Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"The Other Shore" named one of the best theater productions of the year by the Providence Phoenix!

Our production of Gao Xingjian's "The Other Shore" was named one of the top-ten theater productions in Providence!

Congrats to S&B, the TAPS Dept., and the talented cast and staff!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Boy For Me: Doris to Darlene teaser

"The Only Black Couple at the Country Club" Productions Presents a sneak peek at S&B's new show!

Don't miss your chance to fall in love, again and again! 4 SHOWS ONLY.

Click here for tix!


Thursday, November 26, 2009

DORIS TO DARLENE, a cautionary valentine

A new play by Jordan Harrison, MFA ‘03
Directed by Chris Tyler ‘10

December 3 - 6, 2009
Thu – Sat @ 8 PM, Sun @ 2 PM

Three dissonant decades collide into an unlikely harmony in this time-jumping pop fairy tale about the dreams and disasters behind one transcendent song.

Mark Brown II '09.5 as Mr. Campani
Ben Freeman '13 as the Young Man
Sean Patrick McGowan '12 as Vic Watts
Lauren Neal '11 as Doris
Elizabeth Rothman '11 as King Ludwig II
Gordon Sayre '12 as Richard Wagner


Tickets available @
or by calling 401-863-2838

*Freshman are FREE on Thursday night!*

Monday, November 23, 2009

AUDITION for Perishable Theatre's production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

Calling all rock n rollers, thespians, freaks, queens, kings, East Germans, lovers of large wigs, and glamorous performers with angelic voices:

Monday, December 7th
7-10 p.m.
Perishable Theatre (95 Empire Street, downtown Providence), 3rd floor

Hedwig - born a boy named Hansel in East Berlin, Hedwig is now an “internationally ignored” rock star. Seeking a charismatic performer with a strong, versatile, voice, comfort with various levels of drag, who can generally rock out and kick ass. This role is typically played by a male performer.
Yitzhak - a sullen male roadie and backup singer. We are seeking a versatile performer with the ability to back Hedwig up vocally. Must be comfortable and convincing in drag. Other than the singing, the role is basically silent -- strong and specific physical performance is a must. This role is typically played by a female performer.

To audition:
For an appointment, email (preferred) or call 401-331-2695 x 302. If you have a headshot/resume, include that in your email. If not, please include some info about yourself and why you’re interested in the show.

To prepare:
1) A brief piece of text (one minute or less) which you can perform as either a male or female character. THE TEXT SHOULD NOT BE FROM “HEDWIG.”
2) Sixteen bars of a rock song which you can also perform as either a man or a woman. AGAIN, DO NOT BRING A SONG FROM THE SHOW. If you would like accompaniment, bring an instrumental cd (no vocals). Preferably, be prepared to sing a cappella with a microphone (provided.)
3) You may also be asked to read monologues from the script. Some approximation of an East-German accent is helpful but not mandatory.

About Hedwig:
The final show of Perishable's musical 2009-2010 season is the RI premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Audiences everywhere are familiar with Hedwig, who fell in love with an American G.I. and underwent a sex-change operation in order to marry him and flee to the West. Unfortunately, nothing worked out quite as planned – and now Hedwig is stopping in Providence, RI on a tour with her band, The Angry Inch, following her erstwhile lover Tommy Gnosis as he plays a local arena. This story of failed and redeemed love was made into a feature film by Killer Films.

About the production:
The production is directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian and music directed by David Tessier. Rehearsals are approximately March 15-April 15, with performances running April 16-May 9, 2009.

About Perishable Theatre:
Perishable is RI’s research and development theatre. Led by Executive Artistic Director, Vanessa Gilbert, Perishable Theatre focuses on connecting RI audiences with innovative performance.

Contact Perishable Theatre at 401-331-2695 or at

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Audition for LULU

a tragedy in three acts

written by Frank Wedekind
translation by Nicholas Wright

directed by Spencer Golub

December 1, 2009: 3-5pm & 7-10pm
December 2, 3009: 3-5pm & 7-10pm

in Stuart Theatre

You know that person who everyone falls in love with? What if you were her? What would you do?

