Monday, October 25, 2010

Film Screening "a movement point of view"

'a movement point of view' is a short film directed by Elizabeth Atwell in Tbilisi, Georgia at the end of her Fulbright study. The 15-min short explores themes such as decay, germination, urbanization and development through the medium of dance. Born of the belief that movement crosses bridges between languages, cultures and the soul, this film features a cast of trained and untrained female dancers. This diverse multigenerational cast make use of various dance genres including modern, Georgian folk, site-specific choreography, guided improvisation and pedestrian movement.

Additionally, local dancers Amanda Kurtz, Chelsea Goettge and Darcy Shaffner will be presenting pieces of original choreography as works-in-progress!
Live dance performance: "The Blocks We Build, the Building We Block", choreography by Chelsea Goettge ~ danced by Chelsea Goettge and Amanda Kurtz ~ work-in-progress.

Live dance performance: "Vivaldi Progression", choreography by Amanda Kurtz ~ danced by Chelsea Goettge and Darcy Shaffner ~ work-in-progress

FREE ADMISSION! Q&A/Talkback sessions to follow presentations.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Finding Ground: Drawings 2002-2007- 10/18-11/5

ARTS/West invites you to take in Sasha Michelle White's installation FINDING GROUND: Drawings 2002-2007 and to join us for the Artist's Reception on Friday, October 22, 2010 5:30-7:00 pm.

Sasha M. White grew up in rural Michigan and studied art at Bawdoin College, Ludwig-Maximillians Universitat and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe. She currently shares her time between Maine and the foothills of Appalachia in southeast Ohio.

Sasha M. White Artist Statement

FINDING GROUND: Drawings 2002-2007. Gallery hours are M-F 10-4 or by appointment.

Artist's Reception: Friday, October 22, 5:30-7:00pm.


Saturday, October 09, 2010

Humble Play day 6

Humble Play Saturday, October 9 @ 7:00 pm we have a reading of the new play Quit the Road Jack by Jerry Polner produced by the Lost Flamingo Company and Last Call and Squirrelly by James McLindon produced by the A/W intern company. Mr. Polner will be joining us for the reading.

Here is what Jerry says about his play:
"This play is about a divorced couple whose 16-year-old son has run away from home. Through letters he explains that they are both total losers and he is doing some kind of political organizing work with immigrant worker rights organizations and that they should leave him alone. The mother and father don't trust each other to go look for Jack alone, so they go out together across the contry to look for their son."

Jerry Polner- “Quit the Road Jack” presented 10/9 @7:00pm

Jerry’s full-length play FIX NUMBER SIX was chosen by the Boomerang Theatre Company for its First Flight reading series in 2009. His short plays FLORENCE FAREWELL, GONE WITH THE MASHA, and THANK YOU FOR APPLYING were produced by the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective at Manhattan Theatre Source, Brecht Forum, and Galapogos Artspace. Included in his full-length plays are HALF BAKED, produced by the Story People, MAN OVERBOARD, produced by High Five Productions, and WEATHERMAN, published by Samuel French and produced by high schools around the country. His political comedy sketches, and still more, are at

James McLindon- “Squirrelly” & “Last Call” (2 10 minute plays) presented 10/9 following "Quit the Road Jack"

Here is what James says about his plays:
Last Call: "This play is about the need to connect, the need for community and loneliness." Squirrelly is about the need to beleive, the impossibility of believing, the need to bear witness and the longing for escape."

James McLindon’s play, Comes a Faery, was developed this summer at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is currently in residence at CAP21 in New York developing his play, Salvation, which will be produced at the Hudson Stage Company in October. His other plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, Lark Play Development Center, the Estrogenius Festival, Penguin Repertory, Emerging Artists Theatre, and Love Creek Productions; Crossing the Divide Festival in the West End of London; Victory Gardens in Chicago; Lyric Stage and Boston Playwrights Theatre in Boston; Colony Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Grove Theatre Center, and Circus Theatricals in Los Angeles; PlayPenn Conference, Telluride Playwrights Conference and the Arkansas Rep in Little Rock.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Humble Play day 5

Humble Play Friday, October 8 @ 7:00 pm we have a reading of the new play Her Summer Fling by Merri Biechler produced by the Corporation for the Performing Arts. Ms. Biechler will be joining us for the reading.

Here is what Merri says about her play:
"This is a play about Franny- a clothing designer- who finds herself in a summer fling with a young man half her age. It is a comedy that explores themes of age and identity."

Merri Biechler’s plays include Bombs, Babes and Bingo (New Orleans Fringe Festival, November 2010) and Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver (Princess Grace Playwriting Award finalist; WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory participant). Merri acted Off-Broadway in Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, and on E.R., Judging Amy, Murphy Brown, and in the film Trailerpark.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Humble Play day 4

Humble Play Thursday, October 7 @ 7:00 pm we have a reading of the new play Born Lucky by Chris Pomeroy produced by the Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble. Mr. Pomeroy will be joining us for the reading.

Here is what Chris says about his play:
"This is a play about the economic crisis in America, and how that crisis is making it harder for people to get ahead. It started when I met someone in my Illinois hometown much like Carla (one of the principal characters in the play). I would be eager to discover with ARTS/West's audiences whether the truth I am trying to find in the play is ringing true."

