Votes for Women! by Elizabeth Robins

The Kingfisher Theater is proud to present Votes for Women! by Elizabeth Robins

When naive and newly-engaged Beatrice discovers the suffering of one in her own social class, her eyes are opened to the vulnerability of women over their lack of representation. While she wants to help effect change, she must also contend with the opinions of the man she loves, an up-and-coming politician. Complicating her feelings is the presence of the mysterious Vida Levering, a beautifully poised yet fearlessly outspoken suffragette. Does progress demand destruction of the past? Can love truly conquer all, or must some battles be faced alone? Witness some of the poignant first steps in the journey toward Women’s Suffrage with Elizabeth Robin’s rarely-performed Votes for Women!

Connor Graham to Direct

Buffalo-based director Connor Graham is a Theatre Performance graduate of the University at Buffalo and is fresh off of his successful role as the stuttering Billy in Subversive Theatre’s critically hailed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. His ten-minute play, The Waiting Room, was produced for the first annual American Repertory Theater of WNY’s Young Playwrights Festival. He also recently directed the Tennessee Williams favorite The Glass Menagerie.

While Votes for Women! is set during the suffrage movement in early-20th-century England, Graham has made an enticing artistic decision inspired by recent political tensions. Kingfisher’s production of this historic piece will be set in the United States in a hypothetical near future in which women have lost the hard-won right to vote. The fresh dystopian take on the story is sure to challenge.

Sponsored by Susan B. Anthony House

The Kingfisher Theater is thrilled to be presenting this still all-too-relevant play in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony House as they 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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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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Kingfisher: Year Two Begins

It’s hard to believe that we’re about to announce and dive into our second season. I could write about how looking back we’ve come a long way, and our humble beginning and all that, but really, if you want that, just read the first blog post.

Instead, I’m going to talk about the people that have come together around the shared mission of investigating the great works for the stage and thrusting them into the modern era.

If it weren’t for the people who have helped me launch this thing over a year ago, there would be no thing, and I’d still be a pacing around my parents’ garage, smoking too many cigarettes (I quit!).

I freaking love theater. I’ve always loved theater. I love theater because it’s a collision of worldviews and a collision of tastes and an intersection of souls. As a lifelong actor with probably a bit more self-awareness than is healthy, I’ve always fed off collaborating with other people.

It’s the other people around me that feed my own work, that keep me going, and that also constantly keep me in check. Sartre was only half right. Hell is other people. But my grandmother was also right when she said, “I’d rather go to Hell, that’s where they have all the fun.”

Whether one person has a more extensive knowledge of theater history, or the other is younger and more hip than I, or another has kept more of their natural empathy (something happens to middle aged men in that regard!), or still another knows more about digital media, or design, or speech, or Alexander Technique, or writing, or even is just a more natural actor : these are the people that make up our theater and these are the people that I’m proud to work with.

And I am blessed to have found these people here in The Kingfisher Theater. We truly are creating space or ‘artists to nest in stormy seas.’ We’ve come a long way, and while yes, there’s still an infinite space to travel, I am beyond grateful that we’re all in it together, huddled, while the storm swirls around us.

Our next season announcement is coming soon, and there have been all sorts of important adjustments to our process. We’ve updated mundane things and added a little spice here and there.

Last year we did three ambitious shows: Oedipus Rex, The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith, and Sir Patient Fancy. It was exhilarating, at times harrowing, and there were definitely a few ‘dramatic’ moments, but man if it wasn’t a blast.

Most importantly: we’ve come out on the other end, mostly intact, invigorated, and with a hunger to dive right back in. This time we aim to do everything just a little bit better.

Anyway, I felt a need to write something tonight about how excited I am that we’ve got to Year Two. I’m thrilled about it, and I’d like to thank my fellow theatre artists here in Rochester for making it happen.

 

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**Call For Theater Director**

**Call For Theater Director**

The Kingfisher Theater is conducting a search for a theater director for our spring 2017 production of Votes for Women! by Elizabeth Robins.

ABOUT THE SHOW:  In an era when few women playwrights were able to make their voices heard, Votes for Women! premiered at the Royal Court in London in 1907.  Known as the “first suffragette play,” Votes for Women! announced, through Robins’ Ibsenesque style, the reasons why women needed the right to vote. Many of the issues Robins touches on–the sex trade, homelessness, poverty, and abortion–still resonate today.

It is England. Bee, a sheltered, wealthy young woman, is newly engaged to the Honorable Geoffrey Stonor, a somewhat older man, who is campaigning for a position as Cabinet Minister. At a Sunday gathering at her aunt’s house, she is introduced to the beautiful, mysterious Miss Levering, an independent woman who is heavily involved in the fight for women’s rights.  In learning about Miss Levering’s past and the terrors that can occur because of women’s dependence on others, Bee’s own feminism begins to develop, much to the chagrin of her conservative fiancé.

You can find the full text at:  http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/vwwp/view?docId=VAB7192&doc.view=print

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 (between $50 and $100) and other benefits to our director, to be discussed upon receipt of proposal.

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:

  1. a theatrical resume, preferably showing directing experience, although acting or other resumes will be considered
  2. A short statement regarding your interest in this show, and perhaps some ideas of how you’d like to conceptualize this production.  Please note that due to casting limitations, the second act “crowd scene,” needs to be conceived in such a way that there is no actual crowd.
  3. any specific technical, costume, or design elements you would like to use in this production
  4. any other production or artistic collaborators you would like to bring to this production

The deadline for submission is August 15, 2016.

 

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