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State of the company…address(?)

So, I know the State of the Union Address usually comes in the beginning of the year, but I figured, (so as not to detract from the president’s speech), I’d jump in now and give everyone the state of things on our little island.

Last week we had our (now annual) ensemble meeting/holiday get together at GTTP. Wine was imbibed, snacks were eaten, and great philosophical discussions about the nature of theater were held (actually we just talked about what the year had brought and what the new year would bring). Regardless, it’s been an exciting and active 2013 for us. Here, are a couple of accomplishments (by the numbers).

21 – number of active ensemble members currently in the company

3 – number of shows GTTP produced in 2013 (Bella’s Dream, The Sandman’s Coming, and Cat Lady Without a Cat)

18 – number of actors employed in our shows during the year

23 – number of crew members employed in our shows during the year

3 – number of workshops held (directing, improv, audition)

1 – number of managing directors GTTP found to help run the company (yay, Molly!)

So that’s what the past year has held for GTTP. Now it’s time to sit down and ask, “where are we going” (or, as a favorite, canceled-too-soon, TV show would say quo vadamus – if you know the show, mention it in the comments and you’ll get a shout out on Facebook). So, where are we going? I’m glad you asked:

Cabaret – because of holiday travel plans, we’ve decided to move our cabaret from December 20th to a January or February weekend. Stay tuned for updates about our cure for the winter blues, our storytelling cabaret - GTTP Talks…Sex.

Within Arm’s Reach – everything is moving forward with our theatrical adaptation of Within Arm’s Reach, the novel by Ann Napolitano. We’re hoping to announce performance dates and space very soon. We’re currently in the process of holding crew interviews and Molly and I are deep into script revisions. Most likely we’ll be holding auditions in late January and will start rehearsals in early February. It is so exciting to see the play starting to develop…at least on the page, and we’re thrilled to soon be all-in on the production. More (many more) updates to come.

Social Media updates – some of you may have noticed we’ve started a regular Monday theater quote posting on Facebook, we’re getting better about weekly blog posts and we’re starting to run weekly Friday GTTP tweets. That’s right, my peeps, we are all over the interwebs. We’re also hoping to bring back the Tahiti Dispatches (our home grown, locally sourced, podcast), so like us on Facebook, subscribe to our blogfollow us on twitter, and keep a eye out for podcast updates.

Updated website – and, last but not least, speaking of our internet presence, in the next few weeks check back at the website for long awaited updates to the “About Us” and “Past Productions” pages. Molly and I are hunkering down next week to get the website all shiny and new for 2014!

Thanks, all! Stay warm out there.

-Jess

Another Opening, Another Show…

 

So, we open tomorrow – actually, by the time I post this it will actually be today that we open. But, before we do, I wanted to share some “day before opening” thoughts I had earlier today…

I’m sitting in an empty theater-no actors today since its equity day off-and I’m waiting for a few different crew members to arrive to take care of some last minute things before opening night. A couple of costumes that were being altered are getting dropped off, some finishes to the set are being, well, finished, the programs are being proofed…but in this moment of quiet before the storm, this pause for breath before the opening adrenaline kicks in, one thought keeps going through my head. And that is this – an empty theater is my temple, my church, my holy shrine. It is the place I’m most at home, most comfortable, most peaceful, and most me.

I remember when I was in college, my favorite place on campus was the theater. It was a massive 1500 seat auditorium but when no one was in it and there was just a bare stage with a ghost light, I could sit for hours and soak up the smell of backstage – that mixture of saw dust,  residual hairspray and, yes, sweat–the remnants of thousands of shows, thousands of possibilities and oh how I loved it! I’m not a religious person but there I could pray.

And? It turns out it doesn’t have to be an enormous auditorium for me to feel it. In this little empty black box tonight, with our 36 seats, we’re about to create something (actually we’ve been creating it for 5 weeks) and now we get to show it to you. It’s a rush, it’s a thrill, but more importantly, for me at least, it’s the reason I’m here. Nothing in the world makes quite as much sense to me as this does and I’m pretty sure that’s how most of my cast and crew feel too.

