Archive for October, 2010

Newton Avenue

Twinhead has been creating theater since 2003, for seven years. Five of those years we rehearsed at the house on Newton Avenue that a lot of our members have called home – some more literally than figuratively. But all of us have a bond with that house, and for five years a lot of what we did – well, most everything – was “at Newton.” “Let’s just meet at Newton.” “I guess we’ll just leave all this crap over here at Newton.” “I didn’t want all these cookies and/or candy in my house, so I thought, They’ll eat them at Newton.” It was our headquarters. It was our Titans Tower, our Oa, our Batcave (Bruce Wayne edition). Almost all of our extensive body of work has been written, rehearsed, built, stored, and argued about there. We’ve conceived so many ideas and written so many sketches and had so many business meetings there. We’ve tripped balls there. We huddled together in the creepy, badly lit, unfinished basement there during the Atlanta tornado. That same basement played home for all of our props and costumes, and we have the mildew to prove it. There’s a space in the living room floor that leaks into the basement if you happen to spill coffee there. Dance numbers were choreographed and learned, songs were harmonized, Halloween floats were built. A movie was filmed there. Auditions were held there, and some really wonderful parties. For all these reasons and more, Newton is a home to everyone in Twinhead, and now, we’re leaving.

It’s a good thing – the aforementioned mildewy basement is being replaced with two beautiful rooms at Bobby’s new house, and they have floors and lights and closets and climate control, the radness of which cannot be overstated. It’s our new Batcave (Dick Grayson edition). And now we have a new house to add to that Map of the Stars they’ll surely make once we become famous. It’s all good, what’s happening, but naturally our heartstrings are tugged by the years we’ve spent here, and we don’t want to let it go without sending it off with a fitting tribute to its memory by spending five minutes writing about it on this blog.

Suffice it to say, we’ll miss you, Newton. It’ll be weird to drive by you and not see eleven cars out front. It’ll be weird to drive by you at all, and know that we can’t go in anymore. It’ll be strange to see new people moving in and wanting to tell them all the crazy shit we’ve gotten up to in here. Whenever we watch Loaded Guns the Movie, we’ll think of you and be all nostalgic. We can’t thank you enough for all the shit you’ve put up with all these years; twelve people dancing and leaping and jumping and screaming and laughing and having dance parties and karaoke melodies and all the food and all the paint and all the drugs and all the good times, all the photo shoots and all the Rock Band and all the cleaning and the not-cleaning. All the couches. All the memories. Even though you were kind of falling apart, even though you shifted to the right and had no proper foundation, you were home. We love you, Newton, and we’ll miss you. We know that you’ll make a great home for whoever moves into you next.

And, hopefully, enough of Twinhead’s demonic energies will have seeped into your very framework that you’ll be turned into a touring museum for later generations to come into and say, “Wow. This is where it all happened.” Because that would be awesome.

And this is where Twinhead members would bring an assortment of food for events as diverse as Thanksgivings, Christmases, birthdays, LOST finale parties, and just because they were hungry. They say that even to this day you are able to smell the Papa John’s.

And this is the living room that hosted all of Twinhead’s rehearsals, auditions, writing sessions, business meetings, and marathon TV watching. Legend has it that altogether, Twinhead watched over eight years of television right here in this very room!


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Little 5 Points Halloween Parade





Our awesome wagon

Plenty to eat on this wagon!

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And ANOTHER thing!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and it’s not looking like that’s going to change anytime soon. With America: FTW! being worked on, the Newton basement cleaned out and sorted for the yard sale, and with packing and moving, we really haven’t had a chance to start working on that OTHER thing we’re doing, our Halloween float for the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade, until this week! Fortunately we have designed a relatively easy float to put together this year. Instead of, say:

A clown car and circus tent;

An enormous book, a volcano, and a QUNT;

or even

a fucking TREE.

No, no. THIS year, people, it’s simple. Just a covered wagon, Oregon-Trail-style, being pulled by an oxen, and housing a pioneer and an Indian roasting a baby on a spit.
Not complicated in the least.
Actually the work is coming along at a nice clip. Eli worked on the covered-wagon part before I got around to taking pictures, but here’s some other stuff we did tonight:

Stephanie's making the horns for our ox.

This wagon's promoting our show thanks to Cherry!

Our ox's nose will be getting pierced tomorrow.

We’re really excited to get this put together and have a blast at the parade like we do every year. Though, on a sad note, Holly Mull, the lady who puts the festival together every year, passed away recently. Hopefully this year’s more-epic-than-ever festival will be a fitting tribute to her many awesome years of community contributions. Thanks for 10 years of Best Halloweens Ever, Holly!

Be there!

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A new Bland Hack hilarity, featuring some Twinhead members and lots of rouge.

Well, I’ve got a yard sale to run in the early A.M. and you wouldn’t BELIEVE the amount of awesome stuff we have for sale. Tomorrow and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come by and see us!

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Yard for sale!

