**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: Minimum stipend, $200. 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 October 1, 2017.

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Third Time’s A Charm

The Kingfisher Theater is three years old!

Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re about to launch our third theatrical season and sometimes it simply feels like an obvious next step, especially when I think of how our entire creative and management team has worked so hard to make it happen. What was once only a concept–creating ‘a safe space for artists to flourish in stormy seas’–is becoming a reality!

Determination, rallying cries, elbow grease, and imagination have propelled our orbits around a kernel of an idea which has metamorphosed into a true emerging arts institution for the City of Rochester.

I remember our very first production, Oedipus Rex, and wondering, among other things, if anyone in Rochester would come to see this ancient Greek play interpreted through a gender-bent lens? Or, would these unknown-to-me theatre artists even stick through with it and make it all the way to opening night? Would our actors be able to handle the heavy lifting of one of the most gut-wrenching stories in the history of Western Theater? (Answers: yes, yes, and a resounding yes!)

Then there was the creation of an original new work, The Devil, the Witch, and the Blacksmith! Not only did we choose one of the most challenging writers in Russian* literature from which to take inspiration, we had to do it quickly! What a ride that first production was! Amy and I were writing and producing and directing and acting and designing and trying really hard to keep our cool. All of our technical crew (the inimitable Ben!) and acting talent were right on board with us, even with no dress rehearsal before opening night! (Shhh! Our little secret.) The Devil Himself, the late Carl Girard, graced the stage and our company with a kind of cool professionalism that would make the best on Broadway envious.

And there are so many more stories… the wild Restoration sex romp, Sir Patient Fancy, where on one particularly packed night I watched from the wings as audience members were rolling in the aisles like something out of The Carol Burnett Show. Those are the moments we live for!

Last season’s opener, Strindberg’s taut psychological thriller Creditors, was an artistic triumph (so much so that we’re mounting it again at this year’s Fringe), followed by another, completely different staging of DWB, and finally ending our 2016-2017 Season with Elizabeth Robin’s suffragist play, Votes for Women!

Votes for Women! was for us a particular kind of milestone. Not only was it–in the wake of the 2016 election–the most immediately resonant play of our programming, but it was also the first show in which we were awarded a grant–a $5,000 Action Grant from Humanities New York. We also had an opportunity to work alongside another Rochester cultural institution–The Susan B. Anthony House & Museum. Finally, it was also our first production directed by a guest artist, a one Connor Graham from Buffalo, NY. It felt to many of us, that we had arrived.

If our first season was laying the foundation, and our second season was reaching out to connect the wider community, what is our third season going to be?

The ambitions and anxieties of a brand new company are starting to fade and be replaced with…  new anxieties and ambitions. There are so many challenges to tackle! How do we grow, and how fast? How should we grow? How do we better serve our artists? Our community? Our audience? What’s the best way to put on some more damn good plays?

These are larger questions that cannot be answered in a simple blog post, but I can tell a little about what what we’ve done to start to address them.  

Development & Fiscal Responsibility
The Kingfisher Theater has recently reached our 2017 Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency and has signed an official letter of engagement with Olivia Jones and Artseed of New York City. GuideStar is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies, while Artseed works to assist smaller nonprofit organizations develop their fundraising capacities. We’re also aiming to offer more professional, union contracts for all theater artists, and hope to designate ourselves as a ‘Small Professional Theater’ with the Actors Equity Association.

We’ve Expanded Our Season
The first thing we thought we’d do is offer up just one more show, and so we’ll be presenting our first Summer show (June 2018) in the manner of Much Ado About Nothing, our very first Shakespeare! (See our Season Announcement here.) There will be at least two new readings of original works, and we aim to launch our series of panel discussions–The Third Culture Project–fostering discussion & interplay between the Humanities and the Sciences. Last but not least, in November we’ll be taking the latest version of The Devil, the Witch and the Blacksmith to New York City!

Conservatory
The art of theater–and the artists who make it–cannot rest on its own laurels, and so the skills and techniques must be shared and fostered within the greater community. This past summer’s Conservatory launch included a wonderful scene study where local actors dove into the works of the great playwright Anton Chekhov, and we look forward to offering more classes in the future for serious artists to hone their skills.

Our Very Own Home?
As part of our 5 year plan we’re hoping to have secured our very own venue in the City of Rochester to offer more shows, readings, and classes.

We hope you’ll continue to take this journey with us, and we thank you for being with us as we’ve come this far.

Sincerely,

Kevin Dedes

Founding Artistic Director

 

*Ukrainian, too!

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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 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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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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