Adelind Horan grew up in Charlottesville to parents with a long history in area theater. Her mother Lydia and her father Michael have appeared in various Live Arts productions for many years. Now she’s returned home after graduating from Hampshire College.
The issue of mountaintop removal of coal prompted her to work on a series of oral history interviews with people in West Virginia and Kentucky, and this summer she’s debuting a one-woman show called Cry of the Mountain that tells the stories of the people affected by the practice. Leslie Channel of the group Secretly Ya’ll sat down with Horan earlier this month to find out more about the show.
Horan will give five performances of Cry of the Mountain at four theatres in the area every Thursday in July at 8:00.
Live Arts is bringing a Thornton Wilder classic to their Downstage. I had the oppurtunity this past weekend to talk with the director, Mendy St. Ours; the acting couch/assistant director, Carol Pederson; the set designer, Mary Butcher; and 5 of the actors (of a cast of 18), Chris Patrick, Casey Wagner, Ronda Hewitt, Denise Stewart and Chris Baumer.
Will Slusher, the assistant set designer, who Mary Butcher says was “an incredible asset to the show – indispensable to the design and construction of the set,” was busy with the table saw during this interview.
This Thornton Wilder farce opens at Live Arts Friday March 6, 2009.
It’s the annual Barhoppers show on this week’s edition of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call! Members from Offstage Theatre’s Barhoppers 2008 join Rick Moore in the studio to present some samples from their show. The show’s various directors and producers explain what exactly Barhoppers is and how it got started, while the actors perform excerpts from some of the skits – “Automatic Writing,” “Tragic Hero,” “Big Fish, Little Fish,” and “Answer Man.”
Barhoppers is theatre performed in bars – and this year, all seven skits are by local playwright Joel Jones. You can see the show at Rapture for the next two weeks, Sunday through Tuesday, 7:30 at Rapture. The show is open to all ages, though parental discretion is advised. Tonight is the only non-smoking show.
This week on WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call with Rick Moore, the local theatre group Barhoppers come in to the studio to talk about their current season. Barhoppers is made up of local theatre buffs – some professional actors, others new to the stage, but all with a sense of humor. All their skits take place in bars, which is where these actors perform. This year, the lineup includes everything from issues with speed dating to what a bartender hears on bad day, with scripts from both local and published playwrights.
Their 2007 season begins tonight at Rapture on the Downtown Mall, and continues through the end of March. Entry costs $8, and the shows at Escafe are smoke-free.
Rapture: March 11, 12, 13
Escafe: March 18, 19, 20
Rapture: March 25, 26, 27