Friday, April 22, 2011

The amazing Sydney Laurence Theatre... Wowza!

Hi everybody!

Allison writing...  Last night was our first show here in Anchorage of the NEW and revised "Time Immemorial".  It went amazingly well.  We have a fantastic dream crew of people, helping us make it happen.  Janet Stoneburner is our stage manager, and she is too phenomenal and fantastic for words.  Ed Bourgeois is handling the light board, and his energy is so good to be around, he's just wonderful and the lights were right on...  Klaus is doing sound, and he designed the lights, and he is a lighting genius.  Wendy manages the PAC stages, and her energy is also so wonderful, so awesome to have near.  The ushers and house manager last night were amazing.

Thanks everyone who has made this happen, especially big thanks to Jack Dalton!  The set Jack designed is really beautiful.  It looks great in the space.

Now, I want to thank the space itself.  The actual space.  The Sydney Laurence Theatre.  I'm not sure who designed you, who built you, when you were built, how old you are, but you - Sydney Laurence Theatre space, are amazing.

The acoustics in the space are soooooo good, it just makes the show POP!  We don't need to force our projection of our voices as much, so we are allowed to have a lot more variation in the levels of our voices for different effect.    I can't overemphasize how freeing this is, as being an actor.

This space is fancy.  It rocks.  I LOVE performing in it!

I hope that if you have seen the show, that you know that the show has changed significantly since two years ago.  New scenes, new set, new lights, new sounds, and it is tighter!

I hope you see it!  No, we won't be bringing it back at a later time.  This is it!  See you there!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tonight is the night, Anchorage!

Hello everybody!

Allison here!  Tonight at 8pm, Time Immemorial will be at the Sydney Laurence Theatre at the Performing Arts Center in downtown Anchorage!

So, you tell me, you already have your tickets?  That's awesome!  Thanks so much for getting your tickets for either tonight, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm or Sunday at 6pm.

Your job as our friends and family and loved ones is not over yet!  We are asking you to please get two or more of YOUR friends or family to see the show!  This means you make a phone call, send an email with a link to this blog and the centertix page, you post a big Shout Out to Time Immemorial on your facebook page.

We need your help.  You.  You can help us fill the seats.  How many friends can you bring with you to the show?  We want to find out.

Love you!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Back in the city after being in Nome and Kotzebue

Hello everyone,

Allison here.  I'm writing this post from the Anchorage Airport.  I'm waiting for my ride, after a five day journey with Jack to Nome and Kotzebue to perform "Time Immemorial".

I still feel the freshness of the Arctic on my skin, my soul still feels open, after spending time out on the ice, looking at the beautiful countryside of Nome and Kotzebue.  I am marked by the land and the people of the land.

We got to spend more time in Nome than we did in Kotzebue.  I left Kotzebue today, wanting to stay at least another day.  And my heart yearned to travel on a small plane to Point Hope.  It was hard being so close to my friends and family in Point Hope and not being able to go and "say hi".

Yet, I did see folks from Point Hope in the Kotzebue airport, which was good.

Something about me changes when I get back to the Arctic.  I become more of who I am.   This trip was the first time "Time Immemorial" had been performed in a rural community, an Iñupiaq community.  It was an amazing gift, to be able to present to the people of the land, to the people who live in the Arctic.
It was incredibly meaningful and the performances were amazing.

I got to visit friends and family in both places.  Everything came together in a good way, and the communities really rallied around us and our performance - to make it happen.  I felt really loved and supported and they appreciated our piece and message.

Thanks to Richard and also Josie Stiles of the Nome Arts Council, and to all of the Nome Arts Council for supporting us and hosting us in Nome.  Josie Stiles is really the hostess with the mostess.  Thanks so much for the people who came out and saw the show, and to Matthew at the radio station for such an amazing interview and for hosting us as well.  Thanks also to Katie Stiles, who did amazing last minute audio tech for the show, and for Richard for tech'ing the lights.  And to everyone else who helped.

Thanks to Siikauraq, the Mayor, for hosting us in Kotzebue.  She was phenomenal in getting us and the show up and running in less than six hours after landing in Kotzebue. She rallied support and she made us feel so welcomed and supported on our stay there. Every need was met with such amazing grace and style.  Thanks to our amazing technicians who did a great job with the lights and sound, and to everyone who helped with the show.  It turned out so well.

