“Existentialism is a philosophy that emphasizes individual existence, freedom and choice. It is the view that humans define their own meaning in life, and try to make rational decisions despite existing in an irrational universe.”

Don’t let the friendly smile fool ya…

 

 

Mark Gorman came to Vegas  about 3 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina where he had been the artistic director of a theater company called South of Broadway and the Board President for the League of Charleston Theatres. Before that, he was a performer and director in a bunch of fancy pants companies in New York that you’ve heard of but that I don’t wanna say because it will sound like I’m bragging. He’s also been in several APF shows and readings and directed some of them, too.

 

Most recently he directed our last staged reading, No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. Big affair, standing room only actually. Went well.

Sartre is a tricky one and make no mistake. Big ideas; lots of, you know, words and stuff. Mark and I were talking about the whole thing the other day and here’s what seeped into my brainpan.

Me:

What’s the scoop on this play?

Mark:

3 characters of very different backgrounds and beliefs are thrust into a confined space and left to search for the meanings of their eternal lives.  All the walls and defensive barriers that they have built around themselves to give meaning to their lives become false and fall away. Only then are they left naked.  Mirrors reflect only their pretenses; not anything real. But through the eyes of each other, they can truly see themselves.  When they reject how the others see them, they are never truly naked and thus live in a constant Hell.

Me:

I wonder if the notion is that we are incapable of actually forming truthful and valid opinions about ourselves, devoid of outside influence.

Mark:

I think there is an overwhelming sense in No Exit that the characters know exactly who they are.  It is through social interaction and real life existence that they put forth a persona, or an image if you will, of who they want to be seen as.  Perhaps a grand game of deception that lies so deep within themselves that they have truly convinced themselves the deceit is actually real.  Thus the outside influence becomes a stimulant to maintain the deceit.  In No Exit, Sartre forces his characters into a room where the eyes of others are not fooled by the deception and they are then judged solely on the truth.    The struggle then becomes not one of formulating or creating a truth but rather living with or accepting the truth of who you are.

Me:

How do you approach a play like this as a director? I mean, there’s no big dance numbers… I can’t remember a single swordfight in Sartre…

Mark:

Yeah, no. The major difference between an existential piece like No Exit and a normal “narrative” play is action and plot. Most plays have a simple plot line, Character A wants something and Character B wants something, and when they stand in each other’s way…  Conflict and Plot…  For the most part linear.  No Exit leaves much to the interpretation of the director and the cast.  Many productions of the play focus on the characters outward expression of themselves in the real world. I like to focus more on why each character is placed in the room with the other, what is the dynamic of each relationship.   Basically taking a step back from who they were and focusing on what they must have from the other despite obvious intentions. Two of the most powerful emotions that Human Beings possess are Love and Guilt. Love defines how we treat the world while Guilt defines how we treat ourselves. The exploration of these two states is what I tend to focus on in each of these characters as they are the dominate forces each tries to avoid.

Me:

Why’d you stage it the way you did?

Mark:

I believe a play like No Exit is perfect for being staged in the round. One, this allows the audience to be much more intimate with the cast. Subtle moments can be explored and the richness of life actors are living in “quiet” moments is beautiful to watch. Each audience member will have a unique experience based on the side of the stage they are sitting on. Two, there is no position of power; there is no upstage or downstage in the round, the actors are constantly on the same plane. No one character’s story or actions becomes any more important than the others. They must all exist equally at the same time.

Me:

So what’s next?

Mark:

I would love to focus my attentions on new works.  While it is important to produce known plays and bring that art to people who might not have had a chance to experience it yet or to experience new interpretations of known classics, my true enthusiasm lies in not producing what was on Broadway yesterday rather what will be on Broadway tomorrow.

Me:

Let’s get to it…

A Public Fit Awards

 

Las Vegas Valley Awards 2016

Audience Choice Award
A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place (WON)

Best Ensemble – Play
A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place (WON)

Best Play
A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place  (nominee)

Best Director – Play
Ann-Marie Pereth and Joseph Kucan – A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place  (nominee)

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Play 
Christopher Brown – A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place (nominee)
Joe Kucan –A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place (nominee)

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Play 
Kelli Andino – Becky Shaw – (nominee)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Play 
Rebecca Reyes – A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place (nominee)

Best Scenic Design
Eric Koger – A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place (nominee)

Best Costume Design
Mariya Radeva-­Nedyalkova – A Summons from the Tinker to Assemble the Membership in Secret at the Usual Place (nominee)

Las Vegas Valley Awards 2015

Best Play
Foxfinder (WON)

Best Director – Play
Ann-Marie Pereth – Foxfinder (WON) 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Play
Ginger Lanier – Foxfinder (WON)

Best Lighting Design
Josh Wroblewski – Foxfinder (WON)

Best Ensemble – Play
Foxfinder (nominee)

Best Actor in a Principal Role – Play
Timothy Cummings – Foxfinder (nominee)

Best Actor in a Principal Role – Play
Chris Brown – Foxfinder (nominee)

Best Actress in a Principal Role – Play
Shelley Lynn – Foxfinder (nominee)

Best Scenic Design
Rachel Gordon Smallwood – Foxfinder (nominee)

Best Costume Design
Mariya Radeva-Nedyalkova – Foxfinder (nominee)

Best Sound Design
Steven Zeller – Foxfinder (nominee)

Auditions Announcement!!!

