Sunday, May 31, 2009

DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES

Yesterday's shoot went very well. We shot my scenes at self service car wash in Cranford, NJ, a quaint town located in the heart of Union County.

Director Michael Allen Wise and his crew were really on top of things. It was great working with them all.

I had the pleasure of sharing my scenes with the lovely Kathleen Boddington, who plays Sarah in the film. Paul, my character comforts Sarah as she is going through a rough patch in her marriage. Kathleen was a real pro, a solid actress and fun to swap war stories with.

It was not a long day, but the weather was nice, the people pleasant and the work quite enjoyable.

This is why I do what I do.

Friday, May 29, 2009

MARTY & DOUG'S NEW RELIGION Readthrough Set for August 16th

On Sunday, August 16th, I will be attending a readthrough of the new All Things Random pilot MARTY & DOUG'S NEW RELIGION, which I am very excited about jumping into.

I will be playing the role of Barry, Marty and Doug's lawyer and their greatest supporter as they embark on the creation of their new religion.

Scripts will be sent out soon.

DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES Shoot Tomorrow

I'll be heading out to NJ tomorrow to shoot my scenes for the film DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES.

I do not anticipate a long day, since all of my scenes are very short.

Just Auditioned for the short film THE CHICKEN MAN

I just read for a very interesting project called THE CHICKEN MAN, to be directed by R. Jameson Smith.

This short takes place during the interrogation of Billy, 'the chicken man', a man deeply involved with death, but ultimately fascinated by life. He is dark, and reclusive, but devoted to his profession.

This short will serve not only as a class project, but as a introduction to a feature film that has a estimated production date of Summer 2010.

Audition for NYCFringe Play TELL IT TO ME SLOWLY on June 4th

What impulses lie beneath our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to reality television?

That is the question being asked in False Start Productions original play Tell It To Me Slowly, which documents the story of a family coping with a son's addiction while a television crew capitalizes on their reality.

The show will be presented as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, August 14-30. If cast, this will be my first return to the festival since Tony Pennino's comedy Toby in 2005.

My audition for director Arielle Lipshaw is on June 4th at Columbia University.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

No Word Still On DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES

Still no word on DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES. If he moves it to next week, he'll have to find another actor, as I'll be busy with other things.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Three Great Scenes

Below are three great scenes from three of the greatest actors of our time.

MARLON BRANDO in LAST TANGO IN PARIS



JACK NICHOLSON in FIVE EASY PIECES



PETER O'TOOLE
in THE LION IN WINTER

DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES On Hold

I was scheduled to be in NJ today for the DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES shoot, but that is currently on hold. My shooting day will likely be moved to Friday or Saturday.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

DVD's of CANDYLESS and FERRY TERMINAL Have Been Received

This weekend, I received copies of both CANDYLESS and FERRY TERMINAL. I just finished watching FERRY TERMINAL and I am very pleased with how it has turned out.

Congrats to director Kyle J. Sobocinski and to my co-star Joe Carney on jobs well done.

I haven't had a chance to watch CANDYLESS yet, but will do so soon.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Cast in DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES

I have been cast in director Michael Allen Wise's short film DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES, which, as previously mentioned, takes place at a small town car wash in New Jersey and follows three stories that take place at the same time. I play a nice, ordinary guy named Paul, who's helping out a neighbhor, Sarah, who is in the midst of a bad time in her marriage to her husband David.

The script is very good and the part is an interesting one. My shooting day is on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

HEART SHAPED BOX is Complete

HEART SHAPED BOX, the comedy short I did with high school alum Joseph Ibrahim is now complete and ready for viewing at http://www.myfavoritedesign.com/delivery/HSB_v22.mov

Give it a moment to upload and be ready to laugh.

I am extremely proud to be a part of a project that is so professionally done in every sense of the word.

A special thank you to Joe for allowing me to be part of his work.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CANDYLESS Is Complete

Heard from director Ashley Melonson regarding the short film CANDYLESS, where I played the King of Candyland. The film has been completed and I should be receiving a copy very soon.

