Tuesday, June 30, 2009

OVER COFFEE News

Director Sean Meehan has all of the locations locked down and committed for the OVER COFFEE shoot, including the taxi cab, and now he is in the process of holding another casting call on Thursday. I forwarded the casting notices to my colleagues and I know that Meg Mark and Emily King Brown have secured auditions. I wish them luck!

He's aiming to shoot the film on the weekends of July 18th and July 24th (the second of which works better for me). I think I'll only be needed for one day as Rice has only one scene in the film...it's a fun one though.

I had a chance to read the entire script and it is very funny. Lots of great physical comedy in there. Should be a lot of fun to work on.

Behind the Rabbit Productions Promo Shoot in July

I heard from Jason Godbey, my old 13th Street Rep colleague and Artistic Director of Behind the Rabbit Productions today about working on a 30 second web promo on either July 11th or July 12th.

It looks very simple and shouldn't take too much time. Basically what it involves is performing a funny death scene. Each actor will do a short version and a long version of their death.

More details on that soon.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Cast in OVER COFFEE

Some great news! I have been cast in the fun supporting role of obnoxious real estate mogul Hamilton Rice in Sean Meehan's comedy short OVER COFFEE, which is being produced by Two-Five Films.

Sean is in the process of storyboarding and the casting of other parts, but the goal is that within two weeks or so we'll be in full blown pre-production and looking to shoot ASAP. Sean is also toying with the idea of having a cast read-through once he has a full cast locked in.

It should be an easy shooting process for me...1-2 days max.

I said it before, I'll say it again, I do love being a supporting actor.

ARGYLE Callback

I thought my callback audition for ARGYLE went very well this afternoon. Even though Principal Cox appears in only 2 scenes, they are two memorable scenes.

ARGYLE Callback Today

I am heading to a callback audition for the role of Principal Cox in ARGYLE in a few hours.

Principal Cox can best be described as a man who tries too hard to be cool, but fails miserably.

It's a fun supporting role and I'd love to get it.

We'll see.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

BAGEL and OVER COFFEE Auditions

My audition for the FINAGLE A BAGEL was a fun one. The commercial is set in Boston and is a play on the characters in the Oscar winning film THE DEPARTED, so there are a lot of bleeps in the commercial, all for humorous effect. In the audition, we got to improvise a little, which was fun, let loose, say some pretty nasty things...all in character, of course. I was reading for a blue collar type, so I had a lot of leeway as far as what I could say. I have to tell you, it's very theraputic to call a complete stranger a c*cksucker or a mother f*cker. When I left the audition, even though I was not in a bad mood going in, I felt better.

As far as the OVER COFFEE audition, it was a brief, informal meeting with writer/director Sean Meehan, who I thought was very cool. I read a scene as the bastardly Hamilton Rice for him a few times and he seemed pleased with what I gave him. Nothing is definite, but I'm hopeful that the role is mine.

Audition for FINAGLE A BAGEL Commercial Today

Today, I will be auditioning for a blue collar type for a FINAGLE A BAGEL commercial that, if cast, will be shot in Boston on July 7th and 8th.

Wouldn't be a bad gig...the money wouldn't be bad either.

LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGER Audition Last Night

Last night's audition for LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS took me to Bay Ridge in Brooklyn...about an hour ride on the subway from my home. I read for the roles of Jerry, a man trying very hard to get a woman to go to bed with him and Johnny, a man's man who likes being the boss. I thought I read pretty well, but it all depends on what the director is looking for.

In the 1970 film, Jerry was played by Bob Dishy (BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, DON JUAN DEMARCO) and Johnny was played by the late Harry Guardino (DIRTY HARRY, ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

ARGYLE Audition

My audition for ARGYLE took place about 45 minutes ago and it went really well, I thought. Director Matt Porter and his colleagues had me read not only for Dr. Cohen, but for a few other supporting roles, including a man named Principal Cox.

If cast, shooting would take place in Mid-July and if necessary, part of August.

Audition for Short Film OVER COFFEE On Wednesday

On Wednesday, I will be reading for 'Over Coffee', a short film written and directed by Sean M. Meehan.

