MET OPPORTUNITIES
MULTI ETHNIC THEATER
POETRY ONSTAGE
MET is a project of Theater Residencies, Incorporated (TRI ), a California non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
    Actors who love poetry (and poets who love to perform) are invited to participate. The project will include
    abundant opportunities for growth and for performance in multiple small venues like galleries and cafés.

        MET's first POETRY ONSTAGE presentation will be
    An Evening of Poetry and Guitars
       on the first  weekend of March 2013.

    This fully rehearsed project will celebrate the 20th anniversary of MET and the 80th birthday of its Artistic
    Director.   Featured will be three guitarists, several actors and some of the word's most beloved poems.  
    Proceeds will benefit the Gough Street Playhouse Building Fund.

    To request participation information click on the CONTACT US button above.

    Additional monthly poetry projects will alternate between open mike events and rehearsed presentations.

    Once a Month Open Mike
    Opportunities for poets to read their own work and for actors and other readers to present selections from their favorite poets.

    Once a Month Featured Poet
    Presentations ranging from Homer, Sappho and Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda,
    Maya Angelou and a host of others.

    Occasional voice and speech workshops will help participants ease into the challenges of speaking poetry.

    Poetry Alive and Onstage – a rehearsal and performance workshop
    Training, rehearsal and guaranteed workshop performances for actors, poets and interested beginners.  Basic instruction in
    three hour weekend sessions.  Includes priority audition opportunities for the for MET's Poetry Onstage Series.

    Basic Voice and Speech for the Actor
    An holistic approach using the Lessac method to train the entire voice and speech mechanism to respond naturally and with
    vibrant clarity to a full range of acting challenges.  Students learn to relax the upper body and larynx, to meaningfully control
    the four basic variables of voice and speech (volume, pitch, rate and quality), and to clearly project vowels and consonants.

    Workshops are tuition free for members of MET, Custom Made Theatre, and Trinity-Saint Peter's Church.
a new MET project for 2013 and beyond

for production in the fall of 2014

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
by MOSS HART and GEORGE S. KAUFMAN

adapted from the depression era comedy with
new meaning for the 99% and the rest of them

    Lewis Campbell, Founder and Artistic Director of Multi Ethnic Theater, will be a nonagenarian in
    about ten years. The following list of theater projects ends with a bucket list.  He hopes to complete
    a good portion of it and to add to the list as exciting new ideas emerge.  He also hopes a few other
    theater lovers will come along for the ride.
Additional Projects Under Consideration
(Lewis's Bucket List)
    20th Century American Revivals with Current Political Ramifications

    Power:  A Living Newspaper         from the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939
    Flexible cast  –  Flexible staging
    One of the Federal Theatre Project's most popular productions, Power played on the double meaning of its title, dramatizing the
    story of the development of the electric utility industry as well as the struggle to control that technology.  Another title in the series is
    One Third of a Nation: A Living Newspaper About Housing.   Or several Living Newspaper scripts could be mined to form a
    production alarmingly relevant today.  The educational value of this project would appeal to schools.  Development of this project
    would work well with a workshop approach.   Another approach would be to use a short Living Newspaper sampler as a context
    establishing opening act for a production of  Clifford Odets’ Depression Era one-act Waiting for Lefty.

    The Member of the Wedding    by Carson McCullers
    Winner of the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award, this evocative, poetic drama explores the pains of youth and the meaning of
    family through the eyes of young Jasmine "Frankie" Adams.

    To Kill a Mockingbird   adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee
    Courtroom drama exploring racial bigotry and heroic understanding in the pre-civil rights era American South.

    Inherit the Wind  by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
    A new bare stage approach using a cast of eight to cover thirty roles and the townspeople.  This is a fictionalized  re-telling of the
    famous Scopes trial of the early twentieth century.  It is especially relevant today considering the current challenges to scientific
    thought by the religious right.
    plus any play by August Wilson


    International Plays With Political Bite

    Take No Survivors  by Gerard Bagardie        West Coast Premier       Translated by Arnold Slater
    2w,  bare stage/one interior  --  90 minutes without intermission

    Paris.  December, 2050.  The Youth Brigades are facing Government troops at the barricades.  A civil war is imminent.  The
    President has agreed to meet the young revolutionary leader who demands to be given control of the Government.  They are two
    ruthless, ambitious, and ideological women who confront each other through the night.

    Winner in 1999 of the Jean Anouilh Prize for Best New Play in France.
    English language premiere in 2006 at New York’s 59E59 theater.  No other US productions.

    Brecht on Brecht     arranged from the writings of Bertolt Brecht and Translated by George Tabori
    Reader's Theatre with music   --   3 - 4 m, 3 - 4w   --   Bare stage and stools (w/projections)

    The life and works of Bertolt Brecht provide a compelling revue that earned critical acclaim Off Broadway. Showcasing Brecht's
    youthful philosophical musings on such matters as book burning, ideology, advice to actors, and critics.  Includes excerpts from such
    dramatic works as The Good Woman of Setzuan and The Jewish Wife as well as songs and poems.


