Friday, August 28, 2009

Audition Notice

Auditions for Roberto Zucco
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Auditions for Phase 3's first show of the season, Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Kolt├Ęs, translated by Martin Crimp and directed by Dek Ingraham, will take place on Friday, September 18 from 7 - 9pm and Saturday, September 19 from 1 - 5pm at Viaduct Studio, 622 2nd Avenue, downtown. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Sunday, September 20 or by appointment. If you are unavailable for these audition dates, other times can be scheduled.

Actors should prepare 2 contrasting modern monologues, no longer than 2 minutes combined. You may also be asked to do short cold readings from the play.

Rehearsals will take place at Viaduct Studio and begin as early as September 21. Previews are November 5 and 6 at 8pm. Performances are November 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 8pm and November 22 at 2pm.

This is an ensemble piece with flexible casting. We are seeking actors of all ages, ethnicities and experience levels.

Actors will be paid an honorarium of $50.

Please
visit our website to register. If you have any questions, please contact us at admin@phase3productions.org or call 412.567.5033.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Call for Stage Managers, Designers and Technicians

Phase 3 Productions is all about growth. Growth of community and growth of artists. In order to meet these goals, we need to grow as an organization. We are currently looking for Stage Managers, Designers of all types, and Technicians. It is an excellent opportunity for students and the recently graduated. An honorarium will be paid to production staff.

Please submit a letter and resume to Production Manager, J.R. Shaw via email (jrshaw@phase3productions.org) for consideration. Any questions can be directed to him as well, or via phone to (412) 567 – 5033.

We're looking forward to having another great season, and we're looking forward to you being a part of it!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Phase 3 Productions Announces Season!

Announcing our shows!

Violator ImageRoberto Zucco
by Bernard-Marie Koltes
Translated by Martin Crimp

Nov. 7 - 22, 2009 Preview Nov. 6

Based on the exploits of an Italian serial killer who was Public Enemy Number One in several countries simultaneously, this play explores the romantic persona of of its title character and its impact on those he encounters.



Victim ImageSomeone Who'll Watch Over Me
by Frank McGuiness

Feb. 27 - March 14, 2010
Preview Feb. 26


Three men from three different countries are held hostage in Lebanon. Will they be able to maintain their essential humanity under these horrifying conditions?



Aftermath ImageLion in the Streets
by Judith Thompson

June 5 - 20, 2010 Preview June 4

Isobel, the ghost of a young Portuguese immigrant observes the lives of neighbors years after her murder in order to track down the 'lion,' which is both the immediate cause of her death and the nature of violence itself.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Live Streaming of PICT's History Boys Blocked by Union

Our friends at Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre have been forced to cancel their highly-anticipated and first in the world broadcast of a live performance of The History Boys. I will refrain from editorializing and just post the official communication from Stephanie Riso, PICT's Operations Director. I would, however, encourage you to support PICT by contacting Actors Equity using the contact information at the end of Stephanie's letter.

It has come to my attention that, through recent efforts to open up a new revenue stream for PICT and for those involved with the making of live theatre, new media and live streaming pose great challenges to the unions who seek to claim stake to the enormous financial potential it may yield. As a result, the LIPLO™ project to live stream of The History Boys became a liability when the two unions could not agree to move forward together, and one was not going to act without the others consent.

However, it is my hope that the silver lining in this temporary setback would be AEA and AFTRA start a meaningful dialogue to create a framework by which live streaming can be tested and/or developed and finally brought to “market.” As discussed at the initial actor meeting, we can already site the enormous upside potential such as reaching the elderly and handicapped, students at schools unable to afford busing, out-of-town theatre junkies who can’t physically be in town, and those who have lost their jobs or have had to tighten their spending but would love to see live theatre as it happens. And, of course, theatres small and large would greatly benefit from the increased audience and revenue potential by having a legitimate online presence, and actors, designers, stage managers, etc. would benefit by having their work streamed live for any potential employer to see. So, there is really very little downside.

I encourage any of you (whether you are a union member, SPT theatre staff or patron) who care enough about this to communicate with the leadership at Actors Equity Association asking them to please work with AFTRA to come to an equitable agreement that will allow professional actors to participate in live online streaming activities. The appropriate parties to contact are as follows:

Actors Equity Association - Filming and Taping Department
Larry Lorczak 212-869-8530 x340 llorczak@actorsequity.org
Dwane Upp 212-869-8530 x341 dupp@actorsequity.org

Actors Equity Association – Business Representative, Developing Theatres
Dragica Dabo 212-869-8530 x ddabo@actorsequity.org

Feel free to forward this to anyone you told about the LIPLO™ event scheduled for Saturday so they understand why the show was not streamed live as advertised.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Riso
Operations Director