Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Scene from Underrated Anthony Hopkins Film THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN

If you have a chance to see the film THE WORLD'S FASTEST INDIAN, do it. It is an amazing film (based on one heck of a true story) about a determined man who refuses to give up on his dream.

Anthony Hopkins, in my opinion, gives a highly underrated performance as Burt Munro, a New Zealander who set the land-speed record at Bonneville in 1967 by a 1920 motorcycle.

I cannot recommend this inspiring film enough. Here is a scene from the film when Munro first arrives at Bonneville.

Great Scene from WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?

Here is an amazing scene from the Oscar winning film version (Mike Nichols' debut as a director) of Edward Albee's masterpiece, one of the finest works of the theatre...WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, which starred Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal and Sandy Dennis.

MUCH ADO - Review of Act Three Tonight

MUCH ADO rehearsals continue tonight with a review of Act Three, which we almost completely blocked.

Tomorrow, I will be blocking my scene with Larry Lesher's Dogberry, so I'm getting excited about that.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SANDRep's Next Production: Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive!

This evening, I sat in a watched a run through of SANDRep's latest production Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! by Brett Andres and directed by my good friend Larry Lesher and featuring friends and colleagues Meg Mark and Thom Brown III.

The play is a tough one describe. Let me just say that when I first read the play last month and saw it tonight...it reminded me of films like Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Very funny...unique...even a little odd at times. Overall though, thoroughly entertaining.

Join SANDRep for the limited-run of the world premiere comedy on Thursday, October 8th at 8:30pm and on Friday, October 9th at 10:00pm at The City, located at 318 West 53rd Street.

FOR TICKET RESERVATIONS: PLEASE EMAIL SANDinRep@Gmail.com!

MUCH ADO - Completely Off Book

Now that I am completely off book for MUCH ADO, the fun can begin.

Rehearsals continue to go very well. Director Jonathan Emerson seems very pleased with our progress thus far.

Long way to go though.

Monday, September 28, 2009

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM Rehearsals To Begin On October 4th

Rehearsals for The Secret Theatre's December production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM, directed by Katherine M. Carter, are set to begin on October 4th.

Hopefully by the end of this week, I'll have a full cast list to post on here.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rehearsal This Weekend

Rehearsals for MUCH ADO continue to go very well.

Last evening, we blocked the great Act Two, Scene Three scene of the play where Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato begin their plot to bring Benedick and Beatrice together. It is a very funny scene and it should come off very nicely in our production.

Production photos will be taken next week, so keep an eye out for those real soon as well as the official press release for the show.

Back at rehearsal on Monday.

Friday, September 25, 2009

MUCH ADO Last Night

We blocked our first complex scene last night which was Act Two, Scene One, a party sequence that involves almost the entire cast of the play. There's a lot going on in the scene, but we got it blocked and when it all comes together, it should be a fun scene.

We return on Saturday to continue the blocking of Act Two.

We're moving at a nice pace so far.

Lines are coming along nicely. I have only one scene left to tackle and then I'll be totally off book.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

MUCH ADO - Act One Blocked

Although Act One is a short act, it is now completely blocked and already taking nice shape.

The entire cast is jumping into their roles with nice energy and enthusiasm so far, but as the time continues, I'm sure everyone will be digging deeper.

I am more than halfway memorized, which will help immensely as we start putting the play together.

As I always say, when you have that book out of your hand, that is when you can play and have the most fun.

Back again to block start of Act II tonight.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MUCH ADO Last Night

The first two scenes of the play have been blocked. We blocked the scenes and then ran them twice to get the movements set in our minds.

Back on Wednesday night with more blocking.

Monday, September 21, 2009

HENRY V At The Secret Theatre

William Shakespeare's HENRY V opened this past weekend at the Secret Theatre and features my ARSENIC AND OLD LACE colleagues Thom Brown III, Sean MacBride Murray and Meg Mark, as well as my TWELFTH NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD co-star Will Schminke.

