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THE GREENROOM DISCUSSIONS August, 1996

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Date: Sun, 25 Aug 1996 18:45:32 -0500
From: Jon Cohan
Subject: Song of Jacob Zulu

>Do you have any info/reviews of the Feburary '96 production of "The Song of Jacob Zulu" at the Emerson Majestic Theatre? My e-mail address is actually Leilaco@aol.com, I'm mailing this from someone elses computer.



Date: Thu, 15 Aug 96 10:09:59 EDT
From: applix!nova89!kevinb@uunet.uu.net (Kevin Baldwin)
Subject: Re: Response to some of your queries

Coming K&K productions:

"DOROTHY MEETS ALICE"

A delightful children's musical for kids ages 10 and over, which combines all the characters from both "Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland".

Auditions will be
August 24th & September 7th from 1-5pm
and the show will premiere November 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, & 16th
(all performances 7:00pm)

Currently under consideration for an adult show to be presented later in the Spring:
"Give 'Em Hell Harry!"

We've done a lot of terrific productions in the past. Shows have included:
"Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp" (which I also wrote)
"Really Rosie"
"GODSPELL" (Adult show)
"Pinocchio"
"INSIGHT" (Adult show)
"Winnie The Pooh"
"DuckTails and BobbySox" a fifties musical for kids
And most recently: "Charlotte's Web" (done with all children)
and "Twelve Angry Men (And Women)" (done with adults)

My wife and I are the producers, president (me) and vice president (she); she choreographs the shows and I direct them.

Our music director has always been Deborah Bonneau of West Boylston, a wonderful musician whom it's a joy to work with.

We have *never* paid actors and we never will. I believe that it was a bad move when Community Theatres started paying performers. It really changes their status and level of performance and while it may have been a boon to a production or two, it really hurt theatre as a whole on a community or amateur level.

The only individuals who get paid are my choreographer and music director (and any additional muscians she needs). I receive compensation for my expenses but no salary. This keeps our costs down and we're able to put more money back into future productions.

">> What are you growing INTO?" you ask?

That's hard to say, as both our shows and our audiences have grown significantly over the last two years. "Winnie The Pooh" and "Charlotte's Web" were both good shows and financially successful --- but my personal favorite so far has been "DuckTails and BobbySox". Just seeing the kids dressed up in those fifties fashions was a roar. We're growing into a major player in children's theatre in this area.

We have been InterNetted about a year now.

Thanks for your inquiries and suggestions!
Yours truly,
Kevin T. Baldwin, president
K & K Productions, Inc.
104 Kendig Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
# 508-753-0977


Date: Thu, 15 Aug 1996 13:22:44 -0400
To: greenrm@shore.net
From: mkaplan@gis.net (Mort Kaplan)
Subject: Returned mail: User unknown
>>From: mkaplan@gis.net (Mort Kaplan)
>>Subject: 3rd try

Larry: Sent two long ones today thru the mirror. Each time the message came back undeliverable and then they disappeared into the ether. Said your URL wasn't accepting anything but American Express Gold Cards.. I am exhausted. Give me back my quill and my bottle of ink, along with my spotted pigeon. Those could always be depended upon to get the job done!

---OK...First off: thanks to you and Sharyn for the kind words. Nice to know all those years weren't for naught.

Second, I'd be glad to sift through my experiences the next few months, take some notes, try to keep some sort of a journal. Let's see if the stuff has any merit. If it does, I'll share it.

Third: Although most of my work over the last 25-30 years has been as a teacher/director/arts administrator on the university level, I have kept moderately busy from time to time doing industrials, directing and acting since '82 at the Lyric Stage. I am also presently on their board as the prez.

Fourth: will be auditioning in two weeks at the Stagesource, trying desperately not to make an ass of myself.

(Your suggestion of "American Buffalo" is a good but ironic one. I worked the character of Donny three years ago at the Lyric for a week and a half of rehearsals under Spiro Veloudis' direction. I had to leave prior to opening due to illness in my immediate family. When I got back, Ron Ritchell, who had taken over for me "temporarily" decided he wanted to do the whole run. I think I still know a good deal of the lines and would love to get a chance at the script again. Do you know who is directing at the New Rep and if the role is still open?)

How about you being my 'agent'???

