**Call For Theater Director**

**Call For Theater Director**

The Kingfisher Theater is conducting a search for a theater director for our Spring 2018 production of R.U.R. by Karel Čapek.

ABOUT THE SHOW: Hailed by critics as a masterpiece, this thought-provoking and highly original thriller was written by Czech writer Karel Čapek in the year 1920. Not only did Čapek create this now-classic sci-fi melodrama, in his play he coined the very term ‘robots’ which has now become an everyday part of modern life. Short for “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” R.U.R. explores what makes us human, and to what lengths we’ll go to protect ourselves, our identities, and our loves.

You can find the full text at: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/c/capek/karel/rur/(*this may not be the final text we use for this production)

PERFORMANCE & REHEARSAL DATES: The performances dates are currently TBA, but will likely be during 3 weeks in late April / early May 2017. Location is also TBA in the City of Rochester. Rehearsals will depend on you and your cast availability, but The Kingfisher Theater will provide a space and other logistical support. More details upon receipt of a proposal.

CASTING PRACTICES: The Kingfisher Theater adheres to the Actors Equity standard of encouraging and promoting Non-Traditional Casting. “Non-Traditional Casting is designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for women, actors of color, seniors and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane.” The Kingfisher Theater will offer Buffalo/Rochester Special Appearance Equity Contracts to Equity actors who may be cast in this production. No roles have been pre-cast although we require our company members to have the right of first refusal. There will likely be doubling of roles. This is a medium to large sized ensemble cast (roughly 10 actors of various ages, although it is somewhat flexible.)

COMPENSATION: The Kingfisher Theater acknowledges that artists are the essence of theater and strives to compensate them for their work. We plan to offer a small stipend and other benefits to our director, to be discussed upon receipt of proposal. We may consider an SDC contract for this project.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit as much of the following to Kevin Dedes at kdedes@thekingfishertheater.org:
A theatrical resume, preferably showing directing experience, although acting or other resumes will be considered.

  • A short statement regarding your interest in this show, and perhaps some ideas of how you’d like to conceptualize this production.
  • Any specific technical, costume, or design elements you would like to use in this production. (Please note that we are looking to collaborate with local technology and cognitive science university departments on this production.)
  • Any other production or artistic collaborators you would like to bring to this production.

The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017.

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**Call For Costume Designer**

**Call For Costume Designer**

The Kingfisher Theater is conducting a search for a costume designer for our Winter 2018 production of The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith adapted by Amy Canfield and Kevin Dedes from a short story by Nikolai Gogol.

ABOUT THE SHOW: KFT’s annual wintertime tradition returns! Join the escapades of Vakula, Oksana, The Devil, and more as they try to save Christmas in the only way they know how. Love, money, and mischief abound in this goofy and heartwarming adaptation of Gogol’s short story by company members Amy Canfield and Kevin Dedes. Critics called last year’s crowd-pleasing run an ‘absurd’ and ‘kitschy’ holiday farce. Come for the horilka, stay for the laughs. And in a Kingfisher first, we’ll be performing at Rochester’s own MuCCC. This production will be directed by Artistic Director Kevin Dedes.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE: This will be the third iteration of this fantastical, irreverent, and surreal holiday farce set in the small Ukrainian Village of Dikanka. What I’m looking for is someone who can understand the roots of the story–including the cultural touchstones of Ukraine in the late 19th Century and today–but also give to the show a modern sensibility. There is plenty of room for silliness, extravagance, visual humor, anachronism, and kitsch, in addition to ‘cultural authenticity.’ Gogol has been compared to Marc Chagall, and I could see this show as being somewhere in the vein of “Slava’s Snow Show,” a Van Gogh painting, or a Tim Burton Movie (“Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”). I am really looking forward to a strong vision from a creative costume designer.

PERFORMANCE & REHEARSAL DATES: The specific performance dates are currently TBA, but are almost finalized to be the first two weeks of January 2018 at MuCCC. Rehearsals will begin mid-November 2017.

