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Things to Look Out For at the Fringe!

The 2013 Prague Fringe is almost here and, while you should definitely go and check out their program at http://www.praguefringe.com/en/, there are two shows at the fringe this year that I wanted to point out:

False Friends (plays 24.5 – 28.5 from 21:00 – 22:00 at Divadlo Kampa) is a new comedy from the writer of last year’s sell-out show Déjà Vu.  A young Australian moves to Prague to be with his girlfriend and is soon harassed by an alcoholic grouch, a hypochondriac divorcee, and a delirious young woman. All three are dead, and the Australian is the man to help them find the light. If only he could understand a word of Czech. Sinister, surreal and side-splitting…

The writer, Stuart Mentha, is someone who has been a part of the Prague Playhouse for a long time. The other people involved, Veronika Bellova, Peter Hosking, Maria Majkusová to name a few, have all worked on Playhouse shows and are good friends of the company. We highly recommend this show!

The Duchess of Malfi (29.5 – 1.6 at 19:30 at A Studio Rubin) from the Prague Shakespeare Company. All the Duchess of Malfi really wants is to make tons of babies with her secret boyfriend. But when her jealous and manipulative family members discover her affair, they set out to ruin her with the help of the vile hunchback Bifidus. It’s a shocking series of murders, double crosses, double murders, triple crosses, madness, spontaneous lycanthropy, and indescribable tortures, culminating in the greatest bloodbath ever performed on stage.

This Prague Shakespeare Company production is filled to the brim with friends of the Prague Playhouse. They are a great group of local actors and the show looks like a sure-fire hit!

May 23rd, 2013

Tickets Are Now On Sale For The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie PosterThe Prague Playhouse production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie opens May 2, 2013 at 19:30! Tickets are now on sale  by visiting our online boxoffice.

From the director of last year’s Sweeney Todd, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most well known plays of the iconic paragons of American Theater, Tennessee Williams. It is his most auto-biographical play, dealing with the time when he was breaking out of the roles that were “expected” of him and going out on his own. This decision, however, was fraught with trauma and guit about leaving his family, who depended on him. The entire play brings into relief the decisions which we all make between staying in a role in the family which we are brought up, and who we really are.

We have taken a unique look at the play, actually forming two casts: an American cast, all of whom are American or speak with an American accent with perfect fluency and a Czech cast who, while speaking in English, bring their own unique perspective and cultural knowledge to the process. The American cast is lead by Julie Josephson in the role of Amanda, the protective and demanding mother who only wants the best for her children. Mrs. Josephson comes to our stage directly from America where she has played both on stage and screen. Brian Caspe plays the role of Tom, the rebellious son who must choose between living a lie and striking out on his own. Mr. Caspe is familiar to Prague Playhouse audience members as playing the title roles in both Sweeney Todd and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also the founder of the company. India Choquette plays Laura, the sickly and shy sister who is really the focal point of the play. Ms. Choquette is currently an acting student at the Prague Film School and will return to New York to work as an actor there. And the Gentleman Caller is played by Ronald Prokeš, who was a student at the English College of Prague and has acted in many English-language productions including Marat/Sade.

The Czech cast is made up of Dagmar Spain, a Czech-German actor and dancer who choreographed of A Broad’s Way’s production of Dokola. Lukaš Vydržál plays Tom. Laura is played by Alena Doláková, who also performs at Divadlo V Celetné. Adam Vacula plays the Gentleman Caller.

The Glass Menagerie will play at Divadlo Na pradle, Besedni 3 in Prague 1 (near Ujezd) May 2, 3 * , 4, 15 *, 16 & 17 at 19:30 as well as a matinee on May 4 at 14:00. * The Czech cast will play on the 3rd and 15th.

Tickets are 250 Kc for general admission and 220 Kc for students (up to 26) and seniors (65 and over).

 

1 comment April 17th, 2013

2012 Director Search!

We at the Prague Playhouse are always looking for new people to work with. And now we are looking for directors for our upcoming season of shows. If you are interested in being considered for a director position, please send your resume to brian@pragueplayhouse.com. If you are interested in helping out with the shows in other ways, we also welcome your email!

Our 2012-2013 season:
A Christmas Carol (adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel, auditions mid October, Performances Dec 5 – 20)
* TBD Comedy (Auditions mid-January, performances mid Martch)
* The Glass Menagerie (by Tennessee Williams, performances mid May)

* subject to change.

Thanks,

The Prague Playhouse

August 30th, 2012

Sweeney Todd! Sneak Preview May 30!

The entire Prague Playhouse team is ecstatic to announce our upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s SWEENEY TODD, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The production, which opens June 28, 2012 and runs until July 29, 2012, is our most ambitions project yet. It will feature a live 10 piece orchestra and 20 actor/singers performing one of the most challenging and beautiful musicals ever written.

Over half the cast are Czechs from the professional musical theater. Steve Josephson, a veteran musical theater director, choreographer and performer has come from California to stage the show. This is a multi-cultural production in the true sense of the word.

And we want you to join us for a SNEAK PREVIEW at Belushi’s Bar (Odboru 4, Prague 1) on May 30th from 18:00-21:00. For just 100 Kc we will buy you a drink while you can listen to songs from the show performed by our company (including the orchestra). We will also have some wonderful prizes for you to bid on in a silent auction (see our list of sponsors below!).

