1. Publicity photos for WE’VE DONE IT AGAIN: A MIXTAPE

    A Game by Cody Lucas

    Connected: created and performed by Kaitlin Grassman, Robert Linder, Lauren Moore, Tashina Richardson, and Paul Vaughn

    Isn’t it Fabulous by David Beckman

    Jon Goes to Mars by Jeff Hernandez

    Lizard Boy Eats a Dorito by Brad McEntire

    Role Reversal by Kelsey Johnson

    Trying to Tell You by Tashina Richardson

    Tyler’s Mom by Ben Schroth

    White Russian by Matt Parent

    All the details/important info can be found on our Facebook event.

     

  2. Actors in “Connected,” a movement piece in Sundown Collaborative Theatre’s Short Works Festival, rehearse a movement-based limitation based on the poem “The seventh sense” by Mikayla Faye (found here).

    For this limitation, the actors were told to create a movement loop based on this poem, but try to maintain the loop while keeping their focus on their mobile phones — the idea that we keep ourselves from connecting with one another when we’re focused completely on technology.

    the seventh sense

    I can :
    hear you
    see you
    smell you
    taste you
    feel you.

    oh, but you think that’s all?
    for I can sense you as well.
    people claim they have a sixth sense;
    what a shame for I have seven.
    It’s not paranormal, nor is it normal.
    It’s borderline crazy, which makes it amazing.

    Not only can I
    hear you
    see you
    smell you
    taste you
    feel you
    but I know your every move, I control you.

    I know you better than you know yourself.
    For I am you.
    I am your mind, body, and soul.
    I live deep inside your bones.
    I am you and You are me.

    Come join me my love, as we share a secret we like to call
    our seventh sense.

     
     

  3. This lizard loves ice cream.

    You know what else lizards love? Doritos. 

    How do I know this? Well, bradmcentire told me.  But you can also come to our Short Works Festival to see for yourself. Aug. 11th through 13th at Margo Jones in Dallas and Aug. 16th and 17th at Greenspace Arts Collective in Denton.

    Oh we also have (The Winter’s Tale) auditions tomorrow night! Also at Greenspace. 

    But seriously, this lizard…

     

  4. jalex-pierced-veil:

    mirahxox:

    mellowmodesty:

    wow this is fucking historic as fuck i can’t believe im seeing this

    fucking love

    "Okay, we’ve been serious for 10 seconds guys"

    Welcome to Sundown trying to take photos.

    (Source: drugslahmacunrocknroll, via mandytakesatumbl)

     

  5. Auditions for (The Winter’s Tale) - July 25th, 2014, 7:30-10:30pm

    Were you unable to make the auditions for our Short Works Festival and (The Winter’s Tale)? GOOD NEWS. WE’RE HAVING MORE AUDITIONS!

    Facebook event is here.

    Green Space Arts Collective
    529 Malone
    Denton, TX 76201

    Auditions will consist of:
    -MOVEMENT: General (non-dance) movement. (REQUIRED; wear movement-friendly clothes)
    -COLD READINGS: You may be asked to read a duet scene or monologue. (REQUIRED)

    7:30-8:00pm: general movement audition
    8:00-10:30pm: cold readings*

    *There will be a short one-on-one interview with each individual*

    You must attend both the general movement portion AND the cold readings portion in order to be considered for (The Winter’s Tale).

    SHOW INFORMATION:

    (The Winter’s Tale)
    Written by William Shakespeare
    Music by Sigur Rós
    Adapted and Directed by Tashina Richardson
    October 2014

    King Leontes destroys his family, friendships, and kingdom with false accusations of infidelity between his wife and best friend. Throughout a sixteen year span, we see the consequences of his destruction in two lands and over two generations. Adapted to combine the words of Shakespeare and the music of Sigur Rós, (The Winter’s Tale) explores what actions must be taken for order to be restored to the lives of Leontes and his ilk.

    PLEASE NOTE: This production will ask its actors to fully participate in the creation of the show. We’re looking for dedicated and passionate artists who are willing to commit to a long process that will ask a lot of each person.

