Stories from a Small House

Introducing My Theatre Blog: "Stories from a Small House"

Stories from a Small House is my ongoing blog series on theatre performed for tiny audiences.

Continue reading →

STORIES FROM A SMALL HOUSE: Making Theatre in an Elevator

I must confess: I have always enjoyed eavesdropping.

Continue reading →

STORIES FROM A SMALL HOUSE: Superclogger

SupercloggerEven the idea of this production has made sitting in Los Angeles traffic more bearable. 

Last summer, Joel Kyack and Peter Fuller took advantage of the captive rush-hour audience on LA's 405 and 101 freeways to present pickup-truck puppet dramas (audio broadcast via FM radio).

Continue reading →

INTERVIEW: Matthew Thomas Walker of Litmus Theatre Collective

Matchbox Macbeth Promo ShotBack in November, I wrote about Matchbox Macbeth, a reworking of the Shakespearean classic for a tiny backyard shed in Toronto.

Continue reading →

STORIES FROM A SMALL HOUSE: FoodSecret

Caroline Smith's Eating SecretFor all those fans of PostSecret, Frank Warren's fabulous anonymous-secret-postcard blog, UK performance artist Caroline Smith creates a theatrical analogue -- for a small audience, with food.

Continue reading →

STORIES FROM A SMALL HOUSE: Food is the New Site-Specific

Continuing the conversation on Food and Theatre…

Last April’s American Theatre magazine (the "Food Issue") included this piece by Mark Blankenship that profiled four food-inspired productions. Each company used food to create a small theatrical community and to build a link to the community at large. The article begins:

Continue reading →

INTERVIEW: Carmen Wong of banished?productions

After this holiday hiatus, I want to take some time to look at one particular subset of "small house" performance: food and food-inspired theatre.

I asked Carmen Wong, the Founder and Artistic Director of banished? productions in Washington, DC, if she would talk to me a little bit about her experience staging Tactile Dinner.

Continue reading →

STORIES FROM A SMALL HOUSE: World's Smallest

Advertised as "The World's Smallest Theatre," the Theatre of Small Convenience in Greater Malvern, England, was converted from a public restroom. Of course, this is England, and a converted Victorian WC apparently looks something like this:

Theatre of Small Convenience

Continue reading →

STORIES FROM A SMALL HOUSE: Small House Toronto

Theatre for small houses is thriving in Toronto. A recent article by Alison Broverman in the Toronto Star featured three companies doing site-specific work in unconventional venues, often locations too small to allow for large audiences.

Continue reading →
randomness