rehearsal and grateful for new knowledge and experience. There was a level of support and understanding that, in my opinion, is very rare in a cast, especially one so varied. The performers ranged in age from 21 to 76, and represented a variety of ethnicities and nationalities including Persian, Vietnamese, African American, Cuban, Causasian, and Boriqua (Puerto Rican). Every person had different skills, such as belly dancing, salsa choreography, drumming, singing, or acting, and it helped us all to have such a rich experience. And the differences in age and culture were only ever a positive thing.

Kebrina and I were writing a show about roots and community, and only realized later in the process that, through this project, we had created a new community of people that had its own unique beauty, that cannot be repeated. It has made me realize why cultures, throughout the world and over centuries, have always created dances, songs and traditions – because every one of these groups wanted their legacy to be remembered. And even though the original makers of these traditions are lost in history, their essence will never be forgotten. To me, that really is the definition of magic.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

20th Anniversary of the Brooks Center

 Wishbone had such an amazing time this past week reconnecting with alumni and faculty at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. As some of you know, Wishbone was started by a couple of wacky theatre majors from Clemson who decided to make some art in Chicago. We have come a long way, and this experience really proved it to us!
We would love to extend a special thanks to all of the faculty and staff at the Brooks Center for letting us be a part of their special day: Lillian Harder, Shannon Robert, David Hartman, Woody Moore, Kendra Johnson, and Rick Goodstein just to name a few :) Thank you for the magical night and we look forward to seeing you all again when Wishbone returns to Clemson to perform our ensemble developed piece, SPANDEX!