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|ATHENews - Volume 27, Number 6 - July 15, 2013 - PLAYtime is Finally Here!|
PLAYtime is Finally Here!
by Chase Bringardner, Vice President for Conference 2013
Well, it’s hard to believe, but after nearly two years of planning, the Orlando conference is just a few weeks ahead. I and the entire committee are thrilled to welcome you to (hopefully) sunny Orlando for a few days of wondrous work and productive play. I hope that as you are looking through the posted online conference program book, that you will consider adding a few special events to your schedules.
I strongly encourage everyone to attend one of the PLAYnaries all occurring on Friday morning at 10:15. Rather than focusing our energies on one plenary, the committee curated and created a series of three panels on a variety of topics, allowing conference attendees to chose one or perhaps even hop to two or all three.
I also hope you will take advantage of our screenings and performances. In addition to Bill Irwin’s keynote address on Thursday evening, I hope you will attend the free screening of Showing Up, a documentary directed and produced by Riad Galayini and James Morrison. Showing Up, A Conversation about the Audition, “offers a thoughtful and revealing narrative compiled from more than 50 interviews with notable artists including: Kristin Chenoweth, Richard Griffiths, Zoe Kazan, Nathan Lane, Chris Messina, Sam Rockwell, Bill Irwin and Eli Wallach.” Morrison will be in attendance to introduce the film and hold a Q&A following the screening.
Plan also to attend PearlDamour’s sharing of selections from their new work Milton (performed by your fellow conference attendees) and discussion of their past collaborations Friday at 10 p.m. The event is free of charge and sure to be an amazing evening with two incredibly generous, generative performers.
I also hope you will make time to attend Mickee Faust Company’s Faust’s Free For All on Saturday night at 10 p.m. Faust’s Free for All will feature the raucous and wily kind of performance which has since become Faust’s hallmark -- a mix of political and socio-sexual satire,Shakes-parodies, raunchy disability skits, LGBT vaudeville, original and adapted songs, with some fully staged bad jokes thrown in for good measure. The backdrop to Faust’s Free For All will be Miami artist’s Billie Grace Lynn’s Dead Mouse, a thirty foot inflatable sculpture of a dying you-know-who (what a great photo opportunity!). Tickets are still available and can be purchased for $10 at the conference registration desk. There will be a cash bar!
I am so proud of the work the committee has done in compiling a jam-packed, exciting conference experience for all who attend. I hope to see you all in Orlando. Please let me or the committee know if there is any way we can make your experience better. Safe travels!