Monday, December 18, 2006

A little History on SIX DEGREES

The phrase "Six Degrees of Separation" began after Harvard social psychologist Stanley Milgram sent 300 letters to randomly selected people in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967 with the instruction to get the letter to a single "target" person in Boston using only personal contacts. For the 60 letters that found their targets, Milgram gound that the average number of steps a letter took was around six.

In 1983, 19-year-old David Hampton talked his way into the homes of well-off New Yorkers, including the Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, the President of New York's public TV station and Leonard Bernstein, by claiming to be the son of Sidney Poitier. (Actor/director Poitier has six daughters and no sons.) During his exploits, he promised people positions in an upcoming film production of his father's, accepted spending money from his hosts, and burgled items from their homes.

John Guare learned of Hampton's ruse through friend Osborne Elliott, who was also one of Hampton's victims. Published seven years later, Six Degrees of Separation explores issues of identity, privacy, race, homophobia and celebrity status. The fictionalized account of Hampton's imposture was well-recieved, packing theatres in New York and London as well as winning a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, an Obie Award (Best Play) and Hull-Warriner Award (Best Play).

Hampton filed a $100 million civil suit in 1992 against Guare, the Lincoln Center Theatre, producer Bernard Gersten, publisher Random House, and film rights owner MGM-Pathe Communications for compensatory and punitive damages. The courts did not rule in Hampton's favor, but did place a restraining order against Hampton for repeatedly threatening Guare.

Cast as Larkin in SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION

I have just been offered the role of Larkin in SIX DEGRRES OF SEPARATION, which I greatly accepted.

The first read thru and blocking rehearsals will take place in the first week in January.

Show dates are March 15th -17th & 22nd – 24th, with a matinee performance on March 21st

Performances will be at the Access Theater, 380 Broadway.

Here is a summary of the play:

In New York, the art dealers John Flanders ('Flan') Kittredge and Louisa ('Ouisa') Kittredge are ready to have a business dinner with their South African friend and client Geoffrey Miller, when a wounded young black man comes to their fancy apartment telling that he had been just robbed in Central Park and asking for help. He introduces himself as Paul, a friend of their son and daughter in Harvard and son of Sidney Poitier, and the couple invites him to stay with them. During they night, they find that Paul is not who he claims to be. When they investigate the life of Paul, they find the hidden truth. Their investigations are intriguing and lead them to re-evaluate their lives.

For more information on Well Urned Productions, which will be producing the show, please visit http://www.wellurnedproductions.com/home/index.php?location=home

RANDOM COCONUTS Meeting

The RC meeting yesterday afternoon was a very productive one. We discussed upcoming projects including the future production of Dan Conrad's comedy POCKETFUL OF MATCHES, which will be directed by Marc Seidenstein. No one will be pre-cast. Everyone will have to audition. Auditions TBA.

Another project in development is a sketch comedy show. Not so much SNL, but what Dan Conrad and Greg Vorob are hoping for is that each sketch comes off more like a little film. It's still in the development stages, so I will keep you up to date on changes as they come.

The group was also greeted by the very kind Edward Jupin, Chief Operating Officer of Team DeserSun Studios (www.teamdesertsun.com) who has a number of projects on the burner as well, so hopefully 2007 will be a busy year for all of us.

Thank you to Greg, Abi, Dan. Marc, Paul and the entire RC team for the chance to be a part of the group. I forsee great things for the group in '07.

SIX DEGREES

The SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION audition was yesterday and I thought it went well. I went in and read a few scenes for director Jon Ciccarelli, followed by a monologue. I always have a few ready to go, but mostly I stick to a 'Jimmy Tomorrow' speech from Eugene O'Neil's THE ICEMAN COMETH.

All I can do now is wait and see what happens.

The Gootube Conspiracy

I'd like to show my support for Kyle Pierson's newest project.

A couple of days ago Kyle posted a video on YouTube tha was part of an interesting experiment. It is an episodic serried entirely improvised and performed by the audience members. This might very well be a first for video.

You can read the backstory at www.gootubeconspiracy.com. Kyle just made a trailer/summary of the first season and would love for as many people as possible to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxS-Rztl8F4.

Please rate the video. The more ratings we get the bigger than chance we’ll be featured and the show will find a larger audience. If you have a YouTube account – please, please, please leave a comment. That is one of the main ways they rate videos in their popularity.

Enjoy and congrats to Kyle!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

On Sunday

This Sunday, I will be reading for the role of LARKIN, a great supporting role in John Guare's SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION. I've always wanted to do this play and was quite up front with the director, saying Larkin is the only role I am right for (plus it's a nice role). Director Jon Ciccarelli was cool with that and is having me read sides for Larkin. Looking forward to it.

Later in the day, I have the RANDOM COCONUTS meeting to discuss future projects, including Dan Conrad's comedy POCKETFUL OF MATCHES (another play I'd love to do).

The Great Peter Boyle Dies at 71

Peter Boyle, the actor known for playing the curmudgeonly father in the long-running TV sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," has died. He was 71.

Boyle, a Philadelphia native, also gave brilliant performances in "Joe", "The Friends of Eddie Coyle", "Steelyeard Blues" and as Senator Joseph McCarthy in the television movie "Tail Gunner Joe".

In addition to these films, Boyle appeared in one of the funniest scenes in movie history: His (and co-star Gene Wilder) hilarious rendition of "Puttin on the Ritz" in the Mel Brooks classic "Young Frankenstein".

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

BEL CANTO

The reading will take place on January 9th @ 5:30 at The Drama Bookshop.

There will be excerpts read from two other pieces but since our play is so short, we will be reading the entire play.

Paul Romanello will reprise his role from the play as well, so it should be a lot of fun.

Here are all the details on the event:

"Playing with Canons"

Reading and Reception
Celebration of the new publication by the New York Theatre Experience.

Playing with Canons: Explosive New Works from Great Literature by America's Indie Playwrights. 18 plays by some of indie theatre’s most exciting playwrights in a single volume celebrating the enduring power and spirit of classic literature and drama. These remarkable plays reshape familiar material in challenging, innovative, and unexpected fashion, pushing these timeless works into the 21st century in resoundingly resonant high style.

RSVP for this Event NOW!

The Drama Book Shop
250 West 40th Street
New York, New York 10018
212 944-0595
events@dramabookshop.com
http://www.dramabookshop.com

Monday, December 11, 2006

Click Here for Quiznos vs. a Subway

The Quiznos commercial is online!

http://www.ifilm.com/video/2804211

I love it!

Video of the Year

LOGO announced their 2006 Videos of the Year today and “Out From Under” was named #4.

Congrats to Kyle Pierson and the entire crew.

It's always nice to have your work acknowledged.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Macy Quote

Here's a great quote from William H. Macy:

I've always felt everything you need is on the page. I used to load my wallet with fake IDs and know what was outside the door down the imaginary hallway. I would do a history for the character, but that's a whole lot of work, and one day I thought, 'I wonder what would happen if I didn't do that,' and the answer was, 'Nothing.' Nothing. It doesn't help you. For an actor, the real issue is the moment-to-moment.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

EVERYBODY'S LAUGHING Screening

Last evenings' screening of EVERYBODY'S LAUGHING was an exciting one. It was kind of cool seeing a film I was in on a big screen (a first).

I am very happy with how the film has come along. Other people did as well, as the film got some richly deserved laughs.

Director Romain Ronzeau is still tweaking a few things here and there but overall, I think he has something that he should be very proud of. I'm certainly proud to have been a part of it.

Romain is leaving for France on Thursday (I wish him well). I should be getting a DVD copy of the film in the coming weeks.

Monday, December 04, 2006

A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT

Received an email from Kate Freer over the weekend. A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT is coming together nicely and it should be finished after the start of the new year.

Tonight, I will be attending a presentation of Romain Ronzeau's film EVERYBODY'S LAUGHING. The presentation will take place at the New York Film Academy.

QUIZNOS Commercial Shoot A Success!

The commercial shoot for QUIZNOS went very well yesterday. The commercial is competing for national exposure, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It was a very professional shoot with a great crew (including Jonathan Stevens, director of THE OFFER) and fantastic actors.

I went in wearing a green turtleneck and slacks, threw on a pair of glasses and topped it off with an obnoxious pipe...and became a snotty art professor. Director James Monohan loved it.

The commercial was shot at The Circle In The Square Theater School. During our breaks, I had a chance to walk around, see old posters from productions starring Al Pacino, James Earl Jones and Maureen Stapleton. Very cool.

James expects the commercial to be cut together by Saturday.

I look forward to seeing how it comes out.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Cast in QUIZNOS Commercial That Shoots This Sunday

I have just been cast as an "art snob" in a QUIZNOS commercial that'll keep me busy all day Sunday.

An artist is unveiling his newest masterpiece to a bunch of snobs at a gallery and the masterpiece is the new QUIZNOS sub.

The copy is funny, so I'm really looking forward to it.

BEL CANTO

I just received an email from playwright Renee Flemings about reprising the role of Cleave for a staged reading of her play BEL CANTO.

The reading will take place at The Drama Bookshop in Manhattan on January 9th as part of the promotion for the anthology PLAYING WITH CANONS.

BEL CANTO was adapted from the Edgar Allen Poe story, "The Tell-Tale Heart". Renee wanted the feel of gangster films of the 30's and 40's. I had the rare opportunity of playing a mob heavy (I just thought of Lee J. Cobb in ON THE WATERFRONT) and it was a lot of fun.

It was directed by Tony Pennino and featured Matthew Cade, Matthew Thomas and Paul Romanello (THE EXCITING LIFE)

For more info on the PLAYING WITH CANONS anthology, please visit http://www.nyte.org/pwc.htm

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Films

The GLASS DANSE music video shoot that was scheduled for Sunday has been postponed. I'll keep you posted when the shoot will happen.

Last evening, I recorded a few things for EVERYBODY'S LAUGHING. He mentioned that my scene looks nice on camera, but had to reshoot some of the other scenes due to poor lighting. Although the film is not going to be 100 percent by the presentation on the 4th, I'm still looking forward to seeing how it looks.

I also received an update from Ritchie Steven Filippi about Parts II and III of the Roger Stern Saga (TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO KNOW and GIVE MY REGARDS). According to Ritchie, he and his crew are making very good progress on the films, mostly doing lots of sound work.