    Theater Classics

    Macbeth  by William Shakespeare
    In this production Pale Hecate and the witches would run the show as puppeteers from on high moving into the action and donning
    the garb of various smaller roles: messengers, servants and hired murderers.  The cast would thus be smaller and the action
    streamlined.

    Twelfth Night  by William Shakespeare
    This production would be set on a Mississippi River Boat, The Illyria.  The Captain of the boat is Duke Orsino, and Lady Olivia, the
    woman he pines for, runs a saloon and theater on the lower deck.  “If music be the food of love” refers to a banjo played by Feste,
    an actor in Olivia’s theater company.

    She Stoops to Conquer, or The Mistakes of a Night   by Oliver Goldsmith    18th Century comedy   3w, 5m
    This play would work well in a cartoon-like Wild West setting with simple staging.  A excellent holiday choice.

    The Trojan Women  by Euripides
    Special staging set in a modern center for politically captured women.  Features offstage sounds of modern warfare: helicopters
    landing, jeeps approaching and screeching to a stop, distant explosions.  Period images rethought for modern staging.  For example
    Hecuba to her daughter, the maddened Cassandra: “Give me your torch, you do not hold it well.”  But Cassandra is actually
    brandishing a hand grenade from which she has just pulled the pin.

    An Enemy of the People  by Henrik Ibsen
    Dr. Stockman, by standing up for what he knows is right, becomes unpopular when the town discovers that his knowledge regarding
    health problems at the profitable local mineral baths poses an inconvenient truth which is likely to cause financial losses to the
    mercenary minded population.

    The Lower Depths  by Maxim Gorky
    Modern adaptation of the Russian naturalistic drama.   Scene: a hangout room in an urban flop house.   This production would be
    set in a modern slum area with a bunch of familiar down and out characters from a wide variety of former stations in life.


    Musical Theater Projects

    Walt Kelly’s  Songs of the Pogo        World Premier Production        3-4w, 4-5m
    The text would be from the comic strip Pogo, with infectious music from the album Songs of the Pogo.  The two have never been
    combined to form a musical.  The material presents an exciting opportunity for a group-write, improvisational approach similar to
    Second City’s development of Story Theatre.

    Opera do Malandro by Chico Barque        English Language Premier        7-8w, 7-8m        Open staging with space for dancing.
    From Brazil, this is an energetic, samba driven retelling of The Three Penny Opera.

    Down in the Valley  by Kurt Weill and librettist Arnold Sundgaard        a one-act opera
    1w (soprano), 5 m (3 sung, 2 spoken) plus a chorus of townspeople

    Runaways  by Elizabeth Swados        Summer Youth Production    7-10w, 8-11m
    Swados took her idea for a musical about running away "from home, from a boyfriend, from a predator,... from yourself" to Joseph
    Papp, who agreed to produce it. She looked for children to be in the musical in various places in New York City, such as a community
    center, and "little by little, we built a world where runaways came together, told their stories, and acted out the hardships they
    endured."  Some in the cast were actual runaways. The show was done in a series of songs, monologues, scenes, poems, and
    dances

    The Me Nobody Knows        Summer Youth Production      a cast of 12 (ages 12 to 25).
    Tony-nominated and Obie Award-winning musical. Within the envelope of a single day, the show poetically examines the aspirations
    and fears of a multi-racial cast of young people. Inspired by actual writings of students in the New York City Public Schools, the
    stories are universal, and can be shared by and with all races.


    Exclusively For the Chapel Space

    A Shakespeare Valentine          a February treat in  2014.
    This fully rehearsed project, will consist of fifty-three sonnets especially staged to create a “new play” about the joys and perils of
         love. The play features a multi-generational cast of five couples and is done in such a way that each couple has a story to tell.

    Mr. Shakespeare’s Magic Mirror
    This is a training / performance vehicle in anticipation of later full-length Shakespeare challenges.   It consists of an evening of
    scenes, “tragical, comical, historical,” and a few sonnets.  Included is a ten minute Shakespeare baseball game: “A hit!  A hit! A most
    palpable hit!”

    A Read-Along Christmas Carol   by Charles Dickens        an enjoyable, low-cost fund-raiser
    The entire original version read by participating audience members, cast as they arrive, and reading from prepared copies, on which
    assigned sections are highlighted.   Three and a half hours with a Victorian dinner break.

    The Serpent: a Ceremony   by Jean-Claude van Itallie
    The Book of Genesis and some violent American history combine to make a moral statement.

    Salomé: a tragedy in one act   by Oscar Wilde
    A staged choral presentation, costumes but no scenery.

    Two On an Emerald Aisle
    a dialect training/performance vehicle  – two Irish one-act plays to be selected.