Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Endings and Beginnings

June 1st seems like forever ago, even though it wasn’t. That was the day we started rehearsals for A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT. April 18th, seems an age ago too. That was the day we held auditions at a high school on Fairfax, and first started getting to know our amazing ensemble of actors and artists. April 8th, too: that was when we learned the California Secretary of State had approved our Articles of Incorporation, making Psittacus Productions an official company. This is our long way of saying that it’s hard to believe we started Psittacus Productions in February of this year. Things have moved so fast, it’s been hard to keep track of everything that’s occurred, let alone update this blog (we promise we’ll be better).

We’ve just wrapped up our second extension, a special engagement coinciding with Friday the 13th. We were playing with fire, perhaps, scheduling the show on such an ominous evening, not to mention the amount of times we crawled under ladders to hang and tie-up our scrim that weekend, and let’s not even mention the amount of times Macbeth’s name was uttered in the theater.

Anyway, we couldn’t be more pleased with how things occurred this summer. Our run at the Hollywood Fringe Festival was our quiet arrival onto the Los Angeles theater scene, and it got enough interest for us to feel justified to extend at the Son of Semele Ensemble in July. That run, of course, gained us great reviews in a number of noteworthy publications, including LA WEEKLY and BACKSTAGE WEST, plus we were mentioned as a company-to-watch in the LA TIMES. It also brought us some great audiences, enough to bring the show back again in August, and in essence, run all summer long.

We’re not going away, though perhaps we might go quiet for a bit. We’re going to be putting our heads together about the future, developing a few new projects, and investigate what kind of life A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT may have in the coming months and years.

You haven’t heard the last of Psittacus Productions! Stay tuned to this space!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

"A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT" -- Back for one last special engagement!

Back by popular demand! Following a sell-out closing weekend, A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT is coming back one last time (for now).

If you missed A TALE TOLD BY AN IDIOT at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, or during it's first run at Son of Semele, now is your chance to see the show Steven Leigh Morris at LA WEEKLY called "Mesmerizing -- Go!" and Jennie Webb of BACKSTAGE WEST called "Completely Gripping! Critic's Pick!"

Bring a friend! Bring a date! Either way, there isn't bound to be a more terrifying live theatrical event this Friday the 13th!

Special thanks to Matt Swan for the art inspired by the show!