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EVOLVE Call to Artists

14 Mar

Sustainable OKC & Individual Artists of Oklahoma invite you to EVOLVE, a juried exhibition & fundraiser exploring sustainability, resilience & community, opening April 23, 2011.

Oklahoma artists in all media are invited to create original works that speak to their vision of a sustainable, resilient, abundant community. If you can’t see the details in this email, see the attached PDF, or go to www.sustainableokc.org for details.

FVS Alum Eric Webb Brings Production of “Hedwig” to OKC

9 Nov

Oklahoma actor and musician Matthew Alvin Brown will be the reprising the title role in the award-winning rock musical “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” at The Boom, 2218 NW 39th St in Oklahoma City, November 11-20 with shows at 8pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays with additional Midnight shows on Fridays. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be ordered by phone by calling (405) 343-1570. Must be 21 to enter. For more info. go to www.facebook.com/hedwigokc. View our publicity photos here.

With text by John Cameron Mitchell, and music and lyrics are by Stephen Trask, “Hedwig and The Angry Inch” tells the story of “internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a botched sex-change operation that left her with the eponymous “angry inch.” Hedwig’s quest to find recognition and true love is chronicled through monologues and songs in a one-of-a-kind show that is part theater, part stand-up comedy, and part rock concert.

“Hedwig” debuted Off-Broadway in 1998 and won multiple awards including an Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The 2001 film version won the Best Director and Audience Awards at the Sundance Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. “Hedwig” is currently being re-worked for a run on Broadway.

Matthew Alvin Brown first took the stage as Hedwig in 2001 in a critically-acclaimed run produced by the Chocolate Factory Theatre Company under the direction of Tim Kerber. That production toured the state for the next year and a half with sell-out runs at Stage Center and IAO Gallery in Oklahoma City, The Sooner Theatre and The Opolis in Norman, and The Nightingale Theatre in Tulsa.

Since that time, Brown has written the album “Rainbow Around the Sun” with his band The Fellowship Students, which has been turned into a film and live stage show. Brown has recently been seen on stage at Lyric Theater as Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Carmen Ghia in “The Producers,” Caractacus Potts in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and most recently as Brad Majors in “The Rocky Horror Show.” This will be Brown’s first production as a member of Actor’s Equity.

Brown will be joined onstage by OKC-based actress and singer Renee Anderson in the role of Hedwig’s frustrated back-up singer, Yitzhak. Anderson has toured in productions of “The Music Man” and “Oklahoma!” and has performed in numerous local shows at Lyric Theatre, OK CityRep, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Carpenter Square, and Pollard Theatre and sold out every performance of her one-woman show. When not performing, Renee is a vocal instructor at Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy and at Dance Unlimited/Spotlight Acting Academy.

OKC-based actor, director, and choreographer Christopher Castleberry will be directing. Castleberry’s impressive array of credits include assistant choreographing the Emmy-winning opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and Disney’s “High School Musical: The Ice Tour.” He is a member of the Hartel Dance Group, has performed in over 25 shows at Lyric Theatre, and has performed in and done choreography for shows at The Pollard and Carpenter Square where he was recently seen as Brother Boy in “Sordid Lives.” Castleberry continues to choreograph for professional figure skaters, teaches at Lyric’s Academy, and works with area high schools choreographing and directing everything from musicals to show choirs.

Kory M. Kight will be stage managing for the production. He has served as Stage Manager for “Mauritius” and “Sordid Lives” and did backstage work on “The Little Dog Laughed” and “Complete Female Stage Beauty” all at Carpenter Square Theatre. Kight is also the author of three plays “True Love,” “The Un-tied States of Disaster Shopping,” and the solo show “obsessionation” and directed last year’s OKC premiere of Tracy Letts’ “Killer Joe.”

Richard York will serve as Music Director and will play guitar and piano as Skszp in Hedwig’s band The Angry Inch. York made his name in local band American Boyfriends as singer, songwriter, and guitarist winning the Woody Guthrie Award for their debut CD. He also played guitar for the live stage version of “Rainbow Around the Sun” at The New York Musical Theater Festival. York will be joined in The Angry Inch by members of three highly respected local bands including Zach Zeller of The Non as Krzyzhtoff on guitar, Jeff Cooper of Locust Avenue as Jacek on Bass, and Javier Gonzales of Starlight Mints as Schlatko on drums.

