Little Plates, Big Tapas 1

I haven’t been posting here as much recently because my time and creative energy are being diverted, USS Enterprise-style, to the creation of a play (“We need more power, brain!”  “I’m givin’ her all she’s got, capt’n!  Stop thinkin’ about spring training!”).  I’ve never done scripted theater before, so the whole process is exciting and exhausting.  We’re about to start daily rehearsal for the week and a half until the show goes up.  If I have time, I might record some thoughts here about the process and the hilarious and talented people I’m working with.

For the moment, I want to share some funny pictures created for the play.  We made postcard flyers, because we’re legit n’ stuff.  The artwork was created by the talented and charming Merrie Bentley:

artwork by Merrie Bentley

The “pig’s head ad infinitum,” Merrie informed us, is actually drawn to the 12th pig’s head.  The last few were drawn in the same way that Intel etches circuits onto atom-thin silicon wafers.  I wanted the other side of the card to show a pig’s butt, with a pig’s butt in that pig’s butt, etc.  But not everyone embraced my vision.

Second, the equally-talented and charming Pete English did a photoshoot with us.  Scott and Jack got into costume and Pete worked his gunpowder-and-indoor-umbrella magic, and silly photos like this resulted:

Tyler and Martini in the kitchen, preparing big tapas

I think the photo on the right, in particular, really gets at a certain attitude permeating our play.  Professional, sophisticated, measured.  Serious.

So yes, this is the project of the moment.  I aspire to a future post or two about this, but those darn warp engines have only so much thrust.  In the meantime, I hope you will consider snagging a ticket and checking out our show.  I’m very excited about the work we’re creating, and I’d love to share it with you.

Tickets available here.  Details of the show:

Little Plates, Big Tapas
Fri Feb 11th – Mon 14th (Sat the 12th is SOLD OUT)
The Latvian Society (531 N. 7th St, Philly)
8:00 pm
$10 online, $15 at the door
recommended for audiences


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