+ casting 15-20 performers
+ email for an electronic copy of the script

+ NO PREPARED AUDITION PIECES NECESSARY: you will be provided with selections of the script from which to read

*All roles cast without regard to race, gender, ethnicity, etc., except when specified by the script

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Show & Tell/Q&A with MAURY YESTON: Writer of NINE the Musical!

presented by Brownbrokers


Maury Yeston is an American composer, lyricist, arranger, educator and musicologist.

This Thursday (Nov 19th) at 4:30PM, Maury Yeston will perform in Leeds Theatre, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Come see this award-winning musical theatre writer in a performance/discussion with the Brown community!

The film version of Yeston's show, NINE, hits theatres this month starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, and Sophia Loren!


Yeston is best known for writing the music and lyrics to Broadway musicals, including Nine in 1982, and Titanic in 1997, both of which won Tony Awards for best musical and best score. He also won a Drama Desk Award for Nine.
Yeston serves on the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also President of the Kleban Foundation, serves on the editorial boards of Musical Quarterly and the Kurt Weill Foundation Publication Project and on the advisory board of the Yale University Press Broadway Series.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tonight: I'd Rather Not Say

A new play by Daria Marinelli '10
Directed by Becca Title '13

Monday 16th Nov
7PM at McCormack Theatre (70 Brown St, Lit Arts/English Dept)

In conjunction with:
The Brown Campaign for Burma and Southeast Asian Heritage Week

Lights up on the place with the poorest ratings in the World Health Organization
Lights up on a place that discourages tourism
Lights up on a place that is not America, that has two names.

To name it is to take a side.
To speak is to choose.
To speak is to always choose.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Heads-up: Auditions for Lulu

will be held 1 & 2 Dec.

Performance dates: March 4-7 and 11-14, 2010
Directed by Spencer Golub

Email to request an electronic copy of the script!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

LEAVITTSBURG, OH opens tonight!

a new musical by Nate Sloan '09

November 12-15 & 19-22

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Stuart Theatre

Jane, one of Leavittsburg's favored daughters, escaped Ohio for her New York City Ivy League school. But when she brings her new boyfriend Jake home to visit for the first time, she starts to wonder if she might want to escape back home again.

Leavittsburg, Ohio is written by Nate Sloan, '09 - the latest completely student-written musical from the nearly century-old Brownbrokers group. Directed by Lowry Marshall, musically directed by Andrew Hertz, choreography by Dante Sciarra.

Freshmen get in FREE tonight!! (Thurs, 9/12) Arrive 1 hr before showtime with your Brown ID. Get your tickets at, or from the box office at the Leeds Breezeway. Check your mailboxes for $5-ticket vouchers!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Masterclass w/ AVENUE Q NATIONAL TOUR Actors!

***Please note change in time!!!


And you know what that means?


Come to this once-in-a-Brown-lifetime masterclass on "Musical Theatre Audition Technique." Your friends will perform, and the cast of Avenue Q will listen to them and offer constructive criticism/suggestions on proper audition techniques for musical theatre.

Puppets may or may not be involved.

Friday 23rd Oct
11AM -1PM in Stuart Theatre
(Q&A from 4:30)

it does NOT suck to be you,
♥ sock and buskin

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Get free tickets to Avenue Q!

As part of an Avenue Q promo this week on Brown's campus, PPAC is looking for interested students to attach Avenue Q flyers to packages of ramen noodles. You would then choose an appropriate event (latest day to hand them out would be Oct 19) to hand out the noodles on campus. In return for your efforts, you'll get free tickets to Avenue Q!

Contact for more information.

Avenue Q is playing at the Providence Performing Arts Center from Oct 20th-25th.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, an Epilogue

Written by Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber
Presented by Brown University

October 12, 2009
8:00 PM
Leeds Theatre

Free Admission
Suggested $3 donation
to benefit The Matthew Shepard Foundation and Brown's LGBTQ Resource Center.

