September 6, 2007

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Curtain calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Ready your pen: Yellow Taxi Productions is holding a 10-minute play contest. Six scripts will be chosen for staged readings at YTP’s fourth festival of new work in spring, 2008. The professional company looks for plays that are edgy and provocative with an American voice, but this year they’ve partnered with Quebec 400. To help celebrate the province’s birthday, Yellow Taxi is seeking work that addresses the French Canadian experience in America, said Lowell Williams, Yellow Taxi’s playwright-in-residence. The festival was renamed in 2006 to honor Susan McIntyre, a local friend to new artists and writers who died suddenly in 2005. Since their 2002 inception, Yellow Taxi has produced five world premieres. Send a script of not more than 15 pages and $10 reader’s fee to Yellow Taxi Productions, P.O. Box 1515, Nashua, NH, 03061, by Dec. 15. Winners will be announced by Feb. 1, 2008. See yellowtaxiproductions.org or e-mail literary@yellowtaxiproductions.org.

• Learning: If you don’t feel ready to compete, consider taking Lowell Williams’ ten-week playwriting class in downtown Nashua. His writing credits include Feeding the Ducks, a 2002 AACT Drama Festival winner, and The Warmth of the Cold, Best Original Play at the 2006 NH Theatre Awards. Recent work includes Six Nights in the Black Belt. He holds an MFA from Goddard College and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. The class costs $150. E-mail literary@yellowtaxiproductions.org. If you are honing your acting skills, YTP is offering a Meisner Workshop for adults Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hunt Building, 6 Main St. in Nashua. Lyralen Kaye, artistic director of Another Country Productions in Boston, instructs. Based on the teachings of Stanford Meisner, the goal of this technique is often described as getting actors to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. The cost is $20. Register at education@yellowtaxiproductions.org

• Audi effort: Getting the Concord City Auditorium ready for the season is no small feat, involving lots of volunteers. Then they all get together and have a big party, showcasing what each organization will be putting on the Audi stage for the year. The Gala Season-Opening Show happens Sunday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. with an ice cream social and an arts fair where people can learn about various organizations. E-mail outbackfarm@comcast.net to participate in the arts fair. Tickets for the Gala and social cost $5. If you want to be an Audi House Manager (or your organization needs one to use the stage), training is Sept. 5, 6 and 10. Call 230-3851 to register.

• Local words: Seacoast Repertory presents local work in September starting with Scarlett Ridgway Savage’s She %$#@-ing Hates Me, which won a NH Theatre Award and Spotlight Award in 2007. Ava, a feisty old broad, hates Buddy, a charming old guy. Buddy and Ava’s late husband, Jimmy, were co-owners of a business ruined by a decision Buddy made. Suzanne, Ava’s ultra-liberal daughter, learns Buddy dated Ava before her father did. Meanwhile, Suzanne’s daughter Molly shows up from college orientation with a tattooed young man and a big announcement. Performance dates are Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St, Portsmouth, 433-4472. Tickets cost $20.

• Patriots: The Majestic Theatre has put together an All-American musical revue to help recognize and thank the country’s defenders. A. Robert Dionne and Candace Glickman direct “Celebrate America” with musical direction by Blake Leister. It runs Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 7 through Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at 281 Cartier St., Manchester. Ticket costs range from $8 to $12. Veterans, military service and police and fire department members pay $5 with identification. Call 669-7469, or see majestictheatre.net.


Bruce Allen as Buddy, and Marie Fitzgerald as Ava, in She %$#@-ing Hates Me at Seacoast Repertory. Courtesy photo.