New Year – New Partners – New Collaborations – New Projects in 2015

It’s been a while since my last post, but don’t be fooled! Just because I haven’t been blogging, doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working, scheming and dreaming. 2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for donna scott productions. I’ll be ringing in the New Year with a whole list of “New” things that I’m excited to share.

  • New Partners! As I’ve said before, I am a huge fan of MORE when it comes to creativity, so I am taking my own advice and adding more people to my team. Tonya Bludsworth and Glynnis O’Donoghue are joining me as co-producers for the coming season. Tonya Bludsworth originally hired me as an actor for her first production of Carrie Ann Kiss and we became fast friends and partners on many other projects ever after. I had admired Glynnis’ acting when I saw her in a show years ago and then I saw a piece of her writing on stage. I knew I had to meet her and encourage her to keep writing, and we became fast friends and I realized she had many talents, including a fab producer brain! I feel so lucky to have them both officially on board. You can find out more about them on our Creative Team Page.
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    But why stop at taking on individual partners? Why not partner with an ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD? That’s right. This season, donna scott productions will be partnering with Historic South End to bring theatre to that part of Charlotte. If you’ve never been to South End, you are missing out on some amazing food, craft beer, shopping and visual arts. More on what we’ll be up to specifically later on in the post!South End Logo

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    Just a sampling of the kinds of fun you can have in Historic South End!

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  • New Logo! To reflect our expanded team and mission, I asked the talented Anthony Proctor to update the donna scott productions logo, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result (see below). Those red ladies look ready to take on the world!
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  • New Projects! So I’ve got a fabtastic team and fresh looking logo – how am I going to put them to work? I’m so glad you asked! In early 2015, donna scott productions will present a staged reading of critically acclaimed Carrie Ann’s Kiss by Tonya Bludsworth (playwright and producer – I told you she was good!) and a full production/ run of the historical comedy Shiloh Rules by Doris Baizley. For more information about these projects, check out our News/Press page!

Lastly (but not least!), I’m thrilled to announce that donna scott productions was awarded a Cultural Project Grant and a Special Project Grant by the Arts and Science Council. These upcoming projects were made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council, the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
(Check them out at http://www.artsandscience.org)
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Theatre taught me to Thrift

(This post originally written for the Metrolina Restore Blog)

I do love vintage items and that has been my primary focus when thrift shopping. However, my introduction to the Metrolina Restore, specifically the one on Wendover in Charlotte where I most often shop, is the fact that I am an independent theatre producer perennially with very little budget for sets. We have to borrow, reuse and recycle and repurpose everything we can–many times from our own houses and friend’s houses- to keep the costs low. But whenever I need building materials for sets and such that I cannot borrow but must purchase-I head to the Restore, cause that’s where the real deals are, people!

Sets for theatre, like shows, are many differing styles and time periods defending on the production. The Restore has been a consistent resource for me for all of them. In a show I produced in 2010, The Dixie Swim Club, the set designer thought it would be great to have a sliding glass door on the set of our 1980s beach cottage to allow the characters to have scenes on their patio. This a very sexy set design element that typically I would never have been able to afford, but I put on my positive attitude hat and headed off to the Restore. Positive attitude counts when shopping because luck shined on me that day–all doors, including sliding glass ones, were 50% off–yahoooo! I think I paid $12.50 for my authentic beach house sliding glass door and my crackerjack set team installed it perfectly:914518359_wwdsc_0130

Chandler McIntryre, Tonya Bludsworth and Stephanie DiPaolo in Dixie Swim Club. Note the beautiful sliding glass door in the background! Photo taken by Weldon Weaver

Well, I have learned a lot in the last two years– the primary thing being that the Restore is NOT just for building materials: furniture, pictures, accessories–they have it all! The upcoming play I am currently producing, Least Likely Friends calls for a very modern New York City apartment set that we are building. Some choice furniture items from the Restore will be getting there moment on the stage yet again.

We got 3 of these fantastic lamps silver stick lamps with white shades- they were actually marked down from the listed price when we picked them up:

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Also this snazzola glass and chrome side table that is a perfect fit for modern NYC apartment life:

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And, books. We needed lots o’ books for the built in book shelves on the set. This picture of friendly helpful Restore employee Ashley from Julia’s says it all:

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And we also got a great rug…but more on shopping the Restore’s rugs and carpet remnants (TEASER!) in a not-too-much later post. But, hey, now you’re curious about this theatre show with the cool set and want to know more about THAT, right?! That’s the playwright/ director Tonya Bludsworth in the pic above with Ashley and you can check it all out here: Least Likely Friends Website. We open on June 12, so once it’s all up on stage and set is finalized I’ll do a pictorial update so you can see the Restore items in action!

Update: fantastic set of Least Likely Friends, built by set designer Whitney Yale, with some items from the Habitat ReStore on Wendover:

Pic on the right was before we painted the floor!

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We actually went back to the restore and found these two fab pedestal tables that worked in the apartment as well:

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We had a fantastic opening weekend– and along with the great story and acting. the set is getting lots of kudos. We have one week to go! Check out the show here: www.leastlikelyfriends.com