Producing a Show at the Cornelia Street Café: Insight into one woman's process
[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 7/11/2010 - www.Littleviews.com ]
By Iris N. Schwartz
Working With a Literary Booker
People like Angelo have very specific needs. In my case, I met with him and talked from my notes about my idea. The discussion included what type of artists would be involved (such as writers, musicians, dancers, etc.), whether or not we'd have an open mike, the type of music needed, and, most important, the show's theme. He was encouraging, and told me to come back with more specifics. I did, and after he added his own distinctive ideas, my semi-annual show was conceived.
I regularly attend poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and music events at the Cornelia Street Café and elsewhere throughout New York. At these events, I introduce myself to artists I didn't know, meet with others I do, and ask those whom I thought would work well within my theme to participate in my show.
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The artists who participate in the show provide their bios, which I include in the show's program. Besides providing the artists' background information to the audience, the program makes it easy to approach individual artists with other opportunities.
The collaborating artists rehearse with their collaborators at various locations prior to the show; often many times. On the day of the show, we all meet at the venue. There, we rehearse two hours before show time, work with the stage size, do sound checks, block, etc.
When the show starts, there is nothing left for me to do but host, greet, perform, listen, and be proud of the evening's stars, and very happy that I get the chance to do this twice a year. I am very thankful to Angelo Verga, Cornelia Street Café management, and, of course, all who performed. Putting on a show of this type is a lot of work, and it's well worth it.
About Iris N. Schwartz
Her fiction has been anthologized most recently in Stirring Up a Storm (Thunder's Mouth Press). Iris's work has been published in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, India, and Thailand. She also writes nonfiction, one piece of which will be anthologized in the upcoming Dirty Girls Come Clean.
A staged reading of her play (co-written with David B. McConeghey), Jameson's Irish, based on the eponymous story published in Ducts magazine, was performed at Cornelia Street Café in New York City in 2009, as part of her ongoing performance series, COLLABORATE.
The Cornelia Street Café
For more information about the Cornelia Street Café, read Littleviews' article, Visit the Cornelia Street Cafe for Entertainment and Food as well as www.CorneliaStreetCafe.com.
29 Cornelia Street
Between Bleecker and West 4th Streets
New York, NY 10014
Questions? Ask Iris N. Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article by Iris N. Schwartz. Photo of Iris N. Schwartz by David B. McConeghey. Photo of David B. McConeghey by Iris N. Schwartz. First published on 7/11/2010. All rights reserved by Iris N. Schwartz and www.Littleviews.com.