JE CHRISTINE in Performance

Posted in Performances with tags , , , on March 21, 2017 by wwb

 

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Suzanne Savoy brings to life one of the great artists of Western literature in                     JE CHRISTINE, her moving portrayal of Christine de Pizan: 15th Century French poet, philosopher, and adviser to kings and queens.

Translated from the original middle French by Ms. Savoy, the 70 minute solo performance is presented entirely in Christine de Pizan’s own words. The first woman in Europe to make her living as a professional writer, she was a major voice in the introduction of Humanism to the Continent at the end of the Middle Ages, and remains a model to this day for any struggling artist/entrepreneur.

Je Christine includes de Pizan’s fiery public defense of women against the major literati of her time, as well as the true tale – told in verse – of a magical visit to her daughter. In the play de Pizan also shares a glimpse of the training she provided for the French heir-apparent, including studies in leadership, international law, and military strategy. Perhaps best of all, Savoy interprets how de Pizan herself might have performed some of the poetry that made her famous.

Now Available for Bookings

www.jechristine.com

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From the Montauk Library brochure:

Je Christine

Suzanne Savoy – Actor & Playwright  

Solo Performance, Q&A to follow

This dramatic performance brings late-medieval literary figure Christine de Pizan to life. Suzanne Savoy’s tour-de-force, Je Christine, is an intimate depiction of de Pizan’s life when climate change, epidemics, civil unrest, political division, and foreign invasion devastated the country. Born in Venice in 1364 and married at age 15 to a French nobleman, she was widowed at twenty-five, after which she supported her mother, children and nieces through her writing. Her works include courtly poetry, a book on warfare and chivalry, the official biography of Charles V, and her beautifully illuminated The Treasure of the City of Women.

Suzanne Savoy is an educator, actor and designer. She has a recurring role on House of Cards and appears in a new film, The Untouchables. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ms. Savoy has performed in numerous productions of classical works. As an educator, she created, designed, and directed productions based on classical literature.

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BLOODSTONE HOSTS WEST OF ROAN

Posted in Performances with tags , , , , , on October 23, 2016 by wwb

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The Sealskin

A Shadow Play

with Music and Shadow Puppets

by

West of Roan

Annie Schermer & Channing Showalter

 

Sunday – October 23, 2016

6:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse

977 Bridgehampton / Sag Harbor Turnpike

Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Running Time – 1 Hour

 

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The Sealskin

is the story of the son of a fisherman and a seal-woman,

a boy born of two worlds and at home in neither.

This original story is inspired by old myths and legends of

the Seal People, told with puppetry, song, and shadows.

What wounds are felt when mothers and grandmothers give up

some of their wildness in order to have an idea of home?

Can their children’s souls find wholeness?

Can we love with freedom?

The seal-woman’s children are asking.

 

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West of Roan 

Channing Showalter & Annie Schermer

Multi-Media Performance Artists

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Information

http://www.westofroan.com

bill@bldstn.com


 

NIGHT WITH GUESTS at FringeNYC

Posted in Performances with tags , , , , , , on May 23, 2015 by wwb

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PETER WEISS

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A Children’s Nightmare

in gleeful, physical verse.

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Intruders stalk the darkness

round a family’s lonesome hut.

Two young children

try to save their parents

from a nasty killer’s knife.

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Medieval German Fairground Kabuki

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“The steel is hard, the flesh is soft!“ 

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Bloodstone Theatrical

presents

NIGHT WITH GUESTS

by Peter Weiss

at the

New York International Fringe Festival

performed by

Mary C. Davis*      Mel House*

Ethan Angelica*      David Logan Rankin*

Evan Zes*      Jack Herholdt*

with

Juan Herrera on Percussion

*Members of Actors Equity Association of America
An Equity Approved Showcase

Stage Management by Maxwell Waters

Translation by Laurence Dobie

Designs by Suzanne Savoy

Directed by Bill Burford

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Night with Guests represents the turning point

for one of the great artists of our time:

painter, filmmaker, and writer Peter Weiss.

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This largely unknown one-act “study”, written

in January of 1963, moved him from the

introspection of his early plays 

– surreal, psychological, detached –

into the rough-hewn, explosively theatrical

engagement of street performance.

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Night with Guests opened the gates for Weiss

to become the guy who one year later would

challenge the whole world with Marat/Sade.

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While drawing on the delights of Kabuki,

Punch & Judy, and fairground performances, 

Weiss also called this little play a morität, 

a tale of dread and murder, 

like those sung by street performers in

central Europe since the 15th Century.

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Produced with the gracious support of

NYC’s Materials for the Arts, the TDF Costume Collection

the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall, East Hampton – Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director

and through the donations of interested individuals like you.

Night with Guests is a Sponsored Project of Fractured Atlas.

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Reading Cast for OUT AT SEA/NIGHT WITH GUESTS at JDTLab

Posted in Performances on February 26, 2015 by wwb

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Herholdt                                                                       Jack Herholdt

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Bloodstone at JDTLab

Posted in Company, Performances on February 24, 2015 by wwb

The John Drew Theater at Guild Hall

Josh Gladstone, Artistic Director
Jennifer Brondo, Managing Director
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NIGHT with GUESTS

by Peter Weiss

and

OUT at SEA

by Slawomir Mrozek

at

Guild Hall’s JDTLab

MARCH 10th  Tuesday  7:30pm

 

 

Celebrated in the US for Marat/Sade and Song of the Lusitanian Bogey, Peter Weiss also wrote a little-known play called Night with Guests. Based on the medieval German moritat – doggerel street ballads about gruesome deeds – Weiss draws on Kabuki, Punch & Judy, and crude country fair performances to create a “children’s nightmare.” Wildly theatrical. Don’t bring the kids.

 

For this reading, we pair Weiss’s play with Out at Sea. A political cartoonist in Poland, Slawomir Mrozek became an underground playwright during the Soviet occupation. In this wry classic Mrozek opens up territory we now call Occupy Wall Street: three men of different classes, adrift and starving on a raft, try to decide who to eat.

 

Bloodstone Artistic Director Bill Burford directs. Chloe Dirksen, American Bard’s Jack Herholdt, David Logan Rankin, Peter Connolly, Mary C. Davis, the John Drew’s own Josh Gladstone, and other friends of the edge gather to explore these two smarty little plays.

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STOKE YOUR CRAFT

Posted in Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2014 by wwb
 
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SUNDAY 
DECEMBER 7
NOON-3PM
CAP21 Studios
Room 608
18 West 18th Street
Between 5th and 6th Avenues

Final Coaching Session for 2014

Next Series Starts

Sunday – January 11

Crank It Up

Posted in Workshops on August 2, 2013 by wwb

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Sunday – August 11

11am-1pm

BLOODSTONE acting sessions start again

at that soon-to-be legendary rendezvous

CAP21 Studios

18 West 18th St

Alternating Sundays thereafter until the Thanksgiving nip’s in the air.

For details, see the Workshops page

Look for a couple of monologues, scenes, or other pieces to dig into.  Got a project you’d like to get standing? Need some feedback?  Bring it in.  On. On in.

Yak about material to work on, or next steps for building your craft, on the Actor Yak page (password supplied to workshop participants). Some might want to gang up on Suzy to do another on-camera session. Conspire in some dark digital corner, pick an unclaimed Sunday morning for some specialized coaching for tv/film work, then make Contact to set a time to talk with Bill or Suzy on the phone.

Time to heat up your game a notch or two? Join us for surprising results. Put the shadow behind you.  Step into the light.