You see, I was thinking the other day that working on a show, if you’re doing it right, is like being on the island of misfit toys. We, none of us, fit in perfectly anywhere as well as we fit in with each other. And we particularly fit in when we create something for you. So we gather in darkened theaters, turn on the lights, and try to make a little magic happen, try to take you, our audience, to Tahiti…or Regency England as the case may be tomorrow. So come on out to The Secret Theatre tomorrow night and for the next two weeks and take the trip with us. This particular misfit thinks you’ll be glad you did.

Jane Austen’s Persuasion opens tomorrow (or actually probably tonight by the time you see this post – either way June 26th) and runs until July 8th. Tickets and details available on the Show and Events Page above or you can buy them here.

Also, if you want a little glimpse of (or more appropriately a listen to) Jane Austen’s Persuasion, check out my interview with the cast and adaptor of the play on the latest episode of Tahiti Dispatches (GTTP’s Podcast Series).

Cat Lady Countdown…

Five days and counting until Cat Lady Without A Cat opens!

Now I’m really starting to get excited. It’s an interesting new perspective (for me) of producing a show that I’m not directing. Normally I’m up to my ears in the creative problems of a given show. I’m making decisions about set and costume and music and acting…every aspect of the project is under my control, but with this one, it’s a little different. For the first time, I get to just talk up a show (and post pictures of frakking adorable cats!). I get to sit back and enjoy the project like a regular audience member and at the same time, I’ve known about Cat Lady for years (I was lucky enough to be one of the first people that Carrie shared the show with when she was first writing it). So, I’m really in this new place of being intimately connected to a show and completely detached from it at the same time.

That being said, I saw a scaled down version of the show at the Emerging Artists Festival last Tuesday. It was great and Carrie was fantastic but I found myself wanting more and I was so excited to know that Carrie will be giving everyone more for the GTTP production. You see, the Emerging Artists Festival had an hour long time limit. And, though it’s only an additional 15-20 minutes that we’re getting with the GTTP production, you see really quickly that that extra 15-20 is crucial stuff. Suddenly, we’re getting more information about Snake Man, JT, the Mom with a Portal to Another Dimension, and the Dad with Control Issues. These characters that Carrie explores are literally the life’s blood of this project and when you limit how much we see of them (which, out of necessity had to be done for the festival) you limit the entire show. So, come Friday night, we’ll get to see all of these folks. Last week Carrie was telling me about her fear of having to cut Snake Man from the show (trust me, you want to meet Snake Man) and she was talking about how friends of hers were devastated at the thought that this bizarre and beloved character would go the way of the dodo. “You CAN’T cut SNAKE MAN! You just CAN’T!” Luckily Snake Man was saved and he will appear in all his Barry-Manilow-loving glory on Friday night. So please, join us for Snake Man, the Squirrel, Max the Super, The Spanish/Italian Exterminator, David, Mortimer La Fantasma, Nanette, Mike Hogue, Station Nine, Portland, Oregon, and Carrie, the wonderful, hilarious and all around amazing, Cat Lady Without A Cat.

My extremely talented little sister (who is getting her PhD in English suggested I leave you with this excerpt from 18th Century poet, and Cat “Dude,” Christoper Smart (there’s is no male form of “Cat Lady” by the way because, as Camilla (the aforementioned sister) said with disdain “men are allowed to be single”(seriously, I may have just found next week’s blog post – a manifesto on chauvinistic language and how it relates to society’s association of cats to single women))…and I agreed. So here you go:

“For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
For he is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in his way.
For this is done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness.
For then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer.
For he rolls upon prank to work it in.
For having done duty and received blessing he begins to consider himself.
For this he performs in ten degrees.
For first he looks upon his forepaws to see if they are clean.
For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.
For thirdly he works it upon stretch with the forepaws extended.
For fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood.
For fifthly he washes himself.
For sixthly he rolls upon wash.
For seventhly he fleas himself, that he may not be interrupted upon the beat.
For eighthly he rubs himself against a post.
For ninthly he looks up for his instructions.