I am back in Anchorage inspired and refreshed, renewed and filled with hope.  I got to interact personally - face to face - with leaders in the communities, and they are so passionate and committed to the health of our peoples.  They care, and it was inspiring to be around.  It was the shot in the arm that I needed to keep on track.  Thank you.

I'm still processing the incredible-ness of this trip.  I'll post more thoughts soon.

Love!  Allison

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mandy Sullivan - My friend from my 16 year old days!

Mandy and I were good friends at the age of 16.  We had a BLAST together, being friends at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, of which she is now on the board.  She's awesome!

Gina! Quick Recommendation to see the show...

I've known Gina for over 20 years!  I finally got to see her again, after many years.  It was awesome!

Kim Eames, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks!

Thanks Kim, for all your work in putting up the posters around Fairbanks!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Thank You, Fairbanks

Hello everyone out there,

Allison here.  I want to thank Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, and Erica Lord, and Nellie Iyapana and Jack Dalton for all the work involved in putting up "Time Immemorial" in Fairbanks.  Also to Bruce Rogers and Rebecca Eddy and John and Chris and Anna and Andy White and Evon Peter and Enei Begaye and all the people who attended the show, or supported the show in any way shape or form.  If I've forgotten your name, please forgive me. It was awesome and an honor to be in Fairbanks, the land of which I was born and raised.

I am back in Anchorage and reunited with my 15 year old nephew, who is really more like my son, because I am his guardian here in Alaska.  I'm his person.  He's my boy.  I missed him while I was in Fairbanks, and it was challenging to arrange for care for him whilst away.  He gave me the best hug ever when I returned.

We received a standing ovation for our Saturday performance in Fairbanks.  Jack and I know that this show impacts people, and has a healing affect on people.  The show is strong and amazing.  We asked for donations at the end of the last three shows, and my pocket just kept getting stuffed with cash, an outpouring of support to make up for the house that didn't sell out, yet had very committed and beautiful audience members in it.  

If you feel moved and want to support the show from a distance, you can.  Checks can be mailed to: Time Immemorial c/o Allison Warden P.O. Box 110522, Anchorage, Alaska or to my paypal account at akootchook at gmail dot com.   We appreciate your support.  You can stuff our pockets, from a distance...

It takes time to build momentum and we can feel the momentum building as we push forward on the tour, excited to travel to Nome and Kotzebue this week, honored to be performing in Inupiaq communities in the Arctic. When we return, we will perform the show in Anchorage at the Sydney Laurence Theatre at the Performing Arts Center downtown.  It will be my first time performing there, outside of a TedX talk I gave a couple of weeks ago.  It's a beautiful amazing space, perfect for our show.   We hope to see you there, and we hope you buy tickets now at:

We are moving forward, as a cast/production crew/writers of two.  We two, together, have prepared a gift, for the communities that we are moving forward towards, the communities of Nome, Kotzebue, Anchorage and Valdez.  This gift is beautifully packaged and visually interesting.  It sounds good.  It's a good mystery, it unfolds itself into pools of laughter and tears...  It smells like truth, and it tastes like seal oil.  This gift is a personal one, one that is requiring of the givers (us two) lots of sacrifice in terms of time away from our families, friends and other work commitments.  We are offering this show to you and your friends, your family, as an invitation to have a moment (a two hour journey moment) where you are able to relax and absorb, to breathe and reflect, to laugh and to cry, to dream and to remember, to recognize and to release.  That is the amazing gift of good theatre.  You are allowed (for two hours) to sink into another world, to immerse yourself into a story, to unravel your inner tensions and to allow yourself to just be.  Just be, in the audience, allowing the performance to unearth you in the best possible way.

We ask that you extend the invitation - so that others may be next to you as you open the gift of the show, as you sink into your cushy seat at the Sydney Laurence in Anchorage, or in your chair at the Nome Elementary School commons, or on your spot at the table at the JNES Cafeteria in Kotzebue, or in your theatre seat in Valdez at the Civic Center.   Who is sitting next to you, as the journey of the show unfolds and brings tears and laughter to your hearts and soul?  Who are you going to invite, to open this gift with you?

One of my favorite parts about working in theatre is being able to look out into an audience and recognize friends and family, to see people I've met from a distance, to see the faces of people I don't recognize, and to hear them collectively laugh and clap, and react to the unfolding drama that is being given to them...

Time Immemorial is our gift to you.  We hope to see your face soon, looking back at us, from the audience, as we move forward, through Time Immemorial....