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Cats on a Hot Tin Roof & Closing Night!

What to do when you have a theatre for an extra day?  It’s obvious…throw an old-fashioned salon with your theatre company and friends all playing “Maggie” from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof!  It was an impromptu evening with scripts in hand, but the turnout was impressive and enthusiastic.   I was especially excited to introduce Sam Kinsman (the Kulygin to my Masha in Three Sisters Experiement) to the company!

Sam Kinsman and I at {Your Name Here}'s "#CatsonaHotTinRoof" 3/27

My stage-husband Sam Kinsman and I at {Your Name Here}’s “#CatsonaHotTinRoof” 3/27

A few days before the salon, the performers received one of three monologues from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Although I know I am too young (not bitter enough / alcoholic) to play Maggie the Cat, I absolutely love her and I’m so glad I had the chance to play around with the part!  It was incredible to see so many different performers interpret the same character – especially a leading female character depicted as so teeming with rage, desire and complexities not many actors get to portray.

I feel so lucky to call {Your Name Here} my theatre company and home.  I had been exposed to the world of queer theatre like Charles Ludlam, Jack Smith and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company at a young age, and I always knew I needed to be in a queer artistic environment.  When performer Go Mahan told the audience about his experience with Everet Quinton and remained Maggie the Cat as a Theatre of the Ridiculous piece on Wednesday, my heart damn near exploded.  I feel like a little kid who wanted to run away and join the circus- and is having the time of her life.

…I realize I’m not that articulate in my posts here.  It’s hard to form sentences when you are watching your weird little niche dreams present themselves to you in reality.

Here’s to all the performers I met and had the pleasure of sharing the stage with earlier this week — and here’s to the closing night of THREE SISTERS EXPERIMENT!  I’m looking forward to posting picks from yesterday’s photo-call, but come see it in person!

 

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Three Sisters Experiment Opening

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THANK YOU
to everyone who came to last night’s opening of
THREE SISTERS EXPERIMENT!
It was so thrilling to open such a reinterpreted classic play on WoW’s stage.

THREE SISTERS EXPERIMENT runs Thursdays – Saturdays March 21 – 30th at WOW Café Theatre, 59 e. 4th Street in the East Village.

Tickets are still available for $15 at www.smarttix.com… , or 20$ at the door.

Hope to see you there!

Photo by Sergei Burbank 
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“Three Sisters Experiment”

Updates from the Rehearsal Room

 My Role as Masha in Three Sisters Experiment at WoW Café: What is Three Sisters Experiment  & a Video Clip
I’m getting so excited to play Masha in my upcoming show, Three Sisters Experiment, directed by Josie McAdam at the WoW Café Theatre!  Performances are March 21-23 and March 28-30, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm at WoW Café, 59 E. 4th Street.  I can’t wait for everyone to see this new piece – email me for one of my 5 discount ticket codes at annie.sageATgmail.com…!

 

Three Sisters Experiment at WoW Cafe Theatre

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Although we were going to originally put on Jane Martin’s Anton in Show Business, we decided to return to Martin’s inspiration and create a devised theatre piece based off Chekhov’s Three Sisters (I can’t complain, I went from playing a small role to Masha, the volatile middle sister!)

Ever since I participated in Epic Theatre Ensemble’s winter residency at Smith College in 2011, I have been really interested in devised theatre and collaboration.  I love the freedom to explore text, themes and characters through instinct, improvisation and connections with outside material.  We have been focusing on movement and gender roles – a big topic has been “resistance” and knots – both metaphorical and literal!

I feel so lucky to get to perform a new interpretation of such a classic piece of theatre….look out for more posts on my questions/thoughts while preparing for my character.

Here’s an excerpt from one of our first rehearsals:

…I think I am wearing that leopard print sweater in almost EVERY photo I’ve posted here.

I am equally excited about getting to perform at the legendary WoW Cafe.  As a theatre major / critical theory nerd, WoW Cafe represented the groundbreaking and important zenith of new feminist, queer theatre in New York City – an incredibly underrepresented niche of the theatre world.  My college readings on WoW Cafe performers like Peggy Shaw, Five Lesbian Brothers and other artists pushed me to look for and create theatrical projects that presented alternative narratives, queer characters and empowered women as actors, artists and agents of change.  Really interesting when you think about the themes of Three Sisters and the women’s relationship to agency…especially my character, Masha!

Thanks for reading – more updates to come!

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