Thursday, November 29, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Bus Stop by William Inge (Comedy)
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and four or five weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning.
I Take This Man by Jack Sharkey (Farce)
When Giddy spots an unconscious man in a tank top and shorts lying in Copley Square just after all other Boston Marathon racers have crossed the finish line, she reasons that since nice guys finish last, this must be Mr. Right! So, she abducts him!
Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan (Comedy/Drama)
A luckless young security guard trying to get his life together after being thrown out of the navy is drawn into a local murder investigation involving his supervisor and an overzealous rookie policewoman who is in over her head with her unscrupulous hero-cop partner.
Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Drama)
Shakespeare’s classic tale of destiny, power, and betrayal. Macbeth is loyal to Duncan, but when three witches fill his head with visions of his destiny, his desires outstrip his loyalties as he seeks to claim that which he had been promised, while prevented that which he fears.
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad by Arthur Kopit (Comedy)
A controlling mother brings her son and husband to a tropical vacation spot for a little rest and relaxation. Of course, the husband has been dead for quite some time, and she brings him with her on her travels.
On the Verge by Eric Overmyer (Comedy)
Three prototypical Victorian lady explorers thwack their machetes through the wilderness while telling tales of past jaunts among the natives. The weaker sex? I think not!
Reckless by Craig Lucas (Comedy)
At home on Christmas Eve, Rachel is informed by her guilty husband that he has hired a hit man to kill her. She must flee for her life. She is launched on a hilariously improbable journey through game shows, a career as a therapist, and an ill-fated reunion with her husband.
Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn (Comedy)
Greg met Ginny only a month ago but wants to marry her; She won’t accept until she has persuaded her former lover to stop harassing her with chocolates and flowers. The two converge on the home of her ex and his wife with very different notions of who they are.
Shot in the Dark by Harry Kurnitz (Comedy/Drama)
A woman is hauled before the magistrate on a charge of murder, having been found unconscious, nude, and clutching a gun, with her lover dead beside her. But all is not what it seems.
The Foreigner by Larry Shue (Comedy)
When a timid editor from overseas is brought to a Georgia fishing lodge for some rest, he overhears some things he is not supposed to. He is forced to pretend he is from an exotic land and that he speaks no English. Throw in the Ku Klux Klan and much hilarity ensues.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Two men. One imaginary relation named Ernest. Two women, both of whom believe they are engaged to Ernest. This all adds up to one weekend in the country full of mistaken identities and mounting frustration as told through Wilde’s superb dialogue.
The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash (Drama)
A plain young woman lives on a drought stricken farm with her father and two brothers, who have been trying to marry her off for ages. One day an exciting man comes to the farm claiming to be a rainmaker. For a fee he will get it to rain. He also begins making romantic moves on Lizzie, who after some hesitation falls under his spell. Despite the fact that he is a con man he manages to make her see herself in a new light.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
1. Old business - wherein we look at action items from the last meeting
2. New business - if anyone has any to propose
3. Read sides - If you want us to read from a play, please bring enough copies of the scenes you would like to see for each of the characters. Since this is short notice, I'll try to have a few we can act out.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Dear Prospective Director,
The Playreading Committee of Patio Playhouse Community Theater in Escondido is in search of a few good directors for its 2008-2009 season. If you are interested in directing a show at Patio Playhouse during that timeframe, please send us a list of up to 3 plays you are passionate about directing and a brief resume of your theatrical background, including your contact information.
You may e-mail these items directly to me or mail to: Patio Playhouse, P.O. Box 300450, Escondido, Ca 92030-0450, Attention: Brian Weissman, Artistic Director.
Only proposals received by November 8, 2007 will be considered. I may contact you with further questions if deemed necessary. In any case the final decision will be made by February 24, 2008.
Thank you for your interest. With your help, Patio Playhouse will continue to raise the bar theatrically and artistically.
Brian Weissman, Artistic Director
Friday, August 31, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
1. Welcome and overview.
2. Discuss our calendar and deadlines.
3. Discuss our approach for selecting a season.
4. Five shows or six?
5. How does youth theater fit?
6. The play reading web site.
7. New program ideas?