Monday, February 28, 2011

The Hotel Nepenthe - Final Week

Princess Firefly

So, we have opened the show!

It was a whirlwind.  Very exciting.

Now, I'm trying to wrap my brain around the fact that we are closing the show.

I feel like I have whiplash.

We have 7 more performances and this production will be gone forever.

One week goes by very quickly.

I'm going to try to be in the moment as much as possible.

But I miss the hotel, a little bit, already.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Hotel Nepenthe - Free Tickets for Tonight!

Hello to you all!

A little time-sensitive public service announcement that might be of interest:

I just heard word that they are trying to paper the house for our 7pm performance TONIGHT and are offering TWO comps for anyone who might be interested.

So, come on in!  (The Oscars are so BORING, and you can record them and watch them later anyway!)

All you have to do is email and you'll get two comps for tonight!

I hope you can make it, and pass this along to anyone who might be interested!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Hotel Nepenthe - Opening!

We had our dress rehearsal and first preview last night.

We open tonight.

It feels so good to be performing this, and telling this story together.

It's a crazy, scary, funny, creamy ride.

More pics from the amazing Jeff Adelberg:

the elevator

the whore and the senator's wife have car trouble

the starlet and the one-night stand don't know they are being filmed...

hanging out in the tub

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Hotel Nepenthe - Tech

The talented and vivacious Jeff Adelberg took these photos during our tech yesterday.

This whole process has really been a lot of fun!

We have our dress rehearsal later today and our first preview tonight!

The Senator's Wife (Marianna) delivers some important news

The Boyfriend and The Bus Driver

The Groom, The Maid, The Bellhop and The Bride

Saturday, February 19, 2011

My Doppelganger

While waiting for my
Skim Spanish Latte,
the twenty-something gal
behind the counter
looked up
from frothing my milk 
and said:

"That look
you have
going on
Barton Fink."



Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Hotel Nepenthe - Photo Shoot

We played dress-up at rehearsal the other day and Stratton McCrady took these BEAUTIFUL photos of some of our characters from The Hotel Nepenthe. 

Did our first stumble-thru the other night. 

Very grateful for this whole experience.

Daniel as The Bellhop

Georgia as The Girl In Purple

Johnny as The Woman with Wings

Marianna as The Rent-a-Car Gal

Georgia as The Sister
Marianna as The Senator's Wife

Georgia as The Starlet
Daniel as The Taxi Driver

Johnny as The Dispatcher

Marianna as The Mother

Daniel as The One Night Stand

Georgia as The Whore

Johnny as The Stranger

Daniel as The Bus Driver
Daniel, Marianna, Johnny and Georgia in

The Hotel Nepenthe

by John Kuntz
Featuring: Marianna Bassham*, Daniel Berger-Jones, John Kuntz* & Georgia Lyman*

The Storefront in Davis Square
255 Elm Street | Somerville
February 25 - March 6

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dr. Footlights

So, we closed Hysteria last weekend.

And I was also in tech for Giovanni's Room.

And I had the flu.

With a temperature of 103.

Seriously, I could barely move or say my own name, I was so sick.

And, no, we don't have understudies. 

It's either perform sick, or cancel the show.

So I performed Hysteria Saturday and Sunday, running around in purple boxer shorts, sick as a dog.

Because, of course, "the show must go on".

But HOW it goes on is by a miracle that only sickly stage actors can experience.

Tommy and I call it "Dr. Footlights".

Dr. Footlights is that strange occurrence when - no matter HOW sick you are - you are instantly healed for the duration of the performance (but no longer).

It's a little like when ordinary people suddenly possess superhuman strength, and lift cars off of pinned-down loved ones.

I'm sure there's a logical explanation for it.

I'm sure it's a combination of adrenaline, nerves and those free Ricolas they keep in the dressing rooms.

But it clicks in, maybe 20 minutes before you go onstage, and remains with you for the rest of the show.

Sometimes Dr. Footlights is operating and you don't even know it.

It's rare, for example, that you remember the exact second when you get sick. 

Usually it comes on slowly, you start to feel a little achy, you wake up with a headache, etc, etc.

But I remember being seized with one of the worst bouts of flu EVER, and all the symptoms collectively hit me full force during the final bows of Richard III

Seriously: during the bows.

I felt perfectly FINE that whole closing weekend.

It was as if my body instinctively KNEW I couldn't possibly be sick until that run was over and had somehow been holding the virus at bay until the final second.

Meanwhile, Tommy once fell off his sedan chair offstage during King Stag, got back on, performed the rest of the show, and then found out later he had cracked two ribs.

I also watched him perform Uncle Vanya and you would NEVER have known that he was in the throes of that nasty virus you get on cruise ships.

(I got it too, but I was only in rehearsal and Dr. Footlights doesn't necessarily work in rehearsal.  You need an actual performance scenario for him to appear.)

And I don't want to sound corny here, but there's something weirdly healing in being onstage. 

For the next two hours or so, you are someone else, and you only have to worry about their problems and needs and desires.

You can forget about your own for a while. 

And that's a gift, at least for some of us...

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Giovanni's Room

Here's the beautiful poster that one of my students created for our show this weekend.
I'm very excited for this project, we've been working on it for 5 months now.
(but we STILL only get 3 days of tech, just like the real world!)