---Am directing Ed Bullins' premiere of "Boy x Man" (times) at the BCA for CENTASTAGE in Nov. Casting is 2nd week in Sept with the production three weeks in Nov. Looking for 3 non-E African-Am actors and 4 non-E African-Am Actresses all of whom have to span three decades in the play.

Tom Vance is the GM:

call him 617-536-5981 for audition info or send pix and rez to

Centastage
POBox 15261
Boston, MA 02215-0-005.

--This is not a big bucks broadway production but a chance to be part of a new, exciting, sweet script by an Icon and an opportunity to have fun and do some good, clean theatuh!

Well, got to move on. Time to rot my brain reading the latest Spenser mystery that I obtained from the Somerville library.

L'chaim! MORT

617-628-6985


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Rick Lombardo will be directing, Mort, and he just auditioned for the First show on the schedule, so I'm fairly sure you'd have a shot at it. Give him a call. I think you'll like him; I certainly did. He might even have read about you here...


Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1980 15:41:01 -0400
From: VokesPlays@aol.com
Subject: Re: Vokes Theatre 96-97 Season Schedule

Dear Larry,

Once again, congratulations on a wonderful job with Theatre Mirror. The Vokes Players have just announced their new season: thought you might be able to include it in your "Coming Attractions".
========================================
Vokes Players
Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theatre - Route 20 - Wayland MA
>Tickets: (508) 358-4034 http://users.aol.com/vokesplays
======================
'96-'97 Season
======================

Assassins
October 31 - November 23, 1996 (Thurs - Sats at 8:00)
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by John Weidman

The Imaginary Invalid
by Moliere
Feb 27 - March 15, 1997 (Thurs-Sats at 8:00)

Montserrat
by Lillian Hellman
May 1 - 17, 1997 (Thurs-Sats at 8:00)

Lips Together, Teeth Apart
by Terrence McNally
July 17 - August 2, 1997 (Thurs-Sats at 8:00)

Thanks again,
Brad Walters
Vokes Theatre
email: VokesPlays@aol.com


LARRY STARK REPLIES:

Kindly hold two tickets for me for the opening of ASSASSINS!


Date: Thu, 15 Aug 1996 13:01:17 -0400
From: Richard Booth
Organization: Booth Productions
Subject: getting ourselves a link

I love this page you've got set up! It's a great resource. We have just recently created our own web page at
Booth Productions/Holy Name Theatre. Most of it is up and running, but there are a few links we still need to work on, but we would love to be able to link to our page from the Theatre Mirror page. Please let us know what you can do for us.

Thanks.


Date: Thu, 15 Aug 96 03:40:18 EDT
From:
Subject: THE TURN OF THE SCREW (my next show)

>
>
>                            THE TURN OF THE SCREW
>                            Masque Theatre Company
>                        Memorial Hall Cultural Center
>                               30 School Street
>                                 Milford, MA
>
>
>    September  6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26 & 27
>    Tickets:   $15.00 for adults
>               $12.00 for senior citizens, students, and groups of 10 or more.
>    Show time: 8:00 p.m. for all shows.
>
>    THE TURN OF THE SCREW is adapted from Henry James' late 19th century
>    novel of the same name.  It is a "chilling gothic mystery".
>

E Grace Noonan
e.noonan@hlo.mts.dec.com
I'm an acter, a computer geek and a Quaker for heaven's sake! How much queerer can I get?!


Tue, 6 Aug 1996 09:20:17 GMT
From: RickLom@aol.com

Dear Larry:

What to say about the "Errol Flynn, Frank Langella" bit? Flattered? Quite a quartet of shoes to fill when people actually meet me in person! Thanks.

Only a few factual points to correct if it's not too late. The theatre in Canton is "The Players Guild". It's production budget is one the "small" professional theatres in Boston might envy, but certainly not up to ART or Huntington standards. Finally, the Bosotn premiere comedy we are waiting to announce already finished its New York run, it's another New England run we have to contractually wait out.

Everything else looks great. Thanks for the interview and I look forward to seeing you at the New Rep.