If you have a chance, come on out to Long Island City and check it out.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

MUCH ADO

Lines are coming along nicely so far for Leonato in MUCH ADO. I have the first three scenes of the play down pretty solid, as well as my first scene with Dogberry later on in the play.

More work to do though.

THE EVANGELIST Voice Over

My voice over work in THE EVANGELIST was brief, but fun. I voiced a number of different parts, including a newscaster. I was in and out in 30 minutes.

Director Nate Chapman was very cool and seemed very happy with my work.

Hopefully I'll have a chance to work with him again in the future.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Peter Quince

While I am in the early stages of MUCH ADO, I have also been giving good 'ol
Peter Quince of MIDSUMMER some thought as well.

Peter Quince is one of those likable characters who is so sweet, so genuine and fun to play. He puts up with Bottom's antics and I think, understands Bottom more than any of the other mechanicals. In many ways, Quince is kind of a big brother to Bottom, although Bottom would never admit it.

To me, he reads very Irish...like a lovable old leprechaun. I'm picturing him with red hair, a little mustache...with horn rimmed reading glasses. I'd love to have him in greens and browns, but we'll see what Katherine is thinking as far as a look for the man is concerned.

MUCH ADO

Rehearsals for the remainder of this week will be focusing on the relationships between all of the characters, which is very important to establish.

Everyone is bringing solid ideas to the table, which have been great to hear. More to come I'm sure in the coming weeks.

There will be some cuts to the play (nothing major, just cuts to move scenes along quicker), which I am fine with. I have plenty to say in this one; so I do not mind trimming the fat a little.

As far as lines are concerned, I've already started work on a few scenes, including the opening scene of the play and my scene later in the play with Dogberry.

Blocking will begin next week.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Leonato

Ideas are already brewing as far as a look for Leonato in MUCH ADO.

As previously mentioned, director Jonathan Emerson is looking to set the show around the glitzy world of reality television, so expect a lot of modern touches in this production, including blackberries and things like that.

The more I think about it, the more I love the idea of Leonato being a television producer and Governor of Messina (Ah-nuld was my inspiration). The persona of Aaron Spelling keeps poppping into my head, as well as Hugh Hefner, although I don't think I'd look very good in silk pajamas.

To me, Leonato exudes calm and collected…but is also forceful when necessary.

He is well liked, respected by his people and cares for his family deeply.

I think he needs a very relaxed way of dress. While he's clearly a wealthy man, he does not like to flaunt it. I see him in earth tones, especially tan and/or cream colors. Casual sweatwear is what I keep picturing...with white tennis shoes. Very calm and relaxed.

I pitched these ideas to Jonathan.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Update

I had a chance to read the script for ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS…which Queens Players Artistic Director, Richard Mazda proposed to me and ARSENIC AND OLD LACE co-star Sean MacBride Murray a few weeks back after a performance of AS YOU LIKE IT.

The script is a lot of fun and the songs quite catchy, but since I do not fancy myself a big musical theatre person, I have opted to pass on the project (which will hopefully start rehearsals in November) and will instead focus on both MUCH ADO and MIDSUMMER.

It is my hope that the production goes off, as it would be quite a crowd pleaser.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Cast in Voice Over Spot for THE EVANGELIST

I have been cast in a voice over spot for director Nate Chapman's film THE EVANGELIST with Interdependent Films.

I will recording my spot on Saturday afternoon.

THE EVANGELIST is about a 12 year old kid who tries to convert everyone in his town to his religion.

MUCH ADO'S First Rehearsal

The cast of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING met for the first time this evening to read the entire play and it was a lot of fun. I could barely contain my laughter in my scenes with my good Larry Lesher as Dogberry.

Back again on Wednesday to do some text work for the first three acts of the play.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Additional MIDSUMMER Performances Added

Performances of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM are being added already. As previously mentioned, the show will run from December 3rd-20th (Thursday-Sunday). The cast will have off after that performance on the 20th through the 30th. We will have a brush up on the 30th and then return on the 1st of January to kick off the new year, closing on the 3rd.

