VIDEO: Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Andy Garcia

VIDEO: Out Of the Loop from on Vimeo.

Live performances from across the nation are hitting the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Addison.

Hosted by the WaterTower Theatre, the festival is providing acts more contemporary what many metroplex audiences are used.

“This festival really attracts a lot of younger people, partly because of the diversity of the work we present here,” said Greg Patterson, the director of marketing for the theatre.

The three stages used in the festival are adjoining to the seating, providing the audiences for all 23 acts the chance to be pulled into the show.

“I love being able to actually literally connect with the audience,” said Faye Lane, an actress and play writer performing in the festival. “The show changes in response to the audience reaction.”

With so many options for performance art in the metroplex why would students from Southern Methodist University want to make the Trip to Addison?

Jonathan Taylor, a co-producer for the festival believes that the performances are different from what can be experienced within the Park Cities and Downtown.

For students interested in experiencing a little culture and wanting to get away from the bubble, the Out of the Loop Theatre Festival might be something worth taking a look at.

Festival Attendee Katherine Hargrove believes it was experience worth having and suggests those interested should consider it when making plans for the weekend.

The festival runs intill March 13 and ticket prices range between $10 and $20.



Glenn Close Interview: Passion Projects and New Media

September 21, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

By Elizabeth Lowe

From 10 a.m. until late into the afternoon, it was a packed day for Glenn Close on SMU’s campus.

The actress came to speak with theater classes in the Meadows School of the Arts, along with producer and friend Bonnie Curtis.

The Daily Mustang was able to sit down with Close for a brief interview on new media – an art form that seems divergent from her principal discipline of stage acting.

Outside of SMU, Close and Curtis are in Dallas this week collecting the final funds for their latest project: a film adaptation of the play “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs.”

Close played the role of Albert Nobbs on Broadway back in the early 80s. It’s a role she says she’s passionate about and a film she is excited to co-produce.

Though we chatted with her about the film project, the Daily Mustang also wanted to talk about her “online diet.” What is Glenn Close’s presence online? And where does she see the convergence of film, stage, and new media?

Video: Interview with Glenn Close from on Vimeo.

Video and Editing by Andy Garcia

Campus News Blog: SMU Student Theatre Goes Dark With Comedy “The Pillowman”

March 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Monica Sharma

SMU Student Theatre is putting on the production, “The Pillowman”, beginning this Thursday, March 25. At 8:00 p.m., theatre students will put on the play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh in Meadows Basement B450.

The show continues every night at 8:00 p.m. until Sunday, March 28.

Directed by freshmen Ted Gwara and Justin Amos, “The Pillowman” is a dark comedy about a fiction writer who gets interrogated about the grisly content of his work and its similarities to a number of child murders happening in his town.

Starring students Ruben Carrazana, Jeffery Moffitt, Adam A. Anderson and Jeffrey Colangelo, the play has received good reviews from critics on the national and international level, so it should be a good play to see at SMU.

SMU Student Theatre (SMUST) is a student organization that, according to the Meadows Web site, “helps to further student work, develop creative art and give students a place and a means to explore the realm of theatre”.

For more information about this free show, click here.

So “The Overwhelming” is opening Wednesday night…

September 23, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Christy Vutam

I was hoping to watch the dress rehearsal for “The Overwhelming” tonight, but I wasn’t able to get to the Margo Jones’ theatre on time. I did pop in during intermission to chat with my former professor, Charley Helfert, and he said audiences should come into the play cold. I was taken aback – he usually emphasizes knowing the background on plays so you don’t get lost. But, according to him, the play’s kind of about making sense of what happened in Rwanda in 1994. If you know what happened in Rwanda, he said, you’re going to lose out on the intended experience.

Well, then, I guess it was a good thing I didn’t watch that Oscar-nominated movie, “Hotel Rwanda” with Don Cheadle and that I’m like a lot of Americans: ignorant on history and foreign affairs.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about “The Overwhelming” from various people, and I look forward to catching the opening Wednesday at 8 p.m. The play runs through Sunday in the Margo Jones’ theatre.