Update: November 9, 2009

Podcast: I was trying to start a podcast in for the Atlanta area acting community – AtlantaActing.net. It is proving very difficult. With a full-time day job, rehearsals for a play and rehearsals for a TV program, it is very difficult to schedule interviews. Any extra time I have, I just want to do nothing.

Spoon Lake Blues: Next Monday through Wednesday, the casts of Election Day and Spoon Lake Blues will meet and perform for the author Josh Tobiessen. This will be great, meeting the author of the play. Monday, the cast of Spoon Lake Blues will perform. Tuesday is a Q&A with Josh and on Wednesday Election Day will perform.

Yesterday at set build, Pat Hurley mentioned the cast of Election Day is far ahead of the cast of Spoon Lake Blues for being off book. And as I thought about it, most of the cast on Election Day do not have day jobs. If I had all freaking day to learn lines…still, nobody else’s problem but mine. I should be off book with confidence by Monday.

Bright Flames TV: Started rehearsal a few Wednesday’s ago on Episode Two. In this episode, I play Ulrich Zwingli. Besides Robert Howell, who is the host and writer, I am the first returning actor to play a different role (Soren Kierkegaard in Episode One).

Editing for Episode One is nearly done. It will need to be entirely reshot but the thought is to try to get funding. Episode Two will go a lot smother then Episode One and will be shot in multiple segments to get all the shots needed for editing. I do hope this goes somewhere: History Channel, PBS, etc.

What I Did: Week Ending 2009-08-09

  • Going to be a long week. Two auditions this evening. Rehearsal Tue, Thru, Sat for “Royal Family” and a Wed re-through for Bright Flames. #
  • So I get on the elevator to go up a floor and hit 3 and start wisling. After a moment of standing in a closed elevator, I realize I am on 3. #
  • 10 minute break during rehearsal – The Royal Family #

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What I Did: Week Ending 2009-03-29

  • Can’t focus this morning. Sinus headache. #
  • Just added myself to the http://wefollow.com twitter directory under: #actor #
  • Him: Midday tea? Me: Yea. Him: I can always tell, you’re doing the Tea Walk. — I am just trying not to spill the hot water all over my hand #
  • So I have a “Tea Walk”. #
  • My after lunch green tea. Followed by mid and later afternoon white tea. Tomorrow thunderstorms. #
  • @the_brian_jones Good Luck! hope you get the job. in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • off to find some lunch. #
  • @StoutT Shall I nudge you when I get home. in reply to StoutT #
  • Some times I feel like having a Spontaneous Existence Failure. But not right now. #
  • Right now I am finishing up a cup of white tea and a dinner before I head out the the Alliance for class. #
  • When you fart, what stuffed animal do you blame it on? #
  • RT @LPGeorgia: John Monds has officially announced that he is running for Governor as of 4 PM today. <– Don’t know him. Must investigate. #
  • @krisjoseph LOL. So true. Why did I not think of that. in reply to krisjoseph #
  • @alyjack Hate it when that happens. I will get holes in the side of my shoes, usually when they become 3 years old of daily use. in reply to alyjack #
  • Didn’t realize my boss’ boss’ boss’ boss was in the building. No that was not nudity you saw in my browser. It was…um… aw crap #
  • Suppose to go down to little 5 points area to have dinner with the Bright Flames cast and crew this evening. #
  • For St Paddy’s Day, some cities will color their rivers green. Do you think the fish say “OMG. What happened to my eye site?” #
  • @feliciaday #fumusic Queen of the Damned soundtrack in reply to feliciaday #
  • 5 days until the #Atlanta Unifieds. Slot is secure, pictures are in and one more evening with Pat Hurley to work on my monologues. #
  • I would be nice if by some miracle of money and time that I could go to Netherlands for Trance Energy 2009. One day. #
  • Pat Hurley just called. Monologues that Work may not have enough students to make. Its at the Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta #
  • It’s only taught twice a year, so if you are in #Atlanta and want to focus on monologues, take Pat’s class: http://is.gd/phye #
  • Of course if you don #
  • doh #
  • If you don’t want to take Pat’s Monologue class, maybe you just want to follow @alliancetheatre #

