Der Vorfuhreffekt Theatre's May tour of The 7 Person Chair Pyramid High Wire Act: May tour begins now! To keep up to date, visit www.vorfuhreffekt.com also, see below! [Note: All shows start at 8pm (really) unless otherwise noted. Suggested ticket prices vary, but no one turned away for lack of moolah.] Fri, May 3: Flint, MI (as part of the Free City Public Art Festival, 9pm at 605 Stone Street) Sat, May 4: Flint, MI *Free DIY-theater Workshop* (as part of the Free City Public Art Festival, 1 – 5 pm at Chevy-in-the-Hole) [Also, by popular demand, a special midnight bonus showing of the play at 605 Stone Street] Sun, May 5: Flint, MI *Free DIY-theater Workshop* (as part of the Free City Public Art Festival, 1 – 5 pm at Chevy-in-the-Hole) Mon, May 6: Muskegan, MI (at Harbor UUC, 1296 Montgomery Ave) *7pm!! Early show! Tue, May 7: Grand Rapids, MI (at the DAAC, 115 S. Division) Wed, May 8: Chicago, Il (at Roxaboxen, 2130 W 21st St) Thur, May 9: St Louis, MO (at the Revisionist Inn, 1950 Cherokee St) Fri, May 10: Kansas City, MO (7:30pm at HoopDog Studio, 3308 Troost Ave) *7:30!! Early show! Sat, May 11: Columbia, MO (303 S. Glenwood Ave, a backyard!) Sun, May 12: Fairfield, IA (at the Beauty Shop, 60 W Burlington Ave) Mon, May 13: Milwaukee, WI (at the Pink House, 601 E Wright St) Early show!! 7pm!! Tues, May 14: Carbondale, IL (at the Kleinau Theater) Wed, May 15: Memphis, TN (at the Court House Cooperative, 1577 Court Ave) Thur, May 16: Oxford, MS (The Powerhouse. 7pm show!!) Huntsville, AL (2020 Sewanee Rd, a backyard) Sat, May 18: Bloomington, IN (Rachel’s Cafe. 8:30pm) Sun, May 19: Columbus, OH (It Looks Like it’s Open, 13 E Tulane St.)) Mon, May 20: Detroit, MI (at the Jam Handy, 2900 E Grand Blvd) Wed, May 22: No show! But! Donna will be giving a lecture on Time Management at the Wham City Lecture Series in Baltimore! Thur, May 23: Asheville, NC (at the Toy Boat, 101 Fairview Road) Fri, May 24: Damascus, VA (at the Mountain Justice Summer Camp) *Late show! Not 8pm! Sat, May 25: Dowelltown, TN (at IDA) Sun, May 26: Chattanooga, TN (at ARTIFACT 1080 Duncan ave. 7pm show!) Mon, May 27: Atlanta, GA (Erickson Clock, 364 Nelson St. SW) Tue, May 28: Gainesville, FL (F.L.A. Gallery, 10 Main St) Wed, May 29: Lake Worth, FL (at The Outspokin, 131 South F Street) Sun, June 2: Richmond, VA (Black Iris Gallery, 321 W Broad St) Fri, June 7: Philadelphia, PA (at the Beaumont Warehouse) Sat, June 8: Brooklyn, NY (at Cloud City, 85 North 1st St) Sun, June 9: Easthampton, MA (at The Flywheel)
MAY 2012 EAST COAST TOUR DATES FOR DEBRIS UPON THE FOREST FLOOR!:
MAY 18, NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
MAY 20, 21ST, COLUMBUS, OHIO/SHORT NORTH STAGE/ 8 PM
MAY 22ND, BALTIMORE, MD/WHOLE GALLERY (H&H BUILDING)/8:30 PM
MAY 24TH, PHILADELPHIA, PA/PUPPET UPRISING AT THE ROTUNDA/8 PM
MAY 25TH, GERMANTOWN, NY/THE GERMANTOWN FARM, DUSK/
MAY 26TH, NEW YORK, NEW YORK/GREAT SMALL WORKS/8 PM
MAY 27TH, PROVIDENCE, RI/BUILDING 16
MAY 29TH, NORTHAMPTON, MA/NORTHAMPTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS/8 PM
MAY 30TH, AMHERST,MA/BLUE BARN AT BRAMBLEHILL FARM/8 PM
MAY 31ST, ITHACA, NY/FARMERS MARKET PAVILION/DUSK
JUNE 1ST, PITTSBURGH, PA
JUNE 2ND, CHICAGO, IL
TWO PLAYS ON TOUR IN MAY!
