Wednesday, December 31, 2008

TWELFTH NIGHT Audition

I feel good about the audition I gave for TWELFTH NIGHT this morning. Again, it's for an understudy role, but if nothing else, I was seen and able to show my stuff.

If they can't use me in this show, there's always others.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pioneer Playhouse Announces New Season

The Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, KY has announced it's summer season of plays.

Here are the plays:

M IS FOR MILLION
by Jack Sharkey

June 5 – June 20

A mother-daughter bond is hilariously tested when mom tries to derail her daughter's wedding on board a cruise ship full of ex-fiances! Kick off the 60th season with a million laughs and some "surprise" celebrity guests! Comedy.Rated G.

THE INFAMOUS EPHRAIM
by Holly Henson

June 23 – July 4

Before he was a statue, he was a man.... A riveting exploration of the conflict, conviction and courage surrounding medical pioneer Dr. Ephraim McDowell and his patient, Jane Todd Crawford. An exciting adventure for your inner history buff! Written and directed by Holly Henson A "don't miss" 200th anniversary celebration! Visit McDowell House during the day & see the play at night! Rated G.

LEND ME A TENOR
by Ken Ludwig

July 7 – July 18

When a famous tenor receives a double dose of tranquilizers before his Cleveland debut--his panicky producers replace him with a lowly booking assistant in a comedic masterpiece that is howlingly funny! Rated PG.

GIRL CRAZY
by Guy Bolton & John McGowan
Adapted by Anne Martens, Newt Mitzman & William Dalzell

July 21 – August 1

Adapted from the 1943 Mickey Rooney/ Judy Garland movie, an East Coast playboy falls for a hard hearted cowgirl--while a bunch of low down skunkin' varmits try to run him out of town. A rip-roarin', root-tootin' good time, featuring live country & western music. Rated G.

BE MY BABY
by Ken Ludwig
August 4 – August 15

When newlyweds decide to adopt, they send elderly relatives John and Maude 6,000 miles to pick the infant up. Unfortunately John and Maude loathe each other...as they begin the journey of a lifetime, caring for a helpless newborn and learning a few lessons about life and love along the way. A heartwarming comedy. Rated PG.

New York Dinner Theatre Audition This Morning

My audition for Ann Marie O'Farrell, Artistic Director of the New York Dinner Theatre, went fairly well this morning. It looks like it could be a lot of fun and after my reading, Ann Marie welcomed me into the company, but just so I get an idea of how things run, I will first watch a performance on January 24th, see if it's truly something for me. There would be a fair amount of travel involved, all covered by the company and there is pay for the performances, so that's something.

I read for the role of an Irish priest in the interactive comedy show "Joey and Mary's Irish/Italian Comedy Wedding", which is the show I will be seeing on the
24th.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Got An Audition To Understudy The Role of Malvolio in Pearl Theatre's TWELFTH NIGHT

I will be auditioning to understudy the role of Malvolio in the Pearl Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT on Wednesday morning.

An understudy is a theatrical term for someone who learns the lines and blocking/choreography of a leading actor or actress in a play. Should the lead actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness or accident, the understudy takes over the part.

The Pearl Theatre has been presenting a wide variety of classical works since 1984 and it would be great to work with them...although the prospect of being an understudy is, admittedly, not very attractive.

TWELFTH NIGHT begin previews on January 20th and opens on February 2nd.

SNOW WHITE Pictures

Thanks to Alan Weiner for these great pictures of me as Doc from the Hudson Theatre Ensemble's production of SNOW WHITE.



Friday, December 26, 2008

Got An Audition for the Great Play OUR LADY OF 121st STREET on January 11th

Got another audition coming up...this time it's for the play OUR LADY OF 121st STREET by Stephen Adly Guirgis. I have never seen or read the play, but I am certainly aware of it and it's acclaim. A few years back, Philip Seymour Hoffman directed a successful run of the show off-Broadway at his theatre company, LAByrinth.

The play takes place in The Ortiz Funeral Room and it's in big trouble. The body of beloved community activist and nun Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room, and now the neighborhood residents are waiting for her proper return.

The audition will take place on Sunday, January 11th at a theatre in Douglaston, NY...which would be a hike, but as I said in an earlier post today, no harm, no foul is auditioning.

Nabbed An Audition for NEW YORK DINNER THEATRE

Next Tuesday, December 30th, I'll be heading out to Long Island for an audition for the New York Dinner Theatre, who have been presenting interactive comedy theater at theatres throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for over a decade.

While the hike to Long Island may prove unattractive if cast, there's no harm, no foul in auditioning.

For more information on the New York Dinner Theatre, please visit http://www.newyorkdinnertheater.com/

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Auditioning for THE MUSIC MAN on January 12th

No, you didn't read that wrong...I'm auditioning for a musical.

Even though I am not a trained singer per se (I can carry a slight...very slight tune) I can't pass up the chance to audition for this classic musical by Meredith Wilson about con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim Marian the librarian sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her.

Film and theatre buffs will know that the role of Harold Hill was made famous by the late, great Robert Preston, who played the role on stage over 1,200 times and reprised his award winning role in the 1962 film.

My audition is going to be on January 12th. There are a few non-singing roles in the show. We'll see what happens.

OVERCROWDED Update

I received an email from Greg Vorob about the status of the comedy pilot OVERCROWDED.

Greg's feeling is that pilot will be finished in at most two weeks. At the present moment, Brian McCallister is doing the music and director Dan Kowlaski is color correcting. Greg saw the rough cut of the pilot with writer Dan Conrad and they were happy with its progress.

A premiere party/viewing/dvd collecting event will likely be set for the cast and crew after New Years, so it's on its way to being completed. Greg is so happy (as is everyone else) that they got Dan Kowalski involved with this project.

Currently, a second episode is written and will go into production in the coming months. Dan Conrad is in the process of writing the third episode and Mr. Kowalski is penning a fourth episode, so things seem to be looking up for OVERCROWDED.

Shifting gears onto a previous ALL THINGS RANDOM/RANDOM COCONUTS project...Greg also gave me an update on THE POWER TIME SHOW, which I worked on way back in March. There were some problems, but they have now hopefully been solved. Hopefully, I'll have more info on that in the coming weeks.

I should mention that even though he was not directly involved with the project, Dan Kowalski has agreed to do the editing.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lots of Sitting Around on KINGS

There was a lot of sitting around and waiting on yesterdays' KINGS shoot. Normally, that's part of the job, which I understand. There's usually a lot of setting up that needs to be done, people setting up the lighting, the camera, etc. The problem was that the actors were being held in a cold storage space with little to no heat. They could have done better than that.

Here's a tip for everyone during this economic crisis: If you're in need of a haircut and you don't want to spend the dough at a barber shop, then do background work and you can get your hair cut for free. Getting a free haircut was the highlight of yesterdays' shoot.

Again, I played a videographer for a royal event. It was part of episode 9 of this new series and will feature guest star Leslie Bibb (TALLEDEGA NIGHTS) who was on set yesterday.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

KINGS In a Few Hours

Todays' KINGS shoot is just an hour or two away. I don't know what kind of a day I'm looking at, as far as length of time is concerned, but I do know that I'll be working down by Battery Park in the financial district.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cast in THE DARROW CHRONICLES

I have been cast in THE DARROW CHRONICLES, a trilogy of plays about Clarence Darrow. I will be a part of a company of actors used to play various roles in the trilogy. I don't know who I'll be playing as of yet because there have been some setbacks with the timeline because the author, Gordon Browne, has had a medical complication which requires surgery in early 2009.

Director Lorca Peress will begin setting the roles once Gordon is feeling better.

As of now, here are the details:

March of April (TBA) - Public Reading of the Chronicles
Spring/Summer - Fundraising (possible Backer's Audition)
Fall or Winter 2009 - Production

My thoughts and prayers are with Gordon during this holiday season on a speedy recovery.

I also wish to thank Gordon and Lorca for a chance to be a part of this project.

KINGS...Again

I'm back on KINGS tomorrow, again playing a videographer for a party sequence. I guess I'm that good with a camera.

Monday, December 15, 2008

30 ROCK

Today's 30 ROCK shoot was a quick one...in at 6:30am, out at around 10:30am.

It was a fun set, with a humorous crew. I also had a chance to watch stars Tina Fey and Jack McBrayer at work.

As I mentioned yesterday, I play a guy on his way to the St. Patrick's Day parade.

In the episode, which will be the 14th of this, the 3rd season, you might catch a glimpse of me...just keep an eye out for a guy in a green bowler hat. That's me!

We shot two quick scenes on the mall at Rockefeller Center.

Very easy stuff and what great weather we had...nothing like the NEW YORK THING shoot from Saturday.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Snagged 30 ROCK For Early Tomorrow Morning

Got a call from Barbara McNamara about working on the Emmy award winning show 30 ROCK for tomorrow, which is great since I've been trying to get on this show for quite some time now!

My call for tomorrow is 6:30am and I'll be playing a guy celebrating St. Patrick's Day at Rockefeller Plaza...so it should be a fun shoot, especially since it's suppossed to be 58 degrees tomorrow.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A NEW YORK THING

Today's shoot for the independent film A NEW YORK THING out at Newark International Airport was a lot of fun, even if we had to work out in the freezing cold.

I was part of a group of people waiting in line for a cab outside of the airport, when a man, hoping to catch a woman he's presumably in love with, decides to cut into the front of the line, much to the chagrin of the group waiting. I myself used some colorful language to describe how I felt about the situation, as did many others in line (don't mess with New Yorkers!). Everyone was having a lot of fun in the scene. We even made the sound guy laugh.