Write back any time.
Regards,
Rick


Date: Mon, 5 Aug 1996 14:48:13 -0400
From: Perri Davis
Subject: Re: (no subject)

Good afternoon and hello from Florida!!
I, myself, just became involved with the Phoenix. At this moment we are doing "Merrily We Roll Along" by Sondhiem. I play Meg in "That Frank" number and then the girl auditioning in the "Opening Doors" number. It is definitely a complex musical. The show closes on Aug. 11 then our next show is "Equus". I had fallen ill so I will be playing a horse. This is going to be a real fun show.

I have been performing for years but like I mentioned just recently with the Phoenix. I performed with The Winter Haven Community Theatre. There I was in "If Heaven Can Wait".

Thank you for the response on my e-mail and allowing me to visit your site.

I definitly enjoy it.
SIncerely,
Perri E. Davis
perri@solunet


Date: Sat, 3 Aug 1996 17:54:36 -0400
From: unseen@tiac.net (Unseen Theatre.)

Well here's the 411 on Unseen Theatre.

I started the company in 1991, while still an undergrad at UMass/Amherst.

First performances were in Hamilton, MA.
TONGUES;SAVAGE/LOVE-sam shepard, then abunch of original work. Unseen has produced in Rockport and Amherst, as well.

So, as for the Harvard Connection, i've worked at the A.R.T. since 1992, and was appointed as a drama tutor at Adams House. We've got the use of the Pool Theatre, 80 seat converted pool (duh? ) and the Kronauer space, a 30 seat black box. Both of these spaces were early homes for Peter Sellars and his Explosives B Cabaret. So as for the rest of the company. many are from harvard, a.r.t. et al. we are spreading out , and always looking for more directors, designers et al.

the season opens on September 13 with T.S. Eliot's THE HOLLOWMEN. performances september 13 & 14, 8pm, there's a 10pm performance on the 14th as well. in The Pool Theatre.

then the rest is as follows:

AND BABY MAKES SEVEN-Paula Vogul The Kronuaer Space September 20, 21, 26,27,28 @ 8pm Septemer 22 & 29 @ 2pm
FUNERAL GAMES-Joe Orton The Kronauer Space November 1,2,7,8,9 @8pm, 3 @2pm
TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS-Constance Congdon The Pool Theatre January 9-25
FOOL FOR LOVE-Sam Shepard The Pool Theatre January 30 - February 23
SCENES FROM AND EXECUTION-Howard Barker The Pool Theatre May 16 - June 8
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Venue TBA (Looking into The Hasty Pudding, Lowell Hall, The C. Waslh, The Lyric Stage, Tower Auditorium, et al.) July 11 thru August
Tickets:
Harvard Central Ticket Office 495-2663 or BOStix
Theatres are at 13 Bow Street. Harvard Square. Cambridge

we can be reached @

P.O. Box 381523
Cambridge, MA 02238
617.776.3389
unseen@tiac.net

so when and what did you do at harvard??? any other info. please ask..
thanks.
mark o'maley
artistic director


Date: 04 Aug 96 21:43:03 EDT
From: J Tormey <70511.1513@compuserve.com>
Subject: Where are they now?

Hey critick guy,

Whilst reading over Reflections and your missive to the photo guy I thought that it might be useful to have a "Personals" section where people could try to catch up with each other, or help each other reconnect with old acquaintences.

Wouldn't it be funny for a Larry Murray or a Grey Johnson, or an Annegret Reimer to stumble upon this site and find a line of people wondering where the heck they've been.

Another thought: have you tried classified print ads to promote The Mirror? Placed under audition notices in Boston, New York and LA? There's a world of BU, Emerson and Tufts graduates working out there who could be valuable resources to local theater types.

I know, you've thought of it all already.
later,
J


Date: Thu, 08 Aug 1996 12:03:13 -0700
From: Lori Warren
Subject: current show listings

I was just perusing your list of currently running shows in the 'green room' and couldn't help but notice that the Barn Playhouse in New London, New Hampshire is listed in several places as being in Connecticut. Since I am going to see their productions of 'Crazy for You' and 'Forever Plaid' this weekend, it caught my eye.


From: FMRL19A@prodigy.com (MR CHUCK(CHARLES) L WEATHERFORD)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 1996 19:24:23, -0500
Subject: BOSTON THEATER

I HAVE A GROUP OF 100+ COMING TO BOSTON IN JUNE '97 DO YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT SHOWS DURING THIS TIME?

