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Subject:"Auditions"/workshops Aug. 14 & 15!
Time:08:32 am
Attention anyone and everyone who has ever been or ever will be a member of the Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe! Celebrate our twentieth anniversary by being a part of our next production. “Auditions”/workshops are coming up, Saturday and Sunday, Aug 14 and 15, from 2 to 4 pm at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church, 3030 Shady Grove. Come to either or both and be a part of creating our season opener, "Ephemera Too (You Can’t Do That Again)", which will run Sept. 24 through Oct. 7. This is an adaptation of "Ephemera (Play within a Play)", which some of you may remember from our tenth season. This satiric comedy will have music, dance, images, improv and social commentary, all the stuff you’ve come to expect from OOV. We hope to have many friends return from seasons past, as well as bring some newcomers into the fold. So mark it on your calendars, tell your family and friends, and come play with us. For more information, call 274-1000.
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Subject:"Your Call Is (not that) Important to Us" opens May 14!
Time:07:05 pm
The Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe will present the second and final production of its nineteenth season May 14 through May 30, 2010 at Theatreworks. Your Call Is (not that) Important to Us is an original play written by Bill Baker, based on the book of the same title by Memphis-based journalist, Emily Yellin. The impact of consumerism and technology on mental health is a theme familiar to the troupe. Yellin’s exploration of the multibillion-dollar customer service industry and what it reveals about our world is a perfect Our Own Voice topic. The obstacles to communication and authenticity in relationship which are played out in the encounters between consumers and customer service representatives provide for a satiric and thought provoking evening of theatre.

The production will include the premiere performance of the Complaints Choir of Memphis. An international performance art phenomenon discussed in Yellin’s book, Complaints Choirs began in Finland in 2005, the brainchild of Helsinki performance artists, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. The idea of taking the energy that people use to complain and channeling it into art, specifically into the harmonious and joyous art of choral singing, has taken seed in cities all over the world, with complaints choirs forming and singing in Helsinki, Budapest, Tokyo, Chicago, Birmingham (UK), Jerusalem, St. Petersburg, Melbourne and Juneau, to name a few. All of the choirs have been documented and posted on the Complaints Choir website, www.complaintschoir.org. The Complaints Choir of Memphis, to be conducted by Memphis musician Davy Ray Bennett, is pleased to join the movement.

Your Call Is (not that) Important to Us will open on Friday, May 14, and run for three weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 pm at Theatreworks, 2085 Monroe. The final performance, May 30, will be a 3pm matinee instead of an evening performance, and admission will be “Pay-what-you-can”. Call Our Own Voice at 274-100 for reservations or further information.
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Subject:Join the Memphis Complaints Choir!
Time:11:36 am
The Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe invites you to join the Complaints Choir of Memphis!
This hilarious project transforms your complaints into an impressive choir song!

Register for participation by following these two simple steps:

1)Send in your complaints to our Facebook page by posting to our wall until April 9, 2010. Start your post with COMPLAINT: and then type your details. (If you are not on Facebook you can email your complaints to ourownvoice@yahoo.com)
Any topic allowed!

2)Join in the Complaints Workshop held April 10 at 3:00pm at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church located at Yates & Shady Grove.(Subsequent rehearsal dates will be announced later.)

- Participation is free
- Singing skills not required!
- Each participant receives a dvd of the performance

The Choir will perform as part of Your Call is (Not That) Important to Us, the upcoming production of the Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe. Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 14 - 30
at Theatreworks, 2085 Monroe.

The Complaints Choir of Memphis is organized by Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe and supported by a grant from Arts Memphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The project was initiated by Artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. See all the choirs at www.complaintschoir.org

Our Own Voice Contact Information
www.ourownvoice.org
901-274-1000
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Subject:"Boxing Unformed (My Lunch With Randy)" opens October 16!
Time:10:44 am
Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe presents Boxing Unformed (My Lunch with Randy) a “post-modern comedy” that explores living with schizophrenia through dance, theatrical image-making and improvisation. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24 and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 25 at TheatreWorks, 2085 Monroe.

The production will be directed by company founder Bill Baker and was written by long-time troupe member Randy Youngblood. This will be the tenth collaboration between the two men, and it’s fair to say that the company’s experimental techniques have developed to a large part from Baker’s efforts to bring Youngblood’s challenging texts to the stage.

Written in a style that has been described as “seemingly random non sequiturs gaining in resonance and texture,” Youngblood’s scripts like Supergroups A+, (1999), Country Spacecraft Ballerina (2002), Good Time Speech (2003) and Broadminded Mental Brains (2005) have pushed the company to develop its uniquely collaborative style of rehearsal and performance.

“We self-consciously sought to represent the creative encounters that bring these words from the pen to the stage,” Baker said. “As the two old friends meet over a meal to discuss the play, the company will become the words of the script through dance, theatrical image-making and improvisation, with emphasis on improvisation. We’re excited. No two shows will be exactly the same.”

General admission is $10 and $8 for students and seniors. The Sunday matinees are pay-what-you- can shows.

Created in 1991, Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe is a non-profit organization working to empower people marginalized by mental illness and striving to engage our community in dialogue about mental health.

For reservations or more information, call (901) 274-1000.
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Subject:"Miss Bipolar" workshops
Time:11:39 am
Miss Bipolar
Ensemble Acting and Writing Workshops
Sponsored by Our Own Voice Theatre Troupe


Combining their experiences as actor, writer, director and workshop leader, Claire Rutkauskas and Valentine Leonard will co-lead workshops that integrate acting games and creative writing exercises to allow an ensemble of non-professional actors/writers to generate the script for Our Own Voice's new original play.

Miss Bipolar will be a performance piece that centers around a pageant in which the contestants have all been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It will show at Theatreworks on June 5-7 and 12-14, 2009.

Workshop Dates:
Saturdays, 3-5:30 p.m. on 1/24, 1/31, 2/28, 3/28 & 4/4.

Contact info/questions: valentineleonard@mac.com (901-239-9919) OR rutkauskas.claire@gmail.com (704-497-6935).

No prior acting or writing experience is required—only the desire and commitment to participate in this production, either as an actor, or a writer, or both.

For those of you who are familiar with OOV, there will be the usual rehearsal-production schedule starting after the auditions, on April 18 and 19, so you can still be part of the project if you do not participate in these workshops!

Peace!
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