The story centers on a young man, Andrew, who works at a real-estate agency headed by an obnoxious, overly-arrogant boss whose micromanaging extends all the way down to his choice of coffee. Although his job is not important to him, there is one thing that keeps him coming to work: his boss's beautiful secretary. Andrew will do anything to get her attention, even if it's just as simple as getting a cup of coffee.

I will be reading for the role of the arrogant boss, a man named Hamilton Rice and he is a real piece of work. I used to work in real estate, so I've met a few guys like Rice is my travels...people who take themselves way too seriously and think they are entitled to royal treatment.

I'll be meeting Sean tomorrow afternoon.

Monday, June 22, 2009

LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS Tomorrow Night Also

In addition to ARGYLE, my audition for LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS is also taking place tomorrow, so I have that to look forward to as well. I've re-read my copy of the play, so I'll be ready for whatever is thrown at me.

ARGYLE Audition Tomorrow

My audition for ARGYLE is tomorrow and I'm looking forward to that. The sides I read for Dr. Cohen are very funny. Dr. Cohen is not the sharpest knife in the drawer...lots of comic potential there.

TIS PITY Audition

My audition for TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE was just a few hours ago and I thought it went pretty well. I read from sides for the role of Donado, which as I mentioned before is a rather stuffy, businesslike sort of fellow who thinks very highly of himself, although others may think him a bit of a bore.

I'd really like to do this play; it's not one you see produced very often these days and I got a good vibe from the guys at the Toy Box Theatre Company, so we'll see.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Queens Shakespeare Inc's TWELFTH NIGHT

Queens Shakespeare's production of Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT is currently enjoying a run at the Flea Theater in Manhattan. I had a chance to see the show this evening and was delighted to support the company and my ARSENIC AND OLD LACE alums Jonathan Emerson, Brendan Hunt and Danny Mittermeyer who all gave great performances under the direction of artistic director and producer Nan Asher.

I wish to congratulate Nan and her entire cast and crew on jobs well done.

For information on tickets for TWELFTH NIGHT, please visit http://www.theflea.org/

Cheers to the Inwood Shakespeare Festival On THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Last evening, I attended a production of Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE in Inwood Hill Park at 218th Street to support my ARSENIC AND OLD LACE friend and colleague Sean MacBride Murray, who doubled in the production in the great character roles of Solanio and Old Gobbo to great success.

The spirited production was part of the Inwood Shakespeare Festival, directed by Ted Minos and featured many wonderful performances. What I enjoyed most of all was the fact that the entire cast looked like they were having the time of their lives.

Ted created the festival as a way to bring free professional theatre, music and dance to the greater Inwood community.

I applaud Ted and his company on jobs well done.

For more information on the Inwood Shakespeare Festival, please visit http://www.moosehallisf.org/

Friday, June 19, 2009

MAN FROM CHINA: No Pay, No Way

I have passed on auditioning for MAN FROM CHINA on June 29th, as it is a non-paying gig.

I often don't mind non-paying gigs, provided that it is not a huge time committment. In this case, I'd have to leave for China on July 15th and stay there for 25 days...a hard thing (Hell, I'll say it...impossible) to committ to in this economy.

New Direction for MARTY & DOUG

The cast and crew of MARTY & DOUG received this news from Greg Vorob:

Dan Conrad, Dan Kowalski and I spoke and really feel that it is better to pitch this as a short film rather than a pilot. Our command decision on it is to pitch it as a film, but still produce a version in six parts, so we'll have the full film version and have a six part mini series to be submitted to Channel 102 and to be put online but the full film being submitted more to festivals with the ultimate goal of having it expanded and distributed as an indie film. We feel that is a better direction for this.

Works for me.

MARTY & DOUG'S NEW RELIGION

Last evening, I finally had a chance to read the pilot script for MARTY & DOUG'S NEW RELIGION and it is very funny.