CASTING PRACTICES: The Kingfisher Theater adheres to the Actors Equity standard of encouraging and promoting Non-Traditional Casting. “Non-Traditional Casting is designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for women, actors of color, seniors and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane.” The Kingfisher Theater will offer Buffalo/Rochester Special Appearance Equity Contracts to Equity actors who may be cast in this production. No roles have been pre-cast although we require our company members to have the right of first refusal. There will likely be doubling of roles. This is a medium to large sized ensemble cast (roughly 10 actors of various ages, although it is somewhat flexible.)

COMPENSATION: The Kingfisher Theater acknowledges that artists are the essence of theater and strives to compensate them for their work. We plan to offer a stipend and other benefits to our costume designer, commensurate on experience. To be discussed in the interview process.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit the following to Kevin Dedes at kdedes@thekingfishertheater.org:
A design resume, portfolio, or both.
A short statement regarding your interest in this show, and perhaps some ideas of how you’d like to conceptualize this production.
Any specific technical, costume, or design elements you would like to use in this production.
Any other production or artistic collaborators you would like to bring to this production.

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2017.

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Gary Arms’ Darkness Visible

“Yet from those flames
No light, but rather darkness visible.”

The Kingfisher Theater is proud to present the first of our ongoing new works series with Gary Arms’ Darkness Visible.

Directed by company member Jessica Crosby, and including company members Kristy Barr, Amy Canfield, and Kevin Dedes, this new play reading is being produced in conjunction with MuCCC (Multi-use Community Cultural Center)‘s New Plays, New Voices play reading series.

Tickets are $5 at the door

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**AUDITION NOTICE** Votes for Women! By Elizabeth Robins, Directed by Connor Graham

The Kingfisher Theater presents

Votes for Women!

by Elizabeth Robins

directed by Connor Graham

Part of the Centennial celebration for women’s suffrage in New York!

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:

Tuesday, February 7 from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Wednesday, February 8 from 7:00 – 9:00pm

**Please Note that there has been a change in Audition Times and Locations from the Original Post Online at the City Newspaper on 1/18/2017**

To schedule an audition, fill out the audition form at this link:
https://goo.gl/forms/OyXAMqV96nzrY8Gv2

(please send an email to auditions@thekingfishertheater ONLY if you cannot attend these auditions but would still like to be considered for a role. We cannot guarantee that you will be seen, but we will try.)

AUDITION LOCATION:

Bread & Water Theater
172 W Main St
Rochester, NY 14614
CLICK HERE FOR MAP

PREPARATION: Auditions will consist of ensemble movement, improvisations, and readings of sides from the script. You will be given sides after you fill out our AUDITION FORM.
*If you have a current headshot and theatrical resume please bring it to your audition.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR ACTORS WHO ARE ALSO MUSICIANS: If you play an instrument that can be easily carried with you, please feel free to bring it to auditions.

CASTING PRACTICES:  The Kingfisher Theater adheres to the Actors Equity standard of encouraging and promoting Non-Traditional Casting. “Non-Traditional Casting is designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for women, actors of color, seniors and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane.”  The Kingfisher Theater will offer Buffalo/Rochester Special Appearance Equity Contracts to Equity actors who may be cast in this production.

The Kingfisher Theater believes that actors are the essence of theater and will make all efforts to reimburse volunteer actors for their travel expenses.

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: The rehearsal schedule will be fully developed once casting is complete. Rehearsals will begin sometime in March 2017 and continue for our opening in May. Generally we rehearse a few weekday evenings and some weekends. If you’re flexible we can be flexible!

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Thursday, May 11
Friday, May 12
Saturday, May 13

Thursday, May 18
Friday, May 19
Saturday, May 20

Thursday, May 25
Friday, May 26
Saturday, May 27

All shows at 8:00pm

ROLES AVAILABLE:
MRS. JOHN WYNNSTAY Female, 40s-60’s. Powerful but works hard.
RICHARD FARNBOROUGH Male, 20’s-30’s. Cheeky. Thinks he’s all that.
BEATRICE DUNBARTON Female, 18-25. Full of life. In love. Naive.
JOHN WYNNSTAY Male, 40’s-60’s. Loves family. Fears change.
MRS. FREDDY TUNBRIDGE Female, 30’s-40’s. Wealthy, married, nervous.
MR. FREDDY TUNBRIDGE Male, 30’s-40’s. Talks less. Smiles more.
MRS. HERIOT Female, 40’s-60’s. Opinionated.
JOHN GREATOREX Male, 40’s-60’s. Large. Loud. Smug.
VIDA LEVERING Female, 30’s. Strong. Smooth. Mysterious.
GEOFFREY STONOR Male, 40’s-60’s. Confident. Politician.
YOUNG GIRL Female, 8-10 y/o. Watches on. Listens in.

