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Absolute Board Meeting

Our Board of Directors is growing!  Last night was Austin Baukol and Patricia Barrier's first full meeting with us; they will be a great addition to the work we're doing.  Welcome!

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Absolute Theatre performs two different shows on A single Night

Absolute Theatre continues to make it's mark on the Rochester theatre scene by producing two productions on a single evening. Absolute wrapped up the 5th (!) show of our Inaugural season with a double-feature on Valentine's Weekend - The Amish Project directed by James Douglass at Christ United Methodist and Sealed with a Deadly Kiss - a murder mystery at the Plummer House as a benefit for Rochester's Elder Network, written and directed by Suzie Hansen at the Plummer House.

Sealed with a Deadly Kiss: performed two performances on Saturday evening at the Plummer House. The original interactive production was written and directed by Absolute Thaatre's Suzie Hansen. Photo by Scott Jacobson of the Post-Bulletin

Sealed with a Deadly Kiss: performed two performances on Saturday evening at the Plummer House. The original interactive production was written and directed by Absolute Thaatre's Suzie Hansen. Photo by Scott Jacobson of the Post-Bulletin

The Amish Project was performing simulateneously at Christ United Methodist Church with Kami Sim portraying seven characters associated with the Amish Schoolhouse shooting at Nickel Mines, PA. Photo by Suzie Hansen.

The Amish Project was performing simulateneously at Christ United Methodist Church with Kami Sim portraying seven characters associated with the Amish Schoolhouse shooting at Nickel Mines, PA. Photo by Suzie Hansen.

Both productions gathered afterwards to celebrate the "productive" evening with an After Glow party at Newt's North.

Next up, we have David Mamet's The Duck Variations. Congratulations to veteran actors Paul Skattum and Larry Sinak for landing the two roles!  The show performs two weekends in April beginning on Thursday, April 20th with an opening night reception hosted by Margo Stich.

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Absolute Theatre announces cast for THE AMISH PROJECT

Absolute Theatre and Director James Douglass announce the cast for its February production, THE AMISH PROJECT.

Kami Sim

Kami Sim

Kami Sim will portray all the characters portrayed in this fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

Sim has a BFA in Theatre Performance from North Dakota State University and was an apprentice company member in the Great River Shakespeare Festival where she appeared as Valeria and Young Martius in Coriolanus and understudied Phebe and Le Beau in As You Like It. Kami appeared as Evonne Goolagong in Absolute's Theatre's Frost/Nixon earlier this season.

The production is directed by Absolute Theatre Founding Director, James Douglass (Frost/Nixon) and stage managed by Patricia Barrier who recently choreographed and served as the puppeteer for Absolute Theatre's Dead Man's Cell Phone.

THE AMISH PROJECT opens Feb. 2, 2017 and performs Feb. 3, 4 and 9-11. All shows begin at 7 p.m. The show has strong language and mature themes, including descriptions of violence. Tickets go on sale Jan. 5, 2017. 

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Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl

Jean: Bryn Curry

Dwight: Randy Wilson

Gordon: Bill Schnell

Mrs. Gottlieb: Janice Hobbs

Other Woman and Stranger: Lisa Modry

Hermia: Renae Sander

Puppets: Patricia Barrier

Stage Manager: Cheryl Thorson

Scenic Designer: Brett Conrad

Costumer: Leisa Luis-Grill

 

 

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Sarah Ruhl, Dead Man's Cell Phone, and paper

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Sarah Ruhl, Dead Man's Cell Phone, and paper

One of the few prop necessities of Ruhl's DMCP are "houses made of embossed paper" as part of a magical transformation which takes place in a stationary store.  In her notes to the director, she pleads with us to touch, feel, and relish high quality paper. (Incidentally, her paper and art intersections have led to numerous academic studies, if interested.) While prepping to tell her story while serving the text, I picked up a just published non-fiction book called "Paper: Paging Through History" by Mark Kurlansky, (who also wrote "Salt" and "Cod").  From clay and stone to papyrus and cotton rags, we've been writing for only about 5,000 years!  Kurlansky reminds us that paper didn't create writing, but was improved to better serve the writing needs of commerce, recording, and storytelling.  It's a fascinating deep study on a common object, and I'm thankful to Ruhl for nudging me in this direction.  For DMCP, my intent is to have the metaphorical power of paper gain its rightful role on our stage.  Stay tuned and see you at auditions Sept 19!

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Absolute Theatre announces Frost/Nixon Cast

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Absolute Theatre announces Frost/Nixon Cast

Absolute Theatre Director James Douglass is pleased to announce the cast for Frost/Nixon.

Cast Includes:

Richard Nixon..................................................................................................Larry Sinak

David Frost................................................................................................Sean Lundberg

Jim Reston ...................................................................................................Mark Hanson

Jack Brennan ..........................................................................................Alex M. Beerling

Caroline Cushing, Make-Up Lady (oval office) ...........................................Bryn Curry

Manolo Sanchez, Technician (oval office)..................................................Bryan Lund

John Birt,  Ollie (photographer) .................................................................Brian Bedard

Bob Zelnick, Studio Manager (oval office)........................................................Jeff Lee

Swifty Lazar, Mike Wallace, Technician 2, Studio Manager......................Doug Petty

Evonne Goolagong, Air Stewardess, Waitress, Camera Operator............. Kami Sim

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Action Verbs/Workshop

As our team continues brainstorming how we can accomplish our mission - honing our craft - we realize a need for outreach, for ourselves and for the local theatre community.  As part of that, we'll be conducting a workshop on August 7, 4pm @ JM.

Our first topic will be action verbs.  While this may be a review for many, it continues to be the core of what I see as a difference between a good production and a great production.  When actors are merely delivering lines the show suffers.  Instead, we need to continually push objectives through intentional choices, and one of the most direct "ways in" is through action verbs.  Sometimes, actors become frustrated with this table work, but whenever we've taken the time to truly develop an action verb for every beat or line, a crisper, cleaner, and stronger story is told.  We hope you can join us.

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Introducing Absolute Theatre News

Yes, the rumors are true. There is a new theatre in Rochester. Founding directors Eric Decker, James Douglass and Suzie Hansen are working with Administrator Zoe Malinchoc to prepare and announce big things. The main question on everyone's mind seems to be where we'll be located. Well for now, we're alive and well in Cyberspace at www.absolutetheatre.org. Although, if you have a barn, we'll bring the curtains.

Meanwhile, we're hoping this site will be a great place to hang out and learn all things absolute. Stay tuned there are huge developments everyday and we'll do our best to keep you posted. Meanwhile poke around and learn a little more about us and what we're preparing. We're creative people looking for more creative people to create great theatre.