Reflection, Upcoming Performance

East Valley Overnight Theatre, time is ticking!

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The fluorescent yellow light of the acting studio at the Mesa Arts Center lights up the landing at the top of the stairs. Through the windows, you can see rows of people chatting and waiting for the meeting to begin. There is a flurry of activity near the door as performers, directors, and writers all check in. On the board, there is a schedule for the next twenty-four hours. It looks daunting. Outside of a brief flirtation with the idea of submitting a play to my university’s twenty-four hour theatre project, I’ve never been involved with an experience like this. I’m in awe of the fact that this is even possible.
Taylor and Tony have a way of putting people at ease. Their enthusiasm and wit bring levity to the meeting. This is the first time that everyone involved with the East Valley Overnight Theatre is in the same room. Some people are Laughing Pig veterans. For some, twenty-four hour theatre is old hat. There are a couple of us who are brand new to the experience. Something that I admire most about Taylor and Tony is the way they are able to build a supportive, caring community out of a room of people who have one overarching thing in common: a love of theatre. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Their deep, abiding love for theatre is palpable.
They make an intimidating schedule sound like a fun, easy walk in the park.
After a discussion surrounding the schedule and expectations, everyone participates in the performer raffle. It’s interesting to see the writers and performers come together. In order to ignite the creative process, the performers have brought in either costumes or props to (hopefully) inspire their writers. Each group immediately has a different atmosphere. Some debate the merits of certain items. Others are huddled around tables and locked into deep discussions of what they envision for their play.
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Smiles and laughter permeate the acting studio. Everyone in this room is here because they love the work they’re about to do. The camaraderie that comes with knowing you’re surrounded by people of a like mind has already begun to bond everyone together. Everyone, performers, writers, and directors alike, is in this room tonight because they love giving their all to the theatre.
The writers leave fairly quickly. They each have about ten hours to produce a play and time is flitting away. Taylor reminds them of the second wind party at Denny’s should they need it. The big grin on her face belies her excitement at the possibility of this party. She’s anticipating the thrill she finds in being a sounding board for writers. It’s up to the writers, though, if they feel a need for her skills. Time will tell.
And time is ticking.
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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.

Pigpen Profile, Upcoming Performance

Pigpen Profiles: Casey Anderson

Continuing the spotlight on Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner by Darcy Bruce, we have the doctor played by the super kind and all around cool guy, Casey Anderson.
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What is your favorite and least favorite part about Dr. Moxi?
I truly wish the Dr. would be more open to communicate his feelings with those around him in a more intelligible manner? Yeah, yeah, if people actually communicated then there goes like 99 percent of all drama, but this is just like a what if, ya know?
 
Why did you want to be involved in this show?
I wanted to be involved with this show because everything Laughing Pig Theatre does is passion driven. Performing like this is new to me and daunting at times and they create a space where I feel comfortable and challenged.
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If you could travel to any time in history, when and where would you want to travel? Why? What would you want to see?
Hands down I’d love to travel to the Manhattan area before colonizers came and mucked it up. I watched A New World by Terrence Malick and yeah he clearly didn’t film then/there but his images of it where gorgeous.
 
What is your favorite type of Pie? Convince us.
Lemon meringue tart. I think that counts as a pie. Anyway, the crust is more substantial than those flaccid apple pies or punkin pies. And the tart lemon custard makes your mouth pucker just a bit and the toasted meringue on top really mellows it out is to die for.
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What is next for you? 
Next I’ll be in another Laughing Pig Theatre production called Shopping and F*$#%ing. It’s gonna be rad. Come check it out
Get your tickets now for Per, playing Friday-Saturday nights September 20-28 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!
Pigpen Profile, Upcoming Performance

