“SATIE et COCTEAU” in Chicago – 2016

Genesis Theatrical Productions in Chicago will be presenting a full production of  Mike Czuba’s play ‘Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet’ from May 9th to June 5th 2016 at the Athenaeum theater – Studio one.

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Robert Orledge, a Satie scholar and composer, who has written two books about Satie (Satie Remembered and Satie the Composer), says the play is: “..A truly excellent piece of theatre which deals convincingly and imaginatively with one of the most fraught love-hate relationships in modern French art. It has real depth and excellent dramatic pacing and is a work of art in itself”

Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet, is a play about the classical music composer Erik Satie and his complex relationship with the surrealist poet Jean Cocteau. We are watching Cocteau direct an American Actor in the role of Satie in a play that Cocteau wrote in 1939 called Soyons Vulgaires. The play takes place 15 years after the death of Satie. The action takes place during the final rehearsal where Cocteau has only called the Actor, because he feels he does not fully understand the role. Cocteau, in an opium haze, directs the Actor in a series of ‘scenes’, which run the length of Satie’s life and career. We discover that Cocteau’s intentions are for the Actor to fully embody Satie and bring him to life so he can finally exorcise him from his life.

“What you are about to see is a re-creation of a memory of a memory of actual events.” Satie et Cocteau: A Rehearsal of a Play of a Composer by a Poet is a play about the reality of memories, the possession of art, and the ‘truth’ of the theatre.

REPRISE – A Reading in Hollywood

April 20th – 2015 – A staged reading of REPRISE by Mike Czuba was presented at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Directed by Aaron Lyons.
Featuring: Stephen Caffrey, Victoria Hogan, Dasha Kittredge, Forrest Lancaster, Kellie Matteson and Kitty Swink.
Producers: Daniel Henning, Elena Campbell-Martinez, Courtney Locks and  Christopher Raymond.

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Building a Dance.

(S)cientist Melissa Tuplin working on choreography for her Lyrical class at The McDonald Wilson Dance Academy in Calgary, Alberta.

Song: “Open” by rhye.

A Reading in Chicago.

Excerpts from Mike Czuba’s REPRISE were presented on March 8th by The Red Theatre in Chicago – having placed as a runner-up in their international playwriting competition. The staged reading of selected scenes was directed by Maria Burnham. Featuring: Mark Pracht as Steven, Erin Haddock as Joanne and Paul Tinsley as Peter.

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Paul Tinsley as Peter

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Paul Tinsley as Peter, Mark Pracht as Steven, Erin Haddock as Joanne.

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Erin Haddock as Joanne.

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Mark Pracht as Steven, Erin Haddock as Joanne.

REPRISE in Hollywood and Chicago.

Dancing Monkey is very pleased to announce that on April 20th, 2015 (S)cientist Mike Czuba’s original play REPRISE will be given a full staged-reading as part of the LIVING ROOM SERIES at The Blank Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

REPRISE was an Honourable Mention in the 2012 Alberta Playwriting Competition as well as a runner-up for the Pam Dunn award at Infinitheatre in Montreal. (AD Guy Sprung). In Oct 2011 the play received a staged reading as part of the Alberta Playwrights Network reading series at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary, directed by Gail Hanrahan.

**REPRISE was also a runner-up in Chicago’s Red Theatre 2015 playwriting competition. From over 500 international submissions –  REPRISE was top three and will have an excerpt read later this year…

“Well crafted… Reprise demonstrates a very sophisticated structure and a very musical fluidity.” Iris Turcott

“Engaging structure, poetic, lyrical, emotionally honest.” Tom Eubanks, Elite Theatre Company, Oxnard, California. Reprise_1 Characters:
Steven Booker (M – 30’s)
Joanne Denis (F – 30’s)
Peter (Father) (M – 70’s)
Liz (Mother) (F – 60’s)
Sylvie (Wife) (F – 30’s)
Allison (Older Sister) *Allison’s voice can be heard only in voice over (V.O.

Logline: Upon learning of his father’s death musician Steven Booker spends an agonizing and fantastical day and night trying to dismiss the man he hated so much but knew so little.

Plot: Through a series of memories and the reality of his current situation, Steven Booker discovers that he is very much his father’s son. As hard as he tries to avoid it, only by going to his father’s funeral will he be able to move forward and become the man he wants to be and not the man he has become. The story is structured like a song with music used to propel and increase the power of the narrative without removing the audience from it. Hearing a Fender Rhodes piano being played alone on stage is magical. Hearing the memories of a father not understood can be universal. The work is contemporary, naturalistic and surreal with an aesthetic that is understood with fantasy never too far away.

Dismissal: Verse
Discovery: Chorus
Avoidance: Verse
Acceptance: Chorus
Becoming: Reprise