FALLING down, IMAGINING Jesus
  • 2014-2015 Sneak Peek
  • MST Autism Education Project

 

 The Human Terrain written by Jennifer Sue Blackmer and directed by Lori Adams August 29 - September 14th, 2014

This new play chronicles the treasonous friendship between a female American Army consultant and an Iraqi woman, raising questions about loyalty during a time of war.

 

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach directed by Deanna Jent
November 14 – December 
14, 2014. 

This a capella musical tells the story of soldiers during the first Christmas of WWI that laid down their arms to sing Christmas carols - creating a night of peace in the midst of war. All is Calm was produced by Mustard Seed Theatre in November of 2013 to sold out houses.

 

White to Gray by local playwright and actor, Rob Maesaka, directed by Deanna Jent
February 6 - 27, 2015. 

A cruise ship leaves from Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1941 carrying a Japanese-American woman and her former lover, a Caucasian man from a Navy family.  The couple reconciles on the journey, but the Japanese-American passengers are put under house arrest after the bombs drop and the man must choose between love and duty.

 

An Invitation Out by Joshua Cook directed by Deanna Jent
April 9 - 26, 2015. 

Joshua Cook is a local playwright who won the Mustard Seed Theatre Playwriting Competition in 2011 with his play Geography of NowhereAn Invitation Out is a futuristic comedy of manners that takes place in Virtual Reality, where humans “live” in avatars of their own choosing.

 

 

 

 

 

The goal of Mustard Seed Theatre’s Autism Education Project is to create a valuable teaching tool for educators in a variety of settings.  The reprised production of Falling at Mustard Seed Theatre will be professionally filmed and edited to create an educational DVD, with curriculum material for classes ranging from education to family counseling to behavioral analysis.

 

by Deanna Jent

The power is out and no subways are running in NYC’s West Village, which means that my play FALLING has been “dark” all week. Everyone associated with the show is fine, and there was no damage to the theatre; like many people across the East coast, we wait for electricity to return and the flood waters to recede.

Meanwhile, here at Mustard Seed, we’re rehearsing my adaptation of IMAGINARY JESUS. It’s a joy to be in rehearsal with this group of amazing actors, designers and staff, but this week we hit the “middle part” I referred to in an earlier blog – that point where it really IS work. With 17 actors playing 48 characters moving between 23 different locations, rehearsal now often resembles football practice more than a theatrical endeavor!

But through it all, we continue to play! The journey from the page (hilariously written by Matt Mikalatos) to the stage is an adventure. So far we’ve discovered a couple of new characters (Don’t worry Matt – you’ll love them!) and learned that the actor who needs to say “Apocrypha” can’t make his mouth actually say “Apocrypha” (he’s getting closer – we had “Apocryphia” last night, which is, perhaps, the fear of saying “Apocrypha”?).

So the actors are learning their words, I’m figuring out how to tell the story clearly through action and staging, the lights are being focused, costumes are being built, and the set will be painted on Monday. Sound design and prop design continues, and the Stage Management team diligently organizes and takes care of us all! Creating theatre is an amazingly collaborative process – which is why I love it!

Oh – and two performances are already sold out, with two others nearly sold. Take a look at your calendars and make your reservations now – it’s a great family show for Thanksgiving weekend!

 

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