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

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Super and Fabulous George Brant

George Brant is a playwright that some of us at Wishbone had the pleasure to work with during Wordbridge, a playwriting workshop. There was no doubt in any of our minds that he was going to create wonderful work.





Now playing at Fringe is George's play, Grounded, about a female US military pilot. The reviews are very complimentary of the play, and from reading George's previous plays, we have complete confidence.

But don't take our word for it. Here's a review and a link to find tickets:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/edinburgh-festival/10237887/Edinburgh-Festival-2013-Grounded-Traverse-Theatre-review.html

http://www.uktw.co.uk/Edinburgh/Traverse-Theatre/Play/Grounded/L260588135/

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Three Theatrical Projects That We Think Are Just Super!!

As part of our SUPER campaign, Wishbone is highlighting SUPER shows, ideas, projects and people as we get ready to take SPANDEX to Edinburgh Fringe. Here are our super picks of the week!




1)  Trash Cuisine by Belarus Free Theatre



Belarus Free Theatre and Young Vic, supported by LIFT and The Pleasance present Trash Cuisine, a play that challenges the use of capital punishment in modern society.  Since SPANDEX explores similar themes, we are definitely going to check out their performance. I've heard amazing things about this company's ingenuity. 

Unable to perform in their own country, Belarus Free Theatre has created thoughtful and creative pieces of art throughout Europe. They will be performing August 19th- 26th at The Pleasance Courtyard at 3:30 pm. 

For more info go to the Pleasance website. 





2) The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning 



I am very excited to check out this new award winning play by Tim Price. Special thanks to Ashley Durham who introduced Wishbone to this this BBC article about the play! 

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning is a play about the American soldier who was arrested for leaking state secrets to Wikileaks. This socially relevant and current topic is interesting in itself, but this play's style and individual performances are supposed to be phenomenal. 

The play will be performed August 06-25th at 2:30 and 7:30 pm at St. Thomas of Aquin's High School. For more info, go to their website






3) VOICEOUT



So this project is not a part of Edinburgh Fringe (that I know of), but VOICEOUT does such super work. I absolutely had to mention them! 

My dear friend Jess MacIntyre who runs an organization called ReachOut for LGBT refugee and asylum seekers, introduced me to the work of VOICEOUT. 


VOICEOUT is a project that uses the creative voice to empower LGBTQ+ youth and adults saying that, "Cultivating a strong personal and artistic voice gives our LGBTQ+ community a lifeline to validating their sexuality." 

Wishbone thinks their work is absolutely super! Check out their website for more details!

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If you have any ideas on Super shows, projects or people we should highlight- then send them our way!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What does it mean to be SUPER?



Our world is filled with all sorts of different perceptions of right and wrong, of good and evil. 

We also have very different perceptions of what Justice really means. Is punishment justice? Is forgiveness justice? And by the way, what really makes a good guy? Who do you look towards, for the answers?  Below is our SPANDEX video for Edinburgh Fringe. We ask you to join us in a discussion about justice.


America is filled with heroes and villains, not too dissimilar to the ones we read about as children. So is there anyone there to save us? We don't have the all of the answers. We aren't sure if anyone does. Our play SPANDEX explores what it means to be super in our world today. But we want to know what you think. 

From now until Fringe, Wishbone will be blogging about what it means to be SUPER. We'll blog about SUPER theatre groups at fringe, SUPER important issues or ideas, and most importantly, we want to hear from you!  If you can't make it to our show at Fringe, this is your chance to let us know what you think about being SUPER in our world today.

So please, comment on our Blog below or/and on Facebook. Tell us what you think it means to be super?

image from capewonder.com

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Help Get the Last Cast Member to Scotland!!

Friends, Countrymen, Countrywomen:





We are so close to being able to fund our trip to Edinburgh Fringe this August. We are about one flight away from our goal.

If there is any spare change in your couch, we ask you kindly to donate on our support page!  I mean look at those cute little faces with those cute little backpacks!! 

And for those who have already given, those who will, and those who consider giving to something at sometime: we thank you truly, from the bottom of our hearts.



 Sincerely, 

 WTC

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Meet Aren and Jessamyn!

Sisyphus's Day Off
By Aren Haun
Directed by Jessamyn Fuller



Aren Haun is a graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at Columbia University.  His short plays, A Walk in the Park and Standing Room Only, have been published by Smith & Kraus.  These plays and others have received numerous productions around the country.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Sheila.