In June 2008, members of Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie, Wyoming, to explore how the town had changed in the ten years since Matthew Shepard's murder. What they found defied their expectations. The result is a new play about how we construct our own history. This is the continuing story of an American Town.

On October 12, the 11th anniversary of Matthew Shepard's death, over 150 theatres across the country and around the world, including Brown University, will simultaneously present the world premiere reading of the epilogue. The presentation will include a live pre- and post-show from New York with the creators and Judy Shepard, hosted by Glenn Close.

Monday, October 5, 2009

4 New Plays by 4 New Playwrights

4X4 is four short plays by four tall MFA playwrights – all for FREE!

4X4 is this Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th, at 8:00pm in the Rites and Reason Theatre at 155 Angell St.

Why I Don’t Want to Go to Yoga Class With You, by Mallery Avidon

Just a Game, by Mia Chung

Four Square, by Jackie Sibblies


Home is Another Plane, by Joe Waechter

For more information, email

Field Trip and Internship

Shakespeare on the Green Field Trip!
To see Much Ado About Nothing at The Gamm Theatre in November. Dates range from Nov. 18th-29th. If you are at all interested, please email and let her know what dates might work for you! Click here for more info on the show!

Internship Opportunities at The Gamm
The Gamm Theatre is offering internship opportunities to qualified college students and young professionals eager and interested in learning more about the management and development side of running a non-for-profit professional theater. To schedule an interview, please send a cover letter and resume to Gamm Education Director Steve Kidd at Descriptions can be found at or by clicking here. For more info, contact Arik (

Friday, September 25, 2009

Forum with Black Rep Executive Director

Friday, October 2, 2009, 4:00-5:30 pm

Arts, Culture, and the Soul of a City
Donald King ’93, Founder and Artistic/Executive Director, Providence Black Repertory Company

Location: Rites and Reason Theatre, 155 Angell Street

Founded in 1996 by Artistic/Executive Director Donald W. King ‘93, Providence Black Repertory Company produced its first production on the third floor of an old print shop in Downcity Providence. As a native Rhode Islander, King was acutely aware of the need and responsibility to build a vital cultural institution dedicated to making an artistic, social, and political impact. Along the way, the theatre also birthed Sound Session, a major annual summer music festival organized in partnership with the city. Thirteen years later, the region and theatre face serious economic challenges. How can an innovative theatre reinvent itself, survive, and thrive in these difficult times?

Don King is the recipient of the 2009 John Hope Alumni Award for Public Service, presented by the Brown Alumni Association and Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service. This forum is co-sponsored by the Swearer Center, the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Tartuffe Talkback

Join us for a post-show talkback tonight (Friday, 25th Sep) at 10.30PM with Elise Morrison!

Monitoring Moliere: Surveillance, Comedy, and Tartuffe

Elise Morrison is a PhD candidate at Brown in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. Her dissertation, “Through the Looking Glass: Feminist Strategies in Surveillance Art,” looks at artists whose work strategically employs technologies and techniques of surveillance to create performances and installations that pose new and different ways of interacting with and understanding apparatuses of surveillance. She has also performed several of her own surveillance art pieces on the public thoroughfares of New York, Providence and the INTERNET.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Don't miss PW's First Show of the Season...

by Maria Irene Fornes
directed by Jessica Goldschmidt

Sam Alper
Daniel Gonon
Ned Riseley
and Lily Spottiswoode.

THIS Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 8pm, and Saturday at 11 pm.

Tickets are FREE and available online at Or get 'em at the door an hour before each performance!

Ushers needed for Tartuffe

Volunteer to usher and see the show for free!
Tartuffe opens tomorrow evening (Thursday), and will run from September 24th-27th and October 1st-4th at Leeds Theatre.
Shows are 8pm every Thursday to Saturday, and 2pm on Sundays.

