Now that Halloween is over we can count down to something truly scary. On Nov 7th, the Maryland Ensemble Theatre will fast forward four years into the Trump Presidency with Great Again!
A while back we wrote that our Editor-In-Chief wrote a play… A post-apocalyptic Our Town for the Trump presidency. A show titled Great Again. Here’s the latest update!
Alright folks, here’s the big update about GREAT AGAIN!
Do you want to see what the world could look like four years into a Trump presidency? Do you want to see satire that goes beyond the orange hue of Trump’s skin and a bad toupee? Well you’ve got ONE CHANCE (before the election).
On Monday Nov 7th (election eve) we’ll be hosting a staged reading of Great Again at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre at 8pm! We’ve got a hell of cast that you won’t want to miss:
Donald Trump: Jack Evans
Ben Carson: Ray Hatch
Ted Cruz: Thom Huenger
Vladimir Putin: Reiner Prochaska
Paul Manafort: Sonny Etzler
Kellyanne Conway: Laura Stark
Ivanka Trump: IO Duarte
Don’t miss your chance to see what it really means to make America great again!
A few years ago, Briana Haynie compiled a series of oral histories about the founding and development of Sea Tea Improv. Over the past year they ran the most successful kickstarter for a comedy theater ever and on August 20th they officially opened their doors to the public! We spoke to Julia Pistel, a founding member and managing director of Sea Tea Improv, in the fleeting calm that would follow opening weekend…
As a founding member of Sea Tea, how does it feel to come this far?
Amazing. It has been so intense for the last year—the founders and owners are just trying to catch our breaths and enjoy what we’ve done. It’s funny, I was going through some old emails—someone was asking us for milestones—and I don’t remember this, but some of our founders were talking about opening a theater one day. Back in 2010 that was unrealistic, so it’s really something we’ve been working slowly but very steadily towards for seven years. It’s really exciting to have those doors open and get to work.
I imagine the role of Managing Director changes from theatre to theatre depending on size and content. Describe your role as the Managing Director for those who may not know what that is.
Let me start by not answering your question and describing the Artistic Director first, and then I’ll describe the difference between the two, because that’s where it gets interesting.
The Artistic Director, as we see it, is to make sure that everything that is happening within the theater is excellent. Of course, that can mean a number of different things. It can be the best improv you’re ever going to see, it can be some really experimental stuff, it can mean including a lot of people. His job is basically to make sure what happens on the stage is reflective of the quality that we want to see and bring to Hartford and Connecticut.
My job as the Managing Director is very different. It’s to keep the doors open, keep the place running and make sure we stay alive. What my job covers right now is a really interesting question because I’m in transition. Until last week, the main focus of my job was to make sure the construction project got finished. Now that it is done, my job is managing the staff that’s working and running the theater; building community relationships and connections to help build out the audience; to keep an eye on the big picture, making sure everything under the umbrella is getting done; and making decisions about what our priorities are as a company to make sure we are fulfilling our mission.
This past weekend there was no live episode of The Last Hurrah, instead we released an in depth look into the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s newest production: The Arsonists. This special episode of The Last Hurrah features interviews with the cast and crew of The Arsonists, examining the show and the process of putting it together. Give it a listen and purchase your tickets at marylandensemble.org
Gerard Stropnicky (Director)
Tad Janes (MET Artistic Director/Biedermann)
Julie Herber (Choreographer)
Callan Holderbaum (Music Arranger/Composer)
Katie Rattigan (Anna)
Tim Seltzer (Eisenring)
The Last Hurrah returns to the MET on February 22 at 7pm
Recently on The Last Hurrah we interviewed the creative team behind Landless Theatre’s Prog Metal Sweeney Todd. In this clip Melissa and Andrew Baughman discuss the balls it took to get in touch with Stephen Sondheim.
If you’re still not sold, watch Kevin discuss the project on Fox 45 Weekends.
The Annual Live Episode #1 featured special guest Laugh Station. Their upcoming show, Laugh Station: Flux! runs this weekend (July 26th and 27th at 9pm) at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre! Check out this clip of their performance and the interview that followed, then head over to marylandensemble.org and purchase your ticket to this outrageous show!
Laugh Station: Matt Lee
Hosts: Kevin & Karli Cole
Video: Alex Richardson
Edited by: Kevin Cole
Opening Animation: David Luna & Buddy Purucker
Time Master design: Joe Colliver
Hip-hop beat: Joe Colliver and Trevor Marin