Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Audition for "THEY'RE MADE OF MEAT" Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I will be auditioning for an adaptation of the sci-fi short story 'They're Made of Meat' by Terry Bisson, about two alien scouts who visit Earth and discuss the peculiarity of the human species.

I just read the story it's a lot of fun and quirky.

Nothing on MIDSUMMER

No word on MIDSUMMER, so I guess it's not to be. Same goes with DON GIOVANNI. Every actor goes through a dry spell, so it doesn't concern me. I've been through them before.

I'm happy about THE IMAGINARY INVALID audition tomorrow night.

Millbrook Playhouse

I was not able to attend the auditions for the Millbrook Playhouse this past weekend because of a hectic tour guide schedule. I sent an email to the artistic director, Matt DeSantis, to see if I could attend the callbacks, but I haven't heard anything as of yet, so my guess is that it's not to be.

Audition for Moliere's THE IMAGINARY INVALID Tomorrow Night

I snagged an audition for the Moliere comedy for tomorrow night, which is being produced by The Secret Theatre, a Long Island City (Queens) based company.

They are also holding auditions for MACBETH, but I might not be available for the auditions.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Great Paul Newman / Tom Hanks Scene

This is how it's done. Two of the greats in a scene from ROAD TO PERDITION.

OVERCROWDED Copies to Be Sent

Post production for OVERCROWDED is complete.

We have a pilot!

DVD copies should be in the mail soon.

SAND Rep Meeting Tomorrow Night

I will be attending the first official meeting for the new theatre company SANDRep tomorrow night. Actually, it'll be more of Meet & Greet Event.

Looking forward to it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

CANDYLESS Rehearsal

CANDYLESS rehearsal went very well this weekend. The short is a lot of fun; no heavy lifting from an emotional standpoint. It's just a cute little piece.

I will have a very colorful king outside, with a red cape and a puffy shirt that makes me look like Michael Flatley.

We may try for another rehearal on March 31st.

SAND Rep Meeting Soon

Heard from Ashley Straw again regarding SANDRep.

In the next week, Ashley would like to hold an introductory meeting for all company members to meet and greet one another.

There's a lot of excitement surrounding this new venture, myself included, of course.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MIDSUMMER Audition

Today's audition for A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM went very well, I thought. I felt calm and relaxed as I did my prepared pieces and the group of four auditioners seemed pleased. I did two pieces, one from HAMLET, the other from TWELFTH NIGHT, in the hopes of giving them some variety.

We'll see what happens.

Monday, March 23, 2009

CANDYLESS Rehearsal on Wednesday Night

Everything is a go as far as the short film CANDYLESS is concerned. We're rehearsing on Wednesday night and shooting on April 1st.

Should be a lot of fun.

New Theatre Company, SAND Rep, In The Works

Meg Mark has recommended me and many others, including Larry Lesher and Matt Harris, to friend/colleague Ashley Straw, who is in the early stages of creating a new theatre company.

I have spoken and traded a few emails with Ashley, whose infectious charm and energy is quite extraordinary.

The name of Ashley's company is SAND Rep and it is completely dedicated to bringing raw theatre (& other related art) to the urban community of New York.

Ashley mentioned that projects may start coming together in May, so stay tuned.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cast As King Kandy in CANDYLESS

I have been cast as King Kandy in the very sweet short film CANDYLESS, which will be shot on April 1st in Manhattan.

In it, my King Kandy has to choose between his kingdom and the love of a woman deemed unacceptable by his people.

It's charming, sweet and something that I know my niece Keeley and my nephew Kameron would enjoy.

Personally, I'd rather be the King of Beerland...but Candy isn't bad either.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Audition for A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM On Tuesday

I snagged an audition for Ny-Lon Fusion's upcoming production of Shakespeare's comedy classic A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM for Tuesday afternoon.

It would be nice to jump back into a Shakespeare again so I'm really looking forward to this audition.

DON GIOVANNI Audition

I read scenes cold today for my audition for Moliere's DON GIOVANNI, which is to be directed by Italian director/actor Johna Mancini. For many years Johna was an actor/director in Italy, even working with the legendary director Federico Fellini on his 1983 film And the Ship Sails On.

I didn't think my readings were that good, but Johna seemed pleased or he was being polite. You never know with cold readings.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Audition for Moliere's DON GIOVANNI Tomorrow...CANDYLESS Audition on Saturday

Tomorrow afternoon, I will be auditioning for a production of Moliere's DON GIOVANNI, which is to be produced by NN Productions. It's been a long time since I've done a Moliere play...not since a college production of THE LEARNED LADIES, where I played a blustery father. I think I'm reading for the blustery father role in DON GIOVANNI. Some things never change.

