Slaughterhouse Series Part 1- Kurt Vonnegut: Family & Childhood

We’re putting our interns to work to provide via our new and improved Tumblr a blog series history of Kurt Vonnegut.  Every couple of days we’ll be providing unique stories and facts about Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five,and our own production’s role in the history of the celebrated author and arguably most infamous science fiction novel of all time.  In part 1 of this series we delve into the mind of Kurt Vonnegut, his childhood, and series of events that could have incepted the idea of Slaughterhouse-Five.  Enjoy

Kurt Vonnegut truly transformed science fiction, creating a chaotic conceivable world of irrationality, humor, and fictional-realism.  He was born during modernism, but after his service in WWII immersed his writing, and in many ways his life, into the post-modern art critique.  His fiction is not pure escapism, but dangerously realistic and poignant to the relationship between daily tragedy and comedy.  Vonnegut’s works to some are absurd, but they convey a deeper understanding of the world that lives off the pages.  

Vonnegut allowed events during his early life to push him into transforming science fiction.  He was born on November 11, 1922 into a German-American family of free thinkers.  His great-grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut, had authored a free-thought book titled Instruction in Morals and his own funeral address denying the existence of God, an afterlife, and Christian doctrines.  The denunciation of Christianity was unheard of in 1920s & 1930s Indiana, where Vonnegut grew up, but young Kurt continued throughout life to be a skeptic of Christianity.  He considered the writings of his great-grandfather to be his “ancestral religion”.  

Kurt Jr. was born into wealth.  His father, Kurt Sr., was a prominent architect and partner at the firm Vonnegut & Bohn.  His mother, Edith, was the daughter of a wealthy Indianapolis brewer.  Kurt Jr. inherited his father’s name, but he was actually the youngest of three children.  His older brother Bernard would go on to follow in the path of his father and grandfather by attending MIT.  His sister Alice was sweet, kind, and known for her terrible back luck.  The Vonneguts lived a privileged life, until the stock market crash forced Kurt Sr. to close the architectural firm and sell the family home.  Kurt Jr. was taken out of private school and had a childhood filled with confusion and pessimism.  His father slipped into addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs.  His mother became depressed.  His parents had been financially blindsided by the Great Depression, and Kurt Jr was forced to grow up too quickly.  

Vonnegut attended Shortridge High School and wrote for the student paper, The Echo.  He found his peace in journalism.  After graduating Shortridge in May 1940 he attended Cornell as a chemistry major, but found himself more interested in journalism.  He became managing editor of the student paper, The Sun.  Kurt Jr. described himself as a lousy chemistry student, but dedicated himself to the craft of journalism and creative writing.  He might have written his first novel at Cornell, but the European Theatre had other plans for him.  

In our next part we examine Kurt Vonnegut’s service in Europe during WWII and its clear impact on his writing and in particular, Slaughterhouse-Five.  If you’re a fan of True False Theatre or Kurt Vonnegut in general, please considering contributing to our theatrical production this August as part of the 2013 New York Fringe Festival.  Please click the link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fringenyc-and-true-false-theatre-present-slaughterhouse-five-by-kurt-vonnegut

Our upcoming production of Slaughterhouse-Five is most likely one of the most formidable and intense productions True False Theatre has ever put together.  Not only do we need your help in helping us make this production a success, but we want our family, friends, and fans to be a part of Slaughterhouse-Five and earn cool perks for the support.  That’s why we’ve started an Indiegogo Campaign to raise money for the production.  

Our goal in producing Slaughterhouse-Five is to reveal the struggles of soldiers coping with Post-Traumatic Stree Disorder both overseas and at home.  By sharing Billy Pilgrim’s story, we hope to give audiences a deeper understanding of the pain, fear, and detachment experienced by American soldiers who have survived trauma.  


Your donation, no matter what the size ($1 to Your Family’s Long Lost Fortune) will help create a successful run at FringeNYC.  More information and the perks breakdown is available by clicking the link above.  We’d just like to take a moment to thank everyone for their support past, present, and future.  

FringeNYC Presents TFT’s Adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

We sat the cast and crew down from our upcoming production of Slaughterhouse-Five to talk about the book, playwright Daria Tavana, and the meaning of this production.  

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Another FISHDOCTOR SONG?  Yes please.  This Brooklyn band with the tagline “we drink tea and make music” is coming to our show tomorrow!  We are really excited, so we’re teasing you with another one of their great songs.  SOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDD

The New York Rock Scene has introduced some incredible bands the past decade, and one of them is performing at TFT’s Slaughterhouse-Live Event (click here, click here).  The Dirty Gems!  TDG is a combination of No Doubt, Gnarls Barkley, and Janelle Monáe, with the grimy blues of Jeff Beck and the epicness of Queen.  They’re a fun band from Hofstra University, who won the 2011 Hofstra University Battle of the Bands (the first time they ever performed in public, luck… or skill?).  They’ve shared bills with Big Boi, Minus The Bear, and The London Souls.  Their debut EP performance at The Bitter End on September 2nd, 2011 packed the legendary club with devoted fans and favorable reviews from the staff.  The Gems have played in famous NYC venues, including Highline Ballroom, Public Assembly, Webster Hall, Spike Hill, Bowery Electric, and Sullivan Hall.  They won the 2012 Upper East Side Music Festival and are planning to release their second EP this summer.  Wanna see them before they’re $200 a ticket on Stubhub famous?  They’re playing at the Lit Lounge in support of TFT’s upcoming production of Slaughterhouse-Five for the NYC Fringe Festival.  Thanks Raycee, Ulises, Cam, Jack, Mills, and Gary for bringing your great band to our event!  Us all here at True False Theatre are big fans and can’t wait to see you live!  Everyone else not in The Dirty Gems- click the link above for tickets and check out their music video above too! 

