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Queen of dinosaurs, BECCA SCHALL, joins host Louis Kornfeld to discuss her 10-minute play “Goofus & Gallant,” how she has grown alongside the Magnet’s sketch program, and duh, makeover shows! We find out from where Becca draws inspiration and what her sketch writing process looks like. Her team, Dinosaur Jones, moves to Friday nights starting April 21st but you can find out all about her right now!
Our episode begins with Louis asking Becca about her contribution to Magnet Theater’s 10-Minute Play Festival, “Goofus & Gallant.” They get into the differences between writing sketch and writing something a bit longer and Becca shares her fascination with the “Highlights” characters the play is based upon. Listen also to find out who Becca Schall was before she came to Magnet Sketch Teams and what the struggling life of an actor can be like!
Since finding sketch comedy at Magnet, Becca has grown a great deal and we find out how exactly she has changed since shes been in the program. She and Louis talk about honing your voice and learning what your sensibilities are, Louis asks about the kinds of things she finds herself writing these days, and they both discuss the legendarily bad movie “The Room.” Becca tells of being inspired by everyday daydreams, growing a sketch from a small nugget, and how she works from an analytical process. Our two heroes both agree that makeover shows are sad and weird and Louis shares with us an excellent episode of Hoarders. Outside of comedy, Becca can often be found nannying and, as such, Louis asks her to dish on what kids are into these days. Finally, Becca shares with us where her comedy compass is pointing and where she hopes to go.
Don’t forget to check out Becca’s team, Dinosaur Jones, performing each Friday at 7pm from now until the end of June with a new show each month!!
Cast Lists for Magnet Theater’s 10-Minute Play Festival
The time is finally here for comedy and theater to come together for Magnet Theater’s 10-Minute Play Festival! We reviewed over 600 original play submissions and saw over 80 auditions, and are now so pleased to announce our incredibly talented cast and crew full of both Magnet veterans and shining new faces! Thanks to everyone who submitted and auditioned. This has been an incredibly exciting process and we can’t wait for everyone to see the final product!
“Pause” by Christopher Hastings. Directed by Branson Reese
Headmistress – Woody Fu
Terrence – Eli Itzkowitz
Lucky Strike – Devin O’Neill
“Goofus and Gallant” by Becca Schall. Directed by Elena Skopetos
Goofus- Rob Penty
Gallant – Cameran Hebb
“Transferring Kyle” by Jonathan Cook. Directed by Collin Batten
Kyle – Patrick Grizzard
Tina – Marie Denny
New Kyle – Johnathan Ross
“End of the Line” by Irene Ziegler. Directed by Kristina Grosspietsch
Reggie – Amanda Rothman
Bus Voice – Jennifer Anderson
Bobby – Teis Jorgensen
“Cool Chefs Jr. The Live Season Finale Spectacular Only On Fox” by Matt Cox. Directed by Evan Forde Barden
Chef Master Tom – Steven Meeker Jr.
Alex – Chloé Fulton
Sam – Nicole Adsit
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ANNOUNCING: Auditions for Magnet Theater’s 10-Minute Play Festival!
Calling all actors, improvisers, and people who love trying new things! The time has come to audition for Magnet Theater’s 10-Minute Play Festival!
Yes, submissions are still open for original 10-Minute plays (You have until February 19th at 10pm. More info here!), but we wanted to get the word out as soon as possible about auditions because once this festival gets started there’s no stopping it!
WHEN ARE AUDITIONS?
Sunday, February 26th, 11am 3pm
Tuesday, February 28th, 2pm 10 pm
Unfortunately, if you are not available for any of these dates and times, you are not eligible to audition for this year’s festival.
HOW DO I AUDITION?
Fill out this Google Form, no later than Wednesday, February 22nd 11:59pm EST. In the form, you will note your availability and also send a link to your headshot and resume. More instructions inside.
Please note: If you have limited availability, it is possible we will be unable to accommodate you with an audition slot.
WHAT WILL AUDITIONS LOOK LIKE?
If you have been given an audition slot, you will be emailed by the end of the week with your audition time as well as two sides to prepare. You might not perform both in the audition. The sides do not have to be memorized, but you should be comfortable with them remember, it’s an audition! You might also be asked to cold read additional sides.
THEN WHAT HAPPENS?
Casting notices will go out within a few days of auditions. Each cast will have two exciting weeks to rehearse and get their show performance-ready! You will be expected to find time for at least 3 or 4 rehearsals in that timeframe. All five plays will perform on both festival dates, March 19th and March 26th at 7:30pm.
If you are not available to perform on both dates, March 19th and March 26th, unfortunately, you are ineligible to participate in the festival.
Any further questions can be directed to email@example.com
(And don’t forget to submit your original 10-minute plays by Feb. 19th!)