The cast and crew were all very nice to work with and even though we were working out in the cold, everyone managed to keep their sense of humor in tact and yes, we were finished, as promised at around 1pm.

The film is being produced by A NY Thing, LLC and is being directed by Olivier L├ęcot.

Principal photography for the film was set to be finished in 26 days and this was day 19, so the production is close to being finished before it goes into the editing room.

Friday, December 12, 2008

GADIS Commercial

Here is a link to that Gadis commercial I worked on back in October.

http://www.vivamoscomogalegos.com/

It's the second one called “Vivamos Como Galegos en New York”.

More than halfway through the video, you'll see me sitting on a police motorcycle in Times Square, being handed a large piece of fish.

A NEW YORK THING

Got a 6AM call for A NEW YORK THING tomorrow morning.

I'll be playing an airline passenger out at Newark International Airport in New Jersey.

I've been informed that the day will not be a long one. Ha ha ha...I've heard that one before.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Click Here for the DUPLICITY Trailer

Here's the trailer for DUPLICITY with Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti.

It looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Working on Feature Film A NEW YORK THING ON Saturday

I'll be working on this feature film on Saturday. I'm playing an arline passenger for a scene to be shot at one of the airports.

I'll receive all the other details tomorrow.

KINGS

It was a relatively short day on the KINGS set and even though the cast and crew worked out in the cold and the rain, everyone managed to keep their sense of humor in tact.

In this episode, which will be the 9th of the new series, I played a funeral guest and in a brief sit in as the driver for the Prince (Sebastian Stan). Don't worry, I didn't have to drive...and thank God, considering the car was a Mercedes.

Sebastian was very nice, as were the crew.

Also on set today was guest star Eamonn Walker (OZ).

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pfizer Commercial Today...Back on KINGS Tomorrow

Today's Pfizer commercial was an easy $200...even though I didn't do a blessed thing all day. Making money is fine with me...and easy money at that, but it would have been nice to have been used. Oh well! Take the money and run, I guess.

I'm back on KINGS tomorrow...third time in 2 and a half weeks...I feel like a regular member of the cast. It's a funeral scene (exterior...hope it's not cold) and I'll be an attendee.

The shoot will be in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which is not too far from home.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Working on a PFIZER Commercial Tomorrow

Got an early call tomorrow for a commercial for Pfizer, the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company, with the shoot taking place upstate in Tarrytown.

I don't know who or what I'm playing. All is know is that the commercial is taking place in a movie theatre.

DARROW

Had my audition for DARROW just a little over an hour ago. Got a nice vibe from the director and playwright.

I read for Darrow himself, but I didn't feel like I nailed him. It's Darrow at 48, which I think I could pull off wsith some work, but it would be a tough sell.

Personally, I think I faired much better reading for acerbic newspaperman H.L. Mencken, the basis for the E.K. Hornbeck character in INHERIT THE WIND, a role I have always wanted to play.

As previously mentioned, the reading will take in January with a full production to follow, if the reading goes well, of course.

Audition for Staged Reading of DARROW Tonight

This evening, I will be auditioning for a staged reading of "Darrow" about the well known labor lawyer, reformer and social critic Clarence Darrow (1857-1938).

Clarence Darrow was probably the Johnnie Cochrane of his time and is most famous for defending the Darwinist Scopes, at the legendary "Monkey Trial" in the 1920's, which became the basis for one of my favorite plays INHERIT THE WIND, where the character of Henry Drummond was patterned after Darrow.

This is a backers reading and it is planned for late January 2009 with a full production to follow.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Pics From THE RED WAGON

Here are some pictures from last week's RED WAGON shoot.


Here's director Sophie Tabet.


Here's me and co-star Michelle Bonfils.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

LIPSTICK JUNGLE This Past Week

At exactly 29 minutes and 50 seconds into this past week's episode of LIPSTICK JUNGLE, you see a side view of my friend and colleague Herb Bennett and the back of my head in a park scene.

See the episode here: http://www.imdb.com/video/hulu/vi4086956825/

If you pause real quick at 29:50 and look over Kim Raver's right shoulder (your left), you'll catch a blurry glimpse of Herb and me watching a game of bocce.

Click Here for the DOUBT Trailer

Here is the trailer for the film DOUBT, which features a prelude to what I'm sure will be master classes in acting from both Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

THE RED WAGON is Complete

Director Sophie Tabet has finished editing THE RED WAGON and plans on showing the film tomorrow night at NYU.

No details yet on times and location, so stay tuned.

JACK CARSON Update

Heard from director Darrell Goode yesterday about the status of the short film JACK CARSON.

Darrell informed me that the project is progressing nicely and that he hopes to have a finished product by early January.

"Evan & Gareth" Shoot

Todays' EVAN & GARETH shoot was a very underwhelming experience, save for the fact that the money was better than usual.

I had a better time (and more to do) working on the Comedy Central pilot from August, MICHAEL AND MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

THE RED WAGON

The dubbing session for THE RED WAGON last night went nicely. Michelle Bonfils and I got a chance to watch the edited footage of the film and I think it looks fantastic. I did find it a little difficult to watch, because it looks quite real. Hopefully, the film will be available for viewing on here in the coming weeks.

I wamted to give Michelle a little plug on here. For information of all of the many things Michelle does to keep busy, please visit her blog at www.themichellebonfilsshow.com

She also has a show of her own on her YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/mabonfils

Friday, December 05, 2008

THE RED WAGON Tonight

Director Sophie Tabet has informed me that the footage for THE RED WGAON is looking good and all that is required now is dubbing, the process of an actor re-recording lines spoken during filming that must be replaced to improve audio quality or reflect dialog changes. This process is also called automated dialogue replacement (ADR). Music is also dubbed onto a film after editing is completed.

Working on New Comedy Central Pilot "EVAN & GARETH" ON Sunday

On Sunday, I will be playing a cafeteria cook in a new pilot for Comedy Central tentatively titled 'Evan and Gareth Are Trying To Get Laid' and stars Evan Mann and Gareth Reynolds, two regular guys who work at thehookup.com, a male advice web site. They are crash test dummies for the advice they pass along to their readers. In the pilot, Evan questions his career choice after a string of bad dates, but with no Evan, there is no Gareth! Gareth must do everything he can to get Evan out of his funk, including dressing in drag, so his friend can improve his pick-up techniques.

The shoot will be taking place in Long Island City, which is not far from my home, which is always nice.

For more info the show, please visit www.comedycentral.com.

The 3 Best Things About Yesterday's KINGS Shoot...1. Ian McShane 2. Ian McShane 3. Ian McShane

Yesterday's KINGS shoot was an unmercifully long shooting day...15 hours (more overtime, but I'm exhausted) but it felt even longer.

All is forgiven though because I got to meet and watch the great Ian McShane do his thing.

I introduced myself to Mr. McShane in a break from shooting and he was very kind, sharing stories about his experiences in the film SEXY BEAST and in his Broadway triumph in Harold Pinter's THE HOMECOMING just a few months ago. Very charming and extremely funny. Later on, I got a chance to watch him work (as the King, of course) and the style and grace with how he approaches his work is something to be studied by all actors. It was the highlight of the day. Heck, it made my year!

The episode was the 8th of the first season. Again, the show's pilot is set to premiere in the next couple of weeks.

"Balloon" Music Video Shoot Postponed

It has been postponed until further notice.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

TRAILER

My voice over contribution to Brian Huselton's film TRAILER was brief, but a lot of fun.

I did get a chance to see a rough cut of the film, without sound, and it looks great.

Again, it is a mock trailer for a fake film and the fake film title is "Candy Canes". Brian plans to add some instrumental Christmas music...make it real dramatic.

From what I saw, the film has a nice, grainy...film noir feel to it. Very cool.

Natrually, I look positively evil in my villanious role.

Brian is hoping for the film to be finished by Christmas.

Cast in Music Video - "Balloon" by Arizona

I have just been cast in a nice role in a music video for the song "Balloon" by Arizona (http://www.myspace.com/arizonatheband).

The video for “Balloon” will explore the thoughts and dreams of an old man named Myron (played by me), specifically his dreams about working at a balloon factory.

The video will be produced and directed by Todd Wiseman of Wiseman Vision and will be shot in parts of Westchester County on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Should be a fun shoot.

Back on KINGS Tomorrow

I'm back with KINGS tomorrow, playing a videographer covering an upscale party hosted by the king.

The shoot will be taking place on Long Island.

I'm anticipating another early call and long day.

Directing The Actor Class at NYU

On the RED WAGON set last evening, I met director David Maire, who needed an actor for his "Directing the Actor" class for today at NYU. An actor backed out at the last minute, so I was happy to step in to help David. I ended up having a lot of fun.

The scene I worked on was from the television series FIREFLY, a show I know by name, but have never seen. I believe it was a science fiction show of sorts. Well, for all the FIREFLY fans out there, I played the role of Wash.

The focus of the course is to give young directors a chance to work with actors, to work on scenes from the ground up; discuss things like the characters' motives, objectives and intentions. It's a great opportunity for actors as well. It was nice to have the freedom to try different readings and interpretations; to ask questions of David, give him my thoughts on where the scene could go. My co-star and I ran the scene a number of times and David would give adjustments, things to raise the stakes in the scene, make it pop more. He'd drop these little hints that we'd take and run with and as a result, I felt the scene got better from the first reading to the last. Credit goes to David, who I thought created a very nurturing and collaborative environment.

