Reading Theater Project 2015

ReadingTheaterProjectLogoLots of stuff going on with the Reading Theater Project.

First off: a quick video. In response to Reading’s 15 minutes of fame ala the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree saga, RTP member, Joel Gori, put together a sketch from the tree’s point of view. Check ‘er out:

Second, RTP is moving into a new space. The T.E.A. Factory had a change of ownership and we were concerned about homelessness, so we snagged a studio at the Goggleworks. Our Quick & Dirty improv shows will be held there and we’ll be participating in Second Sunday open houses with open writing sessions, open rehearsals, etc. For our first ever Second Sunday which is actually being held this Sunday, the 19th, (the third Sunday of January, don’t ask, I have no idea), we’re having a big open house with food and libation and who knows what else. Stop by at noon to meet and greet (and eat!) It’s all happening at Room 213 of the Goggleworks (201 Washington Street, Reading, PA). We’ll be there until 5pm. See you there!


Post Fund-Raising

Marie:Kira:ChristineTracy’s done with the Finding Jenn’s Voice fund-raising campaign. She got 100% funded. Yay. We’ll be seeing that film next year.

While all that was going on Reading Theater Project had a very successful run with Speakeasy. All shows sold out with an added matinee to handle the overflow. And they liked it! That made me very happy.

I loved working with these folks. It was an exhilarating experience. I’m sort of in withdrawal. I’m sitting here alone with my laptop wondering what to do with myself now that I don’t have to hawk tickets, round up props, or head over to the T.E.A. Factory for rehearsal.

Thank goodness I have a few souvenirs. Here’s one that I taped of Marie DeBooth, Kira Apple, and Christine Cieplinski doing the Max Hassel/Waxey Gordon/Big Maxie Greenburg bit ala Abott and Costello. This had very little to do with the plot but it was fun to write and see performed. I have no idea how Marie, Kira, and Christine feel about it.


Art in Manhattan: postponed to March 1.

ShieldsDue to dicey weather, this trip has been rescheduled for March 1. I don’t believe we have a bus available, though. Too bad. We had a full load and now I’m not sure what we’re going to do.

Watch the skies for info.

Previous post: I’m pleased to announce that I will be performing with the Reading Theater Project at Ceres Gallery in Manhattan on February 15th. (No, that is not me doing my act there in the picture.)

This is a really cool project that’s coming together nicely. Five of us actor/writers have put together a group of sketches that relate to Pamela Roule Shields’ highly provocative installation entitled “One Body.”  Here is part of Shields’ statement about her work:

“It is time for women to define their own sexuality – to take back their bodies, their lives. The body – the physical body – is at the core of women’s struggle for independence and freedom. What better and more basic way to declare independence than with your own body. Frank depiction of a woman’s sexuality is still taboo. Taboos are enforced through the use of shame. Nothing could be more deep-rooted and controlling than instilling internally a shame of your own body and your own natural, normal sexuality.”

Shields works in Charcoal and what I’ve seen so far is gorgeous. The subject matter might be unsettling but the rendering is amazing. Look at the knuckles on that hand. Beautiful stuff.

We’ll be at Ceres Gallery (547 West 27th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10001) on Saturday, February 15th. There’s no cover charge, but do call to make a reservation so they know how many seats to rent: 212-947-6100. The gallery opens at noon, we’ll be performing at 3pm. I believe I’m going on first, so get there early if you’re going.

If you’re from the Reading area, consider taking the Bieber bus with us. They’ve reduced the fare for this trip to $30, which is quite a savings. Normally it’s close to $60 for a round trip. We’ll be leaving at 8am at the Tea Factory (lots of parking there). The website says the deadline to sign up is Jan. 10th, but I happen to know there are still a few seats left, so don’t hesitate. Information is at the RTP website:

See you there!

Sue Lange