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Opening Night!

Jig Saw, by Dawn Powell, opens tonight at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, MI. I hope to have show photos up soon. In the meantime, here’s the info: Jig Saw by Dawn Powell Thursday through Saturday, December 5-7, 8 … Continue reading

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11/27: Everyone Wins! Awesome Jig Saw Giveaways!

As if coming to see Jig Saw weren’t reward enough, we have extra incentives. Thursday Nights: Free Tickets AND chocolate: Win a free pair of tickets to one of the Thursday night performances and a date-sized box of luscious Kilwin’s … Continue reading

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Meet the Cast: The Neighbors, aka Carla Margolis and Cindy Franklin

Populating other places besides Claire’s penthouse at the Harwich Hotel are Mrs. Finch and Frank’s wife, Ethel. We’ll start with Finchy, as the characters call her. Describe your character in one sentence. Mrs. Finch is quite chatty, very focused on … Continue reading

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11/11: The Sidekicks, Letty and Frank, aka Rachel Robbins Toon and Mark Batell

Every Lucy needs her Ethel, and while Ricky probably doesn’t need Fred as much, he’s part of the Ethel package. In the case of Jig Saw, that means Letty Walters and her on-again-off-again fella, Frank Mason. In our production, Rachel … Continue reading

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11/10: The Complications: Nate and Julie, aka Morgan Brown and Libby Masaracchia

Into every play, a little conflict must fall. Meet our catalysts. First, Morgan Brown, who¬†plays Nate Gifford, the guy who sweeps Claire off her feet when they both crash a wedding. Describe your character in one sentence. Nathan is a … Continue reading

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11/7: Meet the Cast 2: Del Marsh, aka Adam Weakley

Adam Weakley plays Del Marsh: “Claire and I have been misunderstanding each other for 15 years now.” Your character in a sentence or 2: Del Marsh is a no good, drunken, philandering, lay about, but in an endearing sort of … Continue reading

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11/4: Our Cast, Part 1: Claire, aka Mouse Courtois

Ok, gang, it’s time to get to know the Jig Saw cast, starting with our leading lady Claire Burnell. Heeeeeere’s….Mouse! Your character in 1-2 sentences: Claire is flighty, flitting, flirtatious, and feminine. She loves glamor, wit, and being admired. The … Continue reading

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10/23: Acting, Not Reading

Well, after waxing eloquent (or whatever that was) in the last post about the play having plenty of plot for my purposes, I realized at the first Act I run-through off-book that Jig Saw reads fantastic because people talk, talk, … Continue reading

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10/12: Early Rehearsal

After a night of watching 30s comedy highlights (see previous posts), I was amazed to see how the actors had already responded with faster, more clipped speech and more precise movement in their initial scene work. I think I’ll run … Continue reading

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10/8: Inspirations: Time and People

The subtitles here are annoying, but in my mind, Del and Claire, the lead couple in Jig Saw, are Nick and Nora. If they liked each other, which is up for grabs.   Trouble in Paradise by Ernst Lubitsch has … Continue reading

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