NEW COLLABORATIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE MISSOULA OBLONGATA!
BELOW AND BEYOND
DEBRIS UPON THE FOREST FLOOR :
The Missoula Oblongata is at work on a new production! This one's about archaeology, Big Foot, twins, and digs in to themes of kinship and illness, while also considering loss and indicator species. The play will see production in the next year. Stay tuned!
All the company members have been working on outside collaborations this year. Working with puppeteer Beth Nixon, Sarah Lowry has created a new original play, BELOW AND BEYOND, which premiered to sold-out crowds in January and will tour the east coast in the first two weeks of May. Madeline ffitch has written a new play, DEBRIS UPON THE FOREST FLOOR, and has teamed up with banjo-playing, hand-jiving troubador Jordan O' Jordan, and the Chicago-based weaver Elspeth Vance to produce the show and tour it at the end of May
Below are the details of the two May tours! We'll see you at the shows!
BELOW & BEYOND
Written and Created by Sarah Lowry & Beth Nixon
Music by Matthew Schreiber
Directed by Donna Sellinger.
A new play about urban camouflage, immortal jellyfish, natural gas extraction and an underground creek turned sewer. Inspired by the long-submerged Mill Creek of West Philadelphia, as well as current debate about fracking in Pennsylvania, this original play explores the complications of what lies beneath our feet. Using puppets, pulleys, and maps, the performance examines the intricacies of extraction and recognizes a waterway that continues to resurface. Tree house, houseboat and bunker dwellers unite amidst an invasion of urban water buffalo. All this, plus a one-man band!
Tour Dates Below
(5/3) Pittsburgh, PA- Kelly-Stayhorn, Alloy Studios at 8 pm. Pay-what-you-can $5-20
(5/4) Athens, OH- ARTS/West 132 W. State St. at 7:30 pm. 5-$15
(5/5) Baltimore, MD- At the Whole Gallery (H&H Building) at 8:30pm. $5-$10
(5/7) Philly, PA- Wolf Building, 340 N 12th St. at 7:30 pm. $7-15
(5/8) Philly, PA- The Beaumont Warehouse at 7:30 pm. $7-15
(5/9) Brooklyn, NY- The Magic Future Box at 8 pm. $12
(5/10) North Hampton, MA - Greenfield Community College at Noon. Free/Donation and The Blue Barn at Bramble Hill Farm at 8 pm. $7-15
(5/11) Providence, RI- Empire Black Box at 8 pm. $10
(5/12) Portland, ME- SPACE Gallery at 8 pm. $12 non-members, $10 members (5/13) Bar Harbor, ME- Gates Auditorium, College of The Atlantic at 7 pm. Free/Donation
ALSO ON TOUR IN MAY!
DEBRIS UPON THE FOREST FLOOR
Written by Madeline ffitch
Music by Jordan O' Jordan
Designed by Elspeth Vance
On our lush and intricately constructed world of oak, seaweed, wool, perfume, and plaster of paris, we follow the story of a hockey goaltender who, in 1959, finally got tired of the brutality of his position. He invented the first hockey mask and wore it onto the ice. It would be fourteen years before wearing a hockey mask was anything more than a personal choice. Meanwhile, a mountain lion circles the perimeter, and the sinister third party turns nature into a eulogy. In response, neighbors become friends and seek to regain lost human skill. We ask you to become our allies, to remember a time when we could run as fast as horses, when our powers of memorization were uncanny, and when we could take photographs with our eyes.
