Salon #2 is today! Come on over!
ANNOUNCING - SALON #2
Michael Norton has written a play. Or at least he’s started on it. This is a play about where we are in the world today. It is a 9/11 Memorial Play - but it also isn’t a 9/11 Memorial Play. It is a play about having been a little kid ten years ago - and what those ten years have meant to grow up with. We have lived through history and now kids younger than us are learning about...
- June 17th (tentative): Salon #002 - a reading and discussion of a new play by Michael Norton - late June: TP #003 - just because TP #002 isn’t happening until the fall doesn’t mean we can’t keep experimenting! - July: DB is with art.party.theater.company, talking about SERIOUS BUSINESS. - August: TP #002 goes into rehearsal - Late August: Salon #003 - a workshop of a new...
Kickstart us!! →
Test Pattern #002 is officially getting underway - and we need your help! Become a part of our community and help get Cowboy Mouth off the ground!
The Next Two Weeks(ish): - this weekend: finalizing the Kickstarter campaign for “Cowboy Mouth” - Tuesday: an official release, including artwork(?), of “Cowboy Mouth” - Friday night: a meeting to discuss a potential second-slot show for Season One - April 30: a meeting with an unnamed playwright to finalize our commission of the first show for Season One The Near...
Tooth of Crime
Anyone who has their ear to the ground on these matters… What’s the word on producing Sam Shepard’s original script of “Tooth of Crime” - not “Second Dance”, the updated version from the late 90s?
The Great Bookseller War
Hi there, everyone - this is Wright North, Think Tank Theater’s playwright-in-residence. As Drew promised, the fall is going to have some promising things coming from us including regular updates on a new piece I’m writing. More about that in the next Dispatch, though. Right now, I have a question that needs your answers. Imagine, if you will, a community on Long Island/in the...
Dispatches from the Think Tank - Issue 1
We’re going to try something here - a semi-regular (as in, whenever we want to) dispatch-y newsletter. Just to bring everything together in a nice neat package. If you want it in your inbox, please email email@example.com with the subject line “Dispatches!” and we’ll get that going. It might be different from the Tumblr version, it might not… you’ll...
The Atheist - LiveStream! →
Well… my accent’s better than Brad Whitford’s accent on...– Drew
I am cracking with anticipation.– Augustine Early
Drew Broussard interviews Andrew Broussard
Drew: This is strange.
Drew: So there's less than a week until the first official Think Tank Theater show.
Andrew: Yep - very exciting stuff. Its our first Test Pattern.
Drew: Yeah, what's the deal with this "Test Pattern" stuff?
Andrew: Well, when we started to think seriously about starting TTTC, there were a few theaters that really leapt out at us with how they did things. Diane Paulus' new model at the A.R.T. in Boston, art.party.theater.company in New York, The House Theatre in Chicago - theaters being led by young and quirky individuals. The House, especially, caught my eye with the way it presents seasons by number - similarly to the way one might present a TV show. Something about that stuck with me - making the theatrical experience something exciting and even collectible in the same way that makes you put DVD boxsets on your shelf.
Drew: You still haven't explained "Test Pattern" -
Andrew: I'm getting there! Mom is so right, you interrupt all the time. Anyway, we aren't anywhere near ready to do an actual season - but back in the olden days of TV, what did they send out before they started a show? Their test pattern. Make sure everything's broadcasting properly; later it was color bars to make sure your set was adjusted correctly. So that's the idea here: this is a test, to see what we can do. It'll go down in the annals of the company, but it will be independent of any future "season" we put together.
Drew: Oh. That's cool. Good idea, glad we thought of that. Alright, so tell us about Wright North.
Andrew: Wright's a great guy, you know - I'm excited to be working with him. This is his first foray into directing something he hasn't written and its my first time doing a solo piece, so there was a lot of new stuff happening. It is always exciting when things are NEW.
Drew: Any chance we'll see him on Saturday night?
Andrew: Not a one. He never shows up to performances. My guess is he won't even be there for the last run Saturday morning. I respect that, though - its just how he works, you know?
Drew: Alright, last thing, for now - what's the deal with the Think Tank LiveFeed?
Andrew: Well, because of geographic realities, we have a fan base - that's the right word, I guess, fans - that spreads over a huge area and its just wildly unrealistic to expect people in Boston or Chicago or LA to come out to The Greenhouse for our one-night show. A lot of people were upset about potentially missing the show, though - so we partnered up with UStream and we're going to be providing a static broadcast of the show as it happens.
Drew: Static broadcast?
Andrew: Yeah. This isn't like NTLive (the National Theatre of London's live-broadcast programme - ed.) because we don't have the time, money, or ability to do what they do. Instead, we're just setting up a camera at the back of the house - its actually a prop, which is really fun - and letting it roll. There won't be any closeups or sweeping shots, but you'll get to see everything that happens!
Drew: That's nice. That wasn't your idea, was it.
Andrew: Nope. Peter White's.
Drew: Figured. He's nicer than you.
Andrew: So they say.
Drew: Well, I have to get back to work and you have to get back to learning your lines.
Andrew: Seriously. Thank god there's nothing to do here today.
I spy for the spirit of curiosity On every vain mediocre monstrosity I gossip...– Elvis Costello, “Episode of Blonde” think he was talking about Augustine?
Lady René →
and now for something completely different… considering adopting this as the official type font of TTTC. too whimsical… or just right? thoughts?
It’s like NTLive, but on your computer and considerably more low-budget! We’re pleased to announce that our upcoming Test Pattern, The Atheist, will be streamed live on UStream next Friday night! Check THIS SPACE: ________________________________________________________________________________________ for the link next week. We hope you’ll all be able to make it to The...
To do this you admit There is no God And what a release Coz then there is no...– Augustine Early, The Atheist
Think Tank Theater is proud to announce its first Test Pattern! The Atheist by Ronan Noone starring Andrew Broussard directed by Wright North July 31, 2010 at 7:30pm