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The Last Day of School

As we approach the end of the season, I’m reflecting on a wonderful year at Gulfshore Playhouse. We have had many sensational firsts, record-breaking ticket sales, a determined and unstoppable team, and the support of a host of donors and patrons that believe in the forward motion and legacy of the Playhouse. As Kristen mentioned...

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Tickets! Get your tickets!

We are about to break a Gulfshore Playhouse ticket sales record! Right now, we are 6 tickets away from breaking our record for most tickets sold to one show in one day. 6 tickets! And by the time this blog is finished, my guess is we will have broken it! Interestingly enough, this show and...

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Pen Pals

I needed help writing a blog today, and luckily Zac Hoogendyk (actor in THE GAME’S AFOOT and ALL MY SONS) volunteered his assistance! Eryn: Today I was asked what my favorite show of the season was. How can I answer that? Really, like a parent might say, I love them all equally and for individual...

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Stars Fell on Alabama

Last week I attended the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Mobile, AL. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with other professionals in the field and discuss current issues or trends. We met with intern potentials and spoke about all of the wonderful things Gulfshore Playhouse was doing in Southwest Florida. The conference is held each...

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I can swing a hammer

“I can swing a hammer” is a phrase I use whenever people around the Playhouse are looking for help. Who can help me with moving chairs to set up the theatre? I can swing a hammer. Is anyone free to help hold this ladder for the light hang? I can swing a hammer. Who might...

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The Best Laid Schemes

“The best laid schemes of mice and men…” Am I right, blog readers? This morning I had bright, well-organized plans of my projects for the day. I was ready. Lists made. Check boxes prepped. Coffee in hand. The sun was shining. And then I had one of those days where things just kept cropping up....

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When gratitude is a way of life

I was trying to think of a blog to write today, and was coming up with nothing. In the past 7 days we have opened a world premiere of a play, had a board meeting, answered call after call of ticket buyers clamoring for a chance to see this great show, worked on contracts, bill...

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January in Paradise

We’re in tech week right now. We’ve started a new year. It’s Season in Naples, which means it’s January in paradise. Things. Are. Busy! Our days are flying by, and Gulfshore Playhouse has some incredible surprises up its sleeve: A world premiere play, sold out previews, opening night on Friday for THE GOD GAME, another...

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6 Reasons why producing new plays is like a holiday road trip

Ok. Give me a second here to explain myself. Before I arrived in Naples, I worked on several new plays produced by Kansas City Repertory Theatre. I served as dramatrug, part of the creative team and creative process. I overheard rewrite conversations. I listened as the production team made changes and shifted the budget. I...

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Wow

Is it the end of the year already? It can’t be. It was January a moment ago, I’m sure of it. I don’t know if I’ll be able to write another blog post this year, so I will assume this is my 2013 sendoff. As a proper literary nerd that would always prefer to be...