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I've got a few exciting things to report:
First- check out Funkanomics' hilarious new video! This one I am in.
If you really like it, and use digg.com, it would be really great if you dugg us up, as that's a huge way to get hit counts up.
Second- Monday, September 14 at 7pm I will be performing in a reading of
Museum of Jewish Heritage. tickets $15
Third- I will be performing in a workshop of The Common Swallow by David Caudle. September 25-27 as part of the Howl Festival at 45 Bleeker st. Theater. Tickets $15
Fourth- Tuesday, September 15 at 12pm I will be performing in a reading of Besharet a new play by Chana Porter at Primary Stages. I'm not sure if that's open to the public or not.
Slipping closed Off- Broadway and was a huge success. The entire run completely sold out! Here are some links to some great reviews.
photo exclusive from Broadwayworld.com
There are more readings, more excitement, but thus not enough time to report on them all.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Crows & Cards (unabr.). 6 CDs. 6:42 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2009. ISBN 978-1-4233-9175-3. $69.97.
Gr 4-8–Twelve-year-old Zebulon “Zeb” Crabtree lives the simple life with his brothers and sisters on a farm in 1849. Then his father gets the notion that Zeb should be sent to St. Louis to learn to be a tanner by apprenticing with his great-uncle Seth. Shipped off on a riverboat, Zeb falls under the charms of Charles “Chilly” Larpenteur, a smooth-talking gambler whom he befriends on the ride down the Mississippi. Trapped inside a ruthless world of gambling, Zeb crosses paths with a slave and a blind Indian who has visions. He becomes mesmerized by a medicine man and charmed by a beautiful woman collecting funds for the orphanage. A modern day Mark Twain, Joseph Helgersen spins an engrossing coming-of-age story (Houghton Mifflin, 2009). The charm of the tale lies in the witty storytelling, fascinating characters, and a spot-on theatrical performance by narrator MacLeod Andrews. The author’s tongue-in-cheek humor sizzles under MacLeod’s lively presentation, especially Chilly’s slick talking ways. Fans of the author’s Horns and Wrinkles (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) will revel in this latest installment of this Mississippi River tale.–Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL
Review by School Library Journal
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Now playing at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Groundswell @ Theater Row presented by The New Group
Our House @ Playwrights Horizon
American Hwangap @ The Wild Project presented by Play Company
Joe Turner's Come and Gone @ The Lincoln Center Theater
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Groundswell (I highly recommend) presented by the New Group
Desire Under the Elms
Offices by Ethan Coen
Hallway by Adam Rapp (reading)
Showgasm at Ars Nova
New York Downtown Short Film Festival
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Crystal's play is such a pleasure to work on! It's one of those challenging pieces that you can never really "get right". Every night is an experiment, a search, which as an actor is exciting because I get to let go and move on after every performance in anticipation of the next night. This offers me the freedom to live very much in the moment on stage rather than trying to manufacture a "correct" performance. Of course I learn more every time and build upon each show.
Daniel's direction has really made this possible. He established for us the tone and the goal-the idea of the piece-but offers us the freedom to find it on our own. But what's most important is that he's constantly pushing us to find more, never to be completely content or set in our performances. For me, this is a most crucial attribute for a director to have. Obviously a director must be sensitive to different actors' insecurities, offer encouragement, but as soon as we are satisfied with our work the theater is no longer vital and we are merely entertaining. In a long run this can be incredibly tiring, searching endlessly, never having the security of a finished or lasting product. That's why the work of the actor is so challenging. I strive to remind myself that it's never enough to merely show up. Acting, though hopefully fun, though hopefully fulfilling, is hard work. I highly recommend reading Sean Penn's interview in Rolling Stone which reinforced this idea for me.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I am in the midst of auditions for an independent film for which the process is heavily based in improvisation. I prefer using a possessive form of the word that in place of 'for which the' but I am fairly confident that the word that's in reference to something being owned by that is a fabrication. And I do so strive for grammatical correctitude, for my father's sake. I oft stray in service to expressiveness. But I digress and regress and must redress my wandering prose by addressing the matter of the audition that I spake of moments ago before I figuratively blow my brains out. I'm an idiot, forgive me. The next round of callbacks entails the presentation of four characters before the director. I am to 'exist' for ten minutes in the skin of each character. That means a total of forty minutes for the strictly literarily minded. It has been a fun and interesting challenge to prepare for such a callback.
The challenge primarily has been in creating a structure of some kind. Typically in any audition the actor is grounded by the structure of the script. The character is revealed through their written language and behavior. In this case I literally can do just about anything for my ten minutes. I may talk to the director, deliver a monologue, or completely ignore the circumstance and have what's called a "private moment" as the character. But the most illusive question has been, who are these characters? What do they do? There is no answer, because it's up to me to create them. This offers complete artistic freedom which is great fun but initially daunting. Exploring physicalities is certainly a useful and critical step. Vocal qualities are also such. But these, for me, are to be developed subsequent to basic background work. Where do these people come from? How do they interact with people? To answer these questions I simply had to start writing. Writing specific stories from their pasts, who their parents are, what they're up to in the present, and for some of them what kinds of phone messages they leave for people. Now, some actors reading this might say, "well that's character development 101 for any script you tackle," but I've never been much of a character biographer. I admit it can be extremely helpful for building depth and subtext, but I find at times that focusing on "filling in the gaps" distracts from the more pressing matter of discovering what needs to happen in a scene as dictated by the script in hand. In this circumstance however, character biography seems to be an inevitable, unexpendable, and primary concern (the Oxford comma is a shout-out to my peep on the West Coast). All this rigamarole is more or less to say, I've enjoyed the experience of writing these characters. Next step is actually preparing some kind of presentation, and then letting it go to leave room for improvisation.
Aside from the aforementioned proceedings, I will begin rehearsal soon for a show with Rising Phoenix Rep who brought you such crowd favorites as Too Much Memory. I can't wait!
Another exciting development is the convocation of a number of talented Middlebury Alumni living in New York City with the intention of starting a theater company of our own. Things are in a nascent stage but the will seems to be there.
Amidst all, I have been attempting to breach the world of recording audio books. Another challenging yet enjoyable endeavor.
Also, I have been urged by MacLeod Andrews Management to acquire new headshots, so if anyone has actually read all of this and knows of a good and cheap photographer, please holler!
Excruciatingly sorry for this verbal masturbation. But I hope it has given you something to do while at work.
All my best! If you're reading this, chances are you're one of my favorite people, so all my love too!