WE WON FIRST PLACE – Liverpool International Theatre Festival

WE WON FIRST PLACE – Liverpool International Theatre Festival

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On May 18-22, 2016, the Gypsy Stage Company, under the direction of Internationally acclaimed director, Ruth K. Brown, took Sapperstein & Murway’s work, Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus, to the Liverpool International Theatre Festival in Liverpool Nova Scotia Canada.  They represented the United States against an amazing lineup of talented directors, actors and theatrical works from all over the world.

Well, it was a very talented group of directors and actors, with some amazingly written theatrical works, all performed at one of the most stunning events involving the entire community of Liverpool Nova Scotia in a way that was positively second to none!  It was such an honor to be a part of this, to be among such talented peers and with a devoted and giving community such as this.

We were fortunate to come home with a lasting memory and an even bigger honor … The Gypsy Stage Company brought home the First Place award for our work.  It was such a thrill to represent our country in this way and we wish to express our profound gratitude to the Gypsy Stage Company and Ruth K. Brown for their love of our work and belief in its ability to “bring home the gold.”

Here’s the full list of competitors:

  1.  ARGENTINA:
    1. Name of Group: Arco Voltaico
    2. Name of Play: La celula – Acto incompleto y orquestado
  2. COLUMBIA:
    1. Name of Group: EFAC Black Box Theatret Lab Sibate Colombia
    2. Name of Play: BACK…BAK
  3. EGYPT:
    1. Name of Group: EAST VOICE GROUP FOR ARTS
    2. Name of Play: The Seven Days
  4. GEORGIA:
    1. Name of Group: Signagi Theatre
    2. Name of Play: A Strolling Group of Actors
  5. INDIA:
    1. Name of Group: BHARATI KAPADIA THEATREA
    2. Name of Play: Untold Stories
  6. MEXICO:
    1. Name of Group: Compania Teatral “Tercera Llamada”
    2. Name of Play: Curva Peligrosa (Dangerous Curve)
  7. MOROCCO:
    1. Name of Group: Dramatic Association for Artistic Creation
    2. Name of Play: Black and White
  8. NEPAL:
    1. Name of Group: Creative Academy/Lok Drishti Theatre
    2. Name of Play: Abhagini Aama – 2
  9. PERU:
    1. Name of Group: Cuerpos y Alma
    2. Name of Play: De la Cocha al Mar
  10. PORTUGAL:
    1. Name of Group: Associacao Manipulartes companhia de teatro de marionetas
    2. Name of Play: Manipulartes Apresenta / The Lover Fish
  11. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    1. Name of Group: Gypsy Stage Company
    2. Name of Play: Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus
  12. VENEZUELA:
    1. Name of Group: VTP Veneteatro Producciones
    2. Name of Play: St. John of the Disabilities
  13. ZIMBABWE:
    1. Name of Group: Chipawo – New Horizon Theatre Company
    2. Name of Play: The Most Wonderful Thing of All (A Doll’s House)
Methacton Performs The Irish Wake of Patty O’Toole

Methacton Performs The Irish Wake of Patty O’Toole

What an amazing performance by Methacton Community Theatre who put the Sapperstein & Murway comedy, The Irish Wake of Patty O’Toole on stage from March 6 through 16.

Stage Magazine wrote their performance up, two times, found here: http://bit.ly/1d436ww.

“Sapperstein and Murway have written a fun filled evening of Irish themed humor.  The cast is having a ball and it radiates to the audience,” — Arnie Finkle, Stage Magazine.

Patty O’Toole has passed on and the town gathers at his wake to mourn and remember this mischievous trouble maker and his leprechaun inclusive events when it seems, Patty’s not done creating mischief.  He shows up at his own wake rather than wait in line at the pearly gates for his turn at his interview.

Check out “The Irish Wake of Patty O’Tool” in our catalog by clicking here.

 

Crane Point Museum in Marathon Florida  Performs Mother Truckers

Crane Point Museum in Marathon Florida Performs Mother Truckers

Mother Truckers hits the road in Florida with the Crane Point Museum and the audience laughs all the way to “Rosie Mae’s Truck Stop” where they “eat here and get gas.”

Loretta Geotis of Crane Point shared her input on what she and her group did:

“I had the pleasure of working with J&G Unlimited in creating a fundraising project for my organization.  I decided to have a dinner and a play.  I had read “Mother Truckers” a few years prior while working as Executive Director at a community theatre.  I remembered the script and decided to use it for my event.  The script is well-written and very funny and has a small cast which was a necessity in my case.

I was able to enhance the story by adding funny signs and props including a sign that said “Rosie Mae’s Truck Stop – Eat Here and Get Gas.”  I created a “truck stop” environment with checked tablecloths and toy trucks and I-95 signs incorporated into the centerpieces.  My truck was carefully constructed and lit up which added to the ambiance.

The PressPlay CD sound track [provided by J&G with materials] finished off a great product and the audience was surprised at the first “truck engine” sounds and was still laughing when the toilet flushed for the final time.  The truck itself got an applause.

My audience loved it from beginning to end.  Judith at J&G was fun to work with and made the whole process worthwhile. Thank you J&G and keep writing those terrific scripts!”

