Tuesday, August 31, 2010

THE GLASS MENAGERIE With Liz Hodes

Larry also proved to be quite helpful in the first meeting first Liz Hodes and I, where we jumped into a scene between Tom and Amanda from THE GLASS MENAGERIE. It's going to be some time before we start working on the scene, as Liz's plate is already pretty filled. If anything, it was nice to see Liz, as well as her husband Stuart.

ART

Director Larry Lesher hopes to have a conversation with Queens Shakespeares' Artistic Director, Jonathan Emerson this week to discuss ART, see if it would be a good fit for the company and their audiences.

Yasmina Reza's ART May Be Next For Me

Director Larry Lesher is in the process of pitching a production of the 1998 Tony Award winning comedy ART by Yasmina Reza, which would go up at Queens Shakespeare in Flushing. Before leaving for Danville, Larry and I sat with Artistic Director Jonathan Emerson to discuss a possible production of Reginald Rose's 12 ANGRY MEN, but that doesn't look too likely a prospect at this time, so Larry had ART in his back pocket and now, it may happen.

It would go up in mid October and probably run for 2 weeks. It's a 3 man show and Larry would direct but it.

Right now, Larry is waiting for the green light.

Here is the plot for ART:

Set in Paris, the story revolves around three friends—Serge, Marc and Yvan—who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting. The canvas is white, with a few white lines.

Serge is proud of his 200,000 franc acquisition fully expecting the approval of his friends.

Marc scornfully describes it as "a piece of white shit," but is it the painting that offends him, or the uncharacteristic independence-of-thought that the purchase reveals in Serge?

For the insecure Yvan, burdened by the problems of his impending wedding and his dissatisfaction at his job as a stationery salesman, their friendship is his sanctuary...but his attempts at peace-making backfire. Eager to please he laughs about the painting with Marc but tells Serge he likes it. Pulled into the disagreement, his vacillations fuel the blazing row.

Lines are drawn and they square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destroying their friendship.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Meeting with Liz Hodes Tomorrow to Discuss THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Looking forward to seeing Liz Hodes for the start of work on that scene from THE GLASS MENAGERIE tomorrow. Liz is always a delight to work with and this scene will be very good for the both of us.

Moleskine Commercial

I met with Sean Meehan today to discuss a few pilot ideas (including one that we're going to try and move forward with next year) and he took a few moments to show me a rough cut of the Moleskine commercial. It looks great so far. All he needs to do now is add some voice over, hopefully to be provided by my BEACHCOMBER co-star Austin Tidwell and some additional coverage shots and the commercial should be good to go.

Sean was pitching his thesis film idea to me and it sounds fantastic. I hope to be a part of the film when it start pre-production before Christmas time.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Commercial Shoot A Success!

Todays' commercial shoot with Sean Meehan was, as expected, a success! As always, Sean had the equally impressive Brian Porco on set, not only covering his technical duties, but also acting opposite me in the commercial as well. According to Brian, it was his first time on camera and he handled himself pretty well.

Numerous photos were taken from todays' shoot and hopefully be available on my website soon.

Sean and I are meeting for lunch tomorrow to discuss a few pilot ideas I pitched to him before I left for Danville. Sean also plans to go into detail on his upcoming thesis project, which will be shot early in the Spring.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Spec Commercial Shoot Tomorrow

Looking forward to working with Sean Meehan again on tomorrow's spec commercial shoot. I'm going to playing my part as a snobby Brit, so since coming off RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, the accent won't be a problem.

Film Mixer A Mixed Bag

Tonights' film mixer in Hartford, CT was a bit of a mixed bag. Sure, there was a very informative question and answer session with film distributors about how technology is affecting distribution and the distribution and marketing of a film in general, but overall, I thought the event lacked organization. Filmmakers did have a chance to screen trailers for their films, but in a crowded hallway and not in a screening room, where people could have come in, sat and watched a few trailers to give their thoughts and opinions.

Jeff Moffitt and I did get a chance to sit with a very kind interviewer named Ann Karrick (a television and radio personality/producer) who asked us about the film and our individual backgrounds. It was very cool...Ann was an excellent interviewer.

Hopefully, a version of that interview will be posted on here in the coming weeks.

Promotional Poster for THE WATCHERS

Friday, August 27, 2010

Film Mixer Tomorrow

The film mixer in CT is tomorrow.

Liz Hodes Meeting On Tuesday

Liz Hodes and I will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Always a pleasure to be with Liz.

