Sunday, December 30, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Snorks and Piñs Productions is seeking director submissions for the third annual By the Light of a Match short play festival to be performed in New York City on February 8th and 9th at the Authur Seelen in The Drama Bookshop.
To celebrate Valentine’s day, this year’s theme is 'Bad Love'. The Snorks and Piñs reading committee received more plays than ever before about the crazy, monstrous and irrational things people do in the name of love. We’ve picked six short plays to be featured in this year’s festival and now it’s time to play matchmaker ourselves: we want to find these plays the director of their very weird dreams.
A bit about the festival:
By the Light of a Match is a festival designed to support emerging artists and to encourage new audiences to New York’s independent theater scene. This is not your typical short play festival. Our plays will be brought together and intertwined in unique ways by the festival director. The Festival Director designs how the festival is presented to its audience and creates an ensemble atmosphere, connecting the pieces as he/she chooses. The plays are then presented to audiences who will vote on their favorite playwright, director, actor and actress. The audience’s favorites go on to host next years festival: The writer's play will be presented in the following festival, directed by the winning director and performed by the winning actor and actress. The writer will also choose the theme for that festival and the winning director will take on the role of festival director.
How to submit:
1. Directors are asked to submit their resume and a short introductory paragraph about themselves to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2, Once we’ve received your email, we will send you a link to the plays. Select 1-3 of the plays and send us a one paragraph concept (for each) about how you would approach the play,
3. The playwright and festival director will work together to select the director for their play.
The deadline for concepts will be Monday December 10th at 5pm, so please email us your resume and intro paragraph asap!
The Fine Print
Snorks and Piñs provides casting assistance to directors, rehearsal space for the group rehearsals, a brief tech rehearsal and the performance venue. The director and playwright are responsible for finding suitable rehearsal space (must be in Manhattan) and gathering props and costumes for the performance. Costs should be kept to a minimum and should be split evenly between the playwright and director.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Join us this Thursday night at 440 Studios as 3 groups of talented performers read 3 new plays!
A simple reading with minimal staging followed by a brief talkback session for each play hopes to benefit the writers with open and honest feedback as they work their new pieces of theatre through to completion.
We're bringing some new artists into the Truant family and reuniting many others who have already worked with us and each other. Join the party; it will be free and it will be fun! As always at a Truant Arts' event.
"New Lang Syne" by Duncan Pflaster
directed by Julia Goldtsein
with Mark-Eugene Garcia & Ja'ron Young
"Motherly Addiction" by Shashone Lambert
directed by Bryan Davidson Blue
with Elizabeth Bove, Bianca Christina, Jennifer Fisher, Zoey Rutherford, Suzanne Rydz, K'Sandra Sampson & Tiffany Williams
"The Beeping" by Josh Drimmer
directed by Amy Surratt
with Will Forber, Jane O'Hara, Derek Rommel, Rachael Solomon & Tamara Winters
We're set to start at 7:30 sharp so be sure to arrive a few minutes early!
440 Lafayette Street, 4th Floor, New York, New York 10003View Map · Get Directions
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Short plays preferred, but we are open to any and everything your creativity has put on paper. Send us one play or ten, but make sure they're in a PDF formatted file. We'll start going through the submissions right away and hope to have our first reading in mid-November!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Six new plays!
- $15 single seat tickets
- $10 tickets for groups of four or more (Send a list of the people in the group to TruantArts@gmail.com and show up to the theater together)
- $5 industry tickets (Email us your name and credentials -- we are looking for people in positions to offer work to our talent)
"Bonds" by Greg Moss
Directed by Greg Moss
Featuring Bianca Cristina and Brandon Ferraro
"Female Mover Wanted" by Kristen Felicetti
Directed by Helyn Rain Messenger
Featuring Jessica Appel and Zoey Rutherford
"Mise-en-Place" by Scott Cheshire
Directed by Viet Vo
Featuring Peter Guarraci and Asa Merritt
"Progress" by Caitlin Graham
Directed by Bryan Davidson Blue
Featuring Vanessa Bontea and Mary McCarthy
"Monozy Goat" by Katharine Henner
Directed by Julia Goldstein
Featuring Laura Darrell and Avra Friedman
"Sense and Sensei-bility" by Brandon Ferraro
Directed by Frank-Thomas Grogan
Featuring Shawn Ack and Andrew Reaves
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Three of the shows are in the house again Thursday.
"Bonded," written by Greg Moss and featuring Bianca Christina and Brandon Ferraro
"Female Mover Wanted," written by Kristien Felicetti, directed by Helyn Rain Messenger and featuring Zoey Rutherford and Jessica Appel
"Mise-en-Place," written by Scott Cheshire, directed by Viet Vo and featuring Peter Guarraci and Asa Merritt
... are getting a second shot at the boards at 8 p.m. Thursday night, Access Theater (380 Broadway, 4th Floor - on the corner of Broadway and White St., two blocks south of Canal St.).
