Sep 14, 2018

Nice first audience review from the Elgin Fringe

Side Street Studio Arts' Backspace
My solo show Robert's Eternal Goldfish opened last night at 9 pm at the Elgin Fringe Festival. It was a whirlwind day, with less than two hours of sleep the night before (thanks to my 20-month old son and his latest bout with teething). 

I taught my 8 am college class, then headed to the airport. Cramped flight (thanks United) to O'Hare. The airline made me check my single small backpack because United doesn't have space for carry-on bags for its passangers. Waited for my bag in O'Hare for over half an hour. Got CTA ticket to ride the El to the Rosemont Station, where I caught a Pace bus to downtown Elgin. Arrived in Elgin about three hours before my show. 

Checked in with the fringe, then hiked to my billet. Charming place with friendly cats, but no air-conditioning. Made it back to the venue 40 miuntes before curtain. This was the first time I had seen the space. Luckily the show has no tech. I was sooooo tired, I was basically a zombie. I had about 10-11 audience members. I poured whatever energy I could muster into the show. Went over well. I had a good time and I think the audience dug it.

As I stumbled out of the venue, two people outside stopped me. It was a husband and wife. They had just been in the audience. They said they were experienced fringe-goers who had been to Chicago and Vancouver and a bunch of places and seen a lot of fringe shows.

"But you are one of the best we have ever seen..."

Totally made my whole day.

The guy said he was writing a review on the Elgin Fringe website right then. I thanked them for coming out to the show and headed off to grab a bite and a celbratory beer before crashing.

This morning This review was up on the Elgin Fringe site...


Audacity Theatre Lab | Brad McEntire | Robert's Eternal Goldfish 
- By Ross 
Masterful, intense, poignant, brilliant, insightful, oh and did I say intense? By far one of the best storytellers I've ever seen, well delivered and meaningful. I'll be talking about this one for a long time. This show is likely the best of show Fringe 2018. A must see.


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Sep 13, 2018

ROBERT'S ETERNAL GOLDFISH at the 2018 Elgin Fringe


I am taking my darkly comic solo show Robert's Eternal Goldfish to the 2018 Elgin Fringe Festival in Illinois in September. There I will be at the Side Street Studio Arts' Backspace, 15 1/2 Zeigler Ct., Elgin, IL 60120

Shows
Sept. 13 @ 9:00 PM
Sept. 14 @ 10:30 PM
Sept. 15 @ 7:30 PM
Sept. 16 @ 4:30 PM

Info and tickets... HERE
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Aug 26, 2018

Updated Cultivated Playwright Podcast



So, my good friend Phil Gonzales planted a notion in my head a few weeks ago. I have hosted/ co-hosted three podcasts over the last several years (some extremely short-lived). All of them were on platforms that 1.) I didn't control because someone else set them up or 2.) would end up costing money in the long run after the initial free trial period ended (I'm looking at you SoundCloud). 

Phil managed to set up several really great podcasts completely free - like this and this. So, I have followed suit. I am relaunching my li'l self-produced podcast The Cultivated Playwright on WordPress. It will still be available via iTunes and Stitcher, but I am re-uploading the first 11 episodes over the next few days. Then, next month, I will be releasing new episodes. Great time to catch up and tune it. 

The new website is... HERE



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Aug 12, 2018

Ep 157 of the Deep In Bear Country podcast

My great friend Phil Gonzales visited me in my hotel room at the Holiday Inn Express and we talked about "The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster" for his delightful podcast Deep In Bear Country. Folks, we may stray off-topic at times, but we always get back to the point. Ever want to hear two grown men discuss balsa wood? Welp, you're in luck!




Listen... HERE


PLUS... Here's some bonus bits Phil whittled out of the final episode...





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Aug 10, 2018

#1MPF Dallas pieces in rehearsal

I have two new plays in this years Dallas One-Minute Play Festival. This year, thankfully, I have received photos from the rehearsal process. I am always so grateful to have archive photos for my pieces (especially so I can post them here on my website).
This is my piece, RETHiNKING AFFORDABLE in rehearsal. Directed by Jeremy Wilson.
This is my piece LOVE IN THE TIME OF FILTER BUBBLES in rehearsal. Directed by Jake Nice.

The Dallas One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) returns for the 5th Annual Dallas One-Minute Play Festival! 1MPF is the country’s largest and longest continually running community-engaged theatre project, aimed at exploring local topics, ideas, trends, and seeding conversations for, by, and about artists and citizens in Dallas. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by some of Dallas’ established and emerging playwrights and directors. 

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Aug 9, 2018

BONUS CONVERSATION on the Berenstain bears podcast


My good friend Phil Gonzales hosts a wonderfully amusing podcast called Deep in Bear Country. He and a rotating collection of guests discuss the Berenstain Bears books each week. I had the pleasure of talking with him this week as we discussed The Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster. That recording is not to be broadcast for a few days. In the meantime, Phil has released an excerpt of the discussion where he and I talk about camping, the Boy Scouts and Japanese YouTube videos. 

Check out the BONUS CONVERSATION... HERE

To listen to just the audio (for downloading)... HERE

And here's one of my own camping videos...





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