December 30th, 2011
Dearest art.party.blog.friends -
Goodness. ¬†New Year’s Eve, upon us already?
Drew has been terribly remiss at blogging and, well, things got pretty crazy with MEETING, IMPORTANT - which was wildly successful and we dearly hope you made it to one of the 39 performances. ¬†Yeah, 39. ¬†Crazy, right? ¬†How on earth did we survive?
Actually, that answer is a simple one: through the hard work and dedication of the absolutely amazing cast. ¬†Nick Delany, Stephen Travierso, Carolyn McCandlish, Jody Flader, Lauren Jackson, Daniel Kublick, Michael Micalizzi, Dave Ingber, Kristen da Costa… we couldn’t've done it without you guys. ¬†A fantastic team - and featuring no fewer than 5 art.party company members.
For those of you keeping track, that means there’s someone in the cast who’s now a full-time company member that you might not be aware of. ¬†Details to come in the New Year - we have to keep some things a surprise.
We’ll be updating you with an annual report and some fun happenings ahead for art.party - but as we close the books on 2011 and on season.three (and prepare to take a well-deserved break), we just wanted to say thank you. ¬†Thank you for reading, for watching, for partying with us. ¬†Have a safe and happy New Year - we’ll certainly see you soon!
MB & DB
November 16th, 2011
That’s right, everyone. ¬†After all those entries about development and workshopping and considering… it’s finally happening. ¬†We’re very proud to announce the third and final show of season.three!
The combined efforts of Mary, Drew, Jess, Mattie, Leticia, Nicholas, David, Carolyn, Jojo, New York University, CSV Cultural Center, Harvard University, our amazing first workshop cast, and everyone who has seen and thought about and commented on the show have all come to this. ¬†So get your tickets now!
It’s all on the table as the professional becomes personal in art.party.theater.company’s “MEETING, IMPORTANT”.
December 2 - 20
Mon - Fri
3 shows a night: 6:30pm // 8pm // 9:30pm
October 25th, 2011
Hey gang -
We made it back, safe and sound, from the land of Harvard.¬† It was admittedly touch-and-go when Drew forgot his keys and Nick insisted we stop by a stretch of farmland “just to see” if there were any alpacas… but we made it back.¬† It was a heck of a week and I, for one, can’t believe it’s over!
But wait! There’s still something more!
The wonderful Sheema Golbaba, a student videographer with the Office for the Arts at Harvard, was kind enough to stop by and film the second performance on Friday night.¬† She also interviewed one of our audience members and our dear Artistic Director, then edited it all together into this video here:
Many thanks to Tom Lee, to Melissa Sim, to all of our wonderful hosts for the week, and to everyone who stopped by the workshop or came out to the performances - we hope to see you all again very soon.
Good meeting, everyone.
October 19th, 2011
Want to see what we’ve been doing? ¬†I thought you might. ¬†So here are some pictures from the first three days of our Harvard Residency 2011. ¬†Time is flying by… only two days left and so much to do! ¬†So enjoy the pictures - we’re late for class.
PS: the 7pm performance of MEETING, IMPORTANT is sold out. ¬†I told you those tickets would go fast.
October 17th, 2011
Hello, dear readers!
We’re sitting here in the Adams ArtsSpace at Harvard. ¬†Yep. ¬†You heard me correctly: we’re spending the week at Harvard!
So, here we are, eating dining hall food and sleeping on couches. ¬†Sounds just like school, doesn’t it? ¬†Except this time, we’re the ones teaching. ¬†After some healthy consideration last night, we decided that instead of creating something brand new with students, everyone would be best served by working on an existing text - and so we’re happy to announce that Meeting, Important is going to have a special workshop performance in Cambridge on Friday! ¬†This is rare experience for a number of reasons:
1) We’re doing a show in Boston! ¬†The last time that happened, Mary was just coming to love the writing.style.with.periods. ¬†The last time that happened, nobody knew what an iPad was. ¬†The last time that happened, Hillary Clinton was probably going to be the next President of the United States. ¬†Yikes!
2) We’re so thrilled to have a number of talented Harvard students working with us on this production - these guys are the true stars of tomorrow, so you’ll get to see them here first.
3) Nick Delany.¬† Always.
4) more work-in-progress evidence of how art.party operates. ¬†you loved our New York workshop - well, this is going to be a different show than the one you saw in New York. ¬†It’s the beauty of developing a show and you can watch it unfold before your eyes.
if you want to join us on Friday at 7pm or 9pm, email firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve a space. ¬†These things are going to go fast and they’re most certainly limited, so act now to avoid disappointment.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I hear the dining hall has chicken tenders for lunch.
August 7th, 2011
Loyal readers, this is it: part three of our three-part blogsperience devoted to the creation and execution of a workshop production of art.party’s new play Meeting, Important.
First, we teased you. ¬†Then we showed you some pictures of hard-working work in CT. ¬†Now, we take you inside the last week to show you pictures from the workshop itself. ¬†We began with a three-day intensive at the CSV Cultural Center, moved to Space on White for an afternoon, then hit NYU’s Pless Hall for the actual production. ¬†The week featured the art.party minds of MB+JB+LF+DB+MB and the acting stylings of¬†Mikaela Feely-Lehmann, Lisa Birnbaum, and art.party members Dave Ingber, Jojo Karlin, and our newest addition, Nick Delany! ¬†Check out the fotos - and stay tuned…
Let’s table this discussion, then? ¬†It was lovely MEETING everyone who came out for the workshop - Samantha will be sure to let you know when we need you to fly out for the next quarterly meeting. ¬†In the meantime, run the numbers. ¬†We’ll be in touch.
August 2nd, 2011
An unprecedented look into the art.party process - brought to you be Instagram, Connecticut, and a whole lot of creative juices.
Over the weekend of July 28-31, art.party members Mary Birnbaum, Jess Burkle, Drew Broussard, Leticia Frazao, and Mattie Brickman put their (admittedly very pretty) heads together to bring our next script to life. ¬†Luckily, we were along for the ride taking pictures - and we even got the okay to share some of them with you.
First, it’s all about the pen and paper. ¬†Lots of paper. ¬†Very few pens.
So then we move onto the computer. ¬†All of us, all at once. ¬†Pretty snazzy stuff, those computers… and how about that Internet, huh?
Finally, we go back to the pen and paper to make edits. ¬†Leticia especially relishes this part.
I think Drew might’ve been in the pool again at this point - edits stress him out.
Eventually we left the Birnbaum Haus and returned to the city, armed with a fully realized (if not fully complete) script. ¬†We can’t tell you too much about that right now… but we’ll definitely show you pictures this weekend.
April 25th, 2011
of a time when people's lives were moving pictures
12 - 2pm
at the CSV Cultural Center
come find another time, another tempo, another tune…
pull your chair up to the piano and see what you can hear and feel.
January 28th, 2011
We here at art.party have decided to open up a whole new world (oops, wrong Disney reference) for you, our faithful readers. ¬†We are giving you an unprecedented look into the actual making of the first show of our 2011 season, LIVE MERMAIDS LIVE. ¬†Just how unprecedented?
Pictures. and video. ¬†from rehearsal. ¬†Like these!
Look at all that art. (video coming soon). ¬†Those handsome men, those beautiful women… but we can’t show you the actual mermaid yet. ¬†You’ll have to come to the show for that - so buy your tickets and see the spectacular spectacle!