Monthly Archives: March 2012

Get Into The Promo

Here’s the promo, directed & shot by the talented Todd Rocheford. Voice-over recorded at Lotas Productions.

  • The promo contains over 1,700 individual photos that were edited together to make them “animate”
  • Prep time: 12 hours of writing, printing, cutting, model making, story-boarding, and snack eating
  • The actual shoot took 12 hours of painstaking small moves
  • Editing time: 10 hours
  • No West End theatres were actually burned in the making of the video
  • Look closely at the reproduction of the original horrendous review from The Daily Telegraph. It says it is written by “Charles Spencer – Theatre Snob.”
  • Godzilla is holding MiniMates of Susan and Roberta. These mini models are very hard to find these days.

… all of this prep and time for one-minute of fun marketing. Enjoy!

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Manchester, England Across The Atlantic Sea

Here’s the poster design they did at Vertigo Theatre Productions. Vertigo is presenting the show for 2 nights at Taurus Bar at the end of July before I head north for the festival. I thank Craig Hepworth for his interest, enthusiasm and ingenuity.

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Start the Presses

For Immediate Release:

Debbie Harry/Madonna Musical Disaster Dissected

DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT

** Directed by Obie Winner John Clancy **

Site-Specific Production Begins May 3

Writer/Performer Peter Michael Marino presents a comic autopsy on his  $6 million West End musical fiasco Desperately Seeking Susan in DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT.  Directed by Obie Award winner John Clancy, performances of this site-specific, solo tell-all comedy begin May 3 at the Triple Crown Underground. The American premiere will be followed by the UK premiere at Manchester, England’s Taurus Bar (presented by Vertigo Productions) and a run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In 2007, American playwright Peter Michael Marino wrote a musical based on the film “Desperately Seeking Susan” featuring the music of Blondie. It opened on London’s West End…and closed a month later. DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT offers a behind-the-scenes peek at how this £4 million musical was made and unmade: hatching the idea, deals with MGM, Debbie Harry and even Madonna; the workshops, the previews, the scathing reviews and the closing night. Once you’re in, there’s no way out!

Peter Michael Marino is a writer, actor, director and teacher. He received the 2010 and 2011 Backstage Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Teacher for his acclaimed “Flying Solo” classes at The PIT. He also received the Back Stage Bistro Award for his cabaret spoof, Lance Jonathan: More About Me! He is the co-writer of the lesbian pulp homage Hollywood Nurses. He has directed and developed shows with Delilah Dix (Ars Nova, Laurie Beechman Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe), Mark Giordano’s Mad Man (The PIT), Sheila Head’s Head Games (IO West, Ars Nova), and Alicia Levy’s Chickapalooza (The PIT, Ars Nova). As a performer, he appeared in STOMP for five years off-Broadway and on tour, as well as in numerous regional productions and workshops.

John Clancy is an Obie Award-winning director, playwright, and a partner in Clancy Productions, an acclaimed international theatrical touring and production company. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Present Company and a founding Artistic Director of The New York International Fringe Festival. He has directed six Scotsman Fringe First winning productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including Americana Absurdum (Brian Parks), Cincinnati (Don Nigro), Horse Country (C.J. Hopkins), screwmachine/eycandy (C.J. Hopkins) and his own Fatboy.  Both Horse Country and Cincinnati went on to win The Best of the Fringe Award at the Adelaide Fringe in 2004. In 2002 he received a Glasgow Herald Angel for excellence in direction at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. John was awarded The New York Magazine Award in 1997 for “creativity, enterprise and vision”.

DESPERATELY SEEKING THE EXIT runs May 3, 4, 11, 17, 18 at 7PM & May 10 @ 8PM. Tickets are “Pay What You May,” available on a first-come, first served basis; no advance reservations will be taken. Triple Crown Underground. is located at 330 7th Ave at 28th St, accessible from the 1 train at 28th Street. A full bar is available. For more information, visit www.SeekingTheExit.com.

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WE not ME

Someone recently asked me why I refer to “we” on my blog posts when my show is a solo comedy. Well, it takes more than just one person to make things happen. I consider everyone who helps out with the show as part of the team. Without these talented people, I would be up much later at night …

Jonny Fido – who created the logo and postcard for the show. I brought Jonny an idea and he ran with it and helped to really “brand” the look and feel of the show.

David Rodgers – who did the photos for the show ranging from me in a tux, to me in a T-shirt … all being pelted with tomatoes. David is a genius and helped bring out my playful side that normally hides from the camera.

Jim Kennelly – who generously lent his recording studio at Lotas Productions for me to record the voice-over for the stop-motion trailer we are creating for the show. Jim is not only the sweetest guy on the planet, but he knows voice-overs in and out and was very helpful in making it sound just right.

Todd Rocheford – who is working with me on the stop-motion 1-minute trailer for the show. I met Todd when he videotaped a show I directed, and then I realized that he was much more than a cameraman. His ridiculously fantastic editing and video effect work has constantly blown me away and I am honored to work with him.

Marlo Hunter – who has provided tons of support and information regarding crowd-funding and fiscal sponsorship. I met Marlo at Williamstown decades ago and I was instantly smitten. Marlo has become a force of nature and is always there with advice and a smile.

Sheila Head – who jumped on board to direct and develop the show way back in 2008 when I thought I had a show, but really just needed some therapy sessions. Sheila has always been there both as a friend and a creative partner. Although she is not directing this version of the show, her support remains unfaltering. I wouldn’t be here without Sheila.

John Clancy – who has been there from day one with the development and direction of this version of the show. John is patient, kind, and brilliant. He knows how to make a writer/actor feel good, as well as possessing a keen ability to focus the material and make it all a fun learning experience.

Of course, my friends and family are always a part of this team as they patiently listen, advise, and most of all give me the courage and encouragement to make this all happen.

Thanks to all of you. xo

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