That, to me, is the mark of a great director.

A Fantastic RED WAGON Shoot

Last evenings' RED WAGON shoot was great. Everything about it was fantastic; an organized set with a great director and crew; a pleasant and very professional co-star and a role that I could really sink my teeth into. Actors dream of this kind of working environment and rarely get it.

Playing neglectful husband and father, Timothy Jones was a great challenge for me personally. Hopefully director Sophie Tabet got great footage. The scenes were tough to shoot, as they were physically and emotionally draining for me and my co-star, the charming Michelle Bonfils. I would say that they were more draining on Michelle, since the scene involved her being raped by my character. Sophie kepts things very professional, which, given the subject matter, I deeply appreciated.

Pictures from the shoot coming soon.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Doing Voice Over fror TRAILER

TRAILER was a short I did a few weeks ago and director Brian Huselton contacted me about doing a little voice over spot for the film, which I am happy to do.

I'll be doing that for about an hour tomorrow morning in Manhattan.

THE RED WAGON Shoot Tonight

Looking forward to this evening's RED WAGON shoot. As previously mentioned, I've never played a sadistic character like the father and husband I'm playing in this film. I always like a new challenge.

The shoot should only take a few hours.

CUPID Shoot - Episode "My Fair Masseuse"

Yesterday's CUPID shoot was a long and exhausting one...15 hours to be exact. Thank God for overtime pay.

I was working on episode 3 of the new series, titled "My Fair Masseuse" and on hand for yesterday's shooting was series stars Bobby Canavale (Emmy winner for WILL & GRACE, THE STATION AGENT, THIRD WATCH) and Sarah Paulson (Golden Globe Nominee for STUDIO CITY ON THE SUNSET STRIP, DOWN WITH LOVE, THE SPIRIT). My MEASURE FOR MEASURE co-star Anna Chlumsky is scheduled to be on this episode, but sadly, she was not called for yesterdays' shoot.

CUPID will begin airing on ABC in just a few weeks, at the start of 2009.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

CUPID Shoot Tomorrow

I have an early call for CUPID tomorrow (6:30am) but that's alright, because the shoot will be taking place at the Hellgate Studios in my neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, a 20 minute walk from my home.

I'll be playing a patron in a bar sequence (Oh, how I love "interior" scenes).

As always, I have no idea what kind of a day I'm looking at.

You never know with these BG gigs.

Today's Industrial Shoot

Today's industrial shoot was an enjoyable one. The shoot was for the finance company Woodbridge and I played a member of their financial staff. As previously mentioned, the industrial is being produced by KZ Films (http://www.kzfilms.com/) and directed by Zachary Bennett and Karen Nourse, who were both delightful to work with.

I ran into an old 13th Street Rep alum, Chris Carlone, on the set, which was nice. Chris will be featured in the industrial as the Woodbridge pitchman, so I was happy to see that he's keeping busy. Chris was always a good guy and an ardent supporter of the original production of KEROUAC at the Rep. I wish him well.

In the coming weeks, the industrial will be made available for viewing on the Woodbridge website.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Cast in Film THE RED WAGON

I have been cast in the role of an abusive father in THE RED WAGON, which is about a little boy in his tent, this huge kingdom he made for himself as a means of escape from the harsh realities of his life at home. He flashes back to a scene of him and his mother, when they stumbled upon a broken red wagon they decided to take home. That night, he overhears an argument in the adjacent room and peaks through his door left ajar to find his father raping his mother. My character works as a sales assistant for a phone company. He's been working several low paying jobs for numerous years, without real satisfying results. Dissatisfied with his life and lack of achievements, he reasserts his power over his wife - who he resents for having a higher paying job. Not a warm man, and reflects this through his cold behaviour with his wife and son.

I've never played a character like this. Sure, I've played some villians, but no one like this guy. I look forward to the challenge.

I'll be shooting my scenes on Tuesday evening in Lower Manhattan.

Thanks to director Sophie Tabet for a chance to be a part of the project.

Had An Audition for Short Film UNCERTAIN TIMES

This afternoon, I auditioned for the short film UNCERTAIN TIMES, for director Robert La Rocca.

The film is about Brad, a depressed man whose life changes when he gets a middle-of-the-night call from a hostile bill collector. I read for Brad.

If cast, shooting will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Cast As Narrator in Short BOOKEND

I have been cast in a voice over role of a Narrator for the short film "Bookend", which is being produced by Andrew Katz.

BOOKEND is a comedy beginning with the peculiar situation wherein the members of a small women's book club know that during their meeting one of them will die. The film then unravels the unusual string of circumstances, which lead up to this awkward, morose tension.

No date has been on the start of production.

Working on Industrial on Sunday

Thanks to actor Tom Ashton for all the info on this industrial for KZ Films. It's only a bit part as a banker in a financial services office, but work is work.

The shoot will be for a few hours down in the Wall Street area.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Working on TV Series CUPID on Monday, December 1st

On Monday, I will working on CUPID, which is a re-working of an ABC series from the 1998-99 television season that starred Jeremy Piven (ENTOURAGE) and Paula Marshall (GARY, UNMARRIED) and follows the adventures of a modern-day guy who may be a reincarnation of the fabled god of love.

Once again, the series will be on ABC with the pilot slated to air in early 2009.

BLIND THOUGHTS Los Angeles Premiere

Blind Thoughts is an official selection of the NY Independent International Film and Video Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

The Hollywood premiere is set for 4pm on December 7th...in case anyone happens to be in the Los Angeles area.

Director Harris Masood just got back from LA yestetrday and plans to head back out there next week for the festival.

Pray for Best Picture everyone.

For more info on the festival, please visit http://nyfilmvideo.com/

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mouthwash Commercial Yesterday..."Chocolate & Bananas" Today

Both projects from this weekend were enjoyable. They were not long shots, which I always appreciate.

The mouthwash commercial, directed by Andre Kendall (great guy) was for "Chopper Washer," (interesting name, but not a real brand of mouthwash). The story for the commercial is that my wife finds a shirt of mine that has lipstick on the collar. She confronts me...gets in my face, yells at me, even chokes me a little. An advistory comes on the screen about using mouthwash if you're going to confront someone. End of commercial. After some waiting around, my sequence was wrapped in an hour. "Chocolate & Bananas" was a quick voice over gig...out in 15 minutes. I had a brief scene as Wendell's Father, having an argument with Wendell. Thanks to Kate Zabinsky for the chance to be a small part of her project and thanks to Andre for the chance to be a part of his project.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Mouthwash Commercial Tomorrow

I'll be heading to Brooklyn tomorrow morning for this mouthwash commercial shoot, which should only take a couple of hours.

There will be no dialogue on my part. All I have to do is sit back and get screamed at by my on screen wife.

KINGS Shoot Uneventful

The KINGS shoot this evening was rather uneventful. We shot one scene at 25 Broadway and then we were done by 11pm.

The scene was set in a train station with commuters watching these large television screens. On these screens is the new king delivering us some good news. Two or three takes and we were done.

I'm delighted that it wasn't a long night shoot, but at the same time, I wanted more to do.

KINGS Tonight

My call for the television series KINGS isn't until around 6pm tonight.

The shoot will be taking place in and around the financial district and as expected, I'll be playing a businessman.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Cast in Mouthwash Commercial Shoot For This Saturday

While I haven't received all the details yet, I do know that I will be playing a husband confronted by his wife. During this confromtation, the issue of bad breath will come up.

I'll have an early call on Saturday morning and will be reporting to Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn.

I'm going to have one busy weekend. I like it that way.

Cast In Voice Over Role in "Chocolate and Bananas"

I have been cast in director Kate Zabinsky's voice over short titled "Chocolate and Bananas".

It's about a girl, Wendell, who realizes that she can't ever really escape her past despite how hard she tries. I'll be playing her father.

Recording will take place for a few hours on Sunday.

Working on New Series KINGS Tomorrow

This is a show I've been trying to get work on for some time.

It's a new series starring the wonderful Ian McShane (DEADWOOD, SEXY BEAST, LOVEJOY). According to IMDB, "Kings" is a modern-day soap loosely based on the story of King David, in which an everyday guy rises to the seat of political power in his small town.

For Friday's shoot, I'll be suiting up, so I'm sure I'll be playing a businessman of sorts.

Music Video Shoot Yesterday

The music video shoot yesterday was for singer Toni Ann Semple and her single "Peep Through My Window."

The shoot was an enjoyable one and when the video is released, you'll see me as a man enjoying her show with his lady. The video was shot at the great Smalls Jazz Club in the Village.

The director was William T. Sutphin, who I liked working with very much. Very cool and professional. Thanks, Will.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Working On A Live Jazz Music Video Today

Snagged this last night. All I know now is that the video will be shot in a jazz club down by Christopher Street in Greenwhich Village and that it is being produced by Southern Fried Filmworks.

Could be fun.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

TRAILER Shoot...Done In An Hour

Today's TRAILER shoot was a piece of cake...in and out in an hour.

I got to play the villian, so I had a death scene, strangled with Christmas lights.

Thanks to Brian Huselton for the chance to be a part of the film. It should be finished before Christmas.

Visited the Set of LAW & ORDER Today

Tommy South is an actor that Larry Lesher and I have both had the pleasure of working with and currently, Tommy has the lucky job of working on the television series LAW & ORDER, a show which I have been a fan of since its premiere in 1990.

Tommy works as a production assistant on the show, working with the producers, writers and actors and he was nice enough to take some time to show me and Larry the set, which is located in the Chelsea Piers complex on 23rd Street and 11th Avenue.

