theatre

Back to Class!

The Actors Workout is still on hiatus while Raye is off galavanting in London doing Nice Fish (which only runs through Feb 11, so if you are in London, get tickets now!!), so meanwhile, I've decided it's time to face my fears of watching myself on camera and take another class. 

I started Michele Hutchison's on-camera class last Sunday, and I'm super excited that it's going to inspire me to create more of my own work and start writing for myself more. Can't wait to see what the next few weeks bring! 

Now, excuse me while I go work on my lines for the scene I've got to prepare for next week...and the scene I'm prepping for Raye's first day back...

Back in the Game!

Well, quiet time is definitely over.

Theatre Prom came and went last week.  Lots of deserving people won Ivey Awards (including Tyler Michaels, with whom I performed in Flanagan's Wake a few years back, and Bonnie and Michael, my old bosses at the Illusion Theater). My roommate Neal Beckman got to perform the closing number "Sit Down (You're Rocking the Boat)" with his Guys and Dolls cast from Bloomington Civic Theatre.  VitaMN has a really great slideshow of some of the highlights here.  And everyone looked especially gorgeous this year, too, if I may say so myself.

Me and my friend Ethan.  He is wearing an awesome suit from the  Norwegian retailer Moods of Norway , and has a martini glass to match.  (Note the tractor pin just under the pocket square.) 

Me and my friend Ethan.  He is wearing an awesome suit from the Norwegian retailer Moods of Norway, and has a martini glass to match.  (Note the tractor pin just under the pocket square.) 

Click here to see our awesome red carpet photo!

 

I've had one rehearsal for Commedia.  I recently got cast and have now started rehearsals for Hauptmann with Candid Theater, which opens on Halloween. The show is about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case, and I am playing the wife of the man who went on trial for the crime which he (most likely) did not commit.  Working with Candid for the first time, and aside from Matt Saxe, who I worked with on Crazyface this summer, all of the actors are new to me as well! (Note: Playwright Seraphina Nova just won an Ivey Award for her script for her original play "Dogwood," which was produced by Candid Theater earlier this year, so it's exciting to start working with them a week after that win...good energy to take going into rehearsals for a very serious show.)

Tickets are already available!  Click on the picture to go to the ticketing site.  :)

Aaaaaand....the article I wrote for Paid Actor came out.  Get your copy here and you can find out why I think that the only real competition an actor faces is him or herself. 

If you look just down and to the right of the beautiful man, you will see my article, titled "Know Your Competition? No Such Thing." Then you can go back to staring at Sasha. I won't judge.

If you look just down and to the right of the beautiful man, you will see my article, titled "Know Your Competition? No Such Thing." Then you can go back to staring at Sasha. I won't judge.

And a big change is coming soon as well...I'll give you a hint:

French screen goddess Marian Cotillard, aka my new hair inspiration. 

French screen goddess Marian Cotillard, aka my new hair inspiration. 

Well, I'm off to Wisconsin in the morning to visit the family.  Until next time!

Quiet Time

Crazyface closed a few weeks ago now.  Fringe was here and gone in a whirlwind of parking fees, drinking and 36 performances that I sat in the audience for.  (If you include travel time between venues, Fringe was more than a full-time job for me this year!) And most of the season auditions are now over. 

And now, it's the quiet time.  Time to enjoy the rest of summer, start working on some scenework for The Actor's Workout, finally finish my taxes (no, I still haven't done them...yes, I know...yes, I got an extension...jeez, lay off!), find a dress to wear for Theatre Prom (aka the Ivey Awards), and figure out what I want to do this fall if I don't get cast in a show. 

A lot of my friends have already begun rehearsals for their next projects, my roommate just opened Guys and Dolls at Bloomington Civic Theatre, and I am left answering the question "What do you have coming up next?" with the always tepid "You know, I'm not sure yet." 

That's not entirely true, actually.  I am scheduled to play Sarah in A Drinking Game - Minnesota's November 1st drinking game presentation of Labyrinth at Bryant Lake Bowl.  I get to play Sarah.  And drink.  At the same time!

I was also just asked to do a piece for Chameleon Theatre Circle's 15th Annual New Play Festival and Season Preview coming up September 13th.  I will be performing a monologue from Betty's Summer Vacation by Christopher Durang. 

And my friends at Shadow Horse Theatre are planning to start an ongoing Commedia Dell'Arte troupe that will perform regularly...I just don't know exactly when we'll be rehearsing yet.

So, I guess I should stop telling people I'm not doing anything.  I'm sure my time will get filled with things soon enough.  It always does.