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Fully Committed

I don’t think I have ever just “lifted” a press release and put it on my blog (in fact I have shouted at someone for doing it before) but Pieter Bosch Botha has done such a fine job, and said such lovely things about me it deserves to be kept, word for word. Here it is. Please let me know if you would like to come to our special showing on Tues 13 March in Jozi.

FULLY COMMITTED – Press Release

Pieter Bosch Botha takes to the stage once more in what must be one of his greatest acting challenges yet. 1 actor, 36 Characters, and over 200 character transitions! This smash hit Off-Broadway comedy is swooping in to South Africa and has been spiced up with a whole lot of familiar homegrown flair. Directed by multi-award winning actress and director, Megan Choritz, who is also very well known for her comedic brilliance. Written by award-winning American playwright, Becky Mode.

This devastatingly funny one act follows a day in the life of Sam Cooper, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Cape Town’s number one restaurant. FULLY COMMITTED is a frenetic tour through a fictional, extremely fashionable De Waterkant eatery where a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing–coercion, threats, bribes, and histrionics– in their zeal to land a prime reservation, or the right table.  Amid the barrage, Sam’s got his own needs to contend with: his recently widowed dad wants him home for Christmas, and he’s up for a choice part in Anant Singh’s newest movie.  While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes, fickle international celebrities and egomaniacal bosses, can he manage to look out for himself?  FULLY COMMITTED has 36 wildly divergent characters, all played by a single versatile performer.

Reviews of “Fully Committed” on Broadway:  “An immensely entertaining, scaldingly funny play about the bad behavior good food can inspire.” – The New York Times.
“. . . hilarious and touching, gallops along at a swift, almost frantic pace.” - Time Out New York.
” . . .a sparkling one-man tour de force . . . very funny and very believable . . .
” - The New York Post .  “What makes the play so delightful is that all of the frustrating characters in the play get their comeuppance, and we are cheering on the inside at the resolution . . .” - Centerstage, Chicago

FULLY COMMITTED will be part of the Festival of Fame from 12 – 17 March and will be performed in the Space.com Theatre at the Joburg Theatre complex. Daytime performance tickets can be purchased, and the schedule is available on www.festivaloffame.co.za.

A special evening performance has been slotted in for those who can only make it at night. Tuesday 13th March at 7pm – tickets cost R40. Tickets for this performance can be purchased at the door on the night.

Hope to see you there!

Shameless Product Placement

Here is a copy of a press release I am busy putting out.

Shameless Product Placement opportunity In Good Will Acting

Good Will Acting is a Christmas show being put on at The Kalk Bay Theatre from the 4th to the 31 December, running from Wednesdays to Saturdays (not including Christmas day). It stars Anele Situlweni, Daneel van der Walt, Larissa Hughes and Ntombi Makhutshi and is directed by Megan Choritz, with lots of advice, help and instruction from Helen Cooper.

The story of how Good Will Acting came about is amazing. A group of actors were contracted to perform an industrial theatre road show and they fell in love with each other (and their director). The director (me, Megan Choritz) made the cast an offer they couldn’t refuse; the chance to workshop, create and perform in a Christmas show, with no budget, no script, no venue, no set or costumes, only good ideas and plenty of enthusiasm. Four out of the five cast members agreed! (The fifth had other gigs and paying performances, we were told.)

Suddenly, the universe provided and a previously booked slot at The Kalk Bay Theatre became available. What had been a whimsical fantasy became a bold and terrifying reality.

We are on page 9 of writing the script. It is hilarious. It is going to be an Activity play, because Ras the Rasta says Nativity is too negative. Libertina X doesn’t give a shit what it’s called as long as her honours in theatre making skills are shown off in such a way that it guarantees proper theatre work soon. Tabatha is fully alive to the process of acting; LRA, Listen, Respond, Act, and Marlene just wants to do anything that will help her not go and waitress at the Apache Spur in Strand Street. The choreography, songs and most of the story of the birth of Christ will be borrowed from other productions and stolen from other creative sources.

As much of the industrial theatre set and props as is possible will be re-purposed for Good Will Acting but we do need some money, to maybe make a poster and flyers, or to cover transport costs and things. Which is where you come into the picture. We are offering Shameless Product Placement in the show, regardless of the product, its uses or its target market. Let Good Will Acting advertise for you, whoever you are. Do you want to sell hand-made Christmas gifts? Are you the marketing manager for Red Bull? Does Vodacom need a bit of a plug? We are literally selling four Shameless Product Placement slots in the show. Your product or service will be mentioned every night for the duration of the run for the ridiculous price of R1000. *Special discounts will be given for products that are red, white, and/or blue (blue is the new green this Christmas, because those are the corporate colours from the Industrial theatre job).

We’d love to include you in Good Will Acting. And you can help us make it happen. Call, sms, facebook, email or even twitter me. Or leave a message for me here on megan’s head. *I forgot to mention that small donations for mentions on our (still imaginary) programme will be gratefully received.

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