Sunday, June 29, 2008

Working on NYFA Short MY CAT BARKS Tomorrow Morning

Becca Roth, director of MY CAT BARKS, is a friend of Sara Maas (a colleague from last season's stint at the Pioneer Playhouse.)

We met briefly a few weeks back, but I am now delighted that I will be appearing, briefly as an out of it Dad, in Becca's coming of age story about a high school girl who's not a lesbian and not straight...just a girl who has a massive crush on another girl she’s never spoken to.

THE UNUSUALS Shoot...

...ended at 5:45am.

It was a long shoot in the Grand Central subway station, with mostly a lot of sitting around. No complaints, especially since I was parked in a nicely air conditioned subway car.

The scene, part of the pilot, centered around cops played by Adam Goldberg and Harold Perrineau trying to track down a bad guy in the subway station. I didn't get a chance to get that close to the action, so I can't really say what happens in the scene.

It was a long day...starting at 6pm and ending just a few hours ago. I met two very nice actresses on set. One of them, Kristina, had a Verizon commercial that started shooting at 8:30 am a few hours ago...so hopefully she didn't pass out on set.

Friday, June 27, 2008

THE UNUSUALS Shoot Tomorrow Night

I'll be playing a pedestrian in a subway scene for the new television series. The shoot is expected to start at around 5pm and go late into the night. It's more than likely that it'll even go into early Sunday morning.

In other news, I have a number of short film auditions coming up. We'll see what happens with those.

Latest News

Regrettably, I had to step down from SUPER PUNCH OUT due to scheduling conflicts. My best wishes to Steve MacFarlane and his crew on a successful shoot.

BABE, INC. continues to move along nicely. Here's another very nice promo sheet for the show. Come and see it!



I'm having a nice time doing the show and working with PICASSO alum Michael Mele, who is fun director to work with. Like Larry Lesher, Mike has a great comic mind...lets his actors play, see what they can bring to do the table.

I received a call from Deanna at C&G Casting yesterday about working on the new series THE UNUSUALS. That will be a Saturday night, going into early Sunday morning shoot. I don't know anything about the show, other than that actors Adam Goldberg (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, DAZED AND CONFUSED), Harold Perrineau (OZ, LOST) and Terry Kinney (THE FIRM, OZ) are in it.

That's all for now. More to report later.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

BABE, INC. Rehearsal Last Evening

Things are off to a great start with BABE, INC. The cast is nice and Michael is on top of all things comical as far as direction is concerned.

We're going to be off for the next couple of days, so now it's time to hit the script hard and get off book.

Sample Ad for BABE, INC.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

JR. LAB RATZ Audition

The audition for the comedy pilot JR. LAB RATZ went pretty well, I thought. I read for the producer and for the director and they seemed impressed, but who knows. The pilot is very much in the tradition of SAVED BY THE BELL with the character I read for, Marty, being very much a Mr. Belding type.

We'll see what happens.

Monday, June 16, 2008

BABE, INC. Meeting

The BABE, INC. meeting tonight was a nice chance for the cast and crew to meet. We did read the script and director Michael Mele already seems happy with things. We start blocking tomorrow night.

Here's the cast and crew list:

Director: MICHAEL R. MELE

Stage Manager: AMY LYNCH

Lighting Designer: JON SCHWILLE

Costumes: SHARI ZIMMERMAN

Nansela: CAITLIN NEWMAN

Harry: PETER IASILLO

Bosomy Babe: ALEXA GREEN

Dia: JENNIFER VERDONCK

Babe: ABBY BUKE

Babe: NIC ANTHONY CALABRO

Babe: COURTNEY DOWDELL

Babe: CARRIE WALSH

Babe: DANIELLE TYLER

Babe: LAUREN VALLETUTTI

Martin Emery: TIMOTHY J. COX

Marlinda: RHIANNON WEST

BABE, INC. Starts Rehearsals Tonight

The futuristic romantic comedy BABE, INC. starts rehearsals tonight and I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be nice to do a play again and with PICASSO alum Michael Mele at the helm, things should be a lot of fun.

Here's some info on THE STRAWBERRY ONE-ACT FESTIVAL

The Strawberry One-Act Festival embarks on its 14th season this winter . . . the Strawberry Festival, the brainchild of Artistic Director, Van Dirk Fisher, is a play competition in which the audience and the theatre's judges cast their votes to select the best play of the season. Twice a year, hundreds of plays from across the country are submitted for the competition, of which 40 are chosen to compete. Plays move from the 1st round to the semi-finals and then the finals. The playwright of the winning play receives a grant and the opportunity to have a full-length play developed by the Riant.

The Strawberry One-Act Festival can now be viewed worldwide as we broadcast the festival via the internet at www.therianttheatre.com/video the day after it is performed in the theatre in each series in the competition.