No word yet on HAND TIME CLOCK and A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

NOTHING MORE THAN EVERYTHING...

...is the name of a film I did close to 5 years ago. Surfing through YouTube, I caught up with the director Nathaniel Paluga. Unfortunately that film has not been completed. He still has all the tapes (lots and LOTS of footage). He mentioned that he should hopefully get his hands on them in February.

He asked if I would like to assist him in the editing process around March (I'd be curious to see the editing process).

I honestly don't remember what the film was about. All I remember is that I played a priest named Father Daniel Madigan.

THE DEVIL'S DEPARTURE

My meeting with director/playwright Ann Person lasted almost 2 hours last evening. We read through all of the Devil's scenes and discussed the character and where the play came from and where Ann hopes it will go.

I wish Ann luck with the play, but I just have too much going on right now.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Cast in Music Video (Glass Danse)

Just cast in the NYU Undergrad music video for Glass Danse (performed by The Faint).

A young man runs on a treadmill and fantasizes about futuristic researchers scanning his thoughts as he exercises. The thoughts reveal a sexy club scene where the man continues to run amidst a crowd of dancing women. I will be playing one of the researchers.

My shooting date will be on Sunday, December 3rd.

Locations TBA, but all within Manhattan.

Audition Tonight for THE DEVIL'S DEPARTURE

This evening, I will be auditoning to the play devil in the new play THE DEVIL'S DEPARTURE, written and directed by Lu Ann Horstman-Person.

The play takes place now. After speaking with Ann on the phone about the play, it's quite clear that she's not a big fan of the Bush administration and intends to use her play as a means of informing people about the danger they've put our country in.

The prospect of playing the Devil sounds like fun but I'll give the script a read first and see if it's something that interests me.

Click Here for LOQUESTO FILMS' Newest Film.

This Thanksgiving, instead of baking a turkey, Kyle decided to create this feast for the eyes:

Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

One of the Greats...Robert Altman Dies At 81

LOS ANGELES - Robert Altman, the caustic and irreverent satirist behind "M-A-S-H," "Nashville" and "The Player" who made a career out of bucking Hollywood management and story conventions, died at a Los Angeles Hospital, his Sandcastle 5 Productions Company said Tuesday. He was 81.

The director died Monday night, Joshua Astrachan, a producer at Altman's Sandcastle 5 Productions in New York City, told The Associated Press.

The cause of death wasn't disclosed. A news release was expected later in the day, Astrachan said.

A five-time Academy Award nominee for best director, most recently for 2001's "Gosford Park," he finally won a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2006.

"No other filmmaker has gotten a better shake than I have," Altman said while accepting the award. "I'm very fortunate in my career. I've never had to direct a film I didn't choose or develop. My love for filmmaking has given me an entree to the world and to the human condition."

Altman had one of the most distinctive styles among modern filmmakers. He often employed huge ensemble casts, encouraged improvisation and overlapping dialogue and filmed scenes in long tracking shots that would flit from character to character.

Perpetually in and out of favor with audiences and critics, Altman worked ceaselessly since his anti-war black comedy "M-A-S-H" established his reputation in 1970, but he would go for years at a time directing obscure movies before roaring back with a hit.

After a string of commercial duds including "The Gingerbread Man" in 1998, "Cookie's Fortune" in 1999 and "Dr. T & the Women" in 2000, Altman took his all-American cynicism to Britain for 2001's "Gosford Park."

A combination murder-mystery and class-war satire set among snobbish socialites and their servants on an English estate in the 1930s, "Gosford Park" was Altman's biggest box-office success since "M-A-S-H."

Besides best-director, "Gosford Park" earned six other Oscar nominations, including best picture and best supporting actress for both Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith. It won the original-screenplay Oscar, and Altman took the best-director prize at the Golden Globes for "Gosford Park."

Altman's other best-director Oscar nominations came for "M-A-S-H," the country-music saga "Nashville" from 1975, the movie-business satire "The Player" from 1992 and the ensemble character study "Short Cuts" from 1993. He also earned a best-picture nomination as producer of "Nashville."

No director ever got more best-director nominations without winning a regular Oscar, though four other men — Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Clarence Brown and King Vidor — tied with Altman at five.

In May, Altman brought out "A Prairie Home Companion," with Garrison Keillor starring as the announcer of a folksy musical show — with the same name as Keillor's own long-running show — about to be shut down by new owners. Among those in the cast were Meryl Streep,Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline,Woody Harrelson and Tommy Lee Jones.

"This film is about death," Altman said at a May 3 news conference in St. Paul, Minn., also attended by Keillor and many of the movie's stars.

He often took on Hollywood genres with a revisionist's eye, de-romanticizing the Western hero in 1971's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" and 1976's "Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson," the film-noir gumshoe in 1973's "The Long Goodbye" and outlaw gangsters in "Thieves Like Us."

"M-A-S-H" was Altman's first big success after years of directing television, commercials, industrial films and generally unremarkable feature films. The film starring Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould was set during the Korean War but was Altman's thinly veiled attack on U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

"That was my intention entirely. If you look at that film, there's no mention of what war it is," Altman said in an Associated Press interview in 2001, adding that the studio made him put a disclaimer at the beginning to identify the setting as Korea.

"Our mandate was bad taste. If anybody had a joke in the worst taste, it had a better chance of getting into the film, because nothing was in worse taste than that war itself," Altman said.

The film spawned the long-running TV sitcom starring Alan Alda, a show Altman would refer to with distaste as "that series." Unlike the social message of the film, the series was prompted by greed, Altman said.

"They made millions and millions of dollars by bringing an Asian war into Americans' homes every Sunday night," Altman said in 2001. "I thought that was the worst taste."

Altman never minced words about reproaching Hollywood. After the Sept. 11 attacks, he said Hollywood served as a source of inspiration for the terrorists by making violent action movies that amounted to training films for such attacks.

"Nobody would have thought to commit an atrocity like that unless they'd seen it in a movie," Altman said.

Altman was written off repeatedly by the Hollywood establishment, and his reputation for arrogance and hard drinking — a habit he eventually gave up — hindered his efforts to raise money for his idiosyncratic films.

While critical of studio executives, Altman held actors in the highest esteem. He joked that on "Gosford Park," he was there mainly to turn the lights on and off for the performers.

The respect was mutual. Top-name actors would clamor for even bit parts in his films. Altman generally worked on shoestring budgets, yet he continually landed marquee performers who signed on for a fraction of their normal salaries.

After the mid-1970s, the quality of Altman's films became increasingly erratic. His 1980 musical "Popeye," with Robin Williams, was trashed by critics, and Altman took some time off from film.

He directed the Broadway production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," following it with a movie adaptation in 1982. Altman went back and forth from TV to theatrical films over the next decade, but even when his films earned critical praise, such as 1990's "Vincent & Theo," they remained largely unseen.

"The Player" and "Short Cuts" re-established Altman's reputation and commercial viability. But other 1990s films — including his fashion-industry farce "Ready to Wear" and "Kansas City," his reverie on the 1930s jazz and gangster scene of his hometown — fell flat.

Born Feb. 20, 1925, Altman hung out in his teen years at the jazz clubs of Kansas City, Mo., where his father was an insurance salesman.

Altman was a bomber pilot in World War II and studied engineering at the University of Missouri in Columbia before taking a job making industrial films in Kansas City. He moved into feature films with "The Delinquents" in 1957, then worked largely in television through the mid 1960s, directing episodes of such series as "Bonanza" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

Altman and his wife, Kathryn, had two sons, Robert and Matthew, and he had a daughter, Christine, and two other sons, Michael and Stephen, from two previous marriages.

When he received his honorary Oscar in 2006, Altman revealed he had a heart transplant a decade earlier.

"I didn't make a big secret out of it, but I thought nobody would hire me again," he said after the ceremony. "You know, there's such a stigma about heart transplants, and there's a lot of us out there."

Screening of EVERYBODY'S LAUGHING on December 4th

Everybody's Laughing, a film short that I was involved in a while ago will be screened on Monday, December 4th at the NYFA.

The film centers on a young man, Martin Piertot, as he embarks on a job interview, fraught with all the normal feelings when going to a job interview.

Throughout the course of the interview, Martin realizes that everyone is laughing at him. Everyone he comes in contact with can't stop laughing at him and it's driving Martin crazy.

As his nerves continue to get the best of him, Martin begins to hallucinate and in this halluncination, Martin is paid a visit by his father who also laughs at Martin. That's where I come in. It's a nice little part and had a wonderful time working with director Romain Ronzeau.

Hopefully, I will have a copy of the film on my website in the future.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Noir Film

I just received some bad news. The noir film I was going to start filming after Thanksgiving has been put on hold indefinitely because the director has to return to his hometown for family reasons.

It's a shame. I was really looking forward to my death scene.

Hopefuilly I'll get a chance to work with Cameo Productions in the future.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Click Here to See Robert Arrucci's FULL SNOWY JACKET

When Robert was 17, he made this clever short film. I think it's very good!

Enjoy!

Elected To Random Coconuts' Creative Committee

I am honored to have been elected to the creative committee of Random Coconuts, the film/theatre company that I have been involved with over the last few months. (I appeared in staged readings of THE SHAKESPEAREAN MASSACRE and A POCKETFUL OF MATCHES.)

I am very excited to be a part of team and look forward to jumping right in.

If you wish to read up on the company, please check out their MySpace page at:

www.myspace.com/randomcoconuts

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

PICASSO on DVD

Douglas DeMarco (friend of Ray Arrucci) of Brown Paper Bag, Inc. filmed the November 5th performance of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE and I just finished watching it.

It was nice to sit back and watch the show from beginning to end. I got a chance to see everyone's wonderful performances. And boy does that set look good under the lights.

I wasn't thrilled with my own performance though (a bit loud and one note), but then again I'm never really happy with anything I do. It's rare if I walk away from something with the thought that I did it the best that I could do.

Doug did a fantastic job with the filming. Thanks, Doug!

If you wish to see other samples of his amazing work, please visit www.brownpaperbag.biz

Monday, November 13, 2006

PICASSO Pictures on My Website

Just added them. Thanks to the great Holly Vanasse for the great pictures.

PICASSO Comes to an End!

It's always sad when a show (especially a good one) comes to an end. Three weeks of performances went by too fast.

