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!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Thank You, Sketchfest!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to SketchFest! We have some future performances in the works, so be sure to check back in for dates and locations!

If you missed the performance you can watch the recorded broadcast on Gigity TV!

http://gigity.tv/event/11001/


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Check out what we've been up to!

Since Scotland our crew went back to our respective parts of the world! South Carolina, Colorado, Endland, Switzerland, LA, and Chicago. Phew! Do we get around, or what?? This is what a few members of our tribe have been getting it to since Scotland...


Andrew Bailes

Since coming home from Festival Fringe, Andrew has brushed up on some poetry to play Lord Byron in Grey Ghost Theatre’s production of The Book of Spectres, and he is now perfecting his mustache to play an opera manager in Chicago dell-Arte’s Yikes! There’s a Phantom in the Opera. He still pays the bills by slinging truffles at Vosges Haut-Chocolat, and on weekends he’s rolling with the number one bowling team in the league, Team Smegma. He still dreams of Edinburgh, though, wishing he were there watching those fireworks exploding over the castle skies.


 
 
Laurie Jones
 
Scotland was amazing and magical. It was so wonderful to perform with Wishbone at fringe and to see all of the great art that the festival had to offer. The minute I left Fringe I had to face reality that I was in fact, still in grad school and actually had to finish my dissertation. So after Scotland, there were weeks where I saw no one but my computer and ate nothing but peanut butter and Nutella. I turned in my dissertation on September 15th and have been in a constant state of celebration since. I won't officially graduate until January, so I've been traveling and seeing all of the great people that I have missed over the past year. Two of my dearest friends got married this fall and I feel so grateful to have gotten to travel to be a part of their beautiful weddings. What's next is pretty wide open... which is both exciting and terrifying. Meanwhile, I am gonna keep on celebrating and spend some more time in Liz's yoga class as to burn off the Nutella mentioned previously.
 
 
 
Katie Jones
 
Since Scotland, Katie has started classes at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, to obtain an MFA in Contemporary Performance. She is studying Viewpoints, Somatic Movement, Roy Hart Vocal Technique, Acting, Meditation, and Post-Modern Art/Performance History. In the spring, she will get to train with the Tectonic Theatre Project to learn their moment work technique. Her new training and the beautiful surroundings of Boulder have Katie brimming with ideas and excitement for Wishbone!
 
 
Elizabeth Finley
 
Since August Liz has been trying to recover from the awesome-ness that was Scotland! It opened her eyes to new and amazing experiences and seemed to make everything else in her life burn a little brighter. Since coming back to South Carolina she dove back into Yoga, fell in love, bought a house, and become an Aunt. She's been one busy girl! Also, eating lots of Nutella, just like Laurie.


 
 
 



 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Call for Submissions

Wishbone Theatre Collective is currently seeking comedic sketches for a 90’s-themed sketch show! Musical sketches are a plus. Because, come on, if we’re going to celebrate the 90’s, we gotta celebrate with some 90’s music. Please send all material to mandy@wishbonetheatre.org. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 1st. Whoop, there it is.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dispatch from the Fringe

Well, friends, we have finished a very exciting run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and could not be more pleased with our experience.

Even Superheroes get tired of talking about themselves, so we thought we would take this time to talk about shows that we simply thought were SUPER. 

In particular we've had a blast watching the other shows playing at our venue (Greenside Venue) and two in particular have had a unanimous impact:

After What Comes Before


In Manic Chord Theatre's ensemble developed show, three scientists devise a machine to replace the process of psychoanalysis. The dialogue is complex and multi-layered and the show's incredible physicality adds such wonderful dimension to the storytelling. While Wishbone works a lot with ensemble developed pieces, we haven't explored this more physical method of performance. It was a huge inspiration to see it add such a positive impact to this performance.

Keep an eye out for Manic Chord Theatre. It sounds like they have some exciting new work up their sleeves. 

Turbulence

In Entita Theatre's devised prequel to Shakespeare's Tempest movement is again a critical component to how the story is told. We were amazed at how this company moved in unison to tell a beautiful story in such a creative way. 

Entita Theatre is a very young company that will impress us more and more in the years to come!

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Wishbone would like to thank Tara, Nick and all of the Greensiders that made our week so stress free. We hope to be back!

Cheers!

Wishbone Theatre Collective