Thursday, April 30, 2009

Great Pacino Scene from THE INSIDER

Here's a great scene from the film THE INSIDER with Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Phillip Baker Hall and Stephen Tobolowsky.

THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA Last Night

THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA rehearsals last night were spectacular. What great fun! Elaine Hayhurst and I continue to have a wonderful time playing Dee and Les, each of us discovering something new with each run through.

Last nights' run was to solidify and sharpen all of the comic moments and that we did. Hopefully, audiences will enjoy the show as much as we do. It's funny, sweet, only slightly offensive and very dark. I keep thinking back to episodes of TALES FROM THE CRYPT where those characters always got what they had coming to them.

Overall, I must say that the experience of working with Ashley, Meg and the folks at SANDRep has been a positive one thus far. I am confident that this weekend will go very well and that this is only the beginning of a very successful partnership.

Tech rehearsals will take place on Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kevin Spacey in THE ICEMAN COMETH

Here's a scene from Kevin Spacey's bravura turn as Hickey in the 1999 Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece THE ICEMAN COMTETH, which I had the pleasure of seeing during its run and was one of the most exciting evenings I've ever spent in the theatre.

The cast also featured Tony Danza, Robert Sean Leonard and Paul Giamatti.

See This Movie :IS ANYBODY THERE?

I had the pleasure of seeing a great movie this past weekend called IS ANYBODY THERE?, a British drama starring the great Michael Caine, who gives another one his fantastic performances.

Here's the trailer for the film. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

WOMAN OF AMAZONIA Rehearsal on Wednesday

With SPRING JUICE opening up this time next weekend, this week will likely be spent reheasing and getting both THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA and OEDIPUSSY ready for audiences. I'm very happy with where the shows are going thus far. Now it's time to put it all together.

Back with WOMAN OF AMAZONIA rehearsal on Wednesday.

FERRY TERMINAL Shoot

Yesterdays' FERRY TERMINAL shoot was great from start to finish. I was blessed with a great director in Kyle and a strong actor in Joe Carney, who is also one heck of a nice guy.

Kyle now has 2 weeks to edit the film and it shouldn't take too long after that to receive a copy of the film, which I'm really looking forward to receiving.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Back With SPRING JUICE Tonight

I'll be rehearsing both THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA and OEDIPUSSY this evening.

Lines are solid for both pieces, so now I can start having some fun with both roles.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

No 911 EMERGENCY For Me

I will not be participating in the short film 911 EMERGENCY, scheduled for Sunday, as the shoot will involve a lot of driving and anyone who knows me well knows that I have not, nor will I ever drive a car.

Bad communication on the part of the director.

FERRY TERMINAL On Saturday

I'm looking forward to the FERRY TERMINAL shoot on Saturday. A lot of ideas are popping into my head about Bob, the role I'll be playing.

The film deals luck and miracles, which I think plays a role in MY daily life...so the premise of an ordinary man in need of a miracle who meets a mystical fairy resonated with me or at least with my imagination. I think it has the potential; potential to be funny and kind of sweet at the same time.

Bob's dealing with the same issues that many people are facing in today's economic climate. He's getting the pressure from bill collectors and from his wife about where the money is going to come from. He hears it from everyone. All he just wants to do at the start of the film is his job. It's his job and he may not love it, but he needs...so when he's bothered by some nutcase with wings, as he calls the fairy upon first meeting, Bob doesn't react too nicely. Bob thinks he's the only one suffering out there, the only one in debt or losing their home. I think the Fairy reminds him that he's not alone.

I've traded a few emails with director Kyle J. Sobocinski and my co-star Joe Carney and both seem very cool and open to a lot of ideas.

We hope to have some fun.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA Rehearsal Last Night

I had a great rehearsal for THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA last night. Both Ashley Straw and Meg Mark offered great ideas to help me and Elaine Hayhurst with bringing the messed up marriage of Les and Dee to life.

Originally, I was a little concerned that the play was a little too much like a sitcom. Now we have come up with a few ideas to keep it at that kind of level, as playwright Phil Duss intended, but have also made it much, much darker, which I like a lot.

The more we went through it, the more I started relishing the opportunity to play Les more. Les is a guy without any moral center. Everything he does is a carefully planned action designed to see how far he can go, how far he can take the games that he likes to play with Dee. He knows how to push her buttons and exploits that for his amusement.

He gets his just deserts though.

Back with rehearsal on Friday.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

OEDIPUSSY Rehearsal on Friday Evening

I'll be having a brief rehearsal with Adam Couperthwaite, who is playing my son Darren in OEDIPUSSY on Friday evening.