This was an extraordinary experience. My face and sides hurt from laughing so much!

Thanks again to Brian and Taryn at APAC for all their efforts in bringing this show to life.

To Larry, Mele and the cast: Thanks for the memories!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Xbox Game

I exchanged some emails with Ed Herbstman at Kirt Gunn & Associates and he informed me that the Xbox video game I shot back on June 28th (2007 Milan Metro Challenge) is
still being produced.

Ed and his crew are in the final stages and are hoping to have something by the end of the year.

I'm just happy they're still using my footage.

Robert Arrucci's Mockumentary & Other Stuff

Spoke with Ray yesterday about Robert's mockumentary and because of time (not much of it) and the location of the shoot (Ossining), Robert felt it was unfair to have me come out there for such a short amount of time. Ray did mention to me that Robert does have a project or two in the works for the future, so there's that to think about. Thanks guys for thinking of me! We'll work together soon!

It looks like Kate Freer's project isn't panning out too well for me either because of a scheduling conflict on one of the shooting days. If something can be worked out, wonderful, but I wouldn't want to hold the project up.

I checked in with Rachael Gordon (NYFA) about HAND TIME CLOCK and she is in the process of making a copy for me.

As far as those two NYU shorts that I have been waiting on for one year, SHE'S A BRICK (Nina S. Misch, director) and CASSIE AND DUANE (Lindsay Gibbs, director) I've decided to just give up on them. It would have been nice to see the finished product of both of those shorts, but I've become exhausted from asking. Lord knows I've sent enough angry emails to both directors. Now, I understand that the filmmaking process is a tense and delicate one, but both shorts were 5 minutes in length each. Does it take one year to edit and put together a five minute film?

I'm also still waiting on Utopian Productions' GIVE MY REGARDS or SEND MY REGARDS (The title of the film changes more than Diddy's name). The cast was told to expect something in December, but we'll see.

Wow, that kind of turned into a rant.

And I'm in a great mood too!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Cast in Noir Film

I have been cast in Cameo Productions new film, the noir film I mentioned in my last post.

My scene is a very cool one...a death scene (all actors love death scenes). I play a stoolie for the mob named Herschel, who is killed by his mob boss for his dealings with another organization behind his back.

The scene is going to be shot in one day after the Thanksgiving holiday. It should be a lot of fun.

Cameo Productions has done some fantastic work. If you wish to see for yourself, please click here: http://www.myspace.com/cameoproductions

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Audition Tonight for Noir Film

This evening, I am auditioning for a small role in a 1940's noir detective story.

Shooting would take place at the end of November/early December.

Could be fun.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Next Projects

Robert Arrucci, the son of Ray Arrucci (A great Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile) has invited me to be a part of a short film he is making for the NYC Movie Making Madness competion, a 2 week film race. Robert and his crew have been assigned the genre of Mockumentary and the subject of leftovers.

I just heard about this today, so I'm awaiting more details and a script, although Roberts says it's extremely funny. More to come.

Katherine Freer (A Very Memorable Engagement) is producing a new film titled Innocent Until Proven Barney and she wants me to play a small role in this, also a comedy. Kate was wonderful to work with on A Very Memorable Engagement. Speaking of that film, Kate mentioned that the editing is coming along nicely and that everything looks wonderful. More to come on Kate's new project later.

Picasso continues to go very well. We received another review of the show (below).

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From THE QUEENS COURIER

A View From The Cliff

BY CLIFF KASDEN

Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:31 PM CST

APAC Showcases Einstein, Picasso Comedy

Undaunted by a frustrating search for a theatrical home, the Astoria Performing Arts Center continues to produce top quality productions with outstanding performers.

The current offering is Steve Martin's brilliant comedy, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” where a Parisian saloon is the site of a chance meeting between geniuses. Albert Einstein before his theories, Pablo Picasso before his famous canvasses and a ghostly Elvis forge a unique brotherhood.

On opening night, The Broccoli Theatre in the Variety Boys and Girls Club was transformed. A dozen deliberately unmatched wrought iron and wooden chairs, a beautiful wood planked bar and numerous, imperfectly aligned paintings provided palpable support for the unusual story that followed.

Albert Einstein (Jordan Kaplan) is played with a great combination of wit and physical humor, including an obviously false moustache and a womanizing attitude. Yet he is humbly puzzled by the “high I.Q.” inspirations that constantly flood his head. Pablo Picasso (Rafi Silver) mirrors Einstein's qualities but with a greater artistic flourish. He is wittier, more physical and pursues the opposite sex with broader strokes. Freddy, the bartender (Alex Pappas) is sometimes clueless but his flashes of insight still endear him to his girlfriend, the wisecracking Germaine (Meryl Bezrutczyk). Her vocal inflections, facial and physical reactions are consistently well done despite the changing dialogues that surround her.

My personal favorite is sarcastic, grizzly Gaston (Ray Arrucci) who describes himself as “newly old.” He fills the stage with paradoxically self-deprecating yet arrogant observations of women and the world. If every character onstage is some part of Steve Martin's psyche, then Gaston is his clearest voice.

Suzanne (Elizabeth Wirth) is Picasso's stunning, mesmerized coquette. She waits breathlessly, with a painted smile until the artist appears. Naturally, he has forgotten her. She is just one patch in his multi-colored palette of beautiful conquests. Righteously indignant, her anger fades as Picasso's superstar continues to shine charismatically.

Other geniuses include the great Schmendiman (Timothy J. Cox) and the Visitor (Jason Winfield). Schmendiman wears a very loud red striped blazer, with equally loud vocal chords. He represents every self-important bombastic personality. The Visitor, who is clearly the spirit of Elvis, grinds and gyrates. Nonetheless, he demonstrates the same humble sense of awe in his own talent that shines in Einstein and Picasso.

Finally, jaded art dealer Sagot (Jimmy T. Owens) and the Countess/Admirer (Holly Vanasse) are groupies. Sagot follows genius for financial gain. Vanasse's characters are enthralled by the hype that surrounds superstars.

This irreverent comedy is directed by Lawrence Lesher with artistic and executive direction by Brian Swasey and Taryn Drongowski respectively. Kudos to Michael P. Kramer (set design), Erik Michael (lights), Hilary Noxon and Bdwy Wig design (costumes/wigs), Michael R. Mele and Christine Goutmann (stage mgmt).

Located at 21-12 30th Road in Astoria, call 718-393-7505 for directions. As always, save me a seat on the aisle.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

OffOffOnline Review of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE

Meeting of Minds
by Amy Krivohlavek
Picasso at the Lapin Agile reviewed October 29, 2006

There are few regional, university, or community theaters that have not produced the absurdist comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a casual encounter between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso sprung from the wild and irreverent imagination of Steve Martin. A cinematic version is even in the works, tentatively scheduled for a 2008 release.

Now in its sixth season, the Astoria Performing Arts Center has brought Martin's play to Queens in a compelling and sharply rendered production. Since it opened its doors, the APAC has hopscotched around the neighborhood; currently, it has a temporary home in the Brocolli Theater at the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, and set designer Michael P. Kramer has convincingly transformed one corner of a bare gymnasium into a warm and well-worn Parisian cafe circa 1904.

In this fanciful and intriguing script, Einstein and Picasso meet and exchange ideas on the eve of major watershed moments in their careers—in 1905, Einstein would publish "The Special Theory of Relativity," while Picasso painted his famous "Les Demoiselles D'Avignon" in 1907.

It's testament to both Martin's brilliance and battiness that he would choose to juxtapose a scientist and a painter; ostensibly, head would meet heart, reason would meet spontaneity, and sparks would fly. Instead, these dualities are complicated as the men speak of celebrity, intellect, and cultural significance. And when a mysterious visitor (who looks an awful lot like Elvis Presley) appears late in the show, he further challenges established notions of perpetuity, fame, and fortune.

Rather than map out a simple two-sided argument, Martin has filled his supporting cast with a host of eccentric and incendiary characters. There's Freddy, the acerbic proprietor, and his sharp-tongued girlfriend, Germaine; Suzanne, a winsome young girl who arrives with a drawing that Picasso gave her after a romantic liaison; Sagot, an over-the-top art dealer in a sparkly cape; Schmendiman, a would-be genius in an oversized bowtie; and Gaston, a regular patron who makes intermittent comments about sex and other bodily functions. "Why do all the nuts show up in one evening?" he wonders as he lumbers toward the toilet.

Under Lawrence Lesher's efficient direction, this production pops with energetic verbal interchanges. The opening expository scenes could use a bit more snap, but when Sagot sashays in with a miniature Matisse in tow, the conversation immediately becomes more pointed.

Martin's writing is certainly sophisticated, but its humor is often elusive, as if written to please the author, not the audience. But if the proceedings are not always laugh-out-loud funny, Martin manages to pull off moments of exemplary wit. At the end of a particularly incomprehensible outburst, Schmendiman adds, "No pun intended." "No pun achieved," Freddy dryly corrects him.

Martin is also quick to question the limitations of the theatrical form. Written in 1993, before audiences became glutted with such devices, these self-aware asides and winks at the audience ("Yes, dear audience, we the actors know that we are doing a play") were certainly more novel than they are now. And yet, even as Martin challenges the form, he also manages to endorse it.

As Sagot shows off his tiny Matisse, he points to the frame as its most important feature: "Otherwise, anything goes. You want to see a soccer game where the players can run up into the stands with the ball and order a beer? No. They’ve got to stay within the boundaries to make it interesting. In the right hands, this little space is as fertile as Eden." The boundaries of a stage, then, can also be liberating.

In the excellent cast, Jimmy T. Owens is particularly splendid as the melodramatic Sagot, while Alex Pappas and Meryl Bezrutczyk imbue Freddy and Germaine with the perfect amount of tart domesticity. Timothy J. Cox gives an inspired and explosive comic performance as the loony Schmendiman. Lean and lank with a shock of dark hair and a bushy, stand-alone moustache, Jordan Kaplan makes an amiable and slightly unhinged Einstein.

