H.G. Meets Orson

When two bigger-than-life personalities cross paths something interesting is bound to happen.

H.G. Meets Orson.jpgOn Oct. 28, 1940, KTSA radio in San Antonio, Texas, arranged for an on-air meeting between a 74-year-old H.G. Wells, commonly referred to as the father of science fiction, and Orson Welles, a 25-year-old stage actor that had become rather famous two years earlier when he preformed a radio adaptation of “War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells which was originally published in 1897 in serialized form in Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan in the U.S.

Although their age and career paths were quite different, one thing they shared was the gift of understatement. Presented here are quotes from both men. See if you can guess who said what. The answers are below.

  1. Advertising is legalized lying.
  2. In politics, strangely enough, the best way to play your cards is to lay them face upwards on the table.
  3. I started at the top and worked my way down.
  4. History is a race between education and catastrophe.
  5. My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
  6. The past is but the past of a beginning.
  7. After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
  8. I have an unfortunate personality.
  9. I don’t say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.
  10. Sailors ought never to go to church. They ought to go to hell, where it is much more comfortable.
  11. I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.
  12. Our true nationality is mankind.
  13. Everything bad that has ever happened to me has been caused by agents or lawyers.
  14. What really matters is what you do with what you have.
  15. Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.
  16. I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment.
  17. If I ever own a restaurant, I will never allow the waiters to ask if the diners like their dishes. Particularly when they’re talking.
  18. The uglier a man’s legs are, the better he plays golf – it’s almost a law.
  19. Some people bear three kinds of trouble – the ones they’ve had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have.
  20. Only very intelligent people don’t wish they were in politics, and I’m dumb enough to want to be in there.

ANSWER KEY

H.G Wells: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 18, 19

Orson Wells: 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20

See “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” by Joe Landry and experience a bit of history for yourself. Tickets available at Yapsody Ticket  baytheater.yapsody.com    or by calling 440-847-8494.

Performances are at 8:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27. A single matinee performance is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

General admission tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors and students.

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War of the World T-Shirts!

2018 marks the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles’s radio adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel The War of the Worlds, which listeners took for actual news. This fall Bay Theater is producing “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” by Joe Landry.  You can help promote our show and look great at the same time with one of our War of the Worlds T-Shirts available from MoArt Designs on Facebook. There are 3 basic designs to choose from and available in a variety of colors. Click on a picture to see the shirts up close at the MoArt Designs shop.10X4 Legendary T10X4 Image Womens Legendary.jpg10X4 Image Panic.jpg10X4 Image Coming Soon.jpg

 

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Next Level Fundraising Campaign

Below is a link to the grant proposal that describes in depth our “Taking Theater To The Next Level”  Fundraising Campaign. A special thanks to The Bay Village Foundation for funding Phase 1 of the project. Come see what we’ve purchased have so far in our fall production of “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast” by Joe Landry.

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If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, you can mail a check to us at:

Bay Village Community Theater
P.O. Box 40451 Bay Village, OH 44140
or
click the DONATE button on the right side of this page.

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Bay Village Community Theater Updates, June 2017

 

It’s definitely time to update our website! We have been quite busy in the past few months and, as you will see, will continue to be very busy in the months to come.

BVCT ANNOUNCES FALL PRODUCTION

Following the initial success of our inaugural production of Almost, Maine in March, 2017, Bay Village Community Theater is proud to announce its second production. The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney will be performed at St. Barnabas’ Parish Hall for five performances running two weekends, opening on Friday, September 22 and closing on Sunday, October 1. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 PM; the Sunday matinee on October 1 will begin at 3 PM. Tickets are $12; seniors (60+) and students (up to age 18) will get a $2 discount.

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – which taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force in which six (or more) performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.
For further information, please consult our Facebook page, Bay Village Community Theater. Also watch for updates on our website.

 

BVCT STAGED READING SERIES CONTINUES

BVCT’s “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” Series continues in July.  After successful performances in March (Murphy’s Wedding, by local playwright Greg Lavelle) and June (The Twelve Pound Look by J.M. Barrie), we can now announce the remainder of the Staged Reading Series for 2017.

July: Excerpts from Inherit the Wind
Performances: Saturday, July 15 at 2 PM at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village Main LoungeSunday, July 16 at 6 PM at Mojo’s Coffee and More, Bay Village

Based on the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, Inherit the Wind is a riveting battle between lawyers Drummond and Brady with the right to teach evolution in schools hanging in the balance.

Performers: Paul Runevitch, Bob Kenderes, Michael Strama, Jessica C. Williams

Director: Tim Peebles

Both performances are open to the public; free admission; donations graciously accepted

September: “Guilty Pleasures” – The Chocolate Affair, 10,000 Cigarettes and more

Performances: Saturday, September 16 at 2 PM at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village Main Lounge; Sunday, September 17 at 6 PM at Mojo’s Coffee and More, Bay Village

Director: Judith Mazur

November: How He Lied to her Husband by George Bernard Shaw

Performances: Saturday, November 18 at 2 PM at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village Main Lounge; Sunday, November 19 at 6 PM at Mojo’s Coffee and More, Bay Village

Director: Tim Jones

December: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adapted and directed by Preston Postle.  Performances to be announced.

Join us for these readings. It is truly theater for the ear. Free admission!!

 

JOINT FUNDRAISER WITH CLAGUE PLAYHOUSE

BVCT is teaming up with Clague Playhouse on a Joint Fundraiser on Saturday, October 22! Clague Playhouse is bringing back the popular “2 Mediums at Large”. There will be an afternoon and an evening performance that day. Tickets will be $25 with proceeds to be split between BVCT and Clague. Come out and be entertained by 2 Mediums at Large. Tickets will soon be available on the Clague Playhouse website.

