Thursday, October 29, 2009

Promo Video for MUCH ADO

Here's a promo video for MUCH ADO

MUCH ADO Tonight

Tonights' run was good. The show is getting better and better as we inch closer and closer to next Thursdays' opening.

Back on Monday for the beginning of Tech week.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lines Down for MIDSUMMER

I have been drilling lines for MIDSUMMER all week and I am happy to report that I am completely off work.

I have only four scenes in the play and thankfully, I don't have many big speeches, so the lifting as far as memorizing wasn't too heavy. (It's great to be a supporting actor).

Now, it's the time to start putting the scenes on their feet...when the real fun and work begins.

Looking forward to it.

THE EVANGELIST To Be Completed by November 10th

I heard from Nate Chapman, the director of THE EVAGELIST, that voice over project I did last month and he mentioned that the project is coming together nicely and should be completed by November 10th.

Strong MUCH ADO Rehearsal Tonight

Tonights' MUCH ADO rehearsal was a strong one. The show is getting better with every run, which is nice to see. Cameras were added tonight and while they were a little distracting at first, very quickly I forgot they were even there.

The wedding scene, the scene that has bothered me for some time, was strong tonight...with everyone firing in all cylanders. As for myself, I felt it was my strongest performance of the scene yet. Jonathan did have six pages of notes, that he'll go over with us tomorrow, so we'll see what his thoughts are on everything.

The show is still coming in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission. If we can shave five minutes off...great. If we can shave ten minutes off, even better.

The opening is next week and I think we're in a good place.

Back again to run it all over again tomorrow night.

My Favorite Lemmon and Matthau Scene

Here is my favorite all-time scene with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and it's from THE ODD COUPLE.

Monday, October 26, 2009

MUCH ADO Tonight

MUCH ADO returned tonight for a full run of the show. The show is coming in at 2 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission, which is fine, although I'd love it if we waved 5-10 minutes off.

The show is coming together, although I'm having problems with me in the Act Four wedding scene. I'm just not clicking. Maybe I'm over-thinking it.

The great thing is that I have a chance to do it again on Wednesday nights' run.

MIDSUMMER Fundraiser

GET PUCK’D UP!

A Midsummer Nights Dream Kick Off Party and Fundraiser!

Who: You! The Friends of the Cast and Crew of Midsummer

When? Thursday November 5th

Time? 6pm-8pm (We are making Happy Hour-HAPPIER)

Where? The Irish Rogue in Times Square

Why? Because for a $5 entrance fee you can enjoy amazing drink specials-everything is $5 or less.

$3 Domestic Bottles

$4 Domestic Drafts

$5 Cosmos

**Please bring the $5 entrance fee in cash**

The Irish Rogue is located on West 44th Street between 8thand 9th Ave (Closer to 9th)-Upstairs in the Lounge

We will be selling pre-sale tickets for $10 a piece, Cash Only Please.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MIDSUMMER Today

The entire cast of MIDSUMMER met at Katherine Carter's apartment this morning to read the play, our first full cast meeting since the readthrough and I must say, it was nice to see and hear the progress that everyone has made since the readthrough. It was a lot of fun to listen to and watch, as scenes came to life and characters emerged. In the coming weeks, I know it'll get better and better.

Now, time to get off book! Thankfully, the lines are almost there...thanks to all the readthroughs and text work, so now it's time to just drill them over and over again until they're stuck in my brain.

Press release to be completed soon, so keep an eye out for it.

MUCH ADO Last Night

Even though we were short two actors, including an actor who I share the bulk of my scenes with, we ran through the entire play again last night. The run was fine, but difficult to judge considering the absences of the two actors, one a major character.

Back again with the entire cast tomorrow night to run the whole show again.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

MUCH ADO Returns Tonight

MUCH ADO returns tonight for another run-through of the entire show.

Next week will consist of run after run of the show. By the end of next week, we should be in a very good place for the November 5th opening.

I'm hopeful.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

MUCH ADO Tonight

We made it through the entire show tonight and even though it was a little rough in spots, because of calls for lines mostly, overall, the show has a nice pace and some solid moments from everyone in the cast.

With two weeks until we open, we are in a good place, but there is always room for improvement and cleanup.

Back at rehearsal again on Saturday evening.

The show is listed all over the net.

