Is tweeting the new tool in theatre?

We were the first in Monterey County to do it and we called them Saturday Night BASHers. Inspired by SFPlayhouse, who began their tweet seats in 2010, more information about the creation of Pluggers is available in this article.  

So what’s the big idea behind tweeting during a live performance? Is it a viable resource or is it “just gross”, as Curt Hopkins states in his article Tweet seats deserve to be booed out of theater (Arts Technica).

Check out this KQED/NPR radio piece, Theatres Torn on Tweets by Cy Musiker, featuring former 2x4BASH stage manager/designer, Casey Rebecca Nunes.

What do you think?

2012 Season Announcement!

We know you’ve been waiting…so here we go!

*Dates/Titles/Times subject to change*

2012 Meet & Greet!

We’re back! Our first season was such a blast, we’ve decided to have a second one!

Join us for a quick meeting where we will announce our 2012 titles and begin sign ups for the company team!

WHEN: Wednesday February 22, 2012

TIME: 6:00pm

WHERE: Hartnell College/The Western Stage, main stage theater

Can’t join us? No worries, shoot us an e-mail at 2x4bash@gmail.com and let’s meet another time!

*something to keep in mind: we are searching for young professional artists, no matter your experience…as long as you have the passion to be involved! We ask our artists are between the ages of 18-30 (exceptions made in acting)*

The Music of “Dog Sees God”

Pre-show Music

1. “Wake Up” by Archade Fire

2. “Black Tables” by Other Lives

3. “Whatever “by Gnarls Barkley

4. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People

5. “Shake Me Down” by Cage the Elephant

6. “C’mon C’mon” by The Von Bondies

7. “Another Morning Stoner” by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

8. “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?” by Travis

9. “There Goes The Fear” by The Doves

10. “Days Go On” by Greg Laswell

Music in Show

11. “Riverside” by Agnes Obel

13. “Prelude in E-minor op.28” by Chopin

14. “Nannou” by Aphex Twin

15. “Peanuts” by Asis Galvin

16. “Peanuts Get Ur Freak On Me” by  DJ PHO

17. “Percussion Gun” by White Rabbits

18. “Pure Morning” by Placebo

19. “Taller Children” by Elizabeth & The Catapult

20. “12 Edutes, Op. 10: No. 12 in C minor – Revolutionary” by Chopin

21. “Moonlight Sonata” by Beethoven

22. “Lacrimosa – Requim” by Mozart

23. “Comptine d’un autre été – L’après-midi” by Yann Tiersen

Bows and Post-show Music

24. “What You Know” by Two Door Cinema Club

25. “Mad World” by Michael Andrews Featuring Gary Jules

26. “Linus & Lucy” by Gary Hoey

To listen and watch video of some of the songs above click here for the “Dog Sees God” Youtube playlist.

If you would like to purchase some of these songs from iTunes click here OR if you are in the area and know me I will gladly burn you a copy 😉

OOOPPPPEEEEEENNNNN!!!!

(You know like how soccer fans yell goal? You get it right?)

Last night at 7:30pm we opened None of the Above the first of our four shows to go up. The house was about 3/4 full with 2x4BASH company members, TWS company members and friends of the theatre. Unfortunately, as I’m stage managing the next show to go up for the TWS regular season I was unable to attend. You’d think that between two sets of closed doors and a hallway you wouldn’t be able to hear what’s going on in the studio. On the contrary, we could hear all the big laughs from the audience and curtain call was so loud it stopped our rehearsal. That my internet friends, is the very definition of a kick ass opening. Congratulations to the cast, the crew and the 2x4BASH company. We did it and it is awesome.

Now (since this is just the beginning) I’m off to help with the changeover into Oleanna which opens tonight. A very different experience than None of the Above but equally satisfying. I hope you can all join us tonight at 7:30 or tomorrow at 1:30 for this thought provoking piece. You don’t want to miss it.

Talkback Board post show: Picture courtesy of Casey Rebecca Nunes.

Clark and Jamie from “None of the Above”

This Friday “None of the Above” opens 2x4BASH’s inaugural season. It’s a rich, cleverly written play about two people from vastly different social backgrounds becoming unlikely friends through SAT tutoring sessions. Clark (Jesse Huston), an SAT tutor, is a smart young man whose intention for teaching the tutorials is not quite clear at first. His initially unwilling student, Jamie (Nikole Moon), is a spoiled, neglected rich kid who spends her days finding ways to rebel against her absent parents.

I asked my cast recently to describe to me their characters in their own words. Here’s what they had to say:

Oleanna: The Telephone Show

Okay, so Oleanna isn’t just about telephones, but they sure do ring a lot in this play. As the sound designer, I’ve been listening to a lot of telephone rings, trying to find the right ones to go with the phones we are using in the show: an office desk phone and a cellphone. To me it’s important that they sound right because they ring often and should sound different from each other. Also if the sound of the ring isn’t quite right, it might interfere improperly with the tone of the scene. These are the things that keep me up at night.

In my search for the right telephone ring I came across this article about the Universal Telephone ring. It’s the sound effect that Universal Studios used in everything during the ’70s and ’80s. You can listen to it at the link below. I bet you’ll recognize it:

http://www.hollywoodlostandfound.net/sound/uniphone.html

For Oleanna’s two phones I’ve been thinking about using these ring sounds.

For the cellphone something like this:

And for the desk phone something like this (click the link below to play the sound):

http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=24929