    There is no casting breakdown, as it is dependent on the amount of people at auditions who show their interest, passion, and dedication to taking on this kind of product. Hermione has already been cast: all other roles are open and nearly all will be double cast.

    Email info@sundowntheatre.org with any questions/comments. For more information about the company, visit www.sundowntheatre.org

     

  6. AUDITIONS THIS WEEK!

    Auditions for our Short Works Festival and (The Winter’s Tale) are this Thursday night, July 10th!  Here’s a link to our Facebook event with more information.

    You don’t even have to prepare anything! Just show up and show us how awesome you are, and we’ll tell you what to do next. 

    Green Space Arts Collective
    529 Malone
    Denton, TX 76201

    Auditions will consist of:
    -MOVEMENT: General (non-dance) movement, and possibly a choreography section. (REQUIRED; wear movement-friendly clothes)
    -COLD READINGS: You may be asked to read a short poem, duet scene, or monologue. (REQUIRED)

    7:30-8:30pm: general movement audition
    8:30-10:30pm: cold readings*

    *There will be a short one-on-one interview with each individual*

    You do not have to auditions for both events. You must attend the general movement hour in order to be considered for (The Winter’s Tale) and our movement-based short works, and the cold readings/interview are required for both productions.

     

  7. ANNOUNCING OUR SEVENTH SEASON!

    We’ve Done It Again: A Mixtape

    Sundown’s 3rd Annual(ish) Short Works Festival

    August 11-17, 2014

    Sundown presents a hodge-podge of performative art. Plays, one-person shows, movement, and much more! Denton performances are TBA, Dallas performances are at Margo Jones Theatre August 11-13.

     

    (The Winter’s Tale)

    Written by William Shakespeare

    Music by Sigur Rós

    Adapted and Directed by Tashina Richardson

    October 2014

    King Leontes destroys his family, friendships, and kingdom with false accusations of infidelity between his wife and best friend. Throughout a sixteen year span, we see the consequences of his destruction in two lands and over two generations. Adapted to combine the words of Shakespeare and the music of Sigur Rós, The Winter’s Tale explores what actions must be taken for order to be restored to the lives of Leontes and his ilk.

     

    Said and Done

    Written by Kasey Tackett

    December 2014

    It is The End of All Things. Every thought, emotion, or idea we were ever aware of or would have ever discovered have all met their end. All that is left are the personifications of the ideals that once held our universe together. Life and his brother Death, Faith and her sister Science, Father Time and Mother Nature, all have banded together into an unlikely family inside the last existing atom in an attempt to understand their place in The End of All Things.

     

    LOVE \’ləv\ 

    An Original Sundown Creation

    Directed by Collin Miller

    February 2015

    Sundown will follow up Valentine’s Day with a devised piece based on the concept of love and the many ways it is defined. During each scene, performers will pick slips of paper from a jar. The words written on the paper will form the basis of improvised vignettes on the subject of love and actors will use dialogue, movement and improvisation to explore and demonstrate the words that can define and impact romantic relationships.

     

    Far Away

    Written by Caryl Churchill

    Directed by Tashina Richardson

    May 2015

    A girl named Joan witnesses a horrific incident involving her uncle as a child, which she is told to ignore for the good of “the cause.” As she grows older, this act proves to be part of a literal world war, with all elements of nature taking sides. Filled with haunting images and dialogue, Far Away explores how one action can represent an escalation into global catastrophe.

     

  8. "Hey, Sundown, what are these strange but also good* images?"

    We’re so glad you asked!

    Our SHORT WORKS FESTIVAL is coming up soon, and the deadline for submissions is THIS Sunday!  Check out our Facebook event for details on submissions!  We like crazy, weird, fun, different stuff, so pitch us your ideas for any performative art!

    "Okay, so that’s the deal with the tape, what about those weird pictures?"

    Those are teaser images from our Season Seven teaser posters!

    "Teasers for teasers?"