Spec Commercial Shoot On Sunday

On Sunday afternoon, I will be heading to Westchester to collaborate once again with Sean Meehan, the director of OVER COFFEE and THE BEACHCOMBER. This time, it’s for the aforementioned Moleskine spec commercial, where I will be playing a snob in the commercial, jotting down notes, for what he believes is the greatest idea ever…on his Moleskine notebook. It should be a fun time, as working with Sean and his right hand Brian Porco is always nothing but good times for all involved.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Attending "5th Annual Film Industry Mixer" in Hartford, CT on Saturday

In the hopes of helping plug THE WATCHERS, I will be attending the 5th Annual Film Industry Mixer, hosted by Angel Eyes Productions, LLC, on Saturday evening in Hartford, CT.

I will be attending the event with actor/producer Jeff Moffitt, director Sy Cody White and actor Peter Span.

Should be a nice event.

For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb511752470

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spec Commercial With Sean Meehan

Sean Meehan and I will be working together again...this time on a spec commercial for Moleskine notebooks.

Stay tuned for more details.

THE WATCHERS Update

The Connecticut Film Industry Mixer is this coming Saturday, August 28th. THE WATCHERS director Sy Cody White and Jeff Moffitt will be attending this great networking event and will be showcasing THE WATCHERS.

I'm thinking about attending the event myself, although it is being held in Hartford, CT.

I've never been to one of these events, so it might be fun to go.

All Things Random

I heard from Greg Vorob of All Things Random Productions today with some news about potential projects in the coming months. Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but ATR's history of always keeping busy leads me to think that I'm going to be pretty busy myself in the coming months.

Re-Uniting With Liz Hodes To Tackle THE GLASS MENAGERIE

I contacted Liz Hodes today to pitch a scene idea for her and I to work on...the classic from Tennessee Williams THE GLASS MENAGERIE. There's a great scene in the play where Amanda has it out with her son Tom. It's scene that brings back great memories, as it is the exact scene I worked on with Erin Barber in my freshman college acting class. I remember director Steve Rader working with me, sometimes stopping me after a single word, asking about intentions and objectives. It was frsutrating at the time, but now, I realize what benefit it was to have someone looking out for me like that.

I'll be in contact with Liz next week to discuss the scene. As always, it's nice to keep the batteries charged.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Back In NYC

My RUN FOR YOUR WIFE colleagues and I arrived back in NYC at around 2:30AM. A long ride, but a nice cap to a wonderful month in Danville, KY.

After some rest, I'm looking forward to getting back in the game.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Closes

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE closed last evening with another full house and standing ovation. It was a great way to go.

Now it's time to head back to NYC and start all over again.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A House of 403 For Last Nights' Performance

We played to a fully packed house of 403 people for last evenings' performance of the play, which is certainly a record for this season. A great thrill for the entire cast and crew.

The show was fantastic, as it has always been, with audiences roaring with laughter from start to finish. Another standing ovation for the show, which never gets old.

Tonight is the final performance. As I have said before, this process has been one of the most challening, exhausting and fun experiences of my life. I owe quite a bit to every member of the cast, as well as my good friend, director Larry Lesher, for his confidence and his tireless efforts in bringing the best show to the stage that we possibly can,

Tomorrow morning, I'll be back on the road with Synge Maher, Matt Harris and Emily King, heading back to NYC.

And then it's back to the hustle.

Friday, August 20, 2010

2 Performances Left

We received a standing ovation (we have received many with this show) last evening. It was a fun show, even though I rushed through my scenes in the first act. Overall though, it was a fun night...with audiences getting a big kick out of the show.

We are expected to sell out tonights' performance, as well as Saturdays' closing night performance, so the show will go out in style.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Richly Deserved Raves Continue for RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Many times, I and my colleagues have heard audiences utter the following in reference to RUN FOR YOUR WIFE:

"It's the best show I have ever seen".

"Best show the Pioneer Playhouse has ever done".

It's nice to hear compliments like that and from my perspective, they are richly deserved. This show has been firing on all cylanders since day one and every person involved, from the actors to the entire crew, has worked tirelessly to put up the best show there is and now we have something for all of us to be proud of.

Last nights' show went very well. Another great audience of about 130...not bad for a Wednesday night. We did not return to the Shelter House, but stuck it out on our stage and played to a very receptive and smart audience who was with us from the word go.

Here are some other comments that we have received about the show:

"I went to the play last night it was awesome... I had never been before and had a great time. I hope to return next year..."

"Loved it tonight . Super funny . Get out and see this.."

"Very funny. I heard someone say they thought it was the best play they had ever seen."

"Hilarious----I absolutely loved it ! The cast was amazing."

Thank you to all the audience members for their kind words of encouragement and support during the course of this run.

