SOLOs Episode 8: Running the Gamut Premiere: Friday, May 14

BRATTLEBORO SOLOs Episode 8: Running the Gamut— a video montage of monologues by seven area performers filmed by Brattleboro Community Television — premieres simultaneously on BCTV and on YouTube Friday, May 14 at 7:30 PM. The free opening is capped with an online “talk back” immediately following where audience members can chat with cast, directors, producers, and technical staff. Each episode of SOLOs is a co-production of the Rock River Players (RRP) and the Hooker-Dunham Theater (H-D), filmed on the H-D stage.

RRP’s founder, Annie Landenberger, produced Episode 8, the latest in a series conceived and launched by RRP’s Bahman Mahdavi and H-D Director Jon Mack last fall as a way to keep the lively arts in the Valley alive in COVID times.

SOLOs Episode 8 features Veronica Stevens as Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion; Joel Kaemmerlen in “Charles,” written and directed by Michael Nethercott; Fred Lawrence in his original,”A Windy Tale from a Traffic Jam”;

Marisa Imon in her original, “The reason I’ll never know if my mother is losing her mind”; Anneli Curnock in Hamlet, I, ii, by Wm. Shakespeare; John Moran in three poems of war: “The Man He Killed,” “Base Details,” and “Dulce Et Decorum Est”; Thomas Ely as the great and powerful Oz.

About this episode, Landenberger says, “It’s been sort of “if you build it they will come.” I’m so grateful to Bahman and Jon for launching SOLOs –and to Austin Rice and to Cor Trowbridge and the BCTV team for their expertise and partnership. I was delighted to have the chance to produce Episode 8. What an extraordinary group of talented, generous people of the theatre this company is–as have been all SOLOs participants!”

Jon Mack narrates SOLOs 8. “I have been so pleased by the high quality of theatrical performance this series has created. We’re in the midst of discussing where we go from here so all who might be interested in participating in the future, should contact Annie Landenberger at verbatimvt@gmail.com.”

The free premiere is available at https://youtu.be/B2MstgpJPq4 and on BCTV. To request links to the free talk-back following write info@hookerdunham.com or info@rockriverplayers.org.

For more information on the Rock River Players, visit rockriverplayers.org.

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Rock River Players & Hooker-Dunham Premiere SOLOS Episode 7 April 9

SOLOs Episode 7: Originals— a video montage of monologues and song by six area performers filmed by Brattleboro Community Television — premieres simultaneously on BCTV and on YouTube Friday, April 9 at 7:30 PM. The free opening is capped with an online session at 8:15 where audience members can chat with cast, directors, producers, and technical staff. Each episode of SOLOs is a co-production of the Rock River Players (RRP) and the Hooker-Dunham Theater (H-D), filmed on the H-D stage.

RRP’s Bahman Mahdavi produced Episode 7, the latest in a series conceived and launched by Mahdavi and H-D Director Jon Mack last fall as a way to keep the lively arts in the Valley alive in COVID times.

SOLOs Episode 7 features “Gertrude” written and performed by Annie Landenberger, directed by Bahman Mahdavi; “Moffit” written/directed by Michael Nethercott, performed by Joel Kaemmerlen; “Take Me” written and performed by Gary Keiser; “T”, an excerpt from “Exposed Skin” written by Matt Cogswell, performed by Charlene Kennedy, directed by Carrie Kidd; “The Daisy” written and performed by Johanna Gardner, directed by Mahdavi; “Open the package, Denise” written by Erica Walch, directed by Austin Rice.

About this episode, Mahdavi, who has trained and worked in film production as well as, more recently, in directing and acting notes: “Episode 7 is our most ambitious undertaking so far with enhanced production values and original work that’s never been performed in public before.” Notable it is that “Open the package, Denise” is actually a short movie featuring award-winning Newfane author Erica Walch’s dystopian story and narration. Filmed, directed, edited, and performed by Austin Rice, Angus Reid, and Anneli Curnock, the short features some of Brattleboro’s finest young talents. “Even during COVID-19,” Mahdavi observes, “art brings us closer together” and so it has been in Originals, which manifested several new collaborations.

Jon Mack narrates SOLOs 7. “I am delighted by the high quality of theatrical performance this series is creating. In this extended period of isolation, we have found a way to keep the artistic juices flowing for our community of artists and audiences.”

The free premiere is available at https://youtu.be/TY_VdB2XjjA and on BCTV. To request links to the free talk-back following write info@hookerdunham.com or info@rockriverplayers.org.

Next in the SOLOs lineup: Episode 8 premieres in May featuring Anneli Curnock, John Moran, Veronica Stevens, Marisa Imôn, Fred Lawrence, Joel Kaemmerlen, Tom Ely, and Bahman Mahdavi. Annie Landenberger produces and directs.

For more information, check the RRP and H-D websites or email Hooker Dunham or the Rock River Players at the emails above.

RRP and H-D Premiere SOLOS Episode 7 April 9
Top, l. to r.–Anneli Curnock, Annie Landenberger, Gary Keiser
Bottom, l to r: Joel Kaemmerlen, Johanna Gardner, Charlene Kennedy

 

SOLOs Episode 6, Sense and Nonsense premieres Friday, March 19 at 7:30

Sense and Nonsense, the sixth in the SOLOs series of performances filmed on the Hooker-Dunham stage, airs this Friday, March 19 at 7:30 simultaneously on YouTube and BCTV . The showing will be followed by an online public “After Party” with the cast. SOLOs is a co-production of the Hooker-Dunham Theater and the Rock River Players (RRP).

“Sense and Nonsense” consists of a series of monologues that take aim at the destructive nonsense of gender stereotypes.

Cyndi Cain Fitzgerald’s “Aphra Behn: A Woman of Ideas” celebrates Women’s History Month by introducing audiences to this powerful 17th century playwright, poet, and translator who was denied her rightful place in literary history because she was a woman. Jessica Gelter directs.

Anneli Curnock challenges gender roles in a different way. In “The Creature Speaks,” Anneli performs the scene in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein when the creature confronts Frankenstein demanding that he create another creature to end the torture of being totally shunned and alone.

In “Elinor,” written and directed by Michael Nethercott, Cassandra Holloway portrays a stoic wartime nurse who felt she had to hold in her feelings to be able to care for severely injured soldiers. Elinor finds herself, many years later, overwhelmed by emotion.

Ian Hefele looks at a different aspect of the damaging nature of sexual stereotypes. In a piece written by playwright Sadie Portman, Ian’s character struggles with trying to maintain his sanity living “24×7” with his husband and their children. He rails about those who treat him as their “token gay friend” and those who demand to know which of his children’s two fathers is their mother.

Jenny Holan provides lighter interludes with the whimsical nonsense of Lewis Carroll’s poetry.

Coming up next in SOLOs is “Episode 7 – Originals.” Bahman Mahdavi, producer, describes it as “our most ambitious undertaking yet with all original material and enhanced production values.” Episode 8, to be aired in May, will be produced by RRP’s artistic director, Annie Landenberger.

Friday 19 March, 2021 at 7:30pm at https://youtu.be/nAgNwQAaKdk

CONTACT: Jon Mack (jonmackvt@gmail.com; 802-348-7159)

Photos; All photos are stills courtesy of the production: