Sometimes, I forget what preview shoots are like. Basically, I have 10-15 minutes with an actor/actors, sometimes a director, sometimes a stage manager, almost always a costume designer, and always the marketing manager, who knows what he’s looking for. The photos may or may not end up looking like the actual show – but that’s ok. What we’re going for in these previews is a feeling. Something that captures the essence of what the show is about.
I was originally worried that this shoot would end up looking a little too much like Not Enough Air - there’s a woman and a typewriter at a table. But my fears were soon abated when our actress arrived. And even more relieving was the moment she started spouting lines.
Central Square Theater is wrapping up From Orchids to Octopi this weekend (they even added a show on Sunday night – check it out, I think there are still tickets left!), and we’re looking ahead for the next show: The Lady With All The Answers.
Everyone has that person they go to for advice – and for fifty years, many of us turned to the one, the only, Ann Landers.
The Lady With All The Answers starts May 13 (it’s MAY already?!), and runs through the end of June. In this one-woman show about the delicacies of giving delicate advice, Ann Landers is played by one Ms. Stephanie Clayman, whom, if you’re a theater lover in Boston, you’ve probably seen around town.
Well, not really, but I’ve been working with Arizona State University’s Antislavery Literature Project to get them an image from the blockbuster hit at Central Square Theater, Harriet Jacobs. They’ll be translating the work into Chinese, and needed a poster-worthy image for their efforts. I just got the proof of the poster for my archives, and lemme tell you, it’s pretty much awesome.
Reviews have come out for From Orchids to Octopi like crazy, and I’ve been trying to hard to keep up. Everyone LOVES the photo of Wes and the monkey in the mural. Who knew? Today, we have the Boston Globe and the Boston Phoenix – read on:
“Lopez has given us a faithful portrait of a Charles Darwin who, like her fictional muralist, is at once deeply devoted to his children and struggling to balance his home life with his work. How refreshing to see a man, as well as a woman, talking about these issues onstage.”
“Moreover, the performances by the actors in their primary roles are natural enough, with Wesley Savick a gently dyspeptic Darwin and Kortney Adams’s Emma as bemused by what shows up in her cranium as she is by the crisply eccentric obstetrician played by URT artistic director Debra Wise.”
From Orchids to Octopi runs through May 2, and shows keep selling out – one recommendation: Weeknights are always good nights to see theater, for those who don’t want to chance it on a sold-out weekend. And remember – FOTO will get you 1/2 price tickets to any show!