THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS!
The year 2017 was one of the busiest in the history of NEAT! We offered a total of EIGHTEEN
different projects in THIRTY SIX performances at SEVEN different venues: MERLIN, THEATER AM OLGAECK, KULTURWERK, DREI GROSCHENTHEATER, LAPIDARIUM and ENGLISH THEATRE FRANKFURT, ALTE KANZLEI
We performed Open Air in an Historic Garden, at the Lange Ost Street Festival, and at FEATS – the FESTIVAL OF EUROPEAN ANGLOPHONE THEATRICAL SOCIETIES, where we were nominated for Two Awards; Best Actress for Sara Conway and the Adjudicator’s Discretionary Award for the Dance Choreography of IN JULIET’S GARDEN.
The projects of 2017 ranged from Dramatic Readings, Staged Plays, Radio Drama, Poetry, and Music – LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Mark Twain, COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayne, LOVE IS JUST A FOUR LETTER WORD by Bob Dylan, IN JULIET’S GARDEN by Judy Elliot McDonald, UNDER MILK WOOD by Dylan Thomas, NICK DANGER by The Firesign Theatre, SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY by Edgar Lee Masters. HIDEOUS MEN by David Foster Wallace, BOBFEST with THE TOLLING THUNDER REVUE, EINSTEIN by Gabriel Emanuel, JUST SO STORIES by Rudyard Kipling, ‘NIGHT, MOTHER by Marsha Norman, A MEMORY, A MONOLOGUE, A RANT & A PRAYER – V-DAY STUTTGART, CELTIC CULTURAL EVENING, GERSHWIN EVENING, SECRETS FROM THE WRITER’S DEN with Writers in Stuttgart, SLEEPING BEAUTY – Christmas Panto, CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING.
THANK YOU to all NEAT Actors, Directors, Musicians, Stage Managers, Costume Designers, Set Designers, Director’s Assistants, Choreographers, Vocal Coaches, Light & Sound Technicians, basically EVERYONE who was involved in the projects of the last twelve months, who made the 2017 Season a resounding SUCCESS; STÄFFLES BANJO RUTSCHER, THE STUTTGART HARMONIZERS, THE WRITERS IN STUTTGART, Anthony King, Wolfgang Hahn, Annika Eisentraut, Kath Starsmore, Uka Meissner-deRuiz, Enel Kerler, Elina Viksna, Susana Schwartz, Lorena Goicochea, Robert Koopmann, John Doyle, Greta Redmond, Michael Walsh, Aine Halpin, Jadi Campbell, Lorcan Redmond, Andrea T. Ariman, Sarah Dressel, Barbara Gilchrist Feyl, Sarah Dressel, Michael Hilton, Cindy L. Halbert-Seger, Katharine Schmidt, Holly DeWolf, Elena Gallego, Sylvia Owens, Tonia Hernandez, Ahmed Zaki, Andrew Carey-Yard, Sonja Bressner, Marina Eisentraut, Nadia Duran, Sarah Ziener, Karin Heinrich, Claire Deromelaere, Hans Hepting, Werner Novotny, Bernd Rauch, Deanya Schemp, Norbert Schmidt, Derrick Jenkins, Sara Conway, Lisa Ritchie, Chris Parkinson, Bryan Groenjes, Mostafa Saeed, Bryan Mitchell, Helen Khorrami, Kirsten Schulze, Felice Becker, Bhavani Bhashkar, Erica Applezweig, Tiffany Estrada, Silvia Stopp, Steffen Kindlein, Gerhard Oberschmidt, Sandeep Hegde, Michael Hecht, Rabah Khilfeh, Andy Pugni, Lucia Cericola, Florian Eisentraut, Lawrence Holmes, Martin C. Jelonek, Ravi Kanth, Joerg Witzsch, Jim Martin, Barbara Claussen, Hana Kim, Samantha Harper, Holly Scott, Susanna Thielecke, Raphael Eisentraut and one or two people whom I may have forgotten!
Thanks also to everyone who volunteered for BAR and BOX OFFICE duties at the DARK MONDAY @ MERLIN performances!
Thanks to the Audience who makes our efforts worthwhile!
The year 2018 promises to be yet another exciting one and the NEAT Season is already well into the planning and we’ll be adding two new venues to our roster next year, where we will be performing regularly; the stage of STUTTGARTER KÜNSTLERBUND at Schlossplatz and CENTRAL THEATER in Esslingen!
Charles C. Urban