Aug 19, 2014

"I hate the idea that artists should only do one subject or one style. I love the gluttonous, Pablo-Picasso-Diego-Rivera god-monster of modernism where you try to tackle the entire world with your art.

This is the best thing I've ever heard Molly Crabapple say. Great quote.

Aug 17, 2014

DiscoverDenton.com has nice words about LIZARD BOY EATS A DORITO

A MIXTAPE FOR THE YOUTUBE GENERATION
DiscoverDenton.com | Wed, Aug 13, 2014 | Review by: Christopher Taylor 
Tucked into the UNT neighborhoods, round about Malone and Scripture, there’s a building that one does not usually notice. Past the shadows on Jagoe, past Mr. Chopsticks (unless you need pre-show nosh), sandwiched behind a large tree that mixtapeshades the entrance lies Green Space Arts Collective. The only reason that I know it is there is because I have had the pleasure of rehearsing, performing and viewing work done by any one of a number of bootstrapping theatre companies that perform outside of the gaze of your average theatre goer in Denton. This weekend, you will have two opportunities to see what Sundown Collaborative Theatre, one of the longest lasting independent theatre companies in Denton, is calling We’ve Done It Again: A Mixtape.
If you’ve studied your Shakespeare like good little boys and girls, you know that a green space represents a space where the normal structures of the world do not apply. This short works festival has nothing to do with Shakespeare (although Sundown is producing an adaptation of The Winter’s Talelater this year) and everything to do with defying the expectations of an audience used to being able to drag the scroll bar to the interesting part of the scene. Comprised of 9 short works, there is something here to appeal to all tastes. My particular favorites were John Goes to Mars by Jeff Hernandez, Role Reversal by Kelsey Johnson and Lizardboy Eats a Dorito by Brad McEntire.
John Goes to Mars reminded me of an Arthur C. Clarke story in that it plays in a world that allows for the concept of manned space travel to another planet without the need to explain exactly how it works. Hernandez focuses on the human element, the relationships and experiences of his main character to draw a larger metaphor for escape and through escape, hope. If this were an actual mixtape, John Goes to Mars would be “Space Oddity.”
Role Reversal takes a familiar genre and theme that Sundown loves, mashed up music with frenetic movement. A writer and character twirl around each other, controlling each other in turn until they come to a resolution. This might be the Tori Amos song on the tape.
Lizard Boy Eats a Dorito has, as the title suggests, one character and one point of conflict. Despite its simplicity, Lizard Boy (Robert Linder) captured the audience’s attention like nothing I have seen. Zappa.
I know. The music doesn’t all seem like it would fit together. Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. What does work is Sundown’s commitment to bringing creative theatre artists from Denton and Dallas together to create something unique, imperfect, yet still beautiful.
The shows do contain adult language and situations so leave the kids at home for this one and come out to Green Space Arts Collective this Saturday or Sunday evening at 8pm to see what Sundown Collaborative Theatre has in store. If you see the show, make a night of it and head down to the Austin Street Truck Stop for post-show dinner and East Side Denton for after dinner drinks.
We’ve Done It Again: A Mixtape has performances Saturday and Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at Green Space Arts Collective, 529 Malone Street in Denton.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students.
Original post... HERE


Aug 16, 2014

My 1MPF plays at KDT


I was one of 30 local(ish) playwrights commissioned to create two plays in the first ever Dallas One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF). It is playing  in conjunction with Kitchen Dog Theater, Sat Aug 16th, Sun Aug 17th, and Mon Aug 18th at 8PM.

My pieces are called I HATE IT HERE and CHUPACABRA RIGHTS.

I'll put the rest of the info below, but if you can't make it out to pay the $20 ticket price, it is also being livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday, August 17 at 6pm PDT/ 8pm CDT/ 9pm EDT. 

Check it out here: http://www.livestream.com/newplay/ . In Twitter use #1MPF to participate in the conversation.

At Kitchen Dog Theater @ The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), 3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204 [Directions: http://the-mac.org/visit/], Tickets are $20 and available at: 214-953-1055 or at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/782940
Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays By Robin Armstrong, Robert Askins, Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, Bruce R. Coleman, Michael Federico, John M. Flores, Lina Gallegos, Blake Hackler, William Jackson Harper, Isabella Russell Ides, Crystal Jackson, Jason Johnson-Spinos, Tim Johnson, Jim Kuenzer, Joshua Kumler, Jenny Ledel, Cody Lucas, Matt Lyle, Nico Martini, Brad McEntire, Jonathan Norton, Samantha Rios, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Tom Sime, Jared Strange, Jeff Swearingen, Alia Tavakolian, Lee Trull, Angela Wilson and more.
Directed by Spencer Driggers, Tim Johnson, Nico Martini, & Lee Trull as well as Dylan Key and Kelsey Head, who directed my pieces.
Curated By #1MPF Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea

Brad McEntire
Jeff Swearingen, Me, Will Harper... last three members of Mild Dementia
FUN FACT: The three final members of the Mild Dementia Continuous Play Variety Hour: Will Harper, Jeff Swearingen and myself all are playwrights in this event.



