Friday, October 23, 2009

Fight Night

Check out some behind-the-scenes footage from Fight Director Tonya Lynn's rehearsal with the cast of Roberto Zucco!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Meet the Artists

Meet the artists working to bring Roberto Zucco to the stage! Today, meet actor Jamisa Spalding. Watch this space to meet them all!

Meet Jamisa

Originally from Louisville,KY, Jamisa Spalding is currently a Senior Acting major at Point Park University. Previous works include Ora in Diane’s Heart at Kuntu Repertory Theatre directed by Dr. Vernell Lillie and she was featured in Juneteenth Legacy Theatre’s Performance of Lifted: A musical.

-This is an amazing piece of art that slaps the audience in the face with it unadulterated realness. The whole concept of the play is to take anyone for a wild ride. I am very honored and pleased to be working with Dek. He is a genius and it will be interesting to see the reaction that the audience has to every character. Every person can relate to the situations that the play offers, even though some are extreme archetypes, the text can’t help but to carry so much weight with people. They will leave the theatre feeling pity and fear for every character that they encounter.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Meet the Artists

Meet the artists bringing Roberto Zucco to the stage.  Today, meet actor Matt McNear.  Watch this space for more artist bios and behind-the-scenes information!

Meet Matt

Matt McNear recieved his B.A. in Theatre from Slippery Rock University in 2008. Most recent credits include Jonathan Turino in The Margins, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 08, the title role in Macbeth at SRU last spring, and the voice of Audrey II in SRU's production of Little Shop of Horrors.

-It's great to be working on this piece with such a talented group. I look forward to feeling the reaction of our audiences when they're confronted with the world we're creating here. It's a dark place. Cruel. Relentless. The process has been rewarding thus far, and I'm thankful to Dek and the rest of the cast/crew for their support. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Meet the Artists

Phase 3 is lucky to have such a talented, dedicated group of actors and designers working to bring Roberto Zucco to the stage. Keep watching this space to meet them all!

Meet Fredi

Fredi Bernstein is currently a Junior Musical Theater major at Point Park University. She was most recently seen as Shira in the Raymond Laine Spring One Acts Festival in a musical called Losing It, and in the Conservatory's production of The Rocky Horror Show directed by Scott Wise.

-- I am ecstatic to be involved in such a different and inspiring production! The play itself is so gritty, earthy, raw, and eerie and it's such a thrill to be able to dig as deeply as we can into every little nuance and terrifying suggestion of the text. I love Dek's [director Dek Ingraham] approach to the piece and how he's focusing on every character having a negative influence on the world, except for Roberto Zucco himself, making him a sympathetic or at least more relatable character.

We need your support!

It has been a tough year to be an arts organization in Pennsylvania!

Especially hard hit are young companies like my theatre, Phase 3 Productions. Between the budget battle in Harrisburg, rising unemployment that means reduced ticket sales and crazy schemes like the narrowly defeated tax on arts and culture events, we are all feeling the crunch. Even more immediately, Phase 3 has lost its home at the Brew House until some very costly repairs can be made to the space. When it rains, it pours.

There is a silver lining, though! This year, Phase 3 was awarded a Sprout Fund Seed Award Grant to help support our season. This is an important milestone in the growth of the company as it means that we have the support and confidence of an established community partner that believes in us and our mission. However, even with this help we cannot meet that mission without your support. Individual donors are the most important source of funding for small arts organizations. Every dollar counts for us. One of the comments made by the Sprout Fund grant panel was their surprise at how much we do with so little. Our operating budget is small, so every donation, no matter the size, makes a huge impact on our ability to bring you high-quality, challenging theatre. This is your chance to make a real, concrete difference in the future of the theatre scene here in Pittsburgh.

Last season, because of the support of people like you, we staged three full productions in our main season and a staged reading in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. We saw our attendance grow just over 300% from our first show, Miss Julie, to our last, Swamp Baby. We promoted our community partner, The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and made a donation of 10% of our net income to their cause.

The 2009-2010 season is shaping up to be an even greater success! This year, we have already staged a well-received mainstage production in the 2009 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. For our main season, Phase 3 is tackling the issue of violence in society. We are examining the issue through the lenses of violator, victim, and aftermath. We are already in rehearsal for our first show, Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltes, translated by Martin Crimp. 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..That will be followed by Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Frank McGuiness, the story of an Irishman, an Englishman and an American who are held hostage by terrorists in Lebanon. Will they be able to maintain hope - and their essential humanity -- under these horrifying conditions? Closing the season is the Pittsburgh premiere of Canadian playwright Judith Thompson’s Lion in the Streets in which 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. This year, we will be expanding our programs to include post-show discussions with the artists and our community partner, The Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. We are also entering into an exciting collaboration with South Park Theatre to produce our first musical, The Fantasticks. So you can see that we have another ambitious, exciting season in store for you!

Please make us your theatre company by making a tax-deductible gift today; you will be thanked in the printed programs for all shows and will receive special offers and promotions that are for donors only. You can feel good knowing that you support not only independent Pittsburgh theatre, but also an important social cause by spreading awareness of the work of the Center for Victims of Violence and Crime. As we did last year, we will donate 10% of our net profit to our community partner.

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Phase 3 Productions
5314 Butler Street, Ste. 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

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