Archive for October, 2009

Apparently, the sun was off today.

Weather.com, schmeather.com. Today was as “partly cloudy” as Viggo Mortenson is “partly badass”.

But that didn’t stop construction on this year’s Little Five Points Halloween Parade float!

Pile of Blossoms

This year, we are showing our skillz with a bloodied up Cherry Tree to advertise The Cherry Orchard with Zombies! Basically, we started with some pvc pipe and a bucket of concrete, wrapping chicken wire to form the cylindrical trunk. Then, with more pvc and wire, we built three separate branches, wrapped them in masking tape, painted them brown, then spent the better part of 8 hours making what you see to your left here.

One Branch

Those are individual squares of white tissue paper, folded together with individual squares of pink tissue paper, tied off with a brown pipe cleaner. There’s about 3 blossoms per pipe cleaner, and about 600 pipe cleaners total. But the results were thrilling, leaving us with three pretty massive branches like the ones you see here!

Attaching these little hell minions was a lot like using fire to stick silk to a Faberge egg. You can see someone about to burn the skin off their fingertips here:

Glue Gun

Workshop

But there was more than gluing pretty flowers to things involved here. This is Twinhead’s official workshop, where we do all our heavy construction jobs– (Ps if you’d like to donate to Twinhead, email twnhdbiz@gmail.com!) We’ve also got a pretty sweet workbench seen below here…

Work Tables

But it works! And in the end, we’ll have a tree sticking out of this hole in the back of a truck and everyone will gape in awe and amazement and pave the streets with cheese before our very feet! Pictures of the parade will be up soon! So long as everything comes together, which it will, because it must.

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eyedrum.org

If you haven’t been to Eyedrum, you really need to check them out. It’s an amazing venue and gallery all in one, and has been the home to some of Twinhead’s greatest shows! I just sent Eyedrum the blurb for Cherry Orchard so it should be up on their website soon–a nice quick description for anyone who might ask – “What the hell is The Cherry Orchard with Zombies?” Here’s a leaked transcript–

Twinhead returns to Eyedrum with a new spin on an old classic!
Given the recent trend of sticking the living dead into just about anything, Twinhead has decided to re-animate one of the finest Russian plays ever written, bringing you The Cherry Orchard with Zombies. Imagine a nation-wide mortgage crisis, a family trapped in insurmountable debt, an entrepreneur in a moral conundrum, a financial consultant who can’t pay his own bills…sound painfully familiar? Ok, well now imagine that while trying to survive a vicious assault by flesh-eating zombies. Come see how it all ties together in Twinhead’s first new show of our seventh exciting season! Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard with Zombies runs November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, and again on November 27th, 28th, and 29th. All shows at 8pm, all shows here at Eyedrum!

 

There is an alleged finished poster out there! I should be seeing it today, and getting it online for everyone hopefully tonight or tomorrow! Until then, the float is coming along swimmingly. Krista and Stephanie and Bobby and everyone involved have really put something awesome together here. Photos are coming!

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Twinwho Theawhat?

Hello and welcome one and all!

In the arduous process of getting around to asking someone to think about talking to us about hopefully one day starting a website we can maintain and keep constantly updated, it’s about damn time Twinhead Theatre starts a wordpress blog! Here you’ll find information on Twinhead’s upcoming projects, big breaking news, and awesome links to things we love.

Writing now is Eli Banks. I’ve been a company member since 2005, after having performed with many of Twinhead’s other members in HAIR at Georgia State University in 2004. More updates will come from any one of our other dozen company members (CMs), providing you with a rapidly updated blog falling somewhere between “diverse” and “schizophrenic”. But always hilarious. Unless something horrible happens. Then we’ll tone it down a notch. I mean, knock on wood… Anyway–

Posts from me in the near future will be mostly regarding the production of our upcoming show, The Cherry Orchard with Zombies! Taking a page from Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the title page, specifically), a group of CMs and I pored over a dozen or more classic, royalty-free, scripts to find the perfect show to which we could add zombies. It quickly seemed to us that when Anton Chekhov wrote The Cherry Orchard in 1904, his intent was to one day have zombies added to the story, because the theme fit perfectly! After hours of collectively going through the script line-by-line, days of individual edits, and nights of sleeping, we finally had a script, and The Cherry Orchard with Zombies became a reality we hadn’t fully expected to come to fruition so seamlessly. Auditions took place, bringing in a cast of half company members and half guest artists, and rehearsals are currently under way to bring you Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece as he originally -probably- intended it to be seen!

We have an incredibly talented cast, which is wonderfully conducive to our tight rehearsal schedule. Twinhead has long relied on our own ingenuity for special effects and set design, and much of this show will benefit from the years of experience we have with greusome on-stage deaths, exploding windows, and bringing turn-of-the-century Russia to life at Eyedrum Art Space. At rehearsal on Monday night, FX whizzes Bobby Andrews and Stephanie Rucker (CM) prepared our first sugar-glass window pane. As a first run test, it was more than we hoped for! It looked like glass, it supported itself, it broke into a dozen pieces when you punched it, and it tasted like rock candy! Through trial and error, this breaking window will ultimately be a miraculous moment on stage—spoiler alert—TWICE!

Co-director Geoff Bartlett (CM) and I have been discussing the actors’ characters individually with them before rehearsal starts, and it’s time to get to one of those meetings. I leave you with the first of a few promo fliers being produced for the show! Copy it, paste it, smatter it throughout the web! Print it out and line the streets with it! Then get ready to cover it up as our main poster in current production is a collaboration between two local artists you just may have heard of. I mean, only if you’ve ever been to Atlanta before. It’ll pretty much make your brain melt and drizzle out your nose.

We’ll be back with more!

disperse me!

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