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Shake-Smash 2018

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

No! Not Christmas, dummy! Christmas is NOTHING compared to Laughing Pig Theatre’s first ever

SHAKE-SMASH FESTIVAL

That’s right, the time has finally come for us to show off all the hard work that other people have done for us! Our ensemble are working hard to bring to life 8 ten-minute plays and 3 one-act plays from playwrights across the country, and we could not be more thrilled to show them off!

I mean, we could. Like, if all that happened and we also had someone bring a homemade lasagna to the show for us, or something. But you get it. Here is the full line-up!

We will be showing off all eleven shows across Friday and Saturday night, where the audience, along with a panel of local theatre pros will vote on their favorites. The selected shows will get an encore performance on Sunday afternoon, where the three winning playwrights will receive a cash prize!

Purchase tickets for individual nights or for the whole weekend of shows now to vote for your favorite shows and support local theatre!

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Auditions

Shake-Smash Auditions!

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Our first ever festival of short plays inspired by works of Shakespeare! We have collected ten-minute and one-act plays from writers all over the country that reimagine, reinterpret, and revise Shakespeare’s life and work for a weekend of exciting new theatre.

We will be casting several short plays with unique requirements. Actors will potentially be cast in multiple roles and/or plays.

WHEN: October 15th from 7:00pm-10:30pm

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center’s Drama Studio
On the second floor of Studios South above the Ceramic Studio. Take the elevator or stairwell next to the “Registration Office” and take the skywalk to the the hallway on the left (opposite building than Registration).

WHAT: Please prepare one, one-minute contemporary or Shakespearean monologue, and be prepared for potential cold reading.

HOW: Make an appointment here, and please email a headshot and resume to laughing.pig.theatre@gmail.com.

 

If cast, you will receive a small stipend. You may also be cast in multiple pieces. Performance dates include: December 7-9th.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions. For any other questions, email us at laughing.pig.theatre@gmail.com.

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Pigpen Profile

Meet the Performers: Taylor Moschetti

They say a good leader leads from the front, and that extends to the pigpen! Our last reasons to be pretty profile is our very own Artistic Director, Taylor Moschetti. Taylor shared with us how she connects and humanizes an emotional Tesla coil like the female lead, STEPH.
What made you audition for reasons to be pretty?
I’ve always wanted to be apart of a Neil Labute show because I love the language and pacing. It’s such a challenge.
How do you relate to your character?
She is a fiesty little mama. I LOVE IT. I also possess some of the self doubt and insecurity about my appearance that she is seen struggling with throughout the show.
What do you dislike about your character?
She comes off as unintelligent at points. It doesn’t make sense to me.
What is your favorite part of the show?
I have two, I love when Kent cries over being beat up and the first scene. I love how it starts in such an explosion.
Who inspires you?
I always have such a hard time with this question. Wonderful artists and performers give me life. I love seeing people in their element and doing things they love.
How did you first get involved with performing?
When I was in elementary school, I was cast as Duke Ellington… which I now see, how problematic that was…
What is your dream role?
Tracy Turnblad!!!
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
A good ribeye or Tomahawk… because I’m bougie as hell.
What is your favorite fandom?
All things Harry Potter. I’m a proud Hufflepuff.
What has been your biggest takeaway from this show?
Don’t let anyone else decide your value. And if someone is treating you like you don’t have any, drop them! Bye forever haters. 🙂
Do you have any upcoming projects or social media plugs?
@laughingpigtheatre @borntoeatcupcakes
I will also be performing in Bridge’s upcoming staged reading called The Trauma Brain Project on Oct. 14th.

Also, Shake-smash is coming up! 🙂

Thank you Taylor for your candor. reasons to be pretty opens Friday September 28th at 7:30pm and closes October 6th. Get your tickets today!

Pigpen Profile

Meet the Performers: Clare Thompson

Are we on a Fantastic Voyage-style shrunken submarine traveling through a second-string Peanuts character? Because we just entered the Pigpen.

This time around we talk to recent AZ transplant Clare Thompson, about walking the tightrope of male expectations and self-worth that comes with playing CARLY.

What made you audition for reasons to be pretty?

I had a professor say to me once that I “need to do a Neil Labute play at least once, because if you can make Labute look good you can do anything.” So when I saw the posting for the audition I took it as a sign.

How do you relate to your character?

There aren’t many aspects of Carly that I relate too. But that’s the challenge and the fun part of being an actor, I get to play somebody who isn’t me.

What do you dislike about your character?

Carly is stuck in an abusive relationship. But mainly that she is the male “idea” of how a woman behaves.

What is your favorite part of the show?

My favorite part of show is when Kent get’s punched.

Who inspires you?

I’m not inspired not by anyone specifically, but rather the world that we live in. I’m inspired by the grass that grows through the concrete despite all odds being against it, the couple fighting in the grocery store over almond milk vs cashew milk, by long bus trips with so many lives that are riding together. Nature, People, and our Society is what truly drives my creativity.

How did you first get involved with performing?

I have been performing since my first role as Baby Jesus.

What is your dream role?

I would love to play a character named Woyzeck. A man who becomes so completely overwhelmed by the pressures of society it leads him to kill his wife on the blood moon.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Pomegranates, fresh juicy pomegranates.

What is your favorite fandom?

I don’t have a fandom. I try not to get hyper obsessed with anything.

What has been your biggest takeaway from this show?

The people that I have met have been the biggest takeaway. Every rehearsal has been fun and entertaining.

Do you have any upcoming projects or social media plugs?

I’m shooting a movie in LA in November but can’t release any information at this time!

IG: @starvinglittleartist

Thank you Clare for your candor. reasons to be pretty opens Friday September 28th at 7:30pm and closes October 6th. Get your tickets today!

