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Technology upgraded

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Our fourth and final reading of the year announced.

It seems like just yesterday we announced our reading series, and now, here we are, 9 months later, announcing the fourth and final reading of the year!

Usually we announce the next reading the day after our previous reading, so we’re actually a little late in this announcement.

Why are we late?

We chose a musical . . . and true to form, those f’ers just take more time to pull together.  🙂

So what will we be reading on Monday, December 13th at 8 PM?  (Shouldn’t musical readings be called singings?)

Date of a Lifetime, with book and lyrics by Carl Kissin, who comes from over 4000 shows with Chicago City Limits, and music by Robert Baumgartner, Jr., who comes with a MFA from Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program.

Date is about a man at a speed-dating event who introduces himself to a potential mate.  During their limited time together, he hypothesizes what their life as a couple might be like – going all the way from present day to her death.  Then . . . it’s her turn.

Now, I have a little secret to tell you about Date.

It’s not done.

We didn’t get a full script and score to this one, but we believed in the material we did see, we believed in the concept, and more importantly we believed in the team.

And that’s what Producers have to do half the time.

When I look back at the day Robyn Goodman, my partner on Altar Boyz, signed on to produce the show with me, I can’t believe she did it. ‘Cuz the script was certainly not ready for prime time.  But she saw the same potential I had seen two years prior.

Part of your job as a Producer is to see the swan in the disgusting duckling. Rent had been kickin’ around the city for years, before the right Producers saw what no one else could.

So come to the reading on Dec. 13th and see what Carl and Robert come up with.

Oh, and the reading will be held in a different location this time.  It will be held in . . . our own rehearsal studio!  We just underwent an office renovation here at DTE and I had to take a little more space than I wanted, so, I decided to turn it into a rehearsal studio!

And that’s where we’ll be doing the reading.

Hope to see you there!

To RSVP, email rsvp@davenporttheatrical.com.

You asked. We listened. New At The Booth™ version released.

Products, like plays, don’t have to be stagnant.

They should live, breathe, and morph based on audience feedback and interaction.

We launched our At The Booth iPhone App just a couple of months ago, and, frankly, we got some incredible positive feedback.

But you want to know what the best feedback was?

Constructive criticism.

It’s hard to hear phrases that begin with, “You know what would make this better?”

Luckily, I have an incredible development team that craves those kind of comments, because they know what stings today brings happier customers tomorrow.

So, we took those comments, went back into the e-labs, and tweaked our app to include some more features that you requested.

Here’s what you wanted, and here’s what you’re gonna get with the new update:

  • Portrait view
  • Facebook and Twitter share feature (let your friends know what show you’re seeing!)
  • Restaurants near the theater
  • Lottery and rush information
  • And more.

Download the update today.

And after you do, email me and let me know how we can make it even better next time.  Because that’s what product and play development is all about.

Oh . . . and for those of you who are about to email me and ask for a Blackberry or Droid version?

Don’t bother.

Because both versions are coming.  Soon.  (And BTW, that Droid is one sexy smartphone.)

Get the At The Booth update here.

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