Only three performances left. Sad to see this one go.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Great Return to The Show Last Evening

We played to a house of a little over a hundred last night. Not bad for a Tuesday night. The audience responded nicely to the show, while every cast member picked up right where they left off and continued their streak of energetic performances.

Back again tonight. Rain is expected for the whole day, so we may be making another trip to the Shelter House.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Show Returns Tonight

It was nice to have a few days off to relax, but now it's time to jump back into the show, hopefully with the same momentum and enthusiasm that made the first week of performances an overall success.

As the production comes closer to its conclusion, like most actors, I have thought about what's next. Nothing planned as of yet on my end, but hopefully opportunities will arise upon my return to NYC.

Monday, August 16, 2010

THE WATCHERS Rough Cut

I just finished watching a rough cut of the thriller THE WATCHERS. While director Sy Cody White is still tweaking some sound issues, overall the film is fantastic. The tension really builds throughout, keeping the audience in a constant state of panic and suspense.

Thanks to Jeff Moffitt for sharing the cut with me.

Also, THE WATCHERS has been officially submitted to the BAFF (Big Apple Film Festival).

Saturdays' Performance - The Best!!!

We had a rain show on Saturday night, which meant that we had to perform in the Shelter House, which worked out nicely for everyone, since it's fully air conditioned, which I know the audience appreciated. I certainly did.

The show itself was our best overall. The audience was with us from the very beginning and laughed quite heartily all the way through. Considering that we hadn't ever rehearsed in the Shelter House and had only 30 minutes to prep, I think we did very well. A lot of credit goes to technical director Robert Normand for stepping up and getting what needed to be done quickly.

Off until Tuesday.

Check out my website to see many, MANY pictures from the show!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bumpy Run Of The Show Last Evening

Act Two of the play was a little bumpy last evening, because of some missed lines. Overall though, we played to a full house that seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.

Back again (with another large house) tonight.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tonight

For tonights' performance, we already have over 300 people confirmed for attendance and hopefully more will walk up, so we can be completely sold out. Chris Kateff's family is attending, as well as Matt Harris' family, so it'll be nice to have some family support in the audience.

Last nights' show was fantastic. It really is getting better with every run. The review was a nice boost yesterday and it will hopefully help attract more audience members.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Danville Advocate Messenger Review of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Season closer at Danville theater is a side-splitter

By BEN KLEPPINGER
bkleppinger@amnews.com
August 12, 2010


Pioneer Playhouse’s final offering of the summer is a fast-paced, uproarious British comedy that will cause you to split your side laughing so many times you might find yourself wishing you had a third lung to catch your breath.

“Run for Your Wife” tells the story of John Smith(Tim Cox), an ordinary-looking cab driver in the 1960s, who has been leading a double life successfully until an old lady with a handbag lands him in the hospital with a head injury.

As John Smith’s lives begin to unravel, he and his friend, Stanley Gardner (Chris Kateff), invent more and more fantastical and complex lies to keep Smith’s two wives and a pair of nosy detectives in the dark about the truth.

If there was ever a parable about how little white lies can lead to ruinous disaster, “Run for Your Wife” is it.

Smith’s and Gardner’s lies start out small and relatively minor, but continue to build over the course of the play. Every time you think things couldn’t possibly get any more ridiculous, Smith or Gardner comes up with a new lie crazier than the last. And as the craziness builds, so does the laughter.

Smith and Gardner start out by making up a story about Smith’s taxi breaking down on a farm. By the end of the play, they have fabricated a small neglected child, a sex-starved nun, and a secret gay community, all in the name of preventing Smith’s wives from meeting each other.

You can tell the cast of “Run for Your Wife” sinks everything they’ve got into the performance, which is no small feat when performing in this sweltering August heat. It can’t possibly be comfortable for them, but their effort pays off with near-flawless performances that suck you into the storyline and never miss a beat.

As the lead character, Cox is everything you could ask for. He exudes a strong personality and presence on the stage that you can tell the audience really appreciates. He’s also incredibly funny.

The standout performance, however, comes from Kateff, whose caricatured slapstick proves to be an infinite source of laughter for everyone in the audience. Old and young people alike were busting guts more than a few times at his over-the-top performance.

Kateff and Cox both provide an entire cast’s-worth of comedy in each of their characters.

They couldn’t do it, of course, without the “straight men” to set them up, and in “Run for Your Wife,” there are four such characters.

John Smith’s two wives, Mary (Emily King) and Barbara (Synge Maher), and the two detectives looking into things (Daniel Hall Kuhn and Lawrence Lesher), are just gullible enough to believe the incredible stories fabricated by Smith and Gardner, but just incredulous enough to make it believable, and, consequently, that much funnier.

