On Stage

Paradigm Shift

Brass Monkey and beyond


What: Brass Monkey Theater Club

When: 9 pm Fri., Jan. 5

Where: Sylvia Center for the Arts, 205 Prospect St.

Cost: $5

Info: http://www.idiomtheater.com

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Being that it’ll be the first weekend of a new year, it’s fitting that “Paradigm Shift” will be the theme of iDiOM Theater’s latest Brass Monkey Theater Club gathering taking place Fri., Jan. 5 at the Sylvia Center for the Arts.

Defined as “an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way,” the phrase could be referring to anything from evolution to math to sexuality, politics or even the way an audience experiences a performance.

If you’ve never taken part in an iteration of the Brass Monkey Theater Club, that last paradigm shift will likely refer to you, as well—and no, you don’t actually need to be a member of the fictitious association to join in.

In fact, no credentials are needed to partcipate. And if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to step outside your comfort zone, now might be the time to get started.

If writing is what interests you, sign up to pen a 10-minute play on the theme and bring as many copies to the event as the number of actors you’ll require to pull off your hoped-for masterpiece. Playwrights should show up an hour early and, if needed, bring props and music along. (Out-of-town writers can email scripts in advance to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), but should know that priority will likely be given to on-site scribes.)

If you want to act, simply come to the show and put your name in a bucket. After a random draw of actors takes place, playwrights can then choose actors for specific roles. They’ll have a scant 60 seconds to confer with the thespians before their short play is performed with scripts in hand, and can also choose to read their own stage directions aloud.

Audience members will also be a part of the action. Those in seats will want to pay attention to the six short plays that will be presented during the course of the evening, as they will be submitting ballots for their favorite. The play with the most votes will return for a “Best of the Brass Monkey” later in iDiOM’s season, and the evening’s accolades will also include the traditional Caged Marmot Acting Award and the Less is More Acting Award.

Creative types who make it through the night with their wits intact can also extend their streaks of bravery by signing up for the theater’s winter auditions from 6-10pm the following night (Sat., Jan. 6). Each actor will get 5-7 minutes to showcase their talents, and should come prepared with one or two one-minute monologues and an (optional) a cappella song. You’ll be able to select the productions you want to be considered for, so do a little research and get prepared for your next paradigm shift.

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