As a result of the Crane Point production, J&G is receiving calls from other states as far north as New York, wanting Mother Truckers because they have been hearing from friends and theatre professionals that it is an extremely funny ride for audiences!

Thank you Loretta, you and your entire cast and crew.  What a magnificent job you’ve done!

You can find more information about Mother Truckers at the J&G Website by clicking here.

TANYS – Community Theatre Excellence

tanys-logoWell, here we are driving home from the TANYS Festival of 2013 with smiles on our faces, great memories from an amazing event, and a plethora of fabulous new friends and acquaintances.

Although our intention was to introduce the plays and musicals we represent to the New York Community Theatre market, we wound out accomplishing so much more!  The people of TANYS (The Theatre Association of New York State) were warm, welcoming and genuine to the core, while being wrapped up in a thick blanket of creativity, talent and presence!

We had so much fun getting to know the amazing actors, directors, producers, members and friends of TANYS while sharing our stories and music and watching the playful arguments of “no you can’t do that one, I want to put that one on,” (ANN)  it was truly heart warming and endearing.

Thank you from all of us at J&G to every single person of TANYS for reminding us just what it means to be a part of the amazing world of Community Theatre — people, relationships and a dedication to the craft and storytelling excellence!  As I said in my short speech given while awarding the raffled free show, “You are what Community Theatre is all about, you, the people in this room and others like you around the country, make Community Theatre possible!”

Even the meetings and events were entertaining with the great humor and anecdotes from speakers like Rob, and 2013 TANYS President Bob Frame.  To open the Festival’s closing board meeting, Festival President, “Big Rob” Sharman introduced the drawing of the J&G Free Show Raffle.  The amazing and talented Elisa Hunt of Auburn Players won the Raffle and the room oo’d and ah’d when we described in detail just what she’d walked away from the event with … one free J&G production of her choosing, up to 6 shows, and it includes all materials and even printed posters.

We will release a short interview with Elisa soon where she announced her selection of our musical, Bloomin which should be on stage under her skilled direction in August of 2014.  Be sure to check back with us here for updates and to visit TANYS’ site to learn about the TANYS performance winners who are now moving up to ESTA!

See you all in Maryland in January 2014 where J&G will be giving away ANOTHER free show,  all materials included, of up to 6 performances!

Rosarito Theatre Guild does Dancer the Footloose Reindeer

Rosarito Theatre Guild does Dancer the Footloose Reindeer

The Rosarito Theatre Guild of Baja California signed to perform Dancer the Footloose Reindeer December 6, 7 & 8, 2013.

my “Dancer” Director is anxious to start working on his production yesterday. I must admit that he & I have giggled over Dancer’s hi-jinks and are looking forward to working on it,
–Sylvia Dombroski, Rosarito Theatre Guild.

Sapperstein & Murway’s Venus is a Hit – From the Award Winning Director, Ruth K. Brown

Sapperstein & Murway’s Venus is a Hit – From the Award Winning Director, Ruth K. Brown

Ruth K. Brown, Director

Ruth K. Brown, Director

As a director I appreciated the fact that with my recent production of Women are from Venus; Men are from Uranus, J&G provided flexibility in casting, script usage and script changes to accommodate my vision and the limitations of the venue.

Royalty fees are on a sliding scale including the estimated audience size which is a key consideration for community venues. Royalty fees also include a CD with all of the music and sound effects required for the production. This is done using the PRESS PLAY method developed by J&G. For any low budget community theatre, complex sets can also pose problems. J&G keep their sets simple, i.e., often a single room, to keep production costs down.

I found the J&G staff very accommodating. They reached out during the rehearsal period to make sure any problems were resolved easily and reasonably. Permission, royalty and photo usage forms were provided quickly and in an easy-to-use format. J&G wishes to build relationships with those who perform their works, and they have already sent me FREE perusal copies of three additional plays for my future consideration.

Georgiana R. Staley and Wayne Meadows star as Woman and Man in The Everett Theatre’s production of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS.

Georgiana R. Staley and Wayne Meadows star as Woman and Man in The Everett Theatre’s production of WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS, MEN ARE FROM URANUS.

As part of my theatre work I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Theatre Association (DTA). DTA sponsors an annual short play festival showcasing work performed by community based theatres. Conversations with J&G have led to a commitment to re-write Women are from Venus; Men are from Uranus to a shorter length allowing submission at the 2014 festival which I will be directing with great enthusiasm.

In summary, my experiences working with J&G Unlimited, Inc. were delightful; and I will continue to consider and to recommend their works to other directors!

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

“There is something for everyone in this show [Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus], which is sure to have you laughing and perhaps sighing a little, as evidenced by opening night’s audience.” – Stage Magazine, May 2013

BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH TLC Scripts AS PER RUTH:

  • On-site printing capabilities so flexibility on what is received can usually be accommodated
  • PRESS PLAY to eliminate or greatly reduce music and sound effect license fees
  • Royalty fees are on a sliding scale including size of expected audiences
  • Royalty fees include a PRESS PLAY CD with the sounds/music required by the script
  • Flexibility with casting and even script versioning
  • Permission and license forms are quickly received and easy to use
  • Production photos and/or videos on their Facebook page for increased promotion
  • Outreach during rehearsal period with the intent to help ensure production success
  • Accommodation of other theatrical requirements if using one of their productions in a different way