How do you represent one of the greatest Americans to ever live on stage? A larger than life human being who helped to lessen the bondage that millions of people were forced to live in might be shown in over the top mythic terms; but since the operative word is “human,” to tell the true story means to look past the myth to the man himself.
Articles by John Porter
If all you think of is light comedies and musicals when you think of Swift Creek Mill Playhouse, you might have to challenge that assumption and see their current production, the world premiere of The Little Lion.
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday night (2/13/16) at 11:00 for Time for the Blues as Henry and I are going to continue our search for some of the best releases of 2015. It just won’t be the same if you’re not there to join in the fun and enjoy the great blues!
For many of us, 2015 was not the greatest of years; for others it was stellar. One thing we can all probably agree on is that some fantastic music was unleashed on the world – and we’ve got a nice sampling of it for you.
We hope you will join us this Saturday night (2/6/16) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I have put together a great show with some very exciting blues that we think you are really going to enjoy! Plus we're featuring Texas bluesman Benny Turner, appearing in Richmond next weekend!
The title of the play being produced by Quill Theatre and playing at Richmond Triangle Players contains one of the seven words George Carlin told us we couldn’t say on television - or by extension radio. So you’ll have to forgive me if I identify the play by an alternate title, “Stupid Effing Bird.”
Time for the Blues for our annual Holiday Show with absolutely no stress, no familial obligations and you’re the one who gets the presents! Henry has been the busiest elf this season putting together the entire show (except for one song that I insisted we play) and he’s done a terrific job, even if he won’t wear the required curly toed elf shoes.
Wow, the holidays really sneaked up on us, didn’t they? We’re almost to the end of 2015, and looking at what we all hope will be a great 2016. Before you know it, we’ll (hopefully) be back at this point and wondering just where all that time flew off to. (Okay, I know that last sentence was improperly written, but give me a break, I’m a blues guy, sometimes grammar gets in the way of what I’m trying to say.)
As theatre majors are sometimes prone to do, I was once involved in a discussion of which musicals best defined the American Spirit. Yeah, I’m a nerd. When it was my turn, I went with the musical that to me, speaks volumes about that intangible spirit; Gypsy.
We hope you will join us this Saturday night (11/28/15) at 11:00 p.m. on Time for the Blues as Henry and I bring our own unique spin to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the annual “Hot Leftovers” show. It’s a show that takes a year to put together and only an hour to enjoy, but it won’t mean much if you’re not there to enjoy it with us. Even our pic here is leftover from last year's show! (If you're going to do leftovers...do 'em right!)
It’s an intriguing concept to take seven different acclaimed playwrights and give each the assignment of writing a short one-act sketch to take place in the same place – a bar – with the only characters being a bartender and a childhood Christmas icon. I’m not talking Santa Claus icon, but those kids we’ve seen in Christmas plays, movies, and television shows who have grown up and have to reconcile their pasts with the present.