Monday, April 13, 2015

IN FLIGHT - A View from the Top



A GUEST BLOG by

In Turn to Flesh Production's May 2015 Mainstage Show, Jenny Lyn Bader's IN FLIGHT, our heroine Vera "Marty"  Martinelli, played by Danielle O'Farrell, is a sprightly editor-in-chief out to save the world.  

Peek inside the rehearsal room with a View from the Top!

I always love the first rehearsal. It has such a “first day of school” nostalgia about it - the beginning of something exciting. After several weeks spent reading scenes alone on the train, in my bed, or propped up on a treadmill at the gym, it’s such a joy to be able to listen to your scene partner; to see how their personality and choices - literally, what they bring to the table - imbue the world of the play with specificity.

I'm so excited to let Drew's language sting me into a retort, to play off Jackson's perfect funny line reading, to set up Ginger's couplet for the joke. Lynette and Sam both open their mouths and I suddenly know exactly who those characters are. There are lines and question marks and upward or downward arrows all over my script already - a little hieroglyphic alphabet that I'm not actually sure I could explain, but one that kicks something in my subconscious.

I keep jotting down the little pieces of text and images that pop up as we read, as well as a to-do list ("finish highlighting" "look up Czech pronunciation" "research Bhutan").  The list of free-floating imagery is less prosaic (and way more pretentious) - "security vs. integrity" "title: humans are driven by ideas" "who's got the power? I've got the power!"

And thank heaven for Jessica and Jenny Lyn, for the moments of absolute blank "Oh God, I have NO idea."

We're creating a world of big, grownup ideas - ideas that have far-reaching, real-life consequences (Could this be foreshadowing? .........Perhaps.) But it's also funny and effervescent, with a screwball chemistry; a little sexy and very smart.

When I get home exhausted from the day, my mind is turning round and round the play.

The only thing that drives me mad, to wit?
I can't stop thinking in a rhyming couplet.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Night at the Round Table! Meet the Cast of "King Arthur"

MEET THE CAST


DUNCAN PFLASTER (Narrator) Playwright who acts. Plays that have won awards:Messin’ With the Kid, 1460 Sketches of Your Left Hand, The Empress of Sex, The Taint of Equality, Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, The Thyme of the Season, The Starship Astrov, Sweeter Dreams, The Wastes of Time, Eternity: Time Without End, The Tragedy of Dandelion, and more. Also Suckers, Admit Impediments, Sleeping in Tomorrow, and Ore, or Or. 8 plays at IndieTheaterNow.com. Pocket Universe published in Smith & Kraus'  Best New Ten Minute Plays 2013. Monologues in Smith & Kraus’ Best Male Monologues 2013 and 2014. Dramatists Guild Member. www.duncanpflaster.com









MATT GORDON (King Arthur) is thrilled to be making his debut with Turn To Flesh Productions! Recent/Favorite credits include Edmund in KING LEAR (Red Monkey Theatre Group) and Duke Frederick/Duke Senior in AS YOU LIKE IT (Classics on the Rocks). Matt also recently contributed in the role of Orsino in TWELFTH NIGHT for Chop Bard, the premiere iTunes podcast dissecting and analyzing the works of William Shakespeare, now enjoying it's 5th year in production. After studying Renaissance Literature and Theater at Dartmouth College, Matt obtained his post-graduate education with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London before moving back to New York. You can find Matt on the web at www.mattbgordon.com and on twitter http://www.twitter.com/@mbg98





STAN BUTURLA* (Merlin) Stan's acting experience is varied from such roles as Coriolanus at The Soho Rep to Smirnov in Checkov's The Bear at the original Manhattan Theater Club and The Duke in Measure for Measure at CSC.  Most recently he has performed the role of Dr. Dorn in Checkov's The Seagull at The Abingdon Theater and was Casanova in Tennessee Williams' 10 Blocks on the Camino Real at The Medicine Show Theater. His latest TV role was as defense attorney Percy Foreman on Discovery ID in The Candace Mossler Story. He is happy to be working at Turn to Flesh Productions again, after taking on this past Valentine's production of Cupid and Psyche as Psyche's father, Thanos!