BlogCritics Review of SAND Rep's SPRING JUICE

Apparently SPRING JUICE got reviewed during our brief run, but it took some time for the review to be written and posted. After reading it, you'll find that it's not only a review, but an introduction to SAND Rep.

Thirsty? Try Spring Juice
By Alicia Hartgrove
For Blogcritics.org

You’ve heard or studied these stories all based around classic Greek Literature. You’ve seen or played these parts in your own life (the high school sweetheart gone sour, conscious wife of husband’s affair, husband that disappears and years later returns, and the mother fucker…ok, hopefully not that last one). But you haven’t had your fill of modern provocative humor until you’ve seen Spring Juice, a collection of four short-plays based loosely on Greek Literature.

Spring Juice, a dark and offensive comedy, performed to a full audience on the afternoon of May 3 and evening of May 4 at The Cafe, a sister theatre to The Broadway Baby Bistro.

The Café is a small intimate performance space, which worked really well for this production as scenery and props were limited. The small space also allowed actors to interact with the audience. The actors embodied a passion and enthusiasm for their characters, which was impressive considering the amount of rehearsal time for this show, two-and-a-half weeks.

This was the first show by SAND Rep, a repertory theatre group dedicated to satiating the urban American pallet with new and raw material.

Ashley Straw, the mastermind behind Spring Juice (director, writer, and composer) and
producing artistic director of SAND Rep, said her inspiration for the show came from the thought “How can I showcase many writers, actors, and the spirit of spring 2009.”

SAND Rep was formed after the success of Straw’s first full-length drama, Only Thing East, which took place in February of this year. Aaron Haber at the Broadway Baby Bistro then asked Straw to put on a show every month and assemble a small theatre company. The cast and crew of Only Thing East are continuing its triumphant run for an upcoming weekend at a Baltimore theatre.

Straw recruited a team of talented writers, actors, musicians, and visionaries to work simultaneously with her to launch SAND Rep and produce Spring Juice…all in a two month time frame.

Straw approached three writers who she had worked with before to write a piece for Spring Juice about love, sex, the celebration of spring, and base it on Greek Literature. Straw co-wrote the first piece, Eury and Otto, with David Mikalson, edited the pieces, and composed a musical score for piano. The scripts were given to the six actors just three weeks before show time.

“It’s a really great feeling to be working with people that you can give a new script to and know that whatever they did the next day would be compelling to watch,” said Straw.

Straw said even though she would have ideally had more people involved in the production her biggest struggle was to coordinate with so many people.

“The people involved are so capable and reliable it wasn’t as big of an issue,” said Straw, who also said rehearsals were a non-stop laugh fest.

Meg Mark, assistant artistic director, said working on Spring Juice was really fun and twisted.

“Everyone involved was able to get their creativity and dirty thoughts out,” said Mark.

Thankfully, none of the dirty thoughts were edited or filtered in the script. Clever and witty banter was also included in the script throughout all four pieces. The actors delivered strong and believable monologues despite the usual awkwardness of dialogue.

Sophia Parra, who played the female lead in two of the four pieces of Spring Juice, said it’s was interesting to explore two different realms of comedy in her roles as one of her characters is darker than the other and one very far fetched from reality. Parra, who attends the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, said between school and Spring Juice she was rehearsing for seven different roles. “It is really a thrill to be eight different people in one day,” Parra joked.

Parra and Adam Couperthwaite played Eury and Otto in the first piece, reunited high school sweethearts that reminisce about their past and caught up over drinks. Eury still had her sweet and innocent charm but had been “fucking professors for grades and spending student loan money on coke.” Otto was still be chasing a dream of being a rock star and suffered from an addiction to Eury.

