• Artist Spotlight

    Looking Back on 2015: Brian & Shelby (Part II)

    In Part 2, of Brian & Shelby’s Season Wrap Up, they look ahead to Season 8, and what it will bring. S: We just wrapped up the season officially with our core ensemble last night. It was really nice to reflect and relax with everyone. B: Agreed. This is an incredible group of artists, and it was great to let our hair down and celebrate the year. We talked quite a bit about how awesome 2015 was, but what about 2016? I think it will be even better. S: I think so too. We always try to keep pushing ourselves at Brelby, and this season is going to be a…

  • Artist Spotlight,  Women of Brelby

    Looking Back on 2015: Brian & Shelby (Part I)

    Wrapping up the ‘Looking Back’ series, we have Brelby founders, Brian & Shelby interviewing one another about the past season. S: It’s been a really packed year. B: That might be one of the larger understatements I’ve heard this year. S: Haha. Fair enough. I can’t believe that a year ago we were in rehearsals for Fools. It seems like it just happened. B: It’s crazy to think how many different worlds have taken shape in our little studio since Fools. A Russian village, a civil war era attic, an entirely different realm in AoE, a dystopian future Phoenix…. of them, if you could which would you visit if it…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Looking Back on 2015: The Ensemble

    As we wrap up the 2015 Season, we’re looking back on #magnificentseason7. In today’s piece, I (Artistic Director, Shelby…hello!) sit down with my core ensemble to discuss the past 10 shows! Shelby: Describe a moment backstage that made you laugh, made you happy, or made you feel incredibly connected to the people in your show. Carolyn: Cast members’ sweet hugs of support during The Tempest. David: During Beyond Musketeers we had a really rough rehearsal. The other Musketeers and I were waiting to enter to confront the Minister, two of which were stressed from learning 5 or 6 fights all at once that they had only ever seen in video…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Playwright Spotlight: Brian Maticic

    This season has been intense, and amazing. My original Christmas show Nonfat Soy Peppermint Mocha Latte… with Sprinkles (A tale of Christmas Spirit) is about to enter its closing weekend after a successful run at the studio, and we are deep into rehearsals for my new world premiere script Windfall which opens in January. I love writing. That said… Writing is hard. I pride myself on being a well-rounded theatre maker with experience and proficiency in many disciplines. I’m an accomplished director, actor, fight choreographer, teaching artist, scenic designer, but I think I’m most passionate about writing plays.  I also find writing plays to be the most difficult. Maybe I…

  • Artist Spotlight,  Brelby With Sprinkles,  Women of Brelby

    Brelby With Sprinkles: Meet the Director

    Hello, everyone! First of all, Happy Merry Kwanz-ikkah! For those of you who already know me, you understand that the holidays are an exceptionally special time of year for me. I believe in celebrating everyone’s traditions and loving each individual for it. Working on this current installment of Nonfat Soy Peppermint Mocha Latte… with Sprinkles: A Tale of Christmas Spirit has been a reminder that no matter our race, religion, gender, orientation, upbringing, etc., the holidays are a time to cherish one another. And this has been my overall goal with this show: to help spread a little holiday magic and love. When I first read this show in 2013,…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Congratulations to the cast of “missing grace”

    Join us in congratulating the cast of missing grace, a world premiere that will kick off our studio series next season. By John Perovich (Studio Series) Directed by Brian Maticic Synopsis: Grace and Robert Davis maintain pleasant smiles while their legacy as suburban royalty fades. They may have the perfect house, the perfect lawn, and the perfect roses—but looks can be deceiving. Today is the anniversary of a tragic event that sent the Davis family into a downward spiral. Nonetheless, a celebratory cake is in the oven, a child’s birthday decorations are going up, but no one’s there to blow out the candles. Unexpected surprises erupt in this play about…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Congratulations to the cast of “Windfall”

    Join us in congratulating the cast of Windfall, a world premiere that will open our 8th Season at Brelby. A world premiere by Brian Maticic Directed by Fernando Perez Synopsis: Owen and Trent have been through everything together, and throughout their friendship, Owen has always been the stable one. Trent, a lazy but charming young man, decides to dodge his debt by faking his own death, leaving behind his best friend and fiance, Olivia. However, just after the deed is done, Trent wins the lottery. In an effort to collect his winnings, he attempts to enlist Trent’s help. Is Trent finally fed up with Owen’s antics? Join us for a…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Congratulations to the Cast: Meet the Dryers

    Join us in congratulating the cast of next season’s Meet the Dryers. Synopsis: Meet the Dryers follows the story of James, an introverted 14 year old, who finds solace and acknowledgement through the extreme embellishment of stories about his real life family for his followers on Reddit. Our audiences will experience the fantastical world of James’ imagination played out onstage, as well as a glimpse into the personalities of his quirky family through their social media interactions, displayed prominently on the stage for the audience to see. When his stories begin to spin out of control, James begins to question whether he is in control of his online presence, or whether…

  • Artist Spotlight

    Artist Spotlight: Clayton Caufman

    Artist Spotlight: Clayton Caufman Greetings, reader. Let me introduce myself. I’m Clayton Caufman and I am a member of Brelby’s resident improv team, Results May Vary (RMV). I’m a Leo and enjoy candle lit dinners under the stars . . . Oh wait, I’m here to talk about improv, so let’s get to that. I enjoy making people laugh, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. When I heard that RMV was having auditions, I jumped at the opportunity. I walked into that audition having no prior experience with improv and just winged it. Turns out, I’m not too bad at winging it. I’ve only been on the…

  • Artist Spotlight,  Little Women,  MainStage

    Little Women…from a Man’s Perspective

    Hey gang, Rob here. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining the amazingly talented cast of Brelby’s Little Women. And Brelby asked me to write on the “male perspective” since, if you couldn’t tell from the name; this is a female driven show. Personally, I have not had much experience in the past with the story of Little Women. Also, the story doesn’t include the words “Spider-Man” or “Hulk” in the title, so it wasn’t anything I would seek out on my own when I was younger. More recently, coming from a musical theatre background, I of course had heard the wonderful music in the show before,…