fatexterior_nNovember 7, 2013

WOW!  What a month!  We’ve been having a blast opening VENUS IN FUR and partying with new and old friends. The response has been wonderful. People LOVE the show and the space.  It’s everything we hoped it would be.  The show continues to run this weekend and next (Thursday – Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday matinees at 2.)  Please, please don’t miss this chance to check out what we can do!

(And remember – there is PLENTY of free parking just under the interstate – take North Gay to Fifth Avenue, turn Right, then Right again on Williams. The entrance to the parking lot is halfway down the block on your right.)

  I cannot say thank you enough to all the people who helped make this happen. First our Board – the hardest working Board in show business! From nailing sets to putting up posters, selling ads, planning parties, addressing invites and cleaning bathrooms, our Board rolled up their sleeves and created a miracle. And as Steve Drevik, our Board chair, so aptly put it, they don’t just work, they work well together. Should we be having this much fun?FAT int_n

But other people pitched in as well. I have to single out Greg Congleton – who came in with his power tools and just started cranking out platforms.  It was an impressive display of competence and generosity! Linda Marion snuck in with some much needed TLC and Judy Blackstock documented the process for Knoxzine.  Eric Dixon loaned us all manner of stuff – including his pickup truck. And I’ve never seen anyone happier about lifting heavy objects than Randy Kurth!

Our designers bent over backwards for us – Vicki Sparks, Susan Bordeaux, Adam Baranowski and Mike Ponder made magic out of miniscule budgets. I’m so proud of the way the show looks and sounds!

Terry Copeland Pfeiffer is our Stage Manager and steady rock.  She keeps things moving and makes it look so easy.  She and Will Dunklin (Board Member and Sound Board Op) keep the show on track every night.

venus - jd and carolyn_nI have to thank our fabulous cast – Carolyn Corley and JD Sizemore. Carolyn’s Vanda is a revelation that leaves audiences literally speechless. And JD ably matches her – these two  leave it all on the stage floor, performance after performance. I admire and love the commitment and passion they bring.  It has been a joy watching them make this show thoroughly their own.

Lastly, I have to thank the amazing Anajana Love Dixon. She says we came into her life at the perfect time – well, she was the perfect gift for Flying Anvil Theatre! Just when we needed her, she waltzed in the door to bring fresh energy and imbue us with a new sense of purpose. She lifts everyone around her and I am grateful to call her friend. She is a force to be reckoned with!

And there are so many more to thank – including those of you who gave us donations, words of encouragement along the way, and who bought tickets and ventured into the wild and woolly north side of town for this wonderful show.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Knoxville rocks!


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  1. Thank you Jayne. I am a better person for having known you and WORK with you (which is more like play).

    I can’t wait for more!!!


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