Friday, August 24, 2012

To Appear in HTTC Kickstarter Promo

At last evenings' LIFE IS A DREAM reading, I volunteered to appear in a short promo, part of a Kickstarter campaign, for the Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective.

The promo was shot today in about 90 minutes with company members Brian MacDonald, Pattie Lynn, Emily Kitchens and myself...was a lot of fun. 

The promo is tentatively set for completion by the first rehearsal for IVANOV on September 4th. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

LIFE IS A DREAM Reading Tonight

I'm really looking forward to tonight's reading. It's a play that I've heard about for years, but have never had occasion to read.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Meeting witth IVANOV Director Pattie Lynn Today

 I had a great meeting with Pattie today. She has a very warm and welcoming way about her and that made it easier to discuss openly my thoughts on Lebedyev. Of course, a lot more will come out in rehearsals, but to go into the read through with ideas is always a good thing. Pattie and I both agree that Lebedyev is very much a ''sad clown''...fun on the outside, but hurting on the inside...a lot like a Chaplin character or one of the characters played by Jack Lemmon (thrilled me to hear this).

Very happy with the progress made in the meeting.

Can't wait for the September 4th to start to this production! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Another Chekhov Prelude Rehearsal Tonight

I'm back with the Hunger and Thirst crowd for another Prelude rehearsal tonight. We plan on putting the short script on its feet. Should be very simple staging.

On the IVANOV front, I'm having a meeting to discuss Lebedyev with director Pattie Lynn tomorrow afternoon in Bryant Park. It'll be nice to jump into some conversations about the play and character.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chekhov Prelude Rehearsal and BLOOD WEDDING Reading

Today was a Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective Day...one of the many that I am going to have over the next couple of months.

The Chekhov Prelude involved a reading of the short script that is to be presented at the August 26th event. The title of the script is The Three Sisters who live in a Cherry Orchard near their friend Vanya,  a play with a brief appearance by a Seagull.  It features a mishmash of characters and scenes from these Chekhov titles. It's a lot of fun.

The BLOOD WEDDING reading was fun as well, although the play is quite heavy. Still fun to sit and read a play with talented actors.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Williamsport Sun-Gazette Review of THE 39 STEPS

The cast of THE 39 STEPS received a packet in todays' mail of all of the press coverage for the show, including the aforementioned review from J.A. Babay of the Loch Haven Express who said the following:

The clowns, Cox and Harris, steps up to the plate and hit homers playing the more than 100 remaining roles...Cox is a total madman, commanding the stage each time he enters. His instantaneous costume, character and accent changes are intoxicating.

Sadly, the whole review is not available for viewing online. 

The same goes for the review (surprise) from Jack Felix of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette who said the following:

But much of the show's success belongs to Matt Harris and Tim Cox as the two ''clowns'' who change hats and attire, rapidly switching characters dozens of times. Together, the clowns had a helluva good time and so did Millbrook's audience.

 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

JACKPOT Update

I recently heard from JACKPOT director, Chantal Eyong, and she hopes to have a finished cut of the film by the end of September.

Cast In A Reading of Chekhov's THE SEAGULL, Set For September 3rd

One more reading with Hunger and Thirst...

It's Chekhov's THE SEAGULL and it's set for September 3rd.  The play dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev, and the famous middlebrow story writer Trigorin. I will be reading the role of Ilya Afanasyevich Shamrayev, a retired lieutenant and the manager of Irina's brother Sorin's estate.

Loving all of these readings.

Keeping busy. 

Cast In Reading of LIFE IS A DREAM, Set For August 23rd

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective is keeping me busy these days, as I have been cast in another informal reading, this one set for August 23rd. This time it's Pedro Calderón de la Barca's LIFE IS A DREAM. Focusing on Segismundo, Prince of Poland, the central argument is the conflict between free will and fate. The play remains one of Calderón's best-known and most studied works. I will be performing the role of King Basilio in the reading.

