Monday, December 5, 2011

Wishbone’s Newest Company Member: Elizabeth Finley

The Wishbone family is growing! We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest company member, Elizabeth Finley. Fondly known as “Liz” or “Finley”, Elizabeth has been no stranger to Wishbone over the past few years.
Elizabeth is a 2008 graduate of Clemson University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Production Studies of the Performing Arts and Psychology. Elizabeth was an active member of the Clemson Players (performing and working along side fellow Wishbone members in such shows as Urinetown: The Musical, Miss Julie, and Bug), the Performing Arts Student Council, and the Department of Arts and Humanities Student Council.
Before moving to Chicago last winter, Elizabeth was a Journeymen with The Warehouse Theatre, a professional theatre residing in Greenville, South Carolina. Elizabeth participated in grant writing, advertisement, fundraising, and the Wooden O Educational program, a Shakespearean workshop that was brought to local middle schools and high schools. Elizabeth also had her hand in set building, lighting, and sound operation, as well as performing in several productions, such as Barefoot in the Park, The Clean House, and The 13th or Paris.
Elizabeth began working with Wishbone in 2009 as a guest lighting designer forThe Woman in Black. Since moving to Chicago, Elizabeth has continued to be one of our go-to lighting designers and also a power house actress. Elizabeth held the memorable role of Grace in Returning for Madness and the adorable “overly emotional” Katie/Sympathy in Spandex. This season you can catch Elizabeth’s lighting design in Kendall Sherwood’s Devil May Care, and in the comedic roles of Sally and Jane in Adam Szymkowicz’s Incendiary.
With such an extensive and diverse theatrical background, Wishbone couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome their friend, Liz, into the company!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Finding Myself Lost

Collective member, Katie Jones shares her thoughts on Wishbone's 2011-2012 season theme: Dedicated to the Lost and Wandering:
So, I’ve lived in Chicago for about six years now, and, when I first moved here, I felt like I knew a whole lot. I had a very set plan for my life. But then, as I continued into my twenties, things got pretty real, to say the least. I found myself 600 miles away from my family, ridiculously poor, and having this overwhelming feeling that something was wrong. I was working on shows and meeting people, but everything felt so haphazard. I learned some things, certainly, but my longing for something more substantial never subsided.
This sounds cheesy, but what I think I was missing was other people who were lost, too. And about three years ago, a bunch of people that I knew moved up from South Carolina, and they were all struggling – with careers, relationships, personal identity, money. It made all the difference. I had a place where I could talk about these things without boring people and create work that was relevant to what we were all feeling. Ironically, it was embracing the feeling of being lost and convening with my fellow wanderers that helped me to find myself, and my new family, Wishbone.
This company has been lot of things for me. It’s a creative outlet. It’s cookouts and going out dancing and celebrating opening nights and cringing over silly mistakes. But, mostly, it’s a place where it’s okay to be confused, to be searching for something. It’s a place where I know people are right there with me, to help me find the answers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Jamming out to Vigils – Preview tonight!

David Brown our sound designer is sharing his thoughts on the sounds of Vigils. Join us at 8pm tonight at Athenaeum Theatre for the preview performance of Noah Haidle’s Vigils!
1. What were your first impressions when you read the script?
My first impression as I read the script was the story was not only funny but serious. It’s a story of a woman who has lost an important person or loved one in her life and her specific way of coping. Everyone has their own methods of coping and I think this show speaks to everyone.
2. As the sound designer what was the first song that came to mind when you read the script?
As the sound designer, the first song that came to mind was definitely circa 1998 with Goo Goo Dolls – Slide. It has all the nostalgic tones of our generation’s growing years. Consequently, it has made it formally into the show!
3. What emotions are you trying to invoke from the audience with your design?
As with the first song choice, I want to take the audience back to their years of innocence, when we really only remember the truly important things about our lives. Sound, for me, is a great trigger for memories and I think the songs in this show will definitely take people to some of their own memories.
4. What character from Vigils makes the strongest impression on you?
The “wooer” probably makes the strongest impression on me. He resembles all the guys out there who have tried and tried to do the right thing to get the woman that they want…nice dates, patience and tolerance and finally chivalry…but to no avail! I think everyone can relate to that, whether they’ve gone through it or not!
For more information or to buy tickets please check out our website www.wishbonetheatre.org.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Vigils actor Brandon Little on Soul

We’re asking Brandon about the upcoming production of Vigils and his role.
You play the Soul, the dead husband who is kept in a box by his wife. How would you describe him? How would you describe the relationship with his wife?
I think is a pleaser. Cause there is no other reason for him to stay in that damn box other than to just make her happy.
I think they have a very interesting relationship. I think at some point he didn’t really love her because he wanted to leave her when she was at her worst. But he stuck with her and over time I think learned to love her. However, after being stuck in that box for two years, he is definitely ready to move on and he is ready and wants her to move on.
Katie has said she’s wanted to direct this play for years and feels like this story can relate to anyone. What was it about this script that made you want to act in it?
I read the play a couple of years ago and thought it was such an interesting look at how people cope with losing a loved one. A very dramatic look. The idea of keeping the soul of your dead husband in a trunk so you’ll never forget him is absolutely crazy yielding a play that really peaked my interest!
This play is both humorous and heart-wrenching. How do you think you and the other actors will balance the two?
We’re pros. We got this. We’ve all had training in both of those areas so I think we will be able to convey what the playwright and director intended. I think we’ve all experienced losing someone you really care about so I think we will be able to pull from those experiences.
If you ever have a dead spouse (let’s hope you don’t), think you’ll try to keep them in a box?
I’m all about not dwelling in the past and looking forward to the future so I don’t think anyone will be locked in a box at the foot of my bed anytime soon. Besides, with my eating habits, I’ll probably be the first in the relationship to go.
For more information on Vigils please visit www.wishbonetheatre.org.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wishbone Theatre presents Noah Haidle’s Vigils!