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What I Did: Week Ending 2009-03-15

  • @the_brian_jones Thanks! Do hope you get to feeling better. in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • RT @Foodimentary: Happy American Chocolate Week! <– Best week of the whole year. #
  • Trying a @Teavana Formosa Nut Oolong this morning. #
  • Audition slot for the Alliance Theatre Acting Program’s Summer Rep is at 7PM-EST. #
  • @the_brian_jones Thanks buddy! in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest has ended. Lot’s of people telling me how good I am acting as a mentally ill patient. My reply-Who’s acting? #
  • Whoops. Forgot to mention it’s on March 21st. –> Audition slot for the Alliance Theatre Acting Program’s Summer Rep is at 7PM-EST. #
  • D’OH. Shooting for Bright Flames TV is at the same time as the Cookoo’s Nest’s cast party. Party should be in full swing by the time I show. #
  • @vickybz Yeah. Me too. in reply to vickybz #
  • Refilled lots of tea canisters over the weekend. Almondina Biscotti black tea this morning. #
  • Got the date wrong. Shooting for Bright Flames TV is on Sunday the 15th. Not on March 14th, day of the cast party. #
  • That means I will miss another Gladiators hockey game. #
  • All you websites that resize my browser… I hate you! I will never return. #
  • All time favorite Audiobooks in order: The Hobbit read by Nicol Williamson. Idoru read by Jay O Sanders and Harry Potter read by Jim Dale #
  • OK. so it’s not a single book, mentioning Harry Potter, but Jim Dale does an awesome job. #
  • Off to proof a headshot being printed, then dinner with the wife. Return to work for a production release and then to home. #
  • OK. Back in the office and probably have an hour to wait before I have anything to test. Tea is steeping. #
  • Mandarin Orange Green tea and Guacamole make an odd flavored burp. Just thought I would share. #
  • Testing is done. I can go home. Yeah!!! #
  • @the_brian_jones Good luck. in reply to the_brian_jones #
  • @jasonburns Instead of “Bless You”, try “Damn You”. See if that works any better. in reply to jasonburns #
  • The entire QA team is out sick except for me. It may be a very long day. #
  • RT @bigelowtea: Question: how many cups of tea do you drink a day? <– about 5 #
  • Speaking of tea, its time to brew a cup. #
  • hmm.. Earl Grey Creme or Almondina Biscotti. I thing the latter. #
  • I would like to have a few cold beers and a hammock. Near a beach. #
  • @Kerriana My favorite, when I am not having tea. I add peppermint on cold days. in reply to Kerriana #
  • Nearly 75% of the acting work I have received has been through people I know. Thank You!! #
  • Last year at the Unifieds, my headshot was with hair and I had none. This year my headshot is with no hair and I have let it grow out. #
  • http://tinyurl.com/bxua4r (via @addthis) #
  • OK well that did not quite work like it should. Tim Berners-Lee talk at TED #
  • OK well that did not quite work like it should. Tim Berners-Lee talk at TED http://tinyurl.com/bxua4r #
  • #RawDataNow #
  • Does bragging about your good karma deeds give you bad karma? What does the number 7 smell like? What do you get when you multiply 6 x 9? 42 #
  • @bigelowtea instead of in reply to bigelowtea #
  • Did you know that the official state fish of Hawaii is called the Humuhumukununukuapua? It means “fish with a pig’s nose”. #facebook thing. #

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Three “Shows” on Saturday

I had three shows on Saturday: A TV shoot and 2 stage shows. I left the house at 8 AM that morning for the TV shoot of Bright Flames TV. And after 2 stage shows for One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest, I made it back home around 11 PM.

