Coming up on Monday, April 10th, check me out as "Beverly" in Let's Find Out! by Cassandra Rose - a live radio play performed with the Whiskey Rebellion Theatre for the Whiskey Radio Hour Ep. 14, at Chief O'Neill's, doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm. $5 donation gets you in a raffle for a bottle of whiskey!
You're in for a rare treat, because Amanda's fiancé Jonah is performing in Let's Find Out! as well!
Fun shots below from Fury Theatre's very successful fundraiser, Bottom Shelf Theatre!
The Dining Room has ended (5th best selling show of all time at Oil Lamp Theater!) and now I have something fun to show you - the short student film from last year I starred in has finally been released! Check out "Meanwhile Drive" written/directed by Abdullah Azizi, below. Now also on my Film Shorts page.
Also, I just finished editing together my voiceover demo! Check it out on my Voiceover page or hit the play button below.
My next project (as I keep reminding everyone ;) ) is my wedding, but I will have a brief interlude as an emcee for Fury Theatre's March 15th fundraiser, "Bottom Shelf Theatre: Reasons Why We Drink". It's a fun night of staged readings of the worst plays we could find, and tickets include unlimited booze and apps from 7-9pm for only $30 in advance. Check it out!
Excited to say that we've had several sell-out performances of The Dining Room at Oil Lamp Theater - and remaining tickets are going fast, especially for GoldStar discount nights! This show closes February 26th so get your tickets before time runs out -- this may very well be my last show before "Amanda Lynn Meyer" becomes "Amanda Winston" in May ;)
Purchase Tickets Here
Below are some photos from the production, now also uploaded under Production Photos.
I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday so far! I'm on a short break from rehearsals for The Dining Room at Oil Lamp Theater, and so far it has been quite the challenging and oddly serendipitous experience. The challenge has been tackling 10 different roles in one short play. We get about 6 minutes per scene to fully establish a living breathing character, and then we all have to move on. Finding the quirks and differences in all these characters has been really fun - as well as watching all the other actors discover their characters as well.
I've also found to be connecting the the subject of this play - the WASP (white anglo saxon protestants, for the unintiated) "dining room" culture in odd ways. I recently hosted my first "formal" dinner at my apartment with family, and I found myself doing my best imitation of a proper dining room setup like in the play. I may not have had fancy napkin rings or crystal glassware, but it felt special all the same. Something about preparing and sharing food with others, and the ceremony of it, I think is something we can all relate to on some level.
Then, just a few days ago, I was given my late Aunt Debbie's set of fine china. These were given to my Aunt Lynn, her sister, but as she's started a new adventuring traveling the country, these beautiful dishes were bound to be put in storage. I offered to take them and now display them in my cabinets. It's a really beautiful and colorful set, that even includes full tea service for 8 - something this tea lover was quite excited about. I hope to give these lovely dishes some use rather than collect dust. And maybe someday my Aunt's children may want them, and they'll move on. It just seems wrong to put something like a person's china in storage, so for now I am their proud keeper. It's a small way to honor my family and keep my aunt's memory alive. In relation to the play, it helps me understand the outwardly bizarre attachment the characters in this play have to their fine possessions and customs.
I hope you are able to attend this play - there's really some excellent work happening in the rehearsal room and I'm excited to share these poignant stories with audiences at OLT.
I'm happy to share my friends & family discount with you, readers! Just use code "dining" to get $5 off tickets. Also search for us on Goldstar.com to get 1/2 price tickets on select nights. We run Jan 12-Feb 26th - see you at the theatre!
Purchase tickets here: http://oillamptheater.org/calendar/the-dining-room/
Goldstar Tickets here: https://www.goldstar.com/events/glenview-il/the-dining-room-tickets
I've been slacking on updates lately as I get caught up on life. So here's a quick run down on the latest.
We've got a great show on our hands! The Curse on Mordrake House is officially open and we nearly sold out our first two performances at the 2016 Chicago Fringe. 3 more shows to go, and now we've got a stellar review to go with it. Come check us out before we run out of time or seats!
Sunday Sept 4 at 10pm
Monday Sept 5 at 5:30pm (Labor Day!)
