State of the Arts: Lost Nation Theatre, South End Art Hop, Kathryn Blume
Lost Nation Theater has sent out an unusual casting call, and two-dimensional “characters” will do just fine. So long as they’re classy. For its upcoming production of Tartuffe, which will be set in present day, LNT needs a few “modern/current glossy, high-end, expensive-looking magazines” to arrange oh-so-casually on the set. Metropolitan Home or Elle Décor will do. Italian Vogue, even better. (Those Us mags you’re hiding in the closet, not so much.) If you got the goods, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 229-0492 to arrange a pick-up or delivery. Bonus: a complimentary ticket to the preview performance on August 2 . . .
The South End Art Hop has just named the “decider” for this year’s juried show: Denise Markonish, curator of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Markonish has held previous museum and guest-curator gigs. She earned her Master’s at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. According to Hop Coordinator Bob Bolyard, Markonish is a friend of a previous juror, who recommended her . . .
Appropriately for an actress-activist, Kathryn Blume is not one to sit on her thumbs. She was responsible for worldwide, simultaneous productions of the antiwar classic Lysistrata on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Then she wrote a one-woman show about it: The Boycott takes on the little matter of global warming with a similar sex-withholding theme. Blume’s work-in-progress got quite the positive response during two sold-out shows in February — including the monetary kind. According to her husband, Vermont Stage Company Artistic Director Mark Nash, a local patron proffered $30,000 toward remounting the show in Burlington and in New York. Since then, Blume’s tireless fundraising has doubled that amount. Saving the world is not cheap, people. And neither is putting on plays. A new and improved Boycott plays July 26-28 at the FlynnSpace. Info, http://www.kathrynblume.com.