Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kicking back on the sidewalk


Not the best picture - I didn't want to make a scene by letting her know I had a camera. But if you look closely you can see that the woman has her feet up on the tree. Only in New York!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

First leaf turned

The treasures you'll find


I took this pictures because it was odd (and cute) to see kittens in the hallway of the subway station. But upon examining the photo, the homeless man is far more interesting...


PS: Don't ask me what the drawing was next to him.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

What a wonderful show!


I had forgotten how much fun it was to discover good, live theater. New York is amazing!

I was invited to see a show by the artistic director of the Judith Shakespeare Company. What an innovative company she leads! Not only do they keep classical theater alive, but they are committed to providing bigger and more plentiful roles to women, and are known for gender bending productions.

This one was no exception, and if you have a spare $19 (free for AEA members) I highly recommend going to see this show: The Rape of the Lock. It was a hilarious play within a play, and this device makes the classical verse very accessible. The play is being shown at the Duo Theater- a gorgeous space in the East Village, and runs without an intermission (so you have plenty of time to take advantage of the downtown night life.) I liked the show so much that I placed some votes for it at the New York Innovative Theater Awards.

Here is some information about them from the show program (the show closes soon- September 28.)

“The Rape of the Lock marks the first full production of RESURGENCE, JSC’s unique play development program which seeks to find, develop and produce new plays written in heightened language and verse, and which feature significant roles for women... In 2000 JSC sponsored two panels, ‘Expanding the Presence of Women in Shakespeare Performance’ and ‘Expanding the Presence of Women Directors,’ both featuring prominent women theater artists in conversation about women’s current status and possibilities in the business and the art form... The company trains young actors through its unique Apprenticeship Training Program, and has received multi-year funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and a prestigious Annenberg/NYCPAE grant to implement Shakespeare residencies in the New York City public schools.”

Look at me- this sounds like a review. And it is, kind of. Please do support this company - it will be well worth the effort!

A wonderfully fun show


I had forgotten how much fun it was to discover good, live theater.

I was invited to see a show by the artistic director of the Judith Shakespeare Company. What an innovative company she leads! Not only do they keep classical theater alive, but they are committed to providing bigger and more plentiful roles to women, and are known for gender bending productions.

This one was no exception, and if you have a spare $19 (free for AEA members) I highly recommend going to see this show: The Rape of the Lock. It was a hilarious play within a play, and this device makes the classical verse very accessible. The play is being shown at the Duo Theater- a gorgeous space in the East Village, and runs without an intermission (so you have plenty of time to take advantage of the downtown night life.) I liked the show so much that I placed some votes for it at the New York Innovative Theater Awards.

Here is some information about them from the show program (the show closes soon- September 28.)

“The Rape of the Lock marks the first full production of RESURGENCE, JSC’s unique play development program which seeks to find, develop and produce new plays written in heightened language and verse, and which feature significant roles for women... In 2000 JSC sponsored two panels, ‘Expanding the Presence of Women in Shakespeare Performance’ and ‘Expanding the Presence of Women Directors,’ both featuring prominent women theater artists in conversation about women’s current status and possibilities in the business and the art form... The company trains young actors through its unique Apprenticeship Training Program, and has received multi-year funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and a prestigious Annenberg/NYCPAE grant to implement Shakespeare residencies in the New York City public schools.”

Look at me- this sounds like a review. And it is, kind of. Please do support this company - it will be well worth the effort!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Me? Controlling?


Oh boy. Look at the role I just got called in for:

Joy: Late 20s early 30s. Joy is very pregnant, so anyone who has been pregnancy and knows what childbirth is like is wanted. She is going through a very messy divorce with her husband, Bill, whom she still lives with. She cheated on her absent, work-obsessed husband; her baby might not be her husband's. She is demanding, controlling and takes no bullshit.

I’ve played a role exactly like this before, and it is a hell of a lot of fun. Awesome!

Two's Company


Today was a good day for submissions- I got called in to audition for two projects. One is for a regional production of “South Pacific” and the other is for an NYU student film called “The Cookbook.” Here are the breakdowns- I love how specific they are! They are also pretty perfect for me, capturing two different corners of my personality...

Nellie Forbush, South Pacific: Naive, ebullient young nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is open, enthusiastic, and optimistic.

Gabby, The Cookbook: Gabby is in her mid twenties. She is successful, organized, together, slightly restrained. She has tightened up even more since her mother passed six months ago. She has accepted her mothers death and no longer mourns her. However, Gabby's memories of her mother are mixed, both warm and frustrating, and she has kept them locked away for fear of having to come to some conclusion on their relationship. When Gabby finds her mother's old cookbook, the memories come flooding back.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Readings and auditions


Things have been slow recently with auditions- mostly because the end of summer is always a slow time but also because many of the current auditions are for Christmas shows. But I have had a few auditions that have been good. First, I went to an EPA last week for “Wicked” which was fun. I had never seen this particular casting associate before, so it was nice to expose my talent and skills to a new set of eyes and ears. Next week is the Chorus Call for “Wicked” and I anticipate that the main casting director, and possibly the music director, will be there. Both of these auditions are for the 2nd National Tour, and I am coveting an ensemble role that covers Elphaba. Of course, I would also take the direct route of Elphaba, but the grim reality is that you have to work your way up in this business, and I am more than willing to start at the bottom (if you can call a Broadway Tour the “bottom.”)

The other audition was for a play called “Avow.” There is a showcase production of this show going up in Feb & Mar. Coincidentally, I am doing a reading for this show with a completely different company at the end of this month. Both productions are given a blessing by the playwright, Bill C. Davis, (author of Mass Appeal). I play the role of Irene, which is just about the most perfect role for me. It is enough like me that I feel comfortable going deep, but is different enough for her to be a challenge. Anyway, it was quite a trip to audition for a role that I have already won for another production. I had a great audition and got a lot out of meeting the production team (including the playwright!) - it’s one of those golden moment in the business when I realized my job is really fun!

I have not had many on-camera auditions recently, which makes me a little sad. I adore doing film and TV, but without an agent (and being union) these auditions can be hard to find. This is a good time of year to find an agent, though, and I have a great campaign getting ready to be sent. It’s my plan to have an agent by Christmas so if you, dear reader, have any connections - please contact me right away! =)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monkey See, Monkey Do


I’ve been sitting at a Starbucks for the last 2.5 hours, waiting for an appointment I have later in the day. I am sitting by a large glass window and am facing the street, where hundreds of people have walked by. I feel a bit like a monkey being observed through the glass, but the window goes both ways and they are being observed too. We are so completely on display, but at the same time, people in New York are so busy that they barely take a glance. I find it so interesting that the city is packed with people and yet I can still feel independent and voyeuristic.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Taking it for granted

It's amazing that through the course of my daily events I get to walk through Grand Central Terminal. I hope I never get used to this...

Mobile Blogging


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