Thursday, September 29, 2005
'Tis the season for struggling actors to find work in holiday-themed productions. Leading up to Halloween is the previously mentioned Tales From the Shadow Zone, in which I now find myself playing three parts. I swear I'm not bumping people off in order to take over their roles! On All Hallow's Eve itself it looks like I'll be taking part in a dramatic reading of War of the Worlds with my old friends the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, and soon I'll be in rehearsals for A Christmas Carol, details TBD. (What happened to Thanksgiving? Maybe I can find a production of The Crucible or something.)
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Last weekend I saw Moliere's The Miser at the theater where I appeared for several weeks this summer. Très amusant, but also a strangely melancholy experience, seeing our squalid cabin transformed into a bourgeouis drawing room, French dandies mincing and scheming where gods and nymphs had fought and frolicked. At moments I felt like jumping out of my seat to join them, but I knew that would be most unwelcome. There comes a time to let go, move on and make way, and that was, what, two and a half weeks on closing night? In that same spirit, I am no longer a Second City student. I was not, am not and never will be interested in short-form ensemble improv. Not that there's anything wrong with it, it's just not where my passion lies. I took the immersion workshop to broaden my skills as an actor and I succeeded, but I also got caught up in the excitement and camaraderie. I surprised myself by passing the audition for the conservatory program, but almost immediately began to suspect that my time and resources could be better spent elsewhere. Yes, it was fun, and yes, I made progress, but it was time to move on and rededicate myself to my own path, which does not lead to eventually becoming the oldest member of the Mad TV cast. So I've been working and auditioning, and today I find myself cast in a stage project called Tales From the Shadow Zone. Scary, huh? We'll see what tomorrow brings.