Lacuna is a theatre collaborative. At the moment, they are working
on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 in the Newnan
School of Dance studios on LaGrange Street in downtown Newnan. The
structure of this work is undetermined and is likely to vary from week
to week. If you are interested in participating, email Dale Lyles for more information.
You can follow their progress over at the blog. At the moment,
they're beginning work on a production of King Lear for performance this fall.
Photo: Jeff Bishop as Coriolanus
and Dale Lyles as Aufidius in Lacuna's 2008 production of Shakespeare's
The Tragedy of Coriolanus.
Lacuna Group pulled off a production of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus
on October 25 & 26, 2008, in the Greenville Street Park, and on
November 1 at Newnan Community Theatre Company.
They worked together from August through October on Wednesday nights
and Saturday mornings, hammering out the production as a collaborative
group. With a cast of eight and no set or lights to assist in the
illusion, the cast devised staging to show large armies clashing on the
battlefield as well as intimate scenes.
Much of the fun in the work came from not only exploring
Shakespeare's text but in creating the multiple characters each actor
had to handle.
The cast included Jeff Allen, John Bilon, Jeff Bishop, Dan Coleman,
Marc Honea, Greg Lee, Dale Lyles, and Kevin McInturff.
Since no one from the community has volunteered to head up the
organizing committee for the world premiere of A Visit to William
Blake's Inn, the project is on hold indefinitely.
10/15/08: George Contini, associate
professor with the University of Georgia Department of Theatre and Film
Studies, asked Dale Lyles to submit A Visit to William Blake's Inn
to be considered for the department's 2009-2010 theatre season.
May 3 Performance Scores
The "backers audition" on May 3
was a success on several fronts. We presented the complete work to an
audience of about 100, who were entertained and impressed with the
music. We showed what a complete performance might look like with our
"hot glue and cardboard" stagings of The Man in the Marmalade
Hat Arrives and Two Sunflowers Move Into the Yellow
Most importantly, our performance convinced a member of the Cultural
Arts Commission to step forward and volunteer to head up the organizing
committee to lead us to our world premiere. [update: We were
mistaken. No one has stepped up to lead the organizing committee.]
For a complete impression of the evening, see the group
note from Dale: Thank you to all who helped make this performance
happen: members of the workshop team (Marc, Melissa, Laura, Carol Lee,
Molley); Mary Frances and her Newnan School of Dance students; Sherry
Lambert and her kindergarten class of hedgehogs (and their parents!);
Bette Hickman and the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission for the
sponsorship, the invitations, and the reception.
Lacuna Members meet Nancy Willard
On Monday, April 2,
members of the Lacuna Group had lunch with Nancy Willard and her
husband Eric Lindbloom at Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grille on
Third Avenue in New York City.
We were delighted to find that she is as magical in person as she is
in her writing and in her correspondence with Dale. Her husband Eric is
a gifted photographer, so it's a mega-creative household in
We had brought gifts: a copy of Herb Bridges' Postcards from
Coweta County, which Dale had annotated with personal memories;
and A Taste of Georgia. Also, Carol Lee had brought one of
the prototype sunflowers, which surprised and delighted Nancy.
When Dale and Carol Lee asked her to autograph their copies of William
Blake's Inn, Nancy took the copies home with her and mailed them
back with lovely paintings inside: suns, moons, and angels. What a
Above: Nancy Willard and Eric Lindbloom in front; Ginny Lyles, Dale
Lyles, Carol Lee Shankel, Mary Frances Honea, Molly Honea, Marc Honea,
and Galen Honea.
First Look at William Blake's Inn
After January 10 ’s First Look at the work, audience members were
very impressed and encouraged Lacuna to begin production.
“The first time I heard Dale’s music, I felt as if I had been taken
to another world,” said tenor Malcolm Lelliot, who sang the role of the
“We were mesmerized,” said Laura Hauser, who attended the
performance with her three daughters. “Not only by the story, but
by how well the music expressed the feeling and tone.”
A Visit to William Blake’s Inn was sung by Mike Ferrante
(filling in for an ailing Matthew Bailey, Jr.), Marc Honea, Mary
Frances Honea, Malcolm Lelliott, Dale Lyles, Ginny Lyles, Denise
Meacham, and Anne Tarbutton. The group used Dale's computerized
orchestrations as accompaniment.
It was decided in discussion after the performance that Lacuna
should begin a workshop process on a handful of pieces from the entire
work, and then repeat the performance in the spring with the additional
staging. It was felt by several that this would help potential
backers of the project to understand exactly how the plotless song
cycle could become a stage work.
Once support for the production is secured, Lacuna would begin
developing the work in earnest in August, for a probable 2008