    Just go with it.  We’ll be unveiling these very cool posters on Saturday night at our #SundownSeason7 launch party (along with a cornhole tournament, Cards Against Humanity, raffles, prizes, a food truck, and a special “Tequila Sundown” drink) so come hang out with us!

    *can you name that reference?

     

  9. It’s been quiet here on the Sundown Tumblr, but it’s because we’ve been SUPER busy planning two really cool events that are happening SOON:

    Cool Thing #1 - Our Season 7 Launch Party is happening on June 28th at Mulberry Street Cantina in Denton! Check out the Facebook event, and RSVP “YES” and come hang out with us! Admission is FREE, and we’ll be selling raffle tickets for only $1. Prizes include gift certificates to local Denton establishments, plus a grand prize of a FREE SEASON PASS to all of our shows! Plus, sign up for our bean bags tournament and you could win a free Sundown t-shirt.

    Tweet/post/Instagram with hashtag #SundownSeason7 before the party for the chance to win a prize!

    Cool Thing #2 - We’ve Done It Again: A Mixtape. Sundown’s 3rd Annual(ish) Short Works Festival. 

    OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

    ** you do not need to live in the DFW area to submit **

    JUNE 29
    ENTRIES DUE BY 12PM
    SUBMIT TO info@sundowntheatre.org

    We’re looking for a hodge-podge of performative art. Anything goes - as long as you don’t break any laws! Some examples of what you could submit: plays, one-person shows, stand up, devised pieces, movement/dance pieces, improv, sketches, poetry… if you can think of it, we’ll accept it!


    - Send us an electronic copy of your script and/or idea that’s 5-20 minutes long - we only ask that you send us SOMETHING. If you feel that a discussion is necessary to explain your idea, contact us and we can set up an in-person or Skype meeting to talk. But there is no NEED for an oral presentation; we will consider all submissions.
    - Material cannot already be copyrighted.
    - Put all contact information (name, email, phone) with submission.

    We believe strongly in choosing pieces that reflect our mission statement, so please read over it and feel free to explore our website (http://www.sundowntheatre.org/) or talk to our members for more information about our company. However, we encourage scripts/productions of all kinds, so be creative!

    TENTATIVE PRODUCTION DATES (subject to change):
    Dallas (Margo Jones Theatre): August 11-13
    Denton (location TBA): August 14-17

    If you have any questions, email info@sundowntheatre.org or call 940-220-9302 for more information.

    It’s gonna be a crazy and awesome weekend of Sundown stuff, so join us!

     


  10. bradmcentire:

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    [Wilson Barrett]

    For the past few years I have experimented with what a small theatre company of today could look like if you unteathered it from the ties of -what’s-been-done-before and the even more dangerous this-is-the-way-it-is-done.

    I have recently become interested in what an individual theatre artist of today could be, also unteathered from the usual heirachies and ways of doing things. In order to look forward, I always begin by looking backwards first.

    Lately I have been researching old-timey actor-managers. I’m looking at how these distinctive entrepreneur/artists of yesteryear can perhaps shine light on today’s theatre artists. Reading a book about the almost-lost-to-history actor-mananger Wilson Barrett I came across this passage:

    The era from 1870-1900 witnessed the complete transformation of the European stage from its neoclassical heritage into what can now be recognized as modernism. As an actor-manager, Wilson Barrett was among those most responsible for this remarkable theatrical revival, for, as E. J. West has pointed out, it was mainly the collective managerial skill of the actor-managers and not (as is commonly supposed) the quality of native drama, acting, or business improvements that provided the motive force behind the theatre of the period. Moreover, Barrett was perhaps the most perfect paradigm of the complete actor-manager, combining as no other could, all the skills of actor, director, producer, critic, author, and thinker and using this combination as a tool for progress in theatrical reform.

    If ever there were a definition of what we need nowadays in the theatre, there it is, glancing at us from the past…

    The book is The Art of the Actor-Manager: Wilson Barrett and the Victorian Theatre by James Thomas (1984).