 

WILL GROVER’S MILL COME TO BAY?

We are looking into doing a staged reading/play using the radio script broadcast of The War of the Worlds. That’s right, it’s the story that spread panic through the radio listeners of the 1938 Halloween episode of The Mercury Theatre on the Air and cemented Orson Welles’ place in history.

We are in negotiations for a possible two location event for two weekends, either in late October or early November (in keeping with the timeliness of the radio version of the story.

Keep a lookout on this website or on our Facebook page for future developments on this project!

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Tickets for Almost Maine, Bay Village Community Theater is Seeking Donations and Sponsors

 

Discount tickets for “Almost, Maine” available now through January 31. Save $2 off each Adult ticket.

Chosen as the first full production of the Bay Village Community Theater, Almost, Maine offers a lot for our organization to be excited about. It consistently sells out and in 2014 was the most-produced play in North American High Schools for the third time in the last five years.

The New York Times called Almost, Maine“A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy)… [and] a touch of good-natured magic realism.”

 

Synopsis

Welcome to Almost, Maine. A town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

Almost, Maine: It’s love. But not quite.

Discount tickets for “Almost, Maine” available now through January 31. Save $2 off each Adult ticket.

You can help our production by making a tax deductible donation, purchasing an ad in our program or by becoming a sponsor of the show.

Annual Contributors will be listed in our program at the following levels

Visionary $1,000+

Benefactor $500-$999

Sustaining member $250-$499

Patron $100-$249

Friend $50-$99

Donor $25-$49

Member $10-$24

Sponsorships range from $750 – $1000

Ads prices range from $100 – $500

Donations can be made at our website or sent to:

Bay Village Community Theater

PO Box 40451

Bay Village OH 44140

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Reading Series Holiday Show, and Auditions for Our First Full-Length Production!

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FREE Tickets for Bay Village Community Theater’s presentation of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas & “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote in their “All the World’s A Stage[d] Reading” Series performed at Mojo’s Coffee & More. 600 Dover Center Road. Bay Village, OH 44140. Sunday December 11 at 5:00pm. Click the button below to get your tickets!

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AUDITION NOTICE

Bay Village Community Theater auditions for our first full length show. 

ALMOST, MAINE” by John Cariani will be Directed by Chris Bizub. It’s a story about a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. The production is set for March 2017.

Auditions will take place at O’Neill Healthcare in the main lounge beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Monday, Dec. 12.

Performance dates March 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8pm and March 12 at 3pm.

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Staged Readings Continue in Success, Second Location Added

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The audience filling Mojo’s Coffee and More for our reading of ‘Trifles’

We have just finished our third production of our “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series at Mojo’s Coffee.  Attendance for our second show, “Trifles”, performed on July 10th saw a full capacity crowd enjoying the production.  “Trifles” was written by Susan Glaspell in 1916 loosely based on accounts of a murder in Iowa.

Many thanks to director Lisa Ortenzi and actors Bernice Cernoch, Ruth Ann Havasi, Peter Toomey, Max Glenn, and Tim Jones for their work on “Trifles.”

WIFE FOR A LIFE

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‘Wife for a Life’ drew a large audience as well!

Our third production, “A Wife for A Life” written by Eugene O’Neill in 1913 concerning two gold miners in the Arizona desert who are in love with the same woman, was performed on August 14th to a near capacity crowd.  Preston Postle, Colin McCauley, Patrick Meehan, and Leigh Ann Miller Spratt gave performances that left the audience quite pleased.  John Hnat directed.

GOOD NEWS CONCERNING STAGED READING SERIES

Bay Village Community Theater and O’Neill’s Healthcare in Bay Village have joined together to present a second location for the staged reading series.  “A Wife for A Life” will be performed in the Main Lobby of O’Neill’s Healthcare on Saturday August 27th at 2 PM and 6 PM.  The public is invited to both performances.

We are looking forward to our partnership with O’Neill’s in the coming months.  It gives us the ability to put on more performances of our one-acts and helps us reach out to the community.

SEPTEMBER SHOW

“The Proposal”, a farce written by Anton Chekhov (1890), has been cast.  Directed by Neil Donnelly the cast includes Terry Smith, John Hnat and Margaret Hnat.  How can a marriage proposal go wrong?  Come and find out!  Performance dates are September 11th at 6 PM at Mojo’s Coffee and September 17th at 2 & 6 PM at O’Neill’s Healthcare.

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Bay Village Community Theater meets in the Large Meeting Room at the Bay Village Branch Library on Cahoon Road, typically on the last Wednesday of the month.

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“All the World’s a Stage[d Reading] Series off to a great start!

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The first audience members arrive to get coffee and a snack before the reading.

There were smiles all around at our inaugural staged reading, beginning the series that will continue every second Sunday through December.  We began the series with “Overruled” by George Bernard Shaw, and the laughter that filled the room during the performance proved the evening to be a great success.  Come see our next reading, “Trifles” on July 10th at 5:30p.m. at Mojo’s Coffee and More in Bay Village.

A tip of the hat to Mojo’s Coffee and More for allowing us to use their space for our performances.

Kudos to John Hnat, Dave Hopkins, Margaret Hnat, Jenny Erbs, and Neil Donnelly for sharing their talents.

See the flyer below for our future performance dates!

 

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All the World’s a Stage[d] Reading

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Summer Meeting Times

Bay Village Community Theater meets in the Large Meeting Room of the Bay Village Branch Library, typically on the last Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming Meeting times and dates are:

  1. Wednesday, June 29 @ 7pm
  2. Wednesday, July 27 @ 7pm
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