BETWEEN THE LINES

BETWEEN THE LINES

       
Between the Lines featured a photography slideshow by Christina Goodman chronicling the development of this multi-media production. Cinematographer, Brian McGrail, filmed a trailer for each play that ran prior to each segment of Between the Lines. The five short plays performed were: The Interrogation, Ghost Stories, Sure Thing, Little Miss Fresno, and The Agreement. Between the Lines was presented at the Krider Performing Arts Center, in Paris, TN, and at the Theatre at St. Clements on the edge of New York City’s theatre district. Original music: Teddy Goldstein and Sarah Lentz; Starring: Carolyn Humphrey, Jamie Marrs, Eric Marseglia and Summer Moore; Directed by: Nathan Halvorson. 
REVIEWS

Between the Lines Premiere Draws Good Crowd.

By: Bill Williams, PI Editor

Paris Post-Intelligencer, April 10th, 2000

The first New York theatre production ever to premiere in Henry County drew good crowds in the Krider Performing Arts Center Friday thru Sunday for an evening of one-act plays whose cast of four included Paris' own Summer Moore. Titled Between the Lines, the series of five playlets will be presented April 24th-28th at the Theatre at St. Clements, 423 West 46th Street on the edge of New York's theatre district. The New York theatre is the home of an Episcopal Church, which has lively ministry to theatre and the arts, conducting its Sunday worship services from that stage of whatever production happens to be running at that time. It is home base for several theatre troupes, and acclaimed performers including Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, and Faye Dunaway appeared there early in their careers.

The five playlets, three comedies and two dramas, gave the cast of four the opportunity to display the variety of skills the stage requires. Without elaborate scenery, props or costumes, Choice used brief movie scenes to introduce each piece. Director Nathan Halvorson employed these devices very effectively. Miss Moore showed deft comic touches - where did she come up with that hairdo? - in the opening play of the series.

"Little Miss Fresno" by Mary Gallagher and Ara Watson, had her as a clueless mother just entering the perilously competitive world of children's beauty contests. The versatile Jamie Marrs was the old pro, sharpening her claws on an unsuspecting but resilient victim. The other two actors, Carolyn Humphrey and Eric Marseglia, paired off for the first drama, "The Agreement," by Douglas Taylor. Sort of an updating of "A Doll's House," it made the point that the relationship between a man and a woman needs more than a cohabitation contract. She wants a baby and a life. He wants a roommate and a housekeeper. Sparks fly. She splits. From dramatic intensity, Marseglia switched nicely to comic timing. He and Miss Moore were old flames reuniting at a bar, months after their breakup. They could resume old passions in an instant … if he weren't so darned inquisitive about what she'd been doing all that time.

"The Interrogation," by Murphy Geyer. If you could do something over enough times, you could finally get it right. That was the premise of the cleverest play of the night, "Sure Thing," by David Ives. It is the story of a pickup in a coffee house, with Marseglia and Miss Marrs spinning lines trippingly from the tongue at a delightful pace. Each time something went wrong in their tête-à-tête, a bell would ding and the actors would back up to the last successful point. Thus: "Is this seat taken?" "Yes." Ding! "Is this seat taken?"

The final drama, "Ghost Stories" by Annie Evans, was the longest of the night and the toughest to pull off. Three girlfriends of long standing go camping in the woods to talk things out after the attempted suicide of one of them. Miss Moore had the central role of Alex, frantic in a "perfect" marriage that trapped her in a life of conformity. Like Job's three friends, Alex's two try to talk some sense into her head. The trouble is that their heads aren't exactly on right either. There is Miss Humphrey as Dodie, terrified of the opposite sex after her first experience at romance turned into a humiliation. And Miss Marrs as Margaret, the ambitious climber who can't understand why Alex doesn't want to be like her. Summer Moore wasn't the only Paris connection in this production. The executive producer for the group, Choice Films, was Clint McCoy. Christina Goodman's photography was featured in a behind-the-scenes look at Choice, Roy Hawkins handled sound and lighting and Ken Alexander was the set designer. Audiences here will rarely get a chance to see an acting troupe from the world's theatre capital, and it was a bonus to have the hometown connection. We can wish Choice Films much success in their New York run. 


Quintet of One-Act Plays

Will Premiere at KPAC April 7-9.

By: Bill McCutcheon, PI Staff Writer

Paris Post Intelligencer, February 2000

A production on the way to a New York City stage will premiere in Paris at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Between the Lines is actually five separate one-act plays with two to four characters in each.

Produced by a new organization, Choice Films, the evening of comedy and drama is set for performances at 7:30 p.m. April 7-8, with a final matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. April 9th. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. A half-hour before each performance, a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the production of Between the Lines will be presented. This show will feature photography by Paris native Christina Goodman, daughter of Carey and Carolyn Goodman. Christina is now employed in Manhattan at The Wall Street Journal. One of the principals of Choice Films is Paris native Summer Moore, who will also be one of the actresses. " We've adopted a mission statement for Choice Films that helps explain our goals," said Ms. Moore on a recent visit. Their mission, she said, is "to present accessible art that incorporates all the promise of modern technologies; to attract the MTV generation as well as their parents and grandparents; to create a rich theatre experience that speaks to our contemporary way of life." The evening will utilize just about every technical and electronic feature of KPAC. A cinematographer has filmed a preview trailer for each play that will run prior to each segment of Between the Lines. Original music by Sarah Lentz and Teddy Goldstein will also be used. In addition to Ms. Moore, the other actors featured in the plays are: Carolyn Humphrey, Jamie Marrs and Eric Margselia. Nathan Halvorson directs. Following its premiere here, "Between the Lines" is scheduled to open at St. Clements Theatre in midtown Manhattan in late April.