Here are a few sites with info on how and where to purchase tickets:

http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=MUC5

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york/shows/much-ado-about-nothing_160435/

Also, if you are on Facebook, here is a link to an invite:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=162077979040&ref=ts

Great Macy Scene in FARGO

Here is a scene from the brilliant 1996 film FARGO, featuring the great William H. Macy as the excessively meek and mild-mannered car salesman Jerry Lundergaard.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

MUCH ADO Opens Two Weeks from Tomorrow

With MUCH ADO opening two weeks from tomorrow, I'd say we're in pretty good shape. Many scenes are poppping with great enthusiasm and I am having a great time playing Leonato again.

Before tonight's rehearsal, Larry Lesher, Heidi Zenz and I got together to go over a brief scene between Dogberry, Verges and Leonato...just to run the lines and clean up any blocking issues. The scene is a lot of fun for me, especially since I get to work with friends.

Tonight, we started where we left off the other night, midway through Act Five. We got through that quickly and then started from the top of the play and worked our way through half of the second act.

Tomorrow night, we're back again to run the entire show from the very beginning.

MIDSUMMER Last Night

MIDSUMMER continues to go wonderfully. Scenes are already taking shape and relationships are being built.

Text work has been completed in all of the scenes with the mechanicals. Everyone has a firm handle on their parts and things will only get better when we get the scenes on their feet.

Off until Sunday, when the entire cast meets again to read the entire play.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

MIDSUMMER Tonight

Back with MIDSUMMER tonight and more text work.

Stumble Through of MUCH ADO Last Night

We stumbled through the show last night and it is coming together, but we still have a lot to clean up. We have 2 weeks now until the show opens, so I am confident that everything will come together.

Back on Wednesday night.

Monday, October 19, 2009

MUCH ADO Returns Tonight

MUCH ADO rehearsals return tonight and we will be running the entire show from start to finish.

With the opening of the show just a few weeks away, we will be running the show quite a bit from here on out.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Finney in A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE

Here's a clip of Albert Finney in the 1994 film A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE about Alfie Byrne, a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin in 1963. He would appear to live a life of quiet desperation: he's gay, but firmly closeted, and his sister is always trying to find him "the right girl". His passion is Oscar Wilde, his hobby is putting on amateur theatre productions in the local church hall. We follow him as he struggles with temptation, friendship, disapproval, and the conservative yet oddly lyrical world of Ireland in the early 1960s.

Postcard for MUCH ADO

Below is the front of the postcard for MUCH ADO.

I find it a little baffling that the ABOUT NOTHING portion of the title is above the MUCH ADO portion of the title, plus the picture doesn't tell me anything about the production...so no, I'm not a fan of this postcard. But, what can you do?

MIDSUMMER Today

We continued with text work at today's MIDSUMMER rehearsal and it's going along nicely. Everyone is coming in with great ideas and reads on their characters and Katherine's guidance and encouragement is a great support and comfort.

Back on Tuesday night for more text work.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

MUCH ADO Continues...

Rehearsals for MUCH ADO continue to move along. We ran the first three acts of the play last night. A little rough in spots, but that is to be expected as the cast is now fully getting off book.

We are now off until Monday, where we will then begin running the play in its entirity, so I'm gearing up for that.

Tickets are now on sale at Smarttix.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

MIDSUMMER: One

Tonights' rehearsal for A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM was great! We investigated the text of the first three scenes featuring the Mechanicals and ideas are already forming about directions for the characters, altough nothing is being set in stone as of yet. I had fun playing around with different takes, although my focus was mostly taking my time with the language.

The group of actors assembled for the Mechanicals is a strong bunch, led by my AS YOU LIKE IT colleague Chris Kateff, who is going to be a comically insane Bottom. Folks like Andrew Ash (Flute), Timothy Williams (Snug) and Miriam Mintz (Snout) are hysterically funny and already bringing a lot to their roles.

Katherine is a delight to work with and really leads with a firm grasp on the text, characters and objectives.

Back on Saturday afternoon.

Monday, October 12, 2009

MUCH ADO Rehearsal Tonight

Tonight's MUCH ADO rehearsal was a lot of fun. It's also the first rehearsal where I got a sense that the show is going in the right direction.

We ran the first two acts of the play and with each run, things just came together. People are getting off book, starting to drive their scenes with solid intentions and objectives and it was nice to watch. I look forward to the coming weeks as we continue to put this show together.

Back on Wednesday to run the first three acts of the play.

