- 2015 Summer Playwriting Class
- Mustard Seed Reads
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
Mustard Seed Theatre Lab Summer 2015 class:
New Play Development
Playwrights, actors and directors will participate in the development and workshop process of creating new plays. The class will culminate with a public showing of scenes developed by the class. Slots open for 4-8 playwrights, 4-8 directors and 6-10 actors
Teacher/Facilitator: Deanna Jent
June 1 – July 20, 2015
Mondays 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Public showing: Monday July 27, 7:00 pm
Also offered as a 3-credit hour undergraduate or graduate class through Fontbonne University
- Indicate whether you want to participate primarily as an actor, director or playwright.
- Playwrights should also send scenes/play.
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?
(Deanna reports on FALLING in NYC)
This first week of rehearsals has been amazing and emotional. I spent time sharing with the cast and staff some videos of young Andy, working so hard to learn how to communicate. They read the play and asked thoughtful questions. We had honest conversations about the challenges of love, faith, family, art. Now they’re on the journey of discovering these characters in action.
Our apartment is within walking distance from the theatre, which is great. Everything we need (and much that we don’t!) is within a few blocks radius. On Thursday, however, I had to attend several meetings in mid-town (see how I speak “New York” now?), so I did my first solo subway rides. Mostly success – I always got on the right train, but once went the wrong direction. (Sounds like a description of the artistic process – we’re always on the right train, we just have to switch directions sometimes!)
Perhaps I’ll soon become blasé about the variety of people you encounter on a subway – but not this week. I’m pretty sure I heard at least 8 distinct languages in just those four rides. The teenaged girl in a formal prom gown sits next to the construction worker carrying his dusty helmet and metal coffee thermos. They don’t speak to each other, but I like to imagine conversations, little plays.
We’re moving into the middle part of the process, where daily 6-hour rehearsals rub some of the “shiny” off the experience. Even though Lori (the director) and I have both done this play before – this is a new show, and we all still need to do the same hard work as before. The actors are asking smart questions about certain lines, working to understand actions. They’re discovering what this production will be, and in doing so, are helping me see the story even more clearly.
We’re on the subway. We’ve left our starting point, and are headed for our destination: September 27 preview performances. I’m looking forward to the unique journey!