Tonight is the Game Play Cabaret, where we'll be promoting Outsourced as one of the shows to see during the festival. Here's a quick promo vid below!
Tech rehearsals can prove to be pretty complicated for ordinary shows. Outsourced, with its multiple play spaces, live streaming and interactive format is definitely the most logistically complex project we've ever taken on at the One Trick Circus (and that's saying something - Midsummer, anyone?)
It took a few hours, and the united talents of our awesome production team, but we finally got things running smoothly... And we were rewarded by watching our first ever Gamer (aka Guinea Pig) take on the challenge of saving Annie. Thanks, Craig!
So, Elaine and Aisha were invited to film a promo for Outsourced with Todd Backus of PowerOut. The only catch? They each had to drink a shot of hot (HOT!) sauce, before answering questions about the show. We'll let you see what hilarity ensued.
Today we raided the costume closet of Theater for the New City to find the perfect garb for our show's main characters. In addition, we had to work out the logistics of where the actors' cameras would go during the show - in a shirt pocket? Attached to their shoulder? Hand held? So many options... Regardless, with new costumes, we're finally starting to see our Outsourced characters coming to life, which is awesome.
This week, Ashley, Alex and I are holding auditions for Outsourced. It's incredibly difficult to do this for a devised play, as there's no script yet, just a concept (which admittedly, we've been working on for some time). With that in mind, we're looking for a cast that will work well together (and with us!) and be comfortable with the Circus devising process. The notices have gone out, so let the search begin...
This week has been turbulent to say the least. The One Trick Circus is no longer producing Outsourced with our original sponsors, Tisch Profunds, due to a number of constraints put on the show, which we feel wold irrevocably hinder the final product. But just as we were looking for the nearest bar to drown our sorrows, we received an email from the Brick Theater in Williamsburg. They've invited us to produce Outsourced as part of Game Play, their annual video game theater festival! So, Outsourced lives on! And we'll be up in Brooklyn come July!
Today's devising session had us back in the black box brainstorming the finer elements of our story's plot and main characters. We were particularly inspired by the Belgian company Charleroi Danses and their extraordinary show, "Kiss & Cry". Check them out below!
We're getting close to April - which marks the end of our devising process and the beginning of more traditional rehearsals - which is mildly terrifying and terribly exciting. Somehow, this idea, which until recently has felt admittedly vague and unwieldy, has begun to really take shape. Our latest task is getting hold of all the equipment we need to execute this.
Great session with Saleem and Tony today, where we spent time nailing down one of our play's main characters, Steve. We have some great audio from this session, but unfortunately it contains a ton of spoilers! What I can reveal is that a creepy Orwellian vibe has introduced itself into the narrative, and I'm loving it!
Yesterday's session had us focused on character - in particular, developing character backstories and starting to think about how these would affect the way they interacted with each other in the present. The results were pretty awesome - we've got the beginnings of an eclectic and rather hilarious group of co-workers. Jeff and Eileen make a particularly devious pair.
So, devising sessions can be inspiring even when we're not actively doing exercises/playing games. During some down time Eileen and I listened as, Tony, Abigail and Jeff had a pretty fascinating discussion about World of Warcraft. I'm not in the know when it comes to WOW, but I love a little nerd talk. And it proved perfect inspiration for some candid dialogue in Outsourced.
Tony sent in a short n' sweet text review of today's devising session:
Lots of fun doing improv. Especially fun discovering the two boxers who run into each other at a cafe and try to be cordial but have all their past brutalities bubbling up. Natural Boy VS Bengal Tiger.
And the countdown continues...
Abigail's thoughts on The One Trick Circus's first day devising for Outsourced.
So, today was our first day in the rehearsal room devising for Outsourced at the beautiful Alchemical Theatre Lab. Loads of fun games (with a very memorable I Love You, But I Can't Laugh - thanks Tony and Jorge) and improv exercises, and some interesting scene work. Check out our images, curtesy of the lovely Abigail.
Some footage for our first brainstorming session for our new One Trick Circus show, Outsourced. Do we get off track? Of course. But we have some brilliant ideas, too! Hipster Hamlet, anyone?
We have a new site! And a new blog!! Do we seem excited? That'll be because The One Trick Circus is days away from diving headlong into our newest production. Outsourced is unlike any project we've taken on before - an interactive play that combines live theatre and video game elements, to create a singular, immersive experience.
Over the next ten weeks, our company will create this show from scratch (no pressure!) and we'll be documenting the process via this blog and on our Twitter and Facebook pages. So, if you're interested in watching a brand new play come to life, check back regularly and follow us online!
Oh, and enjoy!