Welp, I finally did it... I dipped my toes into the directing pool and directed my first short film! (I liked it... sort of. You guys, directing is a lot.) So proud to say that Employee of the Month will be making it's way to you in 2020!
Written and Directed by Amy Dellagiarino
Director of Photography: Jason Beaumont
Elizabeth Williams as Chris
June Dietrich as Jenny
Paul Meyd as Max
Fight Choreography by Glenn Stanton
Below is a picture of the whole team on our final day of shooting! Yes... that toilet brush I am holding is an integral part of the plot. (Is your interest piqued??) Can't wait to share it with the world! But first... we edit.
BEYOND thrilled to be able to say that The Value of Moscow is now available for purchase and licensing through Stage Rights, and for purchase through Amazon! Thanks to the amazing cast and crew at Sacred Fools Theatre Company for making the original production possible, and to the amazing people at Stage Rights for being a dream to work with on this process.
Click through! Buy! Know people in theatre school? There are some good two person and three person female scenes in here! (Come on... we all remember the agony of finding a good scene with only women in it for acting class, right???)
HOLY MOSES the 2019 Stage Raw Nominations are out and I am beyond thrilled to be able to say that The Value of Moscow has been nominated for three awards!
*Best Director - Carrie Keranen
*Best Female Comedic Performance - Madeleine Heil
I am so so honored to be considered alongside some truly amazing theatre this year! It's a dream come true!
For a full list of nominees, click the link below:
The Fifth Annual Stage Raw Theatre Awards Nominees
So proud of my absolutely incredible actress Krista Conti who snagged the Best Actress in a Comedy award as Jackie in "Inhale and Exhale" at INK Fest! The amazing Adedryan Wulf ran away with Runner-Up for Best Actor in a Comedy as Dan, and my fearless director Nancy Dobbs Owen helped us win Runner-Up for Best Two-Hander and 2nd Runner-Up for Best Play! All in all a success all around.
I am so stoked for a reading of my new play "No Loitering" to be happening at Theatre of Note this Thursday! Come on by if you're in the LA area -- the more laughs the better!
When: Thursday, March 28 from 7-9pm
Length: Show runs approx. 70 mins with no intermission (of course)
Where: Theatre of Note
1517 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
"Unhappy with where their lives have taken them, a group of retail workers plan to destroy their place of employment... only to discover their problems run much deeper than the Annual Yarn Sale."
Did I write this play while working at a store in the mall? Yes. Yes I did. Come on by to see what existential angst that was happening in my head as I tried to sign people up for store credit cards!
It's #tellustuesday with Managing Artistic Director, Natasha Parnian. Our #rovingreporter caught up with her and here is what she had to say:
RR: How did you go about casting the three sisters in "The Value of Moscow?":
NP: In our callback audition, I broke the actresses into different sets of three, mixed them up many times, and finally found the perfect set of ladies. They were directable, had great chemistry together, were hard working, and talented. When casting actors, I not only make sure they have chemistry with one another, but we (the actor and myself) have to have great chemistry together. We really nailed it with this team.
RR: How are rehearsals going?:
NP: They are going really well. We are definitely in the thick of it right now. I am enjoying this group of actors and crew. They are excellent critical thinkers and very committed to the work.
RR: That's wonderful. Have you learned anything new with this production so far?: NP: Well, I'm learning how much shopping our cast and crew does on Amazon. We need a huge amount of boxes for this set and we have all been saving them.
RR: Why should people come see this show?: NP: I selected it because it's a total gift for a director with smart actors. We have so much room for exploration. Audience members will see these choices. It creates a tremendous amount of realism and dimension in these characters. It's got this wickedly biting wit, written by Amy Dellagiarino, who is so gifted. This will also be our first time performing a mainstage show at Artspace in Herndon. Artspace and Grace Church (our 2 venues) will be such cool and unique places to watch the show.
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Happy to announce that The Value of Moscow will make its regional premiere as part of Dark Horse Theatre's 2019 season!
The show will be produced April-May of next year in Herndon, VA. So excited to have this show brought to my home state! Check out Dark Horse Theatre's website for more info about this amazing company!
Exited that my play Dorm #5 will be given a staged reading this coming Monday with Blank Theatre! There will be blocking! There will be tech! There will be props! There will be some semblance of a set! Come out of you can -- it's gonna be really fun.
When: Monday, December 17th at 8:00pm
Where: The Blank Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd
How: Tickets at The Blank's website or at the door -- suggested donation!
By: Amy Dellagiarino
Directed by: Brenda Varda
Andres Paul Ramacho
Words cannot even express how lucky/grateful I feel for all of the wonderful reviews that have been coming out about our little, strange, dark show.
Read our latest from Gia on the Move! Click the link or scroll below!
