Solid Lines Productions Offers Rebecca Gilman’s “BOY GETS GIRL” to Open Third Season

We at Solid Lines Productions sincerely hope you will join us in celebrating the opening of our third season! We are very excited to open our third season with Rebecca Gilman’s BOY GETS GIRL, featuring:Boy Gets Girl 11x17 7.24.16-page-001

TONY, David DeRose

HARRIET, Madeline Finn

THERESA BEDELL, Macia Noorman

LES KENNKAT, Brian Rolf

HOWARD SIEGEL, Mike Thompson

MERCER STEVENS, Darrious Varner

MADELEINE BECK, Annalise Webb

 

We will be touring this show through the following places between October and early November:

  • Saint Louis Community College at Meramec (in the Meramec Theater) at 12pm noon on Wednesday, October 12
  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (in the Morris University Center) at 7pm on Monday, October 17
  • Saint Louis College of Pharmacy (in the ARB Auditorium) at 7pm on Thursday, November 3

Performances are free of charge for all audience members!

We have partnered with Saint Martha’s Hall (saintmarthas.org) in an effort to connect the greater Saint Louis community with its resources. Saint Martha’s Hall does so much to support women and children who are victims of domestic and sexual violence, and it is up to us to support them in their vital and selfless work! So we are asking that audience members come to our performances with in-kind donations for Saint Martha’s Hall. They have specific needs, so we ask that audience members either bring cash donations, or in-kind donations from the following list:

  • Gift cards to Target and or/WalMart
  • Women’s Deodorant
  • Women’s Body Wash
  • No-show socks

Thank you all for your support of Solid Lines Productions and of Saint Martha’s Hall! We are excited to see you at our performances, and we are looking forward to garnering much-needed donations for a wonderful organization that serves so many in this city that we love!

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SOLID LINES PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM!

PERMANENT COLLECTION poster
PERMANENT COLLECTION poster

Solid Lines Productions is proud and so very honored to announce a special collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum to present a staged reading of Thomas Gibbons’ play, PERMANENT COLLECTION! The reading will be followed by a talk-back with the actors and director, as well as Nichole Bridges, Associate Curator for African Art, from the Saint Louis Art Museum. During this talk-back, audience members can ask questions and engage in dialogue regarding the questions raised by the play. The mission of Solid Lines Productions is to foster community dialogue through theatre about socially-relevant issues. The Saint Louis Art Museum collects, presents, interprets, and conserves works of art of the highest quality across time and cultures; educates, inspires discovery, and elevates the human spirit; and preserves a legacy of artistic achievement for the people of St. Louis and the world.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12th at 2:00 PM

WHERE: The Farrell Auditorium, Saint Louis Art Museum

STORY: “Soon after African-American businessman Sterling North becomes the new director of the Morris Foundation, he discovers that this world-famous art collection includes several significant African sculptures tucked away in storage. His proposal to add them to the public galleries is opposed by the foundation’s long-time education director, who is loyal to the idiosyncratic wishes of the late Dr. Morris. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, this clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection. Permanent Collection is a searing examination of racial politics that ultimately asks how much space — literally and figuratively — the white world gives to African-Americans. What is the cost of failing to view the world through another’s eyes?” – Playscripts.com

Gibbons’ intellectually charged drama is a beautifully balanced dialectic that treats a complicated and emotional issue without cheap conclusions… Sophisticated and deft, it is a provocative treatment of the unanswerable.” — LA Times

DETAILS: Admission for this event is free. All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets may be reserved in person at the Museum’s Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111

 

Playwright and Director Elizabeth Wong Comes to St. Louis!

Solid Lines Productions is honored and so proud to announce a special guest director for our February production of Elizabeth Wong’s KIMCHEE AND CHITLINS: Elizabeth Wong herself! She will

Elizabeth Wong
Elizabeth Wong

be visiting St. Louis from Los Angeles to direct this special production of KIMCHEE AND CHITLINS, a “serious comedy about getting along.” The play invites us to witness racial tensions between black and Korean-American people who share a community, and asks where our media fits into the puzzle.