Contact if interested, or swing by the Box Office in the Leeds Breezeway to sign up.

Monday, September 21, 2009

AUDITION for "Doris to Darlene!"

DORIS TO DARLENE, a cautionary valentine
by Jordan Harrison, MFA '03
Directed by Chris Tyler '10

Performs December 3 - 6 in Leeds Theatre.
Produced by the Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin.


DORIS, a girl singer, mixed race, from 16 to 41.
VIC WATTS, a record producer, white, from 22 to 47.
RICHARD WAGNER, a composer, around 50.
LUDWIG II, King of Bavaria, 18. (To be played by a young woman.)
MR. CAMPANI, a dapper teacher, early 40s.

Wednesday, 9/23 from 7 - 11 PM
Thursday, 9/24 from 7 - 11 PM
Friday, 9/25 from 3 - 6 PM
Callbacks will take place all day 9/26.

Stuart Theatre (inside Faunce House)

If you can, sign-up for an audition time in advance at the Leeds Breezeway bulletin board. Audition slots on Friday are currently full, but there are plenty of slots still available on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Unsure of your schedule? Feel free to stop by Stuart at any time on Wednesday or Thursday night and audition on the spot. If you want to audition and Friday afternoon is the only time you're available, please contact us at and we'll work it out.

NOTE: You are STRONGLY encouraged to read the play beforehand. To secure a copy of the script, please e-mail

NOTE: All plays cast under the supervision of the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University are cast without regard to race, color or ethnic identity except when such identity is central to the production's thematic content.

...oh, and did we mention JORDAN HARRISON is coming up to work on the production in rehearsal?!


For more information, please visit

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Work with Brown MFA Playwrights on NEW WORK!


a READING of Gregory Moss MFA '08's play THE ARGUMENT
Directed by Kerry Whigham

This project is part of Brown University's Katrina, Katrina Project, commemorating the 4th anniversary of the hurricane. For more information, click here.

One Day of Rehearsal/Performance - September 20

ANA and MIA: Two women, twin sisters
Ensemble of 5 - m and f - musical ability a plus - to play various roles
(one musician / actor - sax or trumpet)


a PRODUCTION of Joe Waechter MFA '10's short play Home is Another Plane
Directed by Gregory S Moss

This project is part of the MFA Playwrights Festival at Rites and Reasons, October 9 & 10.

The Littlest Girl: a precocious 10 year old.- young woman of any description
The Grown Man; her kind-hearted father - male of any description
The Narrators - Two women of any description
The Woman in the Silver Jacket - a beautiful woman
A Few Informed Audience Members - three actors, male or female
MUSICIANS - TWO - Cello, Stand-Up Bass, or Singing Saw

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Assistant Stage Managers wanted!

The production of Tartuffe is currently looking for one or two ASMs.

Tartuffe will run from September 24th-27th, and October 1st-4th. This is a show with great opportunities for technical work (sound, video) and the role of ASM will be an excellent way of getting involved in the production process.

Contact James at for more information.


A New Musical

By Nate Sloan ‘09

Directed by Lowry Marshall
Musically Directed by Andy Hertz


Friday, September 11th; 2:00-5:00PM & 7:00-11:00PM
Saturday, September 12th; 1:00PM-4:30PM
in Stuart Theatre

Staggered callbacks to be scheduled Saturday night between 6:30 and 9:30PM.

Auditions will be held in small groups. NO PREPARATION NECESSARY! We will teach you everything you need to know, right from the show! If you want to prepare a song, you’re encouraged to do so. Please bring your music! Scripts and music from the show will be available in the Becker Library before classes begin.

Sign up for an audition group outside of the Becker Library before auditions!

A note for a cappella members: Friday and Saturday are big days for a cappella groups, so plan accordingly. If you want to audition and attend a callback, please inform your group now that you may need to leave for a period of time in the blocks above! We will work with you to schedule a convenient time.

