Meet the Crew: Meron Langsner, Fight Director

Meet Meron Langsner, who wrote our previous production, Burning up the Dictionary (IRNE-nominated for Best New Play – Small Theatre), and one of our two fight directors for Supergravity and the Eleventh Dimension.

What has been your favorite thing about working on the play so far?
Being able to construct a wide range of movement, both abstract and naturalistic. Also, different types of stage violence from serious attacks that happen in anger to light and playful, to what I guess I might describe as rough foreplay. Also, it’s great to reconnect with many of the same people from the creative team of Burning Up the Dictionary in another context.

What do you think is the most challenging thing about your design for this show? Why are you looking forward to making it work?
Making some of the more abstract moments work alongside the naturalistic ones. I’m also very interested in seeing how the moment where Carmen flies develops, especially as we’re currently talking about working in a technical illusion with it.

Have you ever been fascinated by a certain aspect of science?
I have a fascination with physics. Classical mechanics, quantum physics, astrophysics, you name it. I read lots of layman’s books on the subject and it influences both my choreography and my writing.

If someone were to read your fortune (a la Carmen in the play), what do you think it would say?
Well, they would know that I’m about to make some serious life changes, so I’d hope that they’d say good things about that.

What’s the weirdest way you’ve ever entered a building?
Be carried upsidedown by about a dozen of my fraternity brothers who were each restraining a different limb. There is more to that story of course, but you didn’t ask for circumstances.

Are you listening to any music to prepare for this show?
Mettalica. Before they got haircuts.

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Meet the Playwright: Meron Langsner, Burning up the Dictionary

Meron Langsner at VTG’s first reading of Burning up the Dictionary

Meet Meron Langsner (who yes, I know, you’ve met before – but you probably haven’t heard the story of his worst first date ever yet!). This is the fantastic man who wrote Burning up the Dictionary, which will play from November 28 to December 1!

How did you get involved in theatre? What is your first theatre memory?
I took a Modern Dance class as a freshman in college because it was something that was recommended to me as a martial artist.  I got into theatre through dance. My first theatre memory is seeing a production about the life of Jim Thorpe when I was six or seven years old on a school trip.

What is the best story you have from a first date? (can be a terrible first date, or maybe the best one ever!)
This is a long story made very short: A date was once arrested in front of me, handcuffs and all, on our way to see a show.  This was a person I had just met, and I was wondering about what the demands of chivalry were in this situation.  After she was taken away and I was asking a different police officer on the scene what I needed to do to bail her out, I mentioned to him that it was a first date.  The officer laughed and said “you know you’re going to get lucky if you bail a girl out of jail.” All in all it was a pretty surreal evening. I recently started working on a short piece about this that I’m calling The Demands of Chivalry.

Do you think celebrating Valentine’s Day is corny?
Yes, but with the right person that is part of the fun.

What’s your favorite love (or anti-love) song? Why?
I really enjoyed various versions of Somebody That I Used to Know that were circulating, though that song has been a bit overplayed.  I was listening to Arson and Ghosts by Matthew Breinrich when I was working on some of the scenes in BUTD.
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Announcing our Love(or not-so-love)-ly Cast!

I want to start this post by thanking all who auditioned for Burning up the Dictionary cast. The two days of auditions I facilitated were quite fun and it was great meeting so many of you!

I also want to introduce you to our two actors, Cassandra Meyer and Tim Hoover! These fantastic people will be playing Suzie-Fay and George in the show, which [shameless plug] goes up November 28 through December 1 at the Standford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!!

Cassandra Meyer received her BA in performance from Northeastern University and has also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. Previous credits include: Twelfth Night (Arts After Hours), Girl Hopping (Sugar Cereal Productions), The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Happy Medium Theater Company), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Winthrop Playmakers), The House of Yes (Apollinaire Theatre Company), The Dining Room and The Winter’s Tale (Bad Habit Productions), Polaroid Stories (Tinderbox Stage Company), and the films Marranos (Charles River Media) and Skin & Bone (Milk and Cookie Productions). To L, always.

Tim Hoover is a locally grown actor with a penchant for working with emerging playwrights and new scripts.  He’s worked with a number of wonderful companies in the Boston theatre scene including: Whistler In the Dark, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Unreliable Narrator, Improv Boston, Stoneham Theatre, New Reperatory Theatre, the Publick Theatre, Gurnet Theatre Project, and Sugan Theatre Company.  Tim is excited to join Cassandra, James, Meron, and the rest of the Vagabond Team in lighting this Merriam-Webster on fire!

AUDITIONS! Calling All Actors

We announced our upcoming production of Meron Langsner’s Burning up the Dictionary at out last There Will Be Words reading, but we can’t put up this play without a cast! That’s why we’re holding AUDITIONS on Tuesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 10.

Sign up by sharing your availability using this Google form and we will schedule you for an audition slot.

The show will run November 28 – December 1 in Rehearsal Hall A at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Burning up the Dictionary, as described by playwright Meron Langsner, “feels like ‘When Harry Met Sally’ but possessed by the demonic spirit of Neil LaBute.” It journeys into the tenaciously crumbling relationship of two people who love and need each other but can’t find any room for trust. The play explores the personal language of every relationship and how a common language that once kept people extremely close can also wound and drive them further apart. VTG workshopped this play as part of its There Will Be Words series and are bringing it to full production in November.

