Thursday, March 26, 2015

Documenting Stories

Wishbone is currently making plans for devising our next piece. We aren't saying what our next piece is just yet, but we will say that the story revolves around a historical person and event. We are discovering that telling someone else's story comes with lots of responsibilities - What assumptions should we make? What do we know for certain? How are our own world views affecting how we perceive this person's story?

Obviously, we don't know all of the answers to these questions, but when documenting someone else's story, it's very important that these questions are asked. The more I think about it, the more I question my representations of other people in my everyday storytelling - for instance, doing an impersonation of the girl in front of me at Rite Aid. Reminding myself of these questions gives me pause and allows me to be more understanding.  

It's also pretty cool that though this theatre collective is spread across the country, conversations about our upcoming projects can transport themselves into each of our lives and independent careers. I am also in the business of advocacy and storytelling through documentary film, where other people's stories are recorded in a different (although not entirely different) way than theatre or narrative film. So while all of this was on my mind, I thought I would share with y'all one of my favorite pieces Brave New Films put out last year. It's called "OverCriminalized," a three part series about mass incarceration. (Though it's much more uplifting than it sounds!)


Part one tells the story of those who have been incarcerated for being mentally ill and one city that changed policy to offer help to those who are in a mental health crisis. There's no doubt that we need to have a national conversation about mental illness, particularly in our prison system, but this film is also a great tool for thinking about the way these same stories have been represented in other places. Documentation and representation is a huge responsibility, and while the stakes may be less high in our new play, we hope to give this true story the respect and thoughtfulness it deserves.

-Laurie Jones, Artistic Director

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.