The second piece, The Woman of Amazonia, written by Phil Duss, was about a feisty married couple dealing with the husband’s affair with one of his young students. Dee, Elaine Hayhurst, is determined to show her husband, Les, that she is still hot. Her efforts went as far as putting an “Amazonian love potion” on his laundry. Les, Timothy J. Cox, is a horny, geeky man that is nonchalant about his affair. Hayhurst, a firecracker curly red head, had the look and stage presence of Bette Midler.

Thom Brown III, the man, narrated the play in a tone that would have been more fitting if he was smoking a pipe but his silly lines were far from sophisticated. The actors were able to feed off of their quirky characters to display a constant chemistry on stage.

Brett Andres wrote and starred in the third piece, Adapted Piece, with Sophia Parra. This overly dramatic piece was about a husband’s return after disappearing for three years to find that his wife had been dating the whole city. Both characters shared a “what the fuck” attitude while they demanded answers about their actions. The husband, Andres, grew more and more nervous as the scene played out because of anger and confessing that he had an accident with his penis while he
was gone.

Spring Juice was full of unlikely awkward moments between couples but none quite like the final piece, Oedipussy. David Mikalson wrote this hilarious tale about a mother and son having a drunken one night stand. After the mom, who was played by Hayhurst, said goodbye, Darren, the son who was played by Couperthwaite, discovered that his dick was rotting. It’s hard to tell if the character was more freaked out that he had sex with his mom or that his dick was falling off.

Oedipussy had the perfect ending for the audience to leave on a funny and disturbing note.

“I just hope that they laugh and they love it,” said Straw about what she wanted the audience to get from the play. “And I hope that they look at how they treat the person they are with…Every kind of love should be celebrated.”

Audition for DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, I will be reading for the short film DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES, which takes place at a small town car wash in New Jersey and follows three five minute stories that happened at the same time. According to director Michael Allen Wise, this film is meant to convince the viewer of every predictable ending that could possibly be assumed...then within the last three minutes Everything goes insane.

Michael is going to have me read for a few roles.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

JACK CARSON Reaction

I also watched JACK CARSON today and my reaction to that isn't as positive. I felt that I gave a stiff performance, looking noticably uncomfortable.

Oh well. Can't win them all.

OVERCROWDED is Hilarious!

I just finished watching the pilot for OVERCROWDED and it is hysterically funny.

Everyone involved with the project is to be commended for their hard work and dedication.

Again, thanks to Dan Conrad, Dan Kowalski and Greg Vorob for the chance to play not one, but two nice roles in this pilot.

Great Scene From ORDINARY PEOPLE

Here is a great (and final) scene from the 1980 film ORDINARY PEOPLE with Donald Sutherland and Timothy Hutton.

The first time I saw this film was about 20 years ago and I remember being so moved by Donald Sutherland's fantastic performance that it, along with Jack Lemmon's performance in DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, made me want to be an actor.

OVERCROWDED Copy Received

I received my copy of the pilot for OVERCROWDED yesterday. Can't wait to watch it.

In other All Things Random news, Greg Vorob and Dan Conrad are working on the script for MARTY AND DOUG'S NEW RELIGION everyday getting it stronger and stronger. The script should be completed in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

One More SPRING JUICE Picture

Film Updates

I have received a copy of JACK CARSON, which I plan on watching soon. Thanks to director Darrell Goode for sending a copy and again for being a part of the project.

Last evening, I heard from FERRY TERMINAL director Kyle J. Sobocinski regarding the film and the editing is completed, so I should be receiving a copy of that very soon.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Great Scene from THE PAWNBROKER

Rod Steiger gave one of his greatest performances in this 1965 film, directed by the great Sidney Lumet, as a Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, who loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

All Thins Random's Next Project: MARTY & DOUG'S NEW RELIGION

All Thins Random Productions, the folks behind OVERCROWDED, are starting work on their next project titled MARTY & DOUG'S NEW RELIGION, another comedy from the minds of Greg Vorob and Dan Conrad.

Greg told me a little about the plot a few months back and it sounds very funny.

Production is set to begin in July and I, once again, hope to be involved in the project.

