…help him out. By helping Matt Slaybaugh, he means helping introduce new friends to his Available Light Theatre. You’ve heard of Available Light, yes? No? Well, it’s a Columbus collective of artists; writers, actors, directors, lighting/sound/decor/costume artists who have a passion for the art and presentation of story telling & performance. They pursue their art towards a level of excellence that grasps at perfection, just a micron beyond their reach. But don’t accept my take on blind faith…read this! And this! Had enough? Then try this! And if you listened last week, Monday, January 24 to the local broadcast (on 90.5FM WCBE, of course) of Ira Glass’ THIS AMERICAN LIFE you heard a segment by Sean Christopher Lewis, just in town doing his one-man performance of Just Kids as an Available Light production. But I’m losing coherence in my ramble. Here’s my point.
Matt thinks I know people. Fooled him! But I want to know people. I want to know better the people that I know a little. And I want to know more people, so I can know them better, and introduce people to people. I really like to do that. I find it builds community, which takes me full circle back to Available Light Theatre, as they build community. Story telling. Performance. Recall in the recess of your cellular memory, your forebears 700 generations ago. They told stories by the fire at the cave’s mouth, they acted, they danced. Clan-as-community.
Matt says this about the coming performance of HUM: “Something wicked this way comes. A letter from a long-forgotten ex-girlfriend, a monster in the backyard, a math lesson, and a road trip to the Ohio Caverns twist and turn into a stunning drama about searching for meaning in the face of terror.”
HUM is a set of four stories that twist and turn their way into one mind-bending kind of play. Apparantly there’s some sort of surprise, like in The Sixth Sense. Matt won’t tell me anything else. I’m really intrigued, and I believe others will share my feelings.
Now this is where MY friends enter…that’s YOU. Join me, please, to experience live theater in the form of HUM on Friday, Feb. 11, 8:00, at the Columbus Performing Arts Center on the near-east side of downtown at 549 Franklin Avenue, near the Columbus Museum of Art. Plenty of safe, free parking across the street. Close to fine dining before the play at Black Creek Bistro. Or casual eats afterward at Dirty Franks Dogs. And it won’t bust your budget. Another aspect of local performance introduced by the marketing magicians of Available Light is their PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT policy. They don’t want that lonesome stretch between paydays to prevent anyone from experiencing art, so folks get in for $2 or $22, no questions asked.
Please…contact me now and tell me you will accompany me to HUM Friday. I’m reserving a block of seats for you and our other new friends. You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (614) 440-1445. Come on, NOW!