Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Scarlet Letter Actor Call

Hello, everyone -

As some of you know, we're going to start rehearsals and experiments for the Scarlet Letter soon, which we're adapting straight from Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale. Missy Styles is going to be Hester Prynne and Meredith Lyons is going to be Pearl, Hester's daughter. All the other parts are completely up in the air, so that means we're looking for a Reverend Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth, plus 4 other actors who can play multiple roles like Mistress Hibbons, the various clergymen, the governor, townspeople, etc. We're looking for people with movement background and creators who love the process of discovery and exploration. A lot of stage time to be had by all. And, if you've auditioned for us before, we'd love to have you back!

Like Metamorphosis, this production is going to be VERY movement oriented, experimental, and representational with the set. Kim Katona is helping me come up with shadow effects that will make things very mysterious and haunting. There will be much fabric to play with and interweave from here to there and everywhere. Stacie Barra is helping me as assistant director and she's also already come up with super cool costume designs.

The process should be very enjoyable and all the actors will really help with the creative process. We love ensemble work, as a lot of you are aware. So . . . please let me know if you'd be interested and feel free to forward this to other actors that you think would like to be involved in our process. There will be some pay and we're always very generous at making everyone know how much we appreciate their hard work. We'll hold auditions if we don't get the response we're looking for this way. Either way, I'll need to have folks read for the part and also see how wonderfully they move.

The show will run for six weeks starting in August at StageLeft. I'm hoping to start rehearsals mid-May at our space on Ravenswood.

I look forward to hearing from you and am incredibly excited about this beautiful project.

Take care,
RebeccaRebecca Zellar and Chris Riter
The GreyZelda Theatre Group

Friday, April 21, 2006


From The Doll's House: Volume 2 in the Sandman Series:

"There is only one thing to see in the twilight realm of Desire.

It is called the threshold. The fortress of Desire.

Desire has always lived on the edge.

The threshold is larger than you can easily imagine. It is a statue of Desire, him-, her- or it-self.

(Desire has never been satisfied with just one sex. Or just one of anything - excepting only perhaps the threshold itself.)

The threshold is a portrait of Desire, complete in all details, built from the fancy of Desire out of blood, and flesh, and bone, and skin.

And like every true citadel since time began, the threshold is inhabited.

There is only one occupant, at this time.

Desire of the Endless.

The threshold is far too large for just one person.

It contains two eardrums larger than a dozen marble ballrooms.

And empty, echoing veins, like tunnels. You will walk them until you grow old and die without once retracing your steps.

Given Desire's temperament, however, there was only one place in the cathedral of its body to make its home.

Desire lives in the heart."

- Neil Gaiman

Monday, April 10, 2006

GreyZelda Updates

Many of you already know this, but I'm putting this here for historical purposes . . . it's our GreyZelda newsletter . . . it's probably in your inboxes. Go check your email! Quick! Quick!

Hello, everybody -

I just wanted to write and let everybody know what's been happening in the land of the GreyZelda Theatre Group.

Front and Center . . . We'll be opening Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill a month from today - May 10 and it'll be the kick off of our third season in Chicago. The show will be at the Oracle Theatre on N. Broadway. Chris is directing and it should be a beautifully swell show. If I could play you the music, show you the set design, preview the acting, and pass along O'Neill's text, I would, but it'll be better for you to see for yourself.

I've been adapting the Scarlet Letter with the help of Stacie Barra. We're putting that up in August at StageLeft.

If you haven't seen it already, we've created a myspace account, which you can see at www.myspace.com/mulchcrow. Please feel free to add us as friends. We're friendly.

I also set up a cafepress account for us, where you can purchase GreyZelda items along the likes of . . . coffee mugs, bags, journals, stickers, underwear (yes, GreyZelda underwear. I can't wait to get mine.), tshirts, and hats. It's pretty cool. Sarah Stec did amazing work at coming up with a Branding campaign for us and her logos, designs, etc will be on each of the GreyZelda items. www.cafepress.com/greyzelda

And, speaking of Sarah . . . she helped us with business cards and bookmarks, so keep your eyes open all around town. She also helped us with a new website design, so check that out, too. And feel free to send me quotes to put in the Crow's beak day to day. www.greyzelda.com

That's about it on the GZ front. I hope you're all doing well and enjoying this gorgeous day!

Take care,

Thursday, April 06, 2006

The phone . . .

I feel like I'm in a surreal movie where the phone is constantly ringing. Doesn't that happen in Mulholland Drive? I think so. Anyway . . . it's not our phone. It's a phone either above our apartment or the in the one across the hall. The phone has been ringing nonstop since 10:30am. It's now almost 12:00. I hope a neighbor isn't dead. We've had a neighbor die before. Ozzie. I should write about him sometime because he was a good man. But, I don't know the neighbors above or across from me. I don't think they're normally here at this time. But, somebody is insistant. And what will happen when the neighbor picks up the phone? I know not and I don't know if I want to know.

Maybe it's somebody's alarm clock set to go off like a phone. Do they make those? How annoying if they do. And it's like I'm Elaine in Seinfeld if that's the case for that happened to her and drove her slightly batty. It wasn't hard to drive Elaine batty, but . . . it was one of those episodes.

Someday the phone will be answered. Hopefully, it'll turn into a steady din. If I go batty, well . . . what's new, pussycat?


Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Bookmarks and business cards . . .

We have received them in the mail. And they're amazing. Keep your eyes pealed. Very classy acoutrements. Thank you, S. Stec. We are incredibly excited to share these with Chicago peeps.

Caws in exultation!