From Ms. Wong: “Mainstream theatre goers are used to a steady diet of milk and toast. A de facto cultural segregation. So my plays strive to free Audiences from this cultural isolation. I want to tell stories that expand the palate of the theatre Audience. I want Audiences to know there’s a yummy banquet of stories just waiting, if only they’d come in and take a seat and be brave enough to try something new. Tapas, dim sum, sushi, gumbo, soul food. All my plays bring ingredients together to make a provocative meal for a mind made numb on milk and toast…As a playwright, I want to wake up and expand taste buds for stories told in a new way through characters you haven’t met before, but with whom you will laugh and cry, and perhaps find our common humanity. Because that’s the job of theatre.”

Each of the productions that Solid Lines Productions stages is followed by a talk-back that aims to foster community dialogue

KIMCHEE AND CHITLINS poster
KIMCHEE AND CHITLINS poster

about socially-relevant issues. While she is here, Ms. Wong will be present for at least one of those talk-backs. She also plans to teach some workshops in the area during her stay. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a very exciting production of KIMCHEE AND CHITLINS, as well as stay for the dialogue that follows!

We also hope that you will join us in our third season for the other wonderful productions that our exciting 2016-2017 season will feature, all of which will be featured on our “On Stage” page. Cast lists are currently up, so check them out!

Additional information regarding performance dates and locations, as well as our other productions this season, is forthcoming. So please check back frequently. Follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, and check our website to get the most recent news as it happens!

This collaboration is made possible through a generous grant from the Regional Arts Commission.

All Women’s Comedy Night!

That's What She Said 2016

Solid Lines Productions presents an all-female comedy show and fundraiser!

We know some incredibly talented and funny women that reside right here in St. Louis. Giving these women an opportunity to show their talent while being surrounded by a supportive cast full of women is a dream come true.

Because they aren’t just good for a girl… they are amazing, period.

Featuring:
Libbie Higgins
Sarajane Alverson
Donna Weinsting
Kristy Meyer
Melissa Darch
We Are Jenny Lewis!
Asia Thomas
Underwater Carla
Diva La Tap
Bibi Dazzle
With your host, Shannon Nara

We have comedy in several forms – stand-up, improv, sketch, dancing, singing, and even burlesque! Our silent auction and two surprise “performances” (that you, the audience, can vote for) will make your night even better!

This event is graciously and generously hosted by The Improv Shop (in CWE), with great seating. And more importantly: a fantastic bar!

Tickets are $20
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm (PROMPTLY!)
Buy tickets http://shesaid.bpt.me/

Come out to celebrate the talent and support Solid Lines Productions, a theatre company in STL focused on fostering community dialogue through theatre about socially relevant issues. We spotlight social issues and create a safe space after each performance for everyone to #jointheconversation.


Graphic Design by Rachel Kornhardt.

Mr STL Theatre Awards!

SOLID LINES PRODUCTIONS’ Mr STL Theatre Event!

Solid Lines Productions announces a fundraising event, Mr STL Theatre. With a wry bent on the traditional beauty pageant events, our local male actors, designers, and other contributors to STL theatre will compete with one another in events showcasing their talents, their swimsuits, their formal wear, and more! Join us as we spend an evening determining which of our fabulous contestants from all walks of the theatre community deserves to be crowned Mr. STL Theatre! The panel of judges will feature more familiar faces from the St. Louis Theatre scene, as it will be populated by some of the most well-known and popular women that our local theatre scene has to offer. The evening will be hosted by our emcee, local actress and comedian, Donna Weinsting.

WHEN: Monday, August 31st at 6:00 PM

WHERE: The Duck Room, at Blueberry Hill (6504 Delmar Blvd., St Louis 63130)

TICKETS: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1900242

Or you can simply pay $20 at the door. But be aware that we have a limited number of seats!

DETAILS: The proceeds from this event will benefit the October production of Solid Lines Productions, which is focused on raising awareness of sexual violence. The production tours through the greater St. Louis area and features local talent. The play is free to venues that wish to host it, as well as to audience members who attend, and it is followed by a talkback with the actors, director and counselors who are on-hand to support anyone affected by the play. Additionally, in-kind donations are collected at the doors of each performance for local womens’ shelters and support centers, with whom Solid Lines Productions partners with the aim of connecting the community with its resources.