Only Rafi Silver struggles a bit in his rendering of Picasso. True, it's not the best-written role—at times, Picasso comes off as little more than a marauding womanizer—but Silver doesn't reveal much depth behind his passionate gaze.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile would seem to be an ideal opener for the APAC. Although it is so often produced, the play is perpetually alluring for communities of artists. And as Astoria becomes a home for more and more creative types, they will eventually surface to debate issues of art and culture. One cafe, the Waltz-Astoria, has already opened its doors to area artists, sponsoring live musical performances and poetry readings in the hopes of creating a vibrant community. At this moment, a future Picasso or Einstein might be sipping a glass of Greek wine.

Monday, October 30, 2006

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PICASSO Opening Weekend A Success!

The opening of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE was a complete success! Congrats once again to all involved.

Apparently, we had a few reviewers...so I'm sure they will be out in the next couple of days.

Here are some pics from the show, compliments of the lovely Holly Vanasse.


OUT FROM UNDER is # 2!

“Out from Under” is #2 on Logo’s Click List!

http://www.logoonline.com/shows/dyn/the_click_list/videos.jhtml

Thanks to everyone who voted for the video.

If you haven't voted, you can do so here:

http://www.logoonline.com/shows/dyn/the_click_list/video_voting.jhtml

Our vid is somewhere near the bottom.

Got this message from Kyle Pierson:

Thank you all again for your hard work. I’m not sure what getting to number 2 on Logo means, but hopefully it means that another video (with a real budget preferably) lies somewhere down the road and I would love to work with you all again.

Friday, October 27, 2006

PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE Opens Tonight!

I would like to take this time to congratulate every member of the cast and crew of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE. We have all worked extremely hard to bring this production to life and I am happy to say that we have one hell of a show!

To the amazing ensemble of actors: Alex, Meryl, Rafi, Jordan, Ray, Liz, Holly and Jimmy...you guys overwhelm me with your talents every night. It's been a honor to share the stage with you.

Special thanks to Brian Swasey, Taryn Drongowski and eveyone at APAC for their tireless efforts with costumes, lighting and set design.

To Michael Mele for keeping us actors sane with his calming and professional contribution as stage manager.

Lastly, to the great Sir Lawrence Lesher...aka "Lord Larry". We were so close to working together onstage in a play called TRAVEL a little over a year ago. It never came together unfortunately. When the chance to work with him on this show came up back in August, I jumped at the chance to work with him again and thankfully, he cast me.

Thanks for the memories, Larry!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Click Here to Vote for OUT FROM UNDER

OUT FROM UNDER is on the air!

That's right, folks. I'm on LOGO!

If you haven't seen it yet, check it out by clicking the link below (or on www.timothyjcox.com) and vote for it as your favorite video:

http://www.logoonline.com/shows/dyn/the_click_list/video_voting.jhtml

Loquesto Films' ONE MINUTE NACHOS

Check it out at www.timothyjcox.com in the VIDEO section.

Congrats to Kyle, Janis and John and jobs well done!

Monday, October 23, 2006

PICASSO Opens on Friday!

I an excited for the opening of the play. I know it's going to be a good one. I can feel it.

I got a glimpse of the set yesterday and it looks fantastic! Hats off to Eric Kramer and his crew on an amazing job well done.

The costumes also look great! Thanks to Steven and Hikary for their hard work.

We've got a good one here!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

PICASSO: Getting Close To the Opening

With a week and a few days away from opening, the show is starting to show some polish.

We ran through the show. That's mostly what we're doing now...running and then fine tuning the little moments, making everything clear. I rushed through my scene. No worries. Now is the time to make the mistakes.

APAC's Taryn Drongowski and Brian Swasey sat in and watched the run through and looked very happy with how the show is progressing.

The cast also met with Steven, the costume designer, again to go through some of the pieces her found for the cast.

The set is coming along nicely. I haven't met the designer Eric Kramer, but have been told he does great work.

I even created a MySpace page for the show. MySpace is such a big thing now...and it's FREE...so I figured, what the hell.

OUT FROM UNDER is on LOGO!

The Josh Zuckerman music video OUT FROM UNDER has been playing on the Logo network for the past couple of days.

I don't know how the reaction has been to the video thus far.

Congrats to all involved on finally getting it on the air.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Congrats to John Hurley

Best wishes and congrats must go to John Hurley (Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night of the Living Dead) who has just been named the new artistic director of the CORE Theatre Company.

Last season, John had directed their very funny production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World at Theatre Row.

Great news, John!

PICASSO Moving Smoothly...

The show continues to move along nicely with everyone in the cast doing fine work thus far.

I have to say, Larry is a skilled director, especially with the comic bits. The timing and precision is right on the money. It is nice to see.

I met with Steven, costume designer the other night...very funny guy...and he showed me a sketch of the costume for Schmendiman. A lot of fun...very colorful...like Schmendiman.

Work on the set begins this weekend which I'm sure will make everyone happy once it's up.

Two weeks away from opening. Can't wait!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Great News for Tony Pennino

Tony's superb play, Story of an Unknown Man has just been published by The New York Theatre Experience in an anthology of plays adapted by other sources. I'm very excited for Tony.

If you want to learn more about this, follow this link: http://www.nyte.org/pwc.htm

You can also purchase the book through Amazon.com.

I'd highly recommend any of Tony's plays, especially this one. It was my first collaboration (staged reading) with Tony at the 13th Street Repertory Company. The comic drama focuses on writer Anton Chekhov, who himself appears in the play. It is based on one of his stories.

In addition to Tony, I noted that a play I did, directed by Tony appears in the anthology as well. BEL CANTO by RenĂ©e Flemings is a play I did a few years back at the Metropolitan Playhouse. Renee takes Poe’s suspense story “The Tell Tale Heart” and recast it among noirish gangsters, with jazzy overtones. I got to play a mob heavy, very much against type, but had a wonderful time and send my best wishes to Renee on the plays' continued success.

PICASSO: Rehearsal Four

We worked in Jason Winfield's "Visitor" for the first time last evening and it's a welcome addition. Jason, like everyone in this cast, brings a nice energy and enthusiasm to his role.

We ran through the entire show...did it in one hour and twenty seven minutes. Not bad. We have come a long way in a short period of time, but as Larry said, "Don't rest on your laurels." We still have a long way to go.

Monday, October 09, 2006

PICASSO Tickets!

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ONE MINUTE NACHOS Poster

I received word today that Kyle Pierson is home from the hospital, getting some much needed rest. We're all pulling for you, Kyle!

I surfed on Kyle's site and found this nice poster for ONE MINUTE NACHOS.

Come and See PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE

Ever wonder what it would have been like if wild and crazy Steve Martin had written an episode of "The Twilight Zone"?

Set in a bar in 1904 Paris, two of the regulars, twentysomethings Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, argue about the art of physics and the physics of art as they try to impress and bed a pretty girl. And then the space/time/culture continuum ruptures, and they're joined by a figure from the future who seems to be . . . Elvis Presley!

Curious? Then come see PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE. It opens on October 27th.

Scroll down for more information on this fantastic show!

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THE ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Presents

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

by
Steve Martin

Directed by
Lawrence Lesher

Stage Manager
Michael R. Mele

With: Ray Arrucci*,Meryl Bezrutczyk*,Timothy J. Cox, Jordan Kaplan*, Jimmy T. Long, Alex Pappas*, Rafi Silver, Jason Winfield, Elizabeth Wirth and Holly Vanasse
*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Dates: October 27, 28 @8pm
October 29 @6pm
November 3, 4, 10, and 11 @8pm
November 5 and 12 @6pm

Location: The Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens,
The Broccoli Theatre
21-12 30th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11102

For Reservations, please visit www.apacny.com

Picasso News!

Ray Arrucci, who I appeared with in PADDY WHACKED: THE IRISH MOB has been cast in the role of Gaston in our production of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE.

Ray has an impressive list of credits, including FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM and many more. I'm looking forward to working with him again.

We ran through the first half of the show at yesterday's rehearsal. It was a nice run. The show has a nice pace and energy. I think if we keep up that momentum, we'll have one heck of a show.

A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT...Memorable Indeed!

It was a joy and a pleasure to be a part of the film A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT. Kate Freer and her exceptional crew filmed my short scene late Friday afternoon. There was a slight chill in the air and some clouds forming, but that didn't stop us.

I had the oppotunity of sharing my scene with Greg Jackson, a fine actor and human being. Greg has been in the business for some time and has enjoyed some successes, including an appearance in GOODFELLAS as the waiter who seats Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco in their first visit to the Copacabana. The shot is one of the most famous shots in movie history, so you don't miss Greg at all.

The film is going to go into the editing process immediately. I should hear from Kate in just a few weeks regarding the films' progress.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT

I will be heading out Tarrytown tomorrow for work on A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT. I'm excited to be a part of the film. It's only a very short scene, but it's a fun one.

I shall have more to report on the film next week.

Picasso: Rehearsal Two

We worked in the theatre last night. Not a bad space actually.

Once again, we worked the first half of the play. I toyed around with a few things, fresh approaches, just to try. Some things worked, some things didn't. That's what rehearsal is for.

Larry is very happy with our work so far. We haveve come quite a ways in
four short rehearsals with the entire show blocked except the last few
pages.

The entire cast if off until Sunday. At that time, we will finish blocking and then start cementing things.

Oh...Jimmy T. Owens, who plays Sagot in the play was telling me about a commercial that he's doing with live reindeer and Engelbert Humperdink (I'm assuming that it's a Christmas commerical). Congrats to Jimmy on landing the gig. Live reindeer and E.H...you can't go wrong with that!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Cast change for Picasso

Sad news to report. Maurice Edwards (Gaston) called Larry yesterday and informed him that due to health reasons, he will be to dropping out of the show.

I wish Maurice well and a speedy recovery. He's a solid actor and human being.

Larry is in the process of recasting the role. I have no worries as we have the entire rehearsal period still in front of us.

Rehearsal number two is tonight.

I also want to send out a "Get well," to Kyle Pierson who is in the hospital right now.

"Get well soon, Kyle! We have movies to make!"

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Picasso: Rehearsal One

The cast of PICASSO met for their second rehearsal (my first) last evening and it was a joy to jump right in. Everyone thus far is a delight to work with, each bringing their own energy and wealth of experience to the table.

I just went out and played around with a few things...focusing mainly on Schmendiman's smugness and contempt for anyone who isn't as good as him. People laughed...so I must have done something right. With repitition, the character will just continue to grow.

Off til Wednesday. More to report then.

