Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Shermia Love sings "Nothing Is Ever Really What It Seems"

Another excerpt from Toulouse-inations at the Kentucky Center. Shermia Love plays Marie, and sings this song in Madame Doucet's run-down, ragged, low-budget cabaret and brothel.

Be sure and click the link that says "watch in high quality".

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Catclaw 2009 Planning Meeting

WHAT: Catclaw 2009 Planning Meeting, in which we'll attempt to determine the gameplan for the 2009-2010 season.

WHERE: The Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center, 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Butchertown, Louisville. View map here.

WHEN: Sunday, January 4th, 2:00pm.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

"Toulouse-inations" clip now on YouTube

Hy Stein plays art dealer George Luntsen, who drops in to pay Toulouse-Lautrec a visit while in Paris.

Be sure and click the link that says "watch in high quality" for maximum aesthetic duplication.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Catclaw goes to Washington

If, by chance, you're an actor/writer/theatre tech person and reading this from the MD/VA/DE/DC area, check in with our Washington DC bureau. We're looking for fresh faces and talent for upcoming productions there, and would love to talk to you!

For more information contact Strother at

(pictured above: Gateway to Washington D.C.'s Chinatown, H Street.)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Appalachian Voodoo Fibers!

Our artistic director Jeffrey Scott Holland has yet another new enterprise: Appalachian Voodoo Fibers, in which he takes on the traditionally female-dominated realm of yarn.

"I've always been big on fabrics, sewing, yarn, and such", said JSH in a press release. "To me, it's no different from carpentry or bricklaying, or sculpture, in that you're taking raw materials and smushing them together by any means necessary. As with my painting, my music, and practically everything else I've ever done in life, my fiber-art pursuits are raw, primitive, expressionist, and more about immediacy and results than the sort of finesse and grace one normally expects from the genre".

One of the hottest fiber items these days with the Etsy-Craftster-Ravelry crowd is the fiber "Batt", which JSH describes as "a big loaf of assorted fiber strands, spun like cotton candy on a medieval torture device called a drum carder. The resultant loaf is a favored way for people to spin their own handmade yarn from."

These batts and other handmade JSH retro-primitivo outsider-folk-art goodies will soon be made available on Catclaw's very own Etsy store, which acts as a fundraiser for the cause to which we are all so devoted. Check these links out:

Thursday, December 11, 2008

First Annual Catclaw MVP Awards!

The Catclaw Theatre Company proudly announces our "Most Valuable Player" awards for 2008!

The Most Valuable Player award goes to actors we've worked with over the course of the year who have exemplified these qualities:

  • Outstanding performance
  • Positive, go-getter attitude
  • Kept the drama onstage and not backstage!

    This year, awards go to Shermia Love and Carolyn Purcell. Both appeared in our August 2008 production of Toulouse-inations, and Shermia was also a founding Catclaw member, having attended our very first formative meeting at Ditto's in January 2008.

    Above: Shermia Love as Marie the Cabaret singer in Toulouse-inations. Below: Carolyn Purcell as the Fortune Teller in Toulouse-inations.

    Honorable mention/runners-up: Erin Mann and Jill-Marie Schierbaum.