Thursday, September 21, 2006

Yes Peter, I live!

Well, it seems that at least one person is reading my blog. Ok, maybe two (Thank you Peter and Warner). Sorry, I've been blogsent (my new word) for a while but life has been crazy, fun, exciting and disappointing. "Owen Meany" is now up and running and with gusto! The Washington Post apparently gave us a great review. I don't read reviews myself until after the run is over, so I can't say for sure what it says. But I hear it's good. I love working on the show and at Round House. A big theatre can really spoil you and make you a bit lazy in the process. There's always someone who can and will take care of everything for you. Really not used to it, but I have quickly learned to get accustomed to it! I know that I will greatly miss this show. It has a fun and strong cast and crew. I mention the crew on this because this show is a technical beast. I hope everyone gets to see it. They are starting to talk about an extension. This I would love since I don't have anything to go into after it closes. Speaking of....Auditions....I was so thrilled a few weeks ago I had three auditions, well, supposed to. First, I was called by The Shakespeare Theatre to read for the role of Tyrrel in Richard III. I was supposed to read for Michael Kahn. (would have been my first time) Well, the day before the audition the casting director called and canceled saying that Michael had cast the role in NY the weekend before! ARGH! Then, I was called to read/sing for the lead role in "A Man of No Importance" at Bay Theatre in Annapolis. I told them I had a conflict with a week during the rehearsal schedule (We're going to Paris). They said "no problem" as they were in a bind. Well, that was the story until the morning of the audition. When I got there they said they didn't know how they would work it out. Now that kinda bothers me as I drove all the way to Annapolis on a Saturday morning (had to be there at 9:30am) before a two show day at Round House of a three hour show! Rather inconsiderate if you ask me. But as a consolation they wanted to know if I would be interested in doing "The Full Monty" for them if/when they do it next year. Not sure about that one. Don't really want to strip for that little bit of money (Special Appearance Contract) and it's a very intimate theatre (50 some seats). Now the last one. Imagination Stage. I went to an audition for "Junebug and the Reverend." Well, I had to run to make it to the audition because we were in tech (10 of 12's to be exact) that day. I talked a fellow cast member into going as well. Well, he ended up getting the part I read for! So much for being Mr. Nice Guy. So, three possibilities and I end up with nothing. Sometimes I wonder about all this. So, now I'm looking forward to my next audition, which I hope will be for the Kennedy Center. If they call me back with a time for "Carnival." We'll see. Maybe my work with the illusionist all those years ago will have some benefit? So now the home front. Things are a little crazy here too. Seems we had a bit of a leak in a water main in our ceiling. So now, we have to have our entire house re-piped because of polybutelene pipes. Not only a nuisance, but expensive! Just got the quote.....$4,025.00! yippee. At least the huge hole in the ceiling will go away. We'll also have a 25 year warranty should anything happen again. OK, enough for the the return blog. I promise I'll try to do better Peter. :-)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Happy Birthday Warner

Well, as I mentioned in my last blog, good friend and director Warner Crocker is turning 50! I believe the actual epiphany is today, so everyone raise a glass of vodka and give a toast to a great guy! Thomasin (Warner's wife) managed to throw guite the party on Sunday night for him. Andrew made it out and I was of course already there. We unfortunately didn't make it through the whole party (which I hear was something else after we left) we had to get back home for work on Monday morning. Well, Warner has a lot to be proud of. He has really made an impact on a lot of lives (mine included). Go to Warner's blog and see some great pictures of the event! See you soon, my friend! and again Happy 50th!!

Monday, July 10, 2006

first day off

Well, I'm home for my first day off since we began tech for "Lying In State." The show is going very well in spite of the "not really great" script. Andrew joined us for opening night last night and the audience seemed to love the show. So, it's not my type of humor, still funny for those watching and that's what really counts. My good friend Warner (who's turning 50 soon) posted this site on his blog www.everyhit.com You can find the number one single and show album on your birthday. Well, any day for that matter. You can get a whole list for every year, but 43 years is a bit much for me to post here. So, without further ado...... the #1 single on my birthday........"She's Not You" by Elvis! The number one cast album........"West Side Story"! Interesting, not sure why though, hmmm? So get out to Wayside and catch a very funny show...............

