Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More Updates

Heard from Peter Bossio regarding the 24/7 FITNESS spec. commercial I shot a few months back. He had to re-record one of the voice over tracks; said it should be done soon.

TWELFTH NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD officially kicks off rehearsals on October 1st.

Not much else to report at the moment.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Updates

Spoke with Kyle Pierson yesterday. We plan to meet to discuss my return to my involvement in THE GOOTUBE CONSPIRACY. Always fun to work on TGC.

Heard from Ed Herbstman regarding the Xbox game the other day. The game is close to being finished.

I touched base with Harris Masood (WHY I FIRED MY SECRETARY). He is in the process of writing and putting together a few dramatic pieces where I hope he has a role or two for me.

I also contacted Greg Vorob of RANDOM COCONUTS. They have been working on THE POWER TIME SHOW full time and are in the process of writing a sitcom pilot called OVERCROWDED. Hopefully, they'll be able to fit me in a small role or two in those as well.

Monday, August 20, 2007

A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT Update

While surfing the net, I found a trailer for the NYU Thesis Short that I briefly appeared in almost a year ago, A VERY MEMORABLE ENGAGEMENT, on the following website: http://room404media.com

The trailer is impressive, although I want to see the finished product.

Getting updates or any communication of any kind from the director has been a task, one that I find regrettable, for I found this particular director to be quite capable on the set. She knew what she wanted and how to get it. She had also written the screenplay, which was a lot of fun.

I can't condone unprofessionalism though. How hard is it to drop your actors an email with updates on the film's status?

Considering my awful track record with NYU's filmmakers, I'm not surprised to not have a finished product. All I hear are excuses from these people.

One thing they don't teach these so-called directors in these so-called film schools is how to act like a professional.

Perhaps a course on how to act like one should be added to the curriculum.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Back from Cruise

Amanda and I returned from our cruise to Canada (St. John's & Halifax) yesterday morning. Highly recommend a Carnival cruise to one and all. Very relaxing and a lot of fun.

"12th NOTLD" is going to start up soon. The cast plans on meeting sometime next week for fight choreography.

No other projects on the horizon at the moment. I'm actually trying to catch up with people about projects that have been outstanding for quite some time.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Pictures from THE ODD COUPLE

Here I am as Jesus Costazuela in the female version of the Neil Simon classic.

Also pictured are Aaron Rustebakke and Patricia Hammond.


Pictures from SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS

Here I am in a few pictures from SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, where I played the windbag, Dr. Lombardi.




Picture from BABE

Here I am as BABE with Matt Franta and Zanna Fredland.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Back in NYC!!!

I arrived safely back to NYC. While I shall my good friends from Pioneer Playhouse, it's great to be home.

Over the next couple of weeks, expect a lot of pictures to be featured on here from the summer.

Rehearsals for "12th NOTLD" will start in September. Very excited.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Lexington Herald Review of FIREFLIES

Thursday, August 02, 2007

THEATER REVIEW

Playwright gets MVP honors in tribute to small towns
By Rich Copley

DANVILLE --Pioneer Playhouse is touting the presence of a bona fide film actress, True Grit star Kim Darby, as the marquee attraction in its latest production, A Jarful of Fireflies.

The play was commissioned to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Raintree County, which was partially filmed in Danville in the summer of 1956.

And Darby certainly deserves the billing based on her past work as well as her funny, quirky performance in the play. As a teacher who is not terribly impressed with the Hollywood crowd that has descended on 1956 Danville, she has numerous opportunities to demonstrate her comedic timing, particularly a tipsy walk late in the first act. She doesn't miss a beat, and gives the audience time to relish her dry wit.

But the most valuable player in this production has to be playwright Catherine Bush, who delivered a much more thoughtful and authentic script that you might expect for commissioned work commemorating a specific event.

Bush, a onetime Lexington and Danville resident whose national profile has risen the last few years, developed the play based on many eyewitness accounts of that summer, when Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and an MGM army came to Danville to film the Civil War epic.

In the play, we don't see Taylor or Clift -- except for a brief moment -- but we see the effect they have on the town. Birdie, the local busybody, gets to revel in relaying Hollywood gossip in addition to the local gossip, and mixes the two.

That has Margaret worried that her husband Tom is stepping out with Liz Taylor. Big Man on Campus Teddy is hired as Clift's stand-in, and he succumbs to delusions of grandeur.

And 16-year-old Patty Cake befriends Eva Marie Saint, and sets out to collect a jar of fireflies for the actress. But life also goes on, with little dramas like mailman Tug trying to work up the courage to ask the schoolteacher out.

Director Robby Henson, who has a growing feature film rŽsumŽ, creates wonderful scenes in the play by bringing full, rich performances out of the actors.

Patricia Hammond, a Pioneer Playhouse mainstay, leads the way as the neighborhood mom playing between goofy and distraught.

Eben French Mastin and Timothy J. Cox are hilarious as bickering, chess-playing old coots who treat being extras in the movie as a chance to refight the Civil War. And Jason Vaughn has some great moments as the goofball paperboy who seizes a chance to court the prettiest girl in town as a mandate to grow up.

A lot of these sound like stock small-town characters, and they are. But if you've spent any time in a small town, you know they're stock because they're real.

What makes this unique is exploring how the glitter of Hollywood impacts these people, and Bush uses the jar of fireflies as a great metaphor for movie stars.

A Jarful of Fireflies was written for a specific event and a specific place. But it is real, thoughtful and universal enough that it could find audiences beyond Danville and the Raintree County Festival.