O'Toole and Finney

Here is a clip from the television mini-series MASADA with Peter O'Toole, which takes place in first century A.D and stars O'Toole as Flavius Silva, a commander in Roman Palestine who leads his forces in combat against the remaining Jewish Zealots who have taken refuge in the seemingly impregnable fortress of Masada. There, the engineering and military might of Rome faces the passion and ingenuity of Eleazar Ben Yair (Peter Strauss) and his people.



Here is another from Albert Finney's Emmy award winning turn as Winston Churchill in THE GATHERING STORM.

MIDSUMMER Tomorrow Night

My first official rehearsal for MIDSUMMER is tomorrow night, so I am excited for that.

As I said last week, this month will be completely dedicated to investigating the Shakespeare text, as well as intentions and objectives.

Act Four of MUCH ADO Tonight

Back with MUCH ADO rehearsals tonight. We're reviewing ACT FOUR, which is the big wedding scene.

A big scene for me, as it is where I blow up at Hero after learning of her deeds with Borachio, a lie created by him and Don John.

It's a tough scene, so I hope we'll run through it a couple of times.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Lemmon and Pacino in GLEN GARY, GLEN ROSS

Here is a great scene from the film adaptation of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece GLEN GARY, GLEN ROSS with Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon, in their only onscreen pairing.

Act Three of MUCH ADO

We continued our review of the play last night by focusing on Act Three and it's coming together nicely. Director Jonathan Emerson mentioned how quite pleased he is with the pacing of the show thus far.

He and production manager Joseph Sebring have begun to build the set for the show, so everything is moving along according to plan.

Press releases have been forwarded to all of the news organizations, bloggers and theatre related sites, so hopefully that will get butts in the seats.

Back tomorrow night for a review of Act Four.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

12 ANGRY MEN

When people ask me about character actors and which ones have been such a huge influence to me, I always direct them to the 1957 film version of 12 ANGRY MEN, directed by the great Sidney Lumet and stars the most impressive cast ever assembled for a film, in my opinion: Henry Fonda, Lee. J. Cobb, E.G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, John Fiedler, Edward Binns, Martin Balsam, George Voskovec and Robert Webber.

If you want to see the finest characters actors of all time go nose to nose on screen, see this movie.

Here are a few clips from the film.



Friday, October 09, 2009

The Click

There's always a point in every rehearsal process where things begin to click for me.

Last night, the click happened and it felt great.

It happened in the garden scene in Act Two, Scene Three of MUCH ADO, a very funny scene, where Don Pedro, Claudio and Leonato begin their plot to bring Benedick and Beatrice together.

It's hard to explain, everything just clicked in the way the scene came together. Zack Locuson as Don Pedro and Daniel Koenig as Claudio were spot on and I felt good about what I was doing.

The scene is far from perfect yet, but we at least have a solid base to work from.

We did as much as we could last night as far as running through the first two acts, but we had a number of key people absent, so it proved a little difficult to get a sense of where the scenes are going, but no worries, we have plenty of time.

Back at rehearsal tomorrow night.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

A Few MUCH ADO Photos

Thanks to Zoe Mocker for these photos from last weekend's photo shoot.



Here is a one of me as Leonato and Larry Lesher as Dogberry.



From left to right: Maria Smith (Hero), Patrick Mahoney (Antonio), myself and Sheira Feurstein (Beatrice)



Here's another family photo.

Press Release for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Queens Shakespeare presents MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Get ready for a new spin on an old classic as Queens Shakespeare Inc. presents William Shakespeare's witty and suspenseful battle of the sexes, now set in the scandalous world of reality television. Join the maddeningly skeptical bachelor Benedick and the vivacious bachelorette Beatrice in their lively war of words and the young lovers Hero and Claudio who fall victim to a malicious plot to part them, only to be saved with the help of the hilarious Dogberry.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, November 5th 7:00PM
Friday, November 6th 7:00PM
Saturday, November 7th 2:00PM & 7:00PM
Thursday, November 12th 7:00PM
Friday, November 13th 7:00PM
Saturday, November 14th 2:00PM & 7:00PM

All performances will take place at The Bowne Street Community Church, located at 143-11 Roosevelt Ave in Flushing, which is 2 blocks from the Main St. Station of the 7 train, three blocks from the LIRR Main St. Station, and has parking on site.