The Shakespearean Massacre : Part II

The second informal reading of The Shakespearean Massacre took place this past weekend.

I had a fun time reading Chris Ulisse's fun spin on Iago once again.

Here's the next step: Random Coconuts will be setting up a staged reading of the play for the public, set to take place in the next few weeks.

Friday, September 29, 2006

"Duder" - Episode 3 - "The Third Sneeze"

It's a small part, right in the beginning of the episode, but it was a lot of fun to work on and the show is very funny.

Enjoy!

Here's that internet sitcom I appeared in..."Duder" (Episode 3- The Third Sneeze)

www.dudershow.com

Thursday, September 28, 2006

OF PRIVILEGE AND PROPERTY

The reading of Tony Pennino's play OF PRIVILEGE AND PROPERTY went splendidly last evening. I was honored to be a part of it.

As I mentioned briefly in an earlier post, the play deals with the New York Slave Insurrection, a slave revolt in the British colony of New York in 1741.

Tony's play follows exactly what happened at that time.

Economic tensions were exacerbated by accusations that a series of fires that occurred were due to arson. Immediately after a slave was seen running from the scene, the slaves were accused of the crime. Of course, many people had already believed that the slaves were responsible for the fires, because of the economic tension that existed between them and the slaves; a tension exacerbated by the system of racism in place in the US by which whites are taught to feel universally superior to blacks. The slaves of New York were accused of being part of a conspiracy that they had planned, which was to burn down the city and kill all the white citizens and make themselves the rulers. There were trials that followed the fires. At the end of the trials, many slaves were dead or exiled. The accusations of the fires were a result of the tension that existed between the economic needs of the colony of New York and the whites' resentment for losing their jobs to the slaves.

Tony has managed to take this story, rife with dramatic and horrifying events, with the real life characters from that time and place...and...in the tradition of the great Paddy Chayefsky's NETWORK (one of the great films of all time, which pokes fun at the television industry) poke fun at the social mores of the time, mainly the subjects of class and race...but, more importantly, to show that we as a country haven't gotten any better regarding the differences between class and race as we continue into the 21st Century.

As someone who has been fortunate enough to be involved with a number of Tony's works, it gave me great joy to sit among the cast last evening and read this exquisite work, which I hope is given life.

It deserves it!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Reading of "Of Privilege and Property" Tonight at Ripley Grier

The reading of Tony Pennino's new play OF PRIVILEGE AND PRIDE will take place this evening at the Ripley Grier studios on 8th Avenue.

Also appearing in the reading will be my former YASHKA co-star Michael Criscuolo and Erik Gratton, who did a staged reading of a re-worked version of Tony's comedy TOBY a few months back.

I met Erik through Alex Pappas...great guy! I think he's also a part of that Syracuse Mafia.

Monday, September 25, 2006

SEND MY REGARDS: ROGER STERN III

Remember this film? I think I finished it back in February.

Just received an email from director Ritchie Steven Filippi about the films' progress.

According to Ritchie, the film has been captured and has a rough
assembly cut. He is hoping to have a complete film ready for release
by the end of December.

A few screen captures from the film...with me as by the book police officer Douglas are available on my website.

"THE SHAKESPEAREAN MASSACRE" Workshop II

I am delighted that the folks at Random Coconuts have asked me to participate in the second workshop of Chris Ulisse's hilarious comedy THE SHAKESPEAREAN MASSACRE, which brings some of Shakespeare's most famous characters together for the first time. Once again, I will be reading Chris' hysterical send up on OTHELLO'S Iago.

The informal reading will take place on Sunday, October 1st from 3:00-7:00. It is closed to the public. Maybe if there's a 3rd workshop of the play, then it will be open to the public.

Here's the cast and creative team of THE SHAKESPEAREAN MASSACRE

Chris Ulisse: Playwright

Kyle Baxter: MacBeth
Dan Conrad: Romeo
Timothy J. Cox: Iago
David Thomas Crowe: The Lost Actor
Kathryn Fucci: Lady MacBeth
Krista Fuller: Desdemona
Michael Jabin: Falstaff
Amanda Romeo: Rosalind
Elmer Santos: Stage Directions
Paulette Ulisse: Ophelia
Greg Vorob: Hamlet
Paul White: Puck
Jennifer Zigler: Juliet

Abi Varghese:Producing Artistic Director.
Deloss Brown: Dramaturg.
Lisa McGowan: Creative Consultant.

ONE MINUTE NACHOS is coming along...

Watched a rough cut of ONE MINUTE NACHOS this morning and it looks fantastic!

It has a kind of "NYPD Blue/Homicide:Life on the Streets" look to it that I like very much. Makes it all look very tense.

More to report later.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

September 27th: Cast in A Reading of Tony Pennino's New Play

I will be reading the role of Sergent Edward Reade in a reading of Tony Pennino's new play Of Privilege and Property, set in NYC in 1741 during the time of a slave revolt.

Reading location TBA.

Cast in A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT

Set in 1860's England, A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT, in the tradition of Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen and the films of Merchant Ivory, deals with marriage, arranged ones and centers around Elizabeth, who is promised to one man, yet loves another.

I play the role of Charles, a blowhard of sorts...the one promised to Elizabeth. It's a wonderful part.

The film is Kate Freers' thesis film at NYU It is set to have a large crew, including a make up and costume designer...so I'm excited to sit down with both designers and see what we can come up with for Charles' look.

It's going to shot in the first week of October at a gothic castle somewhere in the Hudson Valley. It should be nice for me, since I have only one short (but memorable) scene in the film...so I should only be needed for a half a day.

Thanks to Kate Freer for the chance to be a part of the fun.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Audition Tonight: A Very Memorable Engagement

Just got an audition (for tonight) for an NYU short titled A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT, a sweet and funny tale in the tradition of the works of Jane Austen, by writer/director Katherine Freer.

Why Be A Supporting Actor?

I'm often asked, mostly by my mother, why I gravitate towards supporting roles, rather than go for the leads.

I once told my friend David Renwanz, that I'd rather play Rosencrantz and/or Guildenstern than Hamlet.

He said, "Why? Every actor wants to play Hamlet."

To which I said, 'And memorize fifty thousand lines? No way!"

Give me a supporting role or a character role anytime. Those roles tend to jump out at me. Take Schmendiman in PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE for example. I read and it jumped out at me. Yes, it is what some actors would call a small part. What some actors call a small part, I see potential, because with supporting roles like Schmendiman you get to be free, to play. There's no pressure. You just go out there and have fun. The more I do this, the more I look for things that I'm going to have fun with.

I remember back in 2001 when I played Christy in PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, it was awful. It's a really hard thing to do right...these leading roles...to get right, and it's not much fun for me. I was miserable during the whole experience. I didn't sleep. I focused on every aspect of the play and it's a huge responsibility.

Tough to have that on your shoulders.

With every lead I have ever played since (rare), that same level of discomfort has been there.

I'll stick to supporting roles!

That's where I belong.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Twelfth Night of the Living Dead Update

Just got this from playwright Brian Smallwood:

I'm proud to announce that Twelfth Night of the Living Dead will be performed in October of next year(2007). We have John Hurley back onboard, we have a design and production team, and we are currently tracking down a space for the show, which we hope to have settled by mid-October of this year.

With regards to casting, we will have an invited audition process in the late spring time frame next year. You will all be invited, and I will keep you posted on dates, times, etc.


It's a long way off...but it's still nice to know.

PICASSO: One

I had a great time meeting the cast of PICASSO last evening at the Beer Garden. I love that place!

After introductions from Larry, we had a quick read through of the script, which took exactly one hour.

It was a spirited read, with everyone jumping into their roles with energy and enthusiasm. Larry looked quite pleased.

After the reading, Larry, myself, Alex Pappas (reading Freddy), Jordan Kaplan (Einstein) and Rafi Silver (Picasso) hung out, drank and laughed. Rafi is a part of the Syracuse Mafia (which also includes MEASURE FOR MEASURE'S John Hurley, Joe Mathers, Erin Jerozal and of course, Alex) and is actually a dear friend of my YASHKA co-star Alison Bennett (also a part of the mafia), who by the way is still doing the show (It'll open with Alison and some new cast members on November 2nd).

I'm looking forward to working with Rafi, Jordan and the others, plus the four who couldn't attend last nights' festivities.

Rehearsals will begin on September 27th.

Monday, September 18, 2006

ONE MINUTE NACHOS...

...was successfully filmed on Friday night. As always, I had a lot of fun working with Kyle, Janis and John.

Kyle sent a rough cut of the first minute of the film and it looks very good so far.

This film was an experiment and a challenging one at that, working with dialogue for the first time on camera...but I know that everyone involved will have something great to show for it when the editing is completed.

PICASSO Cast List

Here is the cast list for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, which includes my good friend and co-star of MEASURE FOUR MEASURE, Mr. Alex Pappas as well as Maurice Edwards, from the "White Catle" HAMLET.

Freddy - Alex Pappas
Gaston - Maurice Edwards
Germaine - Meryl Bezrutczyk
Einstein - Jordan Kaplan
Suzanne - Elizabeth Wirth
Sagot - Jimmy T. Owens
Picasso - Rafi Silver
Schmendiman - Timothy J Cox
Female Admirer/Countess - Holly Vanasse
The Visitor - Jason Winfield

Friday, September 15, 2006

ONE MINUTE NACHOS Films Tonight

Looking forward to seeing John, Kyle and Janis for tonight's filming of ONE MINUTE NACHOS. Kyle is pretty quick when it comes to editing, so he may have something ready for viewing next week.

We'll see.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Click This for PICASSO Info

The cast will be meeting this Monday to get to know one another and perhaps read through the play at...yes...the Beer Garden!

Here's the performance info for the show:

Picasso at the Lapin Agile
By Steve Martin

October 27, 28 @8pm
October 29 @6pm
November 3, 4, 10, and 11 @8pm
November 5 and 12 @6pm

Location: The Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens
21-12 30th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11102

For Reservations, go to: http://www.apacny.org/

Cast as " SCHMENDIMAN" in PICASSO

I guess acting like an ass paid off as I have been cast as SCHMENDIMAN in PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE.

I'm not going to lie...I really wanted this part.