MARIA PEYRAMURE* (Gwen/Guinevere) Maria Peyramaure is a bilingual Mexican-American Spanish actress of theater, film, commercials and voice over.  She has worked with notable theater companies such as Georgia Shakespeare, The Alliance Theater (Georgia), Two River Theater (New Jersey), The Mint Theater, INTAR, (NYC) and more. Her favorite roles include Mari in Así Van Los Fantasmas de México(Repertorio Español), Lydia in Big Love (Out of Hand Theater, GA) Rosaura inLife is a Dream (Aurora Theater, GA), Sybil in Private Lives (Two River Theater, NJ), Julia in Wickets or Fefu and Her Friends (3LD, NYC), and the numerous challenging women she played in Días Estupendos with AENY and IATI Theater for which she is proud to have received an HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble. An avid volunteer of R.Evolución Latina, an acting company member of NYMadness, a founding company member of AENY (Spanish Artists in NY) and a SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity member, Maria believes that theater is above all about collaboration and team work, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to serve the world through art. www.MariaPeyramaure.com




CAILEIGH SCOTT* (Tamora/Morgan Le Fay) Caileigh Scott is an actress, writer, and sketch comedian from New York City. She imagined life as a prima ballerina before accidentally getting cast in a professional children's theatre production at age twelve. After an adolescence spent on stage, she received her BFA in Acting from AMDA, and moved to LA where she appeared on The Young & the RestlessCSIJustified, and most recently, Kroll Show. Her film career includes Howard Cantour, directed by Shia LaBeouf, and Silent Life, co-starring Isabella Rossellini. Most recently Caileigh played the Stepdaughter in Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, and Nora in Ibsen's A Doll House. Caileigh is also passionately philanthropic, and co-founded two charities in addition to volunteering her time in and around New York City. You can learn more about her at www.caileighscott.com






PARKER MADISON (Lancelot/Home Agent) Having studied mechanical engineering, Parker then moved to London to pursue the arts.  He’s a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  Credits include:  Adonis, in Turn to Flesh’s Cupid and Psyche (Barrow Group), Limbo Lounge (Joria Studios), Nestling (Manhattan Rep.), Chair* (wrote & performed).  London:  King Lear, Twelfth Night, Oh the Humanity.  Regional:  NPC/NMTC new works (O'Neill Center), A Bright Room Called Day (CPH).  Film/TV:  The Intern (upcoming), Trainwreck (upcoming), Red Butterfly, “Manhattan Love Story,” “Royal Pains,” “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Giving up” (music video).  Parker is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA.  www.parkermadisononline.com.





MATT BREINER* (Walter/Modred) has been seen in the National Tour of Big-the Musical, The Time Machine at The Actor's Studio, numerous productions at the Main St. Theater in Quakertown, PA and the PA Shakespeare Festival.  TV/Film: The Sopranos, Ed, Mercy, Gossip Girl, Life on Mars,     Voiceless. BA - DeSales University, and alum of The Atlantic Acting School Conservatory. Matthew can also be seen performing boisterous Irish music with The Rogue Diplomats.  




ALAN KISTLER (Director/Bedevire/God/Priest/Police Officer) Alan "Sizzler" Kistler (@SizzlerKistler) is an actor and author who divides his time between NYC and LA. A comic book historian and geek consultant, he writes for different sites such as Wired, The Mary Sue and Comic Book Resources, and speaks on feminism and representation in different pop culture franchises. While a member of the Queens Players, he was a lead in two other James C. Ferguson plays and is excited to be part of another. He is a contributor to the book STAR TREK & HISTORY and the author of DOCTOR WHO: A HISTORY (as well as the narrator of the audio book).











SHARA ASHLEY ZEIGER* (Evelyn/Everett/Judge/Lee Michaels) Shara Ashley Zeiger has been seen Off-Broadway in Savage in Limbo and in the National Tour of Imaginary Invalid. Other theatre credits include work with LA MaMa E.T.C., PS 122, Theatre for the New City, E.A.T., O'Neill Theater Center, and Kitchen Theatre Co. On TV Shara ' s done projects with MTV, VH1, Spike TV, and National Geographic.  You can watch her in the webseries Famous Farrah,  and soon in The Fresh Start Project,  an investigative theatre project Shara 's developing with her company The Platform Group.  SharaAshleyZeiger.com @SharaAshleyZ









* Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association





MEET THE CREW


JAMES C. FERGUSON (Playwright)  James C. Ferguson’s plays have been produced throughout the United States and in London.  James is also the author of numerous screenplays, including the well-reviewed independent motion picture Happy Holidays (which he also directed), available through iTunes, Amazon, Android Market, SNAG FILMS, Vudu and on DVD through TLA Video.  For more info. go to www.scalepluspoints.com






PATRICK MARRAN (Director) is thrilled to be teaming up once more with Turn To Flesh! A long standing fan of radio theatre, he is excited to discourse with you after the piece and looks forward to what the playwright (James Ferguson) does next with it! Having been formerly seen onstage for the February 2014 premiere of Cupid and Psyche, this odd gentleman is often found with pencil behind ear or pint in hand working alongside some of his TTF compatriots (recently competing as directors with Laura Hooper for the Players Theatre short play festival, and before that directing James Parenti in As You Like It for Classics on the Rocks theatre company.  He can also be seen onstage with his Traditional Irish/Folk music group, the Rogue Diplomats.  Many thanks to Laura, Emily, Michelle, and James for the chance to play!


