This week's APT comes from Amanda Feldman who I have known for a number of years as a producer and supporter of great art. When she tells me to check out someone's work, I listen. Take it away Amanda!
When I think of CollaborationTown, I don’t just think of one awesome person. I think of a bunch of awesome people and that’s because while CollaborationTown is run by an incredibly talented Artistic Core – Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell, Boo Killebrew, Jordan Seavey, and Boo Killebrew – it’s real strength is in the large community it’s cultivated throughout it’s nine year history. I met the artists of CollaborationTown back in 2003 when they hired me as their Managing Director. It didn’t take long before I fell in love with their innovative, smart, funny, and heartfelt storytelling.
CollaborationTown allows itself the freedom to define “collaboration” in many ways. Whether working on an entirely ensemble-generated text or a playwright-lead piece, the company’s mission requires that all artists in the room step out of their traditional “roles.” The goal is to unify different styles and aesthetics, opinions and ideas, perspective and emotions, backgrounds and philosophies into cohesive ensemble-driven pieces of theater.
On the heels of their sold out run last June of The Play About My Dad and the GLAAD Nomination for their show The Momentum, CollaborationTown is next choosing to revisit The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos. Originally produced to great acclaim in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival, it’s now back and better than ever! So rarely do indie theatre artist get an opportunity to revisit a play from their past to make improvements and I can assure you with five new songs, a streamlined plot, and some incredible actors and designers this will be the hot ticket in town.
Before Mother Courage there was Mother LaMadre. In THE DEEPEST PLAY EVER, an unrivaled masterpiece of modern dramatic writing, our antiheroine Mother LaMadre and her rag-tag crew drag their wagon through the Fifth World War and the post-post-apocalyptic wasteland that is New Europe. Together they must navigate all the pitfalls (and rewards) of the dramatic art of drama to find the few remaining books the art-abolishing Evil Empire have yet to destroy and maybe, just maybe, find a way to replace violence with art. If the zombies don't eat them first. Don’t understand? You never will, human.
Only once in a while does a show come a long that makes you both quietly reflect and laugh out loud and this is one of those shows. CollaborationTown is thrilled to be presenting it in The New Ohio from March 9th – 24th. Tickets are on sale: www.smarttix.com For being a friend to Michael Roderick and reading this Awesome Person blog entry, use the code DEEPFRIEND for $15 tickets. If you have never been to a CollaborationTown show, you are most definitely in for a treat.
To read more about the awesomeness that is CollaborationTown visit: http://www.collaborationtown.org.
Thanks Amanda! Be sure to check these folks out.
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