We posted last month about Harry Melling's play, Peddling, moving to New York for a Broadway run from April 23-May 18, and after receiving a press release we have new details about the performance.
The press release opens with details about the show's New York run...
"59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is thrilled to welcome HighTide Festival Theatre with the US premiere of PEDDLING, written and performed by Harry Melling and directed by Steven Atkinson. PEDDLING begins performances on Wednesday, April 23 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 18. Press Opening is Tuesday, April 29 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30 PM; Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; and Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org.
... and continues with a brief synopsis of the play.
"A peddler wakes up in a field, somewhere in London, surrounded by the burnt and empty remnants of the night before. With no memory of how he has come to be there, he knows he must go back to ‘the very start of it all'. His attempts to retrace events from the previous day lead him on a haunting journey where everything comes into question: his life, his world, his future.
"Harry Melling’s remarkable debut play follows the day in the life of a man on the fringes of society as he battles difficult questions and attempts to come to terms with the answers."
The play will be directed by Steven Atkinson, with set and costume design by Lily Arnold, lighting design by Azusa Ono, and sound design George Dennis.
Will you be checking out this play during its limited New York engagement? Let us know!
Chute 212 is an upcoming Harry Potter conference scheduled to take place from Wednesday, July 2 to Sunday, July 6, 2014. We have previously reported that the conference is looking for your ideas and how the conference center space will be transformed into an entire wizard town. Now, we would like to provide further information and detail on the town, in the form of an audio interview with Chute's artistic director Sidney Rice.
In addition to discovering more about the areas that are being made for the Chute 212 experience, Sidney also went into detail about her concept of Create-play, a theatrical immersion exercise through which all guests will have the ability to create their own fictional witch or wizard, and participate in events throughout the conference that are in-character, as part of the magical citizenry. This interview is available now, by clicking on the player above. We are very excited to attend Chute 212 this July. Potential attendees should note that the conference has an Early Broom special, which offers discounted admission now through March 15. More information can be found on the website.
It comes as no surprise that J.K. Rowling made the list of most popular authors among children in the UK. The sixth annual "What Kids Are Reading" report, published by Renaissance Learning, placed J.K. Rowling tied for seventh most read among all children between Grades 1-11. She is down from fifth place since last year.
Other authors on the list include Jeff Kinney (1st), Roald Dahl (2nd), Suzanne Collins (6th), and newcomer to the list David Walliams (5th).
The same research group released findings earlier this year showing that six of the seven Harry Potter books ranked as favorites among UK children.
The report goes on to analyze other aspects of children’s reading habits, such as the difficulty level of books read, which for secondary school students is falling below the expected reading level. Click here to check out the full report and see the full top 10 list.
What do you think of the list? Will J.K. Rowling continue to be one of the most read authors among children for years to come?
The film series Auror's Tale was labeled a fan-made film project and looked so promising from the very beginning. In fact, it looked so promising that MuggleNet helped promote the Kickstarter campaign, held an exclusive interview with producer/director Leo Kei Angelos and writer Cassandra J., and showcased the trailer for the first episode of what was promised to be "several" episodes.
Auror's Tale would tell the tale of Aurors battling dark forces of evil within New York City's dark underground. The NYC Department of Magical Law Enforcement was the only line of defense, and the film series would follow those tales and adventures with the magic-centric flow that fans know from the Potter-verse.
The Kickstarter campaign mentioned earlier received donations in the amount of $20,000, a complete success!
OR SO WE THOUGHT!
That was one of the last times we heard from Leo Kei Angelos, and the cast and crew had no idea what had happened to their beloved story. We investigated, asked the questions publicly, and demanded answers. What we received was the following statement from Leo on the Auror's Tale Kickstarter page on January 12, 2014:
"Hello everyone, I'm sorry this update took way so long to get out. Unfortunately, I don't think I'm able to continue working on Auror's Tale the way it is. I would LOVE to revisit the Harry Potter's universe through different fan films projects in the future, as well as a renewed Auror's Tale (as stand-alone shorts on my youtube channel without expectations or deadlines). But for now, I'm saving up funds to refund all the supporters. Thank you for your continued support, understanding and patience. - Leo
This was very discouraging.
Yesterday, writer and creator of Auror's Tale, Cassandra J., who had nothing to do with the business side of the project, has broken her silence with a public page on Facebook. She shares just how heartbroken she really is regarding the failure of this project that meant so much to her. You can read her entire update and ask any questions regarding the project RIGHT HERE.
Again, we cannot let the failure and deception of this one project prevent us, as fans, from utilizing our creative spirit to build, design, and launch other fandom projects. For instance, the fan-made film The Battle of Hogwarts was a brilliant short film created by Oliver Hollingdale of Sunnymeade Films using ZERO funds from the fans. As fans, we just need to be careful of whom and what we throw our support and donations toward.
This week Rubeus Hagrid, Keeper of Keys and Grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, meets Thor, God of Thunder, on a London rooftop. What could the two of these gargantuan men possibly have to say to each other? That is for you to decide. YOU write the caption!
Our Maniacal March celebration of doctored images continues full speed. Last week, we brought you a mash-up between Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Those winning captions are now available, and you can read them as well as submit YOUR entry for the upcoming week of the Caption Contest on the contest main page. Happy captioning!