Sounds good to me.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

ONE THE WATERFRONT: The Cab Scene

Perhaps the most famous scene in all of movie history: Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger in the fantastic cab scene from Elia Kazan's 1954 classic ON THE WATERFRONT.

ARGYLE Update

I received an email from director Matt Porter regarding the comedy pilot ARGYLE.

Matt and his crew are still a few shooting days away from being entirely wrapped on principal photography of the project. Almost there!

Once shooting is entirely complete, they will be in post-production for a considerable time, at least a few months. Although not much has been cut together as of yet, the editor, Matt Kazman, has gotten to work and all the footage is starting to come together really well.

That's all for now. Hopefully more updates will follow in the coming months.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Next Couple of Months

It is nice to know that the I will be busy doing what I love over the next couple of months.

Starting on Monday, I begin rehearsals for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in Flushing, which I am looking forward to. The chance to work with my good friend Larry Lesher (as an actor this time) will be a great treat.

A few weeks after that, I will begin rehearsals for A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM. Much like AS YOU LIKE IT, director Katherine Carter will spend a good deal of time analyzing the text...making sure it's clear to us actors before we put it in front of an audience. I trust that MUCH ADO director Jonathan Emerson will do the same.

The great thing about both of these projects is that the roles of Leonato and Peter Quince are quite familiar to me, although it's been a few years since I've played either role, but thankfully, they are not emotionally complex characters at all. Both roles are great fun and I am looking forward to re-visiting them.

Cast As Peter Quince in A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM

Great news!

I have been cast as Peter Quince (my 2nd time playing the part) in The Queens Players / The Secret Theatre's December production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM.

The production runs from December 3rd to 22nd (Thursday-Sunday performances).

Rehearsals begin in October.

Director Katherine Carter is graciously working around my MUCH ADO schedule.

It's going to be a Shakespeare fall for me!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Great Richard Harris Scene from THE FIELD

Richard Harris received a richly deserved Oscar nomination in 1990 for his portrayal of the Bull McCabe, a man trying to hold to what's his in Jim Sheridan's film version of the John B. Keane play THE FIELD.

Also featured in the clip is the great John Hurt.

MUCH ADO Begins Next Week

I am very excited to jump into MUCH ADO next week. I have been reading over the script a number of times...going through the entire play, making sure everything is clear to me as far as intentions and objectives are concerned.

The Queens Players / The Secret Theatre to Do A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM

This past weekend, I auditioned for the director Katherine M. Carter (a delight) who is helming the Queens Players / Secret Theatre's December production of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM.

The production will open on Thursday December 3rd and close the 22nd (or the 19th for the holidays). Performances will be Thursday-Sunday.

Rehearsals will start in October in the evenings on the weeks and during the day on the weekends.

The reason we are starting in October is to optimize rehearsal time between schedules and holidays. November we will only be 4 days a week. At the end of November we go into tech to open in December!

Even though I'm still committed to doing MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, I auditioned for Katherine and she didn't seem to concerned about my schedule. My guess is that if cast, it will be a small role, which is just fine with me.

Katherine will be sending out offers today for actors who are cast.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

AS YOU LIKE IT Comes to A Close

AS YOU LIKE IT came to a close last night and we went out on a very high note.

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the show.

Now, a little rest for before jumping into MUCH ADO.

Friday, September 04, 2009

2 Performances Left

As we as inch closer to the end of AS YOU LIKE IT, I would like to acknowledge the great work of the entire ensemble cast, all of whom are professionals with a capital "P".

Every member of the cast showed up, did their jobs with grace, style and humor and it was a joy watching them come alive on stage every night.

Congrats to all!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Final Performances of AS YOU LIKE IT

Last night marked the return of AS YOU LIKE IT and the start of our final weekend of performances. It's a shame to see such a great production come to an end.

I must say that being a part of this production has been a very rewarding experience...one of the most rewarding in some time. The time has certainly flown by quickly on this process. It feels like yesterday that I started work on this amazing project.

Three performances left!