Friday, June 17, 2011

Gazette.Net review: "MET's Clockwork Orange a pleasant surprise"

Maybe I'm a touch biased, but I feel the following is a very perceptive, descriptive, and encouraging review for A Clockwork Orange. Sometimes it's difficult to know how a show is being recieved when you're in the midst of it for so long, but from speaking with audience members, this review confirms that it's striking the right chords. An ode to joy, indeed. :)

"Burgess wrote it as a “play with music,” and the MET creative staff and acting ensemble have done an innovative job of integrating not just a stunning variety of music, but their own voices at once grunting and groaning as a chorus and then exploding into blended rhythmic chants and, when required, finding the musical quality in the strange “Nadsat” slang language Burgess invented. At first, it was disturbing that I could understand maybe 25 percent of what the characters were saying in the early scenes. It quickly became obvious that it didn’t matter. The sound itself and the expressiveness of the performance tell you all you need to know."

Read the rest of the article here

We close this Saturday night, which is bittersweet to me, but I am thrilled to have had the chance to work with such an amazing, ass-kicking group of people. This has been a truly unforgettable experience and my only qualm is working with them again can't come soon enough.

Bring it.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Closing Weekend: A Clockwork Orange

Just a reminder that A Clockwork Orange closes this Saturday! Three shows left:

Thurs. 6/16 @ 8pm
Fri. 6/17 @ 8pm
Sat. 6/18 @ 8pm

We expect to sell out, so buy your tickets online or call the Maryland Ensemble Theatre box office at 301-694-4744

Photo by Joe Williams

Monday, June 6, 2011

Help produce the West Side Story Project for gang & at-risk youth outreach!

This August, Maryland Ensemble Theatre will be producing "West Side Story" in collaboration with the Frederick County Police Department. The police approached MET with the idea based on a pilot program that had been done in Seattle in 2007.

MET has an opportunity to win $25 grand to fund this project through the Pepsi Refresh Project. We can use your help to get this funding, and all it requires of you is a moment to click a few links and send a text!

You're allowed to vote for us 3 times each day in 3 different ways:

1) Text 106790 to "Pepsi" (73774) to vote via your mobile device

2) Log in to the Pepsi Refresh Project through Facebook and click "Vote for this idea" here on our page

3) Create a username and password on, login and vote directly on our page

Thanks for your consideration, with your help, MET can win this!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Does it matter?

As part of Young Playwrights' Theater's "Does it matter?" campaign, I submitted a story-- as well as the photo below-- about how art has impacted my life.

"One of my fondest collection of memories of the presence of art in my life was when I was in preschool. By this age, I was already drawing with crayons on endless reams of paper, playing with stuffed animals and dolls as if they were real, and listening to all kinds of music, from opera to glam rock. A huge influence for me artistically as I was growing up was my father. He would show me classic movies, check out huge picture books with amazing illustrations, and have me watch and listen to ballets and operas. This introduction to opera and ballet by my father is where my favorite memories stem from."

You can read the rest of my blog article here.

If you're interested in sharing your own story, click here to find out more!