FERRY TERMINAL and 911 EMERGENCY This Coming Weekend

I have 2 short film projects coming up this weekend.

In FERRY TERMINAL, I'll be playing a man down on his luck, in need of a miracle, who meets an extraordinary individual who just might change his life.

In 911 EMERGENCY, I'll be playing a guy having a very bad day. His day begins when his car gets stolen and it only gets even worse from there. When he is ignored and given the run around by those sworn to protect, he decides to take the law into his own hands.

Back With SPRING JUICE (The Woman Of Amazonia) Rehearsal Tonight

I'm back with SPRING JUICE rehearsal tonight, focusing on The Woman of Amazonia, which will be the first play featured in the production. I'm working through getting off book right now and am almost there...just reviewing, even as I type this.

As I mentioned before, "Amazonia" tells the story of Les and Dee, high school sweethearts now in a rather miserable marriage. The spark they once had is gone, but still Dee doesn't take too kindly to Les having an affair with another woman...so she decides to take action.

I will be working with the charming Elaine Hayhurst, who is playing Dee. Elaine, like Ashley Straw and Meg Mark, is an AMDA (American Musical & Dramatic Academy) alumnus. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of working with a number of very talented AMDA grads, including Brianna Leigh Hansen and David Renwanz, who I worked with on Tom O'Neil's A SOLDIER'S DEATH.

SAND Rep's SPRING JUICE Email Blast

SPRING JUICE is a is a collection of 4 short-plays. Each based on Classic Greek Literature, Spring Juice wants to warn it’s audience not to “bite the hand that feeds you.” One can never know what gets bitten in response.

With plays by SAND Rep Company Writers:
Brett Andres
Phil Duss
David Mikalson
&
Ashley Straw

Featuring (in order of appearance):
Thom Brown III
Sophia Parra
Adam Couperthwaite
Elaine Hayhurst
Timothy J. Cox
Brett Andres

Direction & Original Music by Ashley Straw
Assistant Direction by Meg Mark
Props & Costumes by Aaron Schlesinger

Do not miss this limited-run performance!
Sunday, May 3 at 3:00PM
Monday, May 4 at 7:00PM

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Master At Work

Here's the greatest film actor ever, Spencer Tracy, in a wonderful scene from the 1960 film version of INHERIT THE WIND.

A Busy Weekend

I had a busy weekend of rehearsals and auditions...

My read through/rehearsal for SPRING JUICE was a lot of fun. There's a lot of talented people involved with the project, including Thom Brown III from ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. My Pioneer Playhouse and ARSENIC alum Meg Mark is serving as assistant artistic director of the production and of SANDRep. My next rehearsal is on Tuesday night.

My audition for THE TEMPEST went very well and I was even offered the role I wanted, of Gonzalo, but I had to turn it down because of a scheduling conflict in June. Darn! I'll play Gonzalo some day

I have been cast in another short film called 911 EMERGENCY directed by Camil Bendjelloun Touimi, which shoots on Sunday, April 26th.

The FERRY TERMINAL Shoot is on Saturday, the 25th. The CIGARETTE, PLEASE shoot, which I had to pass on, has been postponed, so there still might be chance that I'll be working on that one.

There's a lot going on right now. It's nice to be busy.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Great Richard Dreyfuss Scene

Here is a scene from the film WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY, which features an underrated performance from Richard Dreyfuss.

SPRING JUICE Rehearsal Starts Tomorrow

SPRING JUICE rehearsals begin tomorrow and I am very excited to jump into both OEDIPUSSY and THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA.

I started memorizing my brief scene as the Dad in OEDIPUSSY and I'm having a lot of fun with it already. He tells his son how it is...that there are consequences for ones actions. It's a nice little scene.

We don't have a lot of time before the shows open on May 3rd, so I really want to hit the ground running.

Audition for THE TEMPEST Tomorrow

I will be reading for the role of Gonzalo in the Hudson Warehouse's 6th season production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. It tells the story of Prospero, the exiled duke of Milan, and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, who have been stranded for twelve years on a desert island with two servants, the airy sprite Ariel (who Prospero rescued from being imprisonment in a tree) and the savage Caliban. Upon learning that his usurping brother Antonio is sailing near the island with the Neopolitan King Alonso's party, he uses his magic powers to conjure a sea storm that not only leaves the ship and its passengers wrecked on the island, but which also sparks a courtship between his daughter and the king's son, Ferdinand. The survivors of the wreck are separated into several groups, believing one another dead. Three subplots then alternate through the play. In one, Caliban befriends two drunken crew members, whom he believes to have come from the moon, and drunkenly attempts to raise is own rebellion against Prospero. In another, Prospero works to establish the romantic relationship between Ferdinand and Miranda. In the third subplot, Ariel thwarts a murder plot at Prospero's command. The shipwrecked passengers are eventually reunited by island spirits to discover the marriage of Miranda and Ferdinand. In the end, as its title suggests, THE TEMPEST is as much about the opening scene's violent storm, as the journey that brought Prospero to the island and the psychological storm--"the sea change"--leading him to quit his magic and his remote island to return to Milan.

