|FW: The Yshow, Suburban World Theater, November 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 18,19||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Alan Yelsey (Alanmachine-dreams.com)|
|Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2005 10:18:45 -0800 (PST)|
Alan Yelsey Machine Dreams Incorporated 800 Lasalle Avenue, Suite 107 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402 www.machine-dreams.com <http://www.machine-dreams.com> www.interactivemeetings.com 612.371.4428 x12 -----Original Message----- From: Alan Yelsey Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 11:03 AM To: 'mn-prog-events [at] justcomm.org' Subject: The Yshow, Suburban World Theater, November 4,5, 10, 11,12, 18,19 Hi Fred: > > I am attaching our press release for the new show at the > Suburban World Theater - The Yshow (www.y-show.com). I am a UMN trained > educational psychologist circa 1986. > > The Yshow was created to directly take on the myth that > America is on the right track - business as usual. > It does so more directly than other shows. It enables the audience > to express and define themselves. And it proposes a set > of principles for America to live by, nurture, equality and truth. > We hardly seem to recognize these principles in practice today. > > Please distribute this information to your progressive email lists. > I invite you to take advantage of 4 free tickets to either of our shows this > week - Friday or Saturday, 8pm. > > If I can provide any further information, please let me know. > > Alan > 612-616-5430 cell MEDIA CONTACT: Annie Scott, 612-371-4428 x16 NEW LIVE MULTI-MEDIA, COMEDIC DRAMA 'THE YSHOW' FEATURING WIRELESS INTERACTIVE COMPUTERS, WIDESCREEN VIDEO FOOTAGE, 3-D GLASSES PREMIERES IN MINNEAPOLIS Hurricane Katrina, Iraq War Addressed in Provocative Show Debuting October 28 At Suburban World Theatre MINNEAPOLIS, MN, September 21, 2005 - "The YShow," a new theatrical experience combining music, humor, social commentary on issues ranging from Hurricane Katrina and human rights to healthcare and the Iraq War, original multi-media footage shot throughout Minnesota, handheld digital communications involving all audience members, and live theater created by four Twin Cities writers, will have its U.S. premiere at the Suburban World Theater in Minneapolis beginning October 28. Called "an interactive cerebral adventure unlike anything ever produced in the Twin Cities," The YShow follows a black psychiatrist (actress Kathleen Hardy) who challenges the realities of America today, as the audience accompanies her on a virtual road trip that blends music, comedy with a lively cast of five, and high-definition multi-media displayed across a 26-foot-wide screen. Technology Connects Audience with Cast On Stage As they enter the Suburban World Theatre, every YShow audience member receives a handheld wireless computer -- an audience-response device whose built-in microphone and text messaging capabilities enable audience members to electronically -more- Page Two display their intimate thoughts anonymously, participate in real-time surveys, provide feedback on issues discussed on-stage, and compete for prizes. In addition, everyone entering the Suburban World receives a pair of 3-D glasses so they can view specially-shot multimedia footage. The YShow is co-scripted and staged by Twin Cities playwright/director Kim Hines, along with Minneapolis writer Alan Yelsey, and Annie Scott and Kathleen Hardy, two actresses who perform in the YShow. Comedy in the script was enlivened by contributions from Laughing Stock, an improvisational theater company in Arizona; music ranges from Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" to the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This." What in the World Is the YShow? "Just as Cirque du Soleil reinvented the circus and the Blue Man Group reworked variety shows, The YShow will change what audiences expect live theatre can be," says Alan Yelsey of the YShow production team. "We're employing electronics to connect our performers with their audience, so that the audience becomes the show. The YShow challenges America's most basic systems - from FEMA in New Orleans to the FDA in Washington - and suggests how Americans can reinvent the very infrastructure of our country. Not bad for a night at the theater, eh?" "We expect YShow audiences will have been entertained and provoked when they walk out of the Suburban World Theater," says actress Kathleen Hardy. "But most -more- Page Three importantly, we want The YShow to change the relationships between actors and audiences, and between citizens and their government. Not only does the YShow use wireless technology to give audiences a say in the content of the show; we're using that technology to introduce like-minded people to one another after the show to change the world outside the theater!" For example, at the conclusion of every YShow performance the audience votes on which cause should receive a portion of the ticket sales generated that evening. What's more, audience members will be connected via computer to others interested in the same issues, so they can network to put the YShow's insights into action. About the YShow Cast, Creators The YShow is staged by actress/playwright/director Kim Hines, known for her acting with Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Mixed Blood, and the Children's Theatre and as director with Theatre in the Round, Illusion Theater and Theater Mu. After the YShow opens, Hines will move to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to adapt Whoopi Goldberg's children's book, "Alice," for the stage. Lead actress Kathleen Hardy has performed with Illusion Theater, Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, and The John Hassler Theater. Hardy may be best-known for her one-woman show at the Minnesota History Center, "Lifting As We Climb: African American Women Working For Change." Among the most moving scenes in the YShow - the true story of how Hardy's mother was asked to leave a St. Paul hospital hours after Hardy's birth, because no white woman wanted to share a maternity room with her. -more- Page Four Co-scripter and YShow actress Annie Scott, a graduate of Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, has worked with the Guthrie Theater and The Children's Theatre Company, and was most recently seen as Alice in "You Can't Take It With You" at Park Square Theatre. Other actors in the YShow include Malaya Kasal (who has performed in Hindu temples in Bali; The Great Sand Dunes National Monument and at the Walker Arts Center); John Kunik (who has appeared in the Hey City Theatre's 'Tony 'n Tina's Wedding," The Children's Theatre Company, Troupe America and Theatre in the Round); Hal Schuler (who performed in "Grease" in Bolivia, danced with aborigines in Australia, and worked with street performers in Panama); and Eric Wood, most recently seen in "Rehearsal for Murder" at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Wisconsin and in "Driving Miss Daisy" at the Jon Hassler Theater. Taking Up Residence at Suburban World "The YShow" now becomes the major ongoing show in residence at the Historic Suburban World Theatre. Originally opened in September 1928 and operated as the Granada Theater, architect Jack Liebenberg's Spanish Renaissance-style design transports the Suburban World audience from Uptown into a lush courtyard in Spain. Tickets, Show Dates . . . and Free Chocolate? The Show runs for 20 performances through at least December 2005. "YShow" performance dates at the Suburban World, 3022 Hennepin Avenue, are November 4-5; 10-12, and 17-19; and December 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17. All shows begin at 8 p.m. -more- Page Five Ticket prices range from $10 to $80. Food and beverages will be sold before and after the show at the Suburban World. Each audience member will receive free chocolate during the YShow. For YShow tickets, call 612-843-6635 or visit the Web site www.y-show.com. # # # > > Alan Yelsey > Machine Dreams Incorporated > 800 Lasalle Avenue, Suite 107 > Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402 > alan [at] machine-dreams.com > >
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