The “fruity” cherry on top of the play’s towering banana split of comedy is Bobby Franklyn (Matt Harris), a flamboyant frock-sewing gay neighbor who continually intrudes at awkward moments.

Franklyn, who wears a giant nightmare of a zebra-striped gown, grabs his own share of the laughs, but for whatever reason, the audience seemed to under-appreciate some of his funniest lines.

The play is very fast-paced from start to finish. There are brief moments where it feels unnecessarily hurried, but for the most part, the fast pace works to keep the laughs coming and the plot developing, so you’re interested and engaged the whole time.

It’s a good thing “Run for Your Wife” didn’t last any longer than it did, because I’m not sure I could have taken another laugh without waking up sore in the morning.

Copyright: AMNews.com 2010

2nd Performance

The 2nd performance of the show was far better than the opening night performance. Not that the opening was bad, but last nights' show was tops all around, thanks largely to a wonderful audience, who responded to everything with lots and lots of laughter.

My performance changed dramatically from opening to last evening. I've slowed down my rate of speech, so the audience can get the story and so the character can build a little more throughout the play. It was the first time I really had fun playing the part.

Looking forward to doing it again tonight.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Solid Opening Of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE

Last evenings' opening night perfomance of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE was a success!

Sure there are still some moments that need some work, which have been addressed, but overall, it was a positive opening, with a great reaction from a crowd of 70, which is not bad for a Tuesday night.

Back again in a few hours.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Danville Advocate Messenger Coverage of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE



Classic farce closes out playhouse season
By JENNIFER BRUMMETT
jenb@amnews.com
August 8, 2010

Lawrence Lesher says it’s good to be back in the Bluegrass, but he had to hit the ground running when he arrived to direct “Run for Your Wife” at Pioneer Playhouse. The play is 145 pages and runs 90 minutes — a challenge to put together in just a handful of days.

“Since the usual rule of thumb is one page of dialogue is one minute, you can see just how fast-paced this thing is,” Lesher explains. “I know of no other play this rapid fire. As challenging as it can be to keep it going that fast and get all the actors moving in the same situation, the payoff is wonderful.”

Lesher also is playing a small role in the show because “I was desperate to be part of this show on stage. It’s tremendously fun,” he says.

Amid learning lines and directing a cast, Lesher took time to answer a few questions about “Run For Your Wife.”

A-M: What is “Run for Your Wife” about? Into what genre does it fall?

LL: “Run For Your Wife” is one of the best farces I’ve ever had the pleasure to work on. It is about a London taxi driver who has two wives. When his double life starts falling apart, the audience is treated to 90 minutes of madcap hilarity. We are prone to hyperbole in this industry but if you like farce in general, I can almost guarantee you’ll like this show.

A-M: Who are the key players in “Run for Your Wife”?

LL: John Smith (played by Timothy J. Cox) is the taxi driver and his two wives are Barbara and Mary Smith (Synge Maher and Emily King). Naturally, they don’t know anything about the other one. John’s neighbor, Stanley Gardner (Chris Kateff), is roped into helping him attempt to preserve the lie. Two suspicious and clueless police sergeants, Troughton and Porterhouse (Daniel Hall Kuhn and Lesher), try to decipher what’s going on and an outrageously flamboyant Bobby Franklyn (Matthew Harris) complicates things.

A-M: What is the central theme of “Run for Your Wife”?

LL: The central theme (in the end) is lies just get you into more trouble, really. Every lie John tells to try to keep his bigamy secret begets more lies. The joy in this show is trying to follow the complications as they get ever more twisted.

A-M: From your standpoint as director, what do you like about this play?

LL: The thing I like most about this play as the director is that it is one of the purest farces I’ve ever worked on. This show knows its only reason for being is to make the audience laugh and it is very good at doing that. Ray Cooney (the playwright) has managed to write layer after layer of deception. Every time you think it can go no further, another outrageous twist happens in the play. It is extremely funny, fast and high-energy.

A-M: What do you hope theater-goers come away from Run for Your Wife thinking, or feeling?

LL: I hope they are aching because they’ve laughed so hard. All farce is preposterous but the way the author skillfully weaves this one together, it seems almost plausible. This show is funny from minute one.


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IF YOU GO
Run For Your Wife

Aug. 10-21

Pioneer Playhouse

Showtime: 8:30 p.m.; $15

Dinner and show: 7:30 p.m.; $27

Tickets: (859) 236-2747

Web site: www.pioneerplayhouse.com

Copyright: AMNews.com 2010

Show Opens Tonight

The show is finally here!

