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Twelfth Night: a Breakdown

Wow this post is a long time coming. Sorry about the delay, but you know things happen. Well… Four things. Well… Four things and a lizard. (name that reference!) Here begins the post that I meant to put up two weeks ago:

PiPE DREAM theatre’s production of Twelfth Night has come and gone – and it seems strange that after two plus months of preparation that it can already be over. In loving memory of the show that was gone too soon (unless you hate Shakespeare that is, in which case it couldn’t go soon enough (but how on god’s green Earth could you hate Shakespeare? He’s the English language’s largest proprietor of the dirty joke (cause in non-English languages I think Aristophanes has him beat (obligatory fourth parenthetical phrase goes last)))) here’s a breakdown of the show.

We only had a handful of full cast rehearsals, trusting to our Players to fall truly madly deeply in love with the script and to have it all memorized in a matter of minutes… I may be exaggerating. In any case, it was an interesting experiment to put on a show with so little and some unorthodox prep time. One of the best nights was easily when cast gathered for one last speed-through of the script before the show. Out of the 13 people in the cast, 7 gathered in person at our stage manager’s house; the other 6 were represented by cell phones. Seriously, six cell phones lay in a circle in the middle of a table, surrounded by chips and dip, and were picked up and placed back down depending on what scene we were in. For the finale, they simply existed as a line of phones on the arm of a couch while our Feste and Olivia looked down upon them, attempting to guess which speaker they should yell iambic pentameter into next.

PD premiered Twelfth Night in Yonkers in a private performance at 1 Alexander Place. Someone must have sacrificed something lame to the rain gods that day because instead of performing the show outside in their lovely courtyard, we ended up in the much smaller art-deco social room. It was certainly one of the oddest places we’ve ever played, however the show itself was still quite a bit of fun. Residents came (and most of them stayed) to watch us speak in what is basically a foreign language. The actors all had just as much fun. The fact that the show was able to transmute and work in such a space proves that it doesn’t necessarily take a fancy set or expensive lights to communicate a show – just the right group of people.

The main event however was at The Bronxville Women’s Club – a place that PiPE DREAM is no stranger to: DREAMS, Sleepy Hollow, and 3GD have all premiered there (more premieres to come!) Twelfth Night was the first to be performed not on their stage, but in their garden. Over 80 friends and patrons came to see the show, and it was an unmitigated success. We were able to raise over $300 for the BWC and managed to scrape a bit of change for ourselves as well – we sold refreshments (wine! water! donuts!), t-shirts, CDs, jewelry, shot glasses, keychains, and even a 50/50 raffle. In addition we also had a free raffle for two tickets to our 3rd Annual PiPE DREAM gala (which will debut our performance of Masque of the Red Death and will once again be at the BWC!)

With nothing but Christmas lights, a table, and a couple of chairs, Twelfth Night was brought to life in front of a real audience. We even had a write up about it in the Bronxville Patch online (see previous post.)

This has become long winded so is going to end. Right now.

OK minor lies; one last thing. You can view photos from the show and listen to the score by going to our shiny new PiPE DREAM website (oooh shiny). Twelfth Night’s page is here: http://pipedreamtheatre.com/TwelfthNight.html

Next up: a recap of the 3 Ghosts readthrough! See you then, DREAMers!

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Well…here we are then.

Welcome one and all to PiPE DREAM theatre’s official blog!  This will be your source for PiPE DREAM news, updates, whimsic musings, and whatever else it is one is supposed to do on a blog- HOORAY! This inaugural post will come to you in three parts.

Part one: a quick tour!

You’ll notice a few tabs along the top of the page.  Home is where you are now; this is where the news, whimsic musings, etc that I mentioned before will be.  It’ll update a few times a week so keep it bookmarked. That’s an ORDER! #kidding About Us is our mission statement.  It’s super schmancy and sums us up quite eloquently so check it out.  Fan Photos is where we’ll have all you DREAMers send in pictures you may have of different PiPE DREAM shows or events.  We’ll choose the best ones and post them on that page. Merch is made of SO MUCH awesome.  It details all the merchandise we have available for sale. Links is where we’ll list different sites that we have around the good ol interwebs that you may be interested in. ALL of these pages will be updated as time goes on so keep a sharp eye out.

Part two: be our friend. #puppydogeyes

PiPE DREAM theatre wants to make sure that our friends, followers, and future fans (god, I love alliteration) can get information in the way that’s most convenient for them.  In that vein, we are on Twitter and Facebook (you can like and follow us in the right-hand sidebar.)  We are slowly adding to our YouTube channel, so subscribe to that to be sure to catch every video as soon as it’s uploaded. In addition to those permanent fixtures, we will also be running a Formspring page as we get closer to our winter musical where you can get answers to any and all questions as quickly as possible.  When that page is ready for business we will let you know (via some other form of social media).

Part three: Twelfth Night!

PiPE DREAM theatre is putting on its first drama of the season! Aren’t you excited? We’ll be performing for one night only at the gorgeous Bronxville Women’s Club – check out their site for show details and address info.  We’ll be performing at 7pm on Saturday, August 20th under the stars.  Which is really the only way for one to experience Shakespeare – well other than the Globe – or a Kenneth Branagh flick… Well it’s a pretty phenomenal way to experience Shakespeare regardless.  Our cast has been working hard to bring this hilarious comedy of mistaken identity to life, and we hope you can join us in Bronxville for a night of laughter. RSVP to  the Facebook event here.

Well we hope to see you on the 20th in Bronxville, and everyday here at PiPE DREAM theatre’s official blog.

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