Ice To Meet You Two: The Italian Iceman Cometh (in review)

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Zero Untitled’s Premature Punchline improv comedy troupe performed our 103rd production at Angel’s Italian Ice and Smores on July 22, 2016. The show was lead by co-director Beth Marie Cantu-Castillo and newcoming director Robert Trujillo. The cast involved were Julio Martinez, Michael Verderber, Beth Marie Cantu-Castillo, Andrea Lorin, and Robert Trujillo.

PrePunch opened the show with a classic game of Alphabet and began the set with Freeze Tag. The cast went on to play Dating Game and a brand new skit called “Pokemon Go Reviewed by Stace”, which was performed by Lorin. The one-woman piece was a comic review of the hot new app game. Following that was a couple of rounds of “What’s My Pitch?” and they ended the show with Quoteline.  – Robert Trujillo.

ZU Education: British, Irish, and Russian Accent Class

Katherine Orozco-Verderber leading class

Katherine Orozco-Verderber leading class

Following are successful Education classes in previous years (Mimes, Grace, etc), we introduced our two latest one-day class workshops focusing on global accents: “British Accents” and “Irish and Russian Accents” over a two day period.

On Monday July 18th, ZU Main Stage Director Katherine Orozco-Verderber and Michael Verderber team-taught a three-hour session on utilizing the British accent. Actors introduced themselves and created dialogue while practicing accents.  Afterwards, the actors watched film clips for mimicry and tongue-placement practice and performed in an improv game to test their newfound abilities.

brit voice class

On Tuesday, July 19th, both Verderbers team taught Irish and Russian accents. The class began with Michael Verderber teaching Irish accents, with a heavy focus on tongue placement. As before, the class used conversational dialogue and learned terminology to aid in the learning process. Katherine led the Russian class, also utilizing clips and language to assist. By class’s end, the class was split into two groups and were challenged to play improv games in the accent they felt weakest in.

“And Then There Were None…” production

ATTWN early flyer

Auditions for a staging of Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” were held on Tuesday, July 26th.

The play will be led by two new ZU actors, Katherine Villarreal and Nick Wommack, playing the roles of Vera Claythorne and Phillip Lombard, respectively. Wommack was last seen in “Dr. Faustus” and Villarreal has been rehearsing with Premature Punchline (but has not performed yet).

ATTWN notes

The play is under the direction of Katherine Orozco-Verderber, who will adapt it for the performance space. The play is produced in special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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Textual Overture – Café 5 July 8th

[Information on this show is pending! Video and images are already posted on the Zero Untitled Facebook! So, enjoy the pics!]

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Results of “Thr33 H0ur Th3atr3”

 

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Our “Three Hour Theatre” (ZERO-102) event went over swimmingly. With around 30 people crammed into Fresh Café in Corpus, we mounted several new plays written by local playwrights and two outside of the Coastal Bend area. Our featured playwrights were Anel Carmona from New York City and Gabriel Ruiz from San Antonio. Carmona, who has done several off-Broadway plays, live-streamed her play in. The other featured playwright, Mr. Ruiz, attended the event. The playwrights were given one hour to write a play, the next hour to rewrite/edit/workshop the play in the rehearsal process. Finally, the plays were presented after the workshopping has been completed.

In no particular order, these are the following plays and their respective casts:

“Wait For It!”  directed by Beth Marie Cantu

Logan – Josue “Zeta” Villarreal

Bel – Tabitha Perez

Old Man – Emanuel Ibanez

 

“Fact: The Stars Are Dead” by Julio Martinez, directed by Emanuel Ibanez

1 – Emanuel Ibanez

2 – Andrea Lorin

3HT - Gramma

“Grandma Muscle” by Josue “Zeta” Villarreal, directed by Julio Martinez

Commentator – Julio Martinez

Millie Jordan – Katherine Orozco-Verderber

Grandma Muscle – Robert Trujillo

 

“A Lifetime Game” by Anel Carmona, directed by Michael Verderber

Walter – Lane

Wanda – Denise Deleon

 

3HT - Anel's play

“Fair Warning” by Gabriel Ruiz, directed by Micah Blain

 

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#ZeroLife

Zero Untitled has so many assorted ideas and bits, that we often run out of places to do/perform them. Thus, the brainchild project of Katherine Orozco-Verderber, #ZeroLife was born. Essentially, #ZeroLife (our 101st production) is the culmination of several of our bits, clips, outtakes, songs, and other assorted goodies that don’t quite fit in our lineup. Although the releases are still coming, here is what has been released thus far. All of these can been seen on the Zero Untitled Facebook page. So far, this is a summer project, but more projects will be released in the next few months.

Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/Zero.Untitled/

ZERO-101.1 – Hamilton “Satisfied” cover (recreational cover song)

ZERO-101.2 – ZU Blooper reel

ZERO-101.3 – “Poodle Insults Verderber” (behind the scenes)

ZERO-101.4 – “I Wanna Try That!” (short film)

ZERO-101.5 – “Tonight, You Belong To Me” (live cover at Textual Overture)

ZERO-101.6 – “Middle School Dating Game” (live performance by PrePunch)

Sorry for the gap!

Well we had a busy summer and did not have much time to update our website. Our utter apologies. So today we will be updating with a ton of new information on the summer projects we did! Read up on what we did!

THR33 H0UR TH3ATR3 [Three Hour Theatre]

“Three Hour Theatre” will be a script development and performance of brand new plays created THAT DAY! All writers will be given one line that they must use in their script that they will draw on the day of the event.

NOTE: This performance has been rescheduled for June 23rd!

Schedule of events.
5:00 – Arrive and receive playwriting prompt; write and develop
6:00 – Practice with actors with script in hand
7:00 – Perform and premiere brand new plays!

The event will take place at Fresh Cafe, located at 505 S. Water St., #545.

The event is free to the public and all ages are welcome to attend and participate.

Those interested are encouraged to let Michael or Katherine Verderber know if you would like to participate as a writer, director, or actor.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1572292826433466/

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ZU actors at work.

Doctor Faustus Succeeds as 100th Show!

Our 100th show, “The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus,” was an immense success! Our first performance at Presbyterian Pan American School boasted over 100 audience members, and our other two performances, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were full of great audiences too.

Pictures are coming soon, courtesy of Alexandra Hernandez.

ZERO-099 is out! “Gumball Badges” trailer

Our 99th, that’s right ninety ninth production is out! We are one show shy of our 100th. That, of course, does not include the myriad one acts we’ve done before which actually puts our show total to somewhere in the mid 160s.


But enough bragging, please enjoy the book trailer for co-Mainstage Director Katherine Orozco-Verderber’s “Gumball Badges” available now on Amazon.
Here is a link to the Facebook page that the film is currently viewable on: https://www.facebook.com/Zero.Untitled/

Or here: https://youtu.be/P5fIUgp9k5k

 

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About Zero Untitled

Zero Untitled Films/Productions is a theatrical group based in Kingsville, Texas, that produces unique experiences on stage, in film, and in other media. Zero Untitled’s goal is to let artists and audiences alike think outside the box.