A note from Lowry and Andy for Tartuffe cast members who sing: You are strongly encouraged to audition! There is insignificant overlap between the final weeks of Tartuffe and the beginning of the Leavittsburg process, and we will create a schedule that works for you! Please support musical theatre at Brown and come out to audition for this remarkable new work!


JANE, a student at an East Coast college, originally from Leavittsburg
JAKE, Jane's boyfriend, a student at the same college, originally from New York City
FRANK, Jane's father, a landscaper in Leavittsburg
BEN, Jane's younger brother, a freshman in high school
MS. BRIGHTON, Jane's high school English teacher
COREY, Jane’s old boyfriend and Frank’s employee
EVELYN ELLIS, Jane's friend from high school, mother of infant Todd, Jr.
"BIG" TODD ELLIS, Evelyn's husband, an Army private overseas
MARLA, BETTY and GINGER, elderly ladies in the local Rotary Club
AL, ROD and CARL, their husbands
MELISSA, SANDY, BETHANY, seniors in high school
CONNIE, a bartender
MATT, KEV, and LEROY, Corey's friends


Sendspace to a draft of the script:

Note: The script is still under revision and portions may change. This is the excitement of new work!!



Monday, March 30, 2009

Journey to The Other Shore

The Department of Theatre, Speech & Dance and Sock & Buskin present:

The Other Shore
by Gao Xingjian
directed by Kym Moore

April 2 - April 5
April 9 - April 12
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
Note: Freshmen can reserve free tickets at the box office for Thursday night performances at any time.

Leeds Theatre
77 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-2838

Want a great deal? Come to the Box Office on the Green!
12:00 - 1:00pm, Thursday, April 9 on the Main Green
$5 Discounted Tickets

Thursday, March 19, 2009

First Show of 2009-2010 Announced!

Congratulation to Chris Tyler '10! His proposal for Jordan Harrison's Doris to Darlene: A Cautionary Valentine has been chosen as next year's Senior Showcase. Stay tuned for more information about auditions in the fall.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Apply to the Sock & Buskin Board!

Below is the application for the S&B Board this semester. If you're interested in applying, e-mail us ( and we'll connect you with a board buddy who can walk you through the process, help with your application, and answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sock & Buskin
New Members Application: Spring 2009


This application is due by 5pm EST on Thursday, March 19th. Please email it to If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to speak with/email anyone on the board. We will hold a Meet & Greet for prospective new members on Monday, March 16th at 6pm in Lyman 005, and we encourage you to attend one or more of Sock & Buskin’s open meetings on Tuesdays from 12-1pm, also in Lyman 005.

1. Please list all experience that is relevant to S&B.

2. What draws you to theatre? By extension, what will you bring to S&B?

3. Please mention any ideas you have to improve S&B.

4. A significant portion of the job of S&B members is to decide the department's season for the following year. Please pick a show and speak in favor of its inclusion in the S&B season. (To help us out, please select a fairly well known show. For example you could write on Hamlet or West Side Story.)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tub Time, or Think Tank

A durational instillation in the Production Workshop Upspace running February 9 through February 19. This work of sculpture and performance is a nostalgic exploration of loss and recovery, of intimacy and distance, of creation and destruction. Constantly in flux, the work is a process rather than a piece. Creators Timothy Simonds and Hollis Mickey bathe together in the PW Upspace amongst the refuse of Pleasure Dome. In this think tank anything can happen. The unexpected evolves in the intermingling and lingering of sensation, the mixing and blurring of boundaries. Performances happen in and out of the PW Upspace. Please see the blog for a schedule and further details:

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Enter the Dome

Conceived by Dave Harrington, Andrew Starner and Hillary Dixler
Directed by Dave Harrington and Andrew Starner

February 6th - 9th at 8 PM
With additional shows February 6th & 7th at midnight

Free tickets will be available online at: starting Wednesday, February 4th at 11:59 pm, and will also be available at the PW box office an hour before each show.

Production Workshop is in TF Green Hall at 7 Young Orchard Avenue.