Scenic Designer Ben Hall spends as much time on stage as an actor as he does off stage as a director, fight choreographer, scenic designer and master carpenter. He most recently appeared as Sheriff Gilbeau in CityRep’s much lauded production of “August: Osage County” for which he also designed and built the set. Ben has appeared in productions for Oklahoma Shakespeare in The Park, Jewel Box Theatre, Carpenter Square, and Ghostlight Theatre Club. He is also a commercial actor and voice talent.

Christopher Sieker will be designing costumes for “Hedwig.” Sieker studied musical theatre and costume design at OCU and has served as assistant to the Wardrobe Designer at Lyric Theatre since 2006. Sieker recently did costume design work for “Sordid Lives” at Carpenter Square and appeared on stage as part of the ensemble in Lyric’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show.”

Austin Tatious will be handling make-up design for the production. Austin Tatious has been a professional make-up artist at M.A.C. Cosmetics since 2006 and frequently lends his talents to area fashion shows and art events such as the annual Carnality Ball. He is the creator and organizer of the annual gore-themed dance party Disco Bloodbath and is also a member of the performance art band Riott Rockette.

“Hedwig” is being produced by Eric Webb, a 10 year veteran of the local improvisational comedy and theater scene. A co-founder and former manager of OU Improv and nationally known act Twinprov, Webb is also the co-founder and co-producer of OKC Improv, Oklahoma’s first improv showcase celebrating its first anniversary in December. Webb has also served as an organizer and publicist for various performance events in the OKC area and covers theater for The Oklahoma Gazette.

 

“Age of Assassins” — Japanese Films of the 1960s in Meacham Auditorium

27 Sep

Please join us Monday, September 27 at 7pm in Meacham Auditorium for the first in a series of five films presented by the Japan Foundation: Age of Assassins.  These films, screened in 35 mm, are all classics of 1960s cinema.  The series is co-sponsored by SIAS, the Film and Video Studies Program, and the Oklahoma City Musuem of Art.

All films in the series are screened in Japanese with English subtitles.  All are free and open to the public.

Age of Assassins (Satsujinkyo jidai) 殺人狂時代
B & W/ 1967 / 99min
Director: Okamoto Kihachi

Dr. Mizorogi, director of an insane asylum, has formed a secret organization called the Great Japanese Population Regulation Council in league with former Nazis. He uses his own patients, insane paranoiacs, and trains them to kill the “useless” of society. Mizorogi selects three names from the phone book and assigns his assassins to quickly kill two of them.

The third target, however, is Kikyo Shinji, a near-sighted, bumbling criminal psychologist more concerned with his athlete’s foot than his personal appearance. Mizorogi’s killer tries to murder Shinji with a deadly playing card but Shinji miraculously escapes when a statue falls on the assassin’s head. Shinji, figuring someone is after him, tries to find help but only ends up gaining the assistance of Keiko, a tabloid reporter, and Bill, a petty crook. After receiving a fashion make-over from Tetsuko, Shinji is again targeted by several of Mizorogi’s assassins but manages to miraculously survive each time.

Keiko and Bill, however, are captured by Mizorogi’s accomplices with only Bill managing to escape with Shinji’s help. In the meantime, Mizorogi, fascinated with Shinji, meets with him at a bar and explains his philosophy: everyone is a killer and there is nothing more enjoyable than murder. Shinji learns from one of the assassins that Keiko is being held at the foot of Mt. Fuji. He and Bill go there only to find themselves in the middle of a Self-Defense Force firing range, another of Mizorogi traps. Thanks to Shinji’s ingenuity and a bit of pure luck, the two again miraculously escape.

Mizorogi, suspicious of both his Nazi colleagues and Shinji, invites Shinji to the asylum to confront him with the truth. The Nazi’s were after Shinji because of the diamond, Cleopatra’s Tears, implanted in his body during WW II. Shinji admits he is not who he seems: his bumbling guise has been a ruse designed to lure the Nazi’s into action. The two fight a “Spanish” duel in front of the patients and the Doctor is killed and Keiko saved. On the way back, however, Keiko unsuccessfully tries to kill Shinji. She reveals that she is Mizorogi’s daughter and, ashamed at her failure, she kills herself.
Afterwards, Bill looks for Shinji but only finds a man who does not recognize him. The man Bill knew, it turns out, was Shinji’s identical twin brother, a trained killer.