No roles have been pre-cast. Please note that there may be doubling of roles or omission of characters based on the needs of the production.

To schedule an audition, fill out the audition form at this link:
https://goo.gl/forms/OyXAMqV96nzrY8Gv2

ABOUT THE PLAY

Witness a fascinating and poignant moment in the journey toward Women’s Suffrage with Elizabeth Robin’s rarely-performed Votes for Women! The fight to win both women and men over to the cause of granting women the right to vote was fraught with dangers both political and personal. When newly-engaged Beatrice discovers the suffering of one in her own social class, her eyes are opened to the vulnerability of women who lack representation. While she wants to help create change, she must also contend with the opinions of the man she loves, an up-and-coming politician.  Does progress require destruction of the past? Can love truly conquer all? We’re thrilled to be presenting this still all-too-relevant play as we celebrate 100 years of Women’s Suffrage in New York State – in the very city where Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others first helped empower millions of women across the globe – and as we approach the Centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed this essential right to all women in the United States of America.

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**AUDITION NOTICE** The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith

**AUDITION NOTICE**

The Kingfisher Theater presents

The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith

by Amy Canfield & Kevin Dedes

Adapted from the short story by Nikolai Gogol

directed by Graydon Gund

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Ukrainian village of Dikanka, visions of caroling and vodka and love were dancing in everyone’s heads. The Devil, of course, has other plans. Vakula, the town blacksmith, has humiliated His Evilness for the last time! As revenge, he will steal the moon and unleash a blinding snowstorm, stopping at nothing to ruin Vakula’s chance to win the beautiful but conceited Oksana. Vakula’s mother, the town witch and ‘comforter’ of half the town’s menfolk, gets in on the action along with Oksana’s wealthy Cossack father–then mischief abounds! Gogol’s masterful tale of magic and farce in a sleepy Ukrainian village on Christmas Eve makes for a joyful holiday treat!

For a full synopsis, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_Eve_(Gogol)

AUDITION DATES AND TIMES:

Monday, Oct 24th from 7:00 – 9:00pm
Tuesday, Oct 25th from 7:00 – 9:00pm

To schedule an audition, fill out the audition form at this link:

https://goo.gl/forms/OyXAMqV96nzrY8Gv2

(please send an email to auditions@thekingfishertheater ONLY if you cannot attend these auditions but would still like to be considered for a role. We cannot guarantee that you will be seen, but we will try.)

AUDITION LOCATION:

Gallery Seventy-Four
215 Tremont Street
Building 3, 3rd Floor
Rochester, NY 14608
CLICK HERE FOR MAP

PREPARATION:
Auditions will consist of readings of sides from the script. You will be given sides after you fill out our AUDITION FORM.

CASTING PRACTICES:  The Kingfisher Theater adheres to the Actors Equity standard of encouraging and promoting Non-Traditional Casting. “Non-Traditional Casting is
designed to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for
women, actors of color, seniors and actors with disabilities in roles where
race, gender, age or the presence or absence of a disability are not germane.”  The Kingfisher Theater will offer Buffalo/Rochester Special Appearance Equity Contracts to Equity actors who may be cast in this production.

The Kingfisher Theater believes that actors are the essence of theater and will make all efforts to compensate our actors for their work.  As we are brand-new, the theater cannot guarantee compensation at this point, but will strive to meet this goal. We have been able to offer a little compensation to our actors for our first three productions last season!

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: The rehearsal schedule will be fully developed once casting is complete. Rehearsals will begin sometime in November 2016 and continue through December for our opening in January. Generally we rehearse a few weekday evenings and some weekends. If you’re flexible we can be flexible!