Please visit our website at solidlinesproductions.com frequently for additional information regarding our esteemed contestants, judges, and much more as we approach what promises to be a memorable evening of laughter and community!

The Stroll Against Silence

strollagainstsilence-FBThe Angel Band Project, who have been very supportive of Solid Lines Productions have put together what looks to be a wonderful event! Please read about their Stroll Against Silence, an event to “break the silence” surrounding sexual violence, and consider walking with them on Saturday, April 18th at Maryville University. Registration is free, and the work that Angel Band Project does for survivors through their music is absolutely something that everyone in St. Louis should be aware of, and very proud of!

You can register at www.firstgiving.com/Angelbandproject/stroll-against-silence and you can learn more about the wonderful work that Angel Band Project does by visiting their website at angelbandproject.org

Gitana Productions, Inc. Presents BLACK & BLUE

The following was taken from the Gitana Productions website. This sort of work is something we really want to promote in the community, and we encourage people to be aware of the conversations that are going on all around us! If you are interested in additional information, please check out www.gitana-inc.org. We encourage everyone to #jointheconversation!

BLACK AND BLUEWritten by Lee Patton ChilesMay/June 2015
Missouri History Museum May 22-24, Kranzberg Arts Center May 29-31
Other Venues to be Announced

Gitana is bringing this play to the St. Louis Public at no cost to encourage healing and understanding between our community and the Police.

Recent events in Ferguson have ruptured the denial that many had about the state of race relations and equal justice under the law in our region. This is an original play that will explore the complexity of the relationship between the African American community and Police who are charged with keeping us safe and secure. The play will be based on a compilation of interviews with policemen and members of the African American community. Community representatives from Ferguson will join professional actors on stage.

Solid Lines Productions and SIUE Partner for a Residency

Solid Lines Productions is thrilled to announce that we will be in a residency at the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville! After much dialogue after our October production of EXTREMITIES, it was decided that this was a way to continue the dialogue that we started this past fall.

Artists from Solid Lines Productions will visit the SIUE campus this spring semester and work with students there to write about experiences regarding sexual assault and rape culture. Our artists will then collaborate with students, endeavoring to develop their writing into performance pieces such as poetry and monologues. These performance pieces will be presented and performed by students there in an evening for rape awareness on the SIUE campus sometime this spring.

We are so excited and grateful that SIUE is so invested in raising awareness of these issues and doing so much to help others #jointheconversation. Oftentimes, there are so many things that are left unsaid when someone is a survivor or secondary survivor of rape: people fear “saying the wrong thing” or being ostracized or any other number of reasons. And those fears are justified nearly every day by people everywhere. Thanks to SIUE, we are working toward building a community in which that fear no longer silences voices that must be heard.

Stay tuned for more details as we announce which artists will be collaborating with us and SIUE during the course of this residency!

Staged Reading of FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE at Daemen College

Solid Lines Productions is very excited to announce that we have been invited to present a staged reading of Shelagh Stephenson’s FIVE KINDS OF SILENCE at Daemen College!

We have assembled a stellar artistic team to tackle this difficult and heart-wrenching script, and look forward to watching them help Daemen students #jointheconversation regarding sexual assault and rape. The performance will take place in the Wick Center on Thursday, February 12th at 7 PM.

Though Solid Lines Productions is based in St. Louis, Missouri, our mission of using local artists to discuss local issues rings true no matter where we go. As such, we have recruited some fantastic Buffalo talent for our engagement at Daemen College. This most wonderful cast of John Aramini, Josie DiVincenzo*, Michelle Eisen, David Lundy, Bonnie Jean Taylor and Ayana Naomi Williams will be directed by Marie Hasselback Costa.

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Meet the Cast!

Meet the cast of Extremities! Bill Mastrosimone’s Extremities will be our inaugural production, and will begin its tour in October of 2014. We are very much looking forward to touring the greater St. Louis community with this extremely talented cast, as they will be performing both staged readings and full productions of the play! Interviews with members of the cast will be posted soon, so keep an eye on the website!