On Saturday, I will be reading for the role of King Kandy in director Ashley Melonson's film CANDYLESS, which is based on the classic board game Candy Land.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

No CUCKOO'S NEST...Audition for The Short Film THE COUCH on the 20th

It's not to be as far as CUCKOO'S NEST is concerned.

I have an audition for the short film THE COUCH coming up on the 20th. THE COUCH is about an upper class family that's fallen apart and has to sell all their old belongings and move away. The younger daughter of the family gets into an argument with the buyers and ends up stealing her family's old couch back from them. The rest of the movie is about her attempt to carry it to their new home in Westchester from Manhattan. I'm reading for the role of Bill, the oldest son in the family who constantly disappoints everyone around him with his incompetence. He's now in charge of what's left of his family but doesn't feel comfortable with his position.

Monday, March 09, 2009

No Word on CUCKOO'S NEST

No word on CUCKOO'S NEST as of yet. I seem to remember being told that decisions on casting will be made right away.

If it's not to be, it's not to be.

JACK CARSON - ADR Session

Tonights' ADR session with JACK CARSON director Darrell Goode and his colleague Travis went wonderfully. I was in and out in 1 hour after dubbing a number of lines that needed some cleaning up.

After those are edited into the film, hopefully a final cut of the film will be made available for people to see.

Darrell, who is also working on a sitcom, is hoping to submit JACK CARSON to a number of film festivals.

ARSENIC Comes To An End

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE played its final performance last evening to an enthusiastic crowd.

Thanks to Queens Shakespeare Inc and the Bowne Street Community Church for the chance to be a part of the production. Overall, the experience was a rewarding one. Playing a role like Dr. Einstein was great fun; a reason why I love being a character actor.

CUCKOO'S NEST Audition

Yesterday afternoons' ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST audition went very well, I thought. I did my monologue twice for the director and the readings were dramatically different, so hopefully I showed variety in my performances.

It wouls be great fun to do the play again, since admittedly, the last production of the play that I appeared in was not a very memorable experience.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

ARSENIC Closes Tonight

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE comes to a close tonight.

It has definitely been a memorable experience, working with some old friends and making many new ones. The opportunity to work with my good friend and director Larry Lesher has again proven to be a delight.

We'll see what todays' ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST audition brings. Millbrook Playhouse auditions are also coming up on the 29th, so we'll see what happens there.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

ARSENIC and BRISTOL VALLEY THEATER

No word from the folks at Bristol Valley, so I guess it's not to be. Oh well.

Last evening's performance of ARSENIC was one of our best, in my opinion. The audience laughed all the way through the show and the pace was solid all the way through.

Only two performances left!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

ARSENIC Tonight

It was nice to return to ARSENIC tonight. We had a decent sized house...10 or 15 people, which has been the norm for the run of the show.

We're coming to the end of this process. It's always sad to see a show come to an end, but you never know...I may return to ARSENIC again in the future.

Bristol Valley Theater Audition

My audition for the Bristol Valley Summer Theatre was about an hour ago. I went in and did my monologue and that was it.

If they like me, I'll receive an invitation for a callback audition on Saturday.

If cast, I'll be working in Naples, NY, which is only about 5 hours out of Manhattan.

Like the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, KY, each play runs for two weeks, with the rehearsal period for each show lasting about two weeks.

We'll see what happens.

JACK CARSON Dubbing On Monday Night

I'll be meeting director Darrell Goode to dub some line for the short film JACK CARSON on Monday night.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Audition for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST On March 8th

I will be auditioning for ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST on Sunday, March 8th.

The production is being produced by Wide Eyed Productions, under the direction of Kristin Skye Hoffmann.

As you may remember, I appeared in a production of the play a few years back with the Charlie Pineapple Theatre Company in Brooklyn. I played a small role of a technician who gives R.P. McMurphy shock treatment. This time around, I wouldn't mind playing a bigger role.

At this point, all I know is that the productions goes up in May.

We'll see what happens.

For info on Wide Eyed Productions, please visit http://www.wideeyedproductions.com/home.html

ARSENIC Returns Tomorrow, Bristol Valley Theatre Audition Also Tomorrow

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's Bristol Valley Theatre audition. I've read all the plays that they're doing and I think there are roles in each that I could play and have some fun with.