Greetings Friends and Fans of Wishbone Theatre! We’re proud to present our next main stage production, Vigils by Noah Haidle this May. In anticipation of this great comedic drama we’ve asked our own Katie Jones some question on the upcoming show:
You first saw “Vigils” a few years ago. What was it about this script and that production that led you to propose it to the Wishbone members as a 2011 production and has you now directing it?
I saw Vigils in 2006 in Chicago, but actually with actors who were in their mid to late 30s. That production had a lot of money behind it, so in many ways it was beautiful, but I felt it was missing the sense of playfulness that I saw as inherent in the script. Truly, I thought the play was funnier than they were letting it be. However, it also meant a lot to me because I was going through a time in my life where I had lost someone I loved. I really identified with the Widow, going through her cycles of grief and reliving all of the moments, playing out scenarios of things she could have done differently, that kind of thing. And I think we can all identify with the Soul – analyzing what kind of person you are based on the choices that you made or the chances that you missed. And, getting back to my original point, I think that these ideas are made more poignant if the humor of the script is allowed to counteract it. That’s why I thought it would be perfect for Wishbone – because we gravitate toward scripts that illuminate the human journey, and this play directly analyzes that journey, and what happens when it is over.
“Vigils” centers on two different relationships across different time periods in their lives. What is going to be your main focus for the show?
Hmmm….that’s an interesting question. I suppose my main focus of the show is to show that all four characters are essentially going through the same thing – dealing with how to love, even though we will inevitably lose the object of our love — whether that is another person, living life, happy memories, or whatever it is that they love. The Widow is the one in the story who is dealing with all of these things at once and each of the men are one facet of that.
The storyline of “Vigils” touches on a range of emotions from sadness to humor. What do you hope the audience gets from it?
I hope they leave feeling that life is hilarious and tragic and random, and that the amalgam of these things, these little moments, is a life. The Soul says, while he watches himself while he was alive, happy at Thanksgiving dinner, “Inside every second is an eternity.” I want them to leave knowing that despite the fact that we are all bound to meet the same end, the journey is what makes it all worthwhile.
The characters in “Vigils” don’t have names. They’re called “Widow” and “Soul.” Why do you think that is?
I think it’s because any of us could be these people. We’ve all been the Widow, whether we’ve lost someone through death, through a break-up, moving a long distance away, or a bunch of other reasons. We’ve all been the Wooer, trying to win someone’s affections and approval and waiting for our lives to be what we’ve dreamed. We’ve all been the Soul, wondering about the nature of our existence and what it all means. And we’ve all been the Body, just trying to get by and sometimes doing things without thinking. I think the author left them unnamed in order to say that it’s not our names or even our physical beings that identify who we are…it’s something hard to articulate because it is spiritual. We are all absolutely unique even despite so many similarities.
5.      Ok, honestly, do you think the Widow is crazy for keeping her dead husband’s soul in box?Bat. Shit. Insane. I think she’s totally crazy, because that can happen when you lose someone you love. Nothing seems real and all you have are your memories because you can’t do the one thing you want more than anything else, which is talk to that person. And really, the only thing that seems to heal her is time.
For more information about Vigils please visit www. wishbonetheatre.org or check out our Facebook page! Stay tuned for next week’s interview with the SOUL.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

John Mark's Elusive Update

For a fortnight now I have been shirking my responsibilities to update this blog.  The truth is that I have never blogged before and am very intimidated by the prospect.  There is also a bit of vanity thing going on with my failure to update this blog.  I’ve been desperately trying to come up with something clever to share, or at least to share it in a clever way (the silly use of the word fortnight as an example).  You see I just want you Wishbone blog readers out there to be insanely interested in what we are doing in the last portion of our season.
And it is interesting.  We’ve got so much going on between now and the summer.  In case you don’t know, we are presenting the world premiere of Laurie’s playReturning from Madness next week.  For the first time ever, I am designing a set and serving as a technical director.  This week has been busy with furniture construction, also something I have never done before.  On top of that we are putting together a theatre day camp for the summer, preparing for Vigils in May, and finalizing plans for a run of sketch comedy shows starting in April.  That slate is officially more than we have ever taken on before.  Its exciting and affords us some great opportunity for growth and right after that is finished we will be putting together a new season that starts in the late summer.
So please keep up to date with what we are doing.
John Mark

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Year New Play!

Greetings, Wishbone fans!
We’re so excited to begin this new year with our world premier of Returning from Madness, a play written and directed by our Artistic Director, Laurie Jones. Returning from Madness follows the journey of a young woman named Alice, whose life is turned upside down when her Aunt Claire dies suddenly.  Alice must return home to face the one person from whom she had tried to escape – Grace, her sister who is afflicted with schizophrenia.  Once Grace disappears, the only way to find her is to enter her world of madness.  As Alice faces her worst fears, she begins to understand that the sister she knows may never really return.
We’re pleased to announce that Returning from Madness will feature company member, Kimberly Van Ness, in the role of Alice, as well as designs from company members, Mandy Stertz and David Brown, and Executive Director, John Mark Sawyer.  We’re also thrilled to have fellow Clemson alumni, Elizabeth Finley and Erin Lovelace, joining the cast in the roles of Grace and Whitney.
Please check back every week for new posts and pictures following our work on this new and exciting production!
-WTC