• 2016-2017 Season,  Happysadness

    Everything’s Better With Puppets

    by Rick Curtiss Dramaturg happysadness is better with puppets. Everything is better with puppets. The nature of this phenomenon might not seem obvious at first. After all, puppets are for kids aren’t they? Haven’t we, as adults, moved past the juvenile and broad nature the world of puppets provides? The answer to both of these questions is a steadfast no. Adults love puppets. It might be attributed to nostalgia, butt here is something inherently adult about puppets. This can be seen in the many ways puppets have been marketed for adults. The Muppet Show had kid-friendly content, but the goal was to entertain the whole family, adults included. Others followed this trend with various…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Happysadness

    Oxymoron

    by Rick Curtiss Dramaturg ox·y·mo·ron /ˌäksəˈmôrˌän/ noun a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true ). I learned about this word (I assume in the same way everyone did) from a scene in the 1994 movie Renaissance Man where Danny DeVito’s character explains it to a group of students. I don’t remember anything else about the movie, but the oxymoron scene is etched so deep in my memory that I can still here Danny DeVito say “girly man” over the crackly drive-in speaker. It was the first time I realized that watching a movie and learning something new could…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Travesties

    Tabula Rasa

    By Rick Curtiss, Dramaturg To sell a show like Travesties, you have have some big names, but what is a name anyway? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet— is a popular phrase muttered by one of Shakespeare’s star crossed lover’s. It is oft quoted but perhaps not perfected until The Simpsons added, Lisa: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Bart: Not if you called ’em Stenchblossoms. Homer: Or Crapweeds. Marge: I’d sure hate to get a dozen Crapweeds for Valentine’s Day. I’d rather have candy. Homer: Not if they were called Scumdrops. Names are arbitrary—Names are essential. Names aren’t my strong point. Mindy…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Travesties

    Spoiler Alert

    By Rick Curtiss, Dramaturg “he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and dream him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I say yes I will Yes.” That is the last—I hesitate to call it line—phrase from James Joyce’s Ulysses. It finishes a thirty page, punctuation free, stream of consciousness section which consists of the thoughts of Molly Bloom as she lays next to her husband. The last thing she remembers before the novel ends is the moment her husband proposed to…

  • 2016-2017 Season,  Travesties

    In Vino Veritas

    By Rick Curtiss, Dramaturg trav·es·ty  /ˈtravəstē/ a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something. As the dramaturg for Travesties, I get the ever less rare opportunity of discovering the undiscovered, or more bluntly, accessing the inaccessible. Travesties is the kind of show where having a healthy grasp of Romanian geography, early twentieth century British fashion, and Leopold Bloom will serve the audience well, but who has the time? Rather lets put aside the notion of that learning precedes understanding with some good old fashioned- In Vino Veritas It’s a Latin phrase. It means “in wine, truth.” Which is to say, “The truth is in the wine,” or “after drinking wine the truth…

  • 2015-2016 Season,  Microburst Theatre Festival (2016)

    Time it is a-Changin’

    by Rick Curtiss, dramaturg The times they are a-changin’ ― Bob Dylan sung that. I wouldn’t go as far as to attribute the quote to him. It seems too foundational to have been discovered in the twentieth century, and I wouldn’t be surprised if our first nation ancestors looked at the dwindling mammoth herds and shrugged ― The times they are a-changin’. The times they are a-changin’ with MicroBurst Theatre Festival as well. The director has changed. After being successfully spearheaded by George Nelson for two seasons, the reign has been passed to Roger Sorenson. The new director brings new ideas, and the new idea is new directors. Six student…

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    Music and Performance with Patrick Livingston

    by Rick Curtiss, Dramaturg I had the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Livingston for today’s blog. He helped create the music and plays Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale. His double duty roles give fascinating insight into the creation of the show. After tonight’s (Thursday April 2nd) performance Patrick and the entire cast will be available for a post show discussion where you can be the interviewer and ask your questions about the show.

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    Insights from Costume Designer Mary Farahnakian

    by Rick Curtiss, dramaturg At a recent post show discussion for The Winter’s Tale (held every Thursday night after the show), one of the first questions from the audience was about the amazing costumes. I’m happy to report that I had the pleasure of interviewing costume designer Mary Farahnakian right before the show opened, and am excited to share her insights with you. The costumes in the show are inspiring in both their attention to detail and dedication to the themes of the show.

  • 2014-2015 Season,  A Winter's Tale

    The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal Part 2

    by Rick Curtiss, dramaturg The fighting continues…(to read more about what is “The Winter’s Tale: Battle Royal”, check out Part 1 of this post here). Perdita played by: Mckenzie Steele Foster Intro: Desperate to find the origins of her past, Perdita enters the tournament knowing the odds are stacked against her. Ending: Saved by a mysterious stranger, Perdita defeats Darkpocolypse , but did she find love in the process? Style: Even at 15, Perdita has mastered the Bohemian Mystic arts, and her speed allows her to close the gap on unsuspecting foes. Regal Blast – A shot that can be charged to it’s full potential. It is said that only Royal…