This was a big thrill for me, to be standing in the courtroom, the squad room and in the offices of the district attorney. No actors were available, as they were off shooting on location, but here are a number of pictures from the set.







Thanks to Tommy for taking the time to show Larry and me around.

"Trailer" Shoot In Just A Few Hours

Today's "Trailer" shoot should be a quick one. Director Brian Huselton has informed me that the shoot should only take a little over an hour.

Monday, November 17, 2008

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT - Episode "Alpha Dog"

Today's CRIMINAL INTENT shoot was a fun one. We worked nonstop from 8am to a little after 2, which definitely made the time go fast.

The episode centers around a condo developer, played by award winning actor Roger Rees (CHEERS, ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS) who wants to build condominiums on a historicial site, much to the chagrin of many. Someone from the historical society, wanting to protect the site, tries to thwart the developer's plans, but ends up dead.

We filmed two scenes...one protesting Mr. Rees' character as he is driven away (in a nice, shiny Bentley) and in a vigil scene to honor the murdered victim. A scuffle ensues between two characters and that's when stars Vincent D'onofrio and Kathryn Erbe step in to restore peace.

The title of the episode is "Alpha Dog," and is expected to air on the USA network in the next couple of weeks.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A MAGIC HELMET Update

A MAGIC HELMET is a film I briefly worked on, as a party guest, a few months back.

I received an email today from director Gaetano Crupi saying that principal photography on the film was wrapped a few weeks ago.

The hope is that the film will be finished by mid to late January.

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT

Got a 7AM call for LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT tomorrow, with the shoot taking place on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem.

As earlier stated, I'll be playing a demonstrator, protesting as part of some historical society.

Working on NYU Short "TRAILER" On Tuesday

On Tuesday, I'll working on an NYU short titled TRAILER, which is structured to resemble...yes, a film trailer.

The fake film revolves around a man who stumbles across some money and the people who want to take the money from him. I play his best friend who mysteriously shows up with an opportunity concerning the money.

It'll be directed by Brian Huselton. Filming is expected to only take a few hours on Tuesday morning in Lower Manhattan.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Working On LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT On Monday

I will be playing a demonstrator at a rally in a new episode of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT this coming Monday.

That's all I have at the moment.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

NBC Cancels LIPSTICK JUNGLE

From Yahoo News

Add Christian Slater and Brooke Shields to the list of actors with TV failures on their records.

NBC is pulling the plug on "My Own Worst Enemy" and "Lipstick Jungle," two of its more high-profile young series, according to two network executives who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about the decision.

The network will not order new episodes of either series when their current orders -- nine in the case of "My Own Worst Enemy" and 13 for "Lipstick Jungle" -- run out, the executives said.

"My Own Worst Enemy" was given a big promotional pitch by NBC. The psychological thriller starred Slater as a man who had two separate identities and lives, and was slowly coming to learn about the situation.

But it was just another new series that viewers shrugged their shoulders at in the lackluster new TV season. The series ranked No. 61 in the Nielsen Media Research season standings, averaging just under 5 million viewers each week.

Shields was one of three hard-driving Manhattan career women in "Lipstick Jungle," one of two series that premiered last season with clear bloodlines to HBO's "Sex and the City." It was averaging just 4.2 million viewers for each new episode this season, according to Nielsen.

If it's any consolation to NBC and Shields, "Lipstick Jungle" at least lasted longer than "Cashmere Mafia," the ABC version of the New York career women story.

The executives said it was still not clear whether all the episodes that have been shot for each series will be used.

THE CAT AND THE MOON - 5 Years Later

Five years ago, I appeared in my last (to date) collaboration with both playwright Tom O'Neil and director Stanley Harrison, Tom's adaptation of the William Butler Years poem, THE CAT AND THE MOON, a spiritual comedy that followed two beggars on a journey to find a cure for their ailments at the Holy Well of Saint Coleman. A peculiar duo, the lame one (Nixon Cesar) acting as eyes for the pair and the blind one (Michael Andrews) serving as their legs, they find a host of troubles and difficulties as they travel through a world that seems to be made from their own dreams and longings. Little do they know that the mysterious Saint (Me) has his own plans for them - and that the cure they seek is not as simple a matter as they thought.

The show ran at the 13th Street Repertory Company this time 5 years ago and received rave reviews. I personally received some of the best notices of my life from this production. We didn't exactly to play to sold out houses, but the show was a personal triumph for me.

I mention this production because aside from a handful of other productions, CAT was the most joyous experience I have ever had as an actor. Everything was perfect. The part. The script. The director. I got very lucky that time around and that only happens once in a while in this business.

The cast included Nixon Cesar, a great actor that I had worked with in Israel Horovitz's LINE; Michael Andrews and George Carroll, who was fantastic as the character called The Bandit. These guys were wonderful to work with and I miss the good times we had putting this show together.

I musn't leave out guys like Jason Godbey, who did a great lighting design, set and costume designer Tom Harlan and Lorena Egan's spirited choreography. All were wonderful.

Of course, a huge reason why I did this production was to work with Stanley again. I learned a great deal from him during this production. I learned that acting wasn't rocket science and that first and foremost, an actor should have fun. At the time I started work on CAT, I forgot that as actors, we're supposed to play, to have fun and not treat acting as if it were a 9-5 job. Because of his guidance and care, Stanley helped me fall in love with acting all over again and as a result, the character of the Saint was very much pattered after Stanley; his mannerisms and way of speaking. The character wouldn't have come alive without Stanley and I will never forget him for his passion, knowledge and his friendship.

Criticizing One's Own Work

Actors are never satisfied with their work. At least, I'm not.

On film, we always wish we had one more take and if we don't, we pray that some magic will happen in the editing room. In the theatre it's a little easier to cope with. If you do something you don't like at one performance, you can always come back the next night and do it again. Every performance can be new and fresh and invigorating. That's one of the joys of doing live theatre but overall this struggle with never getting it right is an actors private hell. It's also the thing that motivates us constantly to strive to do better work.

Gene Hackman once said that when judging his own work that there are parts of his performance, little fragments, that he enjoys.

When I see myself in a film, I look at it and go, "Okay, that's good or that's okay", but most of the time I'm screaming, "What are you doing, idiot?" I recently watched a film performance I gave a few years ago and I'm squinting for the entire film. Don't worry, you'll never see that performance on my reel.

I tend to do the same thing in a theatrical performance. You do this acting thing long enough and you know and feel when the magic isn't there. It happens to everyone. There's nothing you can really do about it. You can't force things, because then you're not giving an honesat performance.

If I were to go over all of my work in theatre and film that I've been fortunate to be involved in, I would say that in almost every one of them, there are little moments that I am happy with and I remember them fondly, but I am never satisfied with the entire performance.

That's part of the journey of an actor. That's what makes it great.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Click Here For This Past Week's LIPSTICK JUNGLE

Here's the LIPSTICK JUNGLE episode from last week.

In the last 15 minutes, the party sequence that Norman Outlaw and I worked on takes place. You can see Norman and I real quick (very fuzzy though) in the basketball sequences with co-star Robert Buckley and New York Knick, David Lee, although most of the time, Mr. Lee is blocking me. Big guy. When Mr. Buckley manages to score a lay up on Mr. Lee, you can see Norman and I standing next to each other on the right. Very quick and again very fuzzy.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This Week

Been away for a few days, but I hope to get back into the game with work for the remainder of this week.

A few things...

- The Texas Shakespeare Festival auditions in NYC have been cancelled. Bummer. I forwarded my website and demo reel their way, so there's a chance they may still consider me.

- Received an email from friend and colleague Norman Outlaw the other day and you might have caught a very brief glimpse of the both of us on this past weeks' episode of LIPSTICK JUNGLE. I haven't seen it yet but I'll check out Hulu.com tomorrow and see for myself.

- Still no word on the American Shakespeare Center. If I hear anything, it'll be in the next week or so. If not, then it's not to be.

On a sad note, earlier this week, I received word that 13th Street Rep alum David Thomas Crowe passed away at the age of 45. David and I worked together on the children's show RUMPLE WHO and in a number of readings at the Rep and with All Things Random. David was a fine actor...always professional and always working. My deepest thoughts go to his family and friends.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

LIPSTICK JUNGLE This Week

Keep an eye out for me on the upcoming episode of LIPSTICK JUNGLE. You may catch a glimpse or two of me as a party guest at a big magazine launch event.

OVERCROWDED Has Wrapped

Shooting for the All Things Random sitcom pilot OVERCROWDED is now complete. Now comes the fun, yet difficult task of putting it all together.

Director Dan Kowalski expects to have the finished product ready sometime before Christmas.

Stay tuned.

GENUINE KILL Completed

Heard from director Eddie Torres today about the completion of his suspense film GENUINE KILL, which I worked on a few weeks ago.

I plan to meet up with Eddie later this week to get a copy of the film.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

ARRANGEMENTS Shoot

The ARRANGEMENTS shoot ended just a few hours ago and while I am exhausted, I must say that it was a fun shoot where I had the chance to work with some great actors and director Joseph Chapman, who I enojoyed working with very much.

Joe and his crew are looking to jump right into the editing of the film, so expect a quick release of the film on sites like YouTube, Facebook or MySpace at the end of this coming week.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Another SNOW WHITE Pic

Thanks to John Crittenden for this nice picture of me as and Sneezy in SNOW WHITE.

