The Year Of Difference

Don Schlossman and Rodney Rincon in The Divine Visitation of Joe Pikelsimer, directed by James Rice. (photo by Mickey Elliot)

Looking for something different to do this month? We have just the ticket! Here at Little Fish we’re in the middle of our annual Pick of the Vine frenzy.

This is, by far, our most popular show, because it’s so different. Instead of enjoying one delightful play, when you buy a ticket to Pick of the Vine, you get eight plays. You can laugh, and cry, and ponder the human condition, in 15-minute (or less) vignettes.

Wondering if you would like the short play experience? It was something our Managing Director, Stephanie Coltrin, wondered as well. This is her first year working on Pick of the Vine. She hadn’t directed one-acts since her college days, and she wasn’t quite sure what it would be like. But, guess what? It turned out to be fun. Everything is fun at Little Fish, Stephanie. You shouldn’t have worried.

And why was it fun? Instead of one set of characters, there were many, many different characters in different situations, saying different things in different ways. There was the same rehearsal time, but it was possible to focus more on all the little details, something that our crazy schedule doesn’t always allow.

We’re presenting 11 shows in 2013. That’s unheard of in a theater of our size. We’re crazy, but in a good way.

Having the extra time actually brought on a different danger – the danger of over-rehearsing; the danger of changing things just because you have the time to do it. There was one more difference: there were other directors to collaborate with and bring things back to sanity. Stephanie says it was fun not being the only person in charge.

So this is our year of differences at Little Fish; different seating configurations, different restroom facilities. And we hope to achieve a different temperature in the theatre this summer. And speaking of different, have you heard about Shakespeare by the Sea’s 2013 season? We’re doing two plays that we’ve never done before, and one of them is King John.

I love King John, and so will you. And so does Stephanie, who will be directing the production. Even if you’re a Shakespeare buff, you might not have seen this play, as it’s not performed very often. Why not, you may wonder. I don’t know. It’s a great story. Do not be afraid of the history plays, they are not dry, boring or confusing. They have fantastic characters and soaring language and will make you laugh, cry and ponder the human condition.

King John is often referred to as the least historical of his history plays. See? You’re starting to like it already. You don’t need to know any history to follow the story. It’s a play about power – who has power, who doesn’t have power, and who wants to make sure someone else doesn’t get power.

In February (but only through the 16th), we offer you eight plays you’ve never seen before for the price of one. This summer, we offer you one play you’ve [probably] never seen before, for free.

Mark your calendars and join us at the park this summer. It’s going to be amazing. spt

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