A Glimpse At My Summer

tumblr_lxk1ixwYYo1r9iv4so1_500This has been one of my better summers. Let me first begin by saying I love rituals. I love me a good old ritual, so this Summer I started a new ritual….A Summer Intention List. Well it was a good idea at the start of summer but not much of it actually survived.   So that ritual probably won’t make it next year.  But on to what I really enjoyed this summer:

 The movies 22 Jump Street, Lucy, Dawn of The Planet of the Apes

The return of the TV show Suits

Auditioning for The New Girl — Yeah!

Meeting 3 new Casting directors

Working on the play Women of Manhattan

Going to Daily Love Live!

Re-reading A Return To Love

Reading the book E-Squared and doing the worksheets. So much fun!

Started working with a manager, lets see how this goes

Performing in a staged reading of Joyce Carole Oats’ I Stand Before You Naked

Getting back into my morning run regime

What made your summer this year. I’d love to know

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My Personal Al Pacino Fest

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I am having an affair with Al Pacino. There I’ve said it, I’ve never been one to be wanton and cheap but I’ve been spending my Friday nights with Al. sometime two three movies a night. I know its wrong, I know I shouldn’t but i just can’t help myself…..

Actually we have a movie list in my acting class and I’ve completed the first movie list it took my about 2 years and now I’m on the second movie list. One of the items on said is list is all the Al Pacino movies. That’s right ALL. So I figure I’d tackle all the Al’s first as this is a list in itself. I was supposed to only watch one Al movie a week, but then it become four, I don’t know how that happened???

I find myself not wanting to go out, and trying to end my rehearsals early so that I can make a quick stop to the library and pick up an Al film. I even lied to one of my scene partners and told them I had an audition the next day so I have to cancel rehearsal. But I didn’t, I just wanted to watch Carlito’s Way!

I know  this is bad. I have to cut back.  But here’s what I’ve seen so far.

Looking For Richard

Any Given Sunday

Dick Tracy

Serpico

The Devil’s Advocate

88 Minutes

Carlito’s Way — Love the scene where he kicks the door in!

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Are there any other Al Pacino fans out there? What’s your favorite Pacino Movie? Hint hint for mine…I’m saving The Godfather, Godfather II and Godfather III for the end!  I can’t wait

We opened…..then we closed

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Well I’ve been having an eventful summer. A friend of mine was starring in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, as Stanley. Now every actor worth his/her salt knows that play and would die to be apart of it. If you’ve seen the movie Blue Jasmine, then you caught a cliff notes modern “version” of the play. So when my friend told me he was going to play Stanley Kowalski I was ecstatic. And when he asked if I would consider doing a part that hadn’t been cast yet I of course jumped a the chance.

My first rehearsal went something like this. I arrive at the theater, two of the leads are there along with the director; we are in a dinning area of the theater not on the stage. O.k no problem.  The rest of the day went like this:

10:00am  — Scheduled call, two cast member plus the director and myself are there

10:30am — Three additional cast members arrive

10:45am — 11:15am – Bicker about the my friend not arriving

11:15am — My friend aka Stanley arrives, bicker becomes mild argument

So we begin rehearsal. I should have known from this day something was wrong.  First of all my friend is a working actor and had the strongest resume of the bunch so when he was late I know something was up because in our business you can never be late.  EVER!

The above behavior continues and escalate as we arrive to opening week. The director gets sick and can not attend the rehearsal for two days. The actor playing Mitch (and the main trouble maker in my opinion).  has decided he can not speak as he has damaged his vocal cord (bull…).  Well where are the understudies you might say…oh there weren’t any. So I asked  friend in my acting class who luckily was working on this play, if he could fill in. He came to the rehearsal, which should have been our first night of previews, then suddenly the actor playing Mitch could speak, where once he couldn’t. Its a miracle!

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Fast forward to opening night. The director (who has now returned) tells us we’re going to do a run through tonight as we are not ready to open, you don’t say!  During our first and only run through the actress playing Blanche stops in the middle of the scene and begins to cry as a prop phone she brought in has been broken. I mean heavy heaving sobs of despair that lasted for about 30 minutes, the director had to clear the stage. Granted the phone had sentimental value, but come on!!!  Elizabeth Taylor’s husband died in a plane crash while she was filming Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. And that’s a classic and she didn’t. And guess what she didn’t do. Waste anybody’s time.

The next day, the real opening day 😉 we’re all at rehearsal, surprisingly every one is on time and we’re waiting for about 2 hours. Then a lady comes out, who says she owns the theater, I’d never seen her at any rehearsals; though she claims to have been watching a few of our rehearsals. She begins reading this heartfelt letter that basically said;  they we’re closing the show, without opening because some of the actors are acting like total divas.  Unbeknownst to me the actors playing Mitch, Blanche, and Stella had been sending threatening emails of walking out of the production etc.  So the producers didn’t pull their punch and closed the entire production.

Acting, tacky business I know!

What did I learn from this. Oh so many things.  Always have the best attitude, even if you’re unhappy about the way things are going, you never know who’s watching.  Be professional. Nobody has time for your personal life dramas at work. Have breakdowns on your own time. Be professional!!!

All you need is Love

So this is  my very first blog, my very first post and I think its only fitting that it be about my very first cirque du soleil experience. Talk about perfection. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. As artists we are walking orbs of sensitivity easily absorbing out of the atmosphere that which other non artists don’t even notice. 

I have so much respect for these performers. Let us not even address the normal expectation of an acrobat. Yes we expect them to flip, we expect them to twirl, we expect them to defy gravity. But what surprised me, no what took the very breath out of my lungs was the sheer artistry of each movement. The characters that were created from the inside out. They told the story and I got it. Those songs now have a new meaning for me. I have gorgeous visuals every time I hear Something, or Lucy in The Sky, or Help! I am so grateful to the people that created this idea and made it a reality. What a gift they’ve given.

ImageYes the name of the show is Love, but what I did not expect was the love that was in every inch of this show. For me the “Love” was in the moment just before a major stunt was going to be performed. The moment when one cast member was lacing the harness around the other cast members ankle and making sure they were safe and alright and the gentle tap the gave as they let their partner going. Knowing that they had done very thing they could to ensure that persons safety. The support for each other, how loving, how beautiful.

When you think of The Beatles we don’t realize that, they came on the scene in 1960, that’s over 50 years ago.  Yet in 2013 they are still selling out seats. They’re not even playing at the show, yet the seats are sold out because of the impact of their music, because of they dared to follow their dream. That is the power of art.

That is how I know that I’ve chosen the right career. As an artist I can play a roll that can be relevant 50 years later. I can inspire the world even after I’m gone. That is my purpose. What can I leave the world through my art?  How can my art make an impact?