Bits And Pieces 01.31.13

Local culture news

‘Living, Out Loud’
    Guild Hall and the Naked Stage will present an evening of essay readings on Tuesday at 7:30. “Living, Out Loud: Writers Dish on Love, Sweat, and Fears” will feature readings by Paula Ganzi Licata, Robin Eileen Bernstein, Iyna Bort Caruso, Michael A. Casano, Claudia Gryvatz Copquin, and Heather Dune Macadam. The event is free.

‘Out Loud’ Auditions
    The Southampton Cultural Center will hold open auditions for performances of “Motherhood Out Loud,” which will have a run there from March 7 through 24. There are roles for women of differing ages and ethnicities.
    The auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the cultural center on Pond Lane in Southampton Village. Auditions will begin promptly and late arrivals will be seen at the discretion of Michael Disher, the director. Rehearsals will begin immediately.
    The production consists of a series of monologues on the subject of motherhood, often challenging traditional notions about parenthood, while mining its inherent comedy and celebrating the personal truths. “Motherhood Out Loud” premiered at Primary Stages and was conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein. It contains monologues written by Leslie Ayvazian, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette, Theresa Rebeck, Luanne Rice, Annie Weisman, and Cheryl L. West.
    Mr. Disher may be contacted at for further information.

Your Family Tree
    Sharon Pullen will give a presentation on researching family genealogy at the Archives Building of the Bridgehampton Museum (formerly the Bridgehampton Historical Society) on Saturday at 10 a.m.
    Ms. Pullen, the archivist at the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office in Riverhead, offers educational instruction in her free time. The museum is often asked for assistance in discovering local genealogy, a necessary component in assembling a family tree or even researching the history of a house. Ms. Pullen can provide references beyond well-known Web sites such as Ancestry and Long Island Surnames, and trips to local cemeteries. Her presentation will be interactive, allowing participants to take their laptops, use the museum’s WiFi connection, and follow along as she shares a variety of other publicly available resources.
    This presentation is open to all and costs $10 per person. Students and children 12 and under are free. Registration is requested by calling 537-1088 or sending an e-mail to

For Aspiring Actors
    Michael Disher will teach a course in “Voice and Diction” on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 from Feb. 27 through March 20 at the Southampton Cultural Center. Mr. Disher will guide a group of 16 actors through an arduous exploration of understanding one’s vocal potential and skills, and creating a more engaging, fluid, and convincing vocal quality. Elocution, articulation, and projection will be individually examined, and monologues will be studied.
    “This 12-hour workshop has been created to help student actors and adults understand their range and limitations in their voices and physical attributes,”  Mr. Disher said in a release. “Too often, actors underestimate their abilities.”
    Mr. Disher will also teach “Developing the Scene, Destroying the Demons” at the cultural center, on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9, from Feb. 26 to March 19. That class will guide a group of 12 to 14 actors through an in-depth examination of two-character scenarios, with emphasis on listening and reaction.
    “This 12-hour workshop has been created to help actors understand the collaborative nature of the scene,” said Mr. Disher. “Presentation of prepared works will occur during the fourth Tuesday class.”
    Both classes are available to actors over the age of 17 and cost $175 for the four sessions. Those interested should send an e-mail to Mr. Disher at  to request a brief informational form, which should be returned (electronically if possible) with a résumé and headshot, if available.