If you’re excited to hear the music performed by our outstanding company, if you might be out of Prague during the summer and miss the performances, if you want to be among the first to experience a part of this show, then come out to see us! This Sneak Peak is one night only!

2 comments May 16th, 2012

Sweeney Todd Teaser!

I’m playing around with possible imagery for Sweeney. What do you think?

 

March 4th, 2012

Nancy Bishop 1-day Masterclass: March 10, 2012

Nancy Bishop will be offering a 1-day intensive master class for continuing students on March 10, 2012. The students attending the workshop will work in-depth on 2 scenes: 1 which will be provided in advance and 1 which will be given as a “cold reading”. This class is perfect for students who have worked with Nancy in the past and would like to get more practice and feedback on their work with text.

If you are interested in signing up for the workshop, please send an email to brian@pragueplayhouse.com. While priority will be given to students who have worked with Nancy already, new students may submit a photo and resume if they wish to be considered for the workshoop.

The workshop will be March 10, 2012 from 10:30 – 16:30. The cost is 2.000 Kc which is due by March 1, 2012. The class will be limited in size and places will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, so please don’t wait to book your place.

If you have questions about the organization or payment of the workshop, please contact me at brian@pragueplayhouse.com.

1 comment February 8th, 2012

Acting Studio Summer Workshops

The Prague Playhouse Acting Studio will be offering three workshops this summer:

  • Unlocking Shakespeare with Guy Roberts. This workshop will delve into Shakespeares text and give you a solid basis for starting to work on the text as an actor. This workshop will expand on the weekend Guy spent in October by allowing for time to put the work on the text into practice by getting students up and working on several speeches. Guy Roberts is the artistic director of the Prague Shakespeare Festival and has acted in and directed many Shakespeare plays. He has taught this workshop around the United States including at Princeton University. The workshop will be June 3, 4 and 5th (Friday 18:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 – 14:00). The workshop costs 3.000 Kc.
  • On Camera Workshop with Nancy Bishop. Nancy Bishop, Prague’s premiere casting director for Hollywood films with more than 40 movies under her belt, is bringing her On Camera Workshop back to Prague with a special price for locals. Her workshop will cover how to interact with the camera, how to make choices that work on camera, how to take direction and much more. This two day workshop runs July 18 and 19 and costs 4.000 Kc.
  • Intensive Summer Acting with Brian Caspe. This two week workshop will cover acting fundamentals and give beginning actors a foundation in the craft of acting. As an intensive course, the Summer Acting Intensive will allow students the opportunity to really focus on the acting: listening, forming a connection to their partner, being able to be open to what’s going on around them. This approach to acting is extremely well suited to working on camera as it removes any sense that the actor is “acting” but rather “being”. The course will run from July 20 – 31 from 10:00 – 17:00 (including a 1 hour break). The course costs 6.450 Kc.

To sign up for the courses, please contact Brian at brian@pragueplayhouse.com

1 comment May 31st, 2011

Charlie Brown: Still space!

There are still some seats left for the last weekend of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”. We have some reservations available on the Saturday 14:00 performance and there are usually 5-10 tickets returned from reservations that don’t show up, so even if you haven’t booked a ticket, you should come to the theater for returns!!

Get on our mailing list for news ahead of time about upcoming productions: we should be producing a show in the Fall and we don’t want you to miss out!

May 19th, 2011

Baby Born During Charlie Brown!

Benjamin Rappaport

We at the Prague Playhouse are proud to have been the (almost) venue for a little baby Benjamin Rappaport’s first experience of the theater. His parents were enjoying the opening night of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” but had to leave in the middle to give birth! Quite an experience. We are happy to offer the Rappaport’s a pair of free tickets to our next production in the Fall.

May 19th, 2011

Video art project looking for actors

Michael Gimenez, a visual artist whose work is based on confrontation and research around representation formats and their boundaries, is working on a project which will have a group exhibition in the City Gallery of Montpellier, in France, opening on May 27. The main concept of this project is to confront two different kinds of formats: on-line writing and cinema vocabulary.  He will make use of a serial of comments collected from an USA Today webpage article as an original dialog text. He considers writing a comment or chating on-line as an original way of expression, between live conversation and writing. Interested? Click the “more” link to see more about the project or just contact Michael directly at gimenez.michael@gmail.com

He won’t change any single word from what people wrote about the article, even spelling mistakes, which might be heard once in actor’s mouth. This text will be played and filmed in a standard classic way. In an ideal situation, each commenter would be a different character/actor. As this kind of comments looks like a debate, all available on the same web page, the whole film will take place in one single room, all the characters will be gathered inside.  The acting itself won’t be too important in term of time of preparation and rehearsal, since each actor will have a small amount of text to say.

Some actors will probably play two or three different commenters/characters. Each actor will be kindly welcome to participate to character development according to what inspiration comes from comments.

He will organize a meeting to talk about the whole process as soon as he has a group of actors together.  There is no budget for the actors, but the video will be shown around Europe. The shooting will be held on middle of May.

1 comment April 29th, 2011

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