Tonight is dedicated to Roxanne and the cast of Romeo and Juliet!
Roxanne- Dead End Kids Breakout
Girls In This Town- The Connection Let It Rock
Dumb it Down- Nick Piunti Trust Your Instincts
Let You Down- The Wake Ups Wanna Meet
Don't Walk Away- Warm Soda Symbolic Dream
^Girl- Beck Girl
*Girl- The CRY! The CRY!
*Girl- The Boyfriends Lost Treasures
Unlikely Places- The Posies Solid States
Spill- Nushu Nevermind Lullaby
The Sound Of The Suburbs- The Members At The Chelsea Nightclub
*Girl- Cupid's Carnival Everything Is Love
*Girl- Anouk Girl
*Girl- The Records Smashes, Crashes and Near Misses
Mistakes- The Lash Outs State of Excess
Searching for a Thrill- 391 415 Music
From Blown Speakers- The New Pornographers Electric Version
*Girl- Robots in Disguise Get RID!
*Girl- The Scientists The Scientists
*Girl- Stereophonics Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
Telephone Operator- The Leftovers Eager to Please
Clam Up- The Signals Person To Person
Something's Missing- The Chords This Is What They Want
Just Drifting- Penetration Resolution
We Make Pop Music- Art Brut Top of the Pops
Quite Some Time- Nightman Don't You Know
>Girl- T. Rex Electric Warrior
>Girl- Davy Jones Girl
>Girl- Prix Historix
When I Wake Up Tomorrow- Cheap Trick Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello
Hard Feeelings- The Early Hours Lights, Guitars, Action!
Is There Someone Out There?- Z-Cars This Is Z-Cars 7" EP
I'm in Love with a Girl- Big Star Radio City
^Power Pop Peak: #100 Billboard Hot 100 7/4/05
*SacroSet: Girl Songs
>Power Pop Prototype: 1971, 1971, 1977
This past summer was all Romeo and Juliet, nearly all the time. In case you think I'm exaggerating, this We Players production started rehearsals at the Petaluma Adobe on June 30th where we performed four shows a week from August 12 to September 25th. We then moved down to Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga October 1, rehearsed five days straight and did twelve shows over the following two weeks with strike on October 17. During the entire time I don't think we ever had more than four days in row off- which is why there was so long between episodes of ALL KINDSA GIRLS.
It was an amazing experience all around- like a summer camp for acting. Ava the director would start work on each scene by asking us several specific questions about our character and then challenge us to dig deeper. One of my three roles, Potpan a Capulet servant, came out of a series of improvs which allowed me to build the character from scratch. Unlike my other roles, Potpan doesn't have any lines, yet I felt closer to him than I did to the others. It was very rewarding and I learned a lot.
We Players produce "site specific" plays, meaning each show is set during the time of its location. For Petaluma, this meant 1840's California.
Villa Montalvo, on the other hand, was built in 1912 by a former mayor of San Francisco named James Phelan who was one of California's first elected senators.
Cowboys no more, the move to Saratoga required completely different costumes.
|Rainy Sunday Matinee|
One of the cool things about the Montalvo run is that we got to stay in the artist residences on the property. My roommate Claire and I were in The William H. Donner Foundation Studio 31. Every residence is unique, designed by a team of architects and contemporary artists. Ours was built specifically for writers, while other studios are for musicians, visual artists and dancers.
A long time ago I threw in the towel on looking cool while I sleep, opting instead for a sleep mask and earplugs. It's a good thing too because the rising sun hit that frontward facing window in Studio 31 full-on. (Over the two week's I noticed Clair's bed inching
across the floor like a reverse sun-dial as she tried to avoid the morning glare.) There are hiking paths all over the property and one of my off days I spent three hours exploring them. Lookout Point offers an amazing view of the entire valley, though the camera in my phone didn't do it justice so you'll just have to trust me on this.
It was hard on my family being away so long, especially Jaime, so I am also grateful to them for my We Players experience.
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ALL KINDSA GIRLS SHOW #154