Monday, December 27, 2010

Gearing up for the New Year

Happy Holidays! We hope everyone's had a wonderful holiday season and that next year is looking bright.

Now that the inaugural year of Outdoor Trek is coming to an end, it's time to start looking forward. We will be back next summer, and given the response it should be bigger than ever.

A lot of you have asked what you can do to help, and that's why I'm writing today. We want to put on the best show we can, and that needs a lot of people. So here are some things you can do:

1) TELL YOUR FRIENDS. This is the most important thing of all. Word of mouth is the best advertising, and what we really need is for you to check back here, to follow us at @hello_earth, and to make sure that when we have more details, they get to everyone who needs to hear them.
2) VOLUNTEER. Keep checking back here for audition notices and more specific information as we get closer. But we don't just need actors. We need people to help with publicity, with tech, with donations, and with shoring up our web presence. If you have expertise or interest in any of these areas, please email us at helloearthseattle@gmail.com. And let your friends know, if any of them might be interested.
3. COME SEE US THIS SUMMER. We'll have dates for you in the coming months. Without you, there is no show. So keep an eye out and mark your calenders.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made year one a success. Please help us make year two even better.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thanks for our final weekend!

Thank you to everyone who made the first year of Hello Earth's Outdoor Trek a success: those who worked with us, who spread the word, and who came out and saw us. None of it would have been possible without each of you.

The final performance was to a crowd of over two hundred, standing room only, and prompted this review at Seattle Geekly. We owe it all to our audiences and our cast.

For those of you who missed it, or who didn't and want to relive the moment, we've collected some photos from crew and fans to share. Those of you who have noticed that the trailer has been taken down, fear not--we are working on something bigger and better.

For those of you who want to know about next year, please stay tuned to this blog and our Twitter account (hello_earth). The response to this year's show pretty much ensures another, and we'll post periodically with our plans, progress, and requests for your involvement. Please continue to spread the word, to give us your suggestions, and don't be afraid to risk implosion.

Yours,

the crew at Hello Earth


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Left to right, standing: Lieutenant Sulu (Sara Sorden); Nurse Chapel (Stefanie Morris); Lieutenant Riley (Paul Unwin); Spock (Helen Parson); Dead Body, Redshirts' guitar (Chad Lindhorst); Redshirts' percussion (Johnathan); Crewman Moody, Redshirts' accordion, flutist, percussion, musical director, artist (Sean Robinson); Lieutenant Uhura, artist (Stevie Van Bronkhorst); Doctor McCoy (Loren Walton); Yeoman Rand, Redshirts' accordion (Leslie Rader); Joe Tormolen (Alex Kronz); Mr. Scott (Michael Bowers)

Left to right, seated: Captain Kirk, producer (Kris Hambrick); director, producer (Joy DeLyria)


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Thank you all for coming. And stay tuned for next year:

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Our first weekend!

Photos from our first, very successful weekend. Thanks to everyone who made it out! (And thanks for the photos, teamvaughn and friend of Paul's!

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hello Production Photos!

A few photos from a recent rehearsal.

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Introducing: GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS

Hi, I'm Joy. I'm the director. That's pretty much all I've got to say about that. Now what you've all been promised--girls.

Whenever I tell people Kirk, Spock, and Sulu are played by girls for Hello Earth's production of "The Naked Time" for Outdoor Trek, everyone asks why. (This is patently not true. Everyone says, "Cool!" Then they pause. Then they ask, "Will they be naked?")

Kris (fellow producer, also acting Captain Kirk) and I went to the Vancouver Star Trek convention last week and some hot Orion girls asked us why--why we like the show, why we're doing this, what does it all mean? We said we liked the diversity of Star Trek and wanted to celebrate it.

"We keep hearing that," said one hot Orion girl. "Star Trek is so diverse, Star Trek is so equal rights, Star Trek is so utopian. But . . . then there's this." Then she showed me her legs.

She's an Orion girl, you see, and Orions in the original series are basically sex slaves. For all Star Trek was trying hard and so many times, succeeded in making something beautiful, it was still the 1960s. You never saw a woman captaining a starship. (Women captains? lolwut?)

But here we are, in the modern era! In the 2009 Star Trek movie, Orions are in our Academy, servin' Starfleet with ur doodz. (She was the green skinned one, red hair, nice pair of--eyes. If you blinked you might've missed her.) Don't you love an age where a former sex slave race can be in Starfleet with the rest of 'em? Except Gaila's (that was her name) only function in Star Trek 2009 was to have hot monkey sex with Kirk and flash some green skin. Why?

