Update on the Viviarium Studio visa cost campaign Apr 15, 2011

by Ariel

Thanks to the generosity of over 30 OtB subscribers, patrons and board members, OtB has now raised $3,291 for the Vivarium Studio Visa Cost Emergency Campaign.
We've now completed the first matching gift challenge and received an additional $500 from our board member Josef Vascovitz.
We have just $1,709 to go to meet our goal of covering all the unexpected costs associated with the fight to allow Vivarium Studio to enter the US and come to Seattle. If we raise $275 more from new-first time donors, we will complete a second matching gift challenge and receive another $500 matching gift from Josef that can be applied to this goal.

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Vivarium Studio | Philippe Quesne Apr 15, 2011

by Tania Kupczak

Did you see L'Effet de Serge? Leave us a comment with your thoughts!

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The Drama of Nothing...and Everything! Apr 15, 2011

by Eric Pitsenbarger

This apartment looks very much like Serge himself. A child/man's playground. A long room of blank white walls, empty space on one side and in the other a ping pong table littered with various half constructed models, small TV and VCR, colored wire, bags of chips, cans of silly string. Sliding glass doors cut into the wall reveal a lush green garden, that also has the odd effect of being within a terrarium. Around the table, leaning up against the walls are bags of various collected everyday items; arranged as a set, these mundane constructs take on an iconic glamour that solicits further, deeper and wry consideration. An installation of blank walls, lurid purple shag carpet, low hanging industrial lights, pop culture flotsam arranged 'just so' already tell a story of who lives in this private arena; and when Serge arrives from outside on the triumphant blast of Wagnerian strom und drang dressed as astronaut, explaining that this is how the last performance ended, that the end is...

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Donate now to our Visa Cost Emergency Campaign - and get your gift matched! Apr 14, 2011

by Jessica

On the Boards needs to raise over $5,000 to cover the costs of our unexpected struggle to obtain visas to bring Obie Award-winning French theater company Vivarium Studio to OtB.  As of this morning, we've raised $475 towards this goal. OtB board member Josef Vascovitz has generously offered a $1,000 matching gift challenge - $500 to match the first $500 donations we receive, and $500 more if we can raise the same amount from new, first-time donors.

As of 5 pm on April 14, the first day of the campaign, OtB needs just $25 more to complete the first matching gift challenge and bring our total up to $1,100; and $375 more in donations from new donors to complete the second matching challenge.

Especially if you've never given to On the Boards before, can you help us receive the full...

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Beginner's Guide to Vivarium Studio Apr 12, 2011

by Jessica

We're prepping Serge's apartment on OtB's Mainstage Theater right now, so here's a little info on Vivarium Studio to help prep you for the performance this weekend:

1. Vivarium Studio is lead by director Philippe Quesne. In the past few years he has become reknowned for his combination of set design and storytelling.

2. The name Vivarium Studio is a reference to the kinds of terrarium-like sets that the company creates. In L’Effet de Serge this is seen in the apartment that’s recreated on stage, but in other pieces this has even involved snowy outdoor scenes. Visit vivariumstudio.net to see more of their work.

3. One trademark of the company is that they begin each performance with the end of the piece that was created before it. L’Effet de Serge will give a glimpse at D’Apres Nature, giving the audience a little peek...

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Reviews of L'Effet de Serge Apr 12, 2011

by Jessica

Here's what's been said about L'Effet de Serge in other cities so far:

"...one of the most poignant theatrical works I've witnessed. Though there's almost nothing in it that Aristotle and his ilk would recognize as a play, L'Effet de Serge somehow communicates the essence of theater itself." - Village Voice

"A delicate balance" - Twin Cities Daily Planet

"This is one of the most French pieces of theatre ever created. Even if Ionesco wrote a play about a...

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Master Class with Vivarium Studio @ On the Boards Apr 11, 2011

by Jessica

With director Philippe Quesne and performer Gaetan Vourc'h
Sat | Apr 16 | noon @ OtB

Philippe will explain his way of working, starting from not a text but from a title which opens a field for experimentations. They will show pictures and videos of previous works, and will also propose the participants to make practical tries / exercises on stage, in the set of L’Effet de Serge. It is encouraged, but not mandatory that the participants see the show prior to the master class – by doing so it will give the participants a better idea of the work, which is always a good starting point. This class is open to all artists that are interested in participating.

RSVP sean-at-ontheboards.org

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Vivarium Studio and their visas Apr 11, 2011

by Sarah

This is what zombie visas look like - they were truly resurrected from the dead....

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