MultiPurposeRoom is heading into our third month of rehearsal for our newest original play called YEAR of the HIPPO. We were asked back in January as part of Fresh Ground Pepper’s birthday celebration, to perform a section of a work-to-be-created-in-2012, and at that time it was called The Work/Dream Documentary Play. (A horrible title, we know. That’s why we changed it.)
The play still carries the question from this selection presented for FGP: If you had all the money in the world, what would you do?
YEAR of the HIPPO follows six characters in the time span of the year post-graduation from college. A time when toy hippos are being sold everywhere, and each hippo carries an egg. If you find the hippo with the pink egg, you can wish for anything in the world, and it will come true. This is a play about our generation’s version of The American Dream and what it means enter the real world of “adult life.”
By Lauren Noble
So, unfortunately I didn’t write a poem. Everyone else decided to write poems and I am really just not much of a poet. This is probably going to not be very artsy either… I’m not an artist. I hope that’s ok. What I decided to write about might actually not be that interesting but it’s something I have been thinking a lot about.
My friend and I needed an excuse to have a dinner party. We love to cook and entertain and wanted a reason to have some big fancy sit down dinner party up on our roof (which is really the roof of a Laundromat). It actually isn’t a great place for a dinner party, or any party for that matter, because there are these huge cylindrical vents popping up every 10 feet up there blowing out air from the dryers. I suppose the smell of dryer sheets isn’t the worst smell to have blowing on you, but there’s a lot of hot air and I also don’t think dryer sheet smell goes too well with food, but I’m getting off topic.
Anyways. We decided to have a dinner party and someone at my office had mentioned that this week (this Wednesday actually) is the summer solstice. Which is to say, the longest day of the year. Wow. I mean, I guess that’s something to celebrate… especially for those of us who spend the entirety of our days cooped up in offices, and the amount of actual sunlight we get is meager if not nutritionally insufficient every other day of the year. Anyways. This time of the year is also referred to as Midsummer, just like a Midsummers Night Dream. I’ve had images in my head all week of what we will eat, and how we will decorate our laundry-scented roof to prepare the perfect dinner for the 12 guests that will be coming.
I don’t know how important this is, but I’m finding that I need to have things to look forward to. Whether it be a dinner party, or the longest night of the year, or a TV show that’s coming on. Having a day to day routine doesn’t only make you lose out on precious daylight, but I’m starting to think it’s making me lose out on time as well. Days, weeks, months, entire seasons are slipping by and although I feel as if I barely have time to look in the rear view mirror as they pass, I’m not quite sure what it is that is causing this. I don’t feel like I am accomplishing anything huge. Or curing cancer. Or making a lot of money. I’m hoping that creating these small points in time will somehow force time to slow down a little bit. I’m hoping that by starting to be able to look forward to things, small things, that looking backwards will also be a little easier. If I can look forward to the longest day of the year… I might actually gain a little more time. If anyone comes to my party.
“your heart does three things:
it’s that shaky heart feeling
when something is being unasked, skated over
there’s the water and i haven’t put my toes in it
because because because then my toes will dive and there goes all will to stay afloat.
how soothing the water will feel
yet i anticipate the shattering cold.
you can only breathe so deep when your diaphragm is battling to hover.
i built myself a window screen the other day.
preparing for the mad heat,
i refuse to be eaten alive, not again.
measurements and hacksaws,
testing, cheating when my measurements are off
with just a little nubbin left over.
getting to know the wood.
pressing in the mesh.
“god, i am free at last.”
lay me down by that window
breathing in the fresh air
crossing a threshold
(some white space is important here.)
By Sophia Treanor
MultiPurposeRoom is at it again: another summer will be spent developing a new play. Previously known as The Untitled Work/Dream Documentary Play (a self-admitted terrible title), the play is now called:
P.S. The World Is Ending This Friday.
It is a play that attempts to capture our generation’s version of The American Dream.
It is a play that questions what money can buy … and what it can’t.
It is a play that asks: “If you had all the money in the world, what would you do?”
We are in a funny time. And our generation is in a funny place. We are all searching for the golden ticket in a modern Willy Wonka world. Stay tuned for a workshop of our new play in early Fall 2012, with performances and writing by Logan George, Molly Gillis, Alex Milak, Tess Niedermeyer, Will Seefried, Noah Shalom, and Nick Smerkanich.
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We are heading into our final rehearsals before we Load-In at the Theater at the 14th Street Y and this play is getting the whole company excited. We hope our production of The Birthday Party will entertain and terrify you. Consider this your invitation to what is sure to be the CRAZIEST birthday party of your life.
This play is made up of a series of games and is greatly inspired by Michael Haneke’s horror film, Funny Games. The Birthday Party is a menacing play about Stanley Webber, a young man with a big secret, who lives with a young married couple, Meg and Petey. At first everyone wakes up to a typical morning routine of reading the newspaper, eating breakfast, and seemingly meaningless conversation. But Pinter’s Pauses tell a different story. (Pause.) And with the entrance of “two gentlemen” who wish to stay the night and throw Stanley a party for his birthday, the rules of the game change. Be prepared to question everything you think you understand about these people.
Stanley: Logan George
Meg: Alex Milak
Goldberg: Noah Shalom
McCann: Peter Graham
Petey: Nick Smerkanich
Lulu: Molly GIllis
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Directed By: Will Detlefsen
Assistant Directed By: Teri Madonna
Stage Managed By: Carolyn Cutillo
Dramaturgy By: A.P. Andrews
Set Design By: Charlie Gaidica
Light Design By: Sarah Lurie
Sound Design By: Ryan Maeker
Media Design By: Alice Fiedler
Costumer Design By: Ramsey Scott
Props Design By: Michael Norton
Fight Choreography By: Mitchell McCoy
MPR Executive Director: Lauren Noble
MPR Marketing Director: Vanessa Koppel
MPR Social Media Director: Alexandra Pike
Logan George, Noah Shalom, & Peter Graham in rehearsal for the Interrogation Scene of Pinter’s “The Birthday Party,” opening February 18th, 2012.
MultiPurposeRoom Seeks an Intern!
Have you ever had any interest in starting or being a part of a theatre company? This is a great opportunity to experience what it might be like. MultiPurposeRoom is a theatre company made up of 13 Artists that has been producing and devising theatre in New York City since 2010. In February of 2012 the company will perform Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party at the Theater at the 14th Street Y and in Spring of 2012 we will begin rehearsals for our next devised project currently titled The Work/Dream Documentary Play.
MultiPurposeRoom is looking for help in development, fundraising, publicity, and production support. Because we will have two full-length productions happening in the first half of 2012, we are looking for someone who can commit to the next 3-6 months for an average of 6-8 hours per week working directly with the Artistic Director. Experience in Excel, Photoshop, Web Design, and Fundraising are a plus, but it is not necessary to apply. Mostly we are looking for someone eager and interested in the passion behind creating theatre.