Pigpen Profiles: Itzel Romero

Next up in Pigpen Profiles with the cast of Always Plenty of Light in the Starlight All Night Diner, opening this Friday, January 10th. We have the quirky and lovable wunderkind Danni played by the wonderful Itzel Romero.
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Picture credit from Funny for a Girl by Bella Tindall
What is your favorite and least favorite part about them?
My favorite part of the show is watching the romance between Sam and Jessa develop throughout the show. You can see how much they care for and pine fro each other, and then as they come together-! It’s lovely and I really enjoy watching it happen.
My  least favorite part would be the time travelling slow motion- and that’s only because I myself am so bad at keeping the right timing. I always end up in the wrong place- I just feel a little silly when I’m sitting and done and everyone else is still going or vice versa. (。´∀`)ノ
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Why did you want to be involved in this show?
To be honest, I saw the character descriptions and I was like Yup! This is for me! It’s LGBT and got dinosaurs, that’s my whole deal, I’m IN! Then I read the play, and honestly I really loved it. I think it’s a lot of fun and clever and I just got more excited than I did before about this show and the story it tells.
If you could travel to any time in history, when and where would you want to travel? Why? What would you want to see?
Y’know? I never have a good answer to this question. I’d like to see some dinosaurs, but then again I could go to renaissance times and wreak havoc with their perception of mythology…… Ahhh I don’t know! There’s a lot of history out there and I just don’t know where I’d start.
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What is your favorite type of Pie? Convince us.
My favorite pie is lemon meringue. It’s the best pie because it has two of the best elements for a pie: cream/meringue on top & just lemon on bottom. It’s like an edible slice of lemonade, only better. I hear what you’re saying, “But what about other fruit pies? There are a lot that are structured in the way you just described.” Well to that I say; Lemon is the superior citrus fruit and on its own it is delicious, and as a pie! The pie is a perfect mix of sweet and tangy, the perfect refresher as dessert after a meal or even on its own. Lemons are good, pie is good. Together? Preeetttttyyyyyy nice.
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What is next for you? 
I’m not sure yet! I’m finishing my degree by May, so I haven’t been looking for other opportunities to keep focus. But working on a show is so much fun that I should probably just find more, huh?
Handles or anything we should follow?
I’ve only got an instagram, @space.unicron  if anyone would like to follow me there. (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤
Get your tickets now for Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner today, playing Friday-Saturday nights January 10-18 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!
Pigpen Profile, Upcoming Performance

Pigpen Profiles: Erin Cote

The Pigpen is open again with the cast of Always Plenty of Light in the Starlight All Night Diner, opening this Friday, January 10th. To start us off is one of our leading ladies, Jessa, played by the incredibly talented Erin Cote:
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What is your favorite and least favorite part about Jessa?
My favorite part about Jessa is her resilience. Even with everything she is going through, she seems like the person who will figure it out and land on her feet. My least favorite part (and I’ve been struggling with this) is her selfishness. Does she honestly love Sam (I think a part of her does) or is it just the convenience of not having to be alone (I also think this is part of it, too.)
 
Why did you want to be involved in this show?
This is a good challenge for me. I love romance and comedy, but I usually play people I easily like. It was a challenge playing someone that I disagree with and think is a kinda terrible person! Jessa is a tease.
 
If you could travel to any time in history, when and where would you want to travel? Why? What would you want to see?
Most likely Elizabethan England to see Shakespeare. I love the bard.
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What is your favorite type of Pie? Convince us.
My mom makes this special pie every thanksgiving we call sugar pie or graham cracker pie. It is a custard pie that is vanilla flavored. It has a graham cracker crust and a meringue topping. It is my favorite because not only is it damn delicious, but seeing it means we are on vacation. I never see this pie in restaurants, but everyone I make it for always says “wow this is so good”. It is, because it’s made by a sweet and kind mom from Indiana. 
 
What is next for you?
I’m still on LPT’s improv team, but I’m very excited to take a wee break. Been involved in back to back shows and need to recharge my artistic battery. Recharge usually doesn’t take long hahaha
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Handles or anything we should follow?
You can read more about me at misscote.com
Get your tickets now for Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner today, playing Friday-Saturday nights January 10-18 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Discounts available for students, educators, veterans and theatre artists!