PARIS — Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris will feature Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz of Eepybird. com as part of the “Meet The Artists Series,” on at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7. Tickets are $8 all seats. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, Marta Rainer will perform her acclaimed one-woman show, “Unaccustomed to My Name.” Tickets are $14 adults, $12 seniors and $8 students and kids. Reservations are encouraged for both events and can be made by calling the Box Office at 743-8452.

Voltz and Grobe are most famous for their “Diet Coke & Mentos” and “Sticky Note Experiments” Web videos.  Grobe and Voltz met at Celebration Barn Theater while both studying Eccentric Performing. Their “Meet the Artists” presentation on Friday offers a chance to learn the story behind their success and to hear what’s next for Eepybird.

After six months developing the video, Voltz and Grobe first posted “The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments” on on a Saturday morning, June 3, 2006. Since then, over 40 million people have seen their videos online, and EepyBird has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Ellen,” the “Today Show,” “Mythbusters,” “Time Warp,” and more. They have also performed live in Paris, London, Istanbul, Las Vegas and on Wall Street. They have won two Webby Awards, an OMMA Best in Show award, and have been nominated for two Emmys. They’ve even set three Guinness World Records and appeared in videos for Blue Man Group, Barenaked Ladies and, most recently, Weezer.
EepyBird is a company that explores creativity, and in particular, the ways in which everyday objects can do extraordinary things. Their latest video, “The Extreme Sticky Note Experiments,” transformed over 250,000 sticky notes into cascading waterfalls of color and has gotten over 4 million views online since September of 2008.
The Boston Globe, raved that Marta Rainer is “Brilliant. Insightful. Perfectly comedic!”
This one woman show tells the story of Sofie who has just returned home to Warsaw, N.Y., after completing her undergraduate Russian literature studies in Chicago. Sofie longs to remain ensconced in poetry, novels, and translations, especially when faced with the unattractive reality of finding a job, and, even worse, finding a date to a high school friend’s wedding. Sophie is swaddled in her robe, spending all of her time in the bathroom, talking to herself in the mirror, and talking to her mother only through the closed door. To combat her social awkwardness, Sofie takes inspiration from the strong, passionate women she knows from her studies, and invents the persona of Sonya, a Siberian émigré, practicing her personal manifesto and charm on unsuspecting men at bars.
Marta Rainer is a founding ensemble member of the award-winning New York neo-futurists. Her original works have been produced at the Kraine Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre (New York City), and Trinity Rep (Providence). Past collaborators include Second City founder Paul Sills, and Moscow Art Theatre director Viacheslav Dolgachev. Rainer is a proud graduate of the New Actors Workshop, where she trained with Mike Nichols, George Morrison and Paul Sills. She has performed her show across America and internationally since 2001.
Celebration Barn Theater is located on Stock Farm Road, just off Route 117 in South Paris. For more information, visit the theater’s website: Tickets to the Meet the Artists event on Friday are $8. Tickets for Unaccustomed to My Name Saturday are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors & $8 for students. Due to adult themes, this show is not recommended for children. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the box office at 743-8452.

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