KUDZU ~ THE STORY OF THE AMC

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AMC

REVIVING THE OLD STORIES TO CREATE NEW MYTHS

16. R & J CLOSES

In looking back over the most recent post, I realize I made a false promise of reporting back once more before the closing of The Ballad of R & J.  You see, I once lived a life in which the opening of a show meant a great relief, both emotionally and practically.  A director can often move away from the show, sometimes onto another project all together... 

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14. R & J REHEARSAL REPORT

After over four years of script and music development and over a year of dreaming and strategizing here in Asheville, we are on an irreversible course towards the opening of the full production of The Ballad of R & J in downtown Asheville, North Carolina on June 2…

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13. SHOW TRUCK

For those of you that read the last blog post (which you should read as Part One to this), there was a little teaser at the end about taking the show on the road.  When it came time to figure out what the stage was going to look like for The Ballad of R & J, I approached one of my favorite scenic designers, Arnel Sancianco...

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11. AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS CAROL, PT. 2

Well, I certainly thought I would be writing Part 2 sooner, but Mother Nature had other plans.  Western North Carolina was blindsided by close to a foot of snow on the very day of our first performance.  It being a site-based performance, much of it was supposed to be outside at the Vance Birthplace, which is off a small country road.  Needless to say, the show did not go on...

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10. AN APPALACHIAN CHRISTMAS CAROL, PT. 1

The following was written prior to the 15th largest snowstorm to hit Western North Carolina, which subsequently cancelled this event.  Something did happen at the site that night, however, which will be a focus of the next entry.  The event has been rescheduled for January 19th and 20th, the experience of which will be reported here in the final part to this saga.  But first, the beginning...

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6. THE BALLAD OF ROMEO AND JULIET, PART TWO

During my third year of graduate school, I was lucky enough to assistant direct Mary Zimmerman’s Guys and Dolls at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and one of the perks of working there is a chance to do what they call a Midnight Project...

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2. CENTER

The idea for the AMC came from the culmination of my MFA thesis in Directing at Northwestern University.  It was based on an exercise I did in class for Michael Rohd, which asked me to write a first day address to an organization or project that I might lead in five years.  The address to the AMC came out in a flurry, but right before I was to turn it in, I made a key word change: theatre to center...

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1. AMERICAN MYTH

Myth is a loaded term.  Mary Zimmerman, a former teacher of mine who has made a career playing in the world of myth, defined it for me as tales that we hold in our collective unconscious that primarily deal with origin stories which use the fantastical and often contain the supernatural.  Others, she is quick to point out, use the term in the figurative sense by naming something a myth when they believe it is false, like bats are blind and bulls hate red...

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