Pigpen Profile

Meet the Performers: Andre Johnson

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Andre.

Andre who?

Oh, you are about to find out my buddies. We’re back with our next reasons to be pretty pigpen profile!

This time we have Andre Johnson, who will be playing our favorite small town alpha male: KENT.

What made you audition for reasons to be pretty?
Tony contacted me about auditioning. It sounded fun and I like Tony, so I decided to attend.
How do you relate to your character?
I don’t, haha. At all. Kent is pretty much the polar opposite of who I am as a person. I do enjoy baseball though.
What do you dislike about your character?
Literally everything. He cheats, he’s two-faced, he values people based on what they contribute to his own status, he’s super misogynistic, he’s hyper-masculine… He embodies pretty much everything I hate.
What is your favorite part of the show?
Probably when I’m describing Crystal to Greg and describing the color of her eyes in the most inept way possible.
Who inspires you?
Among people I know personally, definitely my mother. She’s a fantastic role model and a powerful person. When it comes to celebrities and that kind of folk, I really like Terry Crews, and the Internet personalities I follow most are the Game Grumps, who are pretty much living my dream every day.
How did you first get involved with performing?
A drama class in middle school got me interested, but what solidified it was taking drama classes in high school. A teacher from one such class was directing a school musical, and she offered me a role 2 weeks before opening, and I took it and loved the experience, so I just ran with it.
What is your dream role?
Seaweed from Hairspray would be so much fun, or George Washington or Aaron Burr from Hamilton. But then I’d have to learn how to actually sing.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Probably spaghetti. Or juice, if that’s an option. If I could be guaranteed to get all my required vitamins and nutrients and not get canker sores every day of my life, I would just drink juice forever.
What is your favorite fandom?
That’s tough, a lot of fandoms are kind of awful… I guess the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom? They’re generally pretty agreeable and don’t gang up to bash people or nothing.
What has been your biggest takeaway from this show?
So many issues could be resolved with open and honest communication.
Do you have any upcoming projects or social media plugs?
Not at the moment. I am trying to force myself to write and record a video series about the psychological impacts of video games and media, which I’m going to upload to my YouTube channel CascoreGamer. As might be expected, it’s entirely video game related stuff, and lately I’m attempting to branch out into more thoughtful content than I’ve been putting up so far.
Thank you Andre Johnson for your candor. reasons to be pretty opens Friday September 28th at 7:30pm and closes October 6th. Get your tickets today!
Pigpen Profile

Meet the Performers: Casey Anderson

This week in the pigpen you will get to know the amazing cast of reasons to be pretty, opening this weekend!

 

Casey Anderson is playing the male lead of our production of reasons to be pretty by Neil Labute. Believe it or not, this is Casey’s first time on stage in a fully produced show. We asked Casey about how such a loving and intelligent human takes on the role of GREG, a guy who might think he is more loving and intelligent than he really is.

What made you audition for reasons to be pretty?
C: I auditioned for reasons to be pretty thanks to the generous outreach of Tony, who was my acting teacher a year ago.
How do you relate to your character?
C: I relate to my character in that he can be pretty spineless in his attempt to just please everyone, though I feel he does so in a deceitful manner.
What do you dislike about your character?
C: I really dislike Greg’s reluctance to accept responsibility and to say sorry, even once.
What is your favorite part of the show?
C: My favorite part of the play is the opening scene. It just starts off with such high energy, it’s great.
Who inspires you?
C: The other players really inspire me. They’re naturals that have honed their craft. It’s so great performing with them and playing off their energy. Famous people: Well, Marion Cotillard has just the most beautiful nuanced performances.
How did you first get involved with performing?
C: This. This is how I got involved with performing. In my day-to-day life I’ve always had a more theatrical bent.
What is your dream role?
C: Well, after this I would really, really like to try something with a large cast and one where I have a more supporting role.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
C: Chips and salsa. Back home in Washington we grow a garden and make over 100 gallons of fresh salsa. At peak consumption I was eating a quart of it a day.
What is your favorite fandom?
C: There’s a subreddit called trebuchet memes. Full of a bunch of idiots making really terrible jokes. My people.
What has been your biggest takeaway from this show?
C: Don’t think you can act just ’cause you think you can spot good acting. It’s hard.
Do you have any upcoming projects or social media plugs?
C: Terrence Malick
Just released his opus, The Tree of Life. Everyone should watch it. Not everyone will like it but it is the closest I think I have come to witnessing The Divine. Very difficult to watch. It challenges the viewer and conceptions about film.
Thank you Casey Anderson for your candor. reasons to be pretty opens Friday September 28th at 7:30pm and closes October 6th. Get your tickets today!

 

 

Upcoming Performance

reasons to be pretty

reasons to be pretty by Neil Labute opens September 28th and closes October 6th. Purchase your tickets today.

reasons

Starring Casey Anderson as Greg, Taylor Moschetti as Steph, Clare Thompson as Carly, and Andre Johnson as Kent.

About reasons to be pretty: When Greg makes a seemingly harmless comment about his girlfriend Steph’s “regular” looking face, the information gets back to Steph and sends their relationship over the deep end. Greg’s life spirals out of control when Steph leaves him, and he has to come to terms with what he has said. Greg’s best friend Kent is married to Steph’s best friend Carly, and when things start collapsing in Steph and Greg’s life, Carly and Kent are pulled in for the ride. We see Greg, Steph, Carly and Kent deal with the pressures of what it means to be ‘pretty’, and observe how the four friends manage the infidelity, betrayal and deceit that creeps into their lives.

Reasons

Tickets are $20 for evening performances or $15 for matinee.

September 28, 29, and October 6th at 7:30pm

September 30th at 2:00pm

 

You cannot miss this show!

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