Thursday, August 11, 2005

Summer Scene Night 05'

August 15th and 16th,

Monday night was a full expressive evening. Plenty of good acting going on. The pressure in the room was intense as usual and this required a superior focus. With this in mind a great job was done by all. Anytime I can listen to Williams, O'Neil, or Shepard I consider the evening a win.
Fool for Love is a play only to be performed with gusto. To see first year students Tracey and Costas going at it was inspiring. Strong imaginative work by Amanda opened up Home Free and Good Night Gracie absolutely brought the house down with Josh and Jim as the comedic dream team for that scene for this night for eternity. It was bust out funny.
On Tuesday night Howard O'Dell portrayed a hilarious drunk in True West as the Ivy League Austin roasting his brother. And Rick Daniels and Eryka Fraczek had an absolutely alive and spontaneous experience with Mamet's Speed the Plow. Rick should produce the play and put himself in the lead asap. This is his part. Wow. Both nights were elegant as usual. What could be better than real life human beings coming togethar as part of a community dedicated to perfecting the art of acting. Hope resides each time we witness these scene nights. Hope for the new artists willing to explore the mystery of becoming a better human being through the vision of the writers. Don't forget the Elephant Man, last two weekends. Onward and Upwards as the legendary Bruce Mackey use to say. Peace, Matthew

Spring Scene Night 05'

The art of acting is alive and well on Sutter St. as demonstrated by some stunning performances from Cowboy Mouth by Sam Shepard on Tuesday May 17th, 2005. Dave Stewart and Otcai Sailor reminded us about the elation of living fully, the folly of being human, and the passion to become actualized. The Shelton Theater became one big living flower as witnessed by those in the house. Jeanette Sarmiento's monologue, No Smoking, was high art camp and a total delight and Howard O'Dell and Todd O'Connor created a hysterical and poignant Lone Star. It was a marvelous night of intelligence. On Monday night we witnessed a wonderful performance of Graceland as performed with exhuberance and committment by Windy Barnhardt and Nanrisa Lee. And Joshua Klein played Murray in A Thousand Clowns with somber grace and aplomb. A vaudeville Zoo Story was funny and entertaining, due to the casting of big Ed Giles and Greg Young, for those that have worked on the play over the years, this was indeed an eye opener. Bravo to all participants and viewers. Both nights were a total success. I talked to much on Monday night I was told, after all i did spontaneously call Richard Harder wonderfully arrogant and a fine actor and our lead for Oleg's direction of the Elephant Man . Luis burst into a spontaneous cheer over Graceland. and the night was alive with Jean Shelton in the house both nights. We look forward to tonights work with the newcomers as taught by Julie Dimas-Lockfeld.We are prepping for the arrival of Oleg Liptsin the master Russian Director who came to us and directed Chekov's Cherry Orchard and Gogol's The Marriage. Workshop to accompany his vist. Stay tuned. Jean Shelton will be offering Script Analysis, this once yearly lecture course is mandatory for studying with Ms. Shelton and all students are encouraged to attend this lecture course.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Jean Shelton Actors Lab

We are now up and blogging.