Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Angels and Wings UPDATE

Hi folks
Many people are not available to come to this Saturday's workshop (9.30.06). Steve and I have decided to postpone it and are considering readvertising and reaching out in. Perhaps three sessions. maybe a Saturday later in the day ( shorter amount of time ) and perhaps a evening . Looking for feed back of good saturdays for folks and evening slots 7-9p.m.

For participants I believe these sessions will season your creative process providing you with inspiration and tools.

Thank you

Don't forget about the Humble Pie this weekend!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Humble Pie: Appalachian New Play Festival

Collaboration between Appalachian Regional Theater Company, Studio for Young Actors and ARTS/West
Thursday 9.28, 8:00 pm Valu-Mart by Sean O’Leary directed by Christina "Chica" Salerno

Friday 9.29, 8:00 pm Blue Rock by Charlie Kearns directed by Carolina Conte

Saturday 9.30, 1:00 pm reception
2:00 pm Adventures in Curse Breaking by Laura Werger directed by Sarah Guthrie
8:00 pm That Sheep May Safely Graze by W.R.Smiddie (workshop production)
directed by Gary Molina

Sunday 10.1, 2:00 pm Adventures in Curse Breaking by Laura Werger directed by Sarah Guthrie
4:00 pm Waiting for the Moon by Christopher Dwyer directed by Carolina Conte

Each reading is a suggested donation of $8.00 or $35.00 for a weekend pass. Please call ARTS/West for tickets and information at (740) 592-4315.

This project is sponsored by: The Hocking Valley Bank
additional support from Jagers Funeral Home, Carol Ault, ARTCO and the Studio for Young Actors
Christopher Dwyer is a professional actor that hails from Johnson City, Tennessee. He has a degree from Less McRae College in Banner Elk, NC in Theatre Arts. Some of Chris' favorite roles that he has played are George from "Our Town," Romeo in the NC Shakespeare Festival's educational outreach program "GlobeWorks," and Antipholus of Syracuse in "Comedy of Errors." He wants to thank his family and friends for their support and hopes to see the Humble Pie festival grow in the coming years.

Charlie Kearns has spent some years working with various theatres across America. His reflections have appeared in The LA Times, The Village Voice, The Hollywood Reporter and Zanesville Times Recorder. A portion of his writing/research is archived at The Motion Pictures Academy of Arts and Science’s Margaret Herrick’s Library. Recently, the Ohio Arts Council awarded him a writer’s grant and The Ohio Arts League is presenting his humorous DVD, Berlin Car Chase in their Fall Juried Exhibition at James A. Rhodes State Office Tower through October 6. Blue Rock started in writing workshops sponsored by the Los Angeles Cultural Arts Center and First Stage in Hollywood.

Sean O'Leary is the author of three award-winning plays. BENEATH SHELTON LAUREL,commissioned by The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, premiered inAugust 2005 and was chosen for an "Access to Artistic Excellence Grant" bythe National Endowment for the Arts for a touring production this fall. Twoearlier plays, POUND and RAIN IN THE HOLLOWS, were winners of nationalplaywriting competitions and have been produced more than a dozen times. In2003 Sean was awarded the West Virginia Commission on The Arts Fellowshipfor Drama and he was recently added to The Literary Map of West Virginia.Sean is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and the PlaywrightsForum of Washington, DC. For more about Sean and his plays, visit his website,

William Robert Smiddie Born 1931 during the Great Depression in a Harlan County Kentucky where his mom would drag him out of school when the shooting wars started. She wanted her kids around her in any storm. From Kentucky they moved to middle Tennessee where his father, a union man, would not take work because there were no unions. This sort of thing has influenced him greatly. After five years of high school at McMinnville, Tennessee he graduated only because of basketball. He played guard and never cared who won as long as the game was aggressive and close. (This is important later.) From his first job at a DuPont plant he was drafted during the Korean War, while all his buddies could avoid the draft as their rich fathers sent them off to college. A fact of the draft he has never forgotten. Why him? Why Korean? And why not them?

