Spin, Spit and Swear – an exciting, eclectic production company making changes, new productions
You may not have their name on the tip of your tongue, but the eclectic theater and event production company named Spin, Spit & Swear has big plans afoot, including the christening of their new company name.
Anyone worth their theater degree knows the legend of spin, spit and swear. Ah, Macbeth. The King of Theatrical Superstition, provided us the legend “The Scottish play,” with the play’s actual name to never be used by itself. And if ANYONE dares even whisper the name…. Macbeth, why they must leave the theatre, spin around three times (to the amusement of any witnesses one assumes), spit on the floor (to the disgust of said witnesses), swear (ditto), and then knock on the door and ask to be let back into the theatre.
To not do so, the legend demands, will bring bad luck and disaster to the production.
Despite this clever, albeit tongue-twisting moniker, outside the limited world of artists, Spin, Spit & Swear sounds either like a cult ritual or a production company dedicated to insanity. Being neither and wishing to adopt a company name that more closely aligns to their specific mission, the company will announce a new name at the performances of their next venture, Jonathan Larson’s musical play Tick, Tick … BOOM! In Concert.
Before he became famous for his Pulitzer Prize & Tony award winning musical “RENT”, there was “Tick, Tick…BOOM!”, composer/playwright Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical rock musical that reveals the transformation of self-doubt to actualized success that only comes from following your dreams.
The piece lets you experience the journey that lead Larson from waiting tables to creating one of the most successful musicals in American theatre history. The play is presented as a staged concert and runs from February 1 – 3 at 8:00 p.m. at TheatreLAB’s THE BASEMENT (300 E. Broad Street). General admission: $25. Theatre professional rate: $20. Students: $15.
In addition to the announcement of its new Company name, there will also be other surprises in store.
The Company will announce the details of its next mainstage show, Venus in Fur, by David Ives, produced in partnership with TheatreLAB.
These two companies recently joined forces to produce the award winning, sold out run of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, which featured company co-founders Maggie Roop as the show’s director, and Matt Shofner as Miss Hedwig herself.
“Venus in Fur” is a two actor play-within-a-play inspired by the 1870 novel “Venus in Furs” by the Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, and happens to be the novel that inspired the term Masochism.
The Company will also announce it’s 2016 “Cover to Cover” series, an exciting venture staged at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, presenting the extraordinary singers and musicians of Richmond’s theatre scene performing some of the most beloved albums live in their entirety.
Last year the covers included Paul Simon’s “Graceland”, Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” and Green Day’s “Dookie.”
Their next Cover to Cover show is at Hardywood on Feb. 13 from 6-9PM, with a Greatest Hits set of tunes from prior albums before the main act.
What album are they featuring? Lets just say it’ll be a rockin’ night, featuring powerhouse female vocalists and a popular album’s 40th anniversary. The show will be free and open to all ages. Check out the Facebook event here for tickets to Tick, Tick…BOOM! and information about upcoming events!
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