Fringe 2016

Sallie Downing will be in the upcoming Fringe production “Freak Up the Street”  visit http://www.kcfringe.org/freak-up-the-street/ for more information. Venue The Unicorn Theatre: Levin Stage 3828 Main St Kansas City, MO 64111 Show Times July 22 – Friday – 11:00pm July 23 – Saturday – 5:00pm July 25 – Monday – 8:00pm July 27 – Wednesday – 6:30pm July 28 – Thursday – 9:30pm July 30 – Saturday – 8:00pm Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...

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The World’s Strangest Radio Broadcasts

http://mentalfloss.com/article/65869/worlds-strangest-radio-broadcasts An interesting article about some strange radio broadcasts, it is sure to give the conspiracy theorists something to think about. Are these secret government broadcasts, aliens, the Illuminati? Who knows for sure… Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...

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Tumanbay ~ BBC Radio 4 drama

Writer and director John Dryden is excited about the way his complex tale of intrigue in medieval Egypt is being broadcast: “I am really pleased to have persuaded the BBC to put it out weekly rather than blitzing it over a day or over two weeks. What I want to do is build an audience through word of mouth and social media.” Tumanbay is set in a fictional north African city, the jewel of a great empire that draws people from all over the known world to take advantage of its wealth and opportunities. It’s a place where a slave can become the wife of a sultan. But all is not well at the heart of the empire – there are deadly spies at work in the sultan’s palace, an uprising that is met with brutal retribution. A ten-part historical drama with echoes of Game of Thrones will be broadcast weekly and will be available to download as a podcast It may sound like something from Game of Thrones (of which more below), but much of what happens is actually based on historical events and people from a 300-year period during the Mumluk slave dynasty in Egypt. Yet Dryden is also keen to stress that there is contemporary relevance too: “My intention with Tumanbay is to create a world which has resonance with the world today. There a little bit of North Korea and whole lot of Isis in there to be found too.” So there are hints at the modern world to be discovered, but if you want to just enjoy it as a morally complex fantasy drama then you can. Rufus Wright, who plays Gregor, the ruthless Master of the Palace Guard, is one to draw parallels between his character and Game of Thrones: “He reminds me of a couple of characters in Game of Thrones. Particularly Peter Dinklage’s character, Tyrion Lannister, because he does seems to have moments of certainty and truth and almost moments when you admire him. But on the whole, you are staggered that he would do certain things simply to stay in power and rise slowly to the top.” Meanwhile, his co-star Alexander Siddig (who plays Prince Doran Martell in GoT), believes the setting is similar to that of TV’s blockbusting fantasy drama: “This could easily be one of the worlds in Game of Thrones. My world in Game of Thrones is...

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Writers Conference

These 23 workshops cover the whole writing experience, from plotting to publishing to marketing and more (http://www.jocolibrary.org/events/writers-conference)! We’ve got sessions galore for writers and aspiring writers alike, all at no charge. Read about the offerings and then register online. Slots are already filling up fast for the 2015 Writers Conference, hosted by the Library and LDStorymakers. Open to writers and aspiring writers alike, these sessions cover everything from from inspiration to publication – all at no charge! Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...

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I, Libertine

I, Libertine

Have you ever read I, Libertine? The book itself may be less interesting than how the book came to be. This is the story of the book that started as a hoax. On September 20, 1956 Ballantine Books published I, Libertine, a novel by Frederick R. Ewing. It was advertised as a “turbulent, turgid, tempestuous” tale of eighteenth-century court life in London. However, Ewing didn’t actually exist. Both he and the book were the creation of nighttime deejay Jean Shepherd, devised as an elaborate hoax upon “day people.” The Night People When Jean Shepherd started out as a DJ at WOR in New York City in the early 1950s, the only timeslot he could get was from 12-5 in the morning, the graveyard shift. But Shepherd didn’t mind. In fact, he liked it because it gave him the freedom to experiment with the concept of radio entertainment. Alone in the studio at night, he threw out the scripted, highly packaged format that had been the norm up until that time, and began talking off the top of his head, delivering dark, comedic monologues about whatever was on his mind that day. Soon he had developed a devoted following. People called in with comments of their own. His listeners enjoyed a sense of belonging to a secret, close-knit community that existed on the margins of normal society. Shepherd called his listeners the “night people.” They even had their own password, “Excelsior,” with which they could identify each other out in public. The appropriate response was “seltzer bottle.” Shepherd frequently mused on the difference between night people and day people. Night people, he said, were more creative because “night is the time people truly become individuals because all the familiar things are dark and done; all the restrictions on freedom are removed.” Day people, on the other hand, were bound by rules, lists, and schedules. They were, he said, the victims of “creeping meatballism,” and the inventors of red tape. Origin of I, Libertine One day in April 1955, Shepherd walked into a Doubleday Book Shop on Fifth Avenue and asked the clerk if the store carried the script of the old radio serial “Vic and Sade.” The clerk consulted a list of published books and told Shepherd that not only did they not have it, but that the book didn’t exist. Shepherd insisted the book did exist. He was sure of...

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Rehearsal – Thursday July 9

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at Shots in the Night? NO? Well we took some photos anyway! Rozanne Devine & Ralph Tomlinson Mark Naggi Rozanne Devine Rohn Dennis & Mary Gerlt (facing away), Rozanne Devine, Ralph Tomlinson, Sallie Downing, Mary Wilkens & Mark Naggi Sallie Downing, Mary Wilkens, Mark Naggi & Rohn Dennis Ralph Tomlinson & Sallie Downing Ralph Tomlinson, Rozanne Devine, Mary Gerlt, Mark Naggi (back row) Mary Wilkens, Sallie Downing & Rohn Dennis (front row) Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...

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