Friday, October 31, 2008

ARRANGEMENTS Shoot This Weekend

Looking forward to this weekends' shoot. I don't anticipate very long shooting days, but with film, you never know.

OVERCROWDED Pics

Here are some pictures from last weekend's OVERCROWDED shoot where I played a plastic surgeon, although you'd never know it from these pictures.



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BLIND THOUGHTS Premiere

Regrettably, I was unable to attend the screening of the film BLIND THOUGHTS this past Monday, but from the pictures I have seen, it looks it was quite the party.

Congrats to Harris Masood, Michael Milman and the entire cast and crew on their successful premiere.

Click This Link For A First Look at DOUBT

Here's a first look at a scene between stars Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in the film DOUBT, which opens in limited release December 12th.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2008-10-28-doubt_N.htm

Another Film Bites The Dust

HAND TIME CLOCK was a NYFA short I did 2 years ago, but I never received a final copy and learned today that I never will.

After numerous attempts (I felt like a bounty hunter) at contacting the director, I finally heard from them and learned the fate of the film. Apparently, this director decided to leave the NYFA to pursue another line of work and never finished editing the film.

Oh well.

The good news is that the film world is now forever spared the incompetence and ineptitude of this particular director. Kind of a blessing, really. I'd go into more detail about this, but it would require expletives...and my family reads this.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Audition for TEXAS SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL On November 14th

I will be auditioning for the Texas Shakespeare Festival on November 14th in Manhattan.

The Texas Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit, non-Equity summer repertory company in its twenty-fourth season. The 2009 summer season will include Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Love's Labour's Lost; Moliere's Tartuffe, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur; the musical She Loves Me; and a children's production.

I auditioned for TSF about 2 years ago, but didn't get in. Let's see what happens this time around.

For more info on TSF, please visit www.TexasShakespeare.com

Fun As Always on OVERCROWDED

It was fun, as usual, on the set of the funny pilot OVERCROWDED yesterday afternoon.

As previously mentioned, I played a doctor; a plastic surgeon more specificially, (definitely not board certified) who is asked to give Paul White's character a new look.

It was a brief shoot for me...in and out. Piece of cake.

Thanks, as always to Greg Vorob, Dan Kowalski, Dan Conrad for the entire crew for a chance to be a part of this again.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

OVERCROWDED Shoot Tomorrow

I'll be heading out to NJ, with a lift from co-star Marc Seidenstein, around noon tomorrow.

As I mentioned previously, it should be short day for me as I'll appearing in a brief scene as a doctor.

I always have a nice time working with Marc, Greg Vorob, Dan Conrad and Dan Kowalski, so it should be a great day!

BULLETPROOF Audition

Today's audition for the web series BULLETPROOF was a fun one. My reading, as a detective, for director Jermaine Bailey went very well I thought. A lot of different types of actors were reading for the same role...so competition will be high.

I'd love to be a part of the series. The sides I read we're pretty strong from a writing standpoint.

We'll see.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Auditioning for Web Series BULLETPROOF Tomorrow Afternoon

Tomorrow afternoon, I will be reading for the role of a police detective in a new web series called BULLETPROOF, which is about Cage, a former Harlem gang banger who is sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. While serving his time at Rikers, he's chosen by the the government to take part in an experiment on creating "a super solider."

Taken against his will, Cage is thrown into a chemical tank and yes, the experiment goes wrong. It adds 30 more pounds of muscle to his frame and makes his skin indestructible. He breaks out of prison with the newly acquired powers and becomes a fugitive. However, due to the secrecy of the government experiment, officials decide to perform the manhunt privately under the media's eye while Cage returns to Harlem to lay low, but learns that his old stomping ground has returned to the Harlem of the 1980's with shootouts between drug lords, the rise of gangs, crooked cops and innocent bystanders getting killed. All the while the city does nothing to protect the innocent.

Cage decides to take matters into his own hands to stop crime his way....but for a price.

A Hero for Hire, all the while looking for the person who framed him.

Sounds like a cool premise. The detective I'm reading for might be a dirty cop, which would be fun to play.

We'll see what happens.

BLIND THOUGHTS Premiere on Monday

Looking forward to attending the screening of BLIND THOUGHTS on Monday night at the Times Square Arts Center at 300 West 43rd Street.

After the screening, there will be an after party at China Club at 268 W. 47th Street, just a couple blocks away from the Time Square Arts Center.

Should be a nice evening.

Thoughts on ARRANGEMENTS

ARRANGEMENTS is a very interesting title for the film, as it is not only about a family making arrangements for the funeral of their deceased father, but also about the arrangements that the character of Mark has to make now that he is truly alone.

What kind of life is he going to lead now?

To me, Mark is kind of the Boo Radley of the story. He's a quiet, unimpressive man who's probably a bit of an outcast in his community...one of these guys that all the kids poke fun of and parents just shake their heads at and all he does is live a quiet, solitary life. It may not be the life that you or even I would want, but for Mark, there is a contentment. Yes, he is alone, but I don't think he's a sad sack who sits around crying about how his life has turned out. I also don't think that he's a unintelligent person, but he's never gone for something to see what his potential could be and to me, that makes Mark a kind of a tragic figure...a man who has never even tried to go for anything. Sure, a lot of people fall on their faces everyday and struggle, but at least they're out there trying. Whatabout Mark? He doesn't even try.

A lot of things to think about. All fun to play around with.

Big Camera Blocks My Face Twice On LIPSTICK JUNGLE

At the start of the party sequence late in this past week's episode of LIPSTICK JUNGLE, a socialite is mugging for the paparazzi and their constantly snapping cameras...big cameras. I should know, I'm holding one of them and it's blocking my face. So much for that appearance. So long Emmy nomination.

But then...a second chance for Emmy gold...when Brooke Shields and her family arrive at the event and emerge from their limo; they walk the red carpet and you can again catch a slight glimpse of me...but again, my big camera is blocking my face.

Foiled again.

The consolation is that you do get a shot of the entire back of my body just a few seconds after that...again snapping away with my big camera.

Maybe the Emmys give out awards for "Best Back of An Actor's Head?"

Hey, you gotta have a sense of humor about this whole thing.

Also, I kind of like this "Where's Waldo?" like game of finding oneself in tv shows and movies.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

ARRANGEMENTS Meeting

The meeting for the short film ARRANGEMENTS was brief, but very helpful. I got a chance to meet director/writer Joe Chapman, who has a lot of great ideas for the shoot and for Mark, the character that I'll be playing.

The shoot will take place out in Jersey (been there a lot lately) on November 1st and 2nd.

Last Night's LIPSTICK JUNGLE

I haven't watched on Hulu.com yet, but last night's episode of LIPSTICK JUNGLE featured my brief appearance (who knows if I'm seen) as a paparazzi photographer.

Visit this link at Hulu.com to see the episode.

http://www.hulu.com/watch/40502/lipstick-jungle-chapter-11-the-f-word

There's a party sequence closer to the end of the episode. You might catch a glimpse of me then.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Meeting With Joseph Chapman to Discuss ARRANGEMENTS Tomorrow Afternoon

I will be meeting with screenwriter Joseph Chapman to discuss the upcoming short film ARRANGEMENTS, which I will be shooting on November 1st and 2nd.

OVERCROWDED On Sunday

I will be heading out to New Jersey again for the OVERCROWDED shoot on Sunday.

It shouldn't be a long day for me, as I have only a brief scene as a Doctor.

UGLY BETTY Shoot

Yesterday's UGLY BETTY shoot was a fun day. We shot a number of scenes involving Betty and her father, played by the great actor Tony Plana (AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN), down on Wall Street.

I did a few things yesterday. I was a pedestrian on the street; a student and a handyman. The handyman part was fun because I got to "act" out a scene with this lovely lady named Kathleen. Kathleen wanted me to tend to a problem with the heat in the building. We had a lot of fun and chatted about theatre between takes.

You might catch a glimpse of me as the student who walks past Betty as she comes up a set of stairs or later on as the handyman in the background with Kathleen.

It's the ninth episode for the season and is expected to air sometime in December.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Working on UGLY BETTY Tomorrow

Tomorrow will mark my second time working on UGLY BETTY this season.

More details to come about tomorrow's shoot.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

SNOW WHITE Comes To A Close

SNOW WHITE's final performances took place today and it went out in style. Both performances were strong with great houses.

I would like to thank the following people...

- Diana London, Florence Pape and everyone at the Hudson Theatre Ensemble for the chance to be a part of this production.

- To playwright Kathy Ferman Menino for penning such a fun play.

- To director Jessica Colotta for creating such a fun environment to work in.

- The entire cast and crew for being such a joy and pleasure to work with.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

LIFE ON MARS

You'd have to look very closely and very fast to see me in the final few minutes of this past week's episode of LIFE ON MARS with star Jason O'Mara chasing a dirty cop on foot. If you look closely, you can see me as a dockworker. It's real quick though.

Cast in Short ARRANGEMENTS

I have been cast in the Monitor Place Pictures short ARRANGEMENTS about 2 brothers and a sister who are in the process of planning the funeral of a deceased parent and the tensions between them.

I will be playing Mark, a quiet man who has lived with and taken care of his parents for a good part of his life, much to the chagrin of his brother Jimmy who constantly insults Mark...insults that Mark often shrugs off. Jane, their sister, tries to be the peacemaker, but Jimmy doesn't buy it.

The script was written by Joseph Chapman, who I will be meeting with next week to discuss the script and character in depth.