SPRING JUICE Pictures




Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Today's Shoot

Today's shoot in Manhasset was a piece of cake. Done in about an hour, which is always nice. It's also always nice to make a little money doing what you love.

We had two cameras, which helped immensely, plus a kind, professional crew, led by Al Ritondo.

I had the pleasure of working with a charming actress named Elizabeth Bove, who is also a writer/producer of her own company Bow Wow Films, as well as being a seasoned stage actress.

Check out Liz's website. Very impressive: http://elizabethbove.com/

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Great Nicholson Scene from AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Here is a great scene from Jack Nicholson's Oscar winning performance in AS GOOD AS IT GETS, with Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear.

Monday, May 04, 2009

SPRING JUICE Comes to A Close

A short run, yes, but a rewarding one nonetheless. I wish to thank everyone involved with bringing SPRING JUICE to life and for those who supported it.

I had a fun time working on both THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA and OEDIPUSSY, two unique pieces, so different from each other which had its share of challenges, which every actor loves.

Of both plays, I have to say that I enjoyed playing Les in AMAZONIA the most. What a fun character to play...even though he's not the kind of guy I'd ever want to be friends with.

Here are some kind words from AMAZONIA playwright, Phil Duss:

I just wanted to tell you that I loved the work you guys did and I loved your performance. Thanks for all the hard work!

Thank you, Phil!

Now it's time for the next thing...whatever that may be.

Wednesday's North Shore-LIJ Health Systems Shoot

Thankfully, I do not have an early call for the North Shore-LIJ Health Systems shoot on Wednesday. I don't have to be out in Manhasset, Long Island until noon.

I don't anticipate a long shooting day for this, as it is a very short scene with minimal dialogue.

SPRING JUICE Returns Tonight

The cast has received some positive feedback about yesterdays' run of SPRING JUICE.

Playwright Phil Duss was very pleased with my approach to the role of Les in THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA. Always nice to make the playwright happy.

David Mikalson, the writer of OEDIPUSSY, is in town from Colorado to see the show this evening, but before that, the cast is going to have a rehearsal run of the show for him to see from 5:30 to 6:00 tonight.

And then, it's showtime!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

JACK CARSON

Heard from director Darrell Goode regarding JACK CARSON. I should be receiving a copy of the film this week.

Looking forward to seeing it.

SAND Rep's SPRING JUICE Opens

The first performance of SPRING JUICE went very well. Even though the weather was unpleasant, we played to a decent sized house who seemed to enjoy themselves.

Back again tomorrow.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

RED WAGON is Available for Viewing

RED WAGON, the short drama I did a few months ago, where I play an abusive husband, is now available for viewing on Facebook.

I'll try to post it on here soon.

Thanks to Sophie Tabet for posting the film and for the chance to be a part of the project.

Tech for SPRING JUICE

Just finished tech rehearsal for SPRING JUICE and everything went smoothly. The stage is a little smaller than I thought, but every actor adjusted to space nicely.

Tomorrow should move nicely. Each piece moves very quickly, bringing the program to close in just about an hour. Get them in and out!

The cast is meeting around 1pm tomorrow to go over any last minute issues before showtime at 3pm.

Friday, May 01, 2009

SPRING JUICE Runs This Weekend

I am very excited to get SPRING JUICE in front of an audience this weekend. The work that has gone into both THE WOMAN OF AMAZONIA and OEDIPUSSY, in just 2 short weeks, has been rewarding from day one. I wish everyone involved the best of luck.

In other news, I heard from director Harris Masood (WHY I FIRED MY SECRETARY, BLIND THOUGHTS). He has a new feature film project coming up and he wants me involved. More details on that soon.

Get this: I will be playing Batman. Yes, you read that right! I will be playing the Caped Crusader in a parody film with director Kennedy Ross, who I worked with on a commercial project about 6 months ago. That project should take place in mid-June.
A rehearsal or two may take place before it goes in front of a camera.