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“One In The Spirit” show added for Friday (Dec. 18)

December 15, 2009
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From the Nov. 12 issue of The Charlotte Post by Ryanne Persinger:

Play Reaches Out To Couples

Two years ago, Brian and Valerie Daye were looking for a spicier way to reach married couples at New Covenant AME Church. “We needed something different,” Brian Daye said. “My wife said, ‘why don’t you write a play?’ and so I did.”Brian Daye penned “One In The Spirit,” a one-act play focusing on three African American couples tackling marital issues, betrayal, tragedy and renewal of faith.

Val Daye, a life coach, says she and her husband wanted to use their artistic abilities in connecting with other couples. “I think it’s important that the church finds creative ways to reach various types of people,” she said. “There’s so many different levels of marriages to tell, like the father/son relationship, the sister/girl relationship…those are all embedded together.”

For Brian Daye, writing turned out to be the best of both worlds because the play not only entertains, it is used as a teaching tool for husbands and wives, dating couples and single folks, too. “I’ve been acting for 30 years but this is my first time writing something,” Brian Daye said. “It’s kind of like a new muscle that you haven’t discovered.”

The play premiered in Greensboro at a marriage enrichment conference in 2007. Since then, it has played at a few other venues, but now it is revving back up. “My wife said I needed to dust (the play) off the shelf and take it back on the road,” Brian said.

There are eight characters in “One In The Spirit.” Six are married, one is a friend of a spouse and the other is a preacher. Brian Daye says the cast is exemplary and includes actors Karen Abercrombie, John W. Price, Ife’ Moore, Willie Stratford Jr., Angela Shannon, Chris Bretscher, Steve Boyd and Granville Caldwell.

The play, Brian Daye says, is for everyone. It contains contemporary issues between young, middle-aged and senior couples. “(The performance) speaks to everyone who is going through something and are looking for ways to move their lives forward,” Brian Daye said. “We’re telling a great story. I’m not trying to preach, but maybe it will change someone’s life.”

Val Daye said there has not been a person who has not come back after seeing the show and said, “‘you carried out a snap shot right out of my relationship.’“ Brian Daye says any church or venue interesting in hosting the play can also contact him.

For more information or for tickets, call (704) 724-1516. To contact Brian Daye, email bwdaye@aol.com.

Dec. 5: Ross Wilbanks Presents “Four-in-One: Films and Music”

November 22, 2009

4-in-1: Films and Music

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 5, for another of Ross Wilbanks’ entertaining film-related programs.

Ross Wilbanks

Ross Wilbanks

Three sets of musicians and one film-maker mix it up in a specially designed singular show.  Instead of letting each group play through their set uninterrupted, one big set list will be drawn up alternating between the four players.

Exciting connections abound as one song hops to another, followed by a film, then back to another set of songs,
another set of films and so on…

Don’t worry you can still get a drink or use the restroom.  Get up and dance if you like. The 150-minute show suits all moods.

Doors open @ 8:30 p.m. Show @ 9 p.m.

Admission at door: $5

Writers’ Showcase: Hartness & Hoffman (Friday & Saturday); Tomlinson & Stoeckel (Friday Only)

November 16, 2009

On Nov. 20-21, it will truly be all about story-telling at Story Slam!

Join John Hartness, Iesha Hoffman and, on Friday only, Tommy Tomlinson and Steve Stoeckel of the Spongetones as they share stories, poems and laughter. Two nights of great entertainment from some of Charlotte’s favorite storytellers!

Hartness will read selections from his book “Returning the Favor” and other slices of life, as well as new work. Tomlinson will share some of his favorite stories and columns from The Charlotte Observer, and Hoffman will share her short fiction and poetry. Stoeckel will play along with Tomlinson and then read his essay from “Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas.”

Open mic time will be available for audience members who want to bring something to share!

Tickets are $14 at the door.

Doors @ 7 p.m.; program begins @ 8 p.m.

“Full Buck Moon” to rise again!

November 11, 2009

Some of the city’s most talented actors are on stage Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, at Story Slam for the second week of “Full Buck Moon” by Staci Swedeen.

Doors open @ 7 p.m.; Performance @ 8 p.m. Tickets: advance: $10; door: $14.

The cast includes Jon Parker Douglas, Caroline Bower and Philip Sprinkle, who are all making their Story Slam debut.

