Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Madness of Props

One of the fun parts about doing a period play is finding juuuust the right props, sets, and costumes.  Fortunately, Los Angeles is a trove of hidden treasures.
We found this 1910 violin case for our gangster, purchased from a man who collects, restores, and sells antique violins.  These cases don't offer much in the way of protection compared to modern day cases, so he frequently sells them.  It is all wood and called a "coffin case."
Turns out the last person to purchase such a case from him was going as a gangster for Halloween.
Kevin found a 1923 Dictaphone someone had been storing in their garage for years.  It's hard to find old Dictaphones with the hose and horn still intact.
Other props we'll be pulling from the store room include an old manual typewriter, a vintage briefcase owned by the playwright's grandfather, and a classic adding machine (purchased for use in GTC's previous production of The Adding Machine.)
All these vintage finds add authenticity to a play and help the audience believe in the world.  Plus, it is sort of lovely to think about all of these old workhorses who were destined for a scrap pile now being given a new lease on life and a glamorous career in entertainment.  That's certainly music to our ears.

Want more behind the scenes stories?  Check out www.buildingmadness.com!

Building Madness - First Read-Thru

The madness begins at GTC!  The first read-thru for Building Madness with (from left to right) Matt Jayson, Alex Wright, Kate Danley, Kevin Cochran, Colin Simon, and Sean Faye.

Building Madness - Full Cast Announcement

The Grove Theater Center is proud to announce the Los Angeles cast for the January-February 2016 production of Building Madness directed by Kevin Cochran.


Gwen Gladwell – Alexandra Ruth Wright
Max Marshall – Colin Simon
Paul Fielding – Sean Faye
Ruby Deleoni – Sarah Lilly
Trixie Taylor – Kate Danley
Vito Deleoni – Matt Jayson

Stay tuned to www.buildingmadness.com or subscribe to the GTC Email Club for more details!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Building Madness

If you'd like some behind-the-scenes stories of the development of this show, head over to www.buildingmadness.com!  

ALSO in the news, the playscript will be available for purchase both at the box office and online starting January 2016.