Tour Dates TBA
THE MISSOULA OBLONGATA HAS RECEIVED A RIVERCULTURE PRODUCER'S SERIES GRANT FOR NOVEMBER 2011!
Hello, friends! We’ll be taking “The Daughter of the Father of Time Motion Study” out for a few days in mid November. The occasion is our receipt of the Turner’s Falls Riverculture Producer’s Series Grant! We’ll be performing and teaching workshops in Turners Falls and Greenfield, MA, and while we’re at it, we’re also heading up to Ottowa for a couple of days, where we'll be hosted by Mi Casa Theatre. If you’re in the area, come and see us, and send your friends out to the shows!
Wednesday, November 9th
St. Paul’s Eastern United Church. 473 Cumberland St.
Saturday, November 12th
Food City Grocery Store.
Turners Fall, MA
Monday, November 14th
Greenfield Community College
The Sloan Theater
Q&A to follow
Thursday, November 10th
Community workshop in collaborative performance.
10 AM – 5 PM.
St. Paul’s Eastern United Church. 473 Cumberland St.
Workshop Contact: Emily Pearlman. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 13th
Community workshop in collaborative performance
Brick House Community Center
(1 PM to 5 PM)
Turners Falls, MA
Workshop Contact: Lisa Davol. email@example.com
THE MISSOULA OBLONGATA AND PUPPET UPRISING PRESENT OUR FOURTH ANNUAL SECRET SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTION IN PHILADELPHIA! :
Announcing our fourth gigantic collaborative Shakespeare project in the city of Philadelphia! The dates are June 7-12. Opening night (the 7th) is a preview "pay-what-you-think-it's-worth" night. This year, we're doing Antony and Cleopatra with five different theater companies, five different desserts, and a brand new secret location. To be escorted to the secret theater, wait inside the Girard St. metro station on the Market Frankford Line (the corner of Front and Girard). From here, you will be escorted to the secret theater at 8pm SHARP. As always, you MUST wear a red carnation to the event in order to identify yourself to your host, escort, and cohorts.
ALL NIGHTS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF STANDING ROOM ONLY TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR EVERY NIGHT. THESE ARE FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED. YOU STILL GET DESSERTS AND DRINKS, JUST NO CHAIRS. THESE TICKETS ARE $20 STUDENTS/$25 GENERAL ADMISSION. JUST SHOW UP AT THE STATION LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! THANKS!
APRIL TOUR BEGINS! "THE DAUGHTER OF THE FATHER OF TIME MOTION STUDY"
We're hitting the road with "The Daughter of the Father of Time Motion Study". This is a play we toured last summer. It's about Antarctic exploration, bridge building, and robots. For all shows from Columbus to Missoula, our friend Adhamh Roland will be opening for us with beautiful music. See the tour schedule below!
Wed, April 6-- Columbus, OH
2623 Neil Ave
Thurs, April 7-- Chicago, IL
Fri, April 8-- Milwaukee, WI
Sat, April 9-- Minneapolis, MN
Paper Moose Jumpsuit
Sun, April 10-- Minot, ND
Tues, April 12-- Missoula, MT
*With Church of the Lost Dog!
For our shows in Portland, Olympia, and Bellingham, our friends, the band Cat Jokes will be appearing with us with their unbelievable and hilarious blend of storytelling, songs, and performance!
April 14--Portland, Oregon
700 SW 5th
3rd floor Pioneer Place Mall
April 15--Olympia, WA
With Jordan O' Jordan!!
cartwheel club. (A barn!) 2906 28th ave.
