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 an 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:
Name of Group: Arco Voltaico
Name of Play: La celula – Acto incompleto y orquestado
Name of Group: EFAC Black Box Theatret Lab Sibate Colombia
Name of Play: BACK…BAK
Name of Group: EAST VOICE GROUP FOR ARTS
Name of Play: The Seven Days
Name of Group: Signagi Theatre
Name of Play: A Strolling Group of Actors
Name of Group: BHARATI KAPADIA THEATREA
Name of Play: Untold Stories
Name of Group: Compania Teatral “Tercera Llamada”
Name of Play: Curva Peligrosa (Dangerous Curve)
Name of Group: Dramatic Association for Artistic Creation
Name of Play: Black and White
Name of Group: Creative Academy/Lok Drishti Theatre
Name of Play: Abhagini Aama – 2
Name of Group: Cuerpos y Alma
Name of Play: De la Cocha al Mar
Name of Group: Associacao Manipulartes companhia de teatro de marionetas
Name of Play: Manipulartes Apresenta / The Lover Fish
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Name of Group: Gypsy Stage Company
Name of Play: Women are from Venus, Men are from Uranus
Name of Group: VTP Veneteatro Producciones
Name of Play: St. John of the Disabilities
Name of Group: Chipawo – New Horizon Theatre Company
Name of Play: The Most Wonderful Thing of All (A Doll’s House)
“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.
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!
Well, 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!
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.