Friday, February 12, 2021

February 2021

Hi friends! 

 Teaching online with HUGE Theater was resumed! An incredible group of 201's! 

 Teaching online with Children's Theatre Company has also resumed. Here we go! 

 Got to direct a group for for Duo for a Day - - check out the beautiful results here! 

 Got to be a part of the HUGE Theater 10 Year Anniversary show.. What an amazing thing. So lovely to play (and also lovely to chat with the always incredible Tom Reed).
   

 Show X is back, digitally! Please check out a Little Bit of Show X, every Monday, 8 p.m. CST.
   

 Please check out HUGE's youtube channel for updates!

Strange times. 

I've been working on the art of practice. I LOVE THE ART OF CREATION. Boy howdy, that's a hoot. But, actually practicing what you've made into something consumable is another thing entirely. Luckily, I've been enjoying what I've been making, and it's nice to have these little friends running through my head. I'm also way more invested in practicing them as they're my shit. Anywhoo, I don't know if anyone else is interested, but I'll post some videos soon. (Warning. They're mostly on ukulele. As I have no emotional connection to ukuleles. They are a tool, and that's really cool, rhyme not-withstanding.) As my bff told me, "You don't need to have a good voice. You need to have an interesting one." and I'm standing by that forever... <3 

All love!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Overview Effect rides again!

 Oh hi. 

Mid-pandemic, Damian got Overview Effect into an online showcase with Unscrewed Theater in Tucson, AZ and they were the absolute most welcoming. We had a blast. We are dumb and grateful.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Big performance times into shhhh

Hi loves! It's a week in November... any fall class are closing, or have closed up. WHAT DOES DECEMBER HOLD? RIGHT NOW, NOT MUCH. 

EDUCATION THINGS
 - My 201 with HUGE Theater finished last week, and they are all heroes. The best.

We met outside to have class, after weeks of Zooming. Look at these beautiful, cold friends!















I got to coach two of them for IMPROVATHON 2020, as 1+1=Jew. They played at 1:30 a.m.. They are incredible. 

 - My last class with Children's Theatre Company is today. It's been delightful, and I will miss their faces, and I hope to see them again. Maybe in person sometime? That'd be awesome. 

 - And I've been taking a class with WGS, the Improvised Play as taught by the fantastic Brandon Gardner. Folks in LA! Folks in New York and DC! Folks in Johannesburg! This part of the future is fascinating. 

Our final performance was yesterday. WATCH OUR DRAMA. 


Fortune's Fool Theatre asked me to be a part of their COVID-safe storytelling show, "To Breed or Not to Breed." I'm grateful for the opportunity! It was so lovely to be backstage with such beautiful people, and amazing to feel such support. (Also, someone please give Aaron a million dollars for not only music, but support laughs.) We just closed this this week, and... 

IMPROVATHON 2020 also happened! 28 hours of Improv, for Give to the Max Day (A Minnesotan day of fundraising) in support of HUGE Theater. When have we done multiple shows in a day, how long has it been? When have we concertedly gotten together online, and played? IT WAS JUST WONDERFUL AND THNAK YOU EVERYONE! 

 Nudge got to play!  

Adorable got to play! (As the Brits I think would say, Butch and I were chuffed at figuring this out. It was Butch. It was two minutes before showtime. So dumb!)

And Nimblicity too!

A really really wonderful run of stuff. 

THE FUTURE...?
What does December hold? Erm... As previously stated, not much. And it feels like anything that comes will probably be self-driven.. 

I've been using these lovely Kaleidoscope Creativity Cards to write and record some music. Trying to get into as much of a daily practice as life allows, and will share eventually. 

I will also be tending to a sore back (PT is amazing. Grateful.), and hopefully focusing on some physical stuff too? 

Hopefully making December and early January more than just waiting for the 20th. 

Love and miss you all. 


Monday, October 12, 2020

Some samples?

Oh hey. 

