Zero Untitled has been selected as Youga Yoga Corpus Christi’s Featured Artist for the month of May! In addition to moving one of our “Ravenscroft” performances to Corpus Christi, we have planned 5 weeks (every Friday) worth of events:
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Featured Artist – May Events
May 1st – Don Nigro’s “Ravenscroft”*
Murder, madness, and women in lingerie! This dark comedy unravels the suspicious murder of the only man of the house. Who did it? *produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
May 8th – Premature Punchline
Improv Comedy troupe. Sketch, improv games, and interactive comedy
May 15th – Carnivale Night
Short performances of mime, firebreathing (possibly), music, and other acts
May 22nd – Textual Overture
Open mic poetry, short plays, and live music. Bring your instrument or writing for an evening of live performances.
May 29th – “Nightmare of Oz”
An immersive theatre experience spanning downtown Corpus Christi. Follow two detectives around “Emerald City” while they investigate the murder of Dorothy in this noir thriller. Mature audiences only.
(Pictured: 2012’s “Nightmare of Oz” promo shot)
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Congratulations to the cast of RAVENSCROFT by Don Nigro!
Ruffing – Dylan Mendoza
Marcy – Katherine Lynn Orozco
Mrs. Ravenscroft – Beth Marie Cantu
Gillian – Andrea Martinez
Dolly – Elia Andrade
Mrs. French – Haley Russell
Understudies: Robert Trujillo (for Inspector Ruffing), Jazmin Leyta (for Marcy), and Ryann Haese (for Mrs. French)
*performance pending Samuel French
Our twelfth Textual Overture production went over swimmingly last night in the last TO show at the current Café 5 location. Café 5 will be moving locations in late June. Fear not, we will be there for their reopening and have another show as well! Here are some pics from the show:
(TOP to BOTTOM: Ramcharan performing “Story of a Mirror Girl”; Beth Cantu reading a poem; the group during preshow; and a view from outside of Café 5. LEFT: Rebekah Ramos, Julio Martinez, and Robert Trujillo (outside) in “Seeing is Misbelieving: The Rorschach Test.”
Creative Director Michael Verderber’s short essay “There is No Hobby: A Defense of Theatre” was published three months ago and was only recently discovered! The essay easily summarizes ZU’s mentality towards production and professionalism.
Read it here on “The Ghost Light” magazine’s website:
Since there are always multiple projects lined up for Zero Untitled, there is no rest for the wicked – we have auditions for two short staged readings coming up. “Textual Overture” is our poetry/live music/short play series that will be coming up on March 25th. Two of the works presented will be given staged readings; both works have been done by ZU before, but we are starting to bring back a lot of the older works.
Michael Verderber will be directing staged readings (with minimal blocking) for two of his older plays – “Seeing is Misbelieving: The Rorschach Test” (previously staged in 2013) and “Excerpts From a Life Once Lived” (last staged in 2007). The idea is to cast primarily newer actors, stage managers, etc and reinvent the wheel for the “Seeing…” script, and to celebrate the upcoming publication of “Excerpts From A Life Once Lived” (through Ealain Magazine) which should be released in the next few months.
Although some precasting has already been done, the private auditions will be held on March 10th. Time and location will be announced shortly.
Our latest production, “Causa Mortis” has wrapped for the run. With a short run of only two shows, the production featured brand new writers (Kim Hardin, Lesley Guerra, and Andrea Morin) and long-time playwrights Beth Marie Cantu, Katherine Orozco, and Julio Martinez.
In addition to new writers, we utilized several new actors: Joshua Osho and Elia Andrade, just to name a few.
Full production details can be found on the show page.
We just added a new tab to our website! The “Playwright’s Connection” page is a resource page for our in-house playwrights and collaborators. So, if you loved a play we produced recently, this resource might help you find the playwright in the event that you want to know more about it or even produce it yourself!
To link is brand new, so keep checking for constant updates!
How long have you been involved with Zero Untitled and what was your first production?
I started Zero Untitled in the fall semester of 2014. I have currently been in ZU for about six months.
What is your best memory of any ZU production?
I would say my best memory of ZU would be the auditions for the One Acts during the fall semester. I sat there alone quietly, not saying anything or volunteering for any auditions. I remember mostly looking at the people and seeing how honestly weird they were. However, I would have never predicted how accepting ZU and its crew are of people. I would have never assumed how close I would become to these people. Although, my favorite “production” memory would have to be [playing] the White Rabbit for the Dark Tour [in] “The Wonderland Massacre” written by the wonderful Katherine Orozco.
What project or projects are you currently working on with the company?
I am currently working on rehearsing for an Improv group known as Premature Punchline. I am also currently working on a couple of productions for our next event Causa Mortis.
What kind of future project would you like to dabble in?
I would love to do miming and also do a short film of some sort. I would love to also perform in what is known as a Happening.
If you can play any role in any show for ZU, what would it be?
I would love to play some sort of creepy psychotic part. People in ZU see me as such a nice, lovable person, but I want to play a human role that would creep them out in a cringe-worthy type of way. I would also like to be given a chance at a romantic role. Finally, I would also like to be given the opportunity to direct some production for experience.
How do you prepare for a role once you are cast?
My main and most entertaining method for me to prepare for a role is to go out late at night and rehearse my lines out loud in a secluded place.
What do you expect from the audiences of ZU shows?
Well first I expect them to show up. Although, what I truly expect from the audiences is for them to let us entertain with our creative, original ideas for plays, immersive theatre, poems, and events. I hope that they realize that not all theatrical productions have to be comedic or “happy” to be entertaining. Also, for them to like us on Facebook!
There are a lot of new people in the productions. What would you tell people that are new to ZU?
Do not be afraid to be yourself. ZU is filled with weird people that have a variety of personalities and interests. I am positive you will find someone to talk to since we are such a diverse group.
Any final statements?
Zero Untitled is the best college-based decision I have made so far. I am truly honored to be a member and I cannot wait to produce my own ideas for ZU. My advice to anyone that is reading this is to give us a try. We may be different when it comes to entertainment, but we entertain to please in our own original ways. And I promise you will make many friends here in this giant family. BE YOU WITH ZU!!