Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A good article

about the L.A. area premiere of My Name is Rachel Corrie is here.

Friday, August 26, 2011

A few things

  • Bedtime Stories was PACKED last weekend. It's a hot mess and I'm in it tomorrow night and next Saturday in my underwear. Details here. Come see.
  • I'm trying to plug the show at least a little more frequently on here thanks to ETC at Fierce and Nerdy, who scolded me for not keeping my blog more up-to-date or something like that. Her blog is far more regularly updated, including timely Project Runway recaps by our friend Zack Bunker (or Zacki, as our longtime readers might recall), and guest-blogged this week by Monique King Viehland. Hi Monique!
  • Speaking of, Project Runway is so boring this season even last night's bitchy episode put me to sleep. And yet it's just about my only appointment television going right now. I don't know if that says more about me or television, but there you have it.
  • I determined last night that I am in love with Don Lemon. Anderson WHO???
  • I'm going to see a friend tonight in The Underpants down in Long Beach. Yay Long Beach. Who wants to meet me at Pistons after?
  • I finally got my ticket to see Blackbird at Rogue Machine. I've been meaning to for a while but they tend to extend and I put things off. Steven Leigh Morris's column in this week's LAWeekly helped me focus. Of course I could only really swing closing night, so by the time I'm into writing about it, the thing will be donesville, but better late than never.
  • This post is very old school FWL and I'm totally okay with that.

Friday, August 19, 2011

There was one audience member

at Bedtime Stories two weeks ago. I kept meaning to write a blog post about it but I've been prone to distraction lately, so I'm just getting around to it now.

So there was one person at our performance on August 6. It was my first night to go on with the short play I wrote and directed. The lone attendee was a guy who came the weekend before and had so much fun he came back a second week in a row. If we were to have only one guy in the audience, he was a good person to be that one guy. And he didn't leave either, which made us even more grateful.

Since he'd already seen the show, we decided to do an abbreviated version of it. We only did three scenes, with all the actors sitting in the house providing the rest of the audience. All the other actors were really excited about seeing me go on in my play. So that was one of the three.

Things went well enough; I had to make my scene partner stop once and back up because I got a little lost in it. I'm a real pro that way. We got through it though.

After that we embarked on something we called "My Drunk Theater," since the cheap wine started to flow earlier than usual amongst the cast. We put names in a hat and picked them to go into random scenes. I played a housewife in lingerie tying up her husband with neckties. It was great fun.

We had a few more in attendance the following weekend, so we actually did the whole show. I go on tomorrow night, I'll be in at least through August 27, and possibly through September 2. Who knows? Maybe we'll just do it every weekend as an excuse to hang out and get a little sloppy with each other. That seems to be the tradition at Psychic Visions. Doesn't that sound fun? Come check us out.

Happy about

this.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Real post coming up

In the meantime, here's "Blood Makes Noise" in a church! I went on a brief Suzanne Vega youtube spree and found this. I love how the guitar sounds in the echo-y acoustic.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I also love this.

Stephen Sondheim on The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, directed by Diane Paulus and with new scenework by Suzan-Lori Parks.
The article by Mr. Healy about the coming revival of “Porgy and Bess” is dismaying on many levels. To begin with, the title of the show is now “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” I assume that’s in case anyone was worried it was the Rodgers and Hart “Porgy and Bess” that was coming to town. But what happened to DuBose Heyward? Most of the lyrics (and all of the good ones) are his alone (“Summertime,” “My Man’s Gone Now”) or co-written with Ira Gershwin (“Bess, You Is My Woman Now”). If this billing is at the insistence of the Gershwin estate, they should be ashamed of themselves. If it’s the producers’ idea, it’s just dumb. More dismaying is the disdain that Diane Paulus, Audra McDonald and Suzan-Lori Parks feel toward the opera itself.

[...]

What Ms. Paulus wants, and has ordered, are back stories for the characters. For example she (or, rather, Ms. Parks) is supplying Porgy with dialogue that will explain how he became crippled. She fails to recognize that Porgy, Bess, Crown, Sportin’ Life and the rest are archetypes and intended to be larger than life and that filling in “realistic” details is likely to reduce them to line drawings. It makes you speculate about what would happen if she ever got her hands on “Tosca” and ‘Don Giovanni.” How would we get to know them? Ms. Paulus would probably want to add an aria or two to explain how Tosca got to be a star, and she would certainly want some additional material about Don Giovanni’s unhappy childhood to explain what made him such an unconscionable lecher.
He goes on. Quite a bit, in fact. Read the whole thing here.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

I love this.

It's a 1st-person profile of one of my favorite Arkansas actors, Natalie Canerday. Here's a good excerpt.
The best acting advice I ever got came from two people. The first was Dr. Rosemary Henenberg at Hendrix, who used to always tell us acting students, “Don’t make it happen, let it happen.” It applies to a happy life as well as acting.

The other great advice came from my L.A. agent, the late Wally Hiller. I’d been out visiting L.A. to shop for agents, check out apartments and such and was about to go back to Arkansas for Christmas. I told Wally I’d be moving out there after the first of the year. He told me to enjoy my holiday and to call him if I had any questions. Then he said, “Don’t dye your hair blonde, don’t get your tits done, and, for God’s sake, honey, don’t lose that accent!” It’s been the best advice ever.
Read the whole thing here.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

This may come

as a surprise, but a little play that I wrote continues to perform every Saturday night for the next three Saturdays. It's called "3 A.M. in the Morning," and has been going strong almost every Saturday (we took a break for 4th of July and one for Carmageddon) since May 13. May 13 was actually a Friday, but we did two shows that weekend mainly so we could perform on Friday the 13th.

Anyway, if you haven't seen our show yet, it's called Bedtime Stories. It's a definite romp with some truly lovely people onstage and running lights and sound. And if you come to one of the performances this month, you're in for a special treat.

Check out the details here.

Fierce and Nerdy on self-producing

It's apparently kind of a dumb thing to do.