28th and Cooper Point Rd.(go past Cooper Point Rd. on 28th and it's the first driveway on the left)
April 16--Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Circus Guild
2170 Iron Street
April 18--Mateel Community Center
59 Rusk Lane
Tues, April 19-- San Francisco, CA
3265 17th Street
April 20--Berkely, CA
Annie's Hall. 1610 Carleton (at California) follow the Christmas lights down the path
April 21--Los Angeles, CA
El Cid. 4212 Sunset Blvd
April 23--Tucson, AZ
a loading dock!
April 24--Santa Fe, NM
CCA Santa Fe
Tues, April 26-- Austin, TX
210 West North Loop Blvd
Wed, April 27--Oklahoma City
Thurs, April 28-- Little Rock, AR
3219 W 7th Street
Sat, April 30-- Baltimore, MD
The Transmodern Festival (see the Transmodern website for details!)
JANUARY/FEBRUARY TOUR! NOW! CLAMLUMP GOES WEST!
Winter tour is here! We're finally going back out west! We've got a couple new stops on this route. See below!
Sat, Jan 15-- Athens OH
Sun, Jan 16-- Knoxville, TN
at The Birdhouse
Mon, Jan 17--Athens, GA
Secret Squirrel (EARLY SHOW! 7-9pm? Or something?)
Tues, Jan 18-- Atlanta, GA
Cornbread Gallery inside Homegrown Restaurant
Wed, Jan 19-- Montevallo, AL
Thurs, Jan 20-- ?
Fri, Jan 21-- New Orleans, LA
Sat, Jan 22-- Oxford, MS
Sun, Jan 23-- Little Rock, AR
Mon, Jan 24-- Oklahoma City
Tues, Jan 25-- Ft. Worth, TX
Wed, Jan 26-- Austin, TX
House show! 210 West North Loop Blvd
Sat, Jan 29th-- Santa Fe, NM
Sun, Jan 30-- Albuquerque, NM
The Winning Coffee Co.
Mon, Jan 31-- Tucson, AZ
The Boxing Gym
Tues, Feb 1-- Phoenix, AZ
The Pop Squat
Thurs, Feb 3-- Berkeley, CA
Fri, Feb 4th-- Arcata, CA
Sun, Feb 6-- Portland, OR
Working Theater Collective
Mon, Feb 7th-- Olympia, WA
Tues, Feb 8th-- Seattle, WA
The Healthy Times Fun Club
Wed, Feb 9th-- Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Circus Guild
Thurs, Feb 10th-- Missoula, MT
Sat, Feb 12th-- Minot, ND
Mon, Feb 14--Chicago, IL
Tues, Feb 15th-- Bloomington, IN
October/November tour of "Clamlump", our newest play!:
This fall we'll be touring our new play titled "Clamlump." It features Madeline ffitch, Donna Sellinger, and Travis Sehorn, and is being directed by Sarah Lowry. The usual cast of characters, as it were. We've got some pretty exciting tour stops, and still some empty dates. Read below for the schedule! If we're not coming to your town but you want us to, get in touch! Thanks!
FALL TOUR DATES
Mon, Oct 25- Allen Hall
University of Illinois, Urbana
Tues, Oct 26- Athens, Ohio
21 Kern Street
Wed, Oct 27- Pittsburgh, PA
4810 Penn Ave
Thur, Oct 28- Knoxville, TN
Fri, Oct 29- Next to Last Fest
Sat, Oct 30- Atlanta, GA
Sun, Oct 31- Chattanooga, TN
Mon, Nov 1- Bloomington, IN
Theater of the People
Tues, Nov 2-- Chicago, IL
Wed, Nov 3--Madison, WI
Thurs, Nov 4-- Minneapolis, MN
Paper Moose Jumpsuit
Fri, Nov 5-Sun, Nov 7--Minneapolis, MN
Heart of the Beast Theater
(this little stint is presented by Bedlam Theatre and funded by Arts Midwest. We'll be giving a free workshop that weekend, too!
