ROB TO DRAW "GRAPHIC NOVEL PLAY"
Earlier this year, I was working on preliminary art for Katie May's play MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL, which she subtitled, "A Graphic Novel Play" because the play called for specific comic-book style illustrations to serve as backdrops for its theatrical scenes.
The project was being prepared for a stage reading with Jon Tracy to direct. He asked me to get some art ready for the spring sche-duled read which was being presented by Playground, a Bay Area theatre group which commissions and workshops new plays by local playwrights.
However, the reading went on without imperative for the art, and I thought my part was over as well until recently, when May approached me to actualize a few selected back-ground panels that I had previously sketched.
The purpose at this stage is for her to have working images to show possible financial backers for a fully staged production of the play.
With the "pitch" event scheduled for September, I said I would be able to have the drawings ready.
HAVE YOU SEEN
The SF Shakespeare Festival is in the middle of its production of HENRY V, and traveling to venues all around the Bay Area, ending its run as fall begins in SF's Presidio.
Besides the wonderful design and Ken Kelleher's direction of the production, the cast is nuanced, skilled, and moves audiences with energy and power.
The small cast populates the quasi WWI-era world with characters of nobility, humor, epic-self awareness, and high-stakes political dueling.
Performances of note are Ryan Tasker, Craig Marker, Maggie Mason, and Michael Ray Wisely.
Go see it.
The poster was drawn by me.
by Tracy Letts
Opens NOV 6
Ceneter of SF's
24-HR PLAY FESTIVAL
965 Mission Street, SF
SEPT 15, 7:30pm
I recently was a background actor in a short film about the current economic crisis and debate. The drama is directed by Celik Kayalar, and takes place on the campus of a fictional college in Berkeley. I was in a rally scene which was on location in Tilden Park in Berkeley by the Brazilian House. All pretty cool, but the very cool part is that Noam Chomsky is in this film! Look for it online in the fall.