Douglas and Parker are fresh from their roles in Children’s Theatre’s lauded production of “Beauty and the Beast.” They also played the all-American couple in Actor’s Theatre production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” Sprinkle is veteran of the Charlotte theater scene. He worked with Randell Haynes at Moving Poets, where Sprinkle played key roles in “Salame” and “Dracula.”

Swedeen offers this synopsis of her comedic take on being married:

When Jill hits a deer on her honeymoon, her nightmare begins – especially when the deer turns into a Buck impaled on her windshield. Jill and Richard must deal with the consequences and in the process explore the question – is there anything scarier than getting married?

*****PSSSST!!!! Don’t tell anyone but… special discounts will be announced soon via email for MTA members and on Friday on our Facebook fan page (go “fan” us if you haven’t already).*****

Chickspeare Reunion: One Show Only!!!

November 11, 2009

Anyone can had a girls night out but how often can you have a girls afternoon out?

On Sunday, Nov. 15, spend a few hours with some cool women – and a few guys – at Story Slam for “Chickspeare Reunion Tour: One Show Only.”

Anne Lambert, Sheila Snow Proctor and Charlotte’s Off Broadway present Act I from Caryl Churchill’s classic “Top Girls” and “Fire: The Next Sharp Stick?” a piece by humorist John Hodgman.

Doors open at 1 p.m. The show is at 2 p.m.

Scheduled to read “Top Girls”: Nicia Carla, Julie Janorschke Gawle, Joanna Gerdy, Lambert, Meredith McBride, Sheila Snow Proctor, and Donna Scott.

Scheduled to read “Fire”: Aaron Moore, Peter Smeal and Jim Yost.

Tickets: $10. It’s only $5 for anyone who worked on a Chickspeare, Barebones or Off Tryon show.

More info: 704-589-9146 or charlottesoffbroadway@hotmail.com.

Are you ready for a “Full Buck Moon”?

November 2, 2009

Full Buck Moon

A “full back moon” usually is the full moon in July. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, that’s the month “when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.”

However, another kind of “Full Buck Moon” will shine Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 13-14 as Story Slam presents a play with the same name by Staci Swedeen.

Doors open @ 7 p.m.; Performance @ 8 p.m. Tickets: advance: $10; door: $14

Swedeen offers this synopsis on the comedy:

When Jill hits a deer on her honeymoon, her nightmare begins – especially when the deer turns into a Buck impaled on her windshield. Jill and Richard must deal with the consequences and in the process explore the question – is there anything scarier than getting married?

The cast includes Jon Parker Douglas, Caroline Bower and Philip Sprinkle, who are all making their Story Slam debut.

Douglas and Parker are fresh from their roles in Children’s Theatre’s lauded production of “Beauty and the Beast.” They also played the all-American couple in Actor’s Theatre production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.”

Sprinkle is veteran of the Charlotte theatre scene. He worked with Randell Haynes at Moving Poets, where Sprinkle played key roles in “Salame” and “Dracula.”

 

Music Friday; Melies Saturday! Both $5 each

October 27, 2009

Tim MurrayStory Slam! is mixing up the format this weekend with music on Friday and a classic movie experience Saturday. Both events feature local veterans of the arts and music scene.

On Friday, Oct. 30, Tim Murray, who has taught hundreds of players at The Guitar Workshop, is taking the Story Slam! stage for a special evening of music.

He’ll perform with Aveo and other special guests.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets: $5 at door (no advance sales). Doors open at 7 p.m.

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A scene from Georges Melies' "A Trip To The Moon," 1902

Iconic scene from "A Trip to the Moon" by Georges Melies, 1902.

On Halloween night, Oct. 31, local film guru Ross Wilbanks will host “The Magic of Melies,” a look at Georges Melies, considered the first, and best, magician of the cinema.
Georges Melies

Georges Melies

Many of these films will have live narration and music to recreate the spirit of how Melies wanted them to be enjoyed. Among those reading will be Lawrence Toppman (yes, THE Lawrence Toppman), Amanda Varney, Wes Varney, Hana Blumenfeld, Bob Nulf, Randell Haynes and Mark Woods.

These are shorter films! You can drop by, catch one or two and then head out to CarnEvil or whatever spooky bash you want to make.

Wilbanks sayd that Melies’ vaudeville style is so lost in cinema today that these films spring anew like a broad slap across the face.

Admission: $5 at the door (no advance sales).

Mark your calendars: Wilbanks is planning another movie night on Dec. 6!