Gonzalo, the trusted advisor to the King of Milan, is a role I have always wanted to play.

My audition is tomorrow.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

SPRING JUICE Scripts

I just received the two scripts OEDIPUSSY and THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA, both part of SPRING JUICE and I like them very much. Both scripts reminded me of TALES FROM THE CRYPT...very dark, twisted and even a little funny in spots. My compliments to writers David Mikalson and Phil Duss.

In OEDIPUSSY, I'll be playing the Dad of the male lead, who confronts his son after learning that he's slept with his own mother. The son is in for a world of hurt.

In THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA, I'll be playing Les, an Al Bundy-esque loser, who learns a very valuable lesson when his wife confronts him about his affair with a younger woman.

Both roles are dramatically different from each other, which is great.

I'm really looking forward to jumping into these plays on Saturday.

CIGARETTE, PLEASE Is Not To Be

Due to a scheduling conflict, I had to pass on CIGARETTE, PLEASE. Hopefully I'll have a chance to work with Joe Chapman and James Sullivan again in the future.

Audition for Music Video Shoot On Saturday Afternoon

On Saturday afternoon, I will be auditioning for the role of a father in director Chris Shashaty's music video for the New Jersey based band 'Infinite Detour' and their song Traveling On.

Reading for the Play THE ADVENTURES OF ZIGZAG Tonight

This evening, I will be auditioning for the Trickster Theater's production of The Adventures of ZigZag, which is to be directed by Papo Colo.

The show rehearses this spring/summer in Hell’s Kitchen. Performance dates TBD.

KILL RICHARD DREYFUSS

A scheduling conflict will prevent me from participating in the reading of KILL RICHARD DREYFUSS, which is a shame because my good friend Synge Maher is involved with the reading as well and working with her again would have been nice.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Audition for the Play TOUCHING A GODDESS On May 9th

I will be heading out to Princeton, NJ on May 9th to audition for Marvin Cheiten's new play, TOUCHING A GODDESS, a comedy/drama set in the 1950's. The production is being presented by Allied Playwrights.

Rehearsals would begin on Friday, August 7th. Director Dan Berkowitz anticipates rehearsing days, not evenings, until the 17th, when we move into techs and dresses.

The show will have a preview on Thursday, August 20, officially open Friday the 21st, and the show will play six performances: Friday and Saturday evenings, August 21-22 and 28-29, plus Sunday matinees August 23 and 30; there is a good chance we will add a seventh performance on Thursday evening, August 27.

If cast, I will be paid a stipend of $1,200. Also, any actor cast who lives more than 20 miles from Princeton (me) will also receive a travel allowance.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

KILL RICHARD DREYFUSS

Due to scheduling conflicts, I had missed my chance to audition for the play KILL RICHARD DREYFUSS. Just a few moments ago, I received word that the writer/director that they'd like to take another stab at seeing me...so I'll be meeting William Growney tomorrow night to discuss the play.

I'm having a very good day (Happens to be a quote from the Richard Dreyfuss movie LET IT RIDE).

Great Jason Robards / Steve Martin Scene

From the comedy PARENTHOOD.

Great Scenes

Here are some memorable scenes from THE WRESTLER with Mickey Rourke and MYSTIC RIVER eith Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon.



Cast in SAND Rep's SPRING JUICE

Great news! I have been cast in SPRING JUICE, a compilation of 4 short-plays based on the greats of the Greeks.

Director Ashley Marie Straw was incredibly happy with my audition and has offered me the following roles:

'Les' in The Woman of Amazonia by, Phil Duss
and

'Dad' in Oedipussy by, David Mikalson

Rehearsals are to start this Saturday.

Cast in Short Film FERRY TERMINAL

I have been cast in the short film FERRY TERMINAL, produced by Lake Films and directed by Kyle Sobocinski, about a male fairy who comes to an actual 'ferry terminal' to die, as he has terminal lung cancer. When he arrives at the terminal, he spends his last moments alive chatting with Bob, a cleaning/security man who at first regards the fairy as a nutcase, but soon changes his tune when he learns the fairy's fate.

