Hello, Internet Friends, and Happy New Year! A few of you (in places like Samoa) are already knee-deep in 2012.
We thought this would be a spectacular time to review what a terrific year 2011 was for us. Although most of the world saw spasms of revolution and economic woes, Open Source Theatre Project made some crucial progress. And now, 2011 in review (with some very sexy pics)……
APRIL, 2011: The Comfort Station Plays
The Comfort Station Plays was our most ambitious show to date, involving something like 20 people. We commissioned three playwrights (the talented Eileen Tull Benjamin Brownson, and Dusty Wilson) to write 10-minute plays, which were directed by three different directors (the talented Barry Eitel, Hannah Friedman, Kaitlen Osburn). Each play was set in the historic Comfort Station on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square, Chicago. Also, each play was set in a different decade in the Comfort Station’s history (1918, 1933, and 1949). We had full houses every night, and the prologue (an interpretation of Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago”) was remounted for a preview of Theatre Seven‘s “The Chicago Landmark Project.”
With everyone’s help (cast, crew, and audience), Open Source added another chapter to the history of the Comfort Station.
Carl Sandburg's "Chicago"
Carl Sanburg's 'Chicago' peformed by Chris Lysy, Charlotte Mae Jusino, David Weiss, and Emily Bates
Emily Bates and Charlotte Mae Jusino deal with young love and Spanish Influenza
David Weiss celebrates the end of Prohibition
Ben Brownson solicits Leana Savoie
Outside the quaint Comfort Station
EVERYBODY HAD A WONDERFUL TIME!
LATE APRIL, 2011: STAGED READING of OEDIPUS REX by BARRY EITEL
Using the stream of Comfort Station Plays, we plowed right into a staged reading at the Oracle Theatre, Chicago. We did an original adaptation of Sophocles “Oedipus Rex” by Barry Eitel (a play currently being shopped around the Bay Area). We had nearly a dozen actors on one stage working through one of the best incest stories of all time. Cast and audience were over the moon with excitement.
Director Eileen Tull and Playwright Barry Eitel are heckled by the angry mob.
JUNE/JULY 2011: PARADIGM SHIFT
OSTP moved from Chicago, Illinois to Oakland, California. Although we were sad to leave our stomping grounds, we were excited to start panning for gold.
OCTOBER 2011: STAGED READING of REMAINDERS by EILEEN TULL (CALIFORNIA DEBUT)
It took mere months for us to cook up our next event, a staged reading of a new play by Eileen Tull (it’s about these two kids whose parents die and find themselves entangled with a greedy detective and a guilty butler). We gathered up some talented folks and put it up at the Good Shepherd in Berkeley, CA. We learned, we laughed, we reflected on ourselves.
Rehearsing though a particular heartfelt moment of 'Remainders'
NOVEMBER, 2011: OCCUPY THEATER GOES LIVE
In response to the worldwide Occupy Wall Street Movement (especially the wacky antics of Occupy Oakland), Eileen Tull wrote several short plays. She compiled them onto her website, Occupy Theatre (also hosted by our fabulous friends at WordPress). Though not directly under the domain of OSTP, Occupy Theatre was created in the same spirit of creating an open dialogue. Check it out and submit your own stuff (it doesn’t even have to be that good!).
THE FUTURE: HERE COMES 2012!!!!!!!!
What do we have planned? Lots of stuff!
We’re busy working on an adaptation of the first winner of Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Jesse Lynch Williams’ “Why Marry?“
Also, we’re putting up plans for an Open Source 24-Hour Theatre Extravaganza (coming summer 2012)!
Always, if you want to get involved, hang out, or hook up (in a platonic sense), just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Especially contact us if you have a cool idea that fits in with our mission.
The future is so bright, we’re already wearing shades. Here’s to 2012.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, INTERNET!
-Barry Eitel and Eileen Tull
OSTP Co-Artistic Heads