The shooting will take place on November 1st and 2nd.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Final 2 Performances of SNOW WHITE On Sunday

The final 2 performances of SNOW WHITE will be this Sunday at 11:00AM and 1:00PM.

Worked on NYFA Short GENUINE KILL Last Evening

I received a call at 2PM yesterday afternoon to appear in the NYFA action short GENUINE KILL for director Eddie Torres.

I played an ordinary man named Alex who returns to his home to find a mysterious stranger waiting for him with a gun. It turns out that this mysterious stranger knows something from Alex's past. When the stranger lets his guard down, Alex attempts to take him out and a fight ensues.

Now, I am not an action hero...certainly not the kind of guy who's always doing fight scenes, so last night's shoot was a first for me and today I am sore. Totally worth it though. The shoot was a lot of fun and I wish to thank Eddie for the chance to be a part of the project.

Here are some pictures of me from the fight sequences.



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pictures from GADIS Commercial Shoot

Thanks to Elizabeth Shein for these great pics.

Gadis


More GADIS Pictures


Returning To The OVERCROWDED Set on October 26th

Greg Vorob contacted me last evening about returning to the OVERCROWDED set to film a small role as a doctor on October 26th, which of course I am happy to do since my experience working on the show last month was so much fun.

On another note, I wish to send well wishes on a speedy recovery to actor David Thomas Crowe. David is sidelined with an illness which will regrettably make him unable to film his scenes on the 26th. All the Best, David!

SNOW WHITE Pictures

Here are a few pictures from the Hudson Theatre Ensemble's production of SNOW WHITE.



Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Click Here For the Obama Infomercial - HOMEVOTINGNETWORK.COM

Here is a link to the Obama Infomercial - HOMEVOTINGNETWORK.COM that I did a few weeks ago.

The site is up, and it looks great:

HOMEVOTINGNETWORK.COM

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Here are a few shots from my shower scene.


Today's LIPSTICK JUNGLE Shoot

Today's LIPSTICK JUNGLE shoot was a pleasant one. Very organized and quick (shocking).

It was a scene in a park with all three female stars. Herb Bennett and I might be seen in the background as two guys enjoying a game of bocce. That's right folks, bocce!

The episode was directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (SUPER TROOPERS, CLUD DREAD, BEER FEST).

Monday, October 13, 2008

LIPSTICK JUNGLE Tomorrow

Got an 8:30 AM call for LIPSTICK JUNGLE tomorrow down in Lower Manhattan.

It's always long (unnecessarily long) days on the set of this show, so I'm prepared for at least a 12-13 hour day.

ASC Audition

The ASC audition, which just ended about a half an hour ago, was a lot of fun. Very friendly environment that Artistic Director Jim Warren created, which I deeply appreciated. Believe me, it's rare!

I ended up doing a monologue of Claudius' from Hamlet for my audition, but also read sides as Don John and Conrade in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, which is one of the 5 plays they will be doing in their season. TITUS ANDRONICUS is another...one I have always wanted to do.

There were 13 of us altogether auditioning for Jim and Jay McClure, who is the Associate Artistic Director. You would think with all of us auditioning in front of each other, it would create a lot of tension, but no, it was quite nice really to see how others work. Lots of talented people, I can tell you. Overall, I thought I gave a good audition, but you never know what people are looking for. Sometimes it's not only about the reading, but about a look, the way you talk, walk and carry yourself. You never know!

If they plan to use me, I'll know by the middle of November. If not, like I said, it was fun.

AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER Audition In Just A Few Hours

Today's audition should be a lot of fun. Like any audition, I plan on going in and doing the best job that I can.

If they like me, that's fine. If not, that's fine too.

We'll see what happens.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Another Great Day of SNOW WHITE Performances

We had 2 more great performances of SNOW WHITE today.

Thank you to everyone who has given their support to the show. The audience reaction has been lovely.

No rehearsals until next Sunday morning, before the final 2 performances.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

JACK CARSON Update

I received a message from director Darrell Goode regarding the short film JACK CARSON, which I worked on back in the first week of August.

Darrell informed me that the film is in the editing stages and is coming together nicely.

Darrell will contact me again when the film is finished.

SNOW WHITE Opening A Success

The first two performances of SNOW WHITE were smashing successes, with audiences getting a big kick out of the show.

Back again with 2 more tomorrow.

Over the next couple of days, I'll have a few pictures posted.

Working on LIPSTICK JUNGLE This Coming Tuesday

I will be working LIPSTICK JUNGLE, for the 3rd time, this coming Tuesday.

I believe the scene will be taking place in Central Park, so I'm sure I'll be playing a pedestrian.

It's going to be the 10th episode of this 2nd season, so keep an eye out. As far as my two previous appearances on the show for this season, I'm not sure what episodes they are, but I'm sure they're coming up very soon...so keep an eye out for that as well.

The day should be a lot of fun as I'll be working with fellow actor Herb Bennett, who was nice enough to bring his family to see SNOW WHITE today.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Reminder: WATCHING THE DETECTIVES

Just a reminder that my appearances as Detective Ken Clancy will air this coming Sunday on the Biography channel.

SNOW WHITE Opens Tomorrow

I'm delighted that SNOW WHITE is opening tomorrow. It has been such a fun process putting this show together. I know people will get a big kick out of the show.

I have a few friends coming to see the show throughout the run, including 13th Street Rep alum Jennifer Johnson (A SOLDIER'S DEATH) as well as her husband John DiMaggio and their kids Carina and Dominic.

Fellow actor Herb Bennett and his family also plan on attending. It'll be nice to see friends in the audience.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE

Aside from being used in a brief sequence that was done in two takes, it was a quiet day on the set of the new Steven Soderbergh film. I did meet some nice actors and we chatted about everything from horror stories from other film/tv sets to the upcoming election.

Not much else to report on the day. Oh well, at least I made a little money.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Working on New Steven Soderbergh Film THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I will be working on Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh's (TRAFFIC, ERIN BROCKOVICH) newest film THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, which is a comedy about the world of prostitution from an elite call girl's point of view.

AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER Audition Next Week

I have been brushing up on my Shakespeare in preparation for my audition on the
13th, which I am very excited for.

I was thinking of doing a Claudius speech from HAMLET or something of Hortensio's from THE TAMING OF THE SHREW or of Leonato's from MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. I always think it's nice to have a few pieces ready to go so I've been drilling all of 3 pieces over the last couple of days, running them over and over in my head. I'll decide which one I'll do when I walk in the door, I guess.

SNOW WHITE Opens This Weekend

SNOW WHITE Opens on Saturday and I couldn't be happier to get the show in front of an audience. It should be a lot of fun for adults, as well as kids.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Gadis Commercial - $200 for 15 Minutes of Work

It doesn't get any better than that.

I played a police officer sitting on a motorcycle (Cool, but difficult to dismount) in Times Square who is approached by a woman who hands me a large fish (Stunk like hell) and then walks away. Stunned look on my face...and then "Cut".

We did a few more takes and then I was wrapped.

$200 for 15 Minutes of Work...if only it could always happen that way.

I found out what Gadis is: It is a supermarket in Spain. Mystery solved.

Let's see...I briefly saw my good friend Norman Outlaw, playing a bystander, on set. Always great to see him. Norman's got a few auditions coming up; hope he nails them.

I don't know if the Gadis commercial is going to air in the states, although I imagine it may be available for viewing on YouTube in the future.

It was produced by Vagabond Films and directed by Pedro Corredoria, who I found very cordial.

A few pictures were taken of me in my cop get up, which I should be receiving in the next couple of days, so keep an eye out.

WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Episode "Spiderman" To Premiere on Sunday, October 12th

My appearance as Det. Ken Clancy, on the case of a nimble cat burglar who's been nicknamed "Spiderman" by the press, will premiere on Sunday, October 12th on the Biography Channel.

In this episode, you will also see me as partner of Det. Derrick Parker (Ralph A. Wilburn Jr.) who must solve the murder of a church organist with a secret crack addiction. This is the episode where I got a chance to snap the cuffs on someone. Fun episode to shoot.

Gadis Commercial Shoot Today at Noon in Times Square

I still don't know what Gadis is, but the shoot for the commercial is in Times Square, which is nice because it's not far to travel, but will be crazy because of all the people. I hope the crew has their stuff together!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Call Back for PULP FRICTION Coming Soon

I auditioned for an animated pilot "Pulp Friction" at the end of August and thought I gave a good audition, but never heard anything.

The folks at Gruntled Entertainment have reviewed the audition tapes thoroughly and I have been invited to their callback session, which will take place later this month.

I had a great time at this audition, so I'm looking forward to a chance to get in there again.

Playing A Cop In A Gadis Commercial Shoot on Sunday

I will be playing a motorcycle cop...like on CHIPS...in a commercial shoot this Sunday. No, I will not be driving a motorcycle (Whew!) but I will have all the props.

Pictures will be posted on here with me in my get up by Monday morning, so keep an eye out.

The commercial is for Gadis (I have no idea what that is.) I guess I'll find out what it is on Sunday.

SNOW WHITE Run Tonight

The run of SNOW WHITE really cooked tonight. It helped that we had playwright, Kathy Ferman Menino in the audience laughing.

The show has really come together, with everyone breathing life into their roles, having lots of fun. With kid shows, you have to have fun...otherwise you're taking it too seriously.

We're off until Monday, when tech week begins.

BLIND THOUGHTS Screening

A private screening for the film "Blind Thoughts" will be held on Monday, October 27 at 7:00pm at the Time Square Arts Center, located at 300 West 43rd Street.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Ticket Info for SNOW WHITE

Hudson Theatre Ensemble Children's Series Silly on Sixth! proudly presents the zany and silly Snow White and the Three Tall Dwarfs and The Four Sock Puppets!