Characters:

Suzie-Fay: Female, Mid-late 20s. Smart, sexy, and sweet. Playful, but with an edge. Fun, free, independent. You’ll instantly fall in love with her. She knows this, and will use it. 

George: Male, Mid 20s-early 30s. Sarcastic, playful, and very comfortable in his own skin. You would think he was the Boy Next Door ™.  And you would be very wrong.

Auditions will take place at Zero Point Theater at 265 Franklin Street, Suite 1702, Boston, MA 02110. We hope to see you there!

If you cannot make either audition date, please email Production Manager Erica Magelky at erica@vagabondtheatregroup.com to try to make a special appointment, subject to availability.

Paper City Tuh-Wuh-Buh-Wuh

Hello Vagabond Theatre Groupies! Your Literary Associate here to give a big “thank you” to everyone who came out to Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Thursday for There Will Be Words. It was an excellent turnout, and a very fun evening.

Rachel Katherine Alexander And Kayla Ginetis reading Paper City Phoenix at There Will Be Words

The development of the plays we present at TWBW (pronounced “tuh-wuh-buh-wuh”) relies heavily on your feedback, and we got some excellent commentary. Judging by the smile on Walt McGough’s face, each response was appreciated, and you can bet every contribution will be immensely helpful as he continues work on Paper City Phoenix.

If you didn’t get the impression, Vagabond Theatre Group is very enthusiastic about theatre, especially when it comes to new works and young playwrights. To stand before a room of people who share that same enthusiasm is almost overwhelming. I cannot even begin to describe the passion and heart that has been on display at every TWBW Trident has so kindly hosted. Thanks to that, we are determined to continuously provide new and innovative works of theatre for your viewing and listening pleasure.

After the reading, Artistic Director James Peter Sotis announced that we will be presenting a full-fledged production of Burning Up the Dictionary by Meron Langsner at Boston Center for the Arts this November. As some of you may recall, our last TWBW was a presentation of that very same play (we’re pulling a True Believers here, so fasten up!). If you’re interested in seeing just how much your support and contributions work their way into the development of new works, you won’t want to miss out.

Again; thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you again, and thank you some more. Without collaboration between artist and audience, VTG simply does not work. It’s like a party where everyone’s invited to experience and contribute to the various stages of its development- Want beer pong? Done. A watermelon eating contest? Done. Beach barbecue? Done. A petting zoo? What the hell, let’s do it!

For updates on our next TWBW, our upcoming productions, or any other Vagabond Theatre happenings, “like” us on Facebook, “follow” us on twitter, or “talk” to us at any local theatre events we attend. We’re easy to identify, and I think you’ll find we’re pretty nice people.

THERE WERE WORDS: Recap of Meron Langsner’s Burning up the Dictionary

There’s a certain level of entertainment that comes from overhearing a breakup. You’re sitting in a café, and suddenly the tense curtness of a couple on the brink catches your ear. You sip your coffee, pretend to read a book, and hope the drama reaches its climax before the check comes.

Burning Up the Dictionary, a smart new play by local playwright Meron Langsner, ensured that the packed audience at Trident Booksellers & Café did not miss a second of Suzie-Fay (Caitlyn Conley) and George’s (Joseph Edward Metcalfe) painfully realistic end to their relationship. As the third play to be presented in Vagabond Theatre Group’s quarterly series, THERE WILL BE WORDS: A New Play Workshop, Burning Up the Dictionary’s dark humor and unapologetic portrayal of characters spoke to a not-so-nerdy side of VTG and reminded some grimacing audience members of relationships they thought they finally forgot.

The next installment of THERE WILL BE WORDS: A New Play Workshop will be presented on Thursday, September 17, 2012 at Trident Booksellers & Café on Newbury Street. If you wish to have your play considered, keep an eye out on our website in July for our open submissions date!

For more on Meron Langsner, check out his website and blog for a recap on his experience with TWBW.

Meron Langsner’s Burning Up the Dictionary for TWBW

Hello friends!

We’ve been reading submissions like crazy this past week – on buses, in coffeehouses, thousands of miles in the air and one of us (guess which staff member) even read while in the Dominican Republic on a kiteboarding vacation. After much discussion, we have finally chosen the script we’ll be reading for There Will Be Words on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM at Trident Booksellers & Cafe.

Drum roll, please! Oh wait… I suppose I put the play title and playwright in the header of this post and already ruined the suspense.

Congratulations to Meron Langsner and his play, Burning Up the Dictionary!

Burning up the Dictionary, as described by Meron, feels like “When Harry Met Sally” but possessed by the demonic spirit of Neil LaBute. It journeys into the tenaciously crumbling relationship of two people who love and need each other but can’t find any room for trust. The play explores the personal language of every relationship and how a common language that once kept people extremely close can also wound and drive them further apart.

So mark your calendars, folks, for Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 PM and join us for a reading of this fantastic play!