THE GREENROOM DISCUSSIONS

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THE GREENROOM DISCUSSIONS - January, 1997

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Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 06:21:04 -0800
From: sharyns@ix.netcom.com (Sharyn Shipley)
Subject: Name change: Felicity

Dear Larry --

Here are some big chunks from Jan Lewis' wonderful critique of my play. I have rewritten it and sent it out to her. The big one is the name change. I met with Jan in Los Angeles and had one of those discussions so dear to the hearts of writers -- we only talked about the work! And in such detail. Bless this woman. She works with a lot of writers and I want to thank each and every one of them as well as her for giving her the experience to talk in such concrete terms.
I wish all of your playwrights critiques like these!
The summer festival is to be a series of readings held at the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles.
Ain't we got fun!
I should mention that I got turned down by the O'Neil festival. It's not all fun. But we push on.
All best,
Sharyn

LARRY STARK EXPLAINS:

The continuing saga of Sharyn Shipley's writing and re-writing her play "Felicity" (nee "Hamlet: The Women"!!) is in the "Reflections" section of The Theater Mirror. This newest installment appears there now. Take a look!


From: NRTWINC@aol.com
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 1997 23:51:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: access to the green room

Hi!
Found your website tonight after reading NEED today. What must a community theatre company do to gain access to your auditions (we have auditions for Kiss Me Kate coming up in mid-February) and ongoing plays?
I apologize if you have information within your website that I may have overlooked in my excitement over finding your website -- I love it so far!!
Thanks in advance!
Sharon Fluet for North Regional Theatre Workshop
(nrtwinc@aol.com)


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Simple Sharon:
Just tell us the information.
Period.
For listings, we'd like to know the five things you see in any of our listings: 1) opening and closing dates, 2) title of the show, 3) either the producing-group's name, or the name of the theatre, 4) the street-address of the theatre (plus state), and 5) the phone-number (with area-code!) for the box-office or/and information.
We put up all the information we receive.
What'cha got?
Love,
===Anon.


Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 12:32:21 -0500 (EST)
From: myles@acadia.net (john sloan)
Subject: Plays for children

Dear MR. Stark,

My name is Frances Sloan, and I am a 4-H leader in Waldo,Maine. We were planning a trip to Boston on the weekend of April 12th or the 19th. I was hoping that Joseph would be there,but, was disapointed to find out that it would not. My question to you is "Do you know of any other plays that would be suitable for children?" Also, is there an organisation that would help with the cost of the tickets? There would be about 40 children because we are involving all of Waldo, County. The age range will be from 12-17. Either a Sat. night or Sun. afternoon would work because we are staying in a Youth Hostil.

I hope you can help me. I have been trying to use your web. page,but, can not find info on plays at the Wang or Colonial. Just out of Boston. Maybe I am not using it right or am looking in the wrong area. Also, if you come to Maine, you should check out the Maskers Theatre Groupe in Belfast. They are very good!!!
Thank you,
Frances P. Sloan
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
Make it count.


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

We're investigating the possibilities of an INEXPENSIVE search-engine service, but nothing very encouraging has turned up as yet.
But I just searched COMING ATTRACTIONS, and turned up only two plays opening before the 11th of April that will run through your dates:
JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK opens at The Lyric Stage 14 March and runs till 13 April
THE SECRET GARDEN opens at The Arlington Friends of The Drama on the 11th and runs till 20 April
But we get updates every day, and the first week in April NEW ENGLAND ENTERTAINMENT DIGEST will be flooded with complete listings.
The Broadway houses announce coming attractions when tickets go on sale, and probably the only show of that size that will probably still be running here is "Rent" --- which may not seem to you suitable for young minds.
But don't give up hope yet. Theater is a volatile commodity in Boston. Ask me again closer to the date and I'll see what I can do.

Love,
===Anon.


From: SBGlulu33@aol.com
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 00:08:12 -0500 (EST)
Subject: TICKETS AND SPECIAL OFFERS

cAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING EVENTS OR SPECIAL PROMOTIONS 2 FOR 1 TICKETS ??
THANK YOU.