Dates & Times:

Saturday, October 11, 2008 11AM and 1PM
Sunday, October 12, 2008 11AM and 1PM
Sunday, October 19, 2008 11AM and 1PM


Location & Directions:

Hudson School Performance Space
601 Park Avenue
Hoboken, NJ 07030


Tickets & Reservations:
$6 for Children; $8 for Adults
201-377-7014 or reservations@HudsonTheatreEnsemble.com


Show & Cast Information:

Our zany and silly, Snow White and the Three Tall Dwarfs and Four Sock Puppets!, will delight children ages three to ten while entertaining their families in the eighth season of the Hudson Theatre Ensemble Children’s Series Silly on Sixth! Our beautiful, child-friendly, ground-floor theater is completely barrier-free & accessible to persons with disabilities. Here’s what our audience says: “ We can’t wait for the next children’s show. Our family has seen every one of them!” “Knowing you are in Hoboken is such a big boon. It was a thrill to me that my 5 year old loved her first real introduction to theatre!” - “The shows are hysterically funny & the kids really love them. We definitely will be visiting you again!”

Cast:

Iloire Blanos (Dopey/Sleepy)
Timothy J. Cox (Doc/Sneezy)
Laura DiCerto (Snow White)
Diana London (Story Teller/Bashful)
Florence Pape (Mirror Lady)
Bill Knepper (Huntsman)
Kacy Lissenden (Wicked Stepmother)
Gregory Nye (Prince Cootie)
Thomas Tyburski (Grumpy/Happy)

Playwright:
Kathy Ferman Menino

Director:
Jessica Colotta

Technical Director:
Justin McCormick

Production & Stage Manager:
Donna Gearhardt Healey

Graphics/Webmaster:
Susan Newman Design

Set Painter:
Sheila Phalon

Costumes & Puppets:
Kristen Spannagel

Photographer:
John Crittenden

House Manager:
Alan Welner

Gold Sponsors for SNOW WHITE

Doctors Brescia, D’Alberti, & Migliaccio, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Drs. Klos & Oko, Hoboken Pediatrics

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

SNOW WHITE Enterting Tech Week

SNOW WHITE continues to come together nicely as we had the first of a few tech rehearsals in preparation for next week's opening.

Everything is running smoothly. Couldn't be happier with the show's progress.

BLIND THOUGHTS Poster

BLIND THOUGHTS Write Up On BiliBi Magazine Website

Young Director Delivers Promising First Release

New York, NY (September 23, 2008): Unrated Entertainment, in association with Exit 9 Productions is set to release, “Blind Thoughts”, their debut feature film presentation in winter 2008. “Blind Thoughts” is set in suburban New Jersey and outlines the hunt for a serial killer known as Tally Mark who leaves his victims with tally marks cut into their bodies as a taunt to the detectives referring to the growing number of murders. The two focal detectives, Charles Webber and John Russo are caught in a cat and mouse game with the killer and begin to break down throughout the film. The edgy and suspenseful story along with a heart-pounding soundtrack is sure keep audiences engaged.

The debut feature effort from director, Harris Masood, is a step away from his usual comedic shorts, yet still delivers his gritty and true-to-life form. Doubling up as the Cinematographer on “Blind Thoughts”, Masood is able to pristinely capture each shot with precision and deliberate style. With his previous work making the rounds in smaller festivals, “Blind Thoughts” looks to follow in that tradition and reach out to a grander audience and scale. With his production company, Exit 9 Productions, as a reference to the Central Jersey area holding his roots, Harris Masood is a graduate of Pace University in New York and trademarks nearly all of his projects with a Metropolitan feel.

Executive Producers, Michael Milman and Alessandro Guarnera, also star as the lead roles. As the heads of Unrated Entertainment, this is also their debut in feature films. After cutting their teeth in the Music and Recording Industry under Unrated Records, the duo teamed with Harris Masood to collaborate on “Blind Thoughts” and other future projects. Milman, a professed fan of the horror genre and New York native, developed and wrote the original screenplay for “Blind Thoughts” and captures his creativity and imagination in this work. Guarnera, also a fellow New Yorker coming from a family of musicians, lends his talents with composing and producing the soundtrack and score for the feature.

The film also features Michelle Romano, who plays the lead role of Amy Richards, the love interest of Charles Webber. Romano, a familiar face in the horror genre as an actress and a print model, hails from Boston, Massachusetts and can also be seen in the upcoming feature films “Terrace St”, “Beg” and Darkness”.

The cast also features Danny Pennacchi, Ross Masood, Nick Nabel, Sonequa Martin, Cher Hubsher, Timothy J. Cox, Sammy Cesare, Klavdia Ramnareine, Ashley Spear, Jackie Carlock, Michael Kay, Rob Guarnera, and Christine Cook.

Watch the YouTube Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxOLPbzOjUM

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Last Nights' Episode of FRINGE

If you look very closely, you can see me in the opening scene of last night's episode of FRINGE, as a construction foreman.

If you wish to view the episode, please go to http://www.fox.com/fod/play.php?sh=fringe

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Short and Sweet Day On the Set of GOSSIP GIRL

Filming in Times Square is difficult, with its heavy population of locals getting to where they need to be and tourists snapping pictures, but I must say that the crew of GOSSIP GIRL acquitted themselves quite well in the crowds and were able to get the shots they needed quickly. I was finished my work as a businessman by 1pm, which I deeply appreciated.

The scene was shot outside the MTV Studios where TRL is filmed, so you can imagine how crowded it was. The crowds got even bigger (lots of teenage girls) as series star Blake Lively walked on the set for the dialogue scene that was to take place.

Paparazzi was everywhere, snapping off pictures of Ms. Lively from every angle. Two photographers even got into a shouting match about the methods used to get pictures, with the one photographer thinking the others' method "crossed the lines of deceny."

Hmmm....and I thought crossing the lines of decency was a requirement for a successful career in the paparazzi?

Very amusing.

Anyway, it was 10th episode of the 2nd season and it is expected to air in November on the CW Network.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Working As A Businessman on GOSSIP GIRL Tomorrow

I'll be working on the series GOSSIP GIRL tomorrow as a businessman for a shoot in Manhattan.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

FRINGE Episode "The Arrival" Airs on Tuesday, September 30th

You might catch a glimpse of me as a construction foreman in this weeks' episode of the FOX series FRINGE.

It airs on Tuesday, September 30th at 9pm.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Obama PSA

Overall, it was a fine day on the set of the Obama PSA, which should be available for viewing on October 6th.

The first half of the day was a lot of fun. It moved very fast and I think I'll have a nice showcase as a skeptic of Barack Obama's policies, who becomes convinced that he's perfect for the Presidency after hearing his plans for the future.

After that, I sat around for almost 4 hours until my brief shower scene came up...it ended up being the last scene to be shot in the day. The scene was finished in less than 10 minutes.

The director was a bit annoying; giving line readings and all that stuff that actors hate, but as I said, a fine day overall.

PAUL NEWMAN

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Hustler
Hud
Cool Hand Luke
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Sting
Slap Shot
Absence of Malice
The Verdict
The Color of Money.
Nobody's Fool
Road to Perdition


I could spend all day listing the classic movie roles this guy played. I think of his quiet, gentle summation in the closing scene of The Verdict; his swagger as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler; his stoicism as John Rooney in Road to Perdition. I could go on and on...

If I were to describe Paul Newman in one word, it would be cool. He was always cool and he always played cool. He played it better than anyone. If you don't believe me, watch his work as the sly, understated Sully, the town curmudgeon and deadbeat in "Nobody's Fool." Who else could have played that part? No one.

Like Jack Lemmon, Jason Robards and Walter Matthau...who passed away a few years ago, Paul Newman's passing marks the end of an era. Much like Lemmon, Robards and Matthau, we will never see Paul Newman's like again. And that makes me sad.

Good night, sir!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Obama PSA

The Obama PSA is still on for tomorrow. I will be playing a man taking a shower (don't worry...you won't see my behind). I'm scrubbing myself like crazy in the shower to get the layers of confusing global politics off me. That's how it reads in the script, kids.

I will also be a part of the audience of THE HOME VOTING NETWORK.

As I said before, the hope is that this PSA will be more fun then preachy.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

SNOW WHITE

Next week will be devoted to putting the show together and running it over and over again.

Rehearsals continue to go very well, although a lot of people have been getting sick. Some cold or flu that's been going around. I haven't caught it yet and hope not to anytime soon.

Back with rehearsal tomorrow night.

Working on Obama PSA On Saturday

This Saturday, I will be working on a fun PSA for the Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

MTV has come up with the idea is to create an infomercial for Obama08 through THE HOME VOTING NETWORK. On this network, we will sell a better country. And we will sell it at the incredible low cost of only one vote for Obama.

I like the direction they're going with it in the script. The tone is funny, lighthearted but with a lot of messaging. The idea is not to get snarky and rude. Just a fun, thoughtful platform to provide a LOT of information.

I don't know specifically what I'll doing as of yet, but I imagine I'll be a Dad or a brother.

Either way, I'm happy to be a part of this.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

SNOW White Rehearsal Last Night

We ran the first half of the show last evening and it's looking great. We had a chance to work in the theatre, which was great. It was my first time on the Hudson Stage since THE MIRACLE WORKER last year and I must tell you, it's a joy to be back there.

