battle of the bards

New projects and announcements

Apocalypse Soon was a huge success at Ghost Light Theatricals Battle of the Bards. My cast killed it, as they were destined to do. And even though we didn’t win Battle of the Bards, all three shows broke $1500 in donations which is something that has not happened in Battle of Bards history. Here is the final score for those who who are desperate to know how the whole thing turned out. The winning show, Paper Bullets, is going to be an awesome experience written by the very talented John E. Allis who currently writes for The Seattle Star and blogged for the last 14/48. You can look forward to seeing Paper Bullets next season at Ghost Light Theatricals!

Done with one show and on to the next. I’m pleased to announce a new project. I will be directing at Stone Soup Theatre’s Double XX Festival a short piece written by Deborah Yarchun called Streakers.

As of right now the show is slated to perform on the second weekend of the festival, April 26th – 29th. Streakers blends ritual, sex, and humor centering around the death of a pet. General auditions for all Double XX Fest pieces are coming up on the 18th and 19th of February if you know someone who would be interested in participating in any of the fantastic shows directed by Seattle women.

My playwrighting class is coming to close which means there will be a showcase of student work. As of right now, the date is set for Friday, February 24th at ACT Theatre. The showcase will feature ten minute selections from all the students in class. This class has been absolutely extraordinary, and I would encourage any writer in the Seattle area to take it. For the showcase, I’m preparing a scene from a new work, tentatively titled, Slip. Here’s a short excerpt:

ALANA
That’s just it. It’s like I remember something. Like that word on the tip of your tongue. When my mom said his name

MEL
What was it?

ALANA
Sorry

MEL
His name?

ALANA
Hal.

MEL
Hal?

ALANA
Hal.

“Little bunny foo-foo” plays on out-of-key piano. It’s out of joint.  An EASTER BUNNY comes across stage hiding eggs. ALANA can hear the music and sees the BUNNY. 

MEL
We could try to find a picture. See if it will jog your memory. If it means something to you. I want to help.

ALANA
No. I’d rather just

MEL
You okay?

ALANA
Huh?

MEL
What’s the matter?

ALANA
Did you see

MEL
I’ll make you tea.

EASTER BUNNY satisfied with the placement of eggs, exits. Music stops. Light shift.
Slip.
ALANA’s childhood house. She is sixteen and drunk.

ALANA
Tea?

MOM
You’ve been drinking tea?

ALANA
Mom?

From the stage directions: “A slip is a shift in time, not a flashback. It is as if ALANA is falling through memories but is still also active in the scene happening in real time. Sometimes, these moments take a minute of adjustment for her, and sometimes they are immediately understood as current reality.” I’m quite excited about this play and curious to see how it develops.

I have not forsaken the writing of responses to shows, but I’ve been going to so many, I have had barely enough time to sleep between my full-time job, seeing shows, rehearsals, reading, and writing plays. Excuses, perhaps, but I may write a brief rundown of all the shows I’ve seen this year, which I think is already in the double-digits.

And finally, I may have a dramaturg gig lined up for the foreseeable months. More on that to come after the workshop readings of the play in question.

It is an exciting time for theatre in Seattle, especially with the announcement that Intiman Theatre will be returning this summer for a short festival of works. As someone who used to work at Intiman, I could not be happier about this announcement and am particularly excited to see the roster of artists involved. It should be an amazing year for Seattle Theatre.

Apocalypse Soon opens tomorrow at Ghost Light Theatricals

Tomorrow night by show, Apocalypse Soon opens at Ghost Light Theatricals as part of Battle of the Bards. In short, the show is about the end of the world. Here’s the full blurb:

Religious figures throughout a variety of texts and oral traditions come together for a three day reunion to plan the apocalypse and decide who’s saved. Surfacing issues like hope, salvation, choice, whiskey, and acoustic music the characters try to resolve their angst before destroying the world.

Featuring Eve, The Serpent, Lucifer, Jesus, Pele, Mother, Anansi, Buddha, and Orpheus and clocking in at around 25 minutes, there’s a whole lot of awesome crammed into a tiny play.

Here’s a wee excerpt from the text:

EVE
Do you remember the beginning?
THE SERPENT
Yes.
EVE
You’re sitting in the tree. And you say-
THE SERPENT
“I’d tap that fruit.”

Apocalypse Soon is a part of Ghost Light Theatricals Battle of the Bards VI and will  perform alongside new works Mack the Knife and Paper Bullets, which are adaptations of Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing, respectively. Battle of the Bards is a fundraiser for Ghost Light Theatricals which is how they finance a lot of their budget for the next season. The audience (or, anyone really) will vote for the show of their choice with their money ($1 per vote) and the winner will be able to put on a full-length production of that work in the next season.

If you’re interested in seeing it, there will be a few tickets available at the door if you get there when the box office opens around 6:30.

If you can’t make it though, you can vote for the show of your choice here. Support local theatre in Seattle, and hell, support me! Apocalypse Soon is a ridiculous romp through the minds of religious characters trying to figure out who deserves salvation.

And if you’re truly desperate for news about who’s winning, Ghost Light’s Managing Director will be blogging the whole thing.

Auditions announced for Apocalypse Soon.

Auditions for a 20 minute play Apocalypse Soon.

Casting for 3 F, 3 M and 3 non-gender specific characters.

Date and Time of Auditions: Dec. 5th and 6th after 6pm.

Email sayhello@courtneymeaker.com to schedule an audition slot.

About the play:
Apocalypse Soon. Religious figures throughout a variety of texts and oral traditions come together for a three day reunion to plan the apocalypse and decide who’s saved. Surfacing issues like hope, salvation, choice, whiskey, and acoustic music the characters try to resolve their angst before destroying the world.

This is for Battle of the Bards which is Ghost Light Theatrical’s annual fundraiser. There will be two other plays performing as well. Audience members vote with money for the play they would like to see a full production of in Ghost Light’s next season.

Would like a variety of ethnicity’s including (but not limited to) African American, Pacific Islander, Asian, Arab, and Indian.

Ages open.

Cast includes:
Lucifer – M. skeezy, yet charming man
Eve – F. academic activist
Mother – F. warrior turned battle medic
Pele – F. volcano goddess
Anansi – non-specific. CEO Anansi, Inc. Children’s books publisher
Buddha – non-specific. meditative monk turned camp counselor
Orpheus – M. grunge northwest guitarist
The Serpent – non-specific. bartender
Jesus – M. AA sponsor

Audition will consist of cold readings
1 – 2 short monologues and
1 – 2 short scenes (depending on how many people are available at the time you attend)

Headshot/resume not required but if you have them, bring them. If you don’t have a headshot, I may take a blurry picture of you with my phone. I apologize in advance.

Specifics:
Actors need to be able to commit to 20 hours of rehearsals, plus two hours of tech, one dress rehearsal, and two performances.

Tech in the evening on Jan 24th and Jan 25th. Dress on the 26th. Final performance on the 27th and 28th.

Rehearsals will be scheduled between Jan 5th to Jan 23rd (but, only 20 hours). Rehearsals will be held some time after 6pm M – Th with possible afternoon rehearsal on a Saturday or Sunday depending on schedules.

This is an ensemble piece so actors with minimal conflicts preferred. However, I’m willing to work around schedules where possible.

Compensation: This project is a part of Ghost Light’s Battle of the Bards fundraiser so it is volunteer. The process will be fun and collaborative. Free food and drinks will also be provided at the two performances. Repeat: Free food AND drinks.

To schedule a slot email me: sayhello@courtneymeaker.com. If you can’t make it on these dates email me with times you are available and I will make time to see you. If you would like to read the play beforehand, I can send you a copy.