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
CHUCK WEATHERFORD


Date: Wed, 14 Aug 96 14:44:57 -0400
From: John Chatterton
Subject: Announcement -- free copy of CASTING NEWS! (please post)

To download a free copy of NEW ENGLAND CASTING NEWS, dial your computer's modem to:

1 617 965-7046

(There's no need to dial "1 617" if you're in the 617 area code.)

You will be connected to the Boston Computer Society's Zytel bulletin board.

On receiving the first menu of choices, at the prompt type

SEE NEWS

You will begin to download your free copy of the magazine, which contains many New England (and national) casting opportunities.


Date: Wed, 14 Aug 96 12:28:34 EDT
From: kevinb@nova89.applix.com (Kevin Baldwin)

Greetings. I just was looking at your website, and I'd like to ask you to link our group, K & K Productions, Inc. up to your list of theatre group websites. Our location is:

http://www.ultranet.com/~kbaldwin/

email is kbaldwin@ultranet.com

We're known primarily for our children's productions, but we also have done adult productions in the past and will probably do one this coming Spring.

We're based out of Worcester, Massachusetts, and are starting our third year. We've also had articles published on our group in The New England Entertainment Digest, where I read about your Mirror Site.

Please let me know if there's any additional information you need from me.

My sincerest appreciation for your time.

Yours truly,
Kevin T. Baldwin, president
K & K Productions, Inc.
104 Kendig Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610
# 508-753-0977


Date: Wed, 14 Aug 1996 11:36:27 -0400
From: mkaplan@gis.net (Mort Kaplan)
Subject: Looks like I have been lost in space

Larry/Jay: I sent long messages but it looks as if they never got to you guys. Thanks for the nice thoughts. Will get back shortly with a recap of the communications.
Mort

MREX9
617-628-6985


Tue, 6 Aug 1996 09:20:17 GMT
From: RickLom@aol.com

Dear Larry:

What to say about the "Errol Flynn, Frank Langella" bit? Flattered? Quite a quartet of shoes to fill when people actually meet me in person! Thanks.

Only a few factual points to correct if it's not too late. The theatre in Canton is "The Players Guild". It's production budget is one the "small" professional theatres in Boston might envy, but certainly not up to ART or Huntington standards. Finally, the Bosotn premiere comedy we are waiting to announce already finished its New York run, it's another New England run we have to contractually wait out.

Everything else looks great. Thanks for the interview and I look forward to seeing you at the New Rep.

Write back any time.
Regards,
Rick


Date: Mon, 5 Aug 1996 14:48:13 -0400
From: Perri Davis
Subject: Re: (no subject)

Good afternoon and hello from Florida!!
I, myself, just became involved with the Phoenix. At this moment we are doing "Merrily We Roll Along" by Sondhiem. I play Meg in "That Frank" number and then the girl auditioning in the "Opening Doors" number. It is definitely a complex musical. The show closes on Aug. 11 then our next show is "Equus". I had fallen ill so I will be playing a horse. This is going to be a real fun show.

I have been performing for years but like I mentioned just recently with the Phoenix. I performed with The Winter Haven Community Theatre. There I was in "If Heaven Can Wait".

Thank you for the response on my e-mail and allowing me to visit your site.

I definitly enjoy it.
SIncerely,
Perri E. Davis
perri@solunet


Date: Sat, 3 Aug 1996 17:54:36 -0400
From: unseen@tiac.net (Unseen Theatre.)

Well here's the 411 on Unseen Theatre.

I started the company in 1991, while still an undergrad at UMass/Amherst.

First performances were in Hamilton, MA.
TONGUES;SAVAGE/LOVE-sam shepard, then abunch of original work. Unseen has produced in Rockport and Amherst, as well.