Actor, director, and Queen of Illinois, KRISTINA GROSSPIETSCH, joins us to talk about her time spent in France, why Freeze Tag sucks, and authenticity on stage. Growing up as a theater-obsessed child and ultimately landing in good old NYC, Kristina shares the story of how she got here and muses on improv, comedy, and interpersonal communication. See Kristina perform each week at Megawatt with Bodywork and listen to her talk with Louis right now!
Louis launches into this episode asking Kristina about her time spent teaching English in rural France. She tells of making up her teaching methods on the fly to see what stuck with her elementary school students. Kristina fondly recalls the ample idle time she enjoyed while living there and wonders if we really need everything New York has to offer, or if we’re better off with simply a good bar, a good friend, and a job to satisfy us?
Although raised outside of Chicago, Kristina did not take her first improv class until 2012 after landing back in NYC following her French sojourn. Growing up, it was all theater, baby! Kristina talks about her heavy involvement in the local musical theater scene around Chicago and then hits us with a HUGE takedown of the classic improv game Freeze Tag. (It’s warranted, folks!) She also admits to being an overachiever and how that has hampered her ability recognize exactly what shell be best at in art and life. Plus, Louis and Kristina attempt to answer the hard-hitting question: Can you avoid messing up your kids?
In the back half of the episode, we find out what convinced Kristina to ultimately give improv a try and she tells us about the experience of diving into a new artform. Louis taps into Kristina’s love of authenticity on stage and asks, given her Megawatt teams’ penchant for the theatrical, what has it been like to attempt authenticity within those heightened atmospheres? They also explore the observation that people with anxiety seem drawn to improv and Kristina and Louis have a major communication breakthrough of their own! To close out the episode, Louis spins a beautiful metaphor and Kristina talks about the Magnet Theater’s Very Own 10-Minute Play Festival, which she is producing, coming to you this March! (Submissions are open now!)
MAGNET THEATERS VERY OWN 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
If write more was your New Years Resolution youre in luck! We are looking for five original comedic plays to produce for our 10-Minute Play Festival, and submissions are now OPEN! Instructions and submission guidelines below.
Are you a sketch writer looking to try something new? A playwright looking for more exposure? A random internet user who stumbled across this page? Anyone and everyone is encouraged to submit. Please send us your best 10-minute play (seriously, no more than 10 minutes) and stay tuned for auditions at the end of February, as well as Magnet Theaters Very Own 10-Minute Play Festival on March 19th and 26th!
HOW TO SUBMIT
il.com with the subject line, 10-Minute Submission: <YOUR NAME>.
Please include the following information in the body of the email (and keep answers short!): Name; What comedy theater you are associated with (if any); Whether you have an sketch or playwriting experience (its fine if the answer is no!); Why you wanted to be a part of Magnet Theaters Very Own 10-Minute Play Festival.
Attach your play to the email as a PDF. This is important. We wont read any other format.
Only one submission per person. Send us your best work!
The plays really do need to be under 10 minutes. That means no more than 11 pages, not including the cover page. We will not read past the 11th page.
We are looking for NEW plays! Please dont send anything that has already been produced.
All submissions must be in by February 19th, 10:00 pm EST. Submissions will not be accepted or considered after this time.
Notifications of selection will go out a few days after submissions close.
All authors agree to permit the Magnet Theater to produce their submitted play if the theater should wish to do so. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.
Diversity applicants strongly encouraged to submit!
Dont know what 10-Minute Play Festival is? Check out our last blog post for more info.
ANNOUNCING: The Magnet Theater’s Very Own 10-Minute Play Festival
Calling all playwrights and actors and anyone who has ever wanted to try playwriting and acting! Magnet Theater is proud to announce that in 2017, it will host its first 10-Minute Play Festival. The 10-Minute play is a distinctly American artform all about heart and words and barebones theater concepts that have always had a home at the Magnet Theater.
Starting in January 2017, we will be calling for submissions of original, 10-minute comedic plays so get cracking! Are you a sketch writer looking for a new challenge? Do you have a great story to tell? Is “writing more” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Now is your chance. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to submit!
A panel of Magnet community members will read the submissions and select a total of five plays, so get excited, because auditions for these plays will then be held at the end of February. Are you an improviser who wants to try some honest-to-goodness theater? Are you an actor looking for a new show? Is “doing one thing that scares you” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Now is your chance! (Well, the end of February will be your chance.) These auditions are open to anyone and everyone!
All of this will culminate in the debut performance of our five original shows at Magnet Theater’s Very Own 10-Minute Play Festival, Sunday March 19th and 26th, at 7:30pm! We are so excited to stretch our muscles a little bit, try something new, and showcase all the amazing talent the Magnet Theater has to offer!