About ten years ago, a record came out by the Magnetic Fields. A record called 69 Love Songs. Some of you reading this, will have no idea who that band is, and it will mean nothing to you. Some of you reading that, will instantly remember exactly the dorm room, or shitty apartment you were living in, when you listened to that record, or the first disc at least of that record, over and over and over again. It was perfect if you were in love. It was also perfect if you’d just been dumped. The songs are short and clever, and sung in a variety of styles with a variety of singers. Frontman Stephen Merritt says that the album is not about love, “It’s an album about love songs, which are very far away from anything to do with love.” In much the same way, 69 Love Scenes is not so much sketches about the songs, but about the themes of the songs.
“Gnap! Theater Projects presents 69 short plays very loosely based on the songs on the The Magnetic Fields’s triple album 69 Love Songs. This is a workshop production of a show we intend to mount in its final form in 2011.
Each weekend of the run, we do one album each, and then add a Thursday night show to accommodate album 1 during the fourth weekend. Confused?
I am performing in the Disc 1 and Disc 2 shows. The rest of the cast is fairly evenly divided between traditional actors and improv performers. And the band they are pulling together, fronted by the awesome Adam Hilton, is gonna be badass. I think we are having a little party after the show next Friday. So come on out. And it doesn’t really matter if you know the music or not, since Merge Records isn’t letting us play any of it anyway. Here is the link for more information and tickets, and a video promo that I couldn’t figure out how to embed. If you like the promo, then you will like the show. Trust.