Show up tonight at 8 p.m. and decide which three plays from tonight's performance will join them.
*Find out more about the talented people involved in Fast & Loose '12.
** Get more information about the festival and tickets.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Truant, a theater company specializing in working from the ground up, is too, but we are tired of sifting through resumes that are padded, monologues that are over rehearsed and headshots that don't look like real people.
What we want is to see actors, directors and writers at work, but that can be a logistical nightmare ... and costly.
What if we could see two dozen actors and a dozen or more directors and playwrights in action? We thought we could. And so we put together Fast & Loose '12.
We'd like to share the opportunity with you. For the next three nights, (Aug. 28-30 at p.m.) Truant and Access Theater are presenting new works by 13 playwrights and featuring 26 actors and 13 directors.
Get a chance to catch theater talent as it works, not as it postures -- for as little as $10. Find out more here.
Or email email@example.com and reserve your seat.
Access Theater is at 380 Broadway, 4th floor, at the corner of Broadway and White St., two blocks south of Canal Street.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
At 11 a.m. today, we converged on Access Theater and the games began. Actors, directors and playwrights took random words and started sculpting characters and stories and general weirdness for three hours.
Now the playwrights are off making their magic ... and we wait.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, the first batch of six new 10-minute plays start to crawl. By performance time at 8 p.m. Tuesday, they will be walking, running, dancing and, if today is any indication, soaring.
Then the next seven new plays will launch at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
Thursday, the strongest of the strong will get a second performance.
Who will be pushed forward to greatness on Thursday? You can help decide by coming to the shows and voting on your favorites.
Contact TruantArts@gmail.com for details.
8 p.m. Tuesday
8 p.m. Wednesday
8 p.m. Thursday
Access Theater, 380 Broadway, 4th floor (at the corner of White Street and Broadway, two blocks south of Canal Street).
Monday, August 13, 2012
Truant Arts, in partnership with Access Theater, is seeking playwrights, directors, and actors to help us command a space for four days of theater mayhem during the final week of August.
If you are a playwright who can handle the thrill of high-speed writing, we want you.
If you are a director who can realize a vision on the move, we want you.
If you are an non-union actor ready to grab a script in both hands in the morning and perform it that night, we want you.
If you think you've got what it takes, follow the links above for more information on your speciality. If you still think you want to spend quality time with us, email TruantArts@gmail.com and let us know you are in.
Please include “actor,” “director” or “writer” in the subject line.
Truant Arts' Fast and Loose Festival
At midnight Monday or Tuesday, depending on performance schedules, you will be emailed a PDF file of your play. Your team will rehearse all day, including a scheduled tech in the theatre, and perform in the evening. Audiences will vote on the top three plays each night. Those plays will move on to a Thursday night performance.
If you join the project, you will be required to attend the improvisation session on Sunday, Aug. 26, and all-day rehearsals the day of performance. You will also be required to perform on Thursday night if your play moves to the finals show, so you will need to keep that time clear just in case.
If you want to play, send an email to TruantArts@gmail.com, with "Actor" in the subject line.
Truant Arts' Fast and Loose Festival
At midnight either Monday or Tuesday, depending on performance schedules, you and your actors will be emailed a PDF file of your play. Your team will rehearse all day, including a scheduled tech in the theatre, and perform in the evening. Audiences will vote on the top three plays each night. Those plays will move on to a Thursday night performance.
If you join this project, you will be required to attend the improvisation session on Sunday, Aug. 26, and to direct your cast on the day of performance. We would love for you to attend the performance(s), but that is up to you.
If you want to play, send an email to TruantArts@gmail.com, with "Director" in the subject line.
Truant Arts' Fast and Loose Festival
From 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m on Sunday, Aug. 26, you will be grouped with a director and a few actors at Access Theater, 380 Broadway, 4th Floor (two blocks south of Canal Street). As a creative team, you will improvise on a theme. Out of this improvisation, you will go forth and write a brand new, shiny 10-minute play (average 10 pages). At 10 p.m. Monday you will email the script in PDF format to TruantArts@gmail.com. We will send that script out to your actors and director at midnight either Monday or Tuesday, depending on the night your show is scheduled to be performed.
Your team will rehearse all day and perform in the evening. Audiences will vote on the top three plays each night. Those plays will move on to a Thursday night performance.
If you join this project, you will be required attend the improvisation session on Sunday, Aug. 26, and to write a brand new 10-page play and send it to TruantArts@gmail.com by 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27. We would love for you to be involved in the rehearsal process as an observer and to attend the performance(s), but that is your choice once the script is submitted.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
If you are an actor, writer or director and you want to find out how you can join the fast and furious new play festival we are putting up Aug. 27-30, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
It is summer. We have a stage.