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

At the moment, no. At the moment it seems I spend all my waking moments fighting off alligators and HaTeMaiL-errors. If I can fight some time free in the next couple weeks I will try to E-mail or phone local theatres and ask for information on two-fers and rush-seat days. We'll get this swamp drained some day!
Love,
===Anon.


Date: Sun, 19 Jan 1997 12:52:03 -0800
From: Stowe Theatre Guild
Subject: Stowe Theatre Guild

Hi! I'm on the board of the Stowe Theatre Guild, a community- based theatre in Stowe, Vermont. We produce approximately 4-5 productions each summer. Most of our productions are local Vermont talent but we generally have one new play each summer with a New York cast and crew.

We are in the process of creating a web site, which is expected to be up and running this coming week.
Our URL is http://www.pwshift.com/theatre

We would appreciate you including us on your site and will gladly add a link back to yours.

Thanks for your help!
- Meghan Reichelt, Board Member


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

I've tried it, and will again, but the machine insisted that "theatre" is not the name of a month, or whatever it thinks it ought to be. I will, as I say, try again --- though it is my firm belief that even though I am indeed paranoid, that doesn't mean Bill Gates is NOT plotting to send me mad!

Love,
===Anon.



From: StarStruk@aol.com
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 05:32:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Hello

We are a newish community theatre group in the suburbs.... Holliston's Washington Street Players...we are moving into our second full season of shows and are starting to spread our wings and look for people to come play with us! We have no web page or anything fancy, but I am looking for advice on how to get the word out about auditions and the like....we don't have much money for advertising yet, so we are looking for the best bang for our buck or no buck at all. Thank you in advance for any advice you can share.

Lynna Pallas Henderson, Secretary
Holliston's Washington Street Players, Inc.
StarStruk@aol.com


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

The Theater Mirror lists all the audition notices that come in, so please put us on your Must list.
In addition, people look for such information in the Thursday Boston GLOBE Calendar, in the Boston PHOENIX, and in the monthly NEW ENGLAND ENTERTAINMENT DIGEST. Those, plus word of mouth and networking, are primary sources for auditions and casting-calls.
Keep us informed!

Love,
Anon.


Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 02:05:13 +0000
From: joseph antoun
Subject: Hello

Hi Larry,

I am finally on line and looked up the Mirror. Quite a site! It's a great theater resource.
I am slowly finding my way around this technology and am very proud to be using email. I'm a little shakey on the net so this is cool for me. Thanks for your support with DarkNight.

Women on Top is opening soon and things are a bit crazy but fun (DarkNight will continue throughout). Jack the Ripper is happening and big. Should be a good show.
Joe Antoun


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Joe Antoun is a mainstay of CENTASTAGE, who has been much too busy finding and producing New Plays at the Boston Center for The Arts. How he has found time to accustom himself to the quirkinesses of the Modem World is a mystery to me! Maybe he has a team of nerds doing "support", just as he had a team helping him get good new plays in front of Boston eyeballs.

"DarkNight" is a clever double-use of the rented theatre- space that CENTASTAGE uses at the BCA. Complete productions of finished plays run only Wednesday through Sunday for three weeks. The Monday and Tuesday of the run is taken up with put-in and tech- and dress-rehearsals. But during the next two weeks, CENTASTAGE holds staged-readings of promising plays in the same space, for a nominal charge, so that the playwright can get a sense from audience reactions and audience discussions of what kinds of re-writes may be necessary.

CENTASTAGE is committed to priming the pump that keeps the life-blood of theater flowing. And they sell good brownies in the act-breaks.

Love,
===Anon.


Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 21:02:02 -0500 (EST)
From: Threshol@tiac.net (threshold theatre) Subject: Vita & Virginia

Hello My name is Brigid O'Connor, Co-Artistic Director of Threshold Theatre. Below please find a press release for Threshold Theatre's upcoming production of Vita & Virginia at the Boston Center for the Arts. I would be happy to have you come and review the show.