PERFORMANCE DATES:

Thursday, January 5
Friday, January 6
Saturday, January 7
Thursday, January 12
Friday, January 13
Saturday, January 14
Thursday, January 19
Friday, January 20
Saturday, January 21

All shows at 8:00pm

 

ROLES AVAILABLE: No roles have been pre-cast. There may be doubling of roles.

The Devil, Himself
Solokha, the village witch
Vakula, the village blacksmith, her son, in love with Oksana
Tchub, a wealthy and vain Cossack, in love with Solokha
Oksana, Tchub’s beautiful and conceited daughter
Panas, Tchub’s drinking buddy
Natasha, his wife
Ostap Shapuvalenko, the village weaver
Polina, his wife
Mayor Kulygin, a politician
The Sexton, a moralist
Anfisa, his wife
Sverbyguz, a travelling cossack
Pepperchika, village gossip and drunk
Paunchy Patsyuk, a fat, wise, magical Cossack with spiritual powers
Zaporozhets, Cossacks from the Zaporizhia Oblast, Ukraine
Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
Grigory Potemkin, Military leader and best pal of Catherine
Priest, A local priest
Bishop, A high-ranking church official from St. Petersburg
Masha, Olga, Irina, Village girls
Alex, Kostya, Village boys
Dancers, Carolers, and Assorted Villagers

To schedule an audition, fill out the audition form at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/OyXAMqV96nzrY8Gv2

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A Very Gogol Christmas

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol

I was about 19 years old when I first heard about Nikolai Gogol. A young Biology undergraduate with very little direction in life other than a healthy appetite for learning, I enrolled in a course called “International Short Story” at Binghamton University.

The professor was an eccentric man with a penchant for innuendo, and I was immediately onboard his comedy train. There was no ‘Rate My Professor’ back then, and I can’t remember his name, but he left quite an impression on me. It was in his course that I discovered writers like Chinua Achebe, Marie de France, Giovanni Boccaccio, and of course, Gogol himself.

I’m not sure what it was about the surreal and hysterical stories that grabbed me. Was it his sardonic take on Empire? The skewering of self-centered people who otherwise consider themselves pious Christians? Maybe it was just the connection I felt to my own Orthodox Christian upbringing and Ukrainian heritage? Nobody nose…

The Nose! That was it!

The Nose. Gogol’s roller-coaster ride of a farce chronicling the sad pursuit of Collegiate Assessor Kovalyov and his desperate attempts to regain his own nose–which had disappeared earlier that morning– who wore much nicer clothes.

I had never read anything like it! Surreal, dark, and it made me laugh out loud. It was a far cry from other comedies I had come across until that point. This was no Neil Simon! I was hooked.

Luckily, course requirements stated I had to buy his collection of short stories (thanks student loans!) I read them all, including the most famous such as “Diary of a Madman” and “The Overcoat.”

But The Nose! THE NOSE!

2007-02-16-the-overcoatCut to: Grad school at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco (thanks student, loans!). From Toronto, Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling’s ‘The Overcoat’ was a site to be seen! Then, just a year or two later, Carey Perloff’s production of The Government Inspector. Not only did I get to work on a workshop of that production, but I got to see Gogol’s work right up close at one of America’s premiere stages!

Cut to: Summer 2015, and we’re planning our very first season. What to do during Christmas? Everyone already does A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Story, while a ‘classic’ film, might be too much of a stretch, and The SantaLand Diaries couldn’t accommodate our company of actors…  what could we do? Something we could make our own…   Something unique…

Then I discovered that Gogol had written a story called  ‘The Night Before Christmas.’

After many months of development, Amy Canfield (literary manager and director of this production) and I are thrilled to present to Rochester this irreverent and hilarious Winter’s tale full of booze, boobs, and magical shenanigans.

But here’s the thing about Gogol: Even while he expertly skewers small-town life and big-city pretensions, even as he pokes fun at his own faith and the hypocrisy of others, there’s an immutable kernel of humanity in all his works. This expression is a central reason Gogol’s works aren’t just silly comedies, but instead truly timeless works of art.

We’re proud to say The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith is no exception. We know you will enjoy this ‘New Classic’ as much as we do, and aim for it to become part of the Rochester theater tradition for years to come.

On behalf of our entire company…  Happy Holidays!

-Kevin Dedes

Devil and Witch Final Poster (1)

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