Jessamyn Fuller is thrilled to work with Wishbone for the first time. Originally from Buffalo, NY, but somewhat of a nomad, she most recently hails from Gainesville, FL where she received her MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. By day, Jessamyn works to create theatre programming and training for kids.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Meet Asher and Brandon!

Father and Chicken
by Asher Wyndham
Directed by Brandon Little


Asher's plays have been produced across the United States, as well as in Canada, England, and Australia. He received the John Cauble Award and a playwriting fellowship to the Eugene O'Neil Theatre Conference for Cassius Sargent's Chicken Bones from the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival in 2010. The same play was awarded the Holland New Voices Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference where it was a Mainstage selection. He studied under Landord Wilson at the Edward Albee New Playwrights Workshop at the University of Houston. He received an MFA in Playwriting from ASU, Tempe. His work has been presented at the Movement Theatre Company (New York) and the ATHE conferences. His work is published by Dramatic Publishing, YouthPLAYS and Applause Books.




Brandon is thrilled to be directing for another Merrythoughts festival. His past Wishbone directing credits include Awkward Turtling and 10 Things I Facebook Like About You. He has also been seen onstage with Hobo Junction, Collaboraction, Provision Theatre Company, Stage Left, and Chicago Fusion Theatre. He enjoys gummi bears. He dislikes birds.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Drum Roll Please...

We are so happy to announce the line up for our Merrythoughts Play Festival! The festival will be held on July 1st, 8:00pm at Studio Be. Congratulations to the selected playwrights!

Father and Chicken  
By Asher Wyndham

Green Sound  
By John Patrick Bray

Pity Party
By Leean Kim Torske

Jinxed  
By K. Alexa Mavromatis

Kill Me, Please!  
By Rhea MacCallum

Sisyphus’s Day Off
By Aren Haun

Ice Cream is for Lovers
By Catherine Weingarten

Mr. Tungolclyne
By Michael Brown

We'd like to thank everyone again for submitting. It was such a pleasure reading so many wonderful submissions. Please be sure to check back over the next few weeks for more information on our playwrights and directors!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Why Fringe Festivals Matter



Hi All!

As most of you know, Wishbone is working hard to send SPANDEX to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this fall. Many of our friends and family are donating generously so that we can travel overseas to one of the biggest fringe festivals in the world. We could not be more grateful for the support. I realized that it might be important to talk about why going to Edinburgh Fringe Festival matters to us as a company. To do that, I wanted to briefly discuss the significance of  participating in arts festivals in general, and why Fringe festivals continue to matter to communities and artists. 


Edinburgh Fringe has been around since the 1940's, bringing all sorts of theatre, musical acts, comedians, and street performers to it's city ever since. It's not about the big names or even what will make a lot of money. Fringe festivals like Edinburgh, exist around the world because creative arts still matter to communities on a personal level. There is nothing like seeing something live, in front of your face. We spend so much time not interacting with other people. Live festivals certainly survive on live audiences, and increasingly, performers are asking for participation. 

Fringe festivals are an opportunity for artists to experiment and explore. I have seen some of the best shows at the Chicago Fringe Festival, for example, mainly because they pushed the limits of traditional theatre. 

Check out this video of highlights from the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. See the amount of audience interaction and all of the people experiencing street performance wherever they walk through the city. It is incredibly exciting and inspiring. 



David Binder, a theatre producer, gave an awesome TED talk about festivals. I certainly encourage you to google it. In the talk David says, "festivals promote diversity, bring neighbors to dialogue, offer opportunities for civic pride, increase creativity, and improve our general psychological well-being. In short, festivals make cities better places to live."  I could not agree with him more. 

Wishbone is looking forward to the amount of art we will experience in Scotland. We will be able to share SPANDEX with new faces, but more importantly experience new ideas, perspectives and beauty that live performance can bring. 


If you are in Chicago, we invite you to come to a benefit for SPANDEX (filled with live entertainment and fun!!) at Black Rock Pub on June 5th, please check out the Facebook invite below and come along!  

https://www.facebook.com/events/136702583191835/ 

It's suggested donation, only. So seriously, we'd just like to see your face, with no financial pressure. Also, please check out our Indiegogo campaign on the tab to the right! We thank everyone again for their continued support! 


Thanks,

~Laurie



The photograph above is from cultureweekly.com.