Ticket Price: $15 general admission; $10 for students and seniors

Call or order from Smarttix.com at 212.868.4444. Group sales call Nanette Asher at 718.357.3842

Directed by: Jonathan Emerson
Production Manager/Technical Consultant: Joseph Sebring
Stage Manager and Costumes: Tara Schmitt
Sound Design: Justin Asher
Promotion and design: mockrevolution and the Cast

The show features:
Ashley Adelman (Margaret), Nikki Bohm (Ensemble), Matthew Coonrod (Benedick), Timothy J. Cox (Leonato), Sheira Feuerstein (Beatrice), Andrew Stephen Johnson (Don John), Daniel Koenig (Claudio), Lawrence Lesher (Dogberry), Ari Lew (Conrade), Zack Locuson (Don Pedro), Patrick Mahoney (Antonio / Friar Francis), Alex Simmons (Borachio), Maria Smith (Hero), Antonia Villalon (Ensemble) and Heidi Zenz (Verges / Ursula)

MIDSUMMER Updates

Here are some MIDSUMMER updates:

Katherine has gotten confirmation of the show dates.
Dec 3, 4,5,6,9,10,11,12,13,16,17,18,19-8pm (note we added 2 wednesday shows)
Dec 19th-3:30 (in addition to the 8pm)
Dec 20- a matinee show either at 2pm or 3:30pm Richard Mazda is working on which is better for the theater
Jan 1,2, and 3

My first official rehearsal in on October 13th, so I'm looking forward to that.

October is going to be dedicated to text work (I do love it so) and like in the case of AS YOU LIKE IT, the text work here will be a great benefit to the production in the long run.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

MUCH ADO Tonight

Rehearsal ended about 45 minutes ago. We finished blocking, but there were a lot of people out with conflicts, so it'll come together much differently when we have everyone together again.

We start reviewing the first two acts tomorrow night, so it'll be nice to return to the beginning and just drill each scene over and over again.

Pictures from Saturdays' shoot are on the way.

Back With MUCH ADO Tonight

Blocking will be completed by the end of rehearsal this evening, then we can start the fun process of putting the show together.

As far as the show, to be honest, I am not as of yet a believer in this concept of setting the show around the world of reality television, although any doubt or concern on my part likely stems from the fact that I am not a fan of those kinds of shows. My fear is that the story is going to get lost in the haze of tv cameras and confession booths.

We'll see.

Monday, October 05, 2009

MUCH ADO Tonight

We're getting closer to the completion of all the blocking for the play, which is always nice as any actor can tell you that it can be a very tedious process, but a necessary one. We now have only the last scene of the play to block, which will be taken care of at Wednesday's rehearsal. After that is blocked, we will review all of Act Five, which should be a great act when it all comes together.

From that point on, we begin the fun process of putting the entire show together.

Keep an eye out for the show's press release, which will hopefully be going out by the end of this week.

Some MUCH ADO Pics

Here are a few pictures that Larry Lesher took at the photo shoot this past weekend.



I think I come off more like a Lear in this photo. Note the rather gothic throne.



Larry and I posing with "lion," who is demanding top billing for his cameo in the play.

Press Release for OUR FANTASIES ARE EATING US ALIVE!

SANDREP’S WORLD PRIMIERE OF BRETT ANDRES’

OUR FANTASIES ARE EATING US ALIVE! OPENS THIS WEEK IN MANHATTAN WITH AN EXTENDED RUN IN LONG ISLAND CITY NEXT WEEK!

NEW YORK (October 5, 2009) – Gritty, raw, and everywhere, the young bunch of theater do-it-alls that make up SANDRep are proud to announce their fifth fully-staged production, Our Fantasies are Eating Us Alive! written by Brett Andres and directed by Lawrence Lesher. Join us for this two act comedy about micro-managing murder, adultery, gangsters, and… contentious stage crew.

Cast

[in order of appearance]

Brett Andres as Hazzard Dean

Sam Albertson as Wilson

Alice Bahlke as Sarah Douglas

Thom Brown III as Hoyt

Max Stein as Stagehand

Meg Mark as Girlfriend

Zachary Springer as Writer

Creative Team

Directed by Lawrence Lesher

Costumes by Stacey Juengling

Lights/Sound: Kyle Leacock

The show opens in Manhattan at The City, 318 West 53rd Street

Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. & Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:00 p.m.

The extended run of Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive! will take place at ...

The Secret Theater in Long Island City, Queens.

