10/17 – 11/1 | ‘The Baltimore Waltz’ @ Bartell Theatre

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In art, as in life, some things need no translation.” –The Baltimore Waltz – Carl – Scene XII

10/17 – 11/1  | The Baltimore Waltz

by Paula Vogel

@ The Bartell Theatre

a Strollers Theatre, ltd production

score and live music by BC GRIMM

(Madison, WI) Strollers Theatre is proud to present The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel, co-directed by John Cooper & Scott Albert Bennett. The show runs October 17th through November 1st at The Bartell Theatre’s Evjue Stage in Madison. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission; $15 for seniors, students and Strollers members. Group rates of $15 per person for groups of 10 or more are also available. Call the box office at 608-661-9696, Tuesday thru Friday 2 PM – 6 PM.

In this comedic satire by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, we follow Anna and her brother Carl on a European expedition. They strike out in search of adventure, hedonistic pleasure and the cure for her terminal illness, the fictitious ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease (the playwright’s metaphor for HIV).

A fantastical odyssey of the mind, with humor and heart, which suspends the apocalyptic catastrophe of losing a family member — a journey that celebrates life, art, sexuality, and the love of family. Paula Vogel won the Obie Award for this play.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.BartellTheatre.org.

SHOW TIMES

  • Friday, October 17……………….8:00PM
  • Saturday, October 18……………8:00PM
  • Sunday, October 19……………..2:00PM *Talk back
  • Wednesday, October 22……….7:30PM
  • Thursday, October 23…………..7:30PM *Talk back 
  • Friday, October 24……………….8:00PM
  • Saturday, October 25……………8:00PM
  • Thursday, October 30…………..7:30PM *Talk back 
  • Friday, October 31……………….8:00PM
  • Saturday, November 1………….2:00PM

* Shows with Talk back | requesting a separate $30 donation to an AIDS-related benefactor of your choice. $30 is suggested in keeping with the 30 years since the first HIV case was diagnosed.

CAST  |  Erin Baal – Anna, John Jajewski – Carl, Sean Langenecker – Third Man

DESIGN TEAM  |  BC Grimm – Composer/Sound Design; Designers: Paige Hathaway – Scenic; Phil Koenig – Lighting; Lucas Sevedge – Projections; Christina Giannini – Costumes; GW Rodriguez – Sound Design Consultant; Matt Hill – Assistant Stage Manager; Andrea Kleiner – Stage Manager; Joel Stone – Master Carpenter; Miranda Hawk – Producer

For videos, photos and more visit the Strollers Theatre, Ltd web site

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 [ all photos © J Miner Photography | Courtesy of Strollers Theatre, ltd. ]

 [ all photos © J Miner Photography | Courtesy of Strollers Theatre, ltd. ]


In Honor:

Strollers honors the past 30 years of the fight to find a cure for HIV/AIDS. On April 23, 1984 the first diagnosis of the AIDS virus was announced. After three decades, this production will serve as a reflection of public perception and progress society has made in this time.  Strollers Theatre has established opportunities for donations to local HIV/AIDS programs and clinics at all performances. Talk backs after certain shows are requesting a donation amount that reflects this 30-year mark. This play was inspired by the tragic passing of Paula Vogel’s brother who had succumbed to the AIDS virus and we honor his spirit.

For any additional information, contact Phil Klein, Strollers Theatre Publicist for this show at philjoannee@charter.net or call 608-445-0579. 


This Is Not Shakespeare’s MACBETH |Closing Weekend |Behind the Scenes (vid)

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It’s closing weekend, get your tickets!

NoExit Performance
THIS IS NOT SHAKESPEARE’S MACBETH
June 13th through June 29th 
The Irvington Office Center (Indianapolis)
William Shakespeare | directed by Michael Burke
Original Foley/Sound-Score
Composed by Brothers Grimm
Performed by BRAIN GRIMMER

Tickets: $20 General Admission | $15 Student/Senior

Thu, 6/13: 8pm – Fri, 6/14: 8pm – Sat, 6/15: 8pm
Thu, 6/20: 8pm – Fri, 6/21: 8pm – Sat, 6/22: 8pm
Thu, 6/27: 8pm – Fri, 6/28: 8pm – Sat, 6/29: 8pm

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Behind the scenes video of the recording session at Bradbury’s Coffee!

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Notes on the Score:

The concept for this score involved setting a foley/sound-design score > No melody & rhythm, but dissonant, atonal harmony, soundscapes & uncomfortable textures.  We began by going into Bradbury’s Coffee (Madison, WI) after hours and recording every sound that triangular room was capable of.  AJ was our sound-guide as we recorded: room noise, beams, ladders, stools, tables, washing machines, refrigerators, espresso machines, coffee grinders, various water drips, toilets, knives, and general kitchen-ware.  With this Bradbury’s audio (recorded by Jon Brumbaugh) and other foley recorded at home, we’ve created roughly 100 Sound Libraries for MACBETH – each library housing up to 128 ten-octave, velocity/pressure sensitive Sample Instruments. The end result is about 2,300 custom-constructed sample instruments nested into one-channel (maximum of 16,384 instruments per channel). Controlling these sounds in real time with Ableton Live 8 through Akai APC 40 & Keith McMillen QuNeo midi controllers, we hope to instantaneously surprise, inspire, pace, & effect the actors performances with our live sound-experiments.  

