Samurai is done at Venus Theatre!
And it was awesome. A huge thanks to Deb, to the amazing cast, crew, and design-composition team. Check out the photos and the page here.
What beauty. What fun. What Samurai. Thank you all for your time, talent, and energy.
This Week in Theatre:
Saw: We Are Samurai. September 26-28th. A drive down to Laurel, MD to see an indoor/outdoor/walk-around version of We Are Samurai, directed by the lovely Deborah Randall. AMAZING. What great work. Big post to follow.
Saw: A reading of Stefan Hartmann's Search Party. September 28th. Snakes eating tails.
Read: Nocturama. By Annie Baker. September 29th. Dance.
Director Deborah Randall talks on We Are Samurai to Theatre Bloom:
Can you tell us a little bit about this production We Are Samurai?
Deb: There are two ways to really talk about it. One is the convention of the play which is that it takes place in five different locations at one time, sometimes simultaneously. So that’s really fascinating, that drew my interests. The other thing to look at is that it’s written by one of my youngest playwrights, she just turned 26. She studied under Erik Ehn and she sort of gives permission in this new way to experience theatre.
I feel like when we’re raised with libraries and Dewy Decimal systems for reading novels it’s very different from people of the younger generation who grew up with the internet, who were constantly exposed to information. I think that sort of wires the brain in a different way and it makes you look at things differently if you’re from the newer generation where everything is always happening all at once. That’s the rhythm and tempo of this play; somebody who is thinking of a lot of different things all at once.
It gives you a lot of permission to reinterpret the experience of theatre. For eight years I’ve been in this location, shutting the doors, just wanting to do the work. Sort of like Virginia Woolf, in a room of one’s own. So Daria (playwright Daria Marinelli) has sort of challenged me to fling the doors open and invite everybody in and tell them to leave their cell phones on and have them talk to my actors and break every rule that I’ve fought to maintain. I’m challenged by that.
How do you think this show in particular speaks to the mission statement of your company?
Deb: Like I said, the writer is so young and so brave. I feel like we’re giving her an opportunity that she might not otherwise have. Then we’re pulling in two extra women where before there were three and now there are five. The sexuality between the women is really empowering in a way. After the last production here, Light of Night, it was so dark and sexual in a scary way. For me it was these people in isolation desperately needing to make contact and that’s where the sensuality and sexuality was grounded in that show. But I think for these young women it’s empowering to them to stand in who they are in their sensuality and sexuality without being objectified. That this is just an extension of their expression; to me it’s almost like a moving painting. It’s something that’s really beautiful that flows through them.
Read the full article here.
Or go see the show! Tickets here.
We are Samurai has opened at Venus Theater in Laurel, MD.
Here's what the critics are saying:
The experience is incredible; unlike anything you will experience this season anywhere in Washington. -Amanda Gunther, Theatre Bloom
If it sounds like an Ionesco SUSHI roll stuffed with Kafka and sprinkled with patchouli oil, you’re in the ballpark. The chaos of We Are Samuraiis belied by the tight, well-rehearsed performances of the cast. Director Deborah Randall extracts sincere feelings of love, jealousy, rage, and grief from underneath the stylized staging. - Michael Poandl, DC Metro Theatre Arts
Between moving among the scenes and the inquisitiveness that the mystery requires, We Are Samurai is not for audience members who want to be ensconced in darkness and enveloped by the play's plot. This play is for gamers, choose-your-own-adventure enthusiasts, and people who never stopped poking things with a stick when they were children. -Alan Katz, Broadway World
But there are fractals of meaning scattered throughout. An eye for an eye and whatnot. How flimsy justifications can provoke rash, unusual actions. INDEED, the meaning loops back around on the experience itself—how a person’s choice of what to witness actually shapes the play she sees. -Jennifer Clements,
If you're anywhere near Laurel, DC friends, I'm looking at you! Go check it out!
You can buy your tickets here.
Theater can be spectacular, moving, immersive, awe inspiring, and full out mind blowing. But theater needs money. (As you know.)
Venus Theater, one of the oldest women's theaters in the country, is doing We are Samurai in ways I find truly amazing, thrilling, and exciting. And then need a bit of money. The actors are amazing. (I've never laughed so hard hearing my work.) The director, Deborah Randall, is genius. This show is going to rock. But it needs YOU.
Anything you can give, I thank you.
Took the long drive down to Laurel, MD to meet with Deborah Randall, Artistic Director and Director of We Are Samurai at Venus Theater. Great dinner and chatting, amazing first read-through, fun with photobooth and some great movement work to top it off. Amazing actors. I was laughing so hard I was crying. I can't wait to see the final product in September!
If you're anywhere near anything in Maryland, come check it out!
As part of Venus Theater's 2014 Season, Deb asked me to do a Video Q&A on We Are Samurai.
For your viewing pleasure:
Venus Theatre announced their 2014 Season. And We Are Samurai is part of it.
Laurel, MD. Fall 2014.
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4 Samurai Actors. 1 Dynamite Director-Playwright-SM Combo. 8 Talented Designers. 12 Shows. 133rd Street Arts Center. 1 Outreach Show. 15 Students from The Equity Project. 7 Nights. Over 225 Tickets Sold. 99 Donors. $6490 Raised. 3 Exciting Reviews. A 4th of July Kick Off to Start. A Donor Brunch to Thank. A Cast-Crew Party to End.
Thank You. We couldn’t have done this without you.