Chris Pomeroy is an actor and writer, based in Chicago. His plays include Courting the Wild Man, My Affair with Lady Macbeth, and Born Lucky. Favorite recent projects include playing Wotan in a six-hour adaptation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (The Building Stage), and a short film called Faster, which will premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2010. He can be seen onstage until Oct. 30 in a new play called The Franklin Expedition at The Building Stage in Chicago. Much love to Melissa.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Humble Play day 3

Humble Play Wednesday, October 6 @ 7:00 pm we have a reading of the new play Fuel House by Linda Felton Steinbaum produced by the ABC Players.

Here is what Linda says about her play:
"Fuel House is a modern day drama that follows one family's struggle with contemporary issues. Emphasis is on the fact that the numbers of people struggling to take care of both their parents and children, in the same household, is exploding. And, of course women are most likely struggling to keep it together."

Linda Felton Steinbaum is an award winning, produced and published Los Angeles playwright. In 2007, her drama MUSTANG SALLY, published by Samuel French, was performed at The Whitefire Theatre in Los Angeles. Her play FAT CHANCE has been produced in North Hollywood as well as Sierra Madre, California where it was extended. Her award winning one-act play SHIFTING GEARS has been produced in various theatres in California, as well as Maryland and Oregon. In December of 2008, Linda received a fellowship award for her play, FUEL HOUSE. She is a member of ALAP, the Dramatists Guild, and WGA, West.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Humble Play day 2

Humble Play Tuesday, October 5 @ 7:00 pm you will be treated to a table reading of the new play The Dying Words of Edison Strange by Nicholas Gray.

Here is what Nicholas says about his play:
"At its core, The Dying Words of Edison Strange is a tribute to that which I love most about the theater, its magic. It is a magical play about magical people using magical language in magical circumstances. It intends to honor the art of theater by illustrating just what is capable on a stage, and I believe that is precisely what an audience deserves and for what they yearn."

Nicholas Gray is an alumnus of the Emerson College Honors Program. His first venture as a writer was Pedestrian, the feature script that has since partnered him with Southern Gothic Productions. Pedestrian is currently in preproduction. His union with Southern Gothic ( has afforded him the great opportunities of drafting a graphic novel, creating the web pilot Friendship Union Community Theater, and helming the short film the true-love tale of Boyfriend and Girlfriend. His first play, Population: 8, world premiered at the 13th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. The Dying Words of Edison Strange is his second play.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Humble Play opens Monday Oct. 4

Monday October 4th we have a very special treat for you. The Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio will open at 7:00 pm. The opening reception will feature home cooked food, the music of Charlie and Celia Lewis and the art opening of installations by Kari Gunter-Seymor and Aaron Smith. Around 8:00 pm please join us for a panel discussion on how new plays get done. Featured panelists are Veronica Bainbridge, Mary Tensing, and Erik Ramsey.

Veronica R. Bainbridge is a fundraising consultant and producer in New York City. Most recently, she was Director of Development at LAByrinth Theater Company (under Artistic Directors Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Ortiz) for four years, where she produced a wide range of special events and raised more than $500,000 in contributed income annually towards new plays. She was also Business Manager at The Directors Company (Michael Parva, Artistic/Producing Director) for four years. Her producing credits include projects at the Midlands Arts Center, in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the New York Fringe Festival, as well as the short film Nothing Happened which is now featuring in its 17th festival.

Erik Ramsey
is an Associate Professor of Playwriting, shares teaching
duties with Charles Smith in the MFA Playwriting Program, and is Head of Undergraduate Playwriting at Ohio University. His plays have been produced around the country, and Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing have published several of his short works. His recent play, LIONS LOST has been further developed at numerous regional theaters including Cleveland Public Theatre, American Stage, Victory Gardens, and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre and is slated for a reading at Brick Monkey Theater in Athens on November 9th. Currently, he is writing a trilogy of historical dramas about the surprising turn of events that boosted Joseph Smith from life as a small time con-artist to Prophet of the Mormon Church; the first in the series, titled SMITH UNEARTHED, has recently been featured and developed at the International Society of Contemporary Literature and Theatre Conference (Estonia: 2007), the Gwen Frostic National Reading Series at Western Michigan University (Nov, 2008), and at Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble (Dec, 2008). His two textbooks, "The Art of Theatre: Then and Now" and "Experiencing the Art of Theatre" are in their second edition from Wadsworth (2010), and are in use at over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. As a professional new play dramaturg, Erik has consulted on the development of a number of award winning plays, including Julie Jensen's DUST EATERS, one of four finalists for the PEN USA 2006 Literary Awards for Drama. In 2007 Erik was named a Kennedy Center Faculty Fellow for his work in new play development. In 2010 he was appointed as Director of Innovation, Research and Theory for WordBRIDGE Playwrights' Laboratory, and this past September he was invited to teach master classes in playwriting and new play development technique at Lubimovka Playwrights Laboratory in Moscow, Russia

Mary Tensing is an actor, playwright, director, and teacher. A number of theatres have commissioned her to write new works and she has directed for The Women's Theater Initiative, The Know Theatre Tribe, and The Children's Theatre, as well as a number of touring productions for Cincinnati Opera's Education Ensemble and Theatre IV. Mary is a graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts and Northwestern University.