As we did on Monday, we are reviewing the 2nd half of the play tonight and again we will have use of the stage.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Press Release for BLIND THOUGHTS

PRESS RELEASE FOR BLIND THOUGHTS

Media contacts:
Unrated Entertainment Phone: 718.350.4112 E-mail: unratedent@gmail.com
Exit 9 Productions Phone: 732.822.8094 E-mail: exit9productions@gmail.com

New York, NY (September 23, 2008) – Unrated Entertainment, in association with Exit 9Productions is set to release, “Blind Thoughts”, their debut feature film presentation in winter 2008. “Blind Thoughts” is set in suburban New Jersey and outlines the hunt for a serial killer known as Tally Mark who leaves his victims with tally marks cut into their bodies as a taunt to the detectives referring to the growing number of murders. The two focal detectives, Charles Webber and John Russo are caught in a cat and mouse game with the killer and begin to break down throughout the film. The edgy and suspenseful story a long with a heart-pounding soundtrack are sure keep audiences engaged.

The debut feature effort from director, Harris Masood, is a step away from his usual comedic shorts, yet still delivers his gritty and true-to-life form. Doubling up as the Cinematographer on “Blind Thoughts”, Masood is able to pristinely capture each shot with precision and deliberate style. With his previous work making the rounds in smaller festivals, “Blind Thoughts” looks to follow in that tradition and reach out to a grander audience and scale. With his production company, Exit 9 Productions, as a reference to the Central Jersey area holding his roots, Harris Masood is a graduate of Pace University in New York and trademarks nearly all of his projects with a Metropolitan feel.

Executive Producers, Michael Milman and Alessandro Guarnera, also star as the lead roles. As the heads of Unrated Entertainment, this is also their debut in feature films. After cutting their teeth in the Music and Recording Industry under Unrated Records, the duo teamed with Harris Masood to collaborate on “Blind Thoughts” and other future projects. Milman, a professed fan of the horror genre and New York native, developed and wrote the original screenplay for “Blind Thoughts” and captures his creativity and imagination in this work. Guarnera, also a fellow New Yorker coming from a family of musicians, lends his talents with composing and producing the soundtrack and score for the feature.

The film also features Michelle Romano, who plays the lead role of Amy Richards, the love interest of Charles Webber. Romano, a familiar face in the horror genre as an actress and a print model, hails from Boston, Massachusetts and can also be seen in the upcoming feature films “Terrace St”, “Beg” and Darkness”.

The cast also features Danny Pennacchi, Ross Masood, Nick Nabel, Sonequa Martin, Cher Hubsher, Timothy J. Cox, Sammy Cesare, Klavdia Ramnareine, Ashley Spear, Jackie Carlock, Michael Kay, Rob Guarnera, and Christine Cook.

More On The Passing of RON LOREMAN

The Marietta community is shocked by the loss of Professor Ron Loreman, as am I here in New York. The past few days have been spent thinking of so many fond memories that I will always have of the man who was a huge influence during my years at Marietta College (1995-1999).

I received this email below from the Loreman family. I wanted to forward it to as many people as possible as the family does not want anyone who loved Ron to be missed.

A message from Professor Loreman's Family

To those of you who have already contacted us to express your condolences and best wishes, thank you! It means so much to us. For those of you who are wondering what you can do, here are a few suggestions:

Although Mom enjoys your visits and calls, the best way to express your condolences would be with a card. She can read these at her own pace and they are a great source of comfort to her.

Please don't send flowers. If you really want to do something more substantial than a card, we suggest that you make a contribution to the Ronald L. Loreman Scholarship to inspire excellence in the theatre arts. Contributions may be sent to Office of Advancement, Marietta College, 215 Fifth Street, Marietta, OH 45750. For more information contact Linda Stroh at 740-376-4451 or linda.stroh@marietta.edu.

If you are local and you want to visit with Mom, please call first (740-373-1323). One way that Mom is coping with this is by maintaining as much of her normal schedule as possible. We don't want to discourage you - she does enjoy your visits -but, like comedy, timing is everything.

We've just set up a Facebook page to honor RL and his career. Please use it as a forum to share pictures, comments and stories. You can even post videos if you are feeling particularly creative. You don't need a Facebook account to view the page but you'll need one if you want to post or comment to it. Facebook is completely free of charge and easy to use. The URL for RL's page is http://www.new.facebook.com/pages/Professor-Ron-Loreman/27128096599. Please share this link with others who might be interested.

Right now, there is an idea floating around of a memorial at Homecoming. We are still too overwhelmed by Dad's sudden passing to think that far ahead but, like any good show, it will all somehow come together in the end.

Finally, we are all keenly aware of your deep connections to our Dad. You are our extended family and, as we have shared in the joys, we now share in the sorrow.

With all our love,

The Loreman Daughers

SNOW WHITE Is Just A Few Weeks Away

With about 3 weeks until we open, SNOW WHITE is already taking shape and looking quite good.

Last evening, we ran the second half of the play twice. The first run was a little rough, as people were feeling their way through the play scenes off book for the first time (myself included). The 2nd run was a lot smoother. We will the reviewing the 2nd half of the play again on Wednesday evening.

Tonight, we will tackle the first half of the play, which we haven't touched in a while. I'm off book for the entire play, but after a few run throughs, I should be comfortably off book by the end of this week.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

SNOW WHITE Is Moving Along Nicely

Rehearsals for SNOW WHITE have been a real delight so far. The cast is a spirited bunch; all looking like they're having the time of their lives.

Lord knows I'm having a ball playing Doc and Sneezy, although I must say, working with a sock puppet is harder than you may think.

I've been donating a little bit of time every day to work with the puppet.

With the opening just a few weeks away, now it's time to start putting the show together. We have 4 days of rehearsal this coming week. By the end of that week, we should have a pretty good idea of where the show stands.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Sad News From Marietta, Theatre Professor Ron Loreman Passes Away

Very sad news from my alma mater in Marietta, Ohio. Ron "R.L." Loreman, professor, director and former department chair of the theatre department passed away during the night last night after suffering a stroke within this last couple of days.

I had the pleasure of working with Ron on every show he directed in my four years at Marietta. He gave me one of the best parts I have ever had in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, as Grandpa Martin Vanderof. Like Grandpa, Ron was a kind, compassionate man with a very laid back personality, a good heart and a fun sense of humor. I remember, during rehearsals, I would always sneak glances at him, watching little quirks and hand gestures of his that I added to my characterization of Grandpa. I may have played the role on stage, but the influence was all Ron.

I have never forgotten his kindness to me in my years at Marietta and I never will.

My thoughts and prayers go to his wife Marge and to his daughters.

Great Day On the DAMAGES Set

I worked as a businessman just passing by on the set of DAMAGES today. It was a long day, but a fun one. I swapped a few war stories with some of my fellow actors, always makes the time to go by.

I was standing a few feet away from Oscar winning actress Marcia Gay Harden (stunning, by the way) who is guest starring on this episode, which I believe is the first episode of the 2nd season. Oscar winner William Hurt is also expected to guest star on this episode and in many more I imagine.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Easy Day on ROYAL PAINS Set...DAMAGES Tomorrow

It was a short day on the ROYAL PAINS set. We filmed out at Jones Beach on a boardwalk by the water at a crab shack, where I was originally set to work as a waiter for today. A change was made (maybe I'm not crab shack material) and I instead played a pedestrian walking on the boardwalk. It was a fun set with nice people and we had great weather to work with. I envied the guys who were out in their boats.

What we were shooting was indeed part of the pilot episode, so hopefully the show will be picked up by the USA Network.

While on the ROYAL PAINS shoot, I snagged work on the hit F/X series DAMAGES (stars Glen Close and Ted Danson) for tomorrow. I don't know what I'll be doing yet, but I imagine I'll be a businessman of sorts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More OVERCROWDED Pics





Audition for the American Shakespeare Center/Blackfriars Playhouse Summer/Fall Season on October 13th

I've been wanting to get back to the classics for a while now and Benjamin Curns, actor and boyfriend of dear friend Synge Maher, told me about the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. Ben worked there for 18 months (and may even be going back), so I was getting info from a real vet. The way Ben spoke of the place, the people and the way they work, it got me excited...just what I need...a chance to get back on stage with the classics, where I feel most at home.

I submitted my materials a few weeks ago and was delighted to receive an email today inviting me to audition for the Summer/Fall Season of plays on October 13th at the Actors' Equity Association Audition Center on 46th Street in Manhattan.

I can't wait.

I have some work to do, as I want this audition to go perfectly. I have to brush up on my Shakespeare, as the ol' KISS ME KATE song goes.

For more information on ASC, please visit http://www.americanshakespearecenter.com/index.php

Playing a Waiter on New Pilot ROYAL PAINS Tomorrow

I will be heading out to Wantagh, Long Island tomorrow to appear as a waiter in seafood restaurant on the new pilot ROYAL PAINS.

ROYAL PAINS is about a down and out surgeon who has a chance to redeem himself as a small town physician in the wealthy beach community of East Hampton, NY.

The show stars Mark Feuerstein (IN HER SHOES, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, WHAT WOMEN WANT) and will air on the USA Network if picked up.

Short Day on the NAKED BROTHERS BAND Set

It was a short day on the set of the Nickelodeon series. I shot one quick scene as a Dad walking with his kids.

Very easy and quick...just the way I like it.

SNOW WHITE Poster

Some OVERCROWDED Pics

Here are some pictures from the OVERCROWDED shoot from this past weekend.