Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The CA Family Play #10: The Documentary

Oliver
Hey. I know I'm a smartass. I'd say I'm sorry, but I think those words should be reserved for bigger things, don't you? And I'd say I'm working on it, but the Buddhists say self-correction and self-improvement are acts of aggression and that we should just observe, be awake, et cetera. Whatever, I know I'm intolerable. But what're ya supposed to do when you just don't think people are very observant, when you don't think most people are even capable of looking outside their own box and they're scared because it's dark in there, sitting in their own stink, breathing in their own stale thoughts, worrying so much that they're dead that they just keep telling themselves, But I'm alive, I'm alive, I'm alive to the exclusion of any other sophisticated observation. Anyway. What'd you really do all night?

Gene
Prayed.

Oliver
For?

Gene
Purpose.

Oliver
Sounds like we're both hard to shop for.

- Flooded With Light by Stan Richardson (The Representatives)


Hello, my blog family!

I've got an exciting gift to share with you!!!! 

This past year has been an amazing process, working on this CA family play with The Representatives. The play Stan wrote inspired by interviews with my family, Flooded With Light, was a huge success when we produced it in New York in December 2013.

Audiences were so receptive to the work. I was fortunate enough to attend almost every performance. I loved sitting and watching the actors bring life to the characters every night. The energy of the room was so different every night. 

It was fascinating to experience the audience's responses in our nightly post-show wine parties. Some people loved it and said that it was the best thing they'd ever seen The Representatives produce. One audience member left in the middle of the play, whispering to her friend, "This play is too intense for me, I've gotta go." Isn't that amazing? It affected her so deeply that she had to LEAVE! Amazing! 

I embrace both the positive and negative responses equally. They are both fantastic! I truly believe good art should illicit a strong gut reaction, so I am delighted that people either loved it or hated it. 

Apathy is death to art.

Since I knew that very few of my blog followers were going able to see the show,  I wanted to create something I could send out to you that'd give you the chance to share the experience with us, to give you a taste of what the whole process was like. Soooooooo I commissioned a short documentary film about the "making-of" Flooded With Light. I am super excited to hear what you think!

(Big huge shout-out THANK YOU to the filmmaker Joshua Paul Johnson, without his heartfelt commitment to this project this video never would have been possible.)

Enjoy!


Flooded with Light: an apartment play from Joshua Paul Johnson on Vimeo.

Flooded with Light: an apartment play is the culmination of a year-long project to create a "theatrical portrait" of the family life of Virginia Wilcox (resident of Astoria, NY) in collaboration with playwright Stan Richardson (NY, NY) and actor Matt Steiner (NY, NY) of The Representatives.  Stan, Matt and Virginia took an immersive research trip to meet Virginia's family in Northern California. The experiences they came away with, as well as current political and social issues, have inspired this biting new play about zealotry, illicit love, and the costs of self-reinvention.  Flooded with Light was first presented on Manhattan's Upper West Side in December 2013 as part of The Representatives' Collected Apartment Plays series. Filmmaker Joshua Paul Johnson documents the making of this theatrical portrait, a process of creating intimate, personal theatre with global themes for audiences inside and outside the arts.

For more about…
The Representatives go to www.TheRepresentatives.org
The filmmaker go to www.JoshuaPaulJohnson.com

Love,
Virginia


P.S. It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Thanks for being patient with me. And thanks to all of you that have reached out during this period of radio-silence to say, “Hey! How are things going? Send us an update.” That’s made me feel really special, knowing that you care!

P.P.S. Interested in getting a copy of the play? Please direct all inquiries for Flooded With Light to stan at the representatives dot org.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The CA Family Play #9: "Flooded With Light"

Hello, my friends!

It's really happening.

Here is your invitation to the performances of the CA family play that I started working on earlier this year. Stan Richardson (the playwright) has titled it "Flooded with Light." Doesn't that sound amazing?

I'm overwhelmed at the prospect of having an audience see this (very personal) piece of art. Hope you'll be able to make it. To make a reservation email reservations@therepresentatives.org.

Thanks for all your kind words of support throughout the process. Sending you all big love.

~V


the representatives
present

Flooded with Light

a new apartment play

written by Stan Richardson
directed by Lee Sunday Evans
with David Rosenblatt, Matt Steiner & Marguerite Stimpson

A biting new play about zealotry, illicit love, and the costs of self-reinvention.
 
Dates:
Wednesday, December 4th
Thursday, December 5th
Friday, December 6th
Saturday, December 7th
Sunday, December 8th

Wednesday, December 11th
Thursday, December 12th
Friday, December 13th
Saturday, December 14th
Sunday, December 15th

All performances at 8pm.

Location: 
Manhattan

Admission:
1 bottle of wine
 
Reservations:
reservations@therepresentatives.org
(Please include a first and second choice.)
  
the representatives is the collaboration of playwright Stan Richardson and actor Matt Steiner. We make plays that come from our personal and political dreams and nightmares and we do it fast.


www.therepresentatives.org

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Adults (on paper) come clean about being lost...

Hey! Exciting new development in my creative life, guys!!!!...

I was recently interviewed about my experience applying to grad school, writing this blog and being a 30-something for a podcast called "Dirty 30 Something."



Here's a 3-minute YouTube Dirty30Something Podcast Teaser of what their show is like, just to give you a taste...So awesome!!!!

***Warning: This podcast is uncensored and appropriate for adult audiences only. (18+)***

If you're interested in listening to the episode(s) that I'm on, you'll hear...

  • some of the inside scoop about the creation of this blog 
  • some of the not-so-predictable residual lessons I learned while NOT getting accepted to grad school...again and again and again
  • fun/embarrassing stories from my younger days

All in my own words...(hardly knew what was coming out of my mouth during the interview, but it was fun, fun, fun.)

Hope you guys enjoy it. If you do...leave your comments below! If you don't...weeellll, then just keep it to yourself. ;-)


My interview is in two parts. Click on the links below to listen...

Episode 8: Meet Virginia

Episode 9: Too Cool For School

Or...

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Just open up your iTunes app on your phone or computer and search for "Dirty 30 Something." You'll see it.

Thanks to all of YOU for following along this journey with me.

Though grad school has not turned out to be my path, I truly believe (and have to keep reminding myself) that my creative path is unfolding just as it should.

Who knows what fantastic opportunity or challenge awaits us just around the corner!?

And if there's anything I can do to help you out with anything on your creative journey, please send me an email and let me know. (And for those of you applying for acting grad schools...Shhhhh! Now I'm available for PRIVATES...private coaching, that is.)

Wishing you creative growth on your own terms in your own time.

Loves,
Virginia

P.S. Special thanks to Nick and Marissa for having me on the Dirty30Something podcast!



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