Also on this year's Summer Stage schedule:
NEW PLAY READING
June 30, 2014 at the Red Barn Theatre, Key West, 8 pm
Free of charge (donations accepted to pay the actors)
As part of the South Florida Theatre League's Summer Festival Reading Series, TheatreXP and The Key West Summer Stage have been selected as the Monroe County site for this year's readings. in a One Night Only event, THE SIGNATURE OF FEAR, the new play by Key West's Bob Bowersox (author and producer of last fall's hit play at the Red Barn, MOMENT OF GRACE, and 2012's similar hit, PERSON OF INTEREST), will be read by 6 of Key West's top actors, including Vanessa McCaffrey, Tony Konrath, Melody Moore, Tom Murtha, Joan O'Dowd, and Geno Drum. The play centers around an aging British poet living in America who decides it's time for him to go home to Britain and hang up his pen. But his wife, who has been the driving force behind his career, will have none of it, and is willing to go to unthinkable lengths to prevent his leaving. A discussion of the play between audience, author, and actors will take place following the reading. A great way to play a part in the development of a major new play.
A FOUR-PART THEATRE SYMPOSIUM
July 8, 11, 22, 25, 2014 at the Red Barn Theatre, Key West, 7:30 pm
In its ongoing desire to make theatre more accessible, TheatreXP will present a series of panel discussions focusing on specific
areas of theater: Acting, Directing, Writing, and Scenic Design. Each panel
discussion will feature some of Key West’s finest practitioners of each
specific discipline, and will be designed to give attendees a rare glimpse into
the inner workings of theater. A perfect way to learn more about what it takes to make the magic happen up on the stage. The audience is invited to ask questions and make comments, as well as stay around afterward to mingle and enjoy cocktails with the panel and fellow attendees and talk theater.
Tuesday, July 8: DIRECTING
Hear from some of Key West's finest directors for the stage. How do they choose the plays the want to do? What are they thinking about in casting, rehearsal, and production? What's the hardest thing for them to deal with? PANELISTS include Joy Hawkins, Carole McCartee, George Gugleotti, and Bob Bowersox. Moderated by Quincy Perkins.
Friday, July 11: SCENIC DESIGN
The look of a play is as important as the actors in it. Design of the set, props, lighting, and a dozen other seemingly passive things can make or break the success of a performance. How do these designers turn words on a page into a stunning tableau for your eyes? PANELISTS include the Waterfront's master Scenic Designer Michael Boyer, lighting designers Jules Conn and David Byrd, and TheatreXP's Bob Bowersox. Moderated by Quincy Perkins.
Tuesday, July 22: ACTING
What kind of alchemy does an actor use to transform himself into the character you see on stage? Is it magic or training? Why do actors HATE auditions? How do they use their director to mold their character? What do they love about acting? What do they hate? PANELISTS include iconic Key West actors David Black, Laurie Breakwell, Tom Luna, Matt Hollis Hulsey, Brandon Beach, and Quincy Perkins. Moderated by Bob Bowersox.
Friday, July 25: WRITING
It all starts with a script. But if it were easy, everyone would do it, right? Where do great writers find their ideas? How are they developed? What are their methods? What's hard for them? Easy? What's it like handing your baby over to a director? PANELISTS include Bob Bowersox (PERSON OF INTEREST, MOMENT OF GRACE, THE SIGNATURE OF FEAR), Mark Watson (THE TIMES), Gayla Morgan (A DOG STORY, CONCH REPUBLIC THE MUSICAL), Tony Konrath, and Cathy Cafferty (AT LAST LIGHT). Moderated by Quincy Perkins.
July 13, 2014 at the Little Room Jazz Club, 821 Duval, Key West, 8 pm
Tell a True Story! Hear a True Story! Judge a True Story!
TheatreXP continues one of its most popular events -- STORY SLAMS -- where anyone -- including you! -- can vie for cash prizes by telling the best true story of the night. Each storyteller will have 5 minutes at the microphone to tell whatever story they want to, provided it sticks to the theme of the night. The rest of the patrons will vote at the end of the night for the best stories. It's a hilarious night of real people telling real stories -- which always end up a terrific mix of poignant, funny, heart-breaking, and best of all -- true.
The theme for the year's KWSS Slam is: "Courage".