This is what I look like when I teach! I hope to be making more of these zoom how to's.. as #fun

I was lucky enough to do a video for the MN Orchestra through the Bakken Museum this fall 2020. 

https://vimeo.com/466636008

A storytelling sample, from TableSalt's annual themed storytelling show from May 2019. 

https://vimeo.com/466636008

An Improv sample of Adorable - - Myself and Butch Roy, being awkward together.. 

https://vimeo.com/376547807



Friday, December 20, 2019

Winter 2019 into Spring 2020?!?!?

Hi loves...

Family Dinner at HUGE Theater is slowly (quickly?) wrapping up...

As is "You Are Most Welcome Here" for HUGE Wednesdays...














Plus some Show X, Glorious Humans, and some Mystery Cafe too.. :)

THIS SPRING!!

Please check out HUGE Wednesdays, 8 p.m., featuring both Glorious Humans (silliness) and Nudge (monoscenes).. And Show X hopefully forever and ever, as long as Mondays can go..












I'll still be offering my ages 55 and over prompted memoir class through the winter and into spring.. Please email octobedandy@gmail.com if interested! 

Uprising Theater's Friends with Guns

Hi loves... I am terribly terribly behind.

This October, I was lucky enough to finish a run with Uprising Theatre, a new four-person script by Stephanie Alison Walker entitled "Friends With Guns."

Holy crap. I am so grateful for the experience, the director (Shalee Mae Coleman!), the creative staff, the stage manager (oh hi), and the utterly ridiculous cast...

People said some nice stuff too:

https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/minn/minn890.html
https://www.twincitiesstages.com/single-post/2019/09/23/Friends-With-Guns
https://www.broadwayworld.com/minneapolis/article/BWW-Review-FRIENDS-WITH-GUNS-by-Uprising-Productions-at-Off-Leash-Art-Box-20190924

So incredibly lucky.



Sunday, June 30, 2019

Summer into Fall, 2019!

Hi friends.. You're awesome. There's about to be so much happening.. please consider this a placeholder until actual website updating happens...

TEACHING!
I'm offering an Intro to Memoir class for Ages 55+ in the fall!

INTRO TO MEMOIR FOR AGES 55+
Wednesdays, September 25th - November 13th
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
$10/session or $60 for all 8 (scholarships available!) 
HERO Plumbing Community Space, 54th & Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis  
Email octoberdandy@gmail.com for information and registration. 

(I would love to also offer an Improv for Ages 55+... if you or anyone you know might be interested, please let me know!)

AN EXPERIMENT!
INTRODUCTION TO MEMOIR FOR TRANSPLANTS and POTLUCK!
Not from the Twin Cities?
Even if you’ve been here for many many years, still feel a “transplant”..?
How do people even meet people?
Do you like food?

Part memoir writing, part introvert/extrovert social club, part self-driven welcome wagon...

Join Jen Scott and other transplants* for this four week “class” featuring socializing, prompted memoir writing, and snacks.

For each week, participants are encouraged to bring a dish to share (A bag of chips is fine, if not encouraged.)
Tuesdays October 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Bryn Mawr HERO Plumbing space

Email Jen at octoberdandy@gmail.com for registration.
$40 for the four sessions; Bring a friend for free!

PERFORMANCE! HUGE Theater, Fringe Festival, and beyond.. 

HUGE Theater
I perform every Monday at 8 p.m. with Show X at HUGE Theater! Also, can we have some money

Fringe Festival!
Minnesota Fringe Festival, www.fringefestival.org
The Overview Effect, at Strike Theater. 
An improvised exploration of humans out of space. Each performance is improvised, so each performance will be different. All about the effect that seeing the world from above has on people... 
Aug. 2nd, 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 4th, 1 p.m.
Aug. 6th, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 8th, 7 p.m.
Aug. 10th, 8:30 p.m.

Dungeons & Cabins, at the U of MN Rarig Center Arena.
A scripted comedy.. very light, very cute. Written by an incredibly talented 20 year NYU drama student/South High graduate... so much fun!
Aug. 2nd, 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 3rd, 2:30 p.m.
Aug. 5th, 8:30 p.m.
Aug. 10th, 10 p.m.
Aug. 11th, 8:30 p.m.

 FRIENDS WITH GUNS with Uprising Theater


Sept. 20th through Oct. 5th.