Rehearsals For Slaughterhouse-Five begin TODAY!  We are so excited here at True False Theatre to be presenting Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Sci-Fi/Anti-War Masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five at THE NEW YORK FRINGE FESTIVAL this summer.  We’ve cumulated a hell of a cast, so we thought it would be awesome to create a teaser/cast announcement trailer for the production.  Please enjoy!  For the press release of Slaughterhouse-Five click here.  The Fringe Festival will be held from August 9th - August 25th.  It’s TFT’s first run with the NYC Fringe Festival and we’re incredibly excited to participate; especially with a play like Daria Tavana’s “Slaughterhouse-Five”.  Want to become involved with the production before we begin rehearsals?  Come stop by and meet the cast and crew at our fundraiser June 20th AT LIT LOUNGE NYC.   

Congrats to True False Theatre’s Resident Composer Alex Weston whose recently commissioned work “The Loud Calligraphy of Lightning” had its world premiere with the Utah Wind Symphony.  The Chatham, New Jersey native is a music assistant for influential American composer Philip Glass and has had his composition “Simple Machines” won The Lyrica Chamber Music Ensemble Student Composer award.  You can find his music at http://www.alexwestonmusic.com/.  We highly recommend checking out his music and can’t wait for his new EP of original music to be released in September of this year!  To check out The Salt Lake Tribune article about Alex’s new piece click here

Congrats to True False Theatre’s Resident Composer Alex Weston whose recently commissioned work “The Loud Calligraphy of Lightning” had its world premiere with the Utah Wind Symphony.  The Chatham, New Jersey native is a music assistant for influential American composer Philip Glass and has had his composition “Simple Machines” won The Lyrica Chamber Music Ensemble Student Composer award.  You can find his music at http://www.alexwestonmusic.com/.  We highly recommend checking out his music and can’t wait for his new EP of original music to be released in September of this year!  To check out The Salt Lake Tribune article about Alex’s new piece click here

Forget Man of Steel, JOE RAIK IS OUR SUPERMAN!  The Resident Theatre Director of True False Theatre & New York City native is currently directing Catch The Spider.  The awards nominated director has turned Catch The Spider into a work of perfection and artistic excellence. We are honored to have this seasoned director amongst us.  Check out Joe’s interview about directing Catch The Spider http://catlander.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/festival-shorts-director-fest/ and buy your tickets to see Joe’s production at http://planetconnections.org/catch-the-spider/.  You may even see Joe there and if you do give him a big hug for us.  Our not… that may be creepy…

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We are OBSESSED with FISHDOCTOR and why aren’t you?  Listen to one of our favorite tracks above and buy your ticket NOW see them live at Slaughterhouse-Live: Sex, Drugs, and Time-Travel on June 20th.  Tickets available at: http://tftconcert.eventbrite.com/

Also check out FISHDOCTOR’S Facebook & Twitter:

www.facebook.com/fishdoctormusic & twitter.com/fishdoctormusic

 

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True False Theatre is throwing a concert at Lit Lounge NYC to Support our production of SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE at FringeNYC this August!
Join us and enjoy live performances by:
The Dirty Gems
Fishdoctor
Alex Weston 

Pre-Sale Tickets Available At:

http://tftconcert.eventbrite.com/

True False Theatre is throwing a concert at Lit Lounge NYC to Support our production of SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE at FringeNYC this August!

Join us and enjoy live performances by:

The Dirty Gems

Fishdoctor

Pre-Sale Tickets Available At:

True False Theatre at The New York Fringe Festival
This Summer True False Theatre is one of the many exceptional theatrical companies to be a part of the New York Fringe Festival.  TFT’s piece accepted into the festival is an adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Fiveby Daria Tavana (co-founder of TFT).  The Festival is from August 9th to the 23rd, but rehearsals for this exciting adaption of an American Classic are set to begin June 16th.  More details on this exciting production by True False Theatre coming soon!!!

True False Theatre at The New York Fringe Festival


This Summer True False Theatre is one of the many exceptional theatrical companies to be a part of the New York Fringe Festival.  TFT’s piece accepted into the festival is an adaption of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Slaughterhouse-Fiveby Daria Tavana (co-founder of TFT).  The Festival is from August 9th to the 23rd, but rehearsals for this exciting adaption of an American Classic are set to begin June 16th.  More details on this exciting production by True False Theatre coming soon!!!

CATCH THE SPIDER!  NOW THRU JUNE 18TH AT THE GENE FRANKEL THEATRE- 24 BOND STREET

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE:

http://planetconnections.org/catch-the-spider/

Limited Tickets Available For Final 2 Performances of Catch The Spider

10/10 - Based on 3 Reviews from Planet Connection


Limited tickets are available for the final 2 performances of Sara Ilyse Jacobson’s Catch The Spider.  Catch The Spider boasts a cast and crew previously nominated by Planet Connections and promises to be a theatrical production you’ll never forget!  Directed by Joe Raik, Michelle Petterson, Ben Otto, Alessandra Drapos, and Christopher Travlos star in the story of Callie, a girl in love with a boy she can’t have.  Past, present, and Celtic myth intertwine as Callie examines the ways in which memory informs behavior.  June 12th at 5:00pm and June 18th at 7:00pm are the final two performances.  Don’t miss out on an incredible production, presented by True False Theatre.  

Catch The Spider IN PERFORMANCES THRU JUNE 18TH at Gene Frankel Theatre!!!

Catch The Spider IN PERFORMANCES THRU JUNE 18TH at Gene Frankel Theatre!!!