Laughing Pig is powering through the remainder of our 18-19 season with the speed and determination of a pedicab driver who’s short on rent.
Tonight we open our third Monologue Cafe, where writers submitted themed monologues to be performed by talented local artists. This time it’s all about those classic tales of shame and absurdity we call #FML.
To get us in gear, we have continued our artist spotlight series with three tag teams of writers and performers you can see this weekend and next: Luke and Sergio, Alina and Shannyn, & Cynthia and Lydia. Hey
Luke Gomez – Writer:
Sergio Hans Martinez – Performer
Alina Rios – Writer:
Shannyn Hall – Performer:
It was disheartening to see one woman unravel and pity herself for not being like a woman that she found enviable. It undermines her decisions on how she lives her life and minimizes her feelings on what she finds important. She seems to be more embarrassed by her own lack of self worth in comparison than any actual event.
Cynthia Wheeler – Writer
Lydia Corbin – Performer
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
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!
We want to take down Shakespeare!
Laughing Pig Theatre is now accepting submissions for their first ever Shake-Smash New Play Festival. Shake-smash is a festival that both celebrates and challenges Shakespeare’s stubbornly immortal work.
We are looking for creators to submit new ten-minute and one-act shows inspired in some way by Shakespeare. It can be a retelling of a story in a new setting, a deconstruction of a theme, a Tom Stoppard-esque between the scenes companion piece, a farcical parody, a sequel, a prequel, a soliloquy, a musical, a dance, a poem, a saucy puppet show, or whatever else you want it to be! As long as it is demonstrably inspired by Shakespeare, we honestly don’t really care.
Submissions are $5 for a ten-minute and $10 for a one-act. They will be accepted until 11:59pm on September 30, 2018, after which Laughing Pig will select a number of shows to be performed for the festival in December. Shows performed at the festival will be judged by a panel of Shakespeare fanatics, with the opportunity to win awards and cash prizes!
We cannot wait to read your submissions!
Ok, look, I’m not sold on the name either everybody. Maybe I’m forcing the porcine theme too much, I don’t know, we can revisit it later.
For now, we wanted to give you chance to learn a little more about Ilana Lydia, Artistic Director of B3 Productions and playwright of our upcoming staged reading A Sense of Wonder.
I asked Ilana a few questions about her views on theatre, and you can ask her some yourself next Friday, August 10 at 7:30 in the Mesa Arts Center Acting Studio. Tickets are $5 or pay-what-you-can. There will be a facilitated feedback session afterwards, so be ready to share your thoughts and help the creative process thrive!
Ilana: I started as a director, being left alone with actors and my first notepad at the tender age of 11. Luckily, I’ve been able to grow beyond almost all of my first experiences. I’ve always valued people, relationships, and process over the end product, and so as a playwright, it’s experiences like this that keep me writing.
•What inspired you to write A Sense of Wonder?
•What appeals to you about using science fiction elements on stage?
•What advice would you give someone interested in playwriting?
Linda Brown, of landmark case Brown Vs. Board of Education, died on Sunday. March for Our Lives took place across the country on Saturday to call attention to the atrocity of gun violence in the United States.
Laughing Pig Theatre’s first Monologue Cafe addressing abuses of privilege and power also took place over the weekend. Our mission? To address violence, oppression, and abuses of privilege in our local community by sharing experiences and engaging in dialogue. We collected true stories, then placed those stories in the hands of 11 performers who brought each one to life. On Friday evening we followed the show with a processing session for writers, performers, and audience members. The cafe brought together a diverse, gracious, and enthusiastic group. It was inspiring to engage in the conversation with everyone who came out to participate, support and grow with us.
Writers and performers, we at Laughing Pig Theatre are stunned by and in awe of your courage, heart and humor. Without you all this wouldn’t have been possible. An enormous thank you goes out to: Julia Wallace, Patsy Parker, Dori Honovi, Darcy Cochran, Pina, Belen Markus, Arielle Hurst, Mindy Judson-Garcia, Tayo Talabi, Avery Volk, Sawyer Walter, Mara Nadolski, Katlyn Roberts, and Amy Palmer.
Want to learn more, take action, or seek help for yourself/someone you love? Here are some inspiring organizations working toward a more just Maricopa County:
ACLU Arizona: https://www.acluaz.org/en
A New Leaf: http://www.turnanewleaf.org/
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence: http://www.acesdv.org/
Arizona Foundation For Women: http://www.azfw.org/
Hope Women’s Center: https://www.hopewomenscenter.org/
NAACP Maricopa County: http://maricopanaacp.org/about-the-maricopa-county-branch/
Refuge Recovery: https://www.refugerecovery.org/
SAAF Anti-Violence Programs: https://saaf.org/care-services/anti-violence-programs/
Hello Piglets! Wait. Pig-heads? No, that’s worse. I’ll get back to you.
Anyway, Saturday, January 27 is the last day to submit a monologue or story for our March Monologue Café. There has been a little confusion as to what we are expecting for this, so I hope we can clear it up:
What we want these pieces to be about is really your own experience with an unfair power dynamic. This certainly was inspired by the national conversation we are having on sexual assault, but we think it goes much further. There are certain things we as a society have decided to accept as “the way things are.” We are all starting to realize that our acceptance comes at the expense of the safety and well-being of entire sections of our population.
These are the stories we want to hear from you. If you have never written a monologue before, don’t worry. Just tell the story as you would tell it to a friend. We don’t need professional, publishing-ready writing. We want your voice. It can be tragic, humorous, or everything in between. And if you felt like you were the person using your power, we want to hear from you too.
And remember, if you are not comfortable sharing your own words, we will have one of our actors perform them on your behalf, and you can remain anonymous. What matters to us is giving the community an opportunity to get things off their chest, and learn about the trials of others they may have never considered.
*You do not need to be located in AZ to submit a piece.
You are welcome to perform your piece, but because of the sensitive nature of what we are asking we do not require that you read your own work. We will have performers standing by to bring your words to life. If you choose to perform your monologue, you must be memorized and available on March 21st and 22nd for dress rehearsals (7:00-10:00) and for all performances March 23rd, 24th (6:00pm-9:00pm) and 25th (1:00pm-5:00pm).
Submissions are due January 27th, 2018 by 11:59pm. The Monologue Cafe will be a public event, and video and audio recording is ok. As part of your submission, you give Laughing Pig Theater the rights to utilize audio, video, and still images from the Monologue Cafe for professional purposes. You will retain all rights to your work. For future reproductions by Laughing Pig Theatre we will request your permission.
We will be selecting monologues for the performances by February 10th. For every selected monologue, if the writer does not wish to participate in the performance, they will receive one comp ticket for the night of their choosing.
To purchase tickets for our Monologue Cafe, click here.