Mon, Nov 8-- Milwaukee, WI
Tues, Nov 9-- Fairfield, IA
The Beauty Shoppe
Wed, Nov 10-- Kansas City, MO
Thurs, Nov 11-- Lawrence, KS
The Love Garden
Fri, Nov 12--Columbia, MO
Sat, Nov 13-- St. Louis, MO
Tues, Nov 16-- Oxford, MS
Wed, Nov 17-- Sun, Nov 21-- New Orleans, LA!
The Mudlark Theatre
We're part of the New Orleans Fringe Festival, so times are not the usual. Check the website! http://www.nofringe.org
Mon, Nov 22-- Huntsville, AL
Flying Monkey Arts Center
Tues, Nov 23-- Asheville, NC
Sun, Nov 28--Baltimore, MD
Last show ever at The Annex!!
Mon, Nov 29-- SUNY Purchase
Tues, Nov 30-- Providence, RI
Wed, Dec 1-- Northampton, MA
Thurs, Dec 2-- UCONN
Fri, Dec 3-- Philadelphia, PA
JUNE TOUR OVER!:
Our newest show, "The Daughter of the Father of Time Motion Study" enjoyed an amazing tour this June. It was great! We'll be bringing that play back on the road in January. Until then, we're off enjoying the summer, and will be hitting the road again in early October, with a not-even-made-yet play, "Clam Lump."
In other news, WE NEED A NEW TOURING VAN. Last year, our beloved van lost its transmission to the California desert. Tons of people donated in order to get us back on the road. It was amazing. Since then, other things have happened, and we're now in need of an entirely new van. We've been saving up, and are now just looking for the right thing. If you or someone you know is looking to unload a nice big van for a good price to a not-for-profit organization, please e-mail us! We're on the hunt! Of course, you can also feel free to donate funds at any time, to help us afford something with, say, air-conditioning.
May/June 2010: TOUR SCHEDULE:
Screw MySpace! Here's our tour dates posted on our very own actual website! Who thought we'd live to see the day? Not all of the dates are filled in yet. The tour goes from May 30-June 25th. Things will be added as we know them. All shows are suggested donation $5 unless something weird happens. See below!
A fun time!
June 1—Columbus, OH
June 2—Pittsburgh, PA
June 3—Baltimore, MD
The Annex Theater
June 4—Philadelphia, PA
Calvary Church (part of Puppet Uprising)
June 5—Philadelphia, PA
Cha Cha Razzi (part of Puppet Uprising)
June 6—Washington, DC
St. Stephen's Church
6pm EARLY SHOW!
June 8—Asheville, NC
The Firestorm Café (w/ members of the Runaway Circus)
June 9—Chattanooga, TN
June 10—Athens, GA
June 11-13—Atlanta, GA
Eyedrum Gallery (w/ Twinhead Theatre, who’ll be doing their own version of “The Wonders of the World: Recite!”)
June 14—New Orleans, LA
The Mudlark Theatre
June 15—Huntsville, AL
Flying Monkey Arts Center
June 16—Knoxville, TN
June 17—Charlottesville, VA
The Bridge PAI
June 18—New York City (Brooklyn?)
The Silent Barn
June 19—Providence, RI <
June 20-- Worcester, MA
June 21—Albany, NY
Albany Free School
Landgon St. Café
June 24 – Turners Falls, MA
June 26 – Northampton, MA APE Gallery, 9 PM
March 2010: Hurray! Our giant 5-company production of Julius Caesar was a success by any standard! Sell-out crowds (we were literally double capacity closing night), great acts, lots of spontaneous collaboration, and tons of hard work all around. We can't wait until Henry V next year! Until then, check out this amazing article about the production by Wendy Rosenfield from the Philadelphia Inquirer: Read it here! And of course we'll be touring a new show in June, so if you'd like us to come toy our town, get in touch!