Let us commit acts of theater together.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Go to the fringes of the world, where the monsters are. Only when you get there will you know if you are alive or dead.It's an idea that dances in my head from time to time and this time it is taking me into the world and economy of fringe festivals.
Here are some notes from a fringe artist on surviving. And some of the artist's videos.
I'll post more information as I find it.
-- Manchild Truant
You can also follow our tumblr account. It's where we are putting links to theater-related online information.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Sol & Eileen Bilkis
Stuart & Rhoda Davidoff
Leonora & Steve Fleisher
Anne & George Power
Mark & Sheila Rosler
Grace & Peter Russo
Martin & Pat Shapiro
Judy & Patrick Walsh
Access Theater (*Jackie)
Aporia Theater (*Sarah, Liz)
Brooklyn Brewery (*Ben)
FXFowle Gallery (*Max, Steve)
Left Hip Productions
Space on White
zArt Studios (*Thomaz)
WE CAN'T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT ANY OF YOU. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR TOES (WHICH IS SO MUCH DEEPER THAN THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS)
want to see your name on this list? make a tax-deductible donation here!
Monday, June 4, 2012
The truants finished striking the set at noon today. There is a hole in our souls now. Time to take a nap and then ramp up the next projects.
Help us out with "Splinters," the working title of our next piece. What we need first is your anonymously contributed understanding of your own personal relationship style. What works? What doesn't? What do you know you do over and over again that isn't particularly useful to building real relationships?
We will take this information and eight to 10 actors with us out behind the Sip-n-Slip liquor store on Franklin Street and start creating a piece of character-driven interactive theater that comes from the lives of real people.
Walk with us on this next truant journey by following this link to "Splinters -- Pulled from Truant Love" and sharing some of your secrets.
We love you all ... in an unhealthy way.
Oh, shit! Almost forgot. If you follow us on Twitter we are starting a dialogue under #truantlove. We'd love to see you there.
Friday, June 1, 2012
The actors are happy. The writer is happy. The director is happy. The audience is thrilled.
Running until Sunday June 3rd at Access Theater, 380 Broadway, nyc
Saturday matinee (2 pm) is PAY WHAT YOU CAN. Enjoy the play and then give what you think it was worth, and what you can afford!
Contact email@example.com if you have ANY questions.
we love you.
Monday, May 28, 2012
When: 8pm Tuesday-Sunday, and a 2pm matinee on Saturday, June 2.
$13 advance tickets are available online at http://
Tickets at the door, if available at all, are $18 (cash only).
The house will open 30 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will be admitted at the discretion of the house manager. The run time is 90 minutes.
Please direct any questions or requests for industry tickets and STARVING ARTIST DISCOUNTS to TruantArts@gmail.com. Handicap access is also available. Let us know your needs at the same email address.
written by Bob Teague
directed by Jamie Rosler
with Nick DeMarco (Earl), Marjorie Swartz (Janice), Gabi Van Horn (Kerry), and Ryan P.A. Walsh (Michael)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
"I've been a drummer for 22 years, a reborn painter for the past year, and I design graphics during the day to support these passions. Having always lived in NYC has really helped me hone my ability to throw down some sarcastic and witty banter. Always on the lookout for new music to broaden my rhythmic horizons, while keeping an eye out for outdoor adventures."
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
"Here are the basics: I grew up in Rochester, NY. I'm doing the whole starving artist thing, but I still find ways to have a good time! I have been in the city for almost a year now and am still constantly suprised and entertained by it. I am very casual/relaxed person. I can often be found going to play readings or singing some karaoke with some friends. I am a TV show-aholic and will try any show once. I am looking forward to partying down at this auction!"
Monday, April 16, 2012
Matt is originally from Indiana. He can play Scrabble blindfolded and possesses a Jimmy Stewart manner. If he had to pick three adjectives to describe himself they would be well-spoken, well-endowed, and well-butrin. No, make that sleepy, grumpy, and postdoc. Better yet, messy, manic, and messianic. Scratch all of the above. Let's go with supercallifragilisticexpletivedeleted, even though it's only one adjective, has no meaning, and has been censored.
this is Ruth, Matt's late cat. "the most affectionate, trusting animal [he has] encountered."
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Things Krista is proud of: her dvd collection, her tea collection, the fact that she's lived in the same place for 12 years and runs the block party (though that last one might mean she's just a teeny bit crazy). Krista is the Program and Marketing Coordinator for the Creative Arts Team, an educational theatre company, which is good, because she went to school for an obscure degree called Educational Theatre. She does a lot of photography on the side, particularly headshots and live bands around NYC. She eats meat, likes food in general, likes motorcycles, animals, the outdoors, and has hair that, when let free, tends to get stuck in train doors.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
a pretty basic cool girl. I run my own dogwalking business, love to bike Brownstone Brooklyn and when not doing those and a few other things, can usually be found watching too much television. I'm no couch potato though, wanna do something?"
