Posts from April, 2010

posted by bill on April 19, 2010, at 9:28 am | filed under news, productions, shows, side show | no comments »

posted by bill on April 19, 2010, at 9:25 am | filed under news, photos, shows, side show | no comments »

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posted by bill on April 19, 2010, at 9:07 am | filed under news, photos, side show | no comments »

other couples
are intriguing
in the ways
we are the same
stimulating
and fatiguing
always weighing
who’s to blame

“that was rude
and hurtful, honey”
“you’re too soft
and insecure”
“what a way
to spend our money”
“why are you
so immature?”

each exchange
or interaction
holds potential
to derail
every statement
a transaction
which one’s ego
will prevail?

the slightest slight
can be explosive
“why’d you dis me?
what’d i do?”
little barbs
can be corrosive
especially
when they are true

every play
negotiation
over details
large and small
every day
accommodation
in the constant
free-for-all

other couples
might be viewing
us the way
we look at them
they might well be
misconstruing
behavior
easy to condemn

other couples
are amusing
do you and i
come off that bad?
sometimes signals
are confusing
was that a fight
that they just had?

other couples
give perspective
“that’s exactly
how we are!”
none of us
can be objective
“are we really
that bizarre?”

other couples
are inspiring
“i guess we
are not alone”
hard-earned balance
can be tiring
ev’ry couple
makes their own

posted by bill on April 13, 2010, at 11:41 am | filed under news, poetry | no comments »

Last Smoker in America to Play Pre-New York Engagement in Ohio

By Andrew Gans
29 Mar 2010

Natalie Venetia Belcon and Felicia Finley in the NYMF run of The Last Smoker in America
Natalie Venetia Belcon and Felicia Finley in the NYMF run of The Last Smoker in America
photo by Robert J. Saferstein
   
Natalie Venetia Belcon and Felicia Finley in the NYMF run of The Last Smoker in America
photo by Robert J. Saferstein

CATCO and Andy Sandberg (Hair) will present a pre-New York engagement of the new musical The Last Smoker in America Sept. 29-Oct. 24 in Columbus, OH.

Cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.

In a statement producer Sandberg said, “We are very excited to be presenting the world premiere of The Last Smoker in America in Ohio. We look forward to being a part of CATCO’s 2010-2011 Season and sharing this new musical comedy with Columbus.”

The Last Smoker in America features book and lyrics by Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao).

The Last Smoker in America, according to press notes, “is an original, four-character musical comedy about a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in a world where smoking has recently been outlawed. Pam, an English lit professor at a small college, is having an impossible time trying to quit smoking. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his electric guitar in the basement. Their teenage son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he’s convinced he’s black. Their nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis lurks around trying to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for the right to light up as The Last Smoker in America?”

The musical received a developmental workshop production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in the fall of 2009 where it extended and played to sold-out audiences.

For more information visit www.lastsmokerinamerica.com or www.catco.org.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/138269-Last-Smoker-in-America-to-Play-Pre-New-York-Engagement-in-Ohio

posted by bill on April 5, 2010, at 10:15 am | filed under news, the last smoker in america | no comments »