July 17 – Thank You to All Who Supported the Workshop Production of All Over!

First of all, I want to thank God for this wonderful experience and for each one of you.

Thank you to Dr. Amy Hodgdon, Director of Education for the Philadelphia Young Playwrights who volunteered her valuable time to meet with me and serve as my “script doctor.” Her feedback helped me to prepare the script for the performance.

Thank you to all who attended the workshop production of All Over on Saturday, July 16th! Audience members traveled from Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, New York, Providence RI and Maryland to see the show. Thanks for making the trip!!! Special thanks to Elisha S who came from Atlanta Georgia via Baltimore, MD to see the show!!!!!

The performance of All Over was held at the beautiful Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Thanks to Chef Windel Lauder for making that happen!

The cast, including: Don W. Newton, Cathy Simpson, Larry Moses, Carl Anderson, Ashley Thornton and Harum Ulmer, Jr., did a stellar job bringing the play to life. Don Newton even provided a venue and snacks for extra rehearsal! Ms. Kathy Moyer was a terrific stage manager for the performance, and a real pleasure to work with!

Original blues music for the play was written by me, and composed by Philadelphia’s own bluesman, Georgie “The Blacksmith” Bonds. Georgie found the time to attend the performance just before heading off to Longwood Gardens Cafe for a gig. Thanks Georgie!!! If you didn’t get to hear him play at Longwood, check out his website for other show dates.

Ms. Angie Henry was a fantastic House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. She even brought plants to decorate the lobby! Special thanks to all of the volunteers who greeted guests and handled the box office – even my niece Danielle who is 8 1/2 months pregnant! Thanks to Jackie Kennedy who printed out the program booklets for the show, they looked great! The production was supported by financial contributions from individuals and the Delaware Division of the Arts. I appreciate your support, especially during these difficult economic times!

Immediately following the performance was an audience talkback led by the Artistic Director of Gas & Electric Arts, Dr. Lisa Jo Epstein. Thank you so much for that, Lisa Jo! And thank you to all of the audience members that stayed to provide feedback to help me polish the script. Very helpful!!!!

After the show and the talkback, we went to Paradise Palms Caribbean Restaurant located at 901 King Street (just around the corner) and enjoyed a delicious buffet prepared especially for us and priced at only $10 per person. Chef even prepared my favorite fish dish. Thank you Chef Lauder!

What an amazing day full of love, inspiration and art!!!! This production would not have happened without all of you. I am so grateful.

Next up: ALL OVER will be read at the National Black Theatre Festival, August 2011 then on to a full production as part of the Wilmington Fringe Festival. See you all there!

Much love! Jamie J

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~ by jamiejbrunson on July 18, 2011.

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