I'll be playing the role of Bob, just an average working guy who just wants to show up, do his job, get paid and go home. His life changes upon meeting this stranger.

The shoot will take place on April 25th in Montclair, NJ. There will likely a rehearsal a few days before.

SPRING JUICE Audition

The audition for SPRING JUICE last night was fine. I delivered a monologue and did a few improv exercises.

I should know by the end of today if whether or not I'm going to be used.

Monday, April 13, 2009

MICHAEL AND MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES Update

I did some checking up on this Comedy Central pilot with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, which I worked on almost a year ago and see filming is finished, so hopefully the pilot will be airing sometime in the near future.

North Shore-LIJ Corp Compliance Shoot May 6th

This shoot will be taking place at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY.

JACK CARSON Update

Heard from director Darrell Goode regarding the status of JACK CARSON. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the audio is still an issue but it was an improvement from where we started, so Darrell plans on wrapping the project up and sending me a copy of what he has.

I'm looking forward to seeing this one.

Cast in Monitor Place Pictures CIGARETTE, PLEASE

I will once again be working with Joseph Chapman and James Sullivan of Monitor Place Pictures for their next film short CIGARETTE, PLEASE, which tells the story of Bill, who has recently turned 50 and is contemplating changing his life around - quitting smoking and losing weight. However, when he meets Ray, a strange newcomer in town, his plans may be put on hold.

I will be playing the role of Ray.

Shooting will take place on April 17th and 18th.

SPRING JUICE Audition Tonight

Tonight is the night for my SPRING JUICE audition. I'll be delivering a monologue and reading some sides for the audition. If cast, the show would go up in the first week of May.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

News on HEART SHAPED BOX

I heard from director and high school alum Joseph Ibrahim the other day about HEART SHAPED BOX, the project we worked on together a few months back. He's been doing a lot of editing over the last couple of months and is scheduled to finish the film on the first or second week of May.

Joe will be sending out announcements soon after.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

SAND Rep News- SPRING JUICE Audition

My audition for the first of many SANDRep projects, SPRING JUICE, will take place on Monday, April 13th in Manhattan.

As I said in an earlier post, I have no idea what the piece is about, but sides will be provided at the audition.

Cast In A Video for The North Shore-LIH Health System

I have been cast as a pharmacy tech named Bob in a video for The North Shore-LIJ Health System, which is a not-for-profit health system.

The video is only for internal communication purposes, but work is work.

The shoot would only take up a half day of my time.

It's to be filmed in late April or early May.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Another ADR Session for JACK CARSON

I'll have to do another dubbing session for JACK CARSON later this month. I guess the last session didn't go so well.

THE RED WAGON Update

Heard from director Sophie Tabet about the short film THE RED WAGON. The film is completed and copies will be sent very soon.

The showcase mentioned some time ago is still TBA.

More OVERCROWDED News

Director Dan Kowalski received a call from an NBC representative today regarding OVERCROWDED and while we do not have an exact air date, Dan was told that we should expect the pilot to air on WNBC in four weeks.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

OVERCROWDED News

OverCrowded has been submitted and accepted to WNBC's Screening Room, which showcases the best of underground production in the New York region.

For more on The Screening Room, check out the link below.

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/station/tv_channels/The-Screening-Room.html

Air dates to follow soon.

Yesterdays' Auditions

Of the two auditions I had yesterday, I felt better about the short film THEY'RE MADE FROM MEAT. I find the premise fascinating and the way the dialogue flows is a lot like Pinter, which I'm still reading quite a lot of.

I rushed through my readings in THE IMAGINARY INVALID. I read for the role of a quack doctor, which could be a lot of fun, but I couldn't get a read on what the director thought.

We'll see.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Audition for KILL RICHARD DREYFUSS on April 8th

After all the years of being compared to the award winning actor, it seems only fitting that I audition to play him in this staged reading, which is being produced by WoGWoG Productions.

The reading is set for May 3rd with a full production scheduled to run Late Summer or Early Fall.

I'm sure friends and family would get a big kick out of me playing this part.

My audition is on April 8th.

SAND Rep Meeting

Last evenings' SANDRep meet and greet was a great opportunity to meet everyone involved with the venture. They already have a number of projects planned for the couple of months. I have an audition on April 12th for their first project called SPRING JUICE. Details on that to come soon.

CANDYLESS Shoot

The CANDYLESS shoot went very well this morning. With only 2 hours to work in the studio at NYU, things had to move quickly and they did.

Thanks to director Ashley Melonson for the chance to be a part of the project.