Thursday, July 31, 2008

BABE, INC. Back Tomorrow With Another Performance

Back again with another BABE, INC. performance, as part of the Strawberry One Act Festivals' WILD CARD night, which means that if we're successful tomorrow night, we still may have a chance for the finals.

WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Shoot Today...

...was long, but still fun. Thanks as always to Kevin Kaufman and his able staff.

The episode centers around a thief who would mysteriously enter folks apartments, with the intention of robbing them, but escaping in such a way (leaping off buildings, climbing walls) that he was called "Spiderman" (like the comic book character) by the police.

I had a nice time playing one of the detectives trying to nab the thief, who in real life was eventuially caught.

I may have a few pictures of me in action in a day or two.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Shoot Tomorrow

Tomorrow's WATCHING THE DETECTIVES shoot should be a lot of fun.

I will be playing Detective Clancy, who is investigating a series of unusual burglaries in Manhattan, specifically at Central Park West.

This is episode seven in the series, so I imagine it'll be a while until it's available on A&E.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Shoot Moved to Thursday

No other details on this project are available yet. I should know more in the next day or so.

Another BABE, INC. Update

Just received another message from Michael Mele. BABE, INC. will have one more chance to perform the show on Friday as part of the festival's WILD NIGHT, where Artistic Director, Van Dirk Fisher, selects a few plays and gives them one more chance to be in The Finals.

We go up at 7pm on Friday.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Audition for Play RAW LOVE This Saturday

I will be auditioning for Sunrise Productions' play Raw Love, a drama set at an exclusive masquerade party. It is set to run in Manhattan in late October.

BABE, INC. Update

I just received word from director Michael Mele that BABE, INC. has not made it into the next round of the Strawberry One Act Festival.

Unfortunate, but I don't think we have anything to be ashamed of. We had a good time, which is the most important thing. I certainly had a good time.

On to the next thing.

BABE, INC. - 2nd Performance

The show was even better last night. Audiences roared with laughter and it was great to feed off that. Special thanks to actor Peter Iasillo for his constant laughter that I wish I could bottle up.

Now...the waiting game, to see if we move onto the next round, the semi- finals. We should know something by the end of today. Whatever happens, this experience has been a lot of fun.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

BABE, INC. Opening...

...was a huge success. The show moved very nicely and we received great reactions from the audience, including playwright Rosemary Zibart.

I would like to thank my friends Sara Maas (Another Pioneer Playhouse alum) and Kevin Clancy (director/playwright of RETURN ENGAGEMENT) for attending the performance.

Back again tonight.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

BABE, INC. Opens Tonight

Babe, Inc. opens tonight and we're ready to go.

At last evenings final dress rehearsal, we did receive word that one one of our actresses sustained an injury to her ankle that hopefully won't affect her going on tonight.

We have a backup plan ready just in case.

Other than that, the show looks good. I'm excited for the opening.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Final Dress Rehearsal for BABE, INC. Tonight

BABE, INC. goes up tomorrow and I think we're ready. The show is a lot of fun; the cast is a spirited group and director Michael Mele has been a pleasure to work with again.

Cast in Another Episode of WATCHING THE DETECTIVES...This Time As A Detective

This coming Wednesday, I will be appearing in another episode of the new A&E series, WATCHING THE DETECTIVES.

This time, I will be playing one of the detectives, investigating a series of unusual burgarlies in Central Park.

I had a great time working with the folks from Kaufman Films last week, so I'm looking forward to be working with them again.

More details on the episode to follow.

Last Evening's Webseries Shoot

The shooting for the Untitled webseries where I played a financial guy at a company party took place for only a few hours last evening. The show remains Untitled because the webseries is part of an online game and I don't wish to give anything away that would ruin the game playing experience for anyone. That and I could be sued.

The director knew what he wanted and got it in quick takes and got us out the door in two hours.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

BLIND THOUGHTS Shoot Tentatively Set for August 3rd

Heard from Harris Masood and my shooting day for my scene in BLIND THOUGHTS is tentatively scheduled for August 3rd.

More details to come.

BABE, INC. Tech This Morning

We enjoyed some time, albeit brief, in the Baruch Performance Space where all the plays for the Strawberry One Act Festival will take place.

It's a very nice space, with plenty of seating, which we hope to fill up with bodies during our brief run.

No rehearsals until Friday, which will be the dress rehearsal before showtime on Saturday.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Estelle Getty of THE GOLDEN GIRLS Dies at 84

Sad news today of the passing of Estelle Getty, best known for her Emmy winning portrayal of the sarcastic, yet lovable Sophia Petrillo on the classic comedy series THE GOLDEN GIRLS.

Here is the article from the Associated Press about her passing:

By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES - Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV's "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 84.

Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home, said her son, Carl Gettleman of Santa Monica.

"She was loved throughout the world in six continents, and if they loved sitcoms in Antarctica she would have been loved on seven continents," her son said. "She was one of the most talented comedic actresses who ever lived."

"The Golden Girls," featuring four female retirees sharing a house in Miami, grew out of NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff's belief that television was ignoring its older viewers.

Three of its stars had already appeared in previous series: Bea Arthur in "Maude," Betty White in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Rue McClanahan in "Mama's Family." The last character to be cast was Sophia Petrillo, the feisty 80-something mother of Arthur's character.

When she auditioned, Getty was appearing on stage in Hollywood as the carping Jewish mother in Harvey Fierstein's play "Torch Song Trilogy." In her early 60s, she flunked her "Golden Girls" test twice because it was believed she didn't look old enough to play 80.

"I could understand that," she told an interviewer a year after the show debuted. "I walk fast, I move fast, I talk fast."

She came prepared for the third audition, however, wearing dowdy clothes and telling an NBC makeup artist, "To you this is just a job. To me it's my entire career down the toilet unless you make me look 80." The artist did, Getty got the job and won two Emmys.

It culminated a long struggle for success during which Getty worked low-paying office jobs to help support her family while she tried to make it as a stage actress.

"I knew I could be seduced by success in another field, so I'd say, 'Don't promote me, please,'" she recalled.

She also appeared in small parts in a handful of films and TV movies during that time, including "Tootsie," "Deadly Force" and "Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story."

After her success in "The Golden Girls," other roles came her way. She played Cher's mother in "Mask," Sylvester Stallone's in "Stop or My Mom Will Shoot" and Barry Manilow's in the TV film "Copacabana." Other credits included "Mannequin" and "Stuart Little" (as the voice of Grandma Estelle).

"The Golden Girls," which ran from 1985 to 1992, was an immediate hit, and Sophia, who began as a minor character, soon evolved into a major one.

Audiences particularly loved the verbal zingers Getty would hurl at the other three. When McClanahan's libidinous character Blanche once complained that her life was an open book, Sophia shot back, "Your life's an open blouse."

Getty had gained a knack for one-liners in her late teens when she did standup comedy at a Catskills hotel. Female comedians were rare in those days, however, and she bombed.

Undeterred, she continued to pursue a career in entertainment, and while her parents were encouraging, her father also insisted that she learn office skills so she would have something to fall back on.

Born Estelle Scher to Polish immigrants in New York, Getty fell in love with theater when she saw a vaudeville show at age 4.

She married New York businessman Arthur Gettleman (the source of her stage name) in 1947, and they had two sons, Carl and Barry. The marriage prevailed despite her long absences on the road and in "The Golden Girls."

Getty was evasive about her height, acknowledging only that she was "under 5 feet and under 100 pounds."

In addition to her son Carl, Getty is survived by son Barry Gettleman, of Miami; a brother, David Scher of London; and a sister, Rosilyn Howard of Las Vegas.

Promo for BABE, INC.

This short spot was filmed at the Strawberry One Act Festival Kick Off Party

BABE, INC. Is Ready To Go

We had two very strong runs of the show last evening and I am happy with where we are now, with the opening of the show and festival coming in just a few days.

Playwright Rosemary Zibart will be on hand to see the show. It'll certainly be nice to meet with her to discuss the play.

Back again tonight for two more runs of the show.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Harris Masood's Film BLIND THOUGHTS

Due to scheduling conflicts, I was originally unable to participate in the role of a police lieutenant in Harris Masood's (Director of WHY I FIRED MY SECRETARY) feature film, a cop thriller, now titled BLIND THOUGHTS.

After trading a few emails with Harris today, he informed me that there is still a small role, that of an ex-husband who shows up at his wife's house and is arrested by the police, which he may film in Manhattan on August 2.

I jumped at the chance to work with Harris again and am now awaiting a response from Harris.

Thursday Shoot: New Webseries

On Thursday, I will be appearing as a Wall Street power broker in the first episode of a new webseries, shooting in the Meat-Packing District.

Basically, my character will be attending a party made of up of young, motivated hedge-fund and Wall-Street types. The gathering is a swanky networking party.

It looks like fun.

Tom O'Neil's THE CAT AND THE MOON and KEROUAC To Be Revived At 13th Street Rep.

Two of playwright Tom O'Neil's works are returning to the 13th Street Repertory Company stages this month, THE CAT AND THE MOON and KEROUAC: LAST CALL.

I had the pleasure of appearing in both of the original productions of these plays (Kerouac in 2001 and Cat in 2003) and they were two of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had as an actor.