Director Larry (or as I shall now refer to him, "Sir Laurence") Lesher will be in contact about the first read through. We don't have that much time, as the show opens on October 27th.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Callback for PEPE'S AMERICAN DREAM

My callback audition for PEPE'S AMERICAN DREAM is on Sunday at 3:15. I auditioned for this film a few weeks back at NYU.

PICASSO

The auditions for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE last night went quite well, I thought. I read for the role of SCHMENDIMAN...a character, best described as optimistic, who comes in the middle of the play to gloat to the bar patrons about his new invention. Ridiculous, off the wall...definately Steve Martin. As a matter of fact, I read that of all the roles, this is the role that he wrote for himself.

I had a fun time reading him. That's all you can, go in there and not be afraid to look like an ass. In the case of the character, the more asinine you come off, the better.

I got a good vibe from Larry Lesher, who created such a relaxing environment to audition in, which...let me tell you, is rare.

But...you never know...

The waiting is the hardest part during this process. A lot of people were at the callbacks...including my colleagues Timothy Flynn, Alex Pappas and Michael "Mac" McIntosh...so Larry has his hands full as far as casting decisions go.

I have been informed that, either way, I will hear something by the end of today.

Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11 : Five Years Later

I remember sitting on the subway...maybe 2 or three days after 9/11/2001 happened.

The car I was in was full of people, but you couldn't hear a sound.

No one was reading or listening to their IPODS...many were looking down at the floor as a matter of fact.

As I often do on the subways, I looked around at the many faces that day. They all shared this look that will forever be etched in my memory...one of sadness, but also one of hope.

Five years later, I still see those looks...

ALL FALL DOWN and PICASSO

My callback audition for ALL FALL DOWN was Friday night at the Beer Garden in Astoria. The sides I read didn't impress me that much, nor do I think I impressed the directors much. I haven't heard anything, so I guess it's not to be after all.

On Saturday, I had a chance to sit in on a few of the auditions for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE. It was a very exciting process to be on the other side to see so many different approaches to a line of text. My friends Michael "Mac" McIntosh and Timothy Flynn auditioned and I was really delighted to see them at the top of their games. I had never actually seen Mac do anything before and was happy to be witness to his great talent. I also witnessed the audition of Maurice Edwards, who played Polonius (brilliantly) in an otherwise unmemorable production of Hamlet (The "White Castle" version...for those who know me very well).

I think Larry Lesher was very happy with how the day turned out. I know he had another set of auditions last evening, but I was unable to assist.

Thanks to Larry for the chance to sit in.

Now I have to get ready for my own audition tomorrow night.

Sadly, I will have to pass on the ANTIGONE audition that also takes place tomorrow night.

Friday, September 08, 2006

A Few Things...

I was offered the role of Smokey, an assistant minor league baseball coach in HOME RUN HITTERS DRIVE CADILLACS, but sadly, I couldn't committ due to scheduling conflicts. Thanks again to Krista Fuller for the chance to auditon.

I received an unexpected phone call last night from Allison Smith of Theatre Recrudescence, regarding the company's premiere show ALL FALL DOWN, which I auditioned for last Thursday. They're having callbacks tonight (at the Beer Garden in Astoria of all places) and asked me to attend.

Speaking of Astoria, I will be moving back to the area at the end of this month. My current roommate's girlfriend is moving into the Brooklyn apartment and lord knows I wouldn't want to be a third wheel. It works out wonderfully, as I have missed Astoria very much and longed for time to return. I will be living with my good friend David Renwanz, who directed A SOLDIER'S DEATH and THE RAVEN FLIES NORTH. David and I also appeared in many plays and readings together at the 13th Street Repertory Company. Thanks, David!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Wednesday

The audition for HOME RUN HITTERS DRIVE CADILLACS, I thought went very well. I got a good vibe from director Krista Fuller. She may have a callback on Thursday or Friday.

Got another audition on the 12th for a production of ANTIGONE, presented by QED Productions (www.qedproductions.org). The audition will take place at the Emerging Artists Theatre at 311 West 43rd Street.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Tuesday

Well, I didn't hear back from anyone about POINT BREAK: LIVE or ALL FALL DOWN. Oh well.

The DUDER shoot on Sunday went very smoothly and quickly. I was only needed for about a half an hour. Thanks again to Matthew Kirsch and his crew for the chance to be a part of the show.

ONE MINUTE NACHOS (Loquesto Films) is going to be shot on Friday, September 15th for a few hours in Kyle's apartment.

Kyle roommate, affectionately called "TheJake" will play Lucas. Janis Lozano will play Jael. John Kwiatkowski and I will play Lucas' friends Franklin and Hutton.

Tonight is the audition for HOME RUN HITTERS DRIVE CADILLACS. I'm really looking forward to it.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

September 5th Audition - "Homerun Hitters Drive Cadillacs"

I will be auditioning for the role of an assistant baseball coach in James Brady's ten minute short about a minor league baseball manager who has to make a tough decision regarding one of his players.

It's a nice little character piece, plus anything with baseball is always an easy sell with me.

Loquesto Films Is Back...

...with another project. This time around, it's going to be the short ONE MINUTE NACHOS...which will be about, you guessed it...one minute nachos.

Kyle is looking to film it in the next week or so.

More details to follow.

Audition Tonight for the Play ALL FALL DOWN

Theatre Recrudescence's premiere piece explores a world where society is crumbling due to a wide scale plague. The remaining survivors make their way to the place where they believe they will find the Cure. The cured turn out to be babbling incoherently, and locked in the building where the Cure is found. The argument the play then explores is: Is the cure worse than the disease?

David Ledoux and Allison Smith will be directing the play.

It will runs from November 25th to December 17th.

Just cast in the web sitcom DUDER

I have been cast in a small role of a man suffering from a violent attack of diarrhea in the web sitcom DUDER, created, written and produced by Brooklyn playwright Matthew Kirsch.

I caught a couple of episodes on http://www.dudershow.com/main and the show is pretty funny.

I'll be filming my scene for a few hours on Sunday.

POINT BREAK: LIVE

Had an audition last evening for something that could either be a lot of fun or be another YASHKA if it's not done right.

I auditioned for POINT BREAK: LIVE, a play version...an homage, if you will, to the 1991 film starring Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, Lori Petty and the great, GREAT Gary Busey.

I remember seeing the ad for this and thought, "I'm there!"

For those who have never seen the movie, here's a brief plot summary: In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves the ex-presidents. commit their crimes while wearing masks of ex-presidents Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah (what a name!) undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information. Utah meets surfer Bodhi and gets drawn into the lifestyle of his new friend.

Ridiculous? Yes! Perfect for satire? Absolutely!

I got a good vibe from the director, so we'll see what happens.

I read for the role of veteran FBI agent and Utah's partner, Angelo Pappas (the great Busey's role) and FBI Agent Ben Harp (played by Scrubs star John C. McGinley in the film).

I haven't seen the movie in ages, but there are things about the film that have always stuck with me...like some of the dialogue.

There are so many classic lines in the film...

Examples:

I'm so hungry I could eat the ass end out of a dead rhino.

You know nothing. In fact, you know less than nothing. If you knew that you knew nothing, then that would be something, but you don't.

And many, MANY MORE!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Few Things...

I received a callback for PEPE'S AMERICAN DREAM. Wasn't happy with my audition, but I guess the auditioners saw something.

Looking forward to my audition for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE on September 12th. There are a number of great parts in the show that I'd love a crack at.

This Saturday, I am auditioning for DUMBYA'S REVENGE. The show will be presented by the Rough Theatre out of LA. Eric Diamond wrote the critically acclaimed satire on the Bush Administration and will be directing the upcoming production at the Red Room here in NYC.

I will be reading for Karl Rove and Donald Rumsfeld.

Check out the Rough Theatre's website : www.roughtheater.com

Dane One Shot Poster

Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Need to Be An Actor

I'm reading this book about Al Pacino right now where he talks about his early years and his "need" to be an actor.

That struck me...the need.

I don't often sit and analyze why I became an actor (who has the time) but I suppose Mr. Pacino's reasons (this is a great book that features a series of interviews with writer Lawrence Grobel) are a great way to describe my own need and desire to enter this crazy profession.

Pacino has a great line in the film Heat,

I don't know how to do anything else. I don't much want to either.

I think that (in addition to my own "need") perfectly sums up my reasons for being an actor.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hand Tine Clock and Dante One Shot

Filming on HAND TIME CLOCK was completed on Saturday afternoon. Thanks again to Rachael Gordon for the chance to be a part of her film.

As for DANTE ONE SHOT, Brendan Cooney is close to having the final cut of the film completed. When that happens, I will receive a copy of it and put it on my website.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Email from Naomi Kolstein

Much to my surprise, I did receive a response email from Naomi Kolstein from the Kolstein Agency, saying she was very interested in what she saw on my website.

Nothing else to report as of yet.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Naomi Kolstein Agency

From time to time, I read interviews with actors, writers, directors, agents on a wonderful site called ActorsLife (http://www.actorslife.com) and came across one yesterday with Naomi Kolstein of the Kolstein Talent Agency.

Naomi Kolstein is the owner/agent, Kolstein Talent Agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles, representing actors in areas including film, television, commercials, theatre, voice-overs, industrials, and print.

I was delighted to read of her passion and appreciation for actors, especially stage actors. Upon finishing the article, I became convinced that her agency is one I want representing me....so I decided to drop her a note.

Who knows what'll happen?

"City Slickers" actor Bruno dies at 57

I was saddened to hear of Bruno Kirby's passing from complications related to leukemia.

Kirby, of course, was best known as playing Billy Crystal's best friend in both When Harry Met Sally and City Slickers.

In addition to these films, he gave memorable performances in This is Spinal Tap, Tin Men, Good Morning Vietnam (really funny as 2nd Lt. Stephen Hauk who knows that in his heart he's funny), The Freshman and as a young Peter Clemenza in The Godfather Part II.

An actor with such a rich body of work will be sorely missed.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Yashka: One Last Thing

One final thing about Yashka...

The remainder of the cast have also tendered their resignations, bringing a likely end to the production of the play.

We sat down and had a drink or two last night to talk about the demise of the show, share some laughs about past experiences with shows that didn't quite go as planned and even spoke of some future projects.

Pepe's American Film: NYU Short

Got another audition for next Wednesday for the role of a film critic in Pepe's American Film, a satire about famous Spanish 'autuer' Pepe. Pepe wants to make a Hollywood movie, only, Pepe doesn't speak English.

