Even before language existed as we know it, stories were told. They may have been acted out, they may have been danced out the way bees tell how to get to the best pollen fields, but they certainly had a place in primitive societies. As civilizations grew and speaking became the preferred method of communication, stories became an integral part of societal interaction. And the best stories take bits and pieces and weave them into a totally new narrative – often combining elements of horror, humor, and the humdrum in order to make a more powerful statement.
Articles by John Porter
Make plans to join us for a rocking edition of Time for the Blues, this Saturday night (11/7/15) at 11:00 p.m. as Henry and I are planning a show that’s going to start off strong and only get louder and prouder as the night goes on.
We hope you’ll join us on Time for the Blues this Saturday night (10/31/15) at 11:00 p.m.--yes, Halloween night, and hopefully long after the last trick or treater has rung your doorbell looking for a sugary handout, and you’ve settled back to relax for the first time in weeks. Maybe you’ve taken a couple of minutes to rifle through your kid’s candy looking to scope out your favorites.
Surely the little ghosts and goblins won’t miss just one lousy candy bar, right?
It’s amazing how four little words can make a blues fan happy. “Zora Young is back,” is all it takes.
Sometimes my job is very easy. I get to go see theatre and tell you all the great productions to go see. Right now it’s my pleasure to tell you that if you want to properly invest your time and resources, you will want to check out David Mamet’s American Buffalo, the latest production for Quill Theatre being held at TheatreLAB’s basement theatre (300 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219).
The oldest form of theatre starts out with the phrase, “Let me tell you a story.” For me, that’s where it all begins. The story dictates the characters, the story is the action, the story defines the conflict.
When I hear that we – the audience – are going to witness a one-person show, I admit I am excited by the possibilities. Whether it is a one-character show like The Belle of Amherst written from the point of view of poet Emily Dickinson; or a multi-character more recent work by Danny Hoch or John Leguizamo, I can’t wait to see it.
Back in the day when I was teaching people how to write, I used an exercise I called “Act Four” in which the students would write what happened after the play ended. It helped them connect with characters and look for ways to build a dramatic arc.
In a series of books, Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson flip that premise on its head and write about what happed BEFORE the story of Peter Pan. How does Peter and Captain Hook become mortal enemies? Where does Tinkerbell come from? How do the Lost Boys come to live in Neverland? And why does that alligator chase Captain Hook so diligently?
This is a year that Firehouse Theatre has promised us “radical change,” and to that end new Artistic Director Joel Bassin has added fringe shows, comedy, burlesque, cabarets, and magic to their usual theatrical fare.
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday night (10/3/15) at 11:00 for Time for the Blues, in what is sure to be one of our strangest shows to date. And considering some of the stunts we’ve pulled, that’s saying something!
We hope you will join us this week (10/3/15) on Time for the Blues as Henry and I are joining in with Richmond’s biggest musical event of the year! We’ve got some great music lined up that’s going to rock the late night hours.