Buce Moore, an adult student of ours at ATC, is in the ensemble of THREE SISTERS at Steppenwolf Theatre. He sent us this lovely update about his experience - we'd like to share it with you! Go Bruce!
ATC students - if you want the tickets he is offering, feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com
I hope the summer is going well for you and you're enjoying the warm weather. I haven't seen much of it because, if I'm not at work, I'm deep inside Steppenwolf Theater waiting to go on stage. I understand what you mean when you said you like TV, film, commercial or voice over work better than theater because in theater they "got cha" or own you for the duration of the run. But I wouldn't trade it for anything right now. It's been a great experience! When I could, I attended rehearsals even when I wasn't called just so that I could watch Anna Shapiro and Tracy Letts work. It's like attending a master class! They're both very kind and generous but also very precise and it's all about the story we're trying to tell.
Our Opening Night is Sunday, July 8th at 6 PM. I have 4 (four) tickets. I'm giving two of these tickets to some friends of mine who have been very supportive through out the years but I would like to give the other two tickets to ATC. You folks in the office can use them or you can give them to some ATC students who might not otherwise be able to afford tickets to Steppenwolf. I'll leave that up to you. Just let me know. The tickets will be waiting at the box office.
Each cast member is also entitled to 2 (two) complimentary house seats during the run of Three Sisters. I would like ATC to use these for you guys in the office or for students. The tickets are subject to availability and I would need a few days advance notice in order to reserve them. I don't know where these seat would be located but there aren't many bad seats in the theater. Let me know if you want to use them.
In addition to these seats, Steppenwolf has what they call Row 11. During the run ofThree Sisters I can use 4 (four) of these seats. The location of the seats is a row of chairs set up at the back of the main floor of the auditorium. I don't know what this looks like but again it's probably still a good seat. I need advanced notice and I can only use 2 (two) at a time. Tickets can only be picked up on the day of performance on hour before the show begins.
Steppenwolf has also given the ensemble CTA cards to use for transportation. I have three of them. I'm keeping one just in case I need it but do you have students who take the CTA to take classes at ATC? These passes are 30 (thirty) day passes and begin after the first use. They're good until October, 2013. Let me know if you have students who can use them, otherwise I'll give them to folks in the ensemble.
Again, being in the play has been a great experience. I'm only on stage to move furniture and, near the end of the play I'm on stage for about 2 minutes but that's OK. When Eric Woodall was here a few weeks ago, he said there were thousands of New York actors who would gladly move furniture for Anna and Tracy. Many of the people in the cast and in the ensemble have a lot of experience on stage and in TV, movies, voice over, commercials. As I get over my shyness and get to know everyone more, I've been asking more questions. Two of the young girls have threaten to "knock me over the head" because I don't have an agent. According to them, there are a lot of "them" out there looking for work but not many of "me." They seem to think I could find a lot of work just based on my "look."
Let me know if you can use any of these tickets or CTA cards. Friends and co-workers have been asking about tickets but I wanted to offer them to you and the students at ATC first.
Thanks for all you do and for all of your hard work at ATC - Bruce
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