Macbeth set up: Ableton Live w/ Akai APC 40 & K. McMillen QuNeo

Macbeth set up: Ableton Live w/ Akai APC 40 & K. McMillen QuNeo

||Special thanks to Bradbury’s Coffee for letting us record ALL of the sounds in their space! Also, thank you Jon Brumbaugh for recording audio & Glynnis Ritchie for taking excellent video during the Bradbury’s recording session!
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MSND @ Bartell Theatre |6 shows down, 7 to go! |Score Talk

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“Have you read the footnotes to this play?  I didn’t realize there were so many words for vagina –  it’s basically a porno!”  ~ db pedersen

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DB’s pit POV

Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd through May 25th @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare | directed by Greg Harris
Original Score by db pedersen & Brothers Grimm

$20 general admission
$15 for seniors, students, & Strollers members

Call || 661-9696 ext. 2
Web || strollerstheatre.org

second half of MSND runs…

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 17, 2013 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 4:00pm
Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 8:00pm

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – 7:30pm
Friday, May 24, 2013 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 25, 2013 – 8:00pm

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Notes on the original live score, composed and performed by Brothers Grimm & db pedersen >

In approaching the score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, db pedersen presented the Brothers Grimm with theme sketches and initial cue concepts that had been developed with dir. Greg Harris. We then spent the next few weeks of April attending rehearsals, observing the actors develop their character. In the nights following these observations we’d convene to have fast paced cue-composition sessions. One by one, we deconstructed db’s thematic material and built them up from the ground as a trio – finding our strongest instrumentation as we went. Our goal was to reduce the sauce of these themes down to a flavorful, simple substance – and hit tech week with a lot of room to grown organically in our accompaniment to the actors.

Main instruments
AJ ~ classical guitar
BC ~ cello & guzheng
DB ~ vocal-foley/sfx, throat singing, shruti box, various flutes, animal noises

Implements & Sough!

  • Pot Lid “tree” (struck//bowed) 
  • bowed Saw 
  • various 

    Bells 

  • Slide 

    Whistles 

  • Woodblock 
  • Wup-Wob Cards (bent//bowed) 
  • boxes of Twigs//Branches 
  • … & etc!

// All material played on the 21 string Chinese guzheng 古筝 zither for this production’s score is in emulation of the European harp & hammered dulcimer. The entire instrument has been customized & re-tuned to fit different theme material in each register/octave. It is a completely unique tuning, never before used on the instrument, designed specifically for this show. [ ~Traditionally, the zither is tuned in multiple octaves of a single pentatonic scale; adapting pentatonic mode to fit the key, from D1 – D5]

MSND custom guzheng tuning, from low to high >

E1-F1-G♯1-A1-C2-D2-F2-G2-A2-C3-E3-F♯3-G3-A3-B3-C4-D4-F4-G♯4-B4′C5

~ and we hope here is a score fitted!

all photographs copyright Jonathan J Miner//J Miner Photography 

(except for musician pit photos)

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5/3 Opening Night | MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM @ Bartell Theatre | Bros. Grimm + db pedersen Original Score

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Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd through May 25th @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare | directed by Greg Harris
db pedersen & Brothers Grimm

$20 general admission
$15 for seniors, students, & Strollers members

Call || 661-9696 ext. 2
Web || strollerstheatre.org

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Love, Betrayal, Illusion and Laughter will all be there as Strollers gets “Back to the canon” with Shakespeare’s most recognizable and beloved comedy. But trust Strollers to treat you to a fresh look at the classics. Even if you’ve seen it a hundred times before, we believe you will find new and wonderful things to love in our final show of the season.

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Thou speak’st aright; I am that merry wanderer of the night.

I jest to Oberon and make him smile
When I a fat and bean-fed horse beguile
–Puck

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jjm-facebook-promo-22SHOW DATES

Fri May 3, 8:00pm
Sat May, 8:00pm
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Thr May 9, 7:30pm
Fri May 10, 8:00pm
Sat May 11,  4:00pm
Sat May 11,  8:00pm
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Thr May 16, 7:30pm
Fri May 17, 8:00pm
Sat May 18, 4:00pm
Sat May 18, 8:00pm
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Thr May 23, 7:30pm
Fri May 24, 8:00pm
Sat May 25, 8:00pm
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all photographs copyright Jonathan J Miner/J Miner Photography
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