NOTES FROM SANDY HARPER...
As we go see the incredible performances in RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN...
The passion factor by people who create the magic of theatre at Cyrano's is crucial to the quality of the work you have seen through the years. Although the door is always open and the welcome mat out for new talent, there has been a core family of theatre artists who have frequently directed, acted, been members of our creative teams, and written plays for Cyrano's. They have historically offered suggestions, particularly plays about which they were passionate and in which they wanted the creative pleasure of participation. Rapture, Blister, Burn is such an example, as it was regular CTC member Krista Schwarting who put this play on the table as one she would like to direct. Krista's history with Cyrano's goes way back, as she has been an actress, director, Board member, and even props mistress.
There has been special fun regarding the casting of RBB, because it marks the return to the boards of Sharon Harrison, who was last seen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane and has notable experience in Anchorage theatre, including the highly-successful Synergy Dinner Theatre. We also welcome Annia Wyndham back to our boards, who last appeared on our stage in the title role of Hedda Gabler and now commutes between Sweden and...lucky for us...Alaska. Annia is also an extraordinary graphic artist and has created many of the posters for Cyrano's, as well as other theatres. We are also delighted to welcome Olivia Shrum in her CTC debut as Avery and old friends, Shelly Wozniak and Frank Delaney.
I also want to thank another core CTC family member, Dick Reichman, who is busily writing The Ticket, which CTC commissioned to be performed next fall. Also, special thanks to Liz Ware and David Edgecombe, who have been responsible for many wonderful productions but are now in Portland, OR and Arizona...and we hope will occasionally return as guest artists! Mark Robokoff has the record for acting at Cyrano's--being on the boards in at least sixteen of our productions! I also want to especially offer my appreciation to Rick Miller, who has been a renaissance-man contributor since the early days and very much responsible for the success of Cyrano's Theatre Company. They all did it for love and passion and met the high standards of our theatre through the years.
A little bit more about Rapture, Blister, Burn:
It was one of the top ten plays of 2012 and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The original production of Rapture, Blister, Burn was at the Playwrights' Horizons in New York and the Geffan Playhouse in LA. These productions were directed by Peter Dubois, who was Artistic Director for Perseverance Theatre for five years and a good friend of CTC. Peter is currently in his eighth year as Artistic Director of the prestigious Huntington Theatre in Boston, which won a regional Tony Award in 2013.
In 1970, 40% of women favored fighting for equal rights. In 2013, 82% of women favored gender equity.
1973 was the year that "Ms" was added to the US government's list of acceptable prefixes.
In 1958, women made 63 cents to every dollar made by a man. In 2013, women made 78 cents to the dollar.
In the '70s, there was an unspoken quota on the number of women allowed into law schools and medical schools. Today, the statistics reveal that women outnumber men in these fields because of the change in admissions.
Although there has been great progress by women in every field, there is still much to be done worldwide for a level playground for gender parity in education, work, and relationships.
As always, thank you again for supporting Cyrano's Theatre Company. I am enjoying my "transitional legacy year" that features the plays and directors I had earlier chosen, but the ship is under the command of our very fine new Producing Artistic Director, Teresa K. Pond.
---Sandy Harper, Producing Artistic Director Emeritus