Monday (1/18/16) 12:20pm - ... wherein there are job openings for Fiasco.
It's still a month or two before things really get rolling on Fiasco, but I want to start getting a crew together. Specifically, I'm looking for a stage manager and an assistant director. On the tech side, Lindsey (our tech director) is looking for technical improvisors to handle sound effects, lights, a computer-driven display screen, and possibly some "swing techs" who could sub in for various tech roles.
I'll describe the gigs in a bit more detail below. If you're interested in the SM/AD positions, contact me via facebook or email. If you're interested in the tech positions, contact Lindsey. And in both cases, let us know if you're willing to forgo auditioning for the show to take on this position, or if you'd rather roll the dice on the audition, and take one of these roles if you don't make it. (No shame in either route.)
Assuming the show follows general mainstage scheduling, there will be 8:30pm-10:00pm rehearsals in March, 7:00pm-10:00pm rehearsals in April, and 6:30pm-8:30pm rehearsals in May, all on Wednesday nights. (There may also be movie nights. Stay tuned.) Performances are Saturday nights at 8pm in May and June.
Without further ado, the job descriptions!
The stage manager for Fiasco
will handle the nitty-gritty logistics of rehearsals and performances. The stage manager is everyone's best friend, because the stage manager makes the trains run on time throughout the process of developing and putting up a show. Their rehearsal responsibilities on Fiasco
will include the following:
- Keep the cast up to date about rehearsals and call times.
- Collect cast and crew contact information and make it avaiable to the group.
- Prep any director handouts prior to rehearsal.
- Take notes on what happens in rehearsals; collate those notes into rehearsal reports.
- Track the time, for breaks and timed exercises.
- Track -- and, if necessary, call -- any cast/crew who are running late.
And during the run:
- Run messages ("places", etc.) between the house, the actors, and the booth.
- Pre-set all set pieces prior to actor call.
- Set up sign-in sheets for cast/crew.
- Coordinate photography and videography.
will have an assistant director because I can't be everywhere at once. I also won't have enough hours in the day to handle all the myriad high-level tasks this show will require. I will focus on aligning everybody towards making the best possible version of this show, and that means delegating a lot of other stuff. The assistant director's responsibilities will include the following:
- Serve as a sounding board and offer suggestions -- this includes discussions about casting, rehearsal exercises, and run-throughs.
- "TA" rehearsals. This could mean filling out numbers in pair or small-group exercises, or providing direction, as per the director's instructions, for such exercises.
- Coordinate marketing -- write promotional copy, handle press contacts, and arrange for Fiasco-themed entries for the Hideout's blog.
- (Ideally) help run auditions -- set up exercises, direct the actors, and make it so I can focus more on watching and taking notes. :)
- Be an occasional Director Proxy in rehearsals: sub in if I'm sick for a rehearsal or if I have to step out for a bit.
- Be an occasional Director Proxy in meetings: if I can't make a meeting with, say, the people setting up the Marathon, show up and explain what we know about the show.
- Be a point of contact for people outside of the production -- they can come to you with questions, and you'll have the knowledge and authority to either answer them or refer them to the right people.
- Help with researching this (quasi-)genre so that you can be a resource for the cast and crew. So: watch lots of movies, read a few books. :)
may not seem obviously tech-heavy -- after all, it isn't speculative fiction, or period drama, or something centered around multimedia -- but Fiasco
will rely strongly on an innovative tech crew to capture the show's tension and its gallows humor, and to suggest the mannered, heightened quality of the Coen Brothers movies that inspire it. Teching this show should be a fascinating, fun, and rewarding challenge.
To that end, Lindsey is looking for techs to handle sound effects and lighting. She's also hoping to bring on one or more "swing techs" who can sub in for either role on certain performances.
We are also interested in a "computer tech" -- this show will have an onscreen display, similar to (but far simpler than) the ones in The International Improv Experience
or False Matters
, and we need a dedicated tech to handle that. We may also try to write a simple web app for this display, if we're feeling ambitious.
Again, if you are interested in any of these tech positions, please contact Lindsey, via facebook or email.
Thanks for reading this! We look forward to hearing from you.
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