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- 2015-2016 Open AUDITIONS!
Early Bird Membership Special $70.00
(good through May 31st)
Benefits of Membership:
- One ticket to The Amish Project, Dancing and Lughnasa and Bosnian/American
- Discounted tickets to All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
- Free tickets to Fontbonne University Theatre Department shows
- No credit card processing fees
- Free admission to special events
An Invitation Out by Shualee Cook
April 17 - May 3, 2015
General Admission $30.00
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00 PM
Sundays at 2:00 PM
Group rates available!
Mustard Seed Reads at Left Bank Books
...with Shualee Cook
April 29th at 7:30 PM
Ready Player One
By Ernest Cline
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place.The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devotedhis life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by playerswilling to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
Super Sad True Love Story
by Gary Shteyngart
In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. Then Lenny Abramov, son of an Russian immigrant janitor and ardent fan of “printed, bound media artifacts” (aka books), meets Eunice Park, an impossibly cute Korean American woman with a major in Images and a minor in Assertiveness. Could falling in love redeem a planet falling apart?
Mustard Seed Theatre announces general auditions forThe Amish Project and Dancing at Lughnasa to be held on April 18 between 1-3 pm. Roles are available for 6 women and 3 men (show details below). Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Fine Arts Theatre at Fontbonne University; directions to the theatre are available at www.mustardseedtheatre.com.
For actors who have NOT previously worked for MST, please call Jane at 314-401-8771 to make an appointment. If auditioning for Dancing at Lughnasa only, please prepare a contemporary dramatic monologue. Women auditioning for both shows should prepare two sharply contrasting contemporary dramatic monologues with a smooth transition between the monologues. All actors should bring two headshots/resumes to the audition.
The Amish Project runs August 28 – September 13, 2015, directed by Deanna Jent. Written by Jessica Dickey, this one-woman show is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. The actress plays eight unique roles which range from young female students to the male shooter to a Hispanic teen who works at a local store.
Dancing at Lughnasarun February 5 – 21, 2016, directed by Gary Wayne Barker. Set in Donegal, Ireland in 1936, the play explores the tension between dogma and free choice in the lives of five sisters and their brother, a priest recently returned from service in Africa.
Father Jack (50's) -- gentle, elder brother of the sisters. Left home as a young man to work as a missionary in Uganda. Returns home confused and sick. Perhaps has strayed from strict Catholicism, professing admiration for pagan beliefs of Africa.
Kate Mundy (40-50) -- eldest of the Mundy sisters and behaves as a mother figure. As a schoolteacher, she is the only wage-earner. Fiercely devout Catholic. Stern but loving.
Maggie Mundy (35-45) -- tom-boyish and chief family homemaker. Fun-loving, defusing tension with humor. Both challenger and confidante to Kate.
Agnes Mundy (35-45) -- quiet and contemplative, knitting gloves while also helping to keep the house in order. Silently infatuated with Gerry. Protective guardian of Rose.
Rose Mundy (30-40) -- behaves much younger than her years, due to a developmental disability. Open and loving, yet vulnerable. Very close with Agnes with whom she knits gloves to sell in the town.
Chris Mundy (25-35) -- the youngest of the Mundy sisters. Unmarried mother of Michael. Wrestles with both optimism and depression concerning on/off relationship with Gerry.
Gerry Evans (30-35) -- charming father of Michael. Smooth-talking and fun. Traveling salesman. Unreliable in support of Chris and Michael.
Michael Evans (30's-50's) -- acts as adult narrator of this memory play, not only dictating the action but revealing the futures of the other characters. Childhood self is alluded to by other characters, while the adult Michael speaks lines as the boy from the side.
Many of you know that I have an 18 year-old son, Andy, who has severe autism – it was the subject of my play Falling, which premiered last August here at Mustard Seed Theatre.
Andy plans his life. Far in advance. He has 8 stacks of 8 videos each, and not only can he tell you the names of all the movies in each stack (in order from top to bottom) but he can tell you on which day he is planning to watch them.
See, life is pretty scary when your brain is wired like his – so knowing what’s ahead is a comfort.
During the week, when he goes to his summer program, he takes 2 DVD’s and 2 videos with him. The stacks of 8 videos are for the weekend, or special days when there’s no other activity.
So imagine my dismay when I came down last Tuesday morning to find that he’d packed his bag with 8 videos and was ready to embark on a “special day” outing. I assured him that it was Summer Program day, and he gently walked me to the calendar, where I saw what had happened. I had written “Summer Program” on Monday and then drawn an arrow pointing through the days until Friday. It was perfectly clear to me, of course, but Andy interpreted it to mean that he only went to the summer program on Monday.
When I explained to him what had happened, and wrote “Summer Program” on Tuesday, he took a pen and crossed it out. (“No fair changing the rules,” I imagined him thinking.) He was getting agitated, and my husband Steve and I began to gear ourselves up for an aggressive incident. I took him to his room, wrote out a note explaining the schedule for the week, handed it to him, and said “Read that and think about it. I’ll be outside the door.”
I closed the door. Steve and I braced ourselves for the screams that would start, indicating his frustration and an explosive meltdown.
It was quiet.
After a minute or so of quiet, there came a small knock on the door. We jumped.
“Mom will open the door,” Andy said.
“Yes I will,” I replied. “And then what will you do?”
“Andy will go to Summer Program.”
Suspicious looks were exchanged. “Is he setting us up … we’ll open the door and he’ll come out swinging?”
“Andy, how do you feel about going to Summer Program,” I asked cautiously.
I opened the door. A smiling face greeted me. He walked down the stairs and went to his bag packed with the 8 videos.
He unpacked the bag.
He UNPACKED the bag.
(Here is where those of you who know a person with autism are doing your own amazed happy dance, saying, “He unpacked the bag? He unpacked the bag!”)
He repacked for Summer Program. Where he went and had a great day.
! ! !
Most parents watch for milestones like going to Kindergarten, getting a driver’s license.
Extreme Parents (like us) watch for the day he “unpacks the bag.” He met an obstacle in his path, and instead of doing all in his power to destroy the obstacle, he changed his path.
And do I know why? Maybe the new medication that has helped him focus and think more clearly? Maybe the raging hormones of his early teens are waning? Maybe it was just time for the brain to mature that little bit more?
So after days of simply being excited about this amazing event (or non-event, if you think of it a certain way), I began to realize that there’s a lesson for me in all of this.
To unpack my bag. Metaphorically.
It’s the lesson Tami finally learned in FALLING – that sometimes you have to let go. Of the plan. Of the dream. Of the battle for control.
Sometimes I just need to unpack and repack and face the new plan with a smile.