Wednesday, July 30, 2008

dig dug

Moving right along. The trenches are being dug to make room for the plumbing pipes to be laid.
It's crazy to go into a space that used to be relatively clean cement and have mounds of dirt all over.

It's amazing how quickly this is moving.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

dig in!

Now that we own the space and have our permits, the building has begun.
Step 1) dig a trench to lay the plumbing:

Step 2) lay the plumbing pipes and connect them to the waterline.
Step 3) pourback the concrete
Step 4) build, build, build
Step 5) open, open, open.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Curious Comedy Presents: special guests!

Curious Comedy Presents:
Theater! Theatre! Noir Stage
3430 SE Belmont, Portland OR
July 25, 26th 8pm

This week, along with our extremely talented cast of the best
local Portland Longform Improvisors we have some friends from Chicago!
Katie Neff and Steve Kaminski!
Come out and laugh your face off.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Theater at night

I like the way it looks at night.

last minute fundraiser

We had our first (and far from last) fundraising event this past Sunday. We spent less than a week planning it out, but it was a good time. Coughy & Doughnut$ was the name of the event. We ended with way more donuts than any theater company could ever need (so much so that the smell of donuts is going to make me sick for the next year or so). A good time was had by all - and now we know that we'll need to give more of a public notice if we expect people to come.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


my Dad helped to get us these signs to help us promote our theater and space. They look Great!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Moving Along

The auditions are done, the casting and scheduling is well on its way to being complete, the plans have been finalized and are getting the OK by the city, the business loan is here and we're all nervous with anticipation.
The next step is fundraising and marketing. We've got longform improv shows at the Theater! Theatre building over the next four weekends. We have handed out a bunch of flyers at different neighborhood festivals over the past couple weeks. We're looking forward to playing with even more people in this round of shows.
Scheduling our opening season of shows took some time, but it looks both time consuming and like a lot of fun. We've got our mainstage sketch show happening Fridays and Saturday nights, paired with a longform musical show. Thursday nights will be longform improv night, where our four established longform teams will play (two every Thursday, so each team will play every-other week).
Sundays we will have our kids show matinee and the high concept show at night. The high concept show will feature 30 plays in 60 minutes an should be a crazy fun time... just like the rest of the shows.
Once again, thanks to everyone who auditioned for Curious Theater - and even though we don't have enough positions to put you all into shows at this moment, I know we'll be working together in the near future!
(all photos by Kathryn Durkin)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

One Day...

I hope to one day be able to post a sign exactly like this with our theater.
We have worked out the schedule for our opening theater season and have begun to contact those cast in our shows. Rehearsals will begin within the next week. The wheels are turning!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Auditions (pt. 2)

Stacey was in rare form on the second day of our auditions. It was a bit warm and dusty in our theater the previous day, so we got there early to mop the floor. After the floor was sufficiently mopped, Stacey poured a bag of ice out onto the ground to "cool off the stage area"...

Seeing how our space is an empty shell, the bottom 8 feet of the walls are not done. There's no drywall there because we'll need to run electricity and other such line along the wall, so we had exposed insulation along our backwall. One piece of insulation was sliding down and it was bothering Stacey.

Without gloves, she used the bag of the recently emptied 'bag o' ice' to do her best job of pulling up some falling insulation...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Under Construction

The countdown to building the interior of our theater has begun. "T-minus" (which I just found out stands for the continuum of time (T) with the moment of the event in question being considered as the origin or ‘zero’ time.) 6 days. Plumbers, Construction workers, Electricians get ready!