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Join us for KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT

Reservations may be made by emailing turntoflesh@gmail.com
 ~ Walk-ins welcome ~ Seating Limited ~ No formal talk-back, Written surveys provided ~
KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT
by James C. Ferguson
directed by Patrick Marran

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 @ 8 PM
Where: The TAI Group, 150 West 30th, 14th Floor, NYC 10001
Duration: Approximately 120 minutes, with intermission

Reading is FREE and open to the Public
$10 Gets you a Glass of Wine!


Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Once and Future Radio Play



A Guest Post by
James C. Ferguson 

One of my favorite authors is Mark Twain and one of my favorite books my Mr. Twain is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.  I know some people say it’s a bit rambling, and perhaps not as focused as some of his other works, and too dark, but for whatever reason I enjoy it tremendously. 



I was living in Los Angeles when I first read it, so naturally as one is legally obligated to do when one is living in Los Angeles and reads a great novel, I decided to adapt it into a screenplay. 



I inverted the basic premise, placing the story in contemporary Connecticut instead of King Arthur’s court, which seemed like a good jumping off point.  I also removed King Arthur from the story completely and replaced him with Robin Hood.  Why did I want to write a story about King Arthur without King Arthur?  Because, clearly, I’m an idiot.  



(To be fair, when you’re living in Los Angeles, and you’re adapting a novel of great import into a screenplay, you are legally obligated to make some colossally stupid decisions.  They make you sign a form.)



For years I couldn’t figure out why the story just didn’t work.  I rewrote it a bunch of times but it just never jelled.



Duh. 



In 2009, I my wife and I left Los Angeles and moved back to New England to be closer to family.  Soon after, it occurred to me that this was King Arthur’s story – Why isn’t he in there?  What was I thinking?



(I don’t know if you know this but when you leave Los Angeles the rest of the world makes you sign a form that makes legally obligated to stop turning great works of art into bad screenplays.  I had to turn in my adaptation of The Venus de Milo that I wrote for Jean-Claude Van Damme at the airport.)



I really liked my “new” take on the story but since no one outside of Hollywood cares about screenplays, I reworked the script as a play.  The problem was that it was just too big.  Too many characters.  Too many locations.  We did a couple of readings of the piece but while the cast and audience had many positive comments, it was clear that no sane theatre company would have the time, money or resources to produce the play, as written.  


So, on a lark, I reworked it again as a radio play.  Recently, I’d become a huge fan of a podcast and stage show entitled The Thrilling Adventure Hour and marveled at what they were able to accomplish with a stage, actors, words, microphones and an audience.  It seemed like a fun and exciting way to reconfigure the project and might allow us to keep the scope of the piece without sacrificing too much story and I am so very thankful to our super talented cast and director and Turn To Flesh Productions to giving it a whirl. 


Enjoy!



James C. Ferguson


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James C. Ferguson is currently workshopping his full-length radio drama, King Arthur in Contemporary Connecticut at Turn to Flesh Productions.  Come see.  
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Join us for KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT

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 ~ Walk-ins welcome ~ Seating Limited ~ No formal talk-back, Written surveys provided ~
KING ARTHUR IN CONTEMPORARY CONNECTICUT
by James C. Ferguson
directed by Patrick Marran

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 @ 8 PM
Where: The TAI Group, 150 West 30th, 14th Floor, NYC 10001
Duration: Approximately 120 minutes, with intermission

Reading is FREE and open to the Public
$10 Gets you a Glass of Wine!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Damn Your Eyes! The Cast of "The Devil's Own Game"


Lead us into temptation!  Meet the cast and crew of The Devil's Own Game, a reimagining of Faust.

