Monday, October 11, 2010


I've spent much of the last 5 days or so battling a very pesky cold and have been concentrating on sleeping and cough medicine. Tonight was the first time I turned on my computer and tried in vain to catch up on email, Facebook, and the assorted current event (the Redskins won? In overtime?) It's been overwhelming enough to send me back under the covers.

A few things worth mentioning though: Style has kept up their sneaky habit of putting stories up online on days other than their usual publication date. So since last Wednesday, both a nice preview piece on the RTCC awards and a positive review of the Mill's "The Foreigner" appeared online. Be sure and check them out if you haven't seen them yet.

Also, the lovely Ms. Tupponce has posted a few reviews on her blog lately, her take on "Shipwrecked!" and a review of "The Foreigner" as well. Even more positivity in the air!

Look for more media buzz about the RTCC awards this week. I'll have to doublecheck the date but I believe Chase Kniffen and Mary Burruss will be on Virginia This Morning on Thursday and Tom Bowring will interview Mary on his "Zero Hour" radio show on Friday. Media sponsor WCVE will also start mentioning the event on air, or they may have already starting doing so, not really sure.

The RTCC awards will be a capper to a week of recognition. The Pollak awards are tomorrow and Style's Top 40 Under 40 comes out on Wednesday. 'Tis the season for back-patting, so it seems. May those recognized enjoy basking in the praise of their peers!


Anonymous said...

RTCC Awards: A black-tie evening when tickets are only $15? C'mon folks, let's make this a true fundraiser. I'm tired of seeing theatre artists not ask for the same donations other nonprofits receive.

300 seats x $15 = $4,500. Good. 300 seats x $20 = $6,000. Great! (C'mon, you pay more than that for a bad movie & over-buttered popcorn.

Best wishes for a successful event! said...

Dear Dave:

I asked you last year if RTCC would consider honoring playwrights as it does other theatre professionals. There are at least a dozen playwrights in the Richmond area, and some of us have been doing what we do for a long time. If it's true that "the play's the thing"--and it IS true--then I think it is appropriate to celebrate plays that originate in Richmond, and that go on to live elsewhere.

But I also think that the people to celebrate for those new works are not producers, but rather the playwrights themselves. "Independent" did not write Irene Ziegler's play; Irene did. "Theatre IV" did not write my adaptation of "Jack and the Beanstalk"--I did.

I welcome your thoughts on this. I am not disgruntled, but I think "attention must finally be paid" to those of us who make theatrical careers possible for everyone else.

And I want my mayonnaise.

Best wishes,

Anonymous said...

What Doug said...