We had decided at the beginning of the summer to have a yard sale, but it was hot and there was a thing and someone had another thing that we all had to go to, and vacation and staycation, and Krista’s apartment complex had a pool, so with one thing and another we just never got around to it. But now that the boys–that is, James, Rob, Bobby, and Eli–are moving out of the house on Newton Avenue in East Atlanta that we’ve worked out of since 2006, we can’t put it off any more!
Tonight we spent three hours going through all kinds of the most random shit we’ve accumulated over the years. The basement at Newton is hilariously creepy, an unfinished basement with uneven mounds of dirt for a floor and terrible lighting. We always wanted to film a kid’s show down there because it really looks like a murder basement. But instead, it’s like an episode of Hoarders down there. Things have been donated, bought at thrift stores, found on the side of the road, left behind by cast members (“Aren’t those Barbara’s roller skates?”), and of course there’s the plethora of props and pieces that we created and built by hand, including: a well, a lighthouse, an oven, a volcano, a tractor, a graveyard, a huge Choose Your Own Adventure book, and a cherry tree. It’s pile after pile of WTF. But with our usual get-up-and-go, we managed to wade right in and get a surprising amount of work done!
Going through all the stuff down there brought back a lot of memories from past shows: the big mouths we made for Donkey Punch which were mistaken for blackface; the masks we made out of paper bags for Arden of Faversham; the wedding veil from Pterodactyls. We even found the gay fairy outfits from Shake ‘n Bake! The oven I mentioned earlier is from Pastrygeist; we also found the cupcake hats from Cakewalk on the Wild Side. There was all kinds of bloodstained fabric from The Cherry Orchard with Zombies, and we finally had to throw away the gnome’s beard we made for the “Lawn Ornaments” sketch in Loaded Guns: the Movie.
Not to mention all the cardboard and building materials like cotton batting and foam core. It’s just a daunting task to move all this stuff out! And something of a sad task, as well. After all, it’s the end of an era; we’ve made almost all our plays here, rehearsed them here, built them here. We filmed most of Loaded Guns: the Movie here. We built all three of our Halloween parade floats here. We’ve spilt a lot of paint here! So it’s hard to see this place go.
However! A new place awaits. Clean and bright, with real floors, and closets! So it’s not all that bad, really.
What’s also not all that bad is the amount of awesome shit we’re going to have for sale at our yard sale this weekend! Games, toys, clothes, costume pieces, masks, housewares, furniture, on and on and on. You should come! Everything will be cheap and guaranteed to start a conversation. It’s this weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here’s the Facebook event with all the deets.
Also, we had great auditions tonight! A bunch of people are coming out to our casting call for the show, which is great. A lot of them haven’t been in the game for awhile; we get that a lot. It’s really fun working with people like that, having fun with them, seeing them get back into it, and how great is it to give people a creative outlet? After all, that’s why we started this company to begin with. So expect to see some awesome new faces in America: FTW!
After all that hard work, we decided to reward ourselves with M&Ms, Project Runway, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta. So I’ma get back to that. See you at the yard sale!

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And now for something you’ll really like

Listen y’all. I can’t say enough about how awesome this is. Company member Bobby Andrews took it upon himself to get us a website! He used a free template site but managed to really create a snazzy, awesome site with video, posters, links, news, and all that shit, but it’s also easy to update. This is a huge load off all our shoulders that we’ve now transferred to Bobby’s, so, thanks Bobby!
This is great because now this blog is really a blog. We can use it to tell you more interesting things, instead of just updating it when we had a project in the pipeline. Part of our charm is that we don’t really know what we’re doing, but we manage to pull it out anyway. Sharing this process of freaked-out frustrations and revelations is just a way to bring you, our audience, even closer to us and the art we make.
And also you can kill some time at work.

We can help.

So, anyway, we got a website, and we were all really excited about that. Then, on like THE VERY SAME DAY, seriously, we got our dates confirmed at Eyedrum for America FTW! So this shit just got extremely real.

“Sketch comedy? Oh hell no.”

Also, a couple of us have been collaborating with the Little 5 Points Business Association to plan and organize the first Atlanta Fringe Festival. Diehard Twinhead fans have probably heard all about that time in 2006 when we took our feminist theory play Resisting the Birthmark to the Minneapolis Fringe. It still stands out in our memories as the one of the best times of our lives. Basically, the performing arts takes over an entire city. Performers come from all over the world, everyone in the town has their calendars marked for the shows they want to see, and there are parties, parties, parties. It’s a really fun time and a ton of original work has come out of Fringe festivals. Besides Charleston and Orlando, there isn’t a Fringe in the South! So Atlanta can fill that donut hole with our delicious artistic jelly.

Sweet, sweet artistic jelly.

We’ve been writing Loaded Guns: America FTW! for awhile now, and it’s really shaping into something awesome. Every sketch is more and more hilarious, and we’re really spanning the chronology. Although for awhile we were missing the entire Civil War, but that was solved when an epic dance number was conceived, in line with our general belief that epic dance numbers solve every problem.

See? Don’t you feel better?

Furthermore, we’re in the planning stages of our annual float for the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade, seriously one of the best times of the year. Our floats are always a lot of fun to build and put together and the parade is a blast.

And now, a cute picture of two baby bears fighting.

Listen dude, I know karate. You don’t want to fuck with me.

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