I don't know who is directing the shows or who else is involved, but I wish Tom the best of luck with the revivals.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

LAW& ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT Episode "Vanishing Act" Premieres Tonight

Don't expect to get a glimpse of me in this episode, which centers around a celebrity illusionist who disappears from his own stunt.

The episode, which I worked on a few weeks back as a member of the illusionists' audience, explores the exclusive and very secretive world of magic and magicians.

For all of you fans of the show, it airs on USA tonight at 9PM and again at midnight.

BABE, INC. Opens Next Weekend

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Brian MacInnis Smallwood's THE WEDDING PLAY

Hats off to the cast and crew of Brian's new comedy, which I had the pleasure of seeing today at the 14th Street Theatre. Good times were had by all.

The show is a lot of fun and features great performances, especially from my good friend Joe Mathers (MEASURE FOR MEASURE, 12TH NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD).

The show runs until the 27th, so I highly recommend seeing it.

Here's a link to the play's web site: http://theweddingplay.tgdn.net/

"My Cat Barks" Now Titled "Yeah, Love"

The comedy short I shot a few weeks back is completed and has a new title of "YEAH, LOVE."

The film is absolutely adorable and very funny.

I was very happy with my small role, as a kind of clueless Dad.

Thanks again to Becca Roth for the chance to be a part of the film.

The film is available on Facebook. If you don't have a Facebook account (Mom and Dad). let me know and I'll send you guys my password to see it.

Here's the link to the video: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1040618659126

WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Shoot...

...was one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had in a while. Great cast and crew...a very fun bunch.

The episode centers around a shooting in a strip/dance club. Two guys, drunk and rowdy, get tossed out of the club by bouncers after attempting to get fresh with a few of the female dancers. They return later in the evening, shoot one of the bouncers and then shoot up the entire club, not killing anyone, but certainly shaking people up. I play one of the club patrons shook up by the events.

It's a real case, of course, recounted by the real cops, now retired.

Thanks to director Kevin Kaufman and producer Paul McGuire, great guys both, for the chance to be a part of the project.

It was also nice to meet actor Paul Gallagher, who played one of the detectives. We sat and talked about movies for about 2 hours and it was great. Paul is also a student and friend of famed Los Angeles acting teacher Darryl Hickman, whose book "The Unconscious Actor--Out of Control In Full Command," is a fascinating read.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Cast in Upcoming Episode of WATCHING THE DETECTIVES

I have been cast as a club patron in a strip club (type casting, no doubt) for an upcoming episode of the new A&E series WATCHING THE DETECTIVES.

The shoot will take place on Friday afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

A friend of mine, Mike Funk, worked on this show recently and said it was a lot of fun.

BABE, INC. Inches Closer To Opening

BABE, INC. is getting closer to opening and we still have some work to do. The show is moving along, although the pace...a normal issue in comedy...needs a boost.

We'll get there.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

My Niece KEELEY ANN born Yesterday

My niece, Keeley Ann Cox was born on yesterday, July 11th at 4:53 pm. Keeley weighs 9 lbs and 20-1/2 inches.

Tina, my sister in law, and baby are doing great but very tired.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

The Strawberry One Act Festival Kick Off Party...

...will take place on Monday, July 14th.

It should be a nice opportunity to meet some of the other artists involved in the festival and hopefully a chance to get the word out about BABE, INC.

Audition for film I, CREATOR in September

This science fiction film about an alien life force unleashed on the Earth is from director Mike Cervello of Modern Day Myth Productions.

Here is a link to the promo for director Mike Cervello's film:

http://www.cvkproductions.com/i_creator_promo.html

Audition for DETECTIVES! This week

Detectives! is a comedic/dramatic venture from writers Eric Barkin and Tye Pemberton and independent radio producer Laura Vitale. It is patterned after hardboiled old-time radio shows like The CBS Mystery Hour and Suspense, but adds a uniquely modern and humorous take on the genre. It is comprised of multiple distinct segments and will be broadcast via the Internet.

My audition will be on Saturday evening. This could be a lot of fun, as I like listening to those old radio shows that Orson Welles and so many actors used to do.

JOKES WITH NO PUNCHLINES Is Complete

I was contacted by director Stephanie Borgovan about the completion of JOKES WITH NO PUNCHLINES, a short I shot back in mid April.

I should be receiving a copy in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

BABE, INC.

Rehearsals for BABE, INC. continue to go very well. We stumbled through the show this evening in about 44 minutes. Not bad, but ideally Mike wants the show down to 35minutes at the most.

We'll get there.

MY CAT BARKS Shoot from Yesterday...

...was a real delight. Fun cast and crew. The title is going to be changed since there is no cat or barking for that matter in the story of the film.

Thanks again to Becca Roth for allowing me to be a small part of the film.