Two important facts from the war.
(One.) The Chinese were no different from him. Not one bit.While guarding Chinese prisoners for a month (a little rest from thefront lines) he was court martialed and lost his stripes for playingbasketball with the enemy. But they thought he was pretty good. He was sent to guard a small group of Chinese officers in a smaller compound with no basketball court. Where (two) a red officer who had been educated at the University of Chicago explained to him the exact nature of the town where he was born, Benham Kentucky, which was owned by the International Harvester Company. Cyrus McCormick's coal. His dad`s sweat. Back in the states, a veteran on the G.I. bill he went to college atmiddle Tennessee State University in an effort to better understand the Red Officers account of American History. Graduate school at Iowa State where he is still one course short of the much sought after M.F.A. While working in the welfare department in Nashville he had theprivilege of participating in the Civil Rights struggle by preparing used cars with Tennessee tags for dumb white kids from the North to use to enter the deep South. And while there had a play produced in NYC, which allowed him to meet Tom Hayden in New Jersey. It now seemed to him that he could control his own life, which had finally begun. After which, turning down a organizing job with the Highlander Folk School he moved with wife and kids to Cleveland, Ohio to work with S.D.S. in the inner city. Welfare Rights, Free Clinics, and helping to organize the 1968 police riot in Chicago.From there to the street demonstrations against the only war America has ever lost. Older, quieter, he now lives in Southern Ohio where he makes pottery,writeunfinished plays, sleeps a lot and dreams of Alaska.

Laura Werger is a student at Athens High School. We are so pleased to have her represent the youth division of the Humble Pie in our effort to encourage playwrights and the theater arts in our community.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Angels and Wings workshops

The Athens Community is invited to participate in the creation of a dance theatre piece-investigation close to death experiences. Through intensive oral history work, video and dance, participants will develop a relationship with a community member who has had an experience with death, and will create a solo work to be woven into a final evening-length piece. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. This project has received additional support from the Athens Foundation and individual contributions from community members.

ARTS/West to host Series of Workshops for Missy Whaley’s ANGELS AND WINGS community art project. The first workshop is this Saturday, September 23, 2006, from 10am to 4pm. Writer Helen Horn teaches a non-intrusive and honest journaling approach to gathering oral history from subjects. Suggested Donation of $20.00

Dance and Movement workshops will be held September 25th- November 18th, Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-6:30, Saturday s 12:00-1:30. Dancer/choreographer Missy Whaley teaches an eight-week workshop introducing participants to beginning elements of creating phrases of movement, different partnering techniques and the basics of choreography. Suggested donation of $50.00 for whole workshop paid in advance, or $5.00 per class.

Film and Audio Workshop will be held Saturday, September 30, 2006, 10am to 4pm. Videographer/editor Steve Fetsch leads an intensive workshop on recording oral history through video. Topics include use of equipment and how to record without inhibiting your subject. Suggested donation of $20.00.

To register for any or all of these workshops please email Missy Whaley at or call ARTS/West at (740) 592-4315.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Escape of Jane

The Escape of Jane
a story of one woman's escape from slavery

written and performed by
Patricia Thomas

Saturday, September 16, 2006
-------7 PM-------

Tickets go on sale Thursday 9/7/06 at:Blue Eagle Music (40 N. Court Street) and Haffa's (15 W. Union Street)$10 in advance & $12 at the doorStudent door price-$10

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

fall update 9.5.06

If you missed the Improv class presentation you missed some VERY talented kids. My padawans along with Ryan and Maddie were fantastic. We were sorry that Maya was not feeling well but her audience participation was great too. Let me know if you would like to see some more improv, maybe once a month? You tell me.

The fall zooming in. OU starts classes today and we have started construction on a "backstage" bathroom. THANK YOU OLYMPIAN FOUNDERS, this john belongs to you! We should be done in time for Humble Pie and not too messy for our earlier September events. We have something going on almost every weekend this month, a lot of it free, so don't be a stranger.

If anyone knows the Dogstar Video guys, check out their site (I will put a link up latter). They have taped a couple of Noise Shows and if you are feeling shy about participating on the wonder that is the ARTS/West noise show you can watch the movies to acclimate yourself to the experience.

Music Club is about to kick off again, dates later and we have added a one-woman-show, "Escape of Jane" with performer Patricia Thomas, Saturday, September 16, 2006 at 8:00 PM. More info on that later.

Don't forget that Kids in Action1 and 2 start Monday, September 11th!

Oh, our inernet has not been working so great, if you haven't heard from us, we are working on it!


Friday, September 01, 2006

Humble Pie Youth submissions sought

The Appalachian Regional Theater Company, partnering with ARTS/West and Studio for Young Actors invite young writers from the Appalachian Region, particularly Southeast Ohio, to submit their plays for consideration of a prize in the Humble Pie: Appalachian New Plays Festival, taking place September 28- October 1 at ARTS/West Performing Arts Facility.

Plays with a running time of thirty minutes or less will be considered for selection. There will be three categories: ages 9- 11, ages 12- 14, and ages 15- 17. More than one prize may be given for each age group. Winners will receive their very own public reading at the festival.

The deadline for entry is Monday, September 11. Winners will be notified by September 15.
To enter, please pick up an entry form from ARTS/West, Monday- Friday from 1:00- 4:00 pm, or call ARTS/West at 740-592-4315. you can also respond to this email and we will email you the form.