Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Day in the Life - By Brandon Oakes & Aubie Merrylees

Another first!  We have a set of photos which includes some taken by Brandon A. Oakes (Chief Bromden) and some by Aubie Merrylees (Billy Bibbit)--both are members of the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest cast.  Check out the artistic quality!  The descriptions come from Aubie, and the italics are our additions.

Joe Guzman and Mark Lazar chat with Paul Nolan (our human basketball net) about safety. (Bill Zielinski [Randall P. McMurphy] is in red, and Tom Teti [Cheswick] is in the background.)

 Dinner and drinks with some of the cast and production staff at The Flying Pig (a favorite Malvern watering hole).

 Gathering after rehearsal at actress Marcia Saunder's house. (Marcia is playing the "terrifying" Nurse Ratched.)


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Day in the Life - Laura Catlaw, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, Part 1!

We have a special treat for you!  A 2-part Day in the Life with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest cast member Laura Catlaw (Candy Starr).  She took a lot of great photos and we didn't want to pick and choose, so we're putting them all up--here's part 1:

The gals: Georgia Cohen (Sandra) and Laura Catlaw (Candy Starr)

From left to right: James Ijames (Aide Warren), Joe O'Brien (Ellis) and Delanté Keys (Aide Williams), stretching out (on a gurney, no less) for a day of rehearsal.

Something we usually don't see--a member of the production staff!  This is Danielle Mangano, one of the stage managers for the show, manning her station behind the set bathroom.

A lot of resting/sleeping is done between rehearsals and shows (acting is tough!)--here's Joe and Laura hanging out in the green room.

Delanté studies his lines. 

Georgia hangs out in the backstage kitchen.

THE Randall P. McMurphy, Bill Zielinski, and Laura, smile for the camera.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Introducting Hank Murta Adams

Hank Murta Adams (also known as brother to our Artistic Director, Abbey Adams!), has created beautiful glass pieces for our shows in the past, include the stars hung above the Theophilus North set, which are now hung in the upper lobby of our Main Stage.  He is currently creating a huge backdrop of glass and steel for our upcoming production of Legacy of Light.  Read on to learn more about him!

Hank Murta Adams, Studio Creative Director of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
Hank Adams was a student of Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. in painting in 1978, and continued his education at Tennessee Technological University, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. While continuing to work as an independent artist, Hank also served as head designer for the Blenko Glass Company for six years. Adams has also worked consistently over the years as an educator at schools and universities ranging from the Toledo Museum School; UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY; Univ. of Hawaii; the Center for Creative Studies, in Detroit; the Chicago Art Institute, the Ox-Bow School in Saugatuck, MI; the Pilchuck School in Stanwood, WA; and most recently as a visiting professor at Middlebury College, VT. In his current role as Studio Creative Director at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center,  Hank facilitates numerous individual and collective projects for a diverse artist community, while serving as an educator and mentor for numerous young artists working as assistants and interns.

Adams has been awarded three Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the New York State Arts Council. He was awarded a Fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America in 2001, and is a member of the Creative Glass Center of America Advisory Board. His work has been featured in numerous one-man exhibitions ranging from J&L Lobmeyr Glass in Vienna, Austria; Remnant: Hank Adams, at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY; the Elliot Brown Gallery in Seattle; Heller Gallery in NYC,  the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI and the Hunterdon Museum of Art in NJ. Adams’ work was also selected for Creativity and Collaboration: Pilchuck Glass School at 30 in Seattle, WA, in 2000. Other group shows range from the triennial traveling exhibition, Americans in Glass, to World Glass Now, held in 1988 at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan; and the Glass Skin, a traveling exhibit organized by the Corning Museum of Glass.

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This Discovery Guide gives you more information on our production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. It includes costume designs and resources for educators, as well as character biographies and a self-guided tour of the play for teens.  Click here to check it out!