ROLL TAPE: The Video Association of Dallas’ monthly newsletter showed up in the inbox Tuesday afternoon. This time, though, VAD is trying something new by turning the camera on artistic director Bart Weiss for the first Bart chat (above). Among the newsy bits are the details on this summer’s The Program mini-festival.
AND ABBEY MAKES 10: Well-deserved congratulations go to Abbey Siegworth, who has just earned a two-year contract to become the 10th member of the Dallas Theater Center’s resident acting company. DTC has announced that every other year a graduate of the program will earn a two-year deal. If you’ve seen Siegworth in Reasons to be Pretty (which closes this weekend), you know that she’s deserving. She holds her own with the other three veteran actors onstage, playing the wife of an ex-jock with questionable values. She swings from overly libidinous to ice cold to emotionally fried as she learns more about her husband. That the same actress also played the luminous and very quiet Eve in last year’s In the Beginning shows her versatility. Still, she says that rolls like Helena, which she played in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, are more her cup of tea. “If you’re asking for big physical comedy, call me,” Siegworth tells dallasnews.com. “I have no pride.”
THE KEY TO THE JOB: One of the things we like to do around here is take a look at arts jobs that sometimes fly under the radar. If you’ve ever wondered how pianos make it from showroom to living room, a piano mover spills the beans on the job to sfgate.com. Among the many choice anecdotes: “I’m so tired of people asking me, ‘Do you ever drop a piano?’ No, I’ve never dropped one. Sometimes I’ll say, ‘Do you ask your doctor if he’s ever killed anybody on the operating table?’ I take it personally.”