Trying to get me to write here each day is like teaching an old dog new tricks. Either I have so much to say and don't feel like writing a book, or I can't think of a thing to write. Alan says this is to be my life stream where you guys are supposed to come for info. Maybe.
... for the set. Paper mache' uses a lot of it. Andriy, my photographer and partner in crime when it comes to scheming artistic performances says, "Don't complicate things." Well, he's been in Poland so, guess what? I ended up with 11' high trees for my enchanted forest because no one was around to remind me of his cautious words.
Just got back from NY where I waited in line, on a very cold day, for an audition for a Cohen brother's film. Finally, a guy came out and said, "Get your head shots out. If you look like your pic you can leave and we'll contact you. If not, wait in line, come in, we'll photograph you, can take if from there."
Came around to me. I handed the pic, looked at him, he said, "How are you today." I said, "Frozen". He gave me one of those looks like, "Does this guy pass or not." Silence. "You're good" he said and I booked to the closest shop that had stuff I believed I could be interested in enough to pretend to peruse.
That was Sunday. I had gotten up at 4:00 to catch a 5:30 bus leaving White Marsh. The day before I had what I call a 'good' audition for a film over in Virginia. Good because they called me out and had me read the script different ways. Then, they asked if I could do it differently. Then they told me to hang around because they wanted me for call backs.
Several hours later I was called in. There was a board of six people and a camera man or two. One guy started to explain to me how he wanted me to read. Come to find out, I had the wrong script. They solved that, gave me two, one for Dracula and one for Frankenstein. They gave me time to prep. I came back and they had me read both of them in a couple of ways, and I was free to go.
All this action is a good sign. The others that I saw were simply thanked and allowed to go. We'll see what comes of it. I had wanted the role of the mummy, but upon arriving and being asked to read for Drac and Frank, when I asked about the mummy, they said, "Yeah, but we like your voice. The mummy has no lines." Sounds good to me.
In alliance with Soulforms, I was asked to hang my art in a group show at the Theatre Project here in Balt. That opening was Thursday night. It was cool. Also, I have a lot of work the next two weeks with several auditions but mainly preparing for the Jan 28th performance at Bolton Hill. This will be a private party with 24 guests coming in from DC. I'm creating a magical fantasy forest and will be performing with Nancy Flores, Heather Joi Baker and several others. One Violinist, maybe Adrian Stone will be the emcee as an owl/human creature that appears in the tree before each act.
The performance has three acts, built around three songs. I will do Gershwin's "But not for me", "The Nearness of You" by Hoagy Carmichael and words by Ned Washington, and Savage Garden's "Truly, Madly, Deeply".
The setting is a deep forest where a satyr, played by myself, lives as well as three nymphs. The owl creature also lives there and watches all that goes on so he is well suited to narrate the parts of the story the guests would otherwise be without. The satyr believes love will never come to him in the opening act. This is revealed as he sings, "But not for me". Alone, hoping for love.
The second act shows the three nymphs lead by Heather Joi frolicking in the dense forest playfully, care free, alive and vibrant. The satyr observes them from a hidden spot behind a tree love struck by the fair Heather. She leaves one of her possessions behind as they run off to play in another part of the enchanted forest. The satyr emerges, takes the object in his hand and holds it to his heart as he sings, "The nearness of you".
The third and final act opens with the satyr seated by himself, lost in some deep though facing off stage. The three nymphs enter joyfully singing, but it is as if the satyr is oblivious to them. Finally Heather takes him by the hand and invites him to listen to what they are singing, "Truly, Madly, Deeply" as she shows that she is in fact in love with him as well. The two embrace and the satyr joins the dance and the song, confirming their love.
All this is accompanied by our violinist who is seated just outside of the forest area in the same room where the guests are seated. The owl introduces each act and closes the performance as well with a few lines. Pics to come.
Been spending a lot of time at City Arts apartments with Heather preparing for the Jan 28th gig. That is a private party where we will provide the entertainment. Pretty much have the thing hammered out. A violinist will provide the music, I will sing and Heather, Nancy and hopefully one other woman will dance as nymphs in the magical garden we've created. We'll do three songs during the dinner where 24 guests will be dinning. I'll be in my satyr costume.
Ok guys, has been forever since I posted. Back in the swing of things thanks to my guy Alan Mac who is the cyber king of Maryland.
Last week I worked in Stephen Rubac's "The Gunslinger Grifter Logan" as a zombie, or more accurately a semi human result of nuclear fall out, which was awesome! Make up chair for a very long time with Jason M. Koch and his partner Katleigh. Those guys are great, in your face forever and even have good breath as well as good humor.
I wanted to go home in the make up so I could make some of my own films, which I did. We wrapped at 11:00 or so and I hit the hay 5:00ish while falling asleep on the comp uploading what I had done. The next day I made this zombie dating site spoof ad which I love. I also have some philosophy from a zombie as well as other dating related takes. Now that was fun. I'll up load some of that stuff when I figure out how.
Been in 40 countries or so, like gardening, can sing, have gallery representation for my paintings...
Now I'm trying to get a life. Not focused at marketing my paintings. A gallery in Boston has some of my stuff but not down here. Need more. Can't seem to focus.
Anybody willing to help with comments or advice drop a line.