Friday Sept 9 at 7pm
Buy tickets at ChicagoFringe.org
Review: Claire Zajdel, Fringebiscuit.co.uk
"The Barebones Theatre Company stuns in their Chicago Fringe production of The Curse on Mordrake House, a supernatural horror about a Summer Walker’s (gypsy) curse on the children of Sir Mordrake, an apathetic, self-important aristocrat. All three of his children fall victim to macabre supernatural forces in The company’s dynamic energy and tight acting make this an exciting and unmissable theatrical experience.
Set in 19th century rural England, playwright Dan Jackson nods to the Bard by writing in elevated iambic pentameter. Jackson’s verse is both enthralling and insightful, setting rich and complex groundwork for chilling yet truthful theatre. The no set and a few props, Barebones lives up to its name, leaving the storytelling up to the precise writing and complicated characters.
Raphael Schwartzman’s direction is eerie and intricate, setting each creature and demon in this twisted world apart by its physicality and speech pattern. Quinn Leary captivates as a slimy underworldly demon, while Amanda Lynn Meyer brings sincerity with her sympathetic yet aggressive monster known as a bogart. The entire cast is more than applaudable in a thriller that sparks an otherworldly discussion of morality is both extraordinary and specifically human.
The Curse on Mordrake House is playing at The Gift Theatre Sept. 4 @ 10pm, Sept. 5 @ 5:30pm, and Sept. 9 @ 7pm. "
Great news - The Curse on Mordrake House has finally been assigned a venue and official show times for our Chicago Fringe Festival debut! *throws confetti*
Check out all the details on the Current Projects page! We'll be performing at the Gift theatre, primarily over the first weekend, with a final show on Friday, 9/9 at 7pm. $10 Tickets can be purchased at the door or online starting in August at ChicagoFringe.org. Don't forget, if you plan to see the show, you must make a one-time purchase of a Fringe Festival Button for $5 in order to gain entry to the festival. These can be purchased online or at the door also!
You can also check out the show website and subscribe to the newsletter for updates at curseonmordrake.weebly.com (PS I designed the site using Weebly!) and consider a donation to help out with production costs at www.gofundme.com/curseonmordrake and earn some sweet rewards.
Check out our teaser video and rehearsal photos below!
It's been a bit of a whirlwind this last month, and lots to catch up on! So here's what happening in Amanda-land:
Oh yeah - and Jonah and I moved into a new apartment! Its going to be a busy summer between rehearsals, summer volleyball, and the usual shenanigans, and I can't wait. :)
As always, you can keep up with my latest projects here and on my Current Projects page.
Apologies for the lack up updates - there's been a lot going on!
Here are the big highlights:
And in personal news.....
Jonah and I have signed a new lease in Chicago in the West Edgewater neighborhood, AND we recently had to replace one of our cars. So the two of us with our two Honda's, Hank and Rhonda, will be moving in the next month before Jonah leaves for Normal, Illinois to perform in the Illinois Shakespeare Festival through mid August. Meanwhile, I have a wedding to plan..... sleep is for the weak!!!!
Iron Horses Can't Be Broken is now "officially" launched with Episode 3! Alton Bartleby's investigations commence, as he delves into a mystery ten years gone cold. Subscribe, rate, and review it on iTunes. You can also listen online at http://burningbrigid.com/category/synesthesia-theatre/. Each episode is only 20 minutes, and I am featured as one of the main characters throughout the season.
A note from Iron Horses author and director of the audio drama, Michael Coorlim:
"Today episode 3 of the Iron Horses Can't Be Broken audio drama goes live. It's a steampunk western serial we've produced and are making freely available through the Synesthesia Theatre podcast, starring some of Chicago's finest vocal talent.I've waited until now to really post about it because I want you guys to be able to binge on the first couple episodes and get a good sense of it. We're really happen with how it turned out.
So hey. If you want to hear what we've done, give it a listen. The first two episodes are on iTunes (third will be going live there whenever Apple gets around to it) and you can subscribe to it there, or directly through our RSS feed.
If you like it, please consider writing a review on iTunes. It just takes a minute, and does a lot to improve our visibility."
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