Just For Laughs, the Toronto Comedy Festival, is having local funny people auditioning and showing their best here on April 22 at Westside Comedy. Check them out! These folks are going places (literally: to Toronto).
Not Man Apart, a local physical theatre ensemble, is presenting their flagship production Ajax In Iraq. They need help to get the show going, which will be on view from May 8 to June 1 at Miles Memorial Playhouse.
Collage is an art form considered to be two dimensional. It consists of layering images to build a new image, a whole from many disparate parts. Rarely does collage enter different disciplines but elements of the practice can appear in music, film, performance, design, writing, and more. Cutting and pasting—the actions that make collage—are embedded into our culture now: we are all collage artists in our own way.
Then there is the work of Miwa Matreyek, an artist and performer whose work proves that collage is more than the couple of dimensions that we give it. Instead of cutting and pasting one piece of paper to another, why not cut a piece of paper and paste it to a sound? Why not cut a movement and paste it to a lighting effect? Why not cut a concept and paste it to an entire set of physical actions? This is how Miwa approaches collage: it isn’t an art form locked in a binary but is an entryway to experimentation.
Neil Labute’s Fat Pig is hitting Hudson Mainstage from April 26 through June 1.
Right now in the theatre community at large, questions of representation abound. Between February and April of this year, Washington DC will see an ongoing theatre convocation of five artistic directors assembled to discuss the state of theatre-making in the city. Entitled The Summit and organized by Arena Stage’s Artistic Director Molly Smith, the first round saw a few memorable faux pas, starting with an admission from Round House Theatre’s Artistic Director Ryan Rilette that some playwrights of the contemporary feminist theatrical cannon such as Caryl Churchill are “dated.” This led to much chatter as theatres continue to grapple with a lack of gender parity and diversity both on and off their stages. As the mostly male artistic directors fielded questions as to how this will change in the coming years, the general consensus was at least we are better off than we were 30 years ago.