Here’s one of the many lovely Pandora music discoveries I’ve made recently that seems to fit the current state of my life. The band is called Phantogram, song’s called When I’m Small.
Projects update time! 2013 has brought a bunch of small projects my way, some that have now passed and some that still lie ahead. Here’s what’s been going on:
In March, I performed as The Monster in a new choose-your-own-play called It Came From The ______!, written by Kathleen M. Reinbold and produced by Theatre Mab Town Hall as a part of Son Of Semele’s SOSE Host program. I happily stretched my movement muscles in the role and created my own animal walk modeled after a sort of chicken-creature. The “bokoks” of the chicken-creature allowed the character to have a voice of sorts, and made for an absurd monster-killer. The show was well-received and I hope it has subsequent reincarnations. Personally, I think it would be a great addition to any regularly-producing theatre’s lineup as a late-night, after-the-mainstage-show production. Click here to read the press release. More pictures from the show can be found on the Photos page.
Prior to that, I signed on as the director for a new show from the mind of actress Anastasia Barnes, adapted from the 9-part webseries The Ruby Besler Show, now titled The Ruby Besler Cabaret. The webseries features Ruby Besler, a fictional 1940′s Broadway star who hosts a television show where she gives advice to women on how to embrace and make the most out of their ladiness. The live show takes that character and puts her in the context of the underground cabaret scene, where supported by sexy burlesque dancers and her pianist Dorothy, she shares her life story, filled with cheeky humor and razzle dazzle. Since January I’ve been developing the script, helping to guide Anastasia along the crazy road that is producing for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The show will have a preview Tuesday, June 11th at 10pm, and will open officially Friday, June 14th at 7pm at The Elephant Space at Theatre Asylum. This is certainly a very different kind of production for me to work on, but with Anastasia’s brilliant comedic abilities and the allure of the 1940′s cabaret vibe, it should shape up to be a sexy, silly, fringey evening.
Also in the development process is the 14th annual Directors Lab West for which I serve as Production Coordinator. The Steering Committee and I started meeting back in October of 2012 technically, but after the new year, meetings get more frequent and there’s much more work to be done. Back in February, Steering Committee member Cindy Marie Jenkins and I were guests on LA Talk Live’s La La Land, a nationally broadcast radio show that features LA-based artists. We talked about the Lab, shared some personal stories of our own significant memories in years’ past and encouraged theatre directors and choreographers from around the country (or world!) to apply. This year’s Lab will once again be supported by the SDC and hosted by The Pasadena Playhouse, running from 10am – 10pm May 18-25. To get an idea of what the Lab is like, check out these articles I wrote with Dani Oliver last year for LA Stage Alliance’s LA Stage Times.
There have been a number of small projects that have come my way recently. I wrote an article recapping an LA Stage Talks event focusing on Professionalism in the American Theatre for LA Stage Times. I choreographed fights for an independent 2-minute sci-fi short film that’s to be filmed in the next few weeks. I choreographed fights and movement for the trailer of The Vagrancy‘s upcoming Fringe production of Tommy Smith‘s White Hot (which I will also be choreographing fights for the actual stage production in June). I’ve been seeing a lot of theatre lately, getting some quality snowboarding and dog time in, and trying to enjoy the other parts of life while I’m not immersed in a big project.
Coming up on April 19/20th, I’ll be directing a 10-minute play as a part of The Vagrancy’s 24-Hour Play Festival, “Rituals: A Bacchanalia”. I won’t know whose play I’ll be directing, but the participating playwrights are Tim Cummings, Jami Brandli, Boni B. Alvarez, Andie Bottrell, Chelsea Sutton, Megan Breen & Cort Brinkerhoff. I’ll also continue working with playwright Annette Lee on her work-in-progress play at the start of May, the final step before she completes the play and we have “Blossoming”–a full workshop with actors and a scripts-in-hand performance in July.
Also, I updated most of my slider images to much more recent shots of me/productions I’ve been a part of. AND, I finally added photos from Behind Closed Doors – A 2nd Class Cabaret, the new musical I was a part of its initial workshop production in 2011–took a long time for those photos to be released, but check them out on the Photos page.
Lots of small projects lately, though I’m in the very beginning stages of *rights/permission pending* my next rock-album-to-stage adaptation project, which if it works out, will be quite a big and artistically satisfying project. More on that and other potential projects once they go from potential to definite!