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 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 on Logo’s Click List!

Thanks to everyone who voted for the video.

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

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


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 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 and vote for it as your favorite video:


Check it out at 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 I figured, what the hell.


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 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:

You can also purchase the book through

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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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.


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.

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Picasso at the Lapin Agile

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

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.


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


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

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 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 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.