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!
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.
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.
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
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
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