Sep 29, 2018

Robert's Eternal Goldfish at Stomping Ground Comedy Theater October 5 and 12



After touring my one-person show Robert’s Eternal Goldfish around North America the last few months, I am bringing my solo comedy home to Dallas for a limited engagement at the Stomping Ground Comedy Theater, 1350 Manufacturing St #109, Dallas, TX 75207. The show plays Friday, October 5, 2018 at 8 PM and Friday, October 12, 2015 at 8 PM.

The show concerns Mr. Robert J. Roberts, a man brimming with hate for “so many things” in the world. In particular, he really dislikes people. All people. One day he becomes the unlikely custodian of a magical goldfish and Robert’s misanthropic views are seriously challenged. Can a person be frustrated into being a better human being?

Over the last few months, Robert’s Eternal Goldfish was presented at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Nanaimo Fringe in British Columbia and the Elgin Fringe Festival in Illinois.

ROBERT’S ETERNAL GOLDFISH plays Fridays, October 5 and October 12, 2018. Both shows at 8:00 PM. At the Stomping Ground Comedy Theater, 1350 Manufacturing St #109, Dallas, TX 75207. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at: https://stompinggroundcomedy.org/calendar/roberts-eternal-goldfish-friday-oct-5/

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Cultivated Playwright Podcast Episode 12


There’s an old adage that one should not lose sight of the forest for the trees. It basically means one should keep in mind the bigger picture. This certainly true of fringe touring.
I have been traveling around to present my shows – ones I write and perform myself – to “fringe” theatre festivals all over North America in the last several years. I have observed within myself, and in others, how difficult it can be to keep the real reasons one is at the festival in the first place in mind, especially once one is in a new city and in the midst of a big arts festival. A fringe fest can feel overwhelming sometimes.
In this episode I talk about how difficult, but how necessary, it is to keep one’s eye on the prize. Once at a festival, after travel and preparation and all the energy to get the show up on its feet, the impetus is to relax a little. To retreat a bit away from the less fun responsibilities (or opportunities) which are often the real reasons for even coming to that festival. I cover the uncomfortable importance of marketing, of choosing to network and of maintaining a really high production quality among other tips and techniques.
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Sep 17, 2018

Spirit of Fringe Award at 2018 Elgin Fringe

Me performing Robert's Eternal Goldfish

Hey, it is John Michael

I received this tote bag filled with swag as an award

It was my birthday yesterday. I also performed my last show of Robert's Eternal Goldfish at the 2018 Elgin Fringe Festival. My good friend and fellow solo performer John Michael came in from Chicago to catch the show. Then, at the closing night party last night for the Fringe, I was announced the winner of the the "Spriit of the Fringe" Award ( a sort of Best of Fest prize). So, all around... pretty busy day.



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Sep 15, 2018

Nice write up in The Elgin Review

This pic was snapped, I think, by the reviewer himself who was in the front row.

Audacity Theatre Lab at 2018 Elgin Fringe Festival 
By Jeffrey R. Pierce | September 15, 2018 | The Elgin Review

Every great piece of theatrical art bears the stamp of something like divine intervention, in the form of a few words from the script that sum up the piece perfectly. Awash in the torrent of words that is "Robert's Eternal Goldfish" is this phrase: "horribly adorable."

The angry rants and picayune observational humor are just camouflage for a beautifully composed long-form prose poem filled with layered imagery, expressed through vivid descriptions of cafes, apartment life, memories and dreams. This piece would read beautifully on paper.

But Brad McEntire executes it convincingly as a neurotic loner in a hoodie and knit cap, with a musical and emotive delivery that fixes your attention no matter what the hour of night -- or degree of caffeination. Like anger management group therapy, you might be healed just by listening.


Original post... HERE

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Sep 14, 2018

Nice first audience review from the Elgin Fringe

Brad McEntire

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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Aug 6, 2018

Nice write-up about ROBERT'S ETERNAL GOLDFISH in MN's Pioneer Press

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Jul 29, 2018

ROBERT'S ETERNAL GOLDFISH on tour the summer of 2018


I am taking my weird l'il solo show Robert's Eternal Goldfish all around North America this summer. First stop is at the 25th Annual Minnesota Fringe Festival. I am playing at the University of Minnesota's Rarig Center's Xperimental Theatre.
Shows:
Aug 3 @ 5:30 pm
Aug. 4 @ 2:30 pm
Aug. 7 @ 8:30 pm
Aug. 10 @ 10 pm
Aug. 11 @ 1 pm

At the U of M Rarig Center's Xperimental Theatre,
330 21st Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Info on tickets and more... HERE.
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After that I am is off to the Nanaimo Fringe in Canada with the show. There I will be at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 80 Commercial Street (Dodd Narrows Room), Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J8 Canada

Shows
Aug 14 @ 5:45 PM
Aug 15 @ 4:15 PM
Aug 16 @ 7:45 PM
Aug 17 @ 9:15 PM
Aug 18 @ 5:00 PM

Info and tickets... HERE

Finally, I am taking the piece to the 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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The 2018 Dallas One-Minute Play Festival


I have two plays in this year's One-Minute Pay Festival produced by Kitchen Dog Theatre.
Here's the info on the event.

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.  
(from the perforance of my 2015 play RUMBLESHANKS WANTS AN HQ)

84 original one-minute plays by 42 local playwrights
+ 12 local directors
+ 60 local actors
= 1 insanely wild night of theater.

August 11-13
at SMU Meadows School of the Arts - Bob Hope Theater

All Tickets $20
 

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