‘The Value of Moscow’: Hilariously Implausible, Wonderfully Absurd
By Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
“There’s no place like home… to make you wanna kill somebody.”
What is the value of Moscow? Well, if one had to explain it, and they do try, we’ll just start with really smart theater.
Carrie Keranen makes her Sacred Fools mainstage directorial debut by organizing playwright Amy Dellagiarino’s fascinatingly simple, five-character play into a crisp, 65 minutes of beautifully, nonsensical hilarity.
This is one of the rare moments when I’ve sat in a theater and felt a little bit remorseful of such an abrupt ending. The story could absolutely entertain a second act. But as it stands, the soap-serio finale has a to be continued feeling that leaves it to the audience to imagine what might occur in the coming moments for three siblings on the verge of histrionic implosion.
Three adult sisters, Emily, Rose and Clara, whose lives have fallen apart are moving in together during the onset of a blizzard, bitching all the way about everything from unpacking techniques to cooking choices. Between bouts of angry denial, accusation, dumb, barely romantic fantasy, lies, getting drunk on a found bottle of vodka, and repeated pleas to get along, they decide to order out from the only pizza delivery open in town. What ensues is a practical Three-Stooges style, slapstick turn of events after the pizza delivery guy gets accidentally shot and an angry boyfriend unexpectedly shows up.
Extremely diverting, The Value of Moscow, playing its world premiere at the Broadwater Second Stage is endowed with as always perfect light and sound design by Matt Richter and additionally costumes and props by Linda Muggeridge. Aaron Francis tops this production with a truly inventive scenic design that extends well into the hallway outside the theater that gives this production a fair amount of breath for the short, light, comedy it is.
Starring Julie Bersani, Madeleine Heil, Devin Sidell, Gregory Guy Gordon and Andres Paul Ramacho. Featuring understudies Tiffany Cole, Heather Klinke, Nikki Mejia, Brendan Broms and Ryan Gowland.
So well-directed an acted. If there were any mistakes, they easily blend into the evening’s insanity where mishap piles atop mishap to implausible effect. But we go along with it because it’s just plain wonderfully, absurd as hell.
Okay... maybe I cried a little. (Okay. I did.)
Read our amazing review in the freakin' LA Times! Click the link or scroll below!
Review: Barbs fly among sisters in 'The Value of Moscow,' a modern-day riff on Chekhov
By PHILIP BRANDES
Thanksgiving inevitably invites appreciation for the warm fuzzies that nurture family bonds. For some, it might be a lovingly prepared holiday feast; for others, their adorable kitten photos posted on Facebook.
But for the trio of estranged sisters at the center of “The Value of Moscow,” Amy Dellagiarno’s new black comedy from Sacred Fools, the ties that bind turn out to be less sugar-frosted: an attempted suicide, an imploding marriage and perhaps a homicide or two.
Each of the squabbling siblings has a different reason for moving into their seedy new shared apartment, but they have one thing in common: none of them wants to be there. The oldest — 30something Emily (Tiffany Cole, substituting for Devin Sidell) — is a mediocre writer whose current fiction is that her husband “just needs space.” The youngest, pouty suicidal rebel Clara (Julie Bersani), proclaims their new digs make her want to kill herself, to which Emily retorts, “Yeah, but you already want to kill yourself, so that opinion doesn’t mean anything.” It’s left to the middle sister, perky peacemaker Rose (Madeleine Heil), to try to smooth over the three sisters’ perpetually ruffled feathers.
With hilarious deadly accuracy, playwright Dellagiarno’s snappy dialogue captures the kind of put-downs and barbed comebacks only siblings who know one another all too well can use to pick at one another’s psychic scabs.
Naturally, long-concealed painful truths get unpacked along with personal possessions. If the setup seems formulaic at first, Dellagiarno quickly steers things into unexpected surreal territory with the respective entrances and exits of a sad-sack middle-age pizza delivery man (Ryan Gowland, substituting for Gregory Guy Gordon) and Carla’s hot-tempered ex-boyfriend (Andres Paul Ramacho).
A self-aware reference links the siblings’ plight to the unfulfilled Moscow dreams of “The Three Sisters” (hence the play’s title), with even more on-the-nose adherence to Chekhov’s rule that a gun introduced in one act must be fired in the second.
Carrie Keranen’s staging honors the playwright’s intended accelerated pacing, a key factor in plunging us into the story’s rapidly unraveling events; however, at times, the artificially hurried delivery comes at the expense of the marvelously witty, literate banter.
Nevertheless, with its quirky mix of realistic family dynamics and absurdist humor, “The Value of Moscow” offers terrific value in keeping with the Sacred Fools mission to present new works at rock-bottom prices.
‘The Value of Moscow’
Where: The Broadwater Second Stage, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles
When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays. Ends Dec. 8
Running time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
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