January 14, 12 – 6 pm by appointment

January 21, walk-ins

January 21, callbacks by invitation only

Auditions will be held at 100 S Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV

See our posting at Backstage.com for complete details and instructions. (https://www.backstage.com/casting/the-realistic-joneses-by-will-eno-144285/)

Casting 2 roles in THE REALISTIC JONESES, in which we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. (description via Samuel French) The roles of John and Pony have been cast.

Performers unable to commit to the detailed production are welcome to use these auditions as a means to introduce themselves to the company. Simply apply as normal with the explanation that the opportunity is being used as such (you are expected to put no less work into your preparation). A Public Fit sponsors other events and activities throughout our season for which we access our known talent pool.

See our Facebook post!
Questions? Contact Brandi at stagemanagement@apublicfit.org

When the Rain Stops Falling Promo Video!

Come see When the Rain Stops Falling, this Friday, October, 28th!!! The show runs through November 13th!!!!

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Final Cast List for When the Rain Stops Falling!!!!

Tickets will be available for sale soon, so stay tuned!!!

 

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Name

Character

Mike Rasmussen

Gabriel Law/Andrew Price

Jane C. Walsh

Gabrielle York (older)

Jamie Carvelli

Gabrielle York (younger)

Christopher Brown

Henry Law/Gabriel York

Valerie Carpenter Bernstein

Elizabeth Law (older)

Tina Rice

Elizabeth Law (younger)

Timothy Cummings

Joe Ryan

The 2016 – 2017 Season

Friday, September 30, 2016
Staged Reading: IN THE BLOOD
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Mark Gorman
In The Blood premiered at The Joseph Papp Public Theater in 1999. Parks borrowed many aspects from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and wanted to create a play based on the novel.

 October 28 – November 13, 2016
WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING
By Andrew Bovell
Directed by Ann Marie Pereth and Joseph Kucan
In an intricate, multi-layered story that spans four generations and two continents, When the Rain Stops Falling explores patterns of betrayal, abandonment, destruction, forgiveness and love.
View our promo video here!

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Staged Reading: THE WEIR
By Conor McPherson
Directed by Joseph Lucan
The Weir depicts a pub owner, and three of his regulars, who attempts to spook a newcomer from Dublin but end up themselves frightened.
This production will be presented at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119.


February 17 – March 5, 2017
BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE
By Martin McDonagh
Directed by Ann Marie Pereth
The blackest of Irish comedies about a lonely spinster in her forties, living in isolation with her domineering and abusive mother. When Maureen is re­introduced to her first and possibly final love, the ensuing struggle for power leads to an unforgettable and explosive climax.
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 Friday, March 31, 2017
Staged Reading: THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
By Joan Didion
Directed by Jane Walsh and Joan Mullaney
Based on Didion’s book of the same title, The Year of the Magical Thinking provides an account of the playwright’s husband’s death, and her daughter’s subsequent illness and death.
This production will be presented at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119.


April 27 – May 14, 2017
THE REALISTIC JONESES
By Will Eno
Directed By Daniel Kucan
Funny and moving and wonderfully weird, The Realistic Joneses is a tantalizing conversation about the bewildering business of being alive. Bob and Jennifer Jones and new neighbors John and Pony share so much more than identical homes and common last names. As their lives begin to intertwine, the Joneses must choose between idyllic fantasy and harsh reality.
This production will be presented at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Cheyenne/North Las Vegas campus, 3200 East Cheyenne Ave, North Las VegasNV 89030.

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Staged Reading: INCOGNITO
By Nick Payne
Directed by Christopher Brown
Incognito is an exploration into what it means to be human, through three interwoven stories delving into the nature of identity and how we are defined by what we remember.
This production will be presented at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119.

 

Staged Readings are in partnership with The Las Vegas-Clark County Library

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2016/2017 Season!

A Public Fit is pleased to announce it’s Third Season!!

We are so excited to be adding a third show to our lineup this year, and so grateful for all of your support!

 

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Audition information to come soon! So stay tuned!