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Back at Wayside

Well, I'm back at Wayside Theatre. I'm thrilled about being back here. It's nice to be back with some 'ole friends and to get to know some new folks. A new director too! I'm back with the always funny Larry Dahlke and the incomparable Faith Potts (we worked out here on "The Inportance of Being Earnest" two years ago) and of course our wonderful stage manager Malia. One of the interns has now become staff there as Assistant Stage Manager. It's nice to see Natalie's hard work has paid off with a job! The show is "Lying in State" and I'm playing a sleazy Gov. Is there any other kind? Everyone seems right for this show. The script on the other hand, needs some work. A lot of one-liners in search of a plot! A lot of BIG characters, not a lot of substance. Hopefully, we'll be able to bring it to life. I'll keep you posted. By the way....the Hybrid is fantastic!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

New Car!

I can't believe it. We finally have a new car! Over the weekend Andrew and I went "looking" at SUV Hybrids. Well, we ended up buying one! A Mercury Mariner. It's a 4x4 fully loaded, bright "fire" red with tan leather/cloth interior. I've wanted a SUV for a long time now, but with gas prices being what they are it had to be a Hybrid. It's already beating my old '94 cavalier in mileage! Yes, the cav is gone. We donating the car to the Humane Society as the dealership kinda laughed at it as a trade in. I'll get more in a tax write off than I would have gotten on a trade in and I don't have the patience to try to sell it on my own. So the next time I see you, look for the fire red Mariner!!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Strange but True

Andrew and I attended the wierdest wedding this past weekend. It was held at the Summit Point Race Track in WV. Yes, that's right a race track....You know NASCAR type stuff. So here we are dressed in our best jeans and I'm told I'm overdressed! The 10 minute ceremony contained a whole lot of "marriage is between a man and woman" stuff and "marriage is only for the procreation of children." Imagine how Andrew and I felt over this? Anyway....there were no chairs so we're all standing waiting for the bride. And then... NO music! So we started to hum the wedding march. Have you ever heard a group of drunk red-necks humming? Not pretty. Difficult to hear with the cigarettes and cigars hanging from their mouths. After the ceremony they climbed in the back of a pick up for a "lap around the track." Then the reception. It was across the "lot" at the workers camp site. Catered...sort of. Dry pork, some kind of chicken from a can (I think) but here's the real kicker... The dining table was the back of a flat bed truck! Not on the truck, but was the truck! YUCK! So we ate standing up holding on to our paper plates. When the gallon bottle of Jack Daniels was opened at the cake cutting, it was time to go...... The next day was spent enjoying a bit more cultured event, Wine In the Woods in Columbia. From NASCAR wedding to a wine tasting in Columbia....amazing weekend! Oh and as of last night I booked another show!! I'll be heading out to Wayside Theatre again to work on"Lying in State." This starts rehearsals June 20 and runs July 8-Aug 5. Just in time to start rehearsals for "Owen Meany." Today is my callback for "The Long Christmas Ride Home" at Studio Theatre in DC. If this comes through that will be three shows in a row. Fingers crossed!!!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I'm REALLY Flattered

Remember back on my last blog I said how flattered I was to be called in to read for "Owen Meany?" Well, I'm REALLY flattered now....I got the role! Just spoke with Danisha at Round House and I will be playing the role of Dan Needham. Now, this is great for a lot of reasons. First always good to be working. BUT I'm finally going to work at a theatre that I have been trying to work with for the past 6 years! AND it's based on a John Irving novel. I'm rather found of John Irving's work. On an unusual note, I'll be playing a nice guy. Yep, not a villain this time! Now, there's the trip in NY. The film festival was "interesting." It didn't seem as organized as I feel it should have been. Anyway, met some great new friends. (Again, slow on the download of pictures). Met up with my good friends Nancy Robillard and her husband Vincent, Joanna Parson who played Gertie in "Noel and Gertie" with me last summer and our new friends Frank and Doug. Except for Andrew and I, everyone was meeting for the first time. From the way we were playing at dinner, you would think we'd known each other for years. Just fantastic! Then on Sunday the concierge at the hotel (BTW, the Roosevelt hotel is fabulous) got us second row seats for "Spamalot." I LOVE that show. Of course I'm a huge Monty Python fan, so it wasn't really a reach for me. Then dinner with Frank and Doug after the show. Again, we had so much fun we almost missed our train. Can't wait till we meet with them again sometime. We may even plan a trip together sometime. Who knows? Next week....callback for "The Long Christmas Ride Home" at Studio. That would be great as it would start rehearsals right after "Owen Meany" closes. Oh and today I had my audition for "The Foreigner" at Olney. Got a callback for the role of Froggy. Would have loved to do it, but "Owen Meany" is the same time! When it rains it pours!!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Atlantic City