I also wanted to let you that there is a change in the calendar information that you received from the Boston Center for the Arts. In your listing of upcoming shows you have a listing for Threshold Theatre's Women of Wonder II in February. That is being replaced by Vita & Virginia in the same time slot.

If you have any questions, please give me a call or email. I look forward to seeing you.


Date: Mon, 6 Jan 1997 06:24:03 -0800
From: sharyns@ix.netcom.com (Sharyn Shipley)
Subject: Re: award

Wonderful about the award. Does that mean you actually get to go to bask? Or are you just entered in a competition to maybe go to bask? See, things will work out and pay off. I'm so proud of you and honored to be a part of it.

Speaking of which; I wish the blessings of a meeting with Jan Lewis on every playwright for the New Year.

This woman sat down to lunch with me and launched into a brilliant analysis of the character arc of my play. She was dead on too. Her enthusiasm and encouragement were a tonic. I'm off to tinker, tinker, tinker.

What do you call a fly without wings?

A walk.

This joke via the Women Playwrights List.

Double Happiness in the New Year,
Sharyn


Date: Sat, 4 Jan 1997 23:06:16 -0500 (EST)
From: Tom Cavin
Subject: Your site

Hi Larry,

Wow. Your site is quite impressive. I didn't look at everything (which would take a lot of time) but plan to go back again. Seeing your name all over the place make me feel like I know someone famous! I saw your stories but it is getting late and my eyes are starting to cross so I only glanced at "Pets".

Two points: I appreciated the fact that you don't waste time on extraneous (sp?) graphics and fancy backgrounds. A site that doesn't take forever to load is wonderful and thoughtful. (Ever check out a site with photos that practically fill the screen? Or with pictures that move and flash? :( ) Also, the tone of the notes says a lot about what kind of place it is. You attract nice folks.

Anyway, I'm not sure how coherent this is as it is late by my standards but I did want to let you know that I'd checked out your site.

Take care

Erica
Cavin
tec@usa1.com


Subject: Crazy For You and my instruments...
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 1997 09:54:49 -0500
From: Harlan Feinstein

Larry wrote:

> At "Crazy", I frankly left whistlying the choreography, and the rhythm for some of those songs still bursts into my mind from time to time--so I'm betting that orchestra must have been damn good.

I'm very jealous; I'm looking forward to playing the show someday. :-)

> By the way, Harlan, what instrument(s) do you play?

My primary is horn, but I've played trumpet, trombone, and even tuba in pits, sometimes doubling. Especially up here in the Boston area (I came from DC about a year and a half ago), where the pits are small in the high-end community theater stuff, the doubling has helped me get into things I wouldn't normally have.

--Harlan


Date: Wed, 17 Jan 1996 22:36:56 -0800
From: Frank De Simone
Subject: Mario Lanza Story

The Mario Lanza Story will be appearing in Philadelphia at the Society Hill Playhouse, starting on April 17, and will run 3-to-6 weeks.

We are still trying to book the Mario Lanza Story in Boston. For June.

Anyone who is interested, in booking this outstanding musical, may please contact...

Executive Producer/Frank E. De Simone
netquest@earthlink.net


Date: Sun, 19 Jan 1997 12:52:03 -0800
From: Stowe Theatre Guild
Subject: Stowe Theatre Guild

Hi! I'm on the board of the Stowe Theatre Guild, a community- based theatre in Stowe, Vermont. We produce approximately 4-5 productions each summer. Most of our productions are local Vermont talent but we generally have one new play each summer with a New York cast and crew.

We are in the process of creating a web site, which is expected to be up and running this coming week.
Our URL is http://www.pwshift.com/theatre

We would appreciate you including us on your site and will gladly add a link back to yours.

Thanks for your help!
- Meghan Reichelt, Board Member


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

I've tried it, and will again, but the machine insisted that "theatre" is not the name of a month, or whatever it thinks it ought to be. I will, as I say, try again --- though it is my firm belief that even though I am indeed paranoid, that doesn't mean Bill Gates is NOT plotting to send me mad!

