Sunday, January 12th, 2014
Happy 2014! A week or so in, fun abounds. The puppet painting’s in progress for the bespoke edition of THE MERCURY WALTZ, with the book just about due from the printer – and thank you again, Base Art Co., for the evocative jacket.
The MW launch event is in the planning stages – you needn’t be local (Detroit/Ann Arbor/Toledo/Chicago) to attend some facet of that fun. More details in the next few weeks.
And very special details, too, shortly to share about the ensemble’s next project. Let’s just say Christmas was an immensely productive period for us . . .
So let the wheel spin, let the year revolve, the weeks and days that make of the calendar a map and a road. I’ll hope to meet you along the way, to share the pleasure of making, reading, becoming part of the fictional worlds that turn like wheels inside of wheels, and keep us all spinning to their revolutions!
“Fortune’s Wheel” art created by Megan Weber for THE MERCURY WALTZ.
“Faustus” cross created by Sony Murphy for the Faustus Detroit prodution.
Monday, December 30th, 2013
2013 saw the opening of the Poppy brothel, its full flower of a show in a Victorian mansion, where patrons commingled with floozies, puppets had their way with actors, and true love won the day, as true love must.
2014 will see the Mercury Theatre open on the page, as THE MERCURY WALTZ is published. Cards will turn for good or ill (or both), darkness will fall, stage lights will burn as bright as Armageddon.
Let the fun continue, let it never end, as one year rolls like a roulette wheel into the play and chance of the next!
(Mercury Waltz image courtesy Megan Weber.)
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Upon this morning’s doorstep (literally): THE MERCURY WALTZ page and cover proofs!
And Megan Weber’s chapter heading art, echoed on the bespoke puppet and bookmarks, looks divine. Not to mention PixelAntics’ design.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Thanks to artist MEGAN WEBER, these quote-bearing bookmarks and this saucy puppet – soon to be even more artfully embellished – will be included with the bespoke edition of THE MERCURY WALTZ, at the printers’ now and shortly to be published … The whole idea of a book, a tactile and touchable, page-bearing book, will be echoed in these extras, starting with the choice of watercolor art paper for the puppet’s stock. We aim to please, we wish the whole package to give pleasure before the first page is even turned.
Ordering information will shortly be available, and yes, there will be a regular hardcover edition – beautifully printed, of course, just like the bespoke version – as well as an ebook. Because it needn’t be either/or. And the story itself will unfold in your mind’s eye, just as it always has and always will.
Cry the Mercury!
Friday, November 29th, 2013
Site-specific, call it, or theatrum mundi, the theatre of the world . . . The ensemble has accomplished the Poppy brothel and the ringing depths of Hell. Where will they go, what will they play next?
Keep your ear to the ground, stay tuned. The ensemble advances.
[Back row: LAURA BAILEY, CHRIS JAKOB, STEVE XANDER CARSON, SAMANTHA ERIN MOLTMAKER. Front: VANESSA ELLEN HENTSCHEL, JONATHAN WEST. Photo: Rick Lieder.]
Monday, November 25th, 2013
“Faustus is gone, regard his hellish fall . . .”
Our FAUSTUS in Detroit has ended: five nights of high poetry and fierce physicality, of straps, rope, silk, sweat, a gaze that finds yours in the darkness, a Sin that grasps and won’t let go. We thank our hosts, the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit, and mighty organist Todd Ballou; we thank our artistic collaborators Rick Lieder, Diane Cheklich, and Marianne Brass; and our funding patrons, especially Stan and Robin Mendenhall. whose creative support seeds and sustains our play.
And most of all we thank our attending patrons, who traveled from Chicago, and Toronto, and the far reaches of the metro area – and from just around the midtown corner – all the way into Hell. We appreciate your sense of adventure and curiosity; judging from your comments, you felt it was well rewarded!
My deepest thanks go to the ensemble: for their utter fearlessness, their passionate creativity, and their unmatchable brio.
This FAUSTUS is gone, but there is so much more to come. Our own bargain with the powers of art has just begun.
[Photo of LAURA BAILEY, STEVE XANDER CARSON, and SAMANTHA MOLTMAKER: Rick Lieder.
Venue photo: Diane Cheklich.]