The Legend of Georgia McBride

The Legend of Georgia McBride runs until August 19 at the Dorset Theatre Festival.  There are matinees on Wednesdays,  Saturdays and  Sundays. The play runs for ninety minutes without intermission and gives the audience a glimpse into a world that most people don’t know too much about. This is the world of the drag queen. There have been some plays and television shows that offer a glimpse into this world. However, this play provides a unique perspective.

Bob and I were eager to see the play since we  greatly admired The Whipping Man by Lopez which also had a production at the Dorset Theatre Festival a few seasons ago. We talked with Sam Levitt, one of the company’s dramaturgs about The Legend of Georgia McBride. You can hear that talk by clicking  on the link below.

The Legend of Georgia McBride Interview

However, that did not prepare us for the experience of seeing the play. We were struck by the set as we settled in our seats. When the play began, we were absorbed in the lives unfolding before us. Lopez is a playwright who enables an audience to experience the humanity of people they do not know, but get to know and understand  in new ways.

Curious to know more about the playwright, I went to his website. There are scenes from productions of his other plays that makes me hope that the Dorset Theatre Festival will bring more of his work to their stage.

After you order your tickets for The Legend of Georgia McBride,  by clicking on their website below, visit Matthew Lopez’s web page.

Dorset Theatre Festival Website

 

Matthew Lopez website

Matthew Lopez

Matthew Lopez 

Baskerville

Baskerville will be playing at the Dorset Theatre Festival until July 29. Based on the novella by Arthur Conan Doyle, this is a play to delight Sherlockians and non-Sherlockians alike. Most people have seen a version of this story in film or on television.  However, this is a unique interpretation that will keep you laughing as you enjoy the remarkable actors who transform before your eyes with a switch of hats or accent. Five actors play forty roles and there is a woman playing Holmes.

We interviewed the three  actors who play a multiple of roles. Caitlin Clouthier, Raji Ahsan and Brian Owen. Listening to them talk about what is involved in doing these quick changes is enlightening. Seeing them doing it is wonderful.

 

Raji Ashan (Actor 2), Brian Owen (Actor 1), Liz Wisan,(Holmes) Caitlin Clouthier (Actress 1) Dave Quay (Watson)

 

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link below. Then click on the link to the Dorset Theatre Festival website and order your tickets.

Interview with Baskerville actors

Dorset Theatre Festival Website

 

Artistic Associate Apprentices – Downstairs

The Dorset Theatre Festival is presenting Downstairs by Teresa Rebeck starring Tyne and Tim Daly from June 22 to July 8.  This is the first time the sister and brother have acted together. According to Sam Levit and Matt Kirby, Artistic Associate Apprentices at the Dorset Theatre Festival, Teresa Rebeck wrote Downstairs for the Dalys. We interviewed the two Artistic Associate Apprentices  to discover what it was that  they did and learned  they were dramaturgs.

What is a dramaturg you may wonder. One definition is  “a literary editor on the staff of a theater who consults with authors and edits texts.” Sam and Matt expanded on this and shared the varied aspects of their work. As you listen to them, you will  appreciate how much goes into creating the plays we enjoy as audiences.

Interview with Sam Levit and Matt Kirby Part 1

Interview with Sam Levit and Matt Kirby Part 2

Matt Kirby
Sam Levit

 

 

 

 

 

                             John Procaccino,  Tyne Daly and Tim Daly                                              

 

 

The Tarnation of Russell Colvin-Oliver Wadsworth

Oliver Wadsworth is an actor Bob and I enjoy watching perform. We also like to interview him. There is one performance we are particularly interested in seeing since we  heard  about it when we interviewed Oliver recently.  It is not one role, but several Oliver presents  in the play he has written, The Tarnation of Russell Colvin.  The story, based on  historical people and events, is told from a variety of characters’ perspectives. This theme of what is the truth and how do we know it seems particularly relevant at this time.

The Dorset Theatre Festival is starting its 40th season with the play as a special event, Thursday to Saturday June 8 -10 at 7:30 pm with a special 10 am matinee on Friday morning.  You can learn more about it by listening to our interview with Oliver by clicking below.  Then you can go to his website as well as the Dorset Theatre Festival’s.

Interview with Oliver Wadsworth

Link to Dorset Theatre Festival’s website

Link to Oliver Wadsworth’s website

Dorset Theatre Festival 2017 Season

One sign of spring is the announcement of the coming theatre season that promises a plethora of wonderful plays to see and hear. Looking at the various offerings from area theatres  it is possible to make plans for visiting family and friends during the summer months. There are  plays for all tastes. This year’s season at the Dorset Theatre Festival is the company’s 40th  so there is much to celebrate.

Being Sherlockians, Bob and I are, of course, looking forward to Baskerville. However, seeing brother and sister Tim and Tyne Daly playing together for the first time in a new Theresa Rebeck play is another treat. We also look forward to another play by Matthew Lopez whose The Whipping Man was one of our favorites in a past season. Then, of course, there is American Buffalo by David Mamet in his unique voice. Each of the plays is enticing.  Hear more about them by listening to our interview with Natalie Redmond, Dorset’s Marketing and External Communications Manager, who shared the season with us.

Dorset Theatre Festival Part 1

Dorset Theatre Festival Part 2

You can also go to the company’s website by clicking below.

Dorset Theatre Festival website

Here are some of the artists who will be performing.

Treat Williams in American Buffalo

 

Tim and Tyne Daly in Downstairs

 

Director of Design and Lighting -Dorset Theatre Festival

DTF_LadyDay_TaylorCrichton2016_041There are many elements that create the magic of live theatre. One of the most effective of these elements is the lighting. The mood of a scene is enhanced by  lighting which focuses  our attention and our emotions on what is happening. All through the production of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, which is performing at the Dorset Theatre Festival through September 3, the atmosphere of the bar and Lady Day’s feelings were  reflected in the lighting. In the  last minutes of the play the drama was intensified by a change in the lighting.

Bob and I were fortunate to talk with Michael Giannitti ,GiannittiMichael_320x230pxthe Director of Design and Lighting at Dorset Theatre Festival. We met him at Bennington College where he teaches. To listen to the interview click on the link below.

Interview with Michael Giannitti

 

 

You might also want to take a look at Michael’s website to see some of the productions that he has lit. Michael Giannitti website

Costumes and Box Office at Dorset Theatre Festival

box officeAs Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill  was getting ready to open, we were at the Dorset Theatre interviewing Taylor Crichton, the Box Office Manager and Emily Lafriniere, the Costume Shop Stage Manager.  Besides running the box office, Taylor is also involved in marketing and has worked on some of the visual media the company has developed for the performances.

Emily told us about the white dress that Marinda Anderson would wear as Billie Holliday. When we saw it on the actress,  it DTF_LadyDay_TaylorCrichton2016_036  was something we already knew about. Not that it was any less glamorous. In fact it was more so.

To enhance the feeling of being at the club with Billie Holliday, the first rows of seats were replaced by tables and chairs as in a cafe. Our conversation with Taylor and Emily was most informative and made us feel a part of the process of creating a production. Listen to the interview by clicking on the link below.

Interview with Taylor and Emily

Another way to feel part of the process is to watch this video as the set builders transform the stage from the set for Way of the World to that for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

 

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The completed set of Lady Day in Emerson’s Bar and Grill

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