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THE DEVIL'S OWN GAME
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 8 PM
The Crown Theatre at The Producers Club
358 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Event is FREE and open to the public!
$10 Donation Suggested.
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FEATURING

ZILLAH GLORY* (Johanna) is an AEA and SAG-AFTRA actress, director, and writer. Most recently she played Masha alongside Kristen Stewart's Irena for the upcoming film "Still Alice" and was Marlene Kuzio in the HBO miniseries "Olive Kitteridge" featuring Frances McDormand.  Favorite roles include Eurydice in Eurydice (New Rep Theatre, Boston) and Valerie in The Weir (San Jose Rep.) An ongoing student at The Barrow Group, Z continues to hone her practice as a reader for Barden Schnee Casting, Tim Phillips Studio, and Paul Michael's The Network while directing the development of INTERLUDES, a New (Orleans) monologue play.  She's delighted to return to this gem of a character and to get to know the artists at Turn To Flesh Productions. www.zillahglory.com





MELIS AKER* (Mephistophilis) is delighted to be working with Turn To Flesh! A few past theatrical credits include Love in Afghanistan (Roya) at Arena Stage followed by a reading at the Roundabout Theatre Co., The Wishing Tree (Leyla) at the Signature Theatre Co. through Columbia Stages, Soldier X (Amani) at the Ma-Yi Theatre Co., Proof (Catherine) at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I Capture the Castle (Cassandra), Double Indemnity (Lola), These Shining Lives (Pearl) at Stoneham TheatreMelis holds a B.A. from Tufts University and a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Thank you, Meron! www.melisaker.com | Dulcina Eisen Associates




LEIGHTON SAMUELS (Faust) is a graduate University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and has been working his way through New York for the past year.  He just finished the Summer Season at the Theater at Monmouth playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Oliver in As You Like It, and Gerald in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance. Prior experience includes ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Vasquez), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), and Dog Sees God (Matt).





CAROLYN BERLINER (Stage Directions) - is delighted to be working with Meron Langsner again after playing a lead role in the Valentine's Day reading of his libretto THE MARQUIS DE SADE'S JUSTINE (co-written w Silvia Graziano) at Fort Point Theatre Channel in Boston.  Favorite roles include: Duchess in The Elephant Man at Williamstown Theatre Festival (w Bradley Cooper & Patricia Clarkson), Andromache in Trojan Women at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a principal part in the International 48 Hour Film Festival award-winning short, TODAY __CKS. She is a recent graduate of the William Esper Studio.  Carolyn received her BA from Tufts University.






* Member Actors' Equity Association

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MERON LANGSNER (Playwright) has had his work performed around the country and overseas.  Recent productions include OVER HERE at the 2014 NY International Fringe Festival (FringeReview UK Recommend Show & Theatre Is Easy "Best Bet") and BURNING UP THE DICTIONARY at the Boston Center for the Arts (IRNE Nomination for Best New Play). He was one of three writers in the country selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies, and his work has been developed at the Lark, New Repertory Theatre, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (featured artist).  His publishers include Bloomsbury, Smith & Kraus, Applause, YouthPLAYS, and Indie Theatre Now.  As a fight director, Meron has composed movement and violence for over 150 productions, films, and tours. at venues that include the American Repertory Theatre, ArtsEmerson, and Merrimack Rep.  He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis, an MA in Performance Theory from NYU/Tisch, and a PhD in Theatre History from Tufts University.  Meron is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the Society of American Fight Directors.  Visit him on the web at www.MeronLangsner.com, and find several of his scripts (including this one) at Indie Theater Now at this URL: http://www.indietheaternow.com/Playwright/meron-langsner




LAURA PITTENGER (Director) NYC directing credits: Third Floor (The Tank NYC); The Devil's Own Game (staged reading, Turn to Flesh); assistant to Tony Lo Bianco: The Little Flower. Regional: Someone Who'll Watch Over Me; Life x 3; The Last 5 Years. Playwriting: The HVAC Plays (FringeNYC 2014); Daughters of Trinity: Women of the Manhattan Project (collaboration w/Jennifer Blackmer & Ball State University, Playwrights' Center reading); The Fort (KCACTF Regional Ten-Minute Play Festival). Playwriting mentor to student writers in Bushwick Starr's Big Green Theatre Festival. National qualifier: Kennedy Center Critics' Competition. Literary Manager: Turn to Flesh Productions. Intern: Klapper Casting. Graduate of Ball State University. www.laurapittenger.com 




SAMANTHA EGLE (Stage Violence) is a fight choreographer and instructor living in New York City, She has been training and working in theatrical violence for over six years. She has taught at Northwestern University and is presently assisting Fight Master David Brimmer in his classes at NYU. Her favorite choreographer credits include We Band of Brothers, Cymbeline, The Princess Bride andRedemption: Tournament of Heroes. She also works as a stage manager, carpenter and writer and is presently working in the literary office of the Public Theater. She is a proud graduate of Northwestern University.