Show times are October 14, 15, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m..

Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 on TheaterMania.com. This is SANDRep’s first invitation for an extended run of a production. “SANDRep is honored to have the extension run at The Secret and to be working with The Secret’s notable artistic director Richard Mazda,” says Ms. Straw. “We look forward to this new relationship with The Secret and more opportunities for SANDRep.”

DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES: No Updates

I have sent two emails over the last month or so to director Michael Allan Wiese regarding the short film DESIGNING CONSEQUENCES (which I worked on back in May) but have received no responses.

Hopefully actress Kathleen Boddington and I are not being given the brush off.

We'll see.

OVER COFFEE Update

Heard from director Sean Meehan, who is currently traveling in Morocco, about the film OVER COFFEE.

As far as the status of the film is concerned, Sean has a basic edit for the whole film and is now in the stage of cleaning it up and finalizing things, color correction, scoring, etc.

More updates to come.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

MUCH ADO So Far

We are three weeks into rehearsals for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and so far, all goes well. More than half the play is blocked and we are just a few more scenes to go until blocking is completed and then we can begin the process of reviewing and putting it all together.

As for myself, I'm still trying to find the rhythms to Leonato...but that will come with repetition.

Back tomorrow with the blocking of the first two scenes of Act Five.

MIDSUMMER Readthrough A Delight!

Todays' readthrough of A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM was a true delight.

The cast is a fun and lively bunch, which includes my AS YOU LIKE IT co-star Chris Kateff, who is playing the much loved comic role of Bottom (he's going to be fantastic!). It'll be nice to share my scenes with an actor that I already have an established report with...takes a lot of pressure away.

Sadly, director Katherine Carter took ill and was unable to stay to hear the readthrough (Enjoy some rest, Katie!). No worries though, we were left in the capable hands of our stage manager, Griffin Parker, who is already proving to be an organizational genius (Thank you, Lord!).

The readthrough itself was a lot of fun. I am going to have a hard time keeping a straight face in my scenes with Chris and my fellow mechanicals...all of whom bring a nice energy, enthusiasm and humor to their roles.

Schedules to be sent out this week.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

SANDRep's Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive To Play At The Secret Theatre

SANDRep is proud to announce that Our Fantasies Are Eating Us Alive By Brett Andres will have an extended run at The Secret Theatre.

The extension is from October 14th through the 17th at 8pm.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 through TheatreMania.com or a cast member and Company Members can get in for free if they bring someone.

Burton as HAMLET

Here is a scene from Sir John Gielgud's 1964 Broadway production of HAMLET, starring Richard Burton as the melancholy dane.

The following is part of the famous Gravedigger (here played by George Rose) scene where Hamlet speaks of the old clown Yorick, whom he knew well as a boy.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM Readthrough Tomorrow

The readthrough for A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS' DREAM is tomorrow morning at 11am.

The cast will be given scripts at time and begin the readthrough.

We will all be using the same script from the first folio (which I have never used before) which is the 1623 published collection of William Shakespeare's plays and is widely become known as the "actor's Bible" when it comes to the works of Shakespeare.

MUCH ADO Tonight - Production Photos and Promo Video Shoot

Production photos were taken at this evenings' rehearsal. Hopefully, they will be available for viewing soon.

A promo video was also shot tonight with the cast doing a "Real World" style rendering of their characters. It reminded me of why I dislike reality television.

Back with rehearsals on Monday.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Duvall in LONESOME DOVE

Robert Duvall gave one of his all-time greatest performances as Captain Augustus (Gus) McCrae in the made for television adaptation of the Larry McMurtry classic LONESOME DOVE. Here is a great scene with Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones.

If you ever have a chance to see this entire series, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Tonight

At tonights' MUCH ADO rehearsal, I briefly lost my cool on an individual (who was not the director) who attempted to give me a direction about my performance.

This is a big no-NO in the theatre...and with me personally, as I am very big on theatre etiquette. There's only one person an actor takes direction from and that is, obviously, the director.

Everything has been smoothed over and the person who attempted to give the direction has been beheaded (just kidding).

We blocked Act Four, Scene One tonight...the wedding scene of the play, a very difficult scene for everyone on stage. A lot happens, lots of things are said and there are going to be lots of emotions. Right now, I feel like I am screaming a bit too much...so I plan on not doing that of course...as there is more power in seething anger then in screaming rage.

Back on Saturday.