Wednesday, July 26, 2006

One Week until Red Cans Wreckage!

It's one week until showtime, and RED CANS gets better and worse every night. Performers are getting completely lost on stage, running into walls, and constantly knocking each other over. But while this would typically signify a theatrical trainwreck, it seems that RED CANS is different and actually becomes more and more watchable as things go more and more wrong. Short of giving the performers notes to "keep screwing up," we'll be doing all we can to ensure that the off-kilter chaos is in full bloom on August 3rd.

Check out this interview about the show courtesy of our friends at Austinist.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

RED CANS: Read our Bruises #3

Lest we be accused of only exploiting the bruised bodies of our female cast members, here are some choice shots of the truly rough and tumble Andy Smith. Andy informs us that he took these pictures to send to his girlfriend in Australia. While you're enjoying this bit of beefcake, consider these helpful household tips sent in from reader (and Dirigo Group co-artistic director) Ellie McBride:

OMFG! I just saw the pictures. good to your people and do this. Trust me, I know from whereof I speak in the rehearsal bruises world. Those I've had, those I've inflicted. Got this cure from a director had me looking caned 3 days before a show I had to wear a corset in and I was bruise free opening night.

Get some papaya pulp from whole foods. Get your folks to make smoothies out of it, about a cup per person. Get them to get some for themselves and drink it daily or eat fresh papaya for a few days (but the bottled pulp is cheaper even though it's not cheap.)

Get some Arnica oil. not gel. not cream. Oil.

Get folks to rub in on when they leave. Encourage the more bruised of them to buy there own and put it on before bed. Also not cheap but well worth it. It's about $10 a bottle but the bottle will last.

I promise this will fade the bruises and the pain.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

RED CANS: Read our Bruises #2

3 weeks in, and yet more gore:
NOTE the knuckles of Matt!
LOOK UPON the legs of Rosaruby!
ATTEND TO the arms of Heather and Ashley!

And finally, PRAY for us all as we switch next week to rehearsing on CONCRETE.

Monday, July 03, 2006

RED CANS: One Month until Showtime.

There's no escaping it: RED CANS opens at the Off Center on August 3rd. We're two weeks into rehearsals, cans are ripped, actors are drenched in sweat, the first half of the show is blocked, and a new species of performance is slowly coming to life.