For tenthly he goes in quest of food.

For having consider’d God and himself he will consider his neighbour.

For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness.
For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it a chance.
For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying.
For when his day’s work is done his business more properly begins.
For he keeps the Lord’s watch in the night against the adversary.
For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life.
For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.”

(for more of For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffrey… go to: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/for-i-will-consider-my-cat-jeoffry-excerpt-jubil/

And seriously? If you liked that poem and these pics? You have no excuse! Get thee to Cat Lady Without A Cat! Pronto!

Tickets and Details here.

Podcasts, One Act Factor, and Cat Ladies, oh my!

Wow, one week after the experiment began and I’m already late on my weekly blog post, BUT, I did post (separate from my weekly post) a couple of days ago so technically I’m ahead of the game. Exciting things a brewing in Tahiti Land!

1) You’ll see on the podcast page our January/February podcast is finally up (yes, I know, it’s a bit late, but it is still February so I’m still technically on time with it.) When you get a chance, give it a listen. In this month’s podcast, I sit down with, actor, writer, dance, choreographer, and movement coach Dana Boll, to talk about her project, Bella’s Dream and the life of an NYC artist. Also, this coming Friday, I’ll be recording our March podcast, a conversation with Carrie Keskinen about Cat Lady Without a Cat and her long career as a professional NY actor. Carrie’s podcast will hopefully be posted by March 1. To listen to our latest Podcasts, check out the podcast page or click here: 

2) One Act Factor – I just agreed to direct a One-Act called, The Day Job, in The Secret Theatre’s One-Act Festival, OneActFactor. We just started rehearsals yesterday and are looking forward to a fun (and competetive) 3 evenings of One-Acts (there are 3 different series – a total of 22 plays – over 3 performance nights. My play is a part of series B and runs in the first round on March 16th and March 24th). The performances for OneActFactor begin in Mid-March and, since it’s an ajudicated festival, we’re hoping to do well enough to make it to the semi-finals and possibly the finals! For details and tickets, check out: 

3) Cat Lady Without a Cat tickets are on sale now!!! Join us for Carrie Keskinen’s hilarious show about a “self-proclaimed cat lady cleaning house in every possible way.” Cat Lady… runs for 3 performances only at The Secret Theatre, March 9-10th. For tickets, go here.

4) GTTP has applied for the FringeNYC festival this August. For those of you unfamiliar with FringeNYC it is a month long festival in August where more than 200 plays are produced, for an average of five performances each, in 20 venues around Manhattan. Because of past scheduling issues we haven’t been able to apply in the past for this competitive and exciting fetsival, but finally, this year the timing worked out. It’s super competetive so I don’t kow if we’ll get in but as grandma always used to say, “you can’t win it if you’re not in it” (grandma was a big lottery fan) and you can’t be in it if you don’t even apply. So, dear readers, I’m calling out to all of you to put in a good word to the universe for us. We applied with a very strong project (which I don’t want to reveal here because I don’t want to jinx it) and I think we have a decent chance. Accepted productions will be notified in April/May so I’ll keep everyone posted.

See you at the theater!

Happy New Year!!!!

Yes yes yes I know, I’m a few weeks late. But that’s OK – I mean it is in fact still the new year. Come to think of it it will technically be the new year until December 31st 2012 so really, when you look at it that way I’m totally ahead of the game, right? Either way, it’s that time of the year… Time for the wrap-up, the recap, the update, so hear we go…

2011 was quite a year for GTTP!!!

For the first time in GTTP history, thanks to all of your support we were able to have two shows in one year. June brought us Skin Flesh Bone. This original play about language and life had a 12 performance run on the main-stage at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City (our un-official home). The play featured 3 company members, Maria Silverman, David Eiduks and Kiwi Callahan and 2 newbies to GTTP, Laurel Lockhart and Gavin Alexander Hammon. Check out the picture gallery from the show on our past productions page, here.