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
sunday april 22nd at 862 myrtle ave., 12:30pm, Truant Arts is having a party. it's all about the sunday buzz (be that buzz from drinking, dancing, art, or the date auction)! it's free to get in, but spaces are limited so you need to reserve a spot at TruantArts@gmail.com. we look forward to getting your email!
Monday, April 9, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
what are your relationships usually like?
Why are we asking?
We are building a piece of improvisational interactive theater (working title: Splinters) that will wrap your input into an ongoing exploration of 21st century relationships.
So tell us your defaults, your dark places, and your joys. Then, read other comments. Then, share the link with the people you know so they can join the conversation. Every step of the way, you will be part of the creation.
To make your comment anonymous, use the drop-down "Comment as:" menu below and click "Anonymous."
Thanks for sharing,
Jamie and Bob
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Ok, that's not entirely true.
Some of the people involved in Truant Arts are fresh, cool and young (Hi, Jamie! You know she is these things because she uses <3 and =-) and other fresh, cool, young things. The best I can do is use multiple !!!!!!s. Sad, really).
Still, all of us are vibrant. (For example, I was up at 5 a.m. this morning. Pretty vibrant, huh? And, you should see Jamie's smile. Pretty vibrant, too.)
We are struggling now to be technically savvy. We have a mailing list - as of last night. You can sign up for it here.
We have a Facebook page - as of this morning. You can like it here.
We are gonna do a Twittery thing, but you can't sign up for it here. Not as of yet anyway. But soon.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
coming to Access Theater, opening on May 30th, Truant Arts is proud to present Four Square.
the tag line is still in the works, but we have to have something to ponder and later share with you.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
But it isn't. We've just taken Access Theater's Gallery space for six performances of "Discomfort" for the week of May 29-June 4. We'll be sure to let you know what's happening as things develop, so stay tuned.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
"...Will he love me as I desire to be loved? I don't look for perfect bliss, but the whole soul of my Husband devoted to love me. ...I would be foolish to expect perfect happiness, but my heart will demand perfect Love."
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Travel stipend. Performance stipend. Non-equity.
Earl is a charming asshole. He is sexy, masculine, highly intelligent, and a bit of a tease. He loves word play and is a sort of big city vagabond. He fancies himself a philosopher, a guru, and one who imparts wisdom regarding the human condition. He likes to manipulate people and situations for his own entertainment and personal gain. Other people can't help but like him, despite their better judgment.
Auditions by appointment only: Saturday, February 25th from 10am to noon. Prepare a two minute monologue.
To submit, send a headshot, resume, and brief introduction to TruantArts@gmail.com
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Project Question: When two or more are gathered together, what have we got?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
|foreground: Gabi Van Horn (Kerry) & Ryan P.A. Walsh (Michael). background: Bobby Brower (Earl)|
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
I have my marching orders, or at least a general idea which way to start wandering on the project I've codenamed "Truant One" for lack of a better title than "Discomfort." Thanks again to everyone for the input.
My goal is to be ready to bring the actors back together in the middle of February. That's exciting for me because I already miss them. I miss you too, so I'm motivated to get something built for you to take another look at just as quickly as possible.
If you are stumbling upon this blog and have no idea what I'm talking about, send us an email and we'll explain it (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are always looking for new suckers ... er, audience members ... to join us in the creative process. In short, we are looking for you.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
It is a strange thing to watch other people work as hard as Jamie, Bobby, Marjorie, Gabi and Ryan did for me. It is humbling, really. Thanks again, gang. I can't wait to continue on the path.
So, what's next?
Jamie and I will meet in the next 48 hours to sort through the acres of feedback I was lucky enough to get from this process. Obviously, we can't use every suggestion and it will be come a balancing act between what we have and what we what to see. I'll end up disappearing into the keyboard for several weeks and then bring the resulting dead frog back to Jamie for some moral support and resuscitation. When she thinks we're ready, we'll bring the actors in to read the revised work and give us feedback.
It is our goal to have something ready for an actual performance (with sets, lights, sound, costume changes and a stage) by mid-Spring. We'll keep you posted here, so come back.
Friday, January 20, 2012
The audience (Yeah, audience!) was amazingly helpful. Your feedback and general thoughts of the lives of these characters are already starting to work magic. A new version of "Discomfort" was being built on the train back to Brooklyn.
Max, Steve and the rest of the crew at FXFowle, our hosts for the evening, could not possibly hold a warmer spot in my heart right now. They were kind enough to disrupt their lives, move their furniture all over the place, loan us coffee mugs, provide us with audience AND fed the masses. Above and beyond the call, fellas. Thank you.
I'm really looking forward to tonight's performance.