So, as for the Harvard Connection, i've worked at the A.R.T. since 1992, and was appointed as a drama tutor at Adams House. We've got the use of the Pool Theatre, 80 seat converted pool (duh? ) and the Kronauer space, a 30 seat black box. Both of these spaces were early homes for Peter Sellars and his Explosives B Cabaret. So as for the rest of the company. many are from harvard, a.r.t. et al. we are spreading out , and always looking for more directors, designers et al.

the season opens on September 13 with T.S. Eliot's THE HOLLOWMEN. performances september 13 & 14, 8pm, there's a 10pm performance on the 14th as well. in The Pool Theatre.

then the rest is as follows:

AND BABY MAKES SEVEN-Paula Vogul The Kronuaer Space September 20, 21, 26,27,28 @ 8pm Septemer 22 & 29 @ 2pm
FUNERAL GAMES-Joe Orton The Kronauer Space November 1,2,7,8,9 @8pm, 3 @2pm
TALES OF THE LOST FORMICANS-Constance Congdon The Pool Theatre January 9-25
FOOL FOR LOVE-Sam Shepard The Pool Theatre January 30 - February 23
SCENES FROM AND EXECUTION-Howard Barker The Pool Theatre May 16 - June 8
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Venue TBA (Looking into The Hasty Pudding, Lowell Hall, The C. Waslh, The Lyric Stage, Tower Auditorium, et al.) July 11 thru August
Tickets:
Harvard Central Ticket Office 495-2663 or BOStix
Theatres are at 13 Bow Street. Harvard Square. Cambridge

we can be reached @

P.O. Box 381523
Cambridge, MA 02238
617.776.3389
unseen@tiac.net

so when and what did you do at harvard??? any other info. please ask..
thanks.
mark o'maley
artistic director


Date: 04 Aug 96 21:43:03 EDT
From: J Tormey <70511.1513@compuserve.com>
Subject: Where are they now?

Hey critick guy,

Whilst reading over Reflections and your missive to the photo guy I thought that it might be useful to have a "Personals" section where people could try to catch up with each other, or help each other reconnect with old acquaintences.

Wouldn't it be funny for a Larry Murray or a Grey Johnson, or an Annegret Reimer to stumble upon this site and find a line of people wondering where the heck they've been.

Another thought: have you tried classified print ads to promote The Mirror? Placed under audition notices in Boston, New York and LA? There's a world of BU, Emerson and Tufts graduates working out there who could be valuable resources to local theater types.

I know, you've thought of it all already.
later,
J


Date: Thu, 08 Aug 1996 12:03:13 -0700
From: Lori Warren
Subject: current show listings

I was just perusing your list of currently running shows in the 'green room' and couldn't help but notice that the Barn Playhouse in New London, New Hampshire is listed in several places as being in Connecticut. Since I am going to see their productions of 'Crazy for You' and 'Forever Plaid' this weekend, it caught my eye.


From: FMRL19A@prodigy.com (MR CHUCK(CHARLES) L WEATHERFORD)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 1996 19:24:23, -0500
Subject: BOSTON THEATER

I HAVE A GROUP OF 100+ COMING TO BOSTON IN JUNE '97 DO YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT SHOWS DURING THIS TIME?

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!
CHUCK WEATHERFORD


Date: Sat, 03 Aug 1996 12:58:46 +0000
From: YOUR REAL NAME
Subject: upcoming listings

just looking for info on posting listings here. Unseen Theatre, which turns six this winter, is taking up residence at Harvard's Pool Theatre in Harvard Square, and we are producing 8 shows starting 13 september with T.S. Eliot's THE HOLLOWMEN, and ending in July with MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.
so let me know.
thanks.
> mark
ut.
unseen@tiac.net

LARRY STARK EXPLAINS:

Always glad to find someone new.

Basic information goes like this:

dates... opening - closing

"title of Play"

PERFORMING GROUP (UNSEEN THEATRE)

Playspace name and address (Pool Theatre, Adams House, #? Bow Street, CAMBRIDGE)

info and/or boxoffice phone (1(617)???-???? EXT ??)

And you can get it to us by mail, E- or snail-. We transfer listings from Coming Attractions to Openings and Up & Running every Thursday, and then add whatever we can find that was missing up till then.

I'd be interested in some of the history of The Unseen, since the name is new to me. Are you graduates who have grown away from Harvard, or a local company offered a home in Adams House? (I never went to Harvard, but after getting out of Rutgers and coming to Cambridge I spent a lot of backstage time hammering nails and running Blacks at HDC and other productions for about five years, and the histories of companies always fascinate me

We hope you are Unseen in The Theater Mirror often from now on!
Love,
===Anon.



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