The Strawberry Festival is a wonderful opportunity for the audience and the industry alike to see some of the best talent in the nation. Every performance features three to four dynamic one-act plays. There's always a lot of buzz surrounding each performance as artists converge and network on future projects. Several of the playwrights whose plays are featured in the festival have written for the literary world as well as television and film. "We are very fortunate to be able to fulfill our mission, which is to discover and develop talent and playwrights for the stage," says Mr. Fisher. "We are very proud of this accomplishment, but the work doesn't stop there. Competition aside, everyone's a winner in the festival, because several actors, directors and playwrights are chosen to work on future projects at the Riant."

For a listing of all the shows in the festival, as well as information on how to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.therianttheatre.com/strawberry.html

Sunday, June 15, 2008

OVERCROWDED Readthrough...

...was a lot of fun. The script is very much in the tradition of shows like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, STELLA and THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROJECT. Very off the wall characters that you root for, even though they're not the most desirable of people.

Shooting for the pilot is expected to take place in late July, early August.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SUPER PUNCH OUT Meeting

It was nice to sit and discuss the upcoming shoot for SUPER PUNCH OUT with director Steve Macfarlane earlier this evening.

The meeting was also an opportunity to meet assistant director and co-writer Caroline Golum, as well as co-stars Dave Gold and Mark Tracy, all very nice and professional.

Shooting schedules will be sent out in the next day or so.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

BABE, INC. Performance Schedule

Here are the performances for BABE, INC, which is part of the Strawberry One Act Festival

JULY 26th and 27th
5:00pm

Nagelberg Theatre
Baruch Center for the Performing Arts
55 Lexington Ave (25th Street)

IF WE WIN ROUND 1

Semi Finals
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30TH 7:00pm

POSSIBLE WILD CARD NIGHT
AUGUST 1 AT 7PM

IF WE MAKE THE FINALS
FINAL ROUND IS
AUGUST 3RD AT 1PM

Audition for JR. LAB RATZ on June 17th

I'll be reading for the role of Marty in a pilot titled JR. LAB RATZ on June 17th. All I know at the moment about the project is that shooting will take place at various locations near and around Syracuse, NY. during the week of Aug.11th - Aug 16th and that it the role is being offered at a flat rate of $1,200.

Could be fun, plus the money isn't too shabby.

OVERCROWDED Readthrough This Sunday At 10AM

The meeting and reading will be taking place at the Shetler Studios in Manhattan on Sunday morning at 10AM. The pilot script is pretty funny. I have some nice zingers in my role as the Interviewer/Boss.

Should be fun.

SUPER PUNCH OUT Meeting Tomorrow Night

I'll be meeting director Steve MacFarlane and my co-stars for a meeting and discussion of the SUPER PUNCH OUT script.

No word yet on shooting dates, but it should be a short shooting schedule for me as I only have two scenes in the film.

Friday, June 06, 2008

SUPER PUNCH OUT

Met with director Steve MacFarlane yesterday about the short film SUPER PUNCH OUT, where I will be playing Rob, the best friend of Mitch, a guy going through a divorce and the effect the divorce has on his relationship with his two daughters Claire and Shirley. The ink is not even dry on the divorce papers and Mitch finds out some shocking news that one of his daughters isn't really his.

The script is pretty strong with real, vivid characters. Rob's a small role, but he's not a boring one. I see a lot potential with the character.

Shooting will take place in Mid to late July.

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT...

...was a late night shoot in Westchester County. I didn't get home until 3:30, so needless to say, I'm exhausted.

I was an audience member for a magic show. We shot the scene in an old movie/vaudeville house. I don't know why it was necessary to go to Westchester...there are a lot of theatre in Manhattan. Oh well.

I'm sitting pretty far away from the stage, so no real chance for exposure, I'm afraid.

It was still nice to be on set though. I saw some familiar faces from previous shoots.

More details on the episode to follow soon.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Upcoming Projects

So sorry for not writing for the last couple of days...as I've had some personal things to deal with. Still dealing, but also keeping busy with upcoming projects including:

- LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT shoot this Thursdsay. I don't know what I'm doing on it yet, but will keep you posted.

- Cast in a very funny one act play called BABE, INC. It's about a futuristic dating agency and I play a romantic lead, a guy looking for something artificial, but finds something real, finding happiness for the first time in his life.

- Readthrough for the Random Coconuts sitcom pilot OVERCROWDED, where I will be playing a character affectionately known as THE BOSS. Should be fun.

- Cast in the short SUPER PUNCH OUT as a friend and colleague of a guy who has just ended his marriage in divorce and the effect the divorce has on his relationship with his 2 daughters.

Lots going on...which is always nice.

On a special note, congrats are in order for my friends John DiMaggio and Jennifer Johnson on the birth of their son, Dominic Robert DiMaggio. This is Jenn's second child. She and John also have an adorable daughter in Cara Mia.

Jenn and I worked on many plays together at the 13th Street Rep, including A SOLDIER'S DEATH, where she played my mother. Johnny D's a great guy...always very supportive of everyone at the theatre.

Congrats to all!