You Are Samurai. We Are All Samurai.
We Are Samurai Outreach Show
On October 2nd, Marrow’s Edge was honored and thrilled to welcome The Equity Project (TEP) Charter School for an outreach show of We Are Samurai. For an action-packed hour, the 7th and 8th Graders from Mr. Corey Emerson’s Drama Club raced from space to space, meditated with Elias, mourned with Josephine, and plotted with Rocky and Regan. Their visit was part of The Equity Project’s extended day program, where all students select a teacher-led activity from 3:00-4:00 pm. Along with their after-school learning, field trips are an essential part of their growth and enrichment.
Marrow’s Edge was very excited to welcome these 15 promising young women to the space to see the show and have a quick talk-back discussion both pre and post show. Their energy, spirit, and enthusiasm was unparlleled and it was a great honor to offer our work to them. Of Elias, one student, Yuberly said, “I felt really connected to the super spiritual character. I felt like I could understand her.” The TEP student’s visit energized our team and helped us all remember what joy and exuberance can be found while seeing theater.
For more pictures, click here.
And we couldn’t be more excited.
Get your ticket today! Shows are selling out fast. For real.
Please note, if a show is sold out, we cannot guarantee admission if you show up sans ticket! Even if we really really like you. And this breaks our heart, but we want to make sure there’s enough space for everyone to enjoy the show. Without a ticket at a sold out show, we’ll put your name on the waiting list and if there unclaimed tickets, YES! But if not, we’ll all be SUPER SAD. We want you to see the show and we want you to be happy- so buy your tickets in advance!
Just do it. It takes a minute! And then you’re in. And we’re all happy.
Our campaign on USA Projects ended this weekend!
All in all we raised: $6,665 Dollars.
Our Donors Are:
Mary Nishimura, Amy & Alan Starling · Paul & Mary Case, Adam DeGarmo, Mary & Robert Fortuna, Constance Haslett & Scott Nammacher, Amy & Richard Lipton, Lara London, Peter Marinelli, Mufalda & Philip Marinelli, Denise Womack · John & Judith Avitabile, Therese Avitabile, Marie Case & Peter DiLullo, Cary Fuller, Mark Haber & Chiyo Moriuchi, Donna & Matthew Hearle, Patricia & Bob Hunt, David Lynch, Dave & Sarah Marinelli, Mauro Marinelli, Louise Marin, Ted & Carol Matsumoto, Robert Mustacchi, Joseph Sands, Noah Stephens-Davidowitz, John & Laura Winkler · Jessica Case, Lucian Cohen, Eric DiLullo & Jenn Plakias, Lianna Lipton & Jonathan Spector, Sanjay Naik & Nandini Anandu, Stephen Nishimura, Bree Vetere & Tom Case, Charly Simpson, Danny Paolucci, Yu Mei Lin, Julie Stranberg, Marc Ortiz, Matt & Jessica Case, Monica Huang, Sandra & Julio Gomez, Scott Geller, Sofia Pellon, Victoria Fortuna & Hugo Alejandro Granja Flores, Linda Thompson Zumbach· Jessie Bear, Arik Beatty, Spencer Brody, Kelly Carroll, Ashley Cromwell, Lucy Curran, Orrin Getz, Susannah Gilbert, David Gluck, Caitlin Ho, Joyce Kanyuk, Karen Kohlhaas, Laura Lee, Emily Madoff & Barry Wohl, Katherine Nammacher, Piper Nilsson, Richard Pike, Elliot Quick, Eric Rudisaile, Claudia Sersanti, Ellen Shadburn, Sally Watkins, Rebecca Wohl, James Yeara, Sarah Zanolli· Jacqueline Avitabile, Michael Braudy, Amos Budde, Sarah Cocuzzo, Brian Cross, Estefania Fadul, Laura Florescu, Christian Germano, Aleksandr Golovnev, Brad Greenburg, Samuel Kim, Stefanie Koenig, Mariagrazia LaFauci, Patricia Leo, Annie Levy, Alex Lubensky, Jubilith Moore, Michael Morgenstern, Celina Pedrosa, Nikhil Sharma, Robbie Thompson, Sara Wilf, Elizabeth Weisman, Sharon Zugg
You are all Samurai.
We’ll see you at the show.
Click the link for tickets to your We are Samurai Experience.
As you know, the audience is limited to about 35 a show- so get ‘em fast! They’re gonna go, and there’s no more space.
September 26th-October 6th:
Thursdays: 7:30 pm
Fridays: 7:30 pm
Saturdays: 5:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Sundays: 5:00 pm & 7:30 pm
See you at the show.
August 15, 2013
From July 19th-21st we took a retreat into the Catskill Mountains, to work together, develop ritual, and just be, away from the constant drum of the city world.
Here are some photos of our time away.
July 22, 2013
We are Fourth of July was a BlastHitSuccess!
To all those who came by and supported us and celebrated the 4th of July: Thank You! We were honored by your presence and overwhelmed by your generosity of time, energy, and joy. The event was a great success and that is all thanks to you.
Check out some photos from the event!
We’ll see you next year. (And sooner, we hope.)
July 5, 2013
Marrow’s Edge is a performance collective dedicated to creating new and exhilarating work. Founded by Ria T DiLullo (director) and Daria Miyeko Marinelli (playwright), we strive to create theatrical pieces that are deeply visceral and boundary pushing.
Our pioneer project We are Samurai will be opening at the 133rd Street Arts Center in Fall of 2013.