ARSENIC returns tomorrow night, which will be nice after a few days rest. Hopefully, our houses will be bigger for this last weekend of performaces.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

BlogCritics.com Review of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Theater Review (Queens, NY): Arsenic and Old Lace
Written by Hannah Marie Ellison
Published March 01, 2009
Part of StageMage

After more than 60 years, Joseph Kesselring’s highly amusing masterpiece Arsenic and Old Lace is still an incredibly funny show. This past weekend, the current Queens Shakespeare, Inc. presentation of this brilliant black comedy did have a few bumps (specifically, some not-so-solid lead performances), but Lawrence Lesher's direction was crisp and there were a number of high-spirited performances from an impressive supporting cast.

Kesselring's wicked tale tells the story of two presumably sweet old ladies, both considered pillars of Brooklyn for their charitable works and generosity to their neighbors. But even they, as it is said in the show, have their peculiarities. The peculiarity here is that they turn out to be serial killers.

Deciding that it would be a pity to let vacant rooms remain empty in their old house, the Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha (Nanette Asher and Pauline Walsh), occasionally take in boarders. They cannot help but notice the loneliness of the older, unattached men whom fate or chance bring to their door. When these prospective tenants of modest means tell the sisters that they are alone in the world, without family, friends, or hope, the well-meaning sisters literally kill them with kindness by serving them a glass of their homespun elderberry wine, laced with arsenic, plus a dash of strychnine and just a pinch of cyanide.

When their innocent nephew Mortimer (Greg Mocker) accidentally finds out about his aunties’ unusual “hobby,” he plans to shift the blame for the killings onto his brother Teddy (Sean MacBride Murray), who thinks he is President Theodore Roosevelt and dresses and acts accordingly. Adding to the mix is Mortimer's insane brother Jonathan (Danny Mittermeyer), on the lam from the law, wearing a new face (vaguely reminiscent of horror film legend Boris Karloff) compliments of his whiskey-drinking plastic surgeon companion Dr. Einstein (Timothy J. Cox). The pair arrives in Brooklyn dragging along a corpse of their own.

What follows is a potent mixture of madcap comedy and smoldering menace, and director Lawrence Lesher deserves high praise for striking all the right notes, with most scenes popping with great energy and enthusiasm. His production, however, while good (even quite wonderful) in many spots, falls short of being an overall great one because of two lackluster lead performances, from Nanette Asher as Abby Brewster and Greg Mocker as Mortimer. Both actors throughout seemed terribly lost, never settling into their roles or finding a rhythm, especially Mocker, whose line readings were unusual in some spots and downright bizarre in others.

A big part of my criticism of their performances, mostly Asher's, has to do with the simple fact that I couldn't make out a large percentage of what they were saying. Admittedly, the acoustics at the Bowne Street Community Church auditorium, where the play was performed, was not an ideal space for this zany show, but that didn't deter the strong supporting cast, who managed to rise above the spatial limitations and deliver great performances. Pauline Walsh, who was drop-dead hysterical as Martha Brewster, injected much-needed life into all her scenes; roly-poly Sean MacBride Murray was a pistol from the opening curtain as a delightful Teddy. The lovely Meg Mark, who reminded me of a young Meg Ryan, was great as Mortimer’s not-so-dumb, undersexed girlfriend Elaine Harper, a minister’s daughter who throws herself at Mortimer and becomes more and more confounded by his strange unwillingness to respond to her romantic overtures.

Jonathan Emerson, Thom Brown III, Matthew Harris, and Brendon Hunt all contributed nice cameos (and ridiculous Irish accents) as a bunch of not very observant police officers. Hands down, though, the scene-stealers were Danny Mittermeyer, superb as the murderous and sadistic Jonathan Brewster, and the always top-notch Timothy J. Cox, magnificent as Dr. Einstein. Both actors exploded on to the stage at end of Act I and set the tone and pace for the remainder of the show, playing off each other like a seasoned acting duo.

Aside from his duties on stage, Jonathan Emerson also acted as scenic and lighting designer for the production, and given the space he had to work with, he managed to create a workable space for the actors and subtly light the proceedings.

With a little polishing of a few of its comic characterizations, the current production of Arsenic and Old Lace in Flushing could be a must-see comedy.

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Arsenic and Old Lace runs at the Bowne Street Community Church in Flushing until March 8th. For information on tickets, visit Smarttix.com.

First Week of ARSENIC Performances A Success!

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE has received some great audiences during its first week of performances and the reactions so far have been pretty positive.

Last evenings' crowd was our biggest so far and they laughed pretty much through the entire show, which is always nice.

Now we have a few days off, which I am looking forward to.

We'll be having a brush up rehearsal on Wednesday before returning to the boards on Thursday.

Keep an eye out for reviews!