Well, because she's not an original character. I have no problem with that--frankly, I want to watch Uhura, badass since she was born in 1967, not some new-fry green girl. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't think about the Orions. It doesn't mean we shouldn't analyze the unifying, equal rights messages of a show first conceived in a problematically unequal era. It doesn't mean we shouldn't question the function of the female body in a narrative. So that's what we're doing.

In adapting the script, we haven't changed Kirk and Spock to girls. Their gender is still male, even though they're played by females. We're not changing these characters, so much as some underlying assumptions. We are exploring, we are seeking, we are trekking. This is a mission, not of conversion, not of protest, but to ask you one question. "Why?"

Monday, July 5, 2010

Portland Fans: Don't forget Trek in the Park!

Pacific Northwest Star Trek fans and assorted outdoor theater enthusiasts: It is worth the trip up/down/around to Portland to see Atomic Arts' production of "Space Seed". Last year's "Amok Time" had a preview, and it's a toss-up which inspired us more. Not sure yet when we're headed down (it will be before July 31st, obviously), but there's plenty of time to see BOTH. Please come out and support them!

Woodlawn Park
Saturday/Sunday at 5 pm
July 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31 and August 1st
All ages - Free to the public

Friday, June 25, 2010

Outdoor Trek: "The Naked Time"

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Hello Earth presents Outdoor Trek: "The Naked Time" FREE!

Saturday, July 31st and August 7th at 7pm
Sunday, August 1st and 8th at 2 pm

Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park (2100 S Jackson St, at the north end by Yesler)
Parking is available along Yesler and in streets off 20th and 22nd

Poster art by Stevie VanBronkhorst and design by Sean Michael Robinson

Introducing Kris (Producer/Actor)

I’ve been playing heroic archetypes since I was a girl of eight. My parents would sit on the steps leading downstairs, and the stage would be the hallway between the bathroom and the workroom. I was always Sherlock Holmes or the Doctor (the Fourth Doctor, of course, with the scarf) and I would make my brothers play Watson or K-9. I don't remember what they were about, if anything, but it occurs to me that twenty-some years later my interests haven't changed much.

They have, of course, been refined somewhat. For example, I was not a fan of The Original Series or William Shatner as a young child, and somehow it escaped my notice that the Adam West Batman was clearly the superior version. Maybe I've gotten sillier, but maybe the more serious, younger me wouldn't have had the utter lack of sense that putting on a play from scratch in public requires.

I’ve always loved acting, though I took some time off from doing it to study English literature and film and join a band and do some writing. It was hearing Shatner’s “It Hasn’t Happened Yet” off his 2004 album Has Been that convinced me to give Star Trek a chance (though I’d grown up on Next Generation). And what I found was a sense of optimism lacking in so much of our modern media—and that Shatner really wasn’t a bad actor. And my newfound admiration for the show may have, indirectly, propelled me back into theater.

I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be identified as a Trekkie, now, but really what I think this project represents is a way to express a multitude of interests at once: writing, acting, film history, community, and the idea that we have a wealth of cultural touchstones that can transcend particular eras, actors, and sets. Everyone knows Romeo and Juliet, even if they’ve never heard them speak. Star Trek isn’t Shakespeare, but maybe its ideals and humor and archetypes can stand a life of their own. The past 44 years suggest as much, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to that.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Hello, Earth!

Last summer, three friends watched Atomic Arts' performance of "Amok Time". Driving home from Portland--it was a whirlwind trip, prompted by the marriage of two great loves, Star Trek and outdoor theater--we said, "We could do that."

We could, and we are. And here is the result.

Hello Earth, a brand new nonprofit theater company, is bringing "The Naked Time" to Seattle's Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park on July 31st, August 1st, 7th, and 8th. Our commitment is to free, outdoor theater which thinks Shakespeare is great but thinks other stuff is cool, too.

Over the next few weeks, as we get our show together, Joy (director, producer) and Kris (producer, actor) will be introducing ourselves and offering behind-the-scenes updates on the process of bringing a beloved tv show to the stage. You can follow this blog and/or join us on twitter, @hello_earth.

Star Trek is property of CBS/Paramount Television. No money is being made.