Audition Tonight: PUGUMENTARY

I have an audition this evening with director Rick Bak for Pugumentary, a mockumentary about a man who dies, leaving behind twenty-two pugs.

Got another audition on Thursday for an Indie Art Film / Music Video with JoJo Li at Plexifilm.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Hand Time Clock

We're still filming on Saturday from 3:00 to around 10pm. A little longer than I expected, but what can you do.

APAC to do Steve Martin's PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE

The Astoria Performing Arts Center (Where I did MEASURE FOR MEASURE a few years back) will be holding auditions for in a few weeks for the Steve Martin comedy PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, a humorous on a meeting between a young Pablo Picasso and a young Albert Einstein.

The play itself is a fun read, kind of off the wall even...what you'd expect from Martin, but with a few surprises thrown in.

The play is to be directed by my good friend, Mr. Lawrence Lesher, whom I met through my MEASURE co-star Alex Pappas. I've never known Larry to be a director, but I respect him greatly as an actor and have no doubt that he's one heck of a director.

We'll see what happens.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Yashka

I have resigned from the production of YASHKA. It was a tough decision, but one I felt I had to make.

So, that's over...now it's time to move on.

I do wish to say good luck to Mike Douglas and to the cast. Thank you all for your kindness and professionalism.

Yashka: August 9

Well...

The cast met last evening to meet Judith Moore, the friend of Mike Douglas', who wanted to meet with us, hear the play and decide if the play was for her.

Judith, as I gathered from her, is an actress who has enjoyed some successes on the Broadway stage in Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Beauty and the Beast. As far as a director though, I didn't get the sense that she's done much of it...aside from a few stints as director of short works in the Samuel French festival.

So we read through it (with a new Yashka in Diego Diaz), gave it our all and left. I received word later in the evening that Judith was passing on directing the play. "Not for her," she said. Frankly, I couldn't be happier...as I didn't get a good vibe from her...not very personable, I thought.

So...where does that leave Yashka?

I do not know. I wili say that the future looks pretty bleak and that by days' end I will make a decision whether or not to continue in the show.

As much as I'd love to do the play, everthing that has happened over the last couple of days has left a bad taste in my mouth and everything that can happen leaves me with bad feelings in my gut.

As an actor, you are your own business and you have to protect your investment (yourself) if you're going to survive.

We'll see what happens...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Yashka: August 7th Rehearasal

The production of YASHKA has suddenly taken a bad turn. I will spare all of you the details, but I will say that sadly we have lost actor Don Whitmore (who was to play Yashka) and director Tony Pennino, who both decided to leave the show due to creative differences with producer/writer Mike Douglas.

The show will continue. We cancelled last evening's rehearsal and plan to do some for this evening. The cast will meet again on Wednesday with Judy Moore, a friend and colleague of Mike's who may pick up where Tony left off as director.

I will definitely keep all of you posted.

Monday, August 07, 2006

HAND TIME CLOCK

The filming of the NYFA short HAND TIME CLOCK ran pretty well this past Saturday. It was a lot of fun, but exhausting. We filmed from 10am to 10pm and still have more to do, which we'll finish on the 19th.

DANTE ONE SHOT Premiere A Success!

The film premiere of DANTE ONE SHOT went very well this past Friday.

Everyone involved with the film looked quite happy with how it came out. I was delighted to see that my little 30-40 second bit in the film (as a poet named Yeats who critiques a new work by Dante) didn't end up on the cutting room floor.

Thanks again to Brendan Cooney for the opportunity to be a small part of the film and congrats to the cast and crew for a job well done!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Just Cast in NYFA Short: HAND CLOCK TIME

Tomorrow morning, I will appearing in an NYFA short titled HAND CLOCK TIME, to be directed by Rachael Gordon.

I will be playing a man who is unable to tell analogue clock time and a has nervous breakdown as a result. Slowly, he learns how to tell time in a mental hospital.

It will be a silent black and white film.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

2 Auditions Set For This Weekend

I have two auditions on Saturday for two short films. One of them is well, to put it mildly, odd. I'm auditioning for the role of Santa Claus, although it's not for Miracle on 34th Street. It's for an untitled "comedy" where Santa is kidnapped by Al-Queida. (You're thinking: "What?") Now I find kidnappings as humorous as the next person (sarcasm people), but this could either be interesting or in really bad taste.

No harm in auditioning.

More Details on OUT FROM UNDER Party

Here are the details of the Out from Under Party:

Wednesday, August 16th at 8pm
The Metropolitan Room
34 West 22nd St. between
5th & 6th Ave.
New York, NY
Tel. 212-206-0440
www.metropolitanroom.com

Tickets are $15 plus 2 drink minimum

Here is Josh's latest press release (courtesy of SASi Public Relations)

Josh's latest album, Out From Under (released August 15th) is a collection of 13 original songs that takes you on a journey through self acceptance and the fear we feel of being alone. The growth that Josh has experienced in his own life is evident on his latest CD. Come experience the human journey we all go through with the music of Josh Zuckerman.

Recording Artist Josh Zuckerman is not your typical rock star. While exemplifying the perfect star quality, he continues to carry a message about being true to one's self.

Having toured over 15 different countries including the United States, Bermuda, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Japan, as well as Thailand, Josh continues to spread his music across the globe. He has shared the stage with The Indigo Girls, Macy Gray, RuPaul, Deborah Cox, Kimberley Locke, Amber, Joan Jett, B.B King, and many others.

Josh's music video for Out From Under was recently picked up to air on LOGO in early August and his single Out From Under from the upcoming CD release has been the number one most requested single on Sirius Satellite radio's Sirius Out Q Hot 20 for 4 weeks in row (June 10th, 17th, 24th and July 1st). www.SiriusOutQ.com

Josh is continuing to tour GLBT Prides and Centers around the country. He has played the following pride events: Minneapolis, Omaha, Louisville, Milwaukee, NYC Pride Parade, New Haven, Jersey City, Atlanta, Phoenix, Sacramento, New Hope, Long Beach, Duluth, Fredericksburg, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Savannah, Jersey Pride and many, many more.

He recently won 3rd place in the international songwriting competition for his song "When Love Comes Back Again." and has been written up in several national as well as international media outlets.

His music has been selling across the United States, Europe, and Asia as well as clips of his songs "Karma," "Spiritual," and "Circle Of Friends" appeared on the Kathy Griffin's reality show "My Life On The D-List" on Bravo.

Yashka: August 1st Rehearsal

The play is completely blocked!

Now, we can start having some fun.

September 28th is pretty far away, so we have an incredible amount of time to play around, try different approaches.

I can't tell you how happy I am to be a part of this show. Everyone is a joy to work with. No egos. No divas. Everyone has a great sense of humor. I feel that this cast is going to be one heck of an ensemble.

Off until next Monday...more memorizing to do this weekend.

Monday, July 31, 2006

1500 Years of Fear: Postponed

Only for the time being, due to scheduling conflicts. Don is hoping to give it another shot in the fall. Will keep everyone posted.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Out from Under Party

There will be an OUT FROM UNDER release party on Wednesday, August 16th. Time and location of the party to be announced.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Yashka: July 25th Rehearsal

Act One is completely blocked!

Now it's time to start memorizing lines. I'm off rehearsals until next Monday, so I have some time to sit down and start work.

Eventually, I will have to dye my hair (brown...not too dark though). I'm making Mr. Stern a man in his late 40's...so the brown with a little gray spread around should do the trick. I have a pair of wire frame glasses that I plan to wear as well.

I remember when I did my first play at Marietta College...The Taming of the Shrew and I dyed my hair a dark brown. The weekend the show opened, it was also parents weekend at the college and my parents drove from DE (as they often did) to visit me. When I opened the door to my dorm room to greet them, they didn't recognize me. It did look kind of ridiculous...so I think I'm going to go to a professional.

More to report on Yashka next week!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Out From Under to be on LOGO this week?

That's what Kyle Pierson told me last evening. I don't know an exact day or time as of yet but I will keep everyone posted.

Yashka: July 24th Rehearsal

We blocked the first four scenes of the play last night.

Blocking/movement rehearsals can be fun at times, but they can also be quite tedious. Thankfully,last nights' blocking rehearsal was fun as Tony kept it light; gave us actors the freedom to experiment with movement and get us thinking about our characters' motivations and intentions.

It's fun to get scenes on their feet; that's when I really get into what I'm doing. Right now, I'm playing Mr. Stern very big...loud, obnoxious even...just to play around...try to milk some laughs. I usually start off big, then reel the performance in as rehearsals move along. I've worked that way in the past and it hasn't hurt me yet.

The cast thus far has been a joy to work with. I'm already having a wonderful time. It can only get better with every rehearsal.

More to report tomorrow. We're blocking the last couple of scenes in Act One this evening.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Screening of DANTE ONE SHOT on August 4

This weekend I received an email from Brendan Cooney about the film DANTE ONE SHOT, the NYFA short I appeared in briefly a few months back.

I was happy to hear that the film is complete and that a showing of the film will take place on August 4th at 8pm, which I will certainly be attending.

Character Actor Jack Warden Dies

Jack Warden, one of many "character actor" influences passed away on July 19th at the age of 85. Name a film in the past 40 years and Jack Warden was probably in it, from 12 Angry Men to All the President's Men to Dirty Work just a few years ago.

Jack Warden always gave exemplary performances, comedic or serious and his talent will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

1500 Years of Fear

After three informal readings, playwright Don Jordan has decided to try his satire 1500 Years of Fear on an audience.

On August 10th, myself, Michael Criscuolo, Jeff Pagliano and Don's wife, J, will read the play at the Metropolitan Playhouse.

I think the script is solid and ready for an audience.

For those who wish to attend, the reading will be free and held at The Metro Playhouse, which is located at 220 East Fourth Street, between Avenues A & B in the East Village.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Comedian Red Buttons dies in L.A. at 87

A great actor and comedian in Red Buttons left us yesterday at the age of 87. He gave many memorable performances, both comedic and dramatic, in over five decades in the movies, including Sayonara (for which he won an Oscar), They Shoot Horses, Don't They, The Poseidon Adventure, plus memorable guest turns on shows like Roseanne and ER.