Love,
===Anon.


From: "BRUCE GELLERMAN"
Organization: WBUR Radio, Boston
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 10:37:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Tooting our own horn...

Hey, I just got a chance to open up your www homepage...WOW! I'm now going to burrow thru a bit...I'll let you know what I think.
Yikes,what a lot of work, sure looks sharp.
b.
Bruce Gellerman
-------------------
Executive Producer
WBUR-FM
National Public Radio Boston
890 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
phone: 617-353-0675
fax: 617-353-9380


Date: 10 Jan 1997 12:59:07 U
From: "Nancy Willis"
Subject: RE: WEB SITE RECOGNITION

Larry:

Belated congratulations on your well deserved award! I haven't been on line because we were on shut down over the holidays and I was traveling. I'm seeing several productions in the upcoming weeks: "Durang/Durang" in Maine (weather permitting), "Barrymore" at the Colonial with Christopher Plummer and The Huntington's "Glass Menagerie." If I can I'll try to give you my opinions providing my computer doesn't eat my words this time!

Thanks for your help in posting auditions for "Crossing Delancey." I got an excellent cast and rehearsals start next week. We open on March 7th, but more on that later.

Hope you get to Hawaii . . . aloha!


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Well, Nancy, as you can see, we were Second:


Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 19:56:12 -0500 (EST)
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To: mnweiss@pov.org
From: "vhansen@wwwa.com"
Subject: Top Ten Web Site Awards
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When our Best Sites update is completed next week, your site will be linked from the WWWA Best Sites in a category at http://wwwa.com/window.html

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Date: Fri, 27 Dec 1996 08:35:39 -0500
From: INSTALLER
Organization: Mintz Levin
>Subject: Annie?

Do you know if/when ANNIE is coming to Boston? I have heard that it's supposed to be coming back sometime this spring.


LARRY STARK APOLOGIZES:

I usually don't take this long to get information, but I called a ticketseller-friend who I knew is already selling seats, and didn't get a reply. So what I did was look up the number for The Colonial under "Grease" and lo:

4 - 16 February
"Annie"
COLONIAL THEATRE
106 Boylston Street, BOSTON
1(617)931-2787

From: PR-FECTION@webtv.net (Patricia Cerullo)
Date: Wed, 1 Jan 1997 10:28:37 -0500
Subject: Blue Man at the Charles

Would like to find how to contact different playhouses or a list of prices, availability of seats and times of the various plays now showing in Boston.

Thank you,

Old Mopars never die they go faster!!
Remember the motto, KISS!!!


LARRY STARK'S REPLY:

Shortest, truest answer: phone them.

If you were hoping for a central databank on the Internet that could give you any of that information, Patricia, forget it. Hardly any of the Boston theatres --- none of the big Broadway houses --- even have Email right now.

Besides, you will have to be specific about what dates you have in mind, and what cash you can part with for your chosen seats. Only a ticket-seller who knows what seats have not been sold so far can help you.

What we at The Mirror can tell you is, indeed, what shows are running in and around Boston right now, and what will be coming up in the future. Try UP AND RUNNING and COMING ATTRACTIONS and you should quickly get a feel for the wealth of possibilities every week here in The Athens of The East.

If you'll send me more information about when you're coming and what sort of thing you'd care to see, I'll try to give a little guidance. But phoned-in reservations or credit-card purchases are the only way to go, until you can walk into each lobby yourself.

Love,
===Anon.


Date: Fri, 03 Jan 1997 14:30:17 -0500
From: "Robert Bouffier" Subject: Tntertaining Mr. Sloane

Hope you can make it to the show!
Press night is Wed., Jan. 8 @7:30 p m
Party after.

Love your initiative and the wonderful results in the Marquee.
Call the Lyric, or E-mail me, the director, and we'll arrange tickets and a press kit.


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