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Lyndsey Ogle writes a nice blog article about Karen Paisley and striving for art over at Art Aperitif.  Interesting discussion of Karen’s process, reaching for great art and how to keep it accessible that is worth the quick read here.

A fun bit of a backstage view of the rehearsal process for those interested quoted below.  Thanks for offering insight Lindsey!  I had forgotten how fun that was.  Playing with Karen and Ashlee in rehearsal was exhilarating– Especially taking it over the top to Lucy and Desi (although my Latin accent was rubbish).

The history of these roles places the performer in jeopardy of approaching them “worshipfully,” Karen explained. So when it was time to rehearse the scene in which Konstantin, fraught over his inability to sustain neither the affections of Nina or his mother, brings Nina a seagull that he has shot and tells her that soon he will kill himself, Karen challenged  the actors Coleman Crenshaw and Ashlee LaPine to approach the scene in a different way. “I told them to imagine they were playing the scene as Lucy and Desi Ricardo.”

These are two kids who have know each other for a really long time and they love each other but they are impatient. They are teenagers. They want what they want when they want it. So when he says that line about, “You have no idea how I feel,” for Nina, it’s like “How could I not? You are screaming it at me.You are so subtle.”


Brian Stubler, actor/writer, previews The Living Room‘s Spring lineup.

Spring will be an exciting time for one of Kansas City’s most innovative and unique playhouses, the Living Room theater, established in 2010 by Shawnna Journagan & Rusty Sneary.

Located in the ever-expanding Crossroads Arts district of Kansas City, the Living Room offers an intimate theatrical experience where the audience, seated in comfortable couches and chairs, literally become immersed by the intimacy of the space and the powerful performances of its actors.

The line-up begins with Mitch Brian’s adaptation of a 1950’s b-movie classic, “A Bucket of Blood.” The production, directed by Kansas City’s Cody Wyoming, stars Matt Weiss as Walter Paisley, a simple busboy who discovers a passion for becoming a sculptor, whatever the cost, even murder. It also headlines Forrest Attaway (previously seen in “The Seagull” at the MET Theater) as Maxwell Brock, a beatnik poet whose penchant for espousing prose will have you snapping your fingers and tapping your bongos.

In addition the cast will feature Kimberely Queen, Damian Blake, and Kelly Main with a supporting cast including Meredith Wolfe, Coleman Crenshaw, Emma Taylor, Bryan Moses, Matt Anderson and Brian Stubler.

The production will be a campy delight, rounded off by some of Kansas City’s finest musicians, Jeff Freling, Johnny Hamil, Kent Burnham, and the lovely vocalist Katie Gilchrist, with original music by Wyoming and Christian Hankel. A bloody and hilarious treat definitely not to be missed!

To find out what he says about the next two at The Living Room (Dog Sees God and Titus Andronicus) continue reading on Get Ready For The Living Room Theater’s Exciting 2012 Spring Lineup! – Kansas City Nightlife |

For more info on Bucket of Blood check out this rocking Promo Video.

Horror will stalk KC stages

Two upcoming productions take their inspirations from campy filmmaker Roger Corman.


The Kansas City Star

The spirit of legendary B-movie director Roger Corman will hover over the Kansas City theater scene this spring.

In March, the Living Room will present “A Bucket of Blood,” a new stage version of a comic horror film set against the backdrop of 1950s beatnik culture that Corman shot for $50,000 in a lumberyard. The film, written by Charles B. Griffith, is a satire on visual art as a young artist finds fame by creating “sculptures” that are actually people encased in plaster.

The version at the Living Room was adapted by screenwriter/playwright Mitch Brian and will be directed by Cody Wyoming. The enormous cast includes actors and artists who are part of the Living Room creative family: Matt Weiss, Forrest Attaway, Damian Blake, Kelly Main, Coleman Crenshaw, Meredith Wolfe, Kimberley Queen (who is also designing the show), Matt Anderson, Brian Stubler, Bryan Moses and Emma Taylor. The production will also feature live music created by Johnny Hamil, Jeff Freling, Kent Burnham, Christian Hankel, Katie Gilchrist and Wyoming.

The show runs March 19-April 1. You can find more information at thelivingroomkc .com. The downtown theater is at 1818 McGee St.

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