He will be missed.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

YASHKA: First Rehearsal

It was great to sit down with the cast and crew of YASHKA for the first readthrough last evening. I'm excited to begin work with this impressive group of actors and to tackle the role of Mr. Stern.

For rehearsal on Tuesday, the 18th, we are going to be going over some background information about Jewish society in New York in 1912 that, director Tony Pennino believes, will help build our characters.

More to come.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Thoughts on THE OFFER

I received my copy of Jonathan Stevens's film THE OFFER and was impressed with the outcome of the film. Overall, I felt it was a well made film, highlighted by great performances from everyone in the cast. Congrats to everyone in the cast and crew on a job well done and a special thanks again to Jonathan for the chance to be a small part of the project.

Pictures from the film are available on my website.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Click Here for the Flobots Video "Handlebars."

Here's the music video I worked on a few months back with NYU student Iyabo Boyd for the band Flobots, titled "Handlebars."

I appear briefly as a corporate boss.

When you click above, you'll be taken to another page where you'll see a video box with an arrow in the center of it. Click that arrow twice and the video should then begin playing.

Xbox Shoot

The shoot for the Xbox video game went very well last night. I'm not going to lie though, I'm exhausted...and my voice is pretty shot. I worked with director Ed Herbstman for over 4 hours, going through close to 40 pages of dialogue for the character of blustery CEO, Mr. Buchanan.

Ed (with the help of his colleague Mary Marrangoni) filmed me from the chest up, with a green screen behind me and I had to memorize lines very quickly, deliver them quickly and then move on to the next one....and then the next one. It took some time to get comfortable (Getting your brain to act that fast is quite difficult). After a while though, it became much easier and I was able to relax and have fun, which I did.

My face will be seen in the video through a rear view mirror (as every character is in a car). All the dialogue is delivered to the driver (the player of the game)and a lot of the humor comes not only from the dialogue, but from the facial expressions of the characters. Much of the dialogue is quite funny (some of it was even written by one the writers of The Onion) so I hope people get some chuckles out of it.

Xbox is completely new to me, so I'm excited to see how it all looks in the end...but according to Ed, it's going to take some time for the finished product to be ready. He mentioned November, but it may take longer.

I had a great time!

Thank you Ed and Mary for your kindness, patience and humor during the filming.

By the way, the game is currently called 2007 Milan Metro Challenge.

YASHKA News

All the roles in YASHKA have been cast and I am happy to announce that I will playing the role of Mr. Stern, the owner of sheet music store where Yashka works.

The cast includes old friends Kyle Pierson, John Kwiatkowski and Michael Criscuolo.

We start rehearsals on July 11th.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

OUT FROM UNDER News

Just received this from Kyle Pierson, director of the Josh Zuckerman video OUT FROM UNDER.

The video was picked up by Logo (a division of Viacom.). It will begin airing in 4 weeks. I'm not certain if they give an actual date and time for the first airing (I'm kinda new to all this), but if they do I will pass it on. We were actually rejected initially as the video was deemed 'not gay enough' (if you can believe that), but Stephen Shulman (SASi Public Relations) re-submitted the video to people higher up and they gave us the greenlight. So congrats are in order. I discovered that they review over 200 new videos each week and of those 200+, maybe 1 or two get selected to actually air. So getting it on TV is quite an accomplishment. Had I known what the odds were going into this I'm not certain I would have approached it with the same level of confidence.

Again, thank you to you all for helping me make this video.

Yours,

Kyle Pierson

Loquesto Films


If you wish to see the video, visit my website at www.timothyjcox.com, in the VIDEO section.

XBox Shoot Tonight

I will be shooting the Xbox video game tonight. Looking forward to it.

I was informed that it will all be shot in front of a green screen (another first).

I'll have to gray my hair and my beard and throw on a pair of glasses to make me look older for the "Buchanan" character.

I'll have news about the shoot first thing tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Cast In Xbox video game

I have been cast in that XBox video game that I auditioned for over the phone yesterday. It’s a comedic driving game, where the passengers appear in the rear view mirror when they speak.

I will be reading the role of Mr. Buchanan. He’s self-important, blustery, and demanding. The world revolves around him. He is a corporate big wig, and likes to remind people of that all the time. He’s always threatening to fire people. He’s quick to anger, and quick to forget what he was just angry about. He puts on airs just like Ted Knight from the Mary Tyler Moore show.

I'm really looking forward to this!

New Videos On the Website

Check out my website for two new videos:

"Augustus Carlson: A Man of Action, Never Words" short film.

Directed by Alex Duncan

"Two Boxes and a Fistful of Cash" trailer.

Directed by Creighton DeSimone

Monday, June 26, 2006

Telephone Audition

Just had a telephone audition for an Xbox video game (A first!). It’s a comedic driving game, where the passengers appear in the rear view mirror when they speak.

I read for two characters. I had a fun time reading, so we'll see what happens.

There is pay and I would get a copy of the game when it is finished.

Pocketful of Matches Reading

The reading of Dan Conrad's comedy POCKETFUL OF MATCHES went very well yesterday. Had a great time working with the cast; a talented group.

Thanks again to Greg Vorob and to Dan for the chance to be a part of the reading.

Friday, June 23, 2006

THE OFFER

Just heard from Jonathan Stevens, the director of THE OFFER, who informed me that
the DVD of the film is completed.

I should be receiving it and a CD of pictures from the shoot in the mail in the next few days.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON

The staged reading of Mika Gill's play THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON was presented last night. Thanks to Mika again for letting me be a part of the experience.

Mika seemed happy with my work and plans to involve me in future readings of the script.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

FINAL Cast List for "Pocket Full Of Matches" by Dan Conrad

MITCH: Rob Bellsey

JASON: Timothy J. Cox

ALEXIS: Amy Kersten

SARAH: Amanda Romeo

FRANK: Paul White

KADINSKY: Marc Seidenstein

The reading takes place this Sunday, June 25th at 2pm at Champion Studios.

The Other Side of the Moon

I got tapped, late in the day yesterday, to appear in an informal staged reading of a new play by Mika Gill titled THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON. It tells the story of Tina, an actress on the cusp of stardom who gives an interview that discloses information from her childhood that may sever ties with her family forever.

I play Tina's father Richard, a man who can best be described as emotionally unavailable.

Thanks to Mika for the opportunity!

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Exciting Life

Sad news to report: The Sam French folks decided not to include "The Exciting Life" in the plays they are publishing from this year's festival.

Oh well! I still feel that we (Tony, Don and the cast) have a lot to be proud of.

Friday, June 16, 2006

1500 Years of Fear

It was great to sit down again with Don Jordan, Michael Criscuolo, Jeff Pagliano and Tanya Moberly for the 3rd read through of Don's play 1500 Years of Fear.

I feel now that the script is one hundred percent solid...it snaps along at a quick pace with plenty of laughs along the way.

I think it's time to put it in front of an audience, see what kind of a reaction we get. Jeff's Bush impression is something that needs to be seen.

I'll keep you posted.

Also, congrats to Jeff and his wife AnnMarie, who, I am pleased to announce, are going to have a baby. Jeff informed me that AnnMarie is due in November. I wish them all the best.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Click Here for Rosi Hayes' Film MOON CALVES

This is the Rosi Hayes piece that Kyle Pierson and I appeared in some months back.

Thanks again to Rosi for the chance to be a part of her fascinating project.

For more information on the project, please visit:

http://www.rosihayes.com/video_MOONCALVES.htm

Monday, June 12, 2006

Pictures from the reading of BREAK NIGHT CLUB

Thanks to Rachel Langley for these pics from last months reading of her screenplay BREAK NIGHT CLUB.


The Exciting Life

What a great weekend at the Samuel French Festival!

The Exciting Life did succeed in winning our evening; making it to Sunday's final round. We're waiting on the results now.

What I think happened is that 12 shows made it to the finals and out of those 12, 6 will be published.

Tony's play is a solid piece. A rarity too. It's a comedy that is smart, funny....and has a machine gun pace that makes you (made me at least) think back to those Howard Hawks comedies of the 1930's.

We'll see what happens!

1500 Years of Fear: Another go!

I'm having another go at Don Jordan's play 1500 Years of Fear this Thursday evening. Don's been working on the script a lot, so I'm looking forward to it. After this reading, perhaps we may go public with it; try it out on an audience.

Staged Reading- "Pocket Full Of Matches" by Dan Conrad

Greg Vorob of Random Coconuts has once again been kind enough to invite me to participate in another one of RC's staged readings. This time, it's Pocket Full Of Matches by Dan Conrad, which will take place on June 25th at the Champion Studios.

Here is a synopsis from playwright Dan Conrad:

Mitch had no career, no ambition, lives in a tiny city apartment over-run with trash, has no respect for women, and yet is strangely successful with them. He wakes up every morning with a woman in his bed... a different women. Mitch's relationships never last more then eight hours. His Brother Jason is the opposite. A successful biologist, polite and sensitive, A healthy eater, and Jason is getting married after six years of dating the same woman.... But, unlike his brother, he is a human door-mat.

Mitch was on the streak of his life, ten one night stands in a row.... He was in heaven, that is until the eleventh night. After a drunken bender he can't remember Mitch ends up in bed with the last person he would have expected, or wanted, His Brother's Fiancee. With the help of his best friend, a pool cleaner named Frank, Mitch will do everything in his power to hide his mistake from his brother. There are forces working against him however... a private detective with a vendetta, an ex-conquest interested in his brother, his sex-crazed future sister-in-law and the incompetence of his only ally... a pool cleaner named Frank.

Pocket Full of Matches blends a traditional farce with a modern sex comedy, With a cast of characters you can love and hate at the same time.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Bad News About MUCH ADO

I was saddened to have to do it, but earlier today, I stepped down from MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING due to scheduling conflicts. It's always a shame when you have to walk away from something because there are not enough hours in the day to do every thing that comes your way. I hadn't started rehearsals yet, so it doesn't hurt anything too badly. I'm sure Marcus will find someone real quick to jump in and play both roles.

Oh well! I guess I'll have to wait a little longer to play Dogberry. I had even started work on the role. I read through the script a number of times, made notes on the character. So, if and when I ever do play the part, I'll have my notes there to help me.

In other news, YASHKA is starting to come alive. Tony Pennino is in the process of putting together the rehearsal schedule, so now I have that to look forward to.