Hello dear readers, and welcome once again to that cute little monthly info dump I continue to deposit in your inbox! I'm your host Matt, and this month I am formally accepting advice on what to do with my stimulus check. Now that the Gamestop stock has settled back down I'm a little light on ideas, but all else fails I do know a non-profit theatre company that's always accepting donations! (I'm kidding!) (Sort of.) Now onto the news!
Her Sound, Vol. 1
Due to popular demand, we'd like to announce that your favorite new song cycle just passed 5,000 streams across all streaming platforms! I know I spent a lot of time last newsletter heaping praise on all of your support, but you deserve at least a little bit more. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for listening! ...and stay tuned for more announcements coming soon...
Professional Pretenders Podcast
With Season 1 of the Professional Pretenders Podcast finishing a month ago to the day, recording for Season 2 is IMMINENT. We're super excited to share what we've been thinking about, and we're going to continue pretending you're interested too!
Many of our fellow artist friends are creating engaging audible content for you to enjoy, so here's a smattering of information about them to do just that!
Jerusha Cavazos (@jerushacavazos) most recently heard wanting to ruuuuuuunnn as Zipporah on Her Sound, Vol. 1, just dropped her new single "no feelings" on all streaming platforms. Go check it out! Friends of the company Joe Hornberger (@hornburgalar) and Meghan Fitton (@meghanfitton) began releasing their Rom-Com podcast Kiss and Dwell on Valentine's Day. (genius) Their third episode dropped this morning with none other than Jerusha Cavazos (the very same) talking about the classic Sandler/Barrymore redux 50 First Dates. You can find them anywhere you listen to podcasts and follow them @kissanddwell to stay up to date. If you still have room in your queue for podcasts (there's a pandemic, you've got time) TFTC collaborator Zach Decker (@zachdeck) is still bringing light into the world with Squabbit: the Positive News Podcast. For Black History Month he highlighted stories of black icons he never learned about in school and releases podcasts every Tuesday. Follow @squabbitpodcast for more deets!
Friend of the company Napoleon Douglas (@napoleonics) with Poseidon Theatre Company co-produced a remote interactive installation that examines a future in which "equity is turned on its head, authenticity is stripped, and those left in the wake of the new 'utopia' struggle to comply." The piece began performances in October with shows Fridays at 8:30pm, but just opened up tickets for Saturday afternoons at 3:30pm. Get your tickets at xtheeperience.com (I'm going this weekend!)
As we wrap up Black History Month and move straight into Women's History Month I was inspired listening to my friend (and podcast co-host) Joshuah Dominique talk about their experience of using this month to highlight and consume only media created and produced by Black artists. Though I was too late to hop on the bandwagon, I did want to give just a couple recommendations of Black stories that just released.
Judas and the Black Messiah on HBOMax stars Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield, and tells the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s, and his betrayal at the hands of William O'Neal. The piece itself is beautiful and harrowing, but what struck me was how well it highlighted how rooted the Panthers were in humanitarian and service-oriented efforts, and how effective J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI were at shifting the narrative to paint them as militant and extremist in the eyes of the American public. Another film that resonated particularly well with (TFTC General Manager) Miranda Luze was Malcolm & Marie starring Zendaya and John David Washington recently premiering on Netflix. The film opens up a thought provoking dialogue about relationships and other pertinent topics including the Black experience within the entertainment industry. The staging and cinematography are also very theatrical which gives the illusion you might be watching a play instead of a movie.
Lastly, if you're looking for another resource, TFTC just enrolled in an Anti-Racism course through the University of Colorado on the online platform coursera. It's free to enroll and it's all work at your own pace! You can find it here.
And that is everything I have for you this month. Continue living your socially distanced dreams, and I will see you right back here next month!
Best, as always,
Matt and TFTC