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We made a trailer!

So much good things have been happening with Hideous Progeny: we had Emily Dendinger, our playwright, visiting this weekend and sitting in on rehearsals. Our costume designer, Jackie Dalley, brought over some beautiful pieces for a photo shoot (thanks to Alison Luntz’s photography skills). Oh, and, tickets went on sale!

We’re dealing with some pretty deep stuff in rehearsals for Hideous Progeny…marriage, childbirth, post-partum depression, sickness, divorce, death, murder, class, general malaise…it’s enough to  make us feel pretty down. Luckily for us, there’s some fun to be had at the expense of those Romantics. Let’s laugh with them (not at them – Shelley would not like that one bit).

Hark, A Vagrant by K. Beacon is a wonderful site. And this strip in particular has been quoted no end during our table work.

Ada Lovelace Day! Sydney Padua’s take on the ex-Mrs. Byron and her daughter is, like Gem, truly outrageous.

F***Yeah, Byron. For when we need a reminder that he wasn’t all bad.

Finally, this isn’t really funny, but Frankenstein’s Womb is a great graphic novel that I picked up at Hub Comics in preparation for the show. I recommend both the book and the store – the book is creepy and spooky, and Hub Comics is anything but.

Also, don’t forget – there’s just a week left to become a backer for Hideous Progeny! You know you want that phone call from Percy!

Y’all, I’ve been looking at Regency furniture (they type Lord Byron might have in his home)–I need to make some more money! It’s soooooooooo pretty. Take a look at this!

And if you’re so inclined, head over to Kickstarter to help Sean and Amanda build and fill a set that captures this spirit…or just buy these things for me.

Enough said.

Well, there’s a bit more to say, I suppose. Christine Atturio, our graphic designer, has outdone herself with this poster design. I think it absolutely captures the spirit of the show – sexy but a little frightening all at once.

If you’d like one to display in your home, head over to our Kickstarter page – For a $25 pledge, you can receive a poster signed by the cast and crew…you never know who might be famous one day!

Here’s  a re-post from our Kickstarter blog – pictures so nice, they’re on the web twice!

While Hideous Progeny’s costume designer, Jackie Dalley, is hard at work, I thought I’d take a look at the style of the time and what she has to recreate. While our cast won’t be in their evening finery, overcomplicated hats, or doing hilarious dance moves, these pictures should give an idea of just how large an undertaking building these costumes is.

And in case these don’t do justice to just how sexy this fashion could be, here’s a little treat for you:

Have you seen our Hideous Progeny buttons yet? They are pretty darn spiffy, if you ask me (and not just because I [Lydia] tried my hand at design with them).

If you’d like the full set, head to our Kickstarter page and donate $10. Just like that, and they’re all yours! (that’s what Lord Byron said)

I think we can all agree you need these.

It’s with a bittersweet feeling that I announce our final presentation in our Inch Worm Play Reading Series. It’s been wonderful getting to meet all these playwrights and seeing how different directors and actors bring their words to life. Not to mention our wonderful talk-back sessions with the audience. It’s definitely something I’ll miss this summer.

But I’m very excited about this last play as well! The Christina Experiment by Deirdre Girard is a fascinating story about family, loyalty, and what we owe our children. Adrienne Boris is our director, and the cast includes Jake Berger, Lauren Foster, Chris Leon, Janelle Mills, and Phil Thompson. We hope you’ll join us as we close out the series with this great play, Sunday June 5 at 4:00 in the Somerville Theatre Microcinema. Click on the links below for more information.

The Christina Experiment

Facebook Event page

We’re also getting psyched to start rehearsals (themselves a kind of experiment) for Hideous Progeny! We’ll continue to update you as we go along, so keep checking back. And don’t forget, you can become a design backer at our Kickstarter page!

Monday night we had a great crowd at The Hat Trick, our latest reading in the Inch Worm series. The actors were great and our leads even managed to not slur after imbibing multiple beers on stage – well done! Thank you to everyone involved and to our great audience. Be sure to catch our final reading, The Christina Experiment, June 5 at 4:00 pm at the Somerville Theatre Microcinema.

In our next bit of thanks, thank you to everyone who has donated to our Hideous Progeny design campaign so far! We reached our goal in no time, thanks to your generosity.

That being said, there’s still more money we can raise! Any additional funds will go toward design elements and the production in general. For more information, visit our Kickstarter page here. There’s still one more dinner with Lord Byron available…

Make sure your calendar is marked this Monday for our next Inch Worm Play Reading:

The Hat Trick
by Con Chapman
directed by Lizette Morris

Monday, May 16
Charles Theatre Lounge

I got the inside scoop on rehearsals, and it’s gearing up to be a very active decidedly non-staid reading. We hope to see you there!