Here is a synopsis for the play:

The King of Poland has kept his son Sigismund secretly imprisoned since birth because an oracle prophesied that the prince would bring disaster to the country. Telling his subjects that the boy died soon after childbirth, he manages to keep his son hidden until he has grown to be a man. When Sigismund reaches maturity, the King wishes to reveal his son at last, restoring the Prince as rightful heir to the throne. The King brings Sigismund to court and tells him about his Princely heritage. This discovery makes him violent, however, and he rages, killing a servant, attempting to rape a woman, and injuring the King's advisor. Horrified and certain of the truthfulness of the prophecy, the King has Sigismund drugged and returned to his tower prison. Upon waking he mourns, believing the previous day's events had been nothing more than a dream. Though he remains oblivious in his cell, the people have discovered Sigismund's plight and break him out of prison. Though Sigismund rejoices, he cannot be sure whether this new development is, in fact, reality or still just a dream. The rebels persist, though, and Sigismund raises an army of the people. Together they defeat the king, but Sigismund cannot take his father's life. Moved at this gesture, the King proclaims Sigismund heir to his throne. As ruler, he resolves to live by the motto that "God is God," acknowledging that one must strive for goodness whether he is asleep or awake.

Reading of Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING This Saturday

I will be reading 2 roles in this Saturdays' reading of Federico García Lorca's tragedy BLOOD WEDDING, presented by the Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective.

Here is a synopsis of the play:

The Groom and the Bride are getting married. However, Leonardo Felix, who previous was in love with the Bride, comes to her window every night. His marriage is not happy, and he still longs for her. However, the Groom’s Mother hates his family because they killed her husband. One night, Leonardo comes to the Bride and confesses his love to her. She tries to stop him, but she loves him back. However, she goes on to the wedding, and Leonardo and his Wife are allowed to come. Shortly afterwards, everyone discovers that Leonardo and the Bride have run off together. The Mother then orders everyone to go and find them. In the forest that Leonardo and the Bride have fled off to, the Moon states that she wants to see human blood shed as revenge for being shut out of their homes. She and Death, the latter disguised as a beggar, agree to have Leonardo and the Groom kill each other. The Moon and Death manipulate them into meeting each other, and they do indeed kill each other. In the end, when the Bride returns to town, covered in the blood of her two lovers, she is either killed as a sacrifice to restore everyone’s honor or forced to live without them as punishment for her deeds.

I play the father of the bride and one of the woodcutters.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thoughts on Pasha Lebedyev

I just finished re-reading IVANOV and I have a few general thoughts about Pasha Lebedyev that I just shared with director Pattie Lynn.

Pasha sees a lot of himself in Ivanov. Pasha had that fire, that intensity of youth at one time in his life (hopefully), but he lost it and the next thing he knew, he was middle aged, contemplating death. It's too late for Pasha, but in his eyes, Ivanov has a chance. Aside from this hope, Pasha, to me, is simply a man where happiness and serenity have long passed him by. Like Lear, he is simply crawling towards death...and in many ways, he welcomes it. He welcomes the peace that would come with it. These thoughts may work better as subtext, but ideas like these do get the ball rolling.

Pattie and I hope to meet to discuss the character. Looking forward to that.

Cast of The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV

Cast                   
Nikolai Ivanov
Anna (his wife, born Sarra Abramson)
Count Shabelsky (his cousin)
Misha Borkin (his groundskeeper)

Pasha Lebedyev 
Zinaida (his wife)
Sasha (his daughter)

Yevgeny Lvov (a doctor)
Martha Babakin (a widow)
Dmitri Kossih (a gambler)
Avdotya Nazarovna (a matchmaker)
Yegorushka (a bachelor)
Natasha (a musician)
Christopher Bonewitz*
Emily Kitchens *^
Brian Keith MacDonald*^
Nate Dendy*

Timothy J. Cox*
Kymberly Tuttle
Britannie Bond*

Jordan Kaplan*
Patricia Lynn*^
Kyle Schaefer*
Judith Ingber
Vichet Chum*
Natalie Hegg*

* Actor appears courtesy of Actor's Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase
^ Company member of The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's IVANOV Rehearsal / Performance Schedule Set

The production of IVANOV is off to a great start, in my view, as the cast received a full rehearsal schedule yesterday evening.

As previously mentioned, we start rehearsals on September 4th and open on October 5th.

Here is the performance schedule for the entire run:

Friday, October 5th - 8pm Show
Saturday, October 6th- 8pm Show
Sunday, October 7th, 7pm Show
Thursday, October 11th, 8pm Show
Friday, October 12th - 8pm Show
Saturday, October 13th- 8pm Show
Sunday, October 13th, 3pm Show
Wednesday, October 17th- 8pm Show
Thursday, October 18th, 8pm Show
Friday, October 19th - 8pm Show
Saturday, October 20th - 2pm Show
Saturday, October 20th- 8pm Show

Super excited to start work on this production. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Chekhov Prelude Rehearsals

We will have two brief rehearsals for the Chekhov Prelude on both Saturday, August 18th and Monday, August 20th, with the reading set to take place at the event on Sunday, the 26th.