After a summer spent re-organizing the structure of GTTP we had a successful 2011-12 kick-off party at SideBar in Manhattan. A bunch of you came out to help us kick off the new season and get ready for our December show, Full Disclosure by Ruth McKee. This one woman show (another first for GTTP) about a pregnant realtor desperate to sell her listing, featured Tahitian Kiwi Callahan, and ran for 14 performances at The Poco Space at The Secret Theatre in LIC. Pictures from FULL DISCLOSURE are also on display on our past productions page. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the thumbnails to display (clearly I need a full time tech person to manage the website, right?) so in order to see the photos click on the photo spaces and they should come up for display.

In addition to our performances, in 2011 GTTP started a regular podcast series, Tahiti Dispatches. Through interviews and performances, Tahiti Dispatches provides a glimpse into the behind the scene world of GTTP shows and ultimately NY independent theater beyond our little island. You can hear previous podcasts here, and stay tuned for our January/February podcast, an interview with Dana Boll. A frequent GTTP collaborator, Dana is also a choreographer, dancer, writer and actress – another female theater artist making her way through the crazy world that is NY independent theater.

New people! Thanks to the shows and the podcasts, 2011 brought some new faces onto our little island. In addition to the aforementioned new actors who joined us, Laurel Lockhart and Gavin Alexander Hammon, SKIN FLESH BONE also brought us Sam Gordon, our amazing lighting designer. Sam joined us for SFB and decided to stick around after the show as the newest member of the GTTP Ensemble. The beginning of our 2011-12 season brought us amazing fundraising coordinator, Shanai Jensen and amazing marketing coordinator Saira Jesani. Without Shanai and Saira, GTTP wouldn’t have had nearly as much success with the start of the new season and we’re looking forward to a long partnership with both of the lovely ladies. FULL DISCLOSURE brought us Ruth McKee, an amazing playwright not just of one woman shows. Ruth is an amazing and prolific playwright and we look forward to many future possible collaborations. And, lastly but not leastly, because of the interactive nature of FULL DISCLOSURE we brought in improv guru, Brett Wean, to help us out with a few if the more improvisational moments of the piece. Thanks to Brett’s experience and expertise, we were able to find a way to connect with audience members in ways we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. We look forward to working with Brett again in the future.

Along with the shows and podcasts and the people, 2011 marked GTTP’s 3rd year in operation, which for the first time opens the door to grant opportunities. So far we’ve applied for two grants and are in the process of four more applications. Keep your fingers crossed and the good vibes flowing for good news in the upcoming months.

So, to sum up, GTTP had an incredible 2011! And that’s in no small part thanks to all of you!!!! So THANK YOU all for your support! We couldn’t do this without you all!!!

So “what’s next,” you say. Well, I’m so glad you asked. Let me tell you what we have in store for 2012…

First up on our docket is GTTP’s first ever co-production (with AND – Artistic New Directions) of Carrie Keskinen’s CAT LADY WITHOUT A CAT. In this hilarious and moving one woman show, Carrie Keskinen explores what it means to be mistaken for the stereotypical “Cat Lady” without owning a single cat. (I know what you’re thinking, “but Jess, spoiler alert, now we know she doesn’t have a cat.” Trust me there’s more to see and enjoy than just the reveal that she doesn’t actually have a cat.) Currently in rehearsal, CAT LADY WITHOUT A CAT will have a 1-3 performance run (most likely at The Secret Theatre – didn’t you see the mention above about it being our un-official home?) in March. More details to come once they are settled so please keep checking back. Additionally, our March podcast will feature an interview with Carrie Keskinen talking not just about creating and performing this show but also what it’s like to be a working actress in the big apple.

Following CAT LADY… this spring we will be hosting our first ever Gala Event in support of our summer production (and our last production of the 2011-12 season), PERSUASION. An adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name, PERSUASION, which has been adapted by Tahitian Laura Bultman, will go up in early summer.

Stay tuned on our website, blog and facebook for announcements about the exciting year we have ahead of us.