I am so excited to get the show in front of an audience as I know it's going to be a lot of fun.

Last evenings' final dress went pretty well, I thought, although I did go a little faster (in my rate of speech) than normally. I now know to take a little time, especially in the beginning...to help build the character of John Smith.

The role has been a real test for me...of endurance...and I am proud to say that all of the hard work has been worth it.

It has been an absolute joy working with this talented group of actors and the many people behind the scenes.

Now is the time to have some fun.

Chris Kateff and I On GOOD MORNING KENTUCKY

Last week, Chris Kateff and I appeared on GOOD MORNING KENTUCKY to plug RUN FOR YOUR WIFE.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Tech Begins Today

The 4th show at the Pioneeer Playhouse, FOR BETTER, ended last evening.

The tradition is that after one show ends, the set for the next show immediately goes up the same evening. The set for RUN FOR YOUR WIFE did go up quickly, thanks to the hard work of everyone involved. It was a real joy to watch the set go up and imagine the fun soon to be had on it.

Cue to cue will be this evening. Not sure if we're getting a run in, although it may be good to run some of the choreographed sequences, since the stage is on concrete. Lots of physical stuff in the play...safety above all else.

Dress rehearsal will be Monday night. Pictures will be taken at that time for the Playhouse's archives and will be hopefully be available for me to post on here.

The show opens on Tuesday night.

Can't wait.

Friday, August 06, 2010

The Show Is Getting Stronger and Stronger

We ran the entire show again and it's getting stronger with every run. I'm feeling very good about the direction my "John Smith" is going in.

After the run, the cast got back together to block our curtain call, a dance choreographed by Emily King. I'm not much of a dancer, so I am a little nervous about it, but I know with practice that I'll at least be passable. Besides, it's suppossed to be fun.

Back again to run the show tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow night is strike night, where we take down the set for FOR BETTER, the previous show and put up our set. Hopefully, it won't take too terribly long, but you never know.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

RUN FOR YOUR WIFE Radio Spot...

...is available for listening in the "Voice Clips" section of my website.

First Run of The Show Today

We ran the entire show this morning and reviewed some problem spots in ACT TWO in the afternoon.

The show continues to grow and get better with each run, with each actor bringing something new to the table every day. It's been a very exciting process.

From here on out, we should be running the show regularly, so we can continue to grow.

Getting very excited for the opening on the 10th.

In other news, Chris Kateff and I appeared on GOOD MORNING KENTUCKY in Lexington to plug the show earlier this morning. The interview went very well and hopefully will be available for viewing on here by tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Todays' Review of ACT ONE

We reviewed and ran ACT TWO twice today. I felt much better with the second run. The scenes clicked with a lot of energy, with many of the comic bits playing out nicely.

It's a high of 97 here today, but the humidity makes it even hotter so everyone is doing to keep rested and cool during the off periods.

Tomorrow, the plan is to run the entire show, which I am looking forward to. It'll be nice to run through the whole thing...see where we are.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals continue to go very well for RUN FOR YOUR WIFE. We focused on Act One yesterday, ran it three times and it got better and better with each run.

I'm starting to really feel comfortable in John's skin, but I still have a long way to way.

Act Two will be our focus today, but first, a trip to Lexington, KY to appear on a morning television show, with Chris Kateff, to plug the show.

A few members of the cast and I recorded a fun radio ad for the show yesterday, so hopefully that will be out soon and available for me to post on here and on my website.

A lot going on right now...but I feel like I am getting a lot accomplished without burning myself out. It is exhausting and tough, but as always, the tough is what makes it great.

SOMETHING TO BELIEVE Music Video

Here is the music video for SOMETHING TO BELIEVE by Blitz the Ambassador. I pop up a few times as a "boss" in the middle of the video.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Beyond The Still Results

Sadly, THE BEACH COMBER did not win, but director Sean Meehan has nothing to be sorry about. I had a great time working with him again and look forward to the day when we can create movie magic again.

Stumble Through of ACT TWO Tonight

Tonight will be a stumble through, for blocking mostly, of ACT TWO. This review will be of great benefit to everyone.

Things are really moving along nicely. The play does provide its share of challenges, but overall, the process so far has been a fun one.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Entire Play Is Now Blocked

In 4 days, director Larry Lesher managed to block the entire play.

Right now, there's a little stumbling going on in rehearsals, but we're still finding our way through, learning lines...at least in my case. I'm having a lot of fun though.

Back to rehearsals on Monday night. A little rest will be great.