One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest – 10 down, 5 to go

But let’s backup a bit. The weekend actually started on Thursday evening with an 8 PM showing of Cookoo’s Nest. And as I write this, I cannot remember how many people were in the audience; less than 10, I believe. Friday saw a very responsive crowd of about 30 or so. For Saturday’s matinee, I had arrived in time for cast call having just left the Bright Flames TV shoot. Really had no time to spare between those two. Saturday saw our largest crowd of over 50 people. That was a great night.

Sunday Slush and Calamine

I had been hearing for about 5 days or so, that there would be snow on Sunday, but as Sunday drew closer with no significant drop in temperature, I figured whatever snow we did have would not stick. So as I am driving towards the theater it turns from rain to very heavy snow. Still, I was thinking that nothing was going to stick to the roads. I can admit it; I was wrong. Some of the streets were starting to be covered in slush. Even the parking lot was covered in wet snow.

Once I get to the theatre, which is in Duluth, I am thinking I am not going to drive to the Alliance Theatre after the show. I had an appointment with Pat Hurley for practicing my monologues. From the Alliance to my house in Buford is 37 miles (74 miles round trip). And from Duluth to the Alliance is 12 miles less. Rescheduled with Pat for Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile in the dressing room, the cast is going over who is going to do what if 2 of our cast members do not show up. Who is going to say this line? Do we need that line? What lines are important? So we kinda work this out, but thank goodness they show up.

Meanwhile, again in the dressing room, I was saying I was not going to get dressed until we have an audience. “There are 20 people on the books.” OK, nevermind, I will get dressed. We didn’t quite have 20 but still a larger crowd than we had for Saturday’s matinee even with the snow.

Later on stage: There is a point in act ii when McMURPHY and HARDING are mixing a drink concoction from the medicine cabinet. Greg (McMURPHY) grabs a wrong bottle and puts it into the hot water bottle that is being used to hold the drink. When he poured it out into small cups it was this white-ish looking liquid. Only one or two people drank it. I had a sip thinking maybe it was a treat from the stage hands. Turns out it was Calamine lotion. Vant (TURKLE) and I have to take all the cups and bottles off the stage at the end of the scene. And usually I will drink anything that is still left in the small cups, but I was not drinking this stuff. I sit at the table near the end of that scene and so in character, I emptied all the small cups of Calamine laced liquid back into the hot water bottle. Had too. Could not get it all off otherwise.

At the end of the show, the snow had lessened and even was beginning to melt off. By 6 or 7 PM, it was nearly all gone, at my house anyway. I could have gone to the Alliance.

Bright Flames TV

Finally, after about 5 months for me (longer for the rest of the cast), we were able to get in the studio and actually shoot. And we didn’t get done. We had until noon and really only got 1 hour of shooting done. Tech took a long time, but they needed it. Focusing lights, sounds, etc.

On Friday, I received a frantic phone call from Teresa. The group providing the costumes lost the measurements for everybody. And the phone number for Teresa was on that sheet of paper. So I gave here some measurements and they grabbed some costumes, but did not have time to alter them. So Saturday morning, I pull up the paints and I look like I have just done a commercial for losing 100 pounds. What was worse was there was no belt loops or suspenders. I borrowed a belt from Doug and sort of just put the belt around my waist to hold up the paints. Once the vest and jacket were on, you could not see the belt.

So with an hour studio time left, we actually begin to shoot. I had never used teleprompters before, but I knew the concept. What was unfortunate was that the teleprompters were on 2 of the cameras. So for large swaths of dialog, people are actually looking straight into the camera. The early thought was to have 3 cameras: Straight on for all five people and one on each side for the 2 people on each side. The teleprompters were supposed to be just off camera.

And we did not finish, damn it! I believe we need another 3 hours of shooting, to get various camera angles, hopefully without looking directly into a camera. Robert wants to do some close ups, etc. I hope this turns out to be an OK production.

Eventful weekend to say the least.