Aug 13, 2014

TheaterJones covers Lizard Boy Eats a Dorito

Varied Mixtape 

Sundown Collaborative Theatre's We've Done It Again: A Mixtape has highs and lows, but thankfully there are more of the former.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Robert Linder in LIZARD BOY EATS A DORITO

The art of a good mixtape, as laid out by Rob Gordon (John Cusack) in the movie High Fidelity, is complicated. “You gotta kick it off with a killer. Grab attention. Then, you gotta take it up a notch. But you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you’ve gotta cool it down a notch. There are a lot of rules.” Sundown Collaborative Theatre’s short play program We’ve Done It Again: A Mixtape, features a killer Side A, but ventures into overly abstracted deep tracks on the back side that end up leaving the audience with a lingering feeling of confusion.

. . .

Continuing the tradition of literal show titles established by its predecessor, Brad McEntire’s Lizard Boy Eats a Dorito, as the program even says, “is exactly what it sounds like.” Robert Linder, donning glasses in which the lenses have been replaced by paper cutouts made to look like the bulbous eyes of a lizard, slowly crawls across the stage, contorting his body into many a reptilian pose. At the other end of the stage, a single Dorito sits in the middle of a small, round table. An experiment in the limits of humor, the key is Linder’s Brando-esque commitment to the role. He carefully meanders through the space, testing the air with his tongue and staring down audience members before finally coming to his Mount Sinai—the table bearing a gift from the large bipedal gods.


Arduous pursuit of a goal is something everyone can identify with. Life is stressful and full of unrealized dreams. McEntire’s piece captures this struggle in a way that reflects the absurdity of life. And Lizard Boy’s success in achieving his goal—again, the title is very literal—is a catharsis that delights everyone.

» We've Done It Again: A Mixtape continues at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, and continues 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17, at  the Greenspace Arts Collective in Denton

Original review... HERE

ADDED NOTE: from Kris Noteboom on Facebook: "Brad McEntire's piece, Lizard Boy Eats A Dorito, is worth the cost of admission by itself. Seriously, I'm still in awe."



Aug 12, 2014

Lizard Boy Eats a Dorito


I have a piece in Sundown Collaborative Theatre's short works fest. It is called LIZARD BOY EATS A DORITO and it is exactly what it sounds like. It is performed by the delighgtfully bizarre Robert Linder.

Sundown Collaborative Theatre presents…
“WE’VE DONE IT AGAIN”: A MIXTAPE
Sundown's 3rd Annual(ish) Short Works Festival

AUGUST 11-13 @ 8PM
MARGO JONES THEATRE IN FAIR PARK
1121 First Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210
AUGUST 16-17 @ 8PM
GREEN SPACE ARTS COLLECTIVE
529 Malone, Denton, TX 76201

We've Done it Again: A Mixtape will feature nine different works including solo acts, movement pieces, and new plays. Our eclectic mix of styles and moods means there is sure to be something to whet your appetite! You can see all nine works in one night, or come by on multiple nights.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 students/seniors.
Group prices are available; please contact us for more information.
To reserve tickets or pay in advance, call 940-220-9302 or email boxoffice@sundowntheatre.org. 

Jul 26, 2014

PrintBomb Summer 2014


On Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014 I headed down to BookPeople in Austin, Texas. I placed a series of a dozen prints in assorted places - on shelves and walls, and especially in books. The original prints of my design Tiny Robo-Knight Vs. Giant Dodo, are on heavy-bound archival paper and individually signed. On the back I listed my website.

Along with P. Terry's for a cheeseburger and occassionally Flightpath for a coffee, BookPeople is one of those places I ALWAYS frequent when I am in Austin. I can spend hours browsing along the aisles. I usually spend more than I plan to when I go in. 

The prints are a free gift to whoever finds them. Here are few pics to document the project. More can be seen on my Flickr... HERE

The last time I did a PrintBomb Project was back in January 2013. Read about it... HERE.