Thank you again for all your support in 2011!! We couldn’t do this without all of you and we look forward to seeing you in 2012!!!

FULL DISCLOSURE OPENS TOMORROW!!!!!!!!

Yup, you read that right, FULL DISCLOSURE by Ruth McKee and starring Kiwi Callahan, opens TOMORROW!!!!!

The Invited Dress Rehearsal went really well (as did the uninvited dress rehearsal). The other company members got a kick out of the show and now we are positively itching to show it to the world. FULL DISCLOSURE opens tomorrow for a 14 performance run at The Secret Theatre in LIC (only 1 stop from midtown). Tickets are $20 and are available online here: 

Our latest episode of Tahiti Dispatches is up and ready for listening. This month’s dispatch is an interview with Kiwi Callahan as she discusses the challenges of rehearsing and performing a one woman show – and, performs a short preview of the show. You can listen to the latest episode here: Tahiti Dispatches – Episode 2.

We have also started a podcast page here on the website. There you will find both episodes and a few short extras from both episodes that were recorded but not included in the original podcast. Enjoy!

It is the season of giving and, with that in mind, I wanted to let you all know that there’s still one more week left on our RocketHub campaign…which means there’s still time to join the GTTP family, to support the arts (specifically this fantastic show) and to get some cool rewards. If you’d like to contribute a little RocketFuel to help us get off the ground, you can do so: here.

See you at the theater!

New show, new campaign, new content, new, new, new…

So you’ve probably heard rumblings but we’ve got some new stuff happening over here on the island of Tahiti…

#1) NEW SHOW!!!! That’s right, we are currently in rehearsal for our next show. Full Disclosure by Ruth McKee is a comedic take on relationships, love, and life amidst the ever changing, volatile world of the NY real estate market. A one woman show, Full Disclosure showcases Tahiti’s own Kiwi Callahan as Sunny Smith a pregnant realtor who really really really wants you to buy the house she’s selling. Full Disclosure will run for 14 performances December 6th – 18th at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Tickets available here

Join us for an open house! (There WILL be cookies!!!)

#2) NEW CAMPAIGN!!!! Yup, new show means a new RocketHUB campaign. Please consider fueling FULL DISCLOSURE. Your rocket fuel will help us soar. Even small donations add up quickly so please, be a part of the show (and get some nifty rewards in the process). Take a look here:

#3) NEW CONTENT!!!! GTTP has officially entered the world of podcasts. Our first monthly installment of Tahiti Dispatches is up and available here:. If you would like to listen to the podcasts in iTunes, open iTunes, go to the advanced menu, click “subscribe to podcast” and then type or paste this URL: http://goingtotahitiproductions.com/feed It’s as easy as that! Check us out and stay tuned for monthly interviews with GTTP folks and other theater artists making a statement in NYC.

#4) NEW PARTY!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who showed up to our Season Kick-Off Party! The party was a great success and those lucky party-goers got a little preview of FULL DISCLOSURE…In fact, they got to meet Sunny Smith, in person! You too can meet Sunny in person at the show in December (see item #1 on this list).

Phew…I think that’s everything for now. We hope to see you soon!

GTTP joins the podcast world with “Tahiti Dispatches”!!!

GTTP has entered the 21st century!!!! We now have our very own, brand-spanking-new, sparkly podcast!

Tahiti Dispatches is a monthly podcast devoted to interviews with Company and Ensemble members (and other theater artists who jive with GTTP’s mission). Along the way, we’ll also feature performances from our Tahitians – the first example of which you will hear in our Tahiti Dispatches theme music which was composed (and performed) by our very own Patrick Metzger. The podcasts will be a great way to get all the behind the scenes info about everything we’ve got going on at GTTP. Please enjoy our very first episode.

Episode one of Tahiti Dispatches can be found here: “Tahiti Dispatches – Episode 1“!

To subscribe to Tahiti Dispatches click the “Subscribe to Our RSS Feed” button on the right side of the screen!