Monday, April 1, 2013

SPANDEX Goes to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

We are extremely excited to announce that Wishbone is going to take SPANDEX to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this fall! Yes, I am partly just happy that all my friends will be coming to see me! But mostly, I am overjoyed to take part in the largest arts festival in the world! Edinburgh has a reputation for having a wonderful variety of theatre, dance, comedy, music, and other art. We are all very eager to experience that art and the culture of the city that started this wonderful festival.




We are very happy that we will be able to continue to play with those characters that we so enjoyed creating. I am very proud of SPANDEX, but there is still much to do before we leave. Please go to our Indiegogo Campaign and consider making a contribution for our project. Help send SPANDEX to fringe this year!! If not, then please keep following us on Facebook and on this site. We will be updating everyone on this exciting new journey!


Please visit our Indiegogo Campaign to donate!


Thank you!!!
Wishbone Theatre Collective





Monday, March 11, 2013

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit


It's been a while since I have blogged about life over in the UK, but I had an experience that I really wanted to write about. It all started when I went to see a play called, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, last weekend in Newcastle. I was able to go with a group of people on our human rights defenders scheme at the University of York. The human rights defenders come from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds and have dedicated their lives to defending the human rights of others. They truly inspire me. Not only do they do such serious work, but over the past few weeks they have been participating in interactive artistic workshops where they explore story and express themselves through creative writing, drama and music. It's amazing to me what art can do when you have open, thoughtful people to participate in it.

It's interesting. So many theaters in Chicago are jumping through hoops to get a diverse audience, and here I was in Newcastle sitting with people from 15 different countries. That's a tangent really, but the play has so many themes that are important to a diverse audience, especially those thinking about the state of the world ( and who doesn't from time to time, right?).



The playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour, is unable to leave Iran, so he sent his words abroad without him to many different theaters in many different countries. The play needs no set and no director. But it does need actors willing to do a cold reading on stage in front of a packed house, not knowing much about what could possibly happen to them onstage. I am certainly not going to spoil anything for those who will have a chance to see it, but the playwright challenges both the audience and the actor in various ways without being pretentious. There are many stories throughout the play that question our perception on history, our concept of identity, and even trust in the play itself. I mean, the actor is blindly reading this unknown playwright's story. The audience is trusting the story enough to interact on stage by acting like rabbits, ostriches, and mixing potentially poisonous powders into the actor's drinks. Well, obviously the producer liked it right? So someone has checked this play and knows that it's a message that their theatre is proud of, or have they? Obviously the bottle brought onstage isn't real poison, right? Those things seem obvious...sort of. How much do we trust this playwright? How much do we trust anyone? 

I thoroughly enjoyed this play in so many ways, but there are some key things that I left with. First of all, the past really does have a way of impacting our future. Once a rabbit is painted red it stands out. You watch his every move. Secondly, it takes a great amount of trust and openness for art to work. The audience in this Newcastle location were ready to play. They were open to hear what the playwright had to say and to the experience of interacting with strangers onstage. I think this is absolutely beautiful. There did not seem to be a lot of judgement, but people were taking it all in with laughs and quiet thought. Lastly, words have enormous power. They can travel from Iran to the UK by an envelope and a lot of faith. With the ability we have in our time to connect globally, our words can reach many different places and many different people. It makes me think that it is so important to be careful with those words. 

If you get a chance to see this play at some point, then I recommend it!

Love,
Laurie


http://www.live.org.uk/whats-book/white-rabbit-red-rabbit

Monday, February 11, 2013

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you everyone who came to see Ten Things I Facebook Like About You! Wishbone would also like to thank the amazing cast and Mullens for their support!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ten Things I Facebook Like about YOU!



A big thanks to those you came out to Sketchfest! For those who didn't or for those who would like to laugh again, please check us out at Mullen's on Clark at 8pm January 17th, 24th, 31st and February 7th. 

For tickets, it's $7 at the door, or get your tickets early HERE! 

Friday, January 11, 2013

SKETCHFEST!!



CHECK OUT WISHBONE THEATRE COLLECTIVE AT THE 12th ANNUAL CHICAGO SKETCH COMEDY FESTIVAL!!!

WHEN: SUNDAY, JANUARY 13th at 8pm!!

WHERE: STAGE 773 1225 W. BELMONT AVE

HOW DO I GET TICKETS: Go to www.chicagosketchfest.com