Well, we made it back from Atlantic City and we managed to keep most of our money. We're not exactly big gamblers, so that was a pretty easy task to accomplish. Saw Bill Engvall in concert. Very funny, yet his material was very predictable. Lots of "toilet" humor. Potty jokes can be funny, just not lasting. So, all in all I was kinda disappointed with his show. Guess I expected much more. While in AC I got a call from Rep Stage! Now I haven't heard from them in almost 2 years, so this is good. Especially since they are the closest theatre to me. I've been called to audition for "Bach at Leipzig." Anyone know about this one? All I know about it is that it's a 1700's farce that's about German Organists. Guess I need to find a German accent before next week! Why they are casting so early I have no idea. The show opens March of 2007! Well we'll see....Next stop NY!!!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Small update

Well, looking at other blogs, I see that I'm not the only one who hasn't been on for a while... Anywho....Things remain at a standstill for the moment. Auditions have been good, yet not producing work. My audition for Round House was very good for "A Prayer for Owen Meany." Seems I was one of only three asked to read for the role. Which I find very flattering. I'd be even more flattered to get the job, but with someone like Andrew Long as my competition, I don't see much hope of that being a reality. Still, one should never loose hope! While at the EPA for Studio I was informed that I would be called back for "The Long Christmas Ride Home" for the role of the father/narrator. I'd love to get that, but I kinda want to do "A Christmas Carol" at Ford's. Of course, I haven't been offered anything there either, so we'll see who (if) offers me anything! While waiting for my audition at Round House I got a call from Olney, asking me to come in and read for the role of Froggy in "The Foreigner." Other friends have been called way before me so I thought for sure I was going to be passed by, but it seems I was wrong! Yea! Then it may have been just because I was seen at the performance of "Anything Goes" that made them think of me. Whatever, I'll happily take the audition. AND on the make-up front... We are currently in negotiation for a major film!!!!! Can't say any more on that just yet. Should it come through, I'll be sure to post about it. On the personal side of things, I have to thank Peter Boyer for getting us great seats for "Shenandoah" at Ford's. Not only were they great seats for a fantastic show, he took us backstage to meet Scott Bakula in his dressing room. Be still my heart!! Thank God I didn't embarrass myself. Of course Andrew was standing right beside me, so..... Last weekend was great as we headed up north to DE for the annual Spring Fling event that my best friend Lori hosts. It's a group of old friends from high school and college days. Always a lot of eating , drinking, playing games, drinking, conversation, drinking....Well you get the idea. Always a lot of fun! This weekend we're heading up to Atlantic City to see Bill Engvall in concert. He's the comedian who coined the phrase...."Here's your sign!" Then there's the New York Film Festival on May 6. Can't wait to finally see "Limits To Ambition" and on a screen in NY! Should be a blast!!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Biz is Pickin' Up

Well, after what seems like forever... I'm finally getting some callabcks on all those EPA's I've been to recently. The next one is for Round House Theatre in Bethesda. I've been called back to audition for "A Prayer for Owen Meany." I read it eons ago, but just bought the book (thank you Amazon.com) so I can re-read it before the audition on Tuesday. I'm up for the role of Dan Needham. I'd love to get it. Not only because it's a John Irving piece (well based on) but because it's at Round House. Been wanting to work there since I got into town! So for more fun, Andrew and I are going to see our good friend Ray Ficca at Olney Theatre in "Anything Goes." Then Thursday off to see good ole' Peter in "Shenendoah" with non other than Scott Bakula. Those who know me can imagine where my mind is!! WOOF! The make-up company is coming along. Now we have to find some models and a photographer willing to work for pictures (or food) so we can have some really decent photos for the website. Anyone interested??