education, Get Involved, LPT for Youth, Upcoming Workshops

Contribute to our Virtual Conference

PERFORMING ARTS EDUCATORS, TEACHING ARTISTS, AND EXPERTS

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Laughing Pig Theatre wants to know how you are teaching your craft in a virtual setting. We are putting together a series of free video conferences to share skills and cultivate ideas for translating all forms of performing arts into a distance learning format. This will be a tool for other teachers, teaching artists, and even families who are now taking on the role of educator.

We are interested in 15-30 minute presentations on a strategy, technique, or specific lesson that you would like to share with others. Examples of topics could be as varied as Time Management for At-Home Schooling, Musical Warm-ups for All Ages, Maintaining Focus in Virtual Lessons, DIY Puppetry, or Creative Tension Relief.

This is a medium for us to learn from each other as peers, so we aren’t looking for you to create something new, just to share what you have already discovered. If you want to participate, please fill out the submission form in the link below. Conferences will go live April 2-5.

To sign up to be a presenter, visit here: https://www.cognitoforms.com/LaughingPigTheatre1/TeachingPerformanceFromDistanceAnArtsEducatorsVirtualConference

To sign up for conference notifications, visit here: https://mailchi.mp/b02e5d3503ed/performingartsconference

Get Involved, Reflection, Upcoming Performance

It’s a Labor of Love

I’m here mainly as an observer. Watching this series of ten-minute plays come together is intriguing. Even as the plays are coming into clarity, Taylor and Tony are spitballing additional creative ideas in the booth. I listen in on what the directors have to say about their interpretations of their chosen scripts. The lighting cues fly over my head, but some of the sound cues have me grinning from ear to ear.

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Taylor tells me that twenty-four hour theatre has a tendency to breed unusual things. She lets me read the scripts and I’m reminded of late nights during college. We’d stay up all night, spitting out lines of poetry and agonizing over whether or not the words we were laboriously cranking out on a friend’s typewriter adequately described our torment, our elation, our early-twenty-something-ness. We’d pull our favorite albums from the same friend’s vinyl collection and dance and laugh and commiserate until, sometime after the witching hour, all inhibition finally left our writing.

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After it all, there we’d be, a huddle of creatives lauding each other’s guts and quoting each other’s perfectly imperfect words. It was, much like Laughing Pig’s twenty-four hour theatre project, a labor of love.

Step behind the scenes at Laughing Pig Theatre and try not to admire everyone involved just a little bit.

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The writers who cranked out tonight’s ten-minute plays in a span of ten short hours left bits of themselves hidden in the scripts. In between the lines, you can see who they are when they have the courage to let go of their inhibitions and roll with the unusual.

The directors have such clear visions for their plays. I’m in awe of the amount of creativity and brain power it takes to look at these scripts in the ways they have. You can see how much they care about this project as they posit scenarios to their performers and give guidance around lines and movements. These are out-of-the box thinkers working under a time crunch and it seems to have only served them well.

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Tonight’s performers are doing an incredible job of bringing the writers’ scripts to life. From the realistic to the absurd, they’re bringing worlds to life right before our eyes. They’re rounding out their characters from top to toe and making every moment believable.

What seemed daunting before has quickly turned into something that seems entirely possible.
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So if you’re in the mood to laugh, to get drawn into story lines generated in the dead of night, and to spend an evening with a group of talented people who want to present to you the results of their labor of love, make some time to come out to the Mesa Arts Center tonight at either 7:30 or 9:00. The product of their hard work will not fail to make your night.

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Alaina Bair wrote this article.

Alaina is a writer who lives in Phoenix. She is a proud feminist and likes to spend her spare time volunteering with women’s rights organizations, reading voraciously, and spending time with her loved ones.

 

Get Involved, Job Opening, Writing Opportunities

Monologue Cafe: Lessons Learned

Laughing Pig Theatre is proud to announce the fourth entry in its popular storytelling event. The theme for this outing is Lessons Learned. We are calling for writers to submit 1-6 minute monologues about lessons you have learned in your life. These monologues can be comedic or dramatic; a variety is always preferred. We also encourage writers with diverse backgrounds to submit. You can either request to perform your own monologue, or we will cast a talented local actor to perform it on your behalf.

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Submissions are due midnight March 12. Performances of selected monologues will be May 1, 2, 3. This is not a paid opportunity. Follow this link to submit

Deadline is March 12, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Auditions, Get Involved, Job Opening

Upcoming Auditions

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Show Synopsis

Rain and Zoe Save the World by Crystal Skillman (small stipend)
June 5, 6, 12, 13, 2020
Two Seattle teenagers embark on an impulsive motorcycle journey to join a group of oil protesters on the east coast. But as they follow a major pipeline across the country, what began as two young activists’ longing to belong to something greater than themselves gives way to Rain and Zoe discovering that the true danger in this world might just be growing up. Rehearses Monday-Wednesday 7:30pm-10:00pm starting March 30th.

Monologue Café (no pay)
May 1, 2, 2020
Series of true stories from community members inspired by the theme “Lessons Learned” and brought to life by talented performers– rehearsals April 20-23 evenings

Staged Reading- TBD (no pay)
April 17, 2020
Laughing Pig Theatre accepts new works submissions all year long for Staged Readings and as a part of our season.

Character Breakdown

Rain and Zoe Saves the World by Crystal Skillman (small stipend)
-Rain: POC, male-presenting, 18+ playing 16. Introverted, nerdy, but capable of righteous fury. Raised by his mom. *must play an instrument and sing

-Zoe: POC, female-presenting, 18+ playing 17. Confident, too cool for school, looking to change the world. Raised by her dad. *plus if play an instrument

-Ensemble Member: Any, male-presenting, age 30+. Creates the world around Rain and Zoe through props and movement. Plays various characters including Bike Dad, and Owl, and a Police Officer. *plus if play an instrument

-Ensemble Member: Any, female-presenting, age 30+. Creates the world around Rain and Zoe through props and movement. Plays various characters including Moon, Mom, and Owl. *plus if play an instrument and does sing a song

Staged Reading and Monologue Café Vol 4 (no pay)
We are looking for 15-20 performers of all genders, races, sizes, ages, abilities, etc.

What To Prepare

Prepare a 1-minute contemporary monologue

Please email a headshot and resume to laughing.pig.theatre@gmail.com and reserve a slot here.

Get Involved

Calling ALL Teaching Artists!

Laughing Pig Theatre is looking for new and interesting workshops to bring to the community.

We are looking for ALL arts disciplines, but it should be able to be covered during a single workshop. We love experimental theatre, but the world is your oyster. Some workshops we have done in the past include: Theatre of the Absurd, Theatrical Movement

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Pay: TBD

Commitment: 1 workshop up to 5 hours (can continue to teach for Laughing Pig Theatre if there is availability)

Submit your workshop proposal to us today!

Auditions, Get Involved, Improv

Improv Team Auditions

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Laughing Pig Theatre will be holding Improv auditions on January 9th at 7:30pm at the Mesa Arts Center’s Acting Studio. We are looking for collaborators with a good attitude. Experience is not required.

If cast, you will be apart of LPT’s (Laughing Pig Theatre’s) house team! Our house team will rehearse once a week on Wednesday evenings and perform monthly.

Sign up for the audition here.

 

 

The Acting Studio is located on the 2nd floor of Studios South right above the Ceramic Studios. We will also have signs posted, so look for the signs!

Break a leg!!!

 

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