In the pilot, Marty and Doug decide to create a new religion...for all the wrong reasons (mostly to meet women) yet they immediately build a congregation...which includes my character Barry, who is an attorney, but probably not a very good one. Like Marty and Doug, Barry has ulterior motives in his desire to join the church (mostly to meet women).

The readthrough is still set for August 16th.

Looking forward to it.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Audition for MAN FROM CHINA On June 29th

I will be auditioning for Shaolin Film Productions next film project called MAN FROM CHINA, which if cast may take me to China, a place I have never been before.

My audition is on June 29th.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Audition for Comedy Pilot ARGYLE On June 23rd

I will be reading for the role of the not so sharp Dr. Cohen in the comedy pilot ARGYLE, which is to be directed by Matt Porter, who I worked with on the EasyBib.commercial a year and a half ago.

Audition On June 22nd for TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE

I will be auditioning for the classic John Ford tragedy TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE on June 22nd for the Toy Box Theatre Company (http://www.toyboxtheatre.com/index.php)

It tells the tale of an incestuous love between Giovanni and his sister Annabella that ends in disaster and death. Set in Parma, Italy, the story takes place against a background of lust, vengeance, and greed that serves as a critique of contemporary culture and morality.

The play's treatment of the subject of incest made it one of the most controversial works in English literature.

I will be reading for the part of Donado, a prominent citizen of Parma, father of Bergetto. At heart a decent man, but conventional. Practical, businesslike, but spiced by a sense of irony and even droll humor. Moral, still capable of being shocked. His main fault is that he has spoiled his son.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Hal Holbrook's Moving Performance from INTO THE WILD

Here are two wonderful scenes of Hal Holbrook's Oscar nominated performance from INTO THE WILD. The 2nd scene moves me to tears.



Friday, June 05, 2009

North Shore-LIJ Health Systems Video Complete

I received and watched the video of for the North Shore-LIJ Health Systems and was very pleased with how it came out.

Thanks to Al Ritondo and his crew for the chance to be a part of the project.

LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS Audition on June 23rd

On June 23rd, I have an audition for the Ridge Repertory Company's revival of the Renee Taylor & Joseph Bologna comedy LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS.

There are a lot of fun roles in these series of playlets about love, marriage, divorce and the battle of the sexes.

Film buffs may rememvber the 1970 film version which starred Gig Young, Diane Keaton and the late Bea Arthur.

If cast, the performance dates will be October 17th, 18th 24rd, 25th, 31st and November 1st.

The Ridge Repertory Company is located at the Bay Ridge Jewish Center in Brooklyn.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

TELL IT TO ME SLOWLY Audition

My audition for the NYFringe play TELL IT TO ME SLOWLY was a short one. I went in, did my monologue and I was out the door. I wasn't asked to read sides. This isn't necessarily a bad sign, but I personally would have liked to have seen a side or two to get an idea of what the play is about. Then again, if I'm not cast...it won't really matter.

In other news, I also read for a short film today...the worst premise for a film ever...I read for the role of a father seeking vengeance on the drunk driver who killed his daughter. Charles Bronson sought his vengeance with a gun...this guy does is with darts. That's right...darts! And the name of this future Oscar winner? DARTACUS. I wish I were kidding, but I'm not.

Cast Announced for MARTY & DOUG'S NEW RELIGION

I received a draft of the MARTY & DOUG script, which I'm looking forward to reading. There will be rewrites before the August 16th readthrough, but this should give me an idea of where Greg and Dan Conrad are heading with this project.

THE CAST IS AS FOLLOWS

MARTY: GREG VOROB
DOUG: DAN CONRAD
JESUS: IAN CAMPBELL DUNN
PHYLLIS: LISA PEART
GARY: ZEKE FRANCISCO
BARRY: TIMOTHY J. COX
REGINALD: JASON ALAN GRIFFIN
CHRISTOPHER: MARK J. DEMPSEY
CITY OFFICIAL: DARRIN CHANDLER
PRIEST # 1: JACK MORAN
PRIEST # 2: ROBERT YOUNGREN
LAWYER: MICHAEL JABIN
VERONICA: MOLLY MONTGOMERY
CLARENCE: FELIX GARDON