I am so excited to unveil this gorgeous logo, animated by the amazing team over at The Duke and the Duck.
These guys have talent and energy to spare, and they’re a blast to work with. Thank you especially to Dave Ellington, for bringing life to Carolyn Sewell‘s original design.
And look out for the logo this spring! New web series coming soon.
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This new business venture is unaffiliated with Wait Don’t Leave, but it came about in part because people reached out here with broad questions about getting their projects produced.
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(Or you could just see Dustin Hoffman’s character Stanley Motss in Wag the Dog.)
We had a great time at the Sweeney Todd viewing party on Sunday 9/28. About 50 of us gathered to eat pie, drink Sweeney Toddys and watch Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel perform with the NY Philharmonic.
I still have lovely roses and leftover bourbon from the event. So let me know if you want to have a drink and talk shop.
Congrats to Colleen Moore, whose spinach pie won her a decanter and a month’s Lite Membership to Canvas Co/Work.
Thanks to Harold Godsoe for the photography!
Last spring Wait Don’t Leave producer Joanna Castle Miller was assistant producer for the New York Philharmonic’s production of Sweeney Todd. Now it’s airing on PBS as part of Live from Lincoln Center!
If you’re outside of DC, check your local listings. The show will air across the country on Friday, 9/26/14.
But if you’re in DC, why not make a night of it?
On Sunday, 9/28, come party and enjoy the show with meat pies, sweet pies, and a Sweeney Toddy bar, hosted by Wait Don’t Leave Productions.
Contact Joanna to request an invite.
On the Screen:
Sondheim’s classic comedic horror musical about a barber-turned-serial-killer and a woman who makes meat pies out of his victims.
Emma Thompson (yes, THAT Emma Thompson)
Bryn Terfel (int’l opera star)
Audra McDonald (record 6-time Tony winner)
Philip Quast (Javert in 10th Anniversary Les Miz)
Christian Borle (Smash on NBC)
In Your Cup:
BYOB, and enjoy a Sweeney Toddy bar just in time for fall.
On Your Plate:
Hand pies (empanadas)
And a PIE BAKING CONTEST!*
*Contest details: Bring a pie (you can enter as many as you want). Pies must arrive by 5:30pm to be eligible. A panel of judges will vote for the best pie. Everyone who enters gets a prize. The grand prize winner gets a 1-month Lite Membership to Canvas CoWork for themselves or a friend, a whiskey decanter from the event, and bragging rights.
This summer I partnered with The Duke and the Duck to produce two commercials for Taxi Magic as part of its rebrand to become Curb.
Curb is an app that connects you to rides from professional drivers, including area cabs. You can download it for iPhone or Android to request your ride, track your driver’s arrival, and pay your fare seamlessly.
Curb officially launched last Wednesday, featuring our ads! Check out the two commercials below:
I had a blast on Sunday introducing Wait Don’t Leave to the playwrights and theater professionals at Playwrights: Taking Control of Our Own Fates.
A huge thanks to the Dramatists Guild folks for putting it together – including Brent Englar and Noelle Viñas – and especially to Gwydion Suilebhan for all his hard work advocating for DC-area playwrights.
Thanks also to @clawritesplays for this photo of the Local Initiatives panel! Other panelists included Renee Calarco (moderator) and Caleen Sinnette Jennings of The Welders, Danielle Mohlman of Field Trip Theatre, and Pooja Chawla of Fortune Cookie Collective.
The whole ordeal felt like presenting a new baby to the congregation. I respect my fellow local playwrights so much, and it was so inspiring to learn from their ideas and experience.
Here’s to many more events like it!
The Wait Don’t Leave logo needed to be bold, brassy, and a little tongue-in-cheek. That meant one thing: it needed Carolyn Sewell.
Carolyn is all of the above. A designer and illustrator based out of Washington, DC, she loves glitter and the Deep South.
Carolyn’s work has been published in Communication Arts, Grafik, HOW, GDUSA, CMYK, UPPERCASE, and The Washington Post. Her clients have included Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., Arlington County Fair, Forum Theatre, and many more great companies. She is regularly asked to create sketchnotes for events. Her designs grace book covers, chalkboards, and temporary tattoos across the US.
She and her husband Richard also run SewellWorks, where you can buy, among other things, wooden mustaches for your bike and some of the loveliest chopping blocks around.
One of her most amazing projects has to be Postcards to My Parents, in which she sent a new postcard to her mom and dad every day for one year as an anniversary present.
We were incredibly lucky to have this talented woman give her skills to our brand. Thank you, Carolyn, for helping making Wait Don’t Leave something worth staying around for!