Taking Turns, Three Brothers Theatre, Waukegan, Illinois:
The Parson family takes turns taking care of each other. Deftly and not-so-deftly the Parsons handle the curve balls life pitches to most families, with love disguised as advice and loyalty veiled behind full volume lectures. Recommended for anyone with parents or kids of any age. Directed by Doug McDade. April 6th – 28th
Enjoy a moment with Evelyn Parson (portrayed by Carol Alleman) here
Enjoy a moment with Mike Parson (portrayed by Louis Arata) here
Special Needs, Magnetic Theatre, Asheville, North Carolina:
A brilliant, creative teenager with autism and his family are all in the ‘’special needs” trenches, as Pierce, fights to balance his fascinating inner reality with getting over the hurdles of daily life. Directed by Katie Jones, Madelyn Sergel’s inspiring play SPECIAL NEEDS has its North Carolina premiere on September 20.
I have written many a press release, as well as short and long articles on theatrical events, copy for other not-for-profits, and other business-related material such as short scripts, blogs, and Constant Contact blasts. More than once I have had my press releases printed word-for-word in area print media, attributed to "Staff Writer"! Below are a few examples.
Press Release for CWT's "Party in the Kitchen"
"Some people say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I say it's the mouth of the home!" – Lil in The Party in the Kitchen
Beginning on an idyllic early fall day in September 2001, a group of friends gather, unsuspecting of the upheaval to follow. From business tycoon Guy and Ava's tumultuous marriage, just-getting-started Danny and his pregnant wife Mary, and middle management Phil and Lily's happy home, all will be changed by events already launched in faraway lands and the deals made in distant corporate headquarters.
The world premiere production of The Party in the Kitchen, written by Clockwise Theatre Artistic Director Madelyn Sergel and directed by Andrea Dymond, opens April 19th and runs through May 12th. Performances are Friday and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM. Tickets can be purchased through the website at www.clockwisetheatre.org, by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006, or at the door. Box office opens a half hour before curtain. Tickets are $20 and group rates are available for per-paid groups of 10 or more. The theatre is located at 221 North Genesee Street in downtown Waukegan, right next door to the historic Genesee Theatre. There is generous on-street parking which is free after 5PM and all day on Sundays.
Constant Contact E-Blast, May 15, 2013
The secret? After the last show of a theatre season...actors, directors, managers, everyone is just fried.
The creative well? Dry as a June bug in...someplace...um...somewhere hot. SEE!? I can barely squeeze out a limp and dusty metaphor...
Yes, summer is time for all us theatrical types to wander around aimlessly, bothering friends who haven't seen us in ages, stare at the ceiling, devoting ourselves to sports teams, antiquing, crossword puzzles, gardening, reading, and OF COURSE, swearing off acting, directing, writing, whatever, fill in the ____, FOREVER! Never again! (Until August rolls around and we get all twitchy again...)
So today, your Clockwise Constant Contact is chatty bits o' this n' that!
Spotted in the Party in the Kitchen audience (and Waukegan waterholes post-performance!), Tony Award recipients Dennis Zacek and Marcy McVay, (Victory Gardens, outstanding regional theater), multiple Jeff Award winning director Jim Corti, multiple Jeff Award winner Doug McDade (director of next season's Doubting Thomas), Jeff Award winner director Richard Shavzin, Jeff Award winning playwright Susan Lieberman, award winning playwright David Alex, directors Wayne Mell, Gretchen Sonstroem, Maggie Speer, Barbara Anderson, lucky charm Rebecca Adler, as well as Waukegan luminaries such as the gorgeous Diane Verratti, uber-talented and freshly shorn director and actor Jason Clark, Visit Lake County cheerleader Jayne Hendrickson-Nordstrom, artist Mary Clare Jakes, the lovely Faith Clark, gifted actress and graphics artist Carol Alleman, and always-dynamic John & Mary Quinn...to name just a few!
Clockwise welcomed new board members Veronica O'Malley, Jamie O'Meara and Melanie Rummel at the most recent board meeting
Company members Brad Paschall and Cassandra Ellwing shopping for design and technical talent at the Columbia College Student Showcase in Chicago, guided by Andrea Don't-Forget-The-J J. Dymond
Artistic Director Madelyn Sergel discovering the sublime sausage sandwich at Big Ed's at the final night party for The Party in the Kitchen.
Cassandra Ellwing prominently featured in recent News Sun article on the residents of the Karcher Artspace apartments and the artistic renaissance of Waukegan
Company member Brad Pascall and Artistic Director Madelyn Sergel at Waukegan Main Street's Lunch with the Mayor
Company Member Brad Paschall can be found bartending most evenings at 17 North and will have all the most recent Clockwise scoop. Visit him often...and remember, 17 North is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Clockwise Company Stage Manager Cassandra Ellwing is also stage managing this summer at the Grand Hall (the premier, largest stage) at Great America.
Managing Director Patrick Kerr, having finished his star turn in Party in the Kitchen, is preparing for his final accounting class at CLC. Wish him well on his final exam! Once completed, he will be found tending his much-neglected garden.
Clockwise board member Diana Serna has her own radio show on WPJX, La Campeona AM 1500!
Madelyn being spied at Great Waukegan Development Coalition Breakfast at the Ramada Inn and Visit Lake County Partner Forum at Conway Farms in Lake Forest
Carnegie Hill Dorian Palumbo is not only an award-winning playwright...she's also a Star Trek fan. Cool.
Doubting Thomas playwright John Green, also a much-sought after Equity actor, is off to Colorado to perform at the Creede Repertory Theatre
That's all I got, people. Got tomatoes to grow...'cuz I'm giving this all up, of course!
Press Release for Clockwise Theatre
timely, smart theatre
A launch party for the new Clockwise Theatre will kick off at the Genesee Theatre (203 N. Genesee, Waukegan, www.geneseetheatre.com), Saturday September 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Short performances featuring the talents of Alexandra Main (Jeff-nominated actress and Gift Theatre ensemble member) Doug McDade (two-time Jeff Award winning actor), Jasmin Cardenas, Miranda Gonzalez, Maggie Graham, Mac Myles, Icelle Anderson are on the program. Selected scenes include excerpts from Tanya Saracho's Kita Y Fernanda (2009 Jeff nomination for Best New Work) and WALLS, Sci-Fi Series for the Stage by Madelyn Sergel, and represent the diverse offerings Clockwise brings to Lake County's arts scene. Music, food,and a silent auction round out the evening's entertainment for this fundraising event.
Clockwise Theatre, a professional, not-for-profit theatre company, is committed to creating a professional home for Midwestern theatre artists and audiences in downtown Waukegan, Illinois. Clockwise plans to offer alternative entertainment choices, including world premieres of plays with an emphasis on Midwestern playwrights, new or unusual small-scale musicals, and programming for the teenage-young adult audience.
A vibrant diverse community, Waukegan is populated with marvelous historic buildings, storefronts ready for renovation into theatres, bookstores, and art galleries, affordable neighborhood living, a lush, active harbor, all of this married with a location that puts artists in arm's reach of the huge Lake County audience as well as the urban centers of Chicago and Milwaukee.
The potential to redefine Waukegan by creating an urban, funky, creative vibe similar to SoHo in the 50s & 60s but through the lens of the 21st century has attracted Lake County professionals and artists to the Clockwise board of directors, as well as artists from both Lake County and the larger Chicago metro area to its artistic advisory board. A perfect storm of events is coming together, including soaring gas prices, a shaky economy, and the urgency to create a greener world, to make this the time to seize the day. Clockwise Theatre hopes to play a vital role in this renaissance.