February/March 2010: Our third gigantic, secret, and utterly extravagant (think cupcakes, hot-toddies, and a trapeze) Philadelphia Shakespeare production is in the works and tickets are now available for purchase! Click here for all the relevant details (like how to find it) and to BUY TICKETS! The run is from March 11-15 in Philadelphia! Don't miss it!
As part of our annual summer tour, we have been invited to present a two week run of our new full length play (which is in the works) at the Ontological Theater in New York. We will be double-billing with our friend, the fantastic young light Ric Royer. This is very exciting news for us, and we will be posting more details as they arise.
On Tour in March 2009!:
The Missoula Oblongata will tour our play, The Moon, The Raccoon, The Hot Air Balloon, to colleges and living rooms. Though we can perform this show in traditional theatrical venues, it was conceived as House Theater, and is meant to be performed for small gatherings. We assemble a six by six foot stage, and transform any living room, attic, or classroom space into an intimate, fantastically lit, visually rich theater space. The show, which features the lofty escape plans of an obese raccoon and a Panamanian magician, relies heavily on image, palindromes, shadow play, movement, and music. Keep checking our myspace and facebook pages for updated tour dates.
If you yourself want to book The Moon, The Raccoon, The Hot Air Balloon please email Becky Renfrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer tour 2009 of The 50 Greatest Ladies and Gentlemen (The "What A Woman!" Tour) was a big success!:
Biggest audiences, great response, and a huge well-spring of financial support when our transmission blew out in the California desert. Hurrah!
Here are some media-related highlights:
A cover story on us in the Cascadia Weekly
And a great review in The Seattlest
Also, check out this super cool time-lapse video of us setting up in Oakland, made by Dalton Blanco.
September 2009: City Paper's annual "Best of Baltimore" issue is out and named "DIY Theatre" the "Best Trend" — citing us as one of the key players in the scene/movement. While it is a nice mention and we don't want to bite a gift horse in the mouth that feeds us, this award does come in the middle of an ongoing battle that the Baltimore DIY theatre is having with the local media to be treated like "real" theatre/art/underground performance, and not simply as a novelty or, as the City Paper put it, a trend. But maybe this is their way of trying. Who knows? Here's the write-up.
We've got our last shows of the year this month, before we all take our winter hiatuses. Check the MySpace for details. Also, we're teaching a FREE community workshop in West Philadelphia this month, as a way of saying "thanks" to the totally awesome and supportive community of artists, friends, and audience there. It's funded by the Leeway Foundation and will culminate with a free public performance by the students! Come see what people make when we stick them in a room full of junk, power tools, and Grotowski exercises for a week! This will be happening at The Rotunda at 8pm on November 18th! Everyone is welcome!
Also, we had a great time teaching a week-long workshop at Goucher College this month. Other college stops this fall have been Bennington, Purchase, UMass, Hampshire and Kenyon! Whoo! Please note: WE LOVE TEACHING AND PERFORMING AT COLLEGES! It's fun and inspiring for us, and also helps us stay afloat financially! If you attend or teach at a college and are excited about our work, please do not hesitate to make contact with us! We've got this awesome booking agent, Becky Renfrow who will do al l the dirty work while sending you warm and reassuring e-mails. What could be better?
Come see us in The Suitcase Festival. It's an international performance festival in Seattle. We're on a bill with The Nonsense Company, our top dogs. October 8,9,10.
As always, check the MySpace account for actual tour dates.
November 19 2009: Our year of working and touring has come to a close! It was a great finish with an amazing free community workshop in Philadelphia, which culminated in three very different and very inspiring performances created by the participants. Thanks to everyone who took the workshop, and also to the tons of folks who showed up for the performance! We'll all be going into hibernation/individual projects/recovery mode for the next couple of months, but will start back up with a full season of new work, tours, and side projects beginning in March. It all begins with a huge 5-company production of Julius Caesar on the actual Ides of March! Until then, stay in touch! Even though we're hibernating, our booking agent never sleeps.