Live music featuring We Will Be Lions, more!
- Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur
Tonight! Comedy Performance and Concert with Al Rose!
Including participation by the graduates from the workshop led by Amy Seeley and Laura Dickinson
It'll be a great night of theatre and music!
$ 15 at the door!
Here is the day's schedule:
Amy Seeley and Laura Dickinson-Turner: One-Day Viewpoints/Improv Workshop
This day-long masterclass will supercharge your listening, your creativity, and your art!
10:00am-1:00pm: Viewpoints w/ Laura
The Viewpoints work with Laura will introduce students to some of the basic space/time elements of performance, encouraging them to become more aware of the tools they have at hand, and to listen to the non-verbal cues present within themselves and the other artist(s). We will be working primarily on the following Viewpoints: Spatial Relationship, Shape, Tempo, Repetition, and Duration. This work reveals the materials for story which are always at our fingertips: story is read and understood not only in dialogue and text, but also through the physical world and how we inhabit it.
2:00pm-6:00pm: Improv and Scene work with Amy Seeley
Using Improv games and in-depth scene work, Amy Seeley will lead students through an exploration of non-competitive Improvisation and the joy of making smart choices. Sharpen your Improv skills, add point-of-view to your acting, get a taste of improvising in character and learn how to destroy your creative blocks. And do it all in a supportive yet challenging environment. Be the Improv Rock Star you were meant to be!
7:30-10:30: Show (Al Rose/Seeley & Dickinson)
About Amy Seeley
AMY SEELEY has taught thousands of students how to improvise and write comedy since 1996. Her former students have gone on to write and/or perform for SNL, Happy Endings, Comedy Central's Workaholics, Drunk History, national commercials and hundreds of stand-up clubs across the U.S.Amy has been improvising in front of live audiences since 1988. For over ten years, Amy taught improvisation and comedy writing at The Second City Los Angeles. In addition to directing dozens of improv and sketch performances in LA, she hosted The Jam, a live weekly audience-participation improv show for eight years.
She's a graduate of Chicago's Second City conservatory and iO Chicago. Amy has improvised on the stages of The Second City LA, iO West, iO Chicago, The Chicago Improv Festival and The Factory Theater.Amy is a founding member of Chicago's Factory Theater Company where she created, directed and performed in several of the Factory's biggest hits including: ABBA-rama, JAILBAIT, HOORAY!, BEAVERHUNT and her critically acclaimed one-woman show AMY SEELEY and the MOLINE MADMAN. And she sold HOORAY! to MTV as an original pilot.She can be heard as the voice of Maya Ibuki in the anime double feature Neon Genesis: Evangelion. She also added her directing skills to the anime hits Read Or Die and Dead Leaves.
Amy lives in Los Angeles where she is a sought-after writing coach and freelance writer. Learn more about Amy Seeley at HYPERLINK "http://AmyComedy.com" \t "_blank" AmyComedy.com
About Laura Dickinson
Laura is an actor, director, and instructor currently residing in California’s Central Valley. Her approach to acting and directing is largely influenced by her 11 years of work with the Viewpoints Theory. Laura has been working with Viewpoints since 2002, when she studied with Kim Rubinstein at CSU Summer Arts’ Steppenwolf Intensive. Since then, she has studied Viewpoints with Mary Overlie, Anne Bogart, and Alexandra Billings.
Another major influence in Laura’s work is the study/practice of theatrical improvisation: she has studied with David Razowsky, Eric Hunicutt, Sheldon Patinkin, James Grace, and the brilliant Amy Seeley. As a result of her studies, Laura has been asked several times to speak to undergraduate literature courses at CSU Stanislaus as a guest lecturer, discussing improvisation as a cross-disciplinary tool/approach.
Laura’s selected onstage roles include: Eliza Doolittle (Pygmalion), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Alice (You Can’t Take It With You), Prudence (Beyond Therapy), Julia (A Delicate Balance), and Juliet’s Nurse (Romeo & Juliet). She also originated various roles in the original production Cross My Heart: Tales of Hope (directed by David Razowsky), for which she was nominated for an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, as well as invited to perform a solo scene at the 2013 Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
During her four year stint in New York City, Laura co-wrote, produced, and directed the off-off Broadway show Five Seconds to Air with Evan Storey, which premiered at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row in 2008. She also performed with the sketch comedy group MyMK47 at Under St. Mark’s Theatre, and at their bi-weekly shows at the Broadway Comedy Club.
Since moving back to the Central Valley, Laura has found a steady stream of roles onstage and off, including directing A Servant of Two Masters and teaching a weekly high school improv/Viewpoints masterclass. In 2011, she added student to her resume once again, and is now finishing her Master’s of Arts in English Literature.
About Al Rose:
Al Rose is a mesmerizing, challenging, insightful and ultimately delightful songwriter with a unique command of wordplay combined with considerable musical acumen that is captured on his 6th and latest disc, Sad Go Lucky (2012).
His albums have received a bevy of critical praise along with extensive airplay on AAA and Americana stations throughout the US and Europe. The Chicago-based performer has played coast-to-coast from New York to Boston and from Vancouver down to Los Angeles, including The Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA.
He’s toured in Europe and recently completed his second successful tour in Japan. He captivates audiences whether he’s solo live or accompanied by any number of his band, The Transcendos, in any configuration. This drives the songs each night, but the songs have always been what drive the musicians.
"With a mixture of irreverence and soul, this veteran singer-songwriter just gets better, funnier and more plaintively incisive with each release… mixes blues, country and rock influences with off-hand ease, while crafting indelible imagery. At his best, Rose writes intimate songs, bristling with sharp turns of phrase and a level of introspection that by itself would be worth venting accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar. But Rose doesn’t stop here…The arranging is as ambitious as Rose’s lyricism, an orchestral country-blues that magnifies and dramatizes his wordplay.” –Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune
“This Chicago singer/songwriter has made my annual Top 10 in the past and “Sad Go Lucky” renews my appreciation for Rose, a masterful lyricist who knows how to turn a phrase. His wordsmith skills are sharper than ever on this 12-song collection where he offers up lines like – ‘In a January drizzle she keeps April in her pocket.’ While lyrics may be his calling card, Rose is no slouch when writing melodies to
carry his words home. Rose carries on the legacy of Chicago’s proud, if almost forgotten Old Town legends like Steve Goodman and John Prine.” -Tom Lounges, Northwest Indiana Times
“The best singer/songwriter album I've heard in a long time… Sad Go Lucky is a beautiful album.” – Ikon, Sweden
“Different from others, right?? Al Rose brings us more than an hour of quirky, but highly enjoyable music. And then these lyrics, delivered with an almost permanent smile. Well done, Al Rose, we love watching you.” – RealRootsCafé.com , Netherlands
The Henry Miller Memorial Library is a a public beneﬁt, non-proﬁt 501 (c) 3 organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist, and Big Sur resident Henry Miller.