Monday, August 06, 2012

THE 39 STEPS Comes To A Close

The 39 Steps came to a close last night and we went out in style. A great show, followed by a rousing standing ovation, which was earned and richly deserved.

Thanks to anyone who made a creative contribution to the production. It was the most challenging production that I have ever been a part of, but everyone stepped, gave it their all and in the end, we had a product that we should all be damned proud of.

Thanks to Larry Lesher for leading the pack once again and to my wonderful colleagues Chris Kateff, Synge Maher and Matt Harris for, as always, the pleasure of their company and for their talents. We will be together again soon.

Time to get back to NYC!

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Last Night

It was another great show last night. The audience really took to the show, which included an adorable 2 year old boy. Just so sweet!

Well, tonight is the final performance. Sad to see this one go. We've worked harder than we have ever worked and we have an amazing show that we should be very proud of. I certainly am.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective's Prelude on August 26th

IVANOV director Pattie Lynn has invited me (which I accepted) to participate in an informal presentation that The Hunger and Thirst Theatre Collective will be hosting on August 26th from 5:00-7:00 at Space on White. Basically, the group has compiled several classic scenes from the works of Chekhov to create one short mish-mash play. We'd only need to read it once or twice before the day of the presentation. Sounds like fun!

SPACE CATS Teaser Episode

Space Cats Episode 1.1 from Sean MacBride Murray on Vimeo.

Rogue Cinema Review of SIMPLE MIND

http://www.roguecinema.com/article3311.html

Film Reviews: Simple Mind (2012) - By Brian Morton


Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 08:48:57 Mountain Daylight Time by Duane

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The mind of a killer can be a very dark place. There have been quite a few movies that 'take us inside the mind of a serial killer', but never anything quite like Simple Mind from Phil Newsom.

Simple Mind is the story of a man who's in therapy, he's there to tell his story, and it's quite a story. He's fallen in love with a girl, he's found happiness and he's killed. That's right, he a killer and he's a bit proud of it, and it’s something he's good at. But, as the story unfolds, there's a bit more to it than what he's telling us. What more? Well, you'll have to see it for yourself to believe it!

Simple Mind is anything but a simple movie; it's short but complex and, in the end, wonderfully twisted! I'm giving Simple Mind 4 out of 4 cigars just for the ending that I never saw coming! You can check it out for yourself by heading over to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuT2a1_0cVQ.

Last Night Was Our Best Show

We've had great shows throughout the run, but last night's was the best so far. Everything clicked...and the audience ate it up from start to finish.

Only 2 shows left!

Friday, August 03, 2012

SPACE CATS Update

The pilot episode of SPACE CATS has been completed and will be available for viewing here in the next couple of days.

Sadly, I will not be involved any further in the project, due to scheduling conflicts. I wish everyone involved with the project all the best!

Great News for THE ASPHALT CHRISTMAS

Congrats to David L. Zwiers, who has been nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Costume Design.

Only 3 Performances Left!

The show is coming down to the final 3 performances. I'll be sad to see this one go,as everyone involved worked harder than they have ever worked before.

Last night's show had some tech issues,but we actors have been pretty consistent throughout the run; driving our scenes with energy and enthusiasm.

Back again tonight.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

An Outstanding Day At The Theatre

It was another great show this evening, with a pretty large house. Both shows today went really well.

Matt Harris and I are being interviewed by the local radio station tomorrow morning, so that should be fun.

Back on stage tomorrow night.

Loch Haven Express Raves About THE 39 STEPS

J.A. Babay of the Loch Haven Express said many wonderful things about THE 39 STEPS (Full review coming soon), but I did want to share the following:

Cox is a total madman, commanding the stage each time he enters. His instantaneous costume, character and accent changes are intoxicating.

Very nice indeed.

Also very nice was this afternoon's performance. We played to a nice sized house and played we all did. It was nice to be back on the stage with my talented colleagues.

Back again in just a few hours.

Two Shows Today!

The show returns today. While the